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RATINGS: 810   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
puzzl (3249) - New York, New York, USA - FEB 26, 2008
Pours a beautiful black with full, stiff brown head like the best ISs. Pouring this beer into one of my oldest glasses made me a little nostalgic, remembering when every IS used to taste so good, when I was first familiarizing myself with the likes of Oak Aged Yeti and Dark Lord. This beer strives to be like those, syrupy and viscous, just massive in stature, though to me it doesnít hold up. Itís chewy, caramel chocolate flavor is supreme, but in the finish is some oddness, a bit of astringent coffee, perhaps, or some spent sugars. Aroma is a touch milky. Palate is actually quite nice, considering how fast Iíve polished off this bottle. These beers just donít do for me though what they used to.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
doubleo (1433) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 25, 2008
#311! Mother nature supreme, step back and dream, the hydroponic scene...12oz bottle, courtesy of Elite_Digger. Pours a thickish black color with a creamy brown head that fades to a ring and leaves some lace. Smells sweet and dark fruity and malty. Some alcohol in the background. Tastes pretty malty, dark fruity sweet as well. Plums and raisins and some super sweet chocolate. Nice full body, thick but not too thick, subdued but good carbonation. This brew is like a tamed version of DL. Good.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
pineypower (2479) - Pine Barrens, New Jersey, USA - FEB 24, 2008
Pours out black with a small burnt looking head. Aroma is of burnt malts and some strange malty notes. Taste is complex, some chocolate, roasted malt, molasses and a rye-bread taste going on in the background. Interesting....

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
grimreeser (797) - Minnesota, USA - FEB 23, 2008
Pours an extremely dark brown with little head, decent lacing. A whole lot of roasted malt and chocolate, Flavor seems to be lacking a little something, seems like it could use some more carbonation.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kyzr (1147) - Belgrade, Montana, USA - FEB 23, 2008
Bottle thanks to hopdog. Pours dark as can be with small brown head. Nose of dried fruit and roasted malt. First flavor that hit me was of dried prunes. Very sweet with hints of molassess. Thick texture and mouthfeel nice warmth from the alcohol. Finish lets you know that the hops are still in there.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - FEB 21, 2008
12oz from my Secret Santa - thanks, Santa!! I donít know why, but I was expecting a roast bomb. What I got was a very rich, very complex stout with certainly a strong dark malt presence but a complicated flavor palette that includes some smoke, molasses, biting hops, a hint of choc & caramel, and nicely dry finish. Weird, unexpected, multivalent brew, not unlike young Expedition or Abyss. Very impressive stuff from Leinieís.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - FEB 20, 2008
Poured black with a brown edge and brown head. Aroma chocolate and roasted malt. Mildly sweet. Sweet roasted malt with chocolate and smoke. Medium to full bodied with a mild-moderate bitterness on the finish.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Hollywoodt (239) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - FEB 20, 2008
Bottle. Poured a deep, dark brown with a decent tan head. The aroma was full of dark malt, kind of sweet, with some hints of dark fruit, as well. Flavor was really in line with the aroma. Throw in a little caramel and chocolate. The only thing I have to suggest would be a bit more carbonation. Otherwise, this was a great stout. Alcohol was not noticeable. I was very surprised to see this was by Leinenkugelís. Get in my belly!!!

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
craftbeerdesign (2161) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - FEB 18, 2008
bottle at Summits in Cumming, GA. Very excited about seeing this one on the chalkboard at Summits today... Iíve never seen it in GA before. Pours a pitch thick black with a small tan head. Smells like a big malty chocolate bar... Thick body over the palate with a creamy texture. The chocolate and malts really shine through all the way through the finish. Quite delicious. I was not disappointed at all - in fact I was very impressed by this beer. I would like some more...

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Hudspart (538) - Byron Center, Michigan, USA - FEB 16, 2008
Bottle: Pretty good. Pours black with a small head. Aroma and flavor of chocolate and coffee. Alcohol flaver and after taste is not as big as most Imp. Stouts (and that is not necessarily a bad thing).


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