Big Eddy Russian Imperial Stout | Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company

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86
very good
1,282 Ratings
THE BROS
75
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Big Eddy Russian Imperial StoutBig Eddy Russian Imperial Stout
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
Wisconsin, United States
leinie.com

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by jj21 on 10-27-2007

BEER STATS
Ratings:
1,282
Reviews:
489
Avg:
3.84
pDev:
12.76%
 
 
Wants:
55
Gots:
182
For Trade:
7
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of BB1313
3.58/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2011 vintage. 12oz bottle poured into a snifter. Pours pitch black, nice mocha head and nice lacing. The aromas are full of roasted dark chocolate and anise. I can pick up the roastiness in the flavors as well. Cocoa, vanilla, and wood make their presence known. Hops are noticeable, making this one bitter. Not much sweetness to balance the bitterness. But my big problem with the flavors is that they are one dimensional. It seems to be lacking depth. Mouthfeel is nice, not too thick, but definitely not light. Alot of carbonation, but not overboard. Not a bad RIS.

The lack of depth in the flavors hurt this one, but it's definitely worthy and a solid attempt at the style. Worth checking out.

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Photo of edbeer
3.86/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this at Flood in Stroudsburg PA. Very good beer I hope they start carring this in Rhode Island soon. As far as how this would compare to other RIS beers, I'd say that it's a fair representation of the style. It's not a 12 percent monster but it's a lot better than others that I've had. Very tasty.

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of azdback
3.77/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Great Divide pint glass. About as dark as you can go. The highlights are just a smidge off of complete light sucking black. At the initial pour the carbonation rose up to leave a small one finger, tan colored head but it quickly dissipated into nothing. The lace is looking pretty weak now too.

Smell is quite dark and smokey. Roasted malts give an arrange of smells from charred wood to chocolate to dark roasted coffee. I can even smell some vanilla and bourbon. Quite nice!!

Taste is really nice but as I feared it couldn't hold up to the smell. There are dark roasted flavors like Sumatra coffee and dark chocolate but all of the greatness breaks down almost as soon as it hits the tongue and turns into tart flavored fruit. I know that cherries and figs or raisins are often tasted in RIS's but this is different. It isn't just tasted it is overpowering the dark roasted malts that made up the smell and the early taste. Too bad.

Mouth is silky or velvety, carbonation is creamy and smooth. Body is full with an average to full, wet finish.

Overall I think this was pretty good beer. I don't think this stands up to the "big boys" in this category though. I think this would be a great transition beer for someone that is thinking about leaving the dark side. ie BMC. I could see this leading to beers like the Abyss and Stone IRS. Thanks to SMason for this bottle.

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of JTSbeerislife
3.96/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, Vintage 2011, purchased 11/2011 from The Fridge, Lancaster, PA

Thanks to Kevin, (owner/operator of the “The Fridge”), for recommending this one, which due to the brewery, I probably would not have picked.

Poured into a Dogfish Head Snifter.

Pours a huge three finger head, thick and creamy, slowly reduces to a ¼” head, fantastic lace, sticky, each drink leaves a “ring”. Wow!
Pitch black opaque color, deep tan colored head.

The smell is rich roasted malt, coffee, and dark unsweetened chocolate. Though a little on the light side it is good!

Thick creamy entry in the mouth of very rich, dark roasted malt, bitter coffee, unsweetened dark
Chocolate, massively full mouth feel, with a mild carbonation typical of the style. Delicious!

Very good, quite long, mouth coating finish of rich roasted malt.

What an amazing surprise from a brewery that is, well, mostly unimpressive.

That being said this RIS is really quite good! Very rich and full bodied to the point of being thick, with very tasty flavors of coffee and dark chocolate.
Even though I state unsweetened dark chocolate in my notes, that is a flavor, as there is a slight sweetness to this brew. The sweetness is not overdone at all, and in fact adds to the richness and balance of this ale.
OK, so it does not have the complexity of the top RIS’s, point taken, but it definitely has everything else, IMO.
I recommend that you take a chance and try this one!
I recall this being “fair” price wise, though in truth I really can’t remember what I did pay for the bottle.

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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of cradke
4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark. Viscous, and thick. A very fine head that dissolves quickly, some small legs.

Smell: Malts and dark chocolates. A hint of alcohol but very pleasant.

Taste: Mmm a nice bold and malty stout. Some great dark chocolate and earthy notes. Some rye or yeast notes buried in there. The taste definitely evolves while oxidizing.

Mouthfeel: Lightly carbonated. Quite viscous but right on with the style. Spreads wonderfully over the palate

Overall: A great stout sampled on a nice cold day. The beer isn't perfectly balanced but there is a nice deep chocolate flavor with a good but not great nose and mouthfeel.

Serving: Bottle poured into chalice.

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Photo of mattcrill
3.3/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Aroma: Moderate fruity esters in the nose. Light char roasty notes quickly follow. Dark bread-like malt character as the base. No hop aroma. No alcohol heat.

Appearance: Pitch black with tan cake batter head that retains throughout.

Flavor: Moderate fruity esters that follow the aroma. Dark cherries and dark roasty char flavors are well knit into the base beer. Earthy hop bitterness provides a nice background flavor. Dried cocoa powder and a touch of sourness round out each sip. Finish is bitter and dry. Aftertaste is long and lingering to the roasted dry malt character.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Slight dark roasted grain astringency. No alcohol heat.

Overall impression: A big, slightly sour Russian Imperial Stout. Worth a try.

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

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3/5  rDev -21.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of chilly460
3.73/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Black body with ruby highlights. Two finger tan head with decent retention, some moderate lacing as well.

S: Worsteshire hits and then some dried fruit. Some roast char as well, with a bit of licorice.

T: Pretty nice, much better then aroma indicated. Medium to dark roast hits, along with the sharp saltiness. Dark fruits are in there as well, and some woodiness.

M: Creamy but with some prickly carbonation.

O: Pretty nice stout overall, lighter in body then the bigger RIS, but a nice transition between an American and Double or RIS.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.73/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

After not liking "The Czar" I have better hopes for this one. Paid $4.75 a bottle for it in Philadelphia.

A - Wow a nice hefty inch of dark mocha head on this one slight sticky lace. Color is a very dark black and fairly viscous with some mild bubbles on the base of the glass.

S - Anise, molasses (mild though), chocolate, and cheap coffee's

T - Starts off with a pretty smooth coffee, then a touch of molasses, then hops with a slightly smooth finish. Repeated sips break out a touch of chocolate but the bittering hops seem to increase the molasses a tad.

M - Medium bodied it is an assault of flavors but comes in kid of watery.

Overall this seems a lot like "The Czar" because of the bittering hops increasing molasses flavors which really isn't my thing. Will not have this again and truthfully can't even find it around my town...

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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Big Eddy Russian Imperial Stout from Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
3.84 out of 5 based on 1,282 ratings.
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