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RATINGS: 848   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.88   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
jsquire (3687) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - JAN 11, 2008
This beer pours out like motor oil from the bottle, with a thin whisp of brown foam that struggles up through the thick liquid and settles into a lasting ring. Nose has coffee, chocolate, banana, and tar in it, with some hair spray alcohol. Big taste with lots of chocolate, burnt coffee, molasses, tobacco, with a finish of sweetened espresso. This beer is so viscous as to be chewy, and it coats the lips with its sticky sweetness. Almost too thick. Really nice Impy Stout.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Mrthirstyneck (341) - Minnesota, USA - JAN 10, 2008
UPDATED: JAN 12, 2008 Had this side by side with DL, Darkness and Expedition. this was my second favorite one. Dark lord is terrible, way to sweet and plumy/malty. BIG EDDY is tasty stuff nice amount of hops little bit O’ coffee as well overall i was a big fan. Keep it coming

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
ahalloin (54) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - JAN 10, 2008
I had this from a 12 oz. bottle purchased in Milwaukee. This beer pours a thick black fluid. There is little to no carbonation so very little head appears, but what does is a dark tan color. Lacing retreats quickly. The aroma is what a good RIS should be. Fruity, Molasses, yet in a dark way. The nose is very smooth with much sweetness. A quick turn to the back end of the taste and the 9.5% alcohol becomes apparent. The overall mouth feel is somewhat medium. The dominating flavors are dried fruit, molasses, and a burnt quality. Overall, I would say bravo to Leine’s for achieving a very solid RIS!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
WeeHeavySD (3361) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 9, 2008
12oz bottle via trade with Ughmash, shared with cyn. Pours black with a thin light brown head. Nose is very nice, very sweet and malty. Taste is sweet, malty, and pretty damn tasting maybe a bit to bitter with a little bit of a burnt quality. Not quite as good as I expected but not bad by any means.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
matt7215 (2263) - Cambridge, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 8, 2008
355 ml bottle from a trade with ughsmash. pour very dark black with no head. aromas are chocolate, dark fruit, some coffee, lots of hops. flavours are awesome blend of the aromas. thick slick mouthfeel adds to the flavour wave. very well put together and balanced. ughsmash if we trade again send more of this stuff.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - JAN 8, 2008
UPDATED: MAR 29, 2008 Multiple bottles from multiple sources. Black body with a medium sized, tan head that quickly fades. The nose is acidic roast, green apples, chocolate and molasses. The flavor is moderately sweet with chocolate, green apple, alcohol, molasses and burnt coffee. Medium/full body is thin with moderate carbonation. 5/3/5/2/10 = 2.5

Blind Tasting 5/3/5/2/10 = 2.5

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
auerbrau (3182) - Peace Dale, Rhode Island, USA - JAN 8, 2008
12oz Bottle. Striking barbeque aroma, very rich and tangy with molasses, pork skin char, brown sugar, spices, smoke, vinegar, the whole works. A total experience. Rich and blasting with roast and char. It’s a pretty nice aroma. Pours a heavenly deep black, with a really luxuriant silky soft head, that laces and bubble beautifully in maple wood. Flavor gets me down. This is too charred, too rich, too coarse. There’s a crushing harshness to the profile of this beer. There’s some higher alcohols that make it estery in a peculiar way, that somehow fights with the roast. There’s tannic tendencies and a mess of chocolate. Not particularly smooth, it has rough patches too clean up. The most disconcerting aspect is the bubblegum and fake fruit sensation in the back of the palate. Hops are non-existent. Too sweet and too messy.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
garmonbozia (429) - Hattiesburg, Mississippi, USA - JAN 6, 2008
Bottle courtesy from Styles, Nice smell of molasses. Taste was sweet with hints of dried fruit. Not over powering but noticible. Alcohol was well hidden. lacing was nice also. Good beer

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
hellomynameis (876) - Mayer, Minnesota, USA - JAN 6, 2008
Black coloured with a brown head. Molasses and roast aroma. Lots of roast in the flavour with some chocolate and alcohol. Dry alcoholic finish. Good palate. This has a ton of potential and it’s surprising for a leinie brew but it’s just not that good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Gorbalev (2999) - Ontario, CANADA - JAN 6, 2008
Bottle shared with Hogtown Harry and Blankboy, Harry’s bottle. Well, here is a highly rated rare treat that I knew nothing about! Pitch black, big bubbly chocolaty head, a perfect looking stout. Good aroma - alcohol, molasses, sticky sweet. Taste features a ton of molasses as well, maybe almost too much. Full thick body, hops somehow fight their way through and are noticeable as well. Alcohol really burns after a few sips in the linger. A good solid impy - but the individual marks are higher than my overall impression if that makes any sense - just didn’t hit a home run for me.

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