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RATINGS: 860   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 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
badnewsbeers (2312) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - JAN 21, 2008
wow! this one was awesome! black body with minimal reddish brown head...dark, dark, dark! aroma of molasses, nuts, caramel, and chocolate..flavor is massively nutty, large in roasted coffee and sweet chocolate...huge molasses backbone! awesome

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
tomaroth (31) - Troy, Michigan, USA - JAN 21, 2008
Very nice Im perial Stout. I enjoyed it from the pour to the finish. Very nice head and refreshing on the palate. High alcohol content did not come through in the flavor. At the price of 7.99 a four at Champanes in Warren, MI, it is very reasonable. Just bought a case so we will see how it ages.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
IrishBoy (4103) - 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 (1280) - Minneapolis, 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 (2806) - 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 (7216) - 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 (3027) - 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.)

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