stoutgap (32) - Indiana, USA - MAR 23, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured a small dark brown frothy rapidly diminishing head. Heavy bread & molasses nose with a bit of nutty-roast and rasin ,alcohol is fairly heavy. Medium in body with lively carbonation and a bitter finish.An ok beer but a bit weak for a R I S.
coachd (147) - Missouri, USA - MAR 18, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I have never had a dark beer from Leinenkugel before; I have only tried their summer ales. Not sure what to expect, but here goes. Pours thicker than I would have expected and the color is a brilliant dark reddish brown. Dark tan head that stays around for a bit with minor lacing. Great looking beer. Smells sweet, malty with strong bourbon aroma. Iím also picking up hints of raisin, leather and oak. Bold aroma suggesting a really big beer. Taste is sweet then bourbon alcohol, with a bitter hop aftertaste. This is very strong tasting, even for a RIS. Definitely a sipper. The palate is silky, not as thick as the beer looks with a long lasting aftertaste. Reminds me of Schlafly Imperial Stout, although the Schlafly contains more bourbon sweetness and less hops. Leinie took a big chance with this one, and I like it. I will be trying more of the Big Eddy beers in the future.
TheJester (1962) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 16, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
355 mL bottle. Dark, dark brown, with a small brown head. Has some red wine in the aroma, which is interesting, and not as much of the traditional chocolate and coffee. There is enough roast to let you know that this is a stout, though. The flavour is more traditional, with lots of roast joined by some cappuccino. Solid, but not spectacular.
spittle8 (114) - - MAR 13, 2014
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Poured from a bottle, Japan. Pours a dark black, with a strong brown halo and a small dark cream head. Powerful toasty malt aroma with hops and a lot of alcohol coming through. Thereís a lot going on in this one. Not a big fan of this premium beer. Reasonably drinkable.
strap (463) - Seoul, SOUTH KOREA - MAR 13, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Black with a creamy tan head. Bready aroma. Bark like flavor with chocolate and coffee...Folgers coffee, nothing high end. One of my least favorite Imperial Stouts...still not bad.
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bropgh (31) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 11, 2014
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pretty decent RIS. Found this 4pack of 2012 bottles and canít say that I am disappointed. It is a bit boozy, but I was expecting that. It is smooth and tasty. I am glad I have three more left.
kkleu357 (362) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 5, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Solid Imperial Stout. Drank on tap at a bowling alley in Green Bay. Was easily there best beer on tap. Had huge notes of chocolate, malt, leather, maybe even a little tobacco flavor. I enjoyed way too many glasses of this stuff.
crazyvin (1993) - New York, USA - FEB 25, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A black body with a brown head. A nice roasted malt presence upfront Leather, molasses, and chocolate malts rounded out the aroma. Flavor was slightly sweet. There was nice chocolate flavors along with some molasses notes. A slight oak character and the alcohol was a nice warming presence. Nice mouth feel. Good beer.
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JOHNCONOR (23) - USA - FEB 17, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This shitís serious, like krokodil serious. Though my flesh does not resemble melting mozzarella and my life expectancy canít be measured with an egg timer. Big Eddy is a monster of a beer. I was surprised to see that itís the offspring of Leinenkugel. I am very well aware of the name Leinenkugel. This past summer I ordered and sold well over 500 cases of their Summer Shandy, by far the most successful seasonal beer out there, Sam Adams and the rest be damned. I would have sold a few hundred more cases if the supplies didnít dry up. My last order was for 100 cases and the best they could scrape up was 25, just about two daysí worth. Hell, I half expected Jacob Leinenkugel himself to swing buy and offer me a seafood medley at Arbies or at the very least a Summer Shandy polo and commemorative pin. No dice. But I did go home with a four pack of Big Eddy Imperial Stout. To put it into perspective, I have seen Big Eddy used to clean wounds and treat town water supplies. Eddy pours inky black with a dark brown mocha head that dissipates fast. Aroma is of dark rich chocolate and burnt coffee. The taste is very rich. Heavy on the coffee and chocolate aspects which are the salient features of a lot of Russian Imperial Stouts. This is a sipping brew for sure, good over balance of flavors. Drink this beer on a cold winter night when you have absolutely nothing going on the next day.
jonno (2345) - JAPAN - FEB 16, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Well made, faultless english style IRS. No pointy edges ,very smooth. All the classic flavours. Perhaps not as vibrant as the classics, but a well presented package.