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RATINGS: 858   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.88/5   SEASONAL: Series   IBU: 50   EST. CALORIES: 285   ABV: 9.5%
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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
HogTownHarry (6372) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - JAN 4, 2008
Bottle (12oz). Shared with blankboy and tupalev, my bottle via SecretFestivus 2007. Awesome - I’ve been wanting to try this one. Thick oily black pour, decent light brown head. Lush deep roast aroma of sweet molasses, coffee and plenty of low-level hops. Lovely sticky molasses and coffee taste, long moderately boozy bitter finish. Thick, sticky mouthfeel, just what you want in an impy. Terrific stuff - thank you midwestern Santa!!!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Gillard (42) - Florida, USA - JAN 4, 2008
Being a Wisconsin grad and drinking plenty of leine’s in college I was excited to try this one. Pours an ink black goo with very little head. The smell was of cherries, toast ,and bittersweet chocolate. Palate was ok and sustaining. A very solid effort by Leinenkugels.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
incutrav (577) - Woodbury, Minnesota, USA - JAN 3, 2008
14.99 for 4 pk at Cassanovas. Had this side by side with DL, Darkness and Expedition. This was our second fav. Very thick, and dark, with lots of semi sweet coco and pruney-coffeeness. Not as overpowerling sweet as DL, some good bitterness on the back end as well. ABV is pretty hidden.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tjthresh (1867) - Greenfield, Indiana, USA - JAN 1, 2008
12 ounce bottle from Ughsmash. Looks perfect. Onyx black with a lasting foamy brown head. Rubust aroma, but not brash. Molten baker chocolate, prune juice, soy sauce, and alcohol. A lot of bitter chocolate flavor. The soy is more pronounced than in the aroma. Molasses too. Sort of thin. Oily. Dry finish. Medium carbonation. Yep, its a winner.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
5000 (6599) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - JAN 1, 2008
Bottle: Black as night, large brownish head, frothy it is, decent lacing.   Rich nose, robust, raisin, apple skin, roasted malts... smells big.   Maybe even a little soy and maple syrup.   Has a lot going on, and for a Leinenkugels it has A LOT going on.   As it warms I pick up some campfire and charred wood as well.   On the tongue it displays a rich dark pitted fruit aspect, very rich in fact.   Warming, quite warming, but not alcoholic.   Hop bitterness is minor. &nbps Instead there seems to be a heavy breadiness and pine like aspect.   Moderately sweetened, moreso than your average Imperial Stout.   Moderate to full body and mouthfeel.   Not all that viscous tho, as one might expect for the style.   I take back that comment about moderately sweetened... this one is pretty darned sweet.   Certainly big, bigger than most, and way more than I expected from a Leinenkugel.   Pretty impressive I must say.   A little bit of a different beast, but still remains quite worthy in my eyes.   Could stand to be a little less sweet, with perhaps more roasted malt attributes and less dark pitted fruit.   Still pretty tasty, but in some aspects it seems a little bit over the top.   Thanks to Styles fors the bottle!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 7/20
Kevin (2182) - New Mexico, USA - DEC 31, 2007
bottle from mj. pitch black with a dark brown head. a lot of chocolate & coffee in the nose, a bit smokey with something like licorice there. Good god is this dry and roasty. bitter cocoa, smoke, i find myself not wanting to take another sip. so damn dry for some reason that it takes away from everything. the alcohol is noticeable is a bit of an understatement. this is not the noticeable alcohol in say a nice bourbon way, but more in the cheap taaka vodka way. this is the kind of impy i’d send to lumpy just to hear him biutch about it, for once i’d agree with him. the only way he’d hate it more is if it had bananas in it. the roastyness and the alcohol obliterate everything here. some vanilla and marshmallow notes under the heel of those flavors along with a peanut butter flavor. starts to develope a very burnt flavor as i plod further into this. it is strange that there are similarities to impy’s i love, but i can’t even bring myself to like this. what the fuck is wrong with me that i spend an hour of my time trying to figure out why a beer that has so much that i tend to adore in a beer yet it is not tasty, i might as well eat a bullet, this is what my life has become. fuck i hate it when beer makes me contemplate suicide. 5 7 3 1 7

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MI2CA (1340) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - DEC 31, 2007
12oz - Aroma is deep roasted chocolate malts, ashy, molasses, raisin, fig and date. Pours black with a big brown head and good lacing. Flavor matches aroma with a strong dark chocolate aftertaste. Palate is thick and warming. Very tasty.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
riversideAK (5936) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - DEC 31, 2007
Bottle from pepsican. Pours motor oil black sludge with a brown head. Aroma of roast, chocolate, licorice, dried fruit, smoke. Lots and lots of shit going on here. Smoke, chocolate, roast, maple, cigarettes, dark fruit, alcohol. I might be able to pick up the wheat malt. Still rather smooth. Thick, heavy, full bodied. Roasty and dry. Complex. Good.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MrBunn (2632) - The Wet Side of a Dry Town, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 30, 2007
Bottle. Pours thick and dark with a big tan head. Aromas are spectacular: peat and smoke, espresso, chocolate, etc. Flavor is very smooth, but has an edge to it from the alcohol, which also gives a bit of warmth. Tastes of silky chocolate with some earthy notes and dark fruit. Darn good, but I noted a bit of an aftertaste funkiness that I can’t place, but didn’t leave me with that nice glow that some of my favorites in this category do.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
cbkschubert (2900) - BFE, Arizona, USA - DEC 30, 2007
12 oz. bottle via trade with Ughsmash - Pours a dark brown color with a one and a half finger thick dark tan head. Light lacing and carbonation. Aroma is roasted malt, esters, and herbal hops. Flavor is bitter sweet choclate and dark esters. Mouthfeel is soft with a slight lingering chocolate aftertaste. Medium to full body. A very nice RIS. Thanks Jason.

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