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RATINGS: 828   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.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dorwart (2378) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - MAR 23, 2008
About a 1 inch thick head of fine and dense bubbles. Recedes slowly. Sweet meaty aroma with lots of roasted malts, teriaki sauce, tobacco and some dark fruit. Color is essentially black. Very roasty and powerful flavor. Lots of roasted grains, raisins, a hint of smoke and some peat notes. Got some scotch ale qualities in there. Pretty sweet. Finishes slick and creamy with a lingering sweet maltyness. A damn good brew from a brewer that brews a bunch of not so impressive beers.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
polomagnifico (1202) - Saginaw, Michigan, USA - MAR 23, 2008
bottle. Aroma of chocolate, roasted coffee malt, port, salmon, dried dark fruit like raisin and prunes. Black hue with a larger than average frothy tan head that left great lace and mostly lasted. Flavor is sweet and fruity with hints of roasted malt, chocolate, port, salmon, dried dark fruits, brandy, smoke, and oak that ends kind of bitter. Gang busters!! Palate is smooth and full bodied. Oily flat and a little hint of alcohol but very well hidden. This is very impressive for a macro brewery and very unexpected, especially since I found this at a BP gas station!! WTF!!

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
inkubus27 (269) - highland, Indiana, USA - MAR 22, 2008
UPDATED: AUG 4, 2009 I ran across this on a trip to get some Kentucky Breakfast stout. Holy crap this is great stuff! Really unexpected coming from Leinenkugelís. Aroma is of sweet malts, raisins, and licorice. Taste is thick, complex and sweet. One of the better stouts that I have had.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
undsioux7 (802) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - MAR 16, 2008
Pours thick black with a nice chocolate and roasted malt aroma and taste. Very nice mouthfeel. Good stuff.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
AgentSteve (1627) - SF Bay Area, California, USA - MAR 14, 2008
I think I got this one from xnoxhatex. Been in the cellar for six months. Gorgeous beer. Nose is coffee, chocolate, and roasted malt. The huge head subsides to incredible lacing. Flavor is all that the nose is, with roasted malts leading the way, followed closely by chocolate, and finished off with a nice, clean dry coffee bitterness, but there is definitely a hint of a sweetness, somewhat fruit like. Very interesting. I think I like it. Creamy mouthfeel, too.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BŁckDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - MAR 13, 2008
Bottle: Black color, tan head and light lacing. Vanilla, sharp roast and alcohol, lots of coffee. Huge alcohol, lots of hopped-over sweetness. Very thick, lots of body. THICK! Brash and no subtleties. I donít want to say itís bad or even unquaffable, thereís just so many good imperial stouts out there, I hate it when someone throws their hat in the ring just to do so.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jvmiller (558) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - MAR 11, 2008
I can honestly say this was one imperial stout I didnít like. It was too fruity, almost sour tasting. I actually didnít want to finish it. All I can remember is tartness. Hopefully it was a bad bottle, but I doubt it.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
notalush (4910) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 11, 2008
Thanks to valpoaj for the bottle - viscous black beer, with some light getting in around the edges, giving it a ruby ring around the sides - pretty much no head, but there is a faint ring of foam - smells like vanilla, bourbon, blueberries, chocolate, some alcohol, smoke, wood - slick, oily mouthfeel, with low carbonation - actually quite dry up front, with some quite strong tannic character - a bit of chocolate sweetness develops, and some roasted malts and a smoky quality come into play - espresso bitterness purges the momentary sweetness, and the tannic/red wine character returns - sweetness and smokiness become more apparent as it warms, as does the alcohol - a bit of tobacco and hops in the finish - this is quite good - Iíve gained a new respect for this brewery.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bboeckl (142) - Grafton, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 10, 2008
Opaque black with light brown foamy head. A bit of that soggy cereal/oatmeal in the nose. Lots of flavor up front-- Hops, a bit of grapefruit. Obvious coffee, dark chocolate, dark fruit-- dates, plums, raisins. A bit of astringency, low carbonation. Syrupy, oily mouthfeel. Excellent beer.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
thehoff (596) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - MAR 9, 2008
LEINENKUGEL? OK. Dark Dark black beer, beautiful brown head only around the edges. Obviously not that carbonated. Sweet chocolate malt smell, espresso, dried dark fruit. unpleasant tinny taste immediately but very nice and smooth. Tastes like dark sweetened coffee, not too bitter (a little in the finish) but very dark. Sourness in the roof of my mouth. Overall very nice and surprising from a Miller company. The alcohol is understated in the flavor. Not apparent at all. Smoky finish.


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