joe1510 (501) - Illinois, USA - JAN 12, 2008
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
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.
valpoaj (729) - Valparaiso, Indiana, USA - JAN 11, 2008
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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!
jsquire (4141) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - JAN 11, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
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.
Mrthirstyneck (341) - Minnesota, USA - JAN 10, 2008
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
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 Oí coffee as well overall i was a big fan. Keep it coming
ahalloin (54) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - JAN 10, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
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 Leineís for achieving a very solid RIS!
WeeHeavySD (3379) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 9, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
matt7215 (2278) - Cambridge, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 8, 2008
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - JAN 8, 2008
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
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
auerbrau (3203) - Ithaca, New York, USA - JAN 8, 2008
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
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. Itís 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. Thereís a crushing harshness to the profile of this beer. Thereís some higher alcohols that make it estery in a peculiar way, that somehow fights with the roast. Thereís 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.
garmonbozia (429) - Hattiesburg, Mississippi, USA - JAN 6, 2008
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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