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RATINGS: 854   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 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
williamherbert (1408) - Syracuse, New York, USA - MAR 31, 2014
Supremely dark color: chocolate milk with a mocha-brown head. About as see through as a marble statue. Aroma is all malts: dark chocolate, sugary toffee and pungent dates/raisins. An unusual nuttiness in the aroma. The malt flavors have a candi sugar sweetness, but are immediately followed by burnt cookies. The slick, oily feel puts it somewhere between an Imp. Stout and a barleywine. Itís much sweeter than most RISís, but itís quite a taste explosion.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 14/20
Bulk_Carrier (3021) - Mt Reclusion, Vermont, USA - MAR 23, 2014
Reviewed from notes. The appearance had a dark brown colored body yielding a tan two finger foamy head with some spider web lacing around the sides of the glass. The smell had a nice combination of chocolate, coffee, and malts. Some dark fruits enter in as the beer warms. The taste had some sweetness yet brings in a decent bitterness as the beer warms. The palate was about a light to medium and was borderline watery. ABV, what ABV, this is supposed to be 9.5, yeah, I donít feel it. This is too drinkable for a RIS, almost as if the alcohol is way too well hidden. Overall, well, everything smells and tastes good. Its got the normal appearance of an RIS, but lacks the thickness I look for a RIS.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
rdixon77 (1699) - Georgia, USA - MAR 23, 2014
Actually, pretty nice and fairly drinkable imperial stout. I was surprised. Big oily pour. Red wine aroma with a lot of raisin. Very fruity and lighter body for a big beer. Chocolate, malty. Hoppy finish. Medium carbonation and medium body. Nice stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
stoutgap (52) - Indiana, USA - MAR 23, 2014
Poured a small dark brown frothy rapidly diminishing head. Heavy bread & molasses nose with a bit of nutty-roast and rasin ,alcohol is fairly heavy. Medium in body with lively carbonation and a bitter finish.An ok beer but a bit weak for a R I S.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
coachd (382) - Missouri, USA - MAR 18, 2014
I have never had a dark beer from Leinenkugel before; I have only tried their summer ales. Not sure what to expect, but here goes. Pours thicker than I would have expected and the color is a brilliant dark reddish brown. Dark tan head that stays around for a bit with minor lacing. Great looking beer. Smells sweet, malty with strong bourbon aroma. Iím also picking up hints of raisin, leather and oak. Bold aroma suggesting a really big beer. Taste is sweet then bourbon alcohol, with a bitter hop aftertaste. This is very strong tasting, even for a RIS. Definitely a sipper. The palate is silky, not as thick as the beer looks with a long lasting aftertaste. Reminds me of Schlafly Imperial Stout, although the Schlafly contains more bourbon sweetness and less hops. Leinie took a big chance with this one, and I like it. I will be trying more of the Big Eddy beers in the future.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheJester (2251) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 16, 2014
355 mL bottle. Dark, dark brown, with a small brown head. Has some red wine in the aroma, which is interesting, and not as much of the traditional chocolate and coffee. There is enough roast to let you know that this is a stout, though. The flavour is more traditional, with lots of roast joined by some cappuccino. Solid, but not spectacular.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
spittle8 (126) - California, USA - MAR 13, 2014
Poured from a bottle, Japan. Pours a dark black, with a strong brown halo and a small dark cream head. Powerful toasty malt aroma with hops and a lot of alcohol coming through. Thereís a lot going on in this one. Not a big fan of this premium beer. Reasonably drinkable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
strap (613) - Seoul, SOUTH KOREA - MAR 13, 2014
Black with a creamy tan head. Bready aroma. Bark like flavor with chocolate and coffee...Folgers coffee, nothing high end. One of my least favorite Imperial Stouts...still not bad. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
bropgh (31) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 11, 2014
Pretty decent RIS. Found this 4pack of 2012 bottles and canít say that I am disappointed. It is a bit boozy, but I was expecting that. It is smooth and tasty. I am glad I have three more left.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
kkleu357 (599) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 5, 2014
Solid Imperial Stout. Drank on tap at a bowling alley in Green Bay. Was easily there best beer on tap. Had huge notes of chocolate, malt, leather, maybe even a little tobacco flavor. I enjoyed way too many glasses of this stuff.

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