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Big Eddy Russian Imperial Stout by Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
Russian Imperial Stout
9.50 % ABV

Latest news for Big Eddy Russian Imperial Stout
Press Release: Leinenkugel’s Big Eddy Russian Imperial Stout 2012 Now Available
Review by everetends on 11/12/10  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
74 3 10 14 4 6 0
Picked up a four pack of this from Hop City in ATL because I have heard the good word about this beer for a while and I keep missing the boat. They were there, I bought them, now a bottle is in my snifter.

A: Pours up a deep, dark, black body. Held to the light, its the same. Just black and beautiful. Got about a finger of brown sugar colored head that falls to about half a finger. Move the liquid around the glass, and it leaves a brown film to slowly slide down the glass letting you know this beer is viscous. Spotty lacing on the glass, would probably have more stick if it wasn't for that film. It looks like a RIS should.

S: Whoa, wasn't expecting this to have such a dark fruit presence. Getting cherries and blackberries at first whiff, and some prune follows behind. There is of course that deep and rich malt presence, but that dark fruit presence combines with a hop presence (piney and a little bit of citrus) that comes out wonderfully as well. Wonderfully fragrant.

T: THe first thing you get is the malts. They are heavily roasted, hell they may be burnt . . . or maybe charred. Huge roast quality to it makes this come out even more as an earthy, tobacco presence rather than a super sweet presence. Yeah, tobacco coated in prune and blackberry juice. This is both good and bad for me. Some espresso coffee comes forth. Getting some molasses here as well, but it is overshadowed by that burnt quality. Getting a little bit of those fruit notes, but it is mostly coming out as prune and raisin, not getting as much cherry (none at all really) or blackberry. Tasty.

M: Full bodied with a coating, rich viscosity. Just really coats the mouth. Can't tell if the tingle in the back of my throat is carbonation or alcohol (probably a bit of both). No wait, its alcohol warming and tickling my throat. Its not overpowering though. Aftertaste is all roasted malt and tobacco.

OA: This is definitely Leinenkugel's best beer. The look and aroma stand out more to me, but the flavor just seems a bit off. It is stillt tasty, it just fall short for me. That roasted quality could be dialed back a notch. Happy I got to try it and happy to find a beer from this brewery that I can actually finish with out chugging and walking away. Don't know if its worth all the hype though.

Served In: Bottle

Review by emerge on 01/05/10  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
80 3 8 17 4 8 2007

Been saving this one for the dead of winter, and it looks like it's time.

Charred, inky black into a tulip glass, this RIS leaves an intricate lacing, the foam even has a rusty brown tint. Opaque and black.

Aroma has elements of espresso, raisin, prune, and sweet milk chocolate. The 2 years of age is ever so slightly noticeable, but not as musty as some RIS' i've had.

Full and rich, this is like a melted chocolate espresso milkshake. Long aftertaste of roasty malts, chocolate, and a mild plum/prune/raisin note. A strong RIS contender that hits all the notes for me. Hope they bring this back...

Price: $2.99 Served In: Tulip

Review by joe1510 on 11/04/09  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
86 3 9 18 5 8 0
12oz Bottle

Received this in a trade with Badbeer, thanks Mike. Big Eddy gurgles from the bottle midnight black with zero transparency. The mocha head grew to a quality two fingers on the pour and as it fell to a crown left sheet lacing its whole way down. Big Eddy is a really good looking stout.

This stout has a huge amount of dark berry nose to it. Blackberry mostly and unripe blueberry. There are some darkly roasted malts making up the foundation then comes that berriness. There's a touch of dark chocolate wafting up through it all but it's ghostly.

This is one of those beers that taste nothing like what it smells like. The dark roasted maltiness is in the aroma but comes out full force in the mouth. Huge dark cocoa washes over my tongue mid-palate before segueing into dark chocolate on the finish. A hint of blackberry and a hint of dark roasted coffee compliment things nicely. This is an excellent, rich stout.

The mouthfeel is spot on; viscous with and incredibly smooth mouthfeel. Let's see, I believe it weighs in at a respectable 10W-30.

