Pailhead (4379) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - NOV 28, 2007
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle: Big chocolate and plum aroma along with marshmellow, roasted malt, faint black licorice, and faint alcohol. It pours a dark brown, virtually black, with a small brown head that fades relatively quickly down to a moderate ring along the edges of the glass. The flavor starts with lots of chocolate, plum, and molasses, with some faint black licorice. The finish has lots of roastiness that really lingers on the palate along with some fruit, and light citrus hops. I donít think it tastes like Expedition while the liquid is in your mouth, but it does have a very similar aftertaste to Expedition. Slick, oily, and full bodied with moderate carbonation at first but dies to a much softer mouthfeel after a few minutes.
Styles (2014) - Lincoln Park, Michigan, USA - NOV 27, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: OCT 21, 2010 Older bottle from northernbrews. Black with huge beige head. Aroma and flavor consist of big chocolate, sweet mollasses character, candied dark fruits. Flavor much the same, big sweet character, not really cloying though, enough roast and hop character to balance. Sticky mouthfeel. Much better than the bottles I had originally.
pnista (1007) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - NOV 26, 2007
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
(I think this may have been a bad batch, as we opened three bottles and all tasted kind of shitty. I guess quality control, or lack thereof, should influence a rating, right?) Big dark dark brown to black with a dense tan head. Apples? Sweet. A bit of weird alcohol. No roast. No chocolate. Maybe some pine? This isnít bad, but for an imperial stout, this is highly unusual, obviously. Big smooth body, a bit viscous with low carbonation. Okay, must be a bad bottle. Weird piney soapy taste. Sweet malt. A bit of roast and some very high fusel alcohols. Lingering unclean pine. Three bottles later, arenít the big guys known for consistency? Fruit, phenolic and weird... not much of a chocolate aspect. No licorice. Nothing creamy. Iím not getting dark fruits. I swear Iím rating a different beer. As it warms to room temperature, this becomes more tolerable and maybe I can detect some chocolate peaking out. I just donít know...
kp (10886) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - NOV 25, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: DEC 23, 2007 Name: Big Eddy Imperial Stout
Source: Tasting, Throwdown 3
black, fine tan head, vicious almost to the point of having legs, streaks of lace,
strong dark chocolate aroma with a bit of licorice,
big and creamy body,
rich dark chocolate flavor, growing bitterness rises out of dark chocolate, chocolate stays strong to the end, touch of dark fruits, lasting bitter finish,
Name: Big Eddy Imperial Stout
black, big creamy brown head,
rich dark chocolate aroma with sweet licorice and vanilla,
lots of bitter dark chocolate flavor, touch of coffee character,
the creamy body combined with the rich dark chocolate is what makes this beer special
Aroma: 8/10; Appearance: 8/10; Flavor: 8/10; Palate: 9/10; Overall: 17/20
Silphium (3156) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - NOV 25, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Deep, opaque charcoal body, medium light brown head. Big, complex aroma of charred, roasted malts, chocolate/cocoa, coffee, prune, and licorice, and even a salty/leathery undertone. The body is heavy on the bitter, charred malts and salt in the beginning, underneath which lurk sweet dark fruits, molasses, coffee, and licorice. Vinous, wispy finish with lingering sweetness. If anything, I prefer less sweetness and a stronger alcohol presence to indicate the beerís strength. Philip makes a very good point about the slim viscosity compared to the best imperial stouts. Nevertheless, an excellent beer by Leinenkugel.
DavidP (1746) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 25, 2007
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Gorgeous pour; viscous black body with a crema-looking dark tan head. Big chewy aroma of figs, rum wood and tootsie roll. From the velvety initial mouthfeel comes a figgy-sweet malt base with rum and chocolate layered on top. The finish is dried out by alcohol and roast malt. A delightful beer, well put together in terms of letting the sweet mouthfeel and outweigh any hopping or alcohols.
Philip (436) - Illinois, USA - NOV 25, 2007
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Enjoyed post Thanksgiving. Crafted much more in the vein of an Imperial Porter than an Imperial Stout. The hops are rather muted until the finish, with semi-sweet chocolate and cane sugar syrup pronounced. The pour is a thing of beauty, with a luscious brown head and a dark chocolate appearance. Undertones of prune juice and toffee on the palate, with subtle notes of star anise and nutmeg. Rather sweet, but certainly enjoyable. The 9.5 ABV is hardly noticeable. A solid structure and decent complexity to this Imperial Porter. I am missing the hops and the viscosity/mouthfeel of an exceptional Imperial Stout. Thanks to Nathan for transporting this south.
Skyview (5104) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - NOV 25, 2007
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Picked up a four-pak at Discount Liquors in Waukesha, Wisconsin. Pours a syrupy opaque dark brown brew with a decent tan head that has good retention and lacing. Aroma of dark toasted malt, dark chocolate, dark pitted fruit, raisins, molasses, soy sauce and some black licorice. Taste is thick and full bodied, very light carbonation with a complex flavor of dark chocolate, prunes, more dark fruit and some bitter coffee. Finish has a dry bitterness that is still thick in texture and a slight coffee aftertaste. These Big Eddy series are quite the experience.
lampeno420 (320) - Zeeland, Michigan, USA - NOV 24, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: DEC 2, 2007 Yeah, its good. Its made by Leinenkugel. Easily the best thing theyíve done. A lot of sweet chocolate and caramel. Thick mouth but overall easier to drink than some big impys. Would love to get a bottle of my own since it was shared, and thanks for the share btw Scotty.
Syd (920) - Waconia, Minnesota, USA - NOV 23, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: NOV 25, 2007 Bottle from Elm Grove Liquor in Milwaukee area pours black with a tan head and clingy lace. The aroma is chocolate malt and dark dried fruit. The flavor is of dried plums and raisins with a long chocolate finish. There are some coffee notes on the tail end. The palate is rich and thick. Overall, Iím impressed. I didnít think these guys could do it.