Big Eddy Russian Imperial Stout | Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company

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Big Eddy Russian Imperial StoutBig Eddy Russian Imperial Stout
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Big Eddy Russian Imperial StoutBig Eddy Russian Imperial Stout

Brewed by:
Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
Wisconsin, United States

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.50%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by jj21 on 10-27-2007

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 1,292 |  Reviews: 491
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3.86/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

P: On tap in to a tulip

A: SRM is black/dark brown. Opaque. Head is dark tan/brown, 2 in, dissipates to line the top of the beer. Heavy carbonation (new keg). Heavy lacing.

S: Deep roasted malts, bittered chocolate, robust and savory notes, possibly oats.

T: Very robust flavor. Not sweet. Deep roasted malt, slight char, possibly some coffee/carmel, and also some smoky/wood notes. Aftertaste is alcohol and deep roast malt, char, and wood.

M: Full bodied. MF is viscous due to ingredient heavy recipe. Alcohol gives a boozy mf on aftertaste, which is accompanied by a slight bitterness from the char.

O: Very nice stout. Surprised that the same people who make the "Summer Shandy" could make this beer. Nice flavor profile, maybe a bit boozy on the back end. Certainly a beer for cold winter nights.

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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

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4/5  rDev +5%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of buyBinboaVodka
2.69/5  rDev -29.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - Pours a pitch black with a 2 finger dark khacki head. It leaves some nice sticky lacing around the glass.

S - Bitter chocolate and burnt malts. This has a rather odd smell to it for a stout. Its not crisp and clean, but smells rather sloppy. Like it doesn't know what it is.

T - Bitter chocolate followed by burnt malts. Some coffee comes through as it warms up. The finish seems to be lacking in flavor. Something is missing in this beer.

M - It feels rather thin with moderate carbonation.

O - This is an ok beer. I would not reach for it again with so many other options.

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4/5  rDev +5%

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3/5  rDev -21.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

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3/5  rDev -21.3%

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4/5  rDev +5%

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4/5  rDev +5%

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4/5  rDev +5%

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4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

Photo of Retail1LO
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass. Beer pours jet black with a thick, two finger coffee tinted head that recedes rather quickly. The nose on this is pretty muted. Or perhaps it's my sniffer. Might revisit this aspect of the review with one of the three remaining bottles. From what I can gather, however, it's pretty roasty, malty, and has some hints of chocolate. The taste has a certain fruitiness to it. Cherries, figs...not quite sure...but the sweetness is a fruity variety. Subtle woody notes, alongside of vanilla and a touch of alcohol make an appearance. The mouthfeel is way smooth. Very silky, with a slight remnant of alcohol lingering behind. Overall, this is a fine stout. It's nice seeing a BMC beer come through for a change.

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3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a black color. 3/4 inch head of a tan color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of alcohol, roasted malt, sweet malt, hint of oatmeal, hint of dark citrus, and a hint of maple syrup. Fits the style of a Russian Imperial Stout. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of alcohol, roasted malt, hint of coffee, hint of hop, slight sweet malt, hint of dark citrus, hint of maple syrup, and a hint of oak. Overall, good appearance, aroma, complexity, blend, and great body. Lacking in roasted malt or hop bitterness.

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5/5  rDev +31.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

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4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of boralyl
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

2010 vintage.

A - Pours pitch black with a very small dark tan head that fades quickly with little lace.

S - Huge chocolate and roasted malt notes are apparent in the aroma. There is also a small alcohol presence.

M - Full in body with light carbonation. Smooth and creamy in the mouth feel.

T - Dark roasted malts are infused with light chocolate. There is what tastes like light woodiness throughout along with some dark fruit near the finish. It finishes with some moderate bitterness.

An above average Imperial Stout. I was surprised that Leinenkugel could produce a beer of this caliber. As the description says, this beer does age well (with one year on it now). Certainly worth picking up and giving a try.

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Photo of russpowell
3.53/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours like 10,000 mile motor oil with a pinky of mocha colored head. Good lacing & above average head retention, much viscosity

S: Oaky & vanilla notes, figs & raisins, they fade a bit as this warms

T: Dark fruit, woody hops, prunes & dryness up front. Some charred grain as this warms, along with some boozey coarseness, a touch of smokeyness & more pruney notes. Finishes dry, fruitty & with some woody hops, plus a kiss of carob

MF: Chewy, fairly firm carbonation

A decent Imp Stout, doesn't compare well to the best, but easily the best beer I've had from these guys

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4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of jegross2
3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewing the Big Eddy Russian Imperial Stout from Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company.
Score: 90

2011 vintage bottle poured in a snifter glass.

Appearance: Dark chocolate color, pours one and a half fingers of creamy tan head that settles to about a half finger. Entirely opaque. Excellent lacing. 4.5/5

Smell: Sweet and creamy bitter chocolate. A little bit of toffee, some dark fruits. Hop bitterness and alcohol aromas at the back end. 4/5

Taste: Creamy, malty milk chocolate with light tones of sweet honey. Very malty-sweet, raisin and dark fruit, flavor on the mid-palate. Finishes with smoky dark chocolate that lingers a long time. 4/5

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, light-medium carbonation (which is a bit much for a Russian Imperial Stout, but it's not over-carbonated). Finishes very dry. 3.5/5

Overall: A surprisingly good offering and attempt at the style by Leinenkugel, who makes some of the worst beer that often gets labeled as "craft" at bars. Nonetheless, Big Eddy does not stack up to most craft breweries' Russian Imperial Stout recipes. Certainly worth buying, and I would certainly try this beer again, but I would rather spend the extra couple of dollars for Ten Fidy if I am at a liquor store with a good selection.

Recommendation: This is a very good Russian Imperial Stout as a "gateway beer" for casual drinkers curious in the style (or just higher ABV beverages). For the more seasoned beer drinker, this one is also worth the moderate price.

Pairings: Hamburgers, maybe pumpkin pie.

Cost: $10.99 for a four pack.

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3.1/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a snifter

Charcoal black in appearance with a still, sandy brown head. Thin head almost completely dissolves into small bubbles.

Sweet and chocolaty aroma. Has a large malt bill backed by a touch of roastiness. Some bitterness at the back end. No alcohol aroma. Pretty straight forward, but still quite appealing.

Chocolate malt and honey sweet flavor profile. More roastiness and bitterness than the nose indicated. The finish is dry and bitter with a hint of salt. Soy sauce perhaps? Lots of ash as well. Great start but the finish is head scratching.

Medium mouthfeel with some creaminess and adequate carbonation. A bit too watery for the style and not refined. Decent drinkability. It's really hindered by the ashy finish.

Not a bad effort as it certainly has some nice flavors. I really enjoy the chocolate malt bill; however, something just seems off here. The ashy, salty finish is becoming more overpowering with each sip and the bitterness is oddly misplaced. I'd like to try it again to see if my palate reacts differently, but I wouldn't go out of my way.

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5/5  rDev +31.2%

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5/5  rDev +31.2%

Big Eddy Russian Imperial Stout from Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.81 out of 5 with 1,292 ratings