For a stout so big (weighing in at 9.5abv) this one goes down incredibly easy. It's supremely easy to sip considering the robust flavor and high abv.

I was glad to hear of Leinenkugels entering the extreme beer marketplace (with the Big Eddy series) as they've always been a favorite regional brewer of mine. I'm even happier to see that they did such a great job with such a big beer. I'll raise my glass to Leinenkugels and that they keep the surprises coming.

Reviewed: 1/5/08

Served In: Snifter

Review by SAP on 10/04/08  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
74 3 10 13 4 7 2008
Bottle code of 04258 & 31710; Sampled October 2008
A vigorous pour into my 25cl tulip glass creates a slightly cascading, tightly beaded froth that starts out three fingers in height and has a darkly browned, tan colored head. The beer is quite black in color thought it shows some dark chocolate brown notes around the edges. The aroma has rich notes of concentrated, sweet, dark malts as well as an ample roast character that produces aromas of dark cocoa, soft burnt grain, and a rich toasted whole grain character. There is something here that is a bit like burnt nuts, or even burnt play-doh. The aroma is actually fairly restrained, I was expecting this to be a bit more aromatic than it is, though I do like that it seems pretty well integrated and balanced (but that might just be because everything is so muted).

The flavor has a rich, complex, dark malt sweetness to it that accentuates sweet dark chocolate notes up front and a nice dark cocoa note towards the finish were the sweetness is not quite so prominent. A touch of dusty, roasted grain character adds some burnt bitterness to the finish. Reminds me of a rich, dark chocolate something or other that has a strong, black coffee infusion. As the beer warms up the sweetness softens a bit and starts to couple with concentrated, roasted fruit flavors of prune and perhaps a touch of fig. This does have a really complex, rich malt character to it, unfortunately a lot of this gets masked by the sweetness.

This is actually quite sweet tasting, though it is not as thick as the sweetness might suggest; it could actually use more roast malt character to balance things out and some more body, without more sweetness, would help to balance this a bit more too. I like that this is a fairly well integrated and smooth in its roast character. Not a bad example of an Imperial Stout & it is certainly quite enjoyable, and if it was not for the simplistic sweetness, this would be really damn good.

Served In: Tulip

Review by Westside Threat on 03/07/08  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
78 3 10 15 4 7 2008
A: Pours like oil. Not as dark as motor oil but an uber dark brown. Head is tremendous…a solid block of thick cappuccino colored bubbles.

S: Super rich and oily. Fantastic blend of blackberries, espresso, bitter baking chocolate, wood shavings, blueberries and some pastry cream.

T: Tastes a lot like it smells. The oiliness comes on strong…not Dark Lord strong but its there. Immediately after the swallow, the fruity esters that accompany the oily malts and alcohol bring forth raspberry, blackberry and liquid bakers chocolate. The flavor tumbles and morphs ultimately settling into a good amount of bittering hops and roasted barley. The sweetness starts getting a little thick and cloying not long after the first sip.

M: Full bodied with a good viscosity.

D: Not bad. With some refinement from the brewery this beer could become something special, but until then it’s a poor man’s Dark Lord. Some age might help as well.

Served In: Wine Glass

Review by tangfoot on 12/16/07  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
74 3 8 14 4 8 0
Poured into a Guinness pint glass. Quite black, with a rather extensive head that I was not expecting for a RIS. It dissipated rather quickly, leaving a decent coating on the glass and some fine bubbles swirling around in islands atop the brew.

Allergies and a cold are affecting my nasal capacity, but it smells pretty good, with a lot of chocolate sweetness.

I'm going to revisit this 4-pack again after some aging, but my initial reaction is that it needs some time on it to settle down. The malts haven't really taken hold yet, leaving a rather harsh-biting alcohol flavor as the dominant aspect. It's got a familiar RIS-style mediciny taste, but I think that it could really be something nice after 6-12 months.

The mouthfeel is a bit thin and oily, but overall rather inviting.

Overall, a good beer from a company that I wouldn't expect good beer to come from.

Price: $2.50 Served In: Pint Glass

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