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RATINGS: 858   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.88/5   SEASONAL: Series   IBU: 50   EST. CALORIES: 285   ABV: 9.5%
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sparky (2244) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - JUL 11, 2008
Rating #400. Bottle courtesy of hopdog. Pours a midnight black with a billowy 2 finger light brown head and fantastic lacing. Nose is dark fruits, salty soy, and cocoa. Taste is strong dark fruits, bitter chocolate, molasses, roasted coffee beans and salty soy with a sweet BW-like cloying finish. Full, creamy mouth feel. Very complex beer. Thanks Steve!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
sebletitje (8270) - Enghien, BELGIUM - JUL 6, 2008
Courtesy of Gunhaver. Pitch black, aroma is of toffee, chocolat malt and a little herbal, maybe from the hops. Very thick and heavy. Pleasantly surprised to see Leinenkugels make such an impressive stout.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ajm (1067) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JUL 3, 2008
Lovely bottle from lovely Shyam. Pours dark brown with miniscule milk-chocolate head. Smells primarily of dates and chocolate, with more of the same (plus coffee and toffee, but no milk) in the body.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
mar (5098) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUL 1, 2008
bottle courtesy of iowaherkeye. pitch black viscous pour with a thin espresso head. hints of licorice, vanilla, toffee and sweet thick malts. this beer has some of the greatest lacings i have ever seen. awesome thickness and a flavor that is so complex of dark fruits, licorice, roasted malts, chocolate and semi sweet coffee. best leinenkugel i’ve ever had.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
afterglow (1047) - Florida, USA - JUN 15, 2008
Bottle courtesy Gillard. Pours black with a one finger tan head that leaves good lacing. Heavy aroma of roasted malt, smoke, coffee, and a touch of alcohol. Taste is the same as aroma with a good dose of caramel sweetness. Medium full mouthfeel with a moderate amount of bitterness and smooth alcohol. Very good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
HonkeyBra (3899) - 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?

   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.

   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Rusty (1545) - 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!

   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.

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