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RATINGS: 823   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.87   SEASONAL: Series   IBU: 50   EST. CALORIES: 285   ABV: 9.5%
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The Big Eddy Russian Imperial Stout was brewed at Leinenkugelís tiny 10th street brewery in Milwaukee. This brew boasts a selection of 11 malts and grains balanced by three different and distinct hops. Dark and complex, with chocolate tones and notes of dark fruits, it is daring yet delicious. Travels well. Ages well.


2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
HonkeyBra (3384) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - JUN 14, 2008
I had to try this as itís pretty high-rated for one of Americaís worst beer makers. Pours black with a tan head. Lots of chocolate in the nose, molasses and dark fruit as well. I taste mostly dark fruits with some chocolate. Mouthfeel is thick but not really enjoyable, chewy and syrupy like drinking a bottle of maple syrup. The sweetness is a bit overwhelming and not balanced. Iím a big fan of Imperial stouts, but found this pretty hard to finish, even though I was sharing a 12oz bottle with my girlfriend. I felt sick after drinking it. Yeah, itís Leineís best brew, but is that saying much?

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
esjaygee (3903) - Oak Creek, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 11, 2008
Black with medium chocolate colored slowly dissipating head. Aroma of roasted malted, licorice, molasses, bread, caramelized sugar and chocolate. Taste of molasses, sugar, alcohol, sweet malts and light chocolate. Thick mouth feel with a mild bitter hop finish thatís somewhat chewy and syrupy. Alcohol hidden ok, but noticeable. Pretty good effort from Leinieís.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
bdigital (658) - Ft Wayne, Indiana, USA - JUN 10, 2008
Bottle: Pours about as black as you can get...medium tan head. Outstanding black cherry aroma with notes of dark malts, chocolate and coffee...some light earthy tobacco notes as well. Rich, creamy mouth feel...flavor consists of dark fruits, chocolate, sweetened condensed milk and dark malts. Great brew.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Rusty (1536) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - JUN 9, 2008
Bottle via trade courtesy of tytoanderso. Thanks Tyler! Pours a thick jet black with a nice deep burnt brown head. Aroma of chocolate, dark fruits, molasses, coffee, roasted barley. Flavor is dark fruits, chocolates, coffee, rasins, roasted barley. Nice fruity flavors come out to meddle with the chocolate as it warms and then it finishes with bitter burnt cocoa. Wow, I was not let down by this one, very good effort by Leinenkugels. YUM!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
stegosaurus (1882) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 5, 2008
Bottle sampled with Mad_Indian. Pours black with a good size tan head. Aroma of chocolate malts, smoke, roast, and molasses. The flavor is sweet, bitter dark chocolate, roast, some smokey notes, molasses which thickened the body nicely. Excellent brew.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MatSciGuy (907) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUN 1, 2008
[Bottle] Pours charcoal black with a decent sized tan head. Huge aroma of bittersweet chocolate, some bourbon in there, and sweet dark fruits. Medium body with moderate sweetness. Lots of roasted barley and alcohol in the flavor along with dark chocolate and candi sugar. A dryish finish tops off this masterfully done beer.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
MadIndian (2385) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 28, 2008
Bottle from ebay, sampled with Stegosaurus. This reminded me of a milk stout but had some great features. It was smooth, chocolate, milky and balanced. A good brew all around.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
amishcaravan (247) - Winona, Minnesota, USA - MAY 23, 2008
supplied by ilanman. pours a very dark thickness with lasting head. scent is of strong roast and coffee. taste is kind of sweet with hints of malts and barley. I would deffinitely purchase this beer if i could find it.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
IlanMan (1015) - Appleton, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 22, 2008
On tap at Club Tavern in Menasha, WI. Pour was engine oil black with a thick dark brown head. Aroma of chocolate, dark burnt grains and oats. Flavor is amazingly blended and full bodied. Very good brew. Would buy again.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
CapnCascade (116) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 22, 2008
Pours black with brown foam that has limited retention but creates some lacing as the beer goes away. Aroma of caramelized sugar, alcohol, and hints of chocolate, soy, and spice. Maybe dried fruit. Flavor has noticeable hop and resinous alcohol character. Mince meat pie! Body is creamy without too much carbonation. Not flat, not astringent. Overall a very fine offering--boozy and hard-hitting but complex and balanced all at once.


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