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RATINGS: 838   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 Leinenkugel’s 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.


4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
wetherel (1836) - Encinitas, California, USA - FEB 10, 2008
Bottle from iowaherkeye on 01/08/08. Tasted at PP bottle shop with Brad. Black thick body. Medium tan head of small bubbles. Sweet. Lots of chocolate. Some malt and roasted caramels. Lots of flavor. Great aroma. Gets better as it warms up. Yum. I like it.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
LearninBeer (409) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - FEB 9, 2008
Pours thick black with a nice brown head. The aroma is malty, with a port smell and a toasted/burnt coffee smell. The lacing is excellent, the head lasted a while but is mostly diminishing. The initial flavor is back and side tongue bitters with a burnt toffee flavor, settles down and leaves a nice creamy taste in your mouth. Got a couple to age, I’ll bet the flavors will mellow out.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ibrew2or3 (7262) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - FEB 7, 2008
Big thanks to gillard for sharing this brew. Pours total blackness with nice looking mocha head and spotty lacing. The aroma is a mix of roasted malts and dark fruity esters like sweet dark grapes, raisins, boysenberries and sugar coated cherries. As it warms it smells more roasty, dark chocolate and hints of alcohol phenols. The taste comes off as, “wow this is goooood.” It starts roasty with a hit of burnt malts. The dark fruitiness enters the picture just before midway where a rich velvety chocolaty goodness shows up to bring the taste to the finish. YUM.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jimbowood (1036) - Freeport, Georgia, USA - FEB 7, 2008
Bottle courtesy of hopdog. Wow, I was expecting this to be good, but not this good. This is a great brew. A little more age would make it even better, but great nonetheless. Huge, sweet, dark fruit flavor w/ hints of burnt toast and malty sweetness.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TheRealBastard (145) - The-No, California, USA - FEB 7, 2008
UPDATED: APR 14, 2008 12oz bottle: Slightly disappointed with this one. Pours to a Deep black body. Was told I needed to try this, but not too impressed. Just an "ok" imperial stout for me. I pulled a fruity after taste from this one. Can’t really describe it, almost a burnt almond at first then a smokey plum aftertaste. Interesting beer not what I expected. I will re-rate this beer in hopes of a better experience.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bu11zeye (12072) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - FEB 6, 2008
(Bottle) Pours an opaque black body with a small brown head. Aroma of chocolate, raisins, caramel, maple syrup, and figs. Flavor of sweet chocolate, dark fruit, some brandy, light anise, and roasted malt with a slightly sticky mouthfeel and dry finish.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
gws57 (1275) - Saint Charles, Illinois, USA - FEB 5, 2008
Had this one on draught at Angelic Brewing Company in Madison, Wisconsin. Was absolutely delighted to get to try Leinie’s new extreme line, as these beers are not distributed in Illinois. This one was very impressive. Opaque, coal black pour with a sweet, malty chocolate nose, a velvety, milky mouthfeel, a bit smoky but with bitter chocolate, sweet plum, and coffee. Strong with a bit of an alcoholic finish. Actually, I was expecting a bit more, but I was not disappointed in any means.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ucusty (2691) - raleigh, North Carolina, USA - FEB 3, 2008
Thanks to captaincougar for this. Pours black with thick brown head and some decent lacing. Roasted malts up with a hoppy, and a sweet molasses finish.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
stevesandmore (2) - USA - FEB 2, 2008 does not count
Oh boy.... I can’t believe I’m writing this about a Leinenkugel beer. 12 ounce bottle. Opaque black pour, beautiful, pudding like tan head. Glorious aroma ; promises coffee, toffee, chocolate, a little licorice and dark fruit. And then in my mouth.... pleasantly sweet, rich and complex. Molasses-driven, it’s creamy, loaded with chocolate, toasty malt, and dark fruit; raisin? Dry hops on the finish. Fabulous.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Alldaydrinker (559) - Norwood, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 30, 2008
Courtesy of ughsmash, thanks Jason! Poured into a snifter with black oil color and medium mocha color creamy head. Nose of dark fruits, alcohol, chocolate and creaminess. Initial taste is extremely sweet (almost too sweet) and creamy with chocolate lighting up the palate. Roasted malts begin set in after the initial splash of chocolate. Moving into a mid palate of molasses, dark fruit and mild coffee. Finishing with roasted malts, chocolate and mild bitter hops for great palate duration. Full body. Syrupy mouthfeel. Good head retention and lacing of the glass.


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