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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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
IrishBoy (3853) - Bakersfield, California, USA - JAN 18, 2008
12 oz from BBB63! Nose of chocolate, light vanilla, and a little ripe banana; Balck as a moonless night with a fairly big cinnamon head; flavor has bannanas, hop bitterness, followed ny chocolate, and more hop bitterness. A Hefe Impy Stout!. I love bananas so this is a banana split with alcohol!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Guerde (1175) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - JAN 17, 2008
(bottle, thanks Skyview) Iíve had this a few times but only small samples, so now that Iíve got a full glass, I decided to rate it. Pours a deep dark black with some ruby around the edges and only a whisp of a tan head that fades away completely. The smell was somewhat odd at first, (I think the alcohol was too much) but that dissipated to a decent smell of port, chocolate, molasses, and light roasted malt. The taste was a nice initial blast of dark fruit sweetness, followed up by some chocolate, that yielded to a roasted malt finish that lingered on the tongue. This finish lasted forever, and just at the very end a nice hop bitterness makes an appearance. The mouthfeel was full on this one, quite a good brew from Leinieís.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Elizavyeta (110) - Minnesota, USA - JAN 17, 2008
Black as night with a crema-like head, this Imperial Stout is unlike any other! The aroma is dark and toasty, with a flavor to match - mellow, sweet, nutmeg, and fine crema. Undoubtedly, this beer is best suited for a dessert.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
WallyWalrus (205) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JAN 16, 2008
12oz bottle. Pours a thick, dark black with a firm mocha-colored head. Aroma is surprisingly dominated by dark fruit, complemented nicely by hints of molasses, chocolate, and vanilla. Taste is full and sweet, with initial flavors of roasted malt, dark fruit, spices, and chocolate giving way to a long, bitter finish of wood, smoke, and molasses thatís somewhere between a whisky and a rum. I really wish more of the dark fruit had come through on the finish, the bite was a little too boozy for me. Even still, if youíve ever doubted Leinenkugel was capable of making a proper brew, this should change your mind.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sloth (2501) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - JAN 16, 2008
A viscous pour produces a medium sized choco brown head, good retention and a seriously coating lace. Black, opaque body, no light gettin through this one baby. Nose is roast, berries, chocolate, dust and a hint of licorice and grainy notes as well. Body is almost full, lightly oily and slick on the palate with a pleasent little chalkiness. Plenty of chocolate, dark and bittersweet, roast flavors with a light smokiness, light caramel and dark fruits. Finish is lightly sweet, roasty with some woody notes sneakin around in there. Wow, best Leiny product i,ve ever had! Well done! Props to eaglefan(who for some reason did,nt seem to enjoy this one??) and mj for both hookin a brutha up with this tastey little critter. Thanks fellas!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JAN 15, 2008
Blackness, with a big, thick roasted tan head, sits long in the glass...nice, and lovely... Aroma gives us everything we expect from a RIS, rich cocoa, loads of bittersweet espresso/coffee flavors, some anise, some black pepper, a cadre of dark fruit flying in...with the rich, decadent chocolate taking command...thatís this. Many things going on, here, many flavors, many wonders...good, good stuff... Taste: more dark fruits spark up to greet the chocolate, blackberries, and suchwise...full in the mouth,full in the finish...thick and rich and utterly...decadent and, well, full! The folks who make their daily bread with HoneyWeiss and Berry Weiss, well, yeah, it seems, they CAN brew a RIS. And hereís the proof, right here in my mouth. Big Eddyís has to sit in with every top notch RIS, it has few flaws, itís only drawback is that it fills the bill, but has nothing to really bring it forward. A good example of an RIS, maybe even very good, but not quite great...although, ...almost....

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
blankboy (6144) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 14, 2008
Bottle (12oz) shared with HogTownHarry & tupalev -- courtesy of HogTownHarry. Pours a very dark brown, pretty much black, with an average size diminishing creamy light-brown head. Aroma: Oh baby! Roasted malt, molasses, dark fruit, chocolate, burnt caramel and a good amount of hops -- this smells great! Flavourís roasty and burnt along with molasses, hops, alcohol and more. Medium to full bodied, oily mouthfeel. Fantastic -- thanks for sharing Harry!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
eaglefan538 (2898) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JAN 12, 2008
UPDATED: JAN 19, 2008 Bottle from CaptainCougar, black chocolate colored pour, head of brownish/chocolate color, substantial in size, not overly done, but solid retention, steady throughout. The aroma was ashy, smoke, vinous sweet, somewhat cloying. Flavor followed the aroma in a somewhat disappointing fashion, some choco, vinous astringency, where did the sweetness go, though, after a while? Mouthfeel was standard for the style, the flavor just didnít meld together. A poor manís DFH WWS. Thanks, Tom, a fun experience, very nice of you to hook me up with a want, cheers! (Re-rate within the same week at SL, pretty similar opinion, unimpressed.)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
joe1510 (501) - Illinois, USA - JAN 12, 2008
12oz Bottle Recieved this in a trade with Badbeer, thanks Mike. Big Eddy gurgles from the bottle midnight black with zero transparency. The mocha head grew to a quality two fingers on the pour and as it fell to a crown left sheet lacing itís whole way down. A really good looking stout. This stout has a huge amount of dark berry nose to it. Blackberry mostly and unripe blueberry. Thereís some darkly roasted malts making up the foundation then comes that berriness. Thereís a touch of dark chocolate wafting up through it all but itís ghostly. This is one of those beers that tastes nothing like what it smells like. The dark roasted maltiness is in the aroma but comes out full force in the mouth. Huge dark cocoa washes over my tongue mid-palate before segueing into dark chocolate on the finish. The a hint of blackberry and a hint of dark roasted coffee complimenting things nicely. An excellent rich stout. The mouthfeel is spot on. Viscous with and incredibly smooth mouthfeel. Letís see, I believe it weighs in at a respectable 10W-30. For a stout so big (weighing in at 9.5abv) this one goes down incredibly easy. Supremely easy to sip. I was glad to hear of Leinenkugels entering the extreme beer marketplace (with the Big Eddy series) as theyíve always been a favorite regional brewer of mine. Iím even more glad to see that they did such a great job with such a big beer. Iíll raise my glass to Leinenkugels and as that they keep the surprises coming. 12/05/08

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
valpoaj (634) - Valparaiso, Indiana, USA - JAN 11, 2008
Nice pour...opaque black with a tan head that actually changes from light tan on top to dark tan on the bottom...pretty sweet. Aroma is somewhat light for a IS; sweet malts, alcohol and a moderate amount of dark fruit. Flavor is interesting...chocolate, coffee, some bitter hops and dark fruit. Fruit flavors really emerge as the beer warms, and the quality improves greatly! Canít help but taste some metallic/tinny flavors as well...somewhat frustrating, but not enough to detract greatly from this otherwise very good drink. Alcohol is pretty evident for those that like their alcohol hidden. Bitterness lasts long after the sip is over. Excellent mouthfeel; carbonation is just about right and the palate is well above average and very creamy...not has heavy as other Impy Stouts. Nice effort from the folks at Leinieís...their best (that I have consumed) yet!

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