mcox90 (1719) - Wilton, New Hampshire, USA - DEC 24, 2007
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
12 oz bottle from Dragonstout. Pours a deep,dark brown, almost black with a small tan head. Not much in the way of lacing. Nose is of dark fruits, molasses, chocolate. Very little carbonation. Flavors of dark fruits, chocolate covered cherries and molasses dominate the beer. The 9.5% abv is very well hidden. The brew leaves you with a warm glowing finish. Lived up to the hype and expectation.
pintsize (1042) - Austin, Texas, USA - DEC 23, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
12-20-07 shared with lb4lb thanks to the generosity of miketd!
Roasted smoky mocha aroma. Big black body with a thick creamy head and great lacing. I get hints of fruit in the taste - alcohol is masked very well. Tastes of rich black cherry dark chocolate cake. Nice, creamy, heavy, thick and smooth - so wonderful! Perfect job with the balance of the higher alcohol and it still maintains good flavor. More sweet than I imagined it would be but very good and would have again. As it warms, it becomes even smokier in the smell and taste.
franksnbeans (265) - Columbus, Maryland, USA - DEC 23, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours out jet black with a huge cocoa head that dies slow and laces big. Smells of chocolate covered fruit, dried plums, coffee and cocoa. Taste is big chocolate, some dark fruit and coffee but all out of sorts. These flavors usually are perfect together but they all seem off. Turned off by the chalky finish. Full in the mouth and the ABV is well hidden. A victim of hype.
MIBRomeo (2570) - Wisconsin, USA - DEC 23, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Jet black pour huge mocha oatmeal looking head w/ nice thick lacing. Palate is well coated and creamy almost a five but just not quite full enough. Rich roast malt aroma touches of sweet alcohol. Big sweet malty taste molasis and dark milk chocolates w/ a hint of raisens and a touch of butter. Delicious.
illinismitty (2270) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 23, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from Ross via Juelze. Thanks ass lick! I have been wanting to see if this Leinenkugle beer lives up to the hype. IPours an opaque black with a chocolate brown head. Aroma of roasted malts, dark fruit, balsamic reduction, and coffee. Medium to full bodied with a nice creamy texture. Initial flavor of milk chocolate with subtle smoke. Mid palate is sweeter, with flavors of dark fruit and black and rye malts that is countered by a moderate balancing bitterness. Finish has a slight tang, and is short but smooth. I had this in a blind tasting along Bells Expedition 8183 and Brooklyn Black Chocolate 07-08. Of those three, this one was my favorite of the night. While Expedition has more body, roast, and bitterness, I think Expedition needed more time in the cellar for the flavors to meld. With some cellar time, Expedition will probably be a better beer. But for now, Big Eddy pulls off the upset. This just goes to show that the big breweries CAN make a good craft beer. Hopefully others will follow suit.
xnoxhatex (1305) - Grand Rapids/Chicago, Michigan, USA - DEC 23, 2007
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Rating #100 for the beer. Bottle thanks to Drewbeerme. Opaque black with large tan/coffee head. Aroma of smoke, roasted malt, dark fruit, dark chocolate sweetness, bourbon vanilla aswell, very nice. Sweet alc flavor with deep dark bitter/sweet chocolate, hoppy, dark fruits, powerful malt/alc balance. Medium to full body and creamy. This is quite a powerful brew, once again another impressive big eddy release. This is comprable to any big imperial stout out there, though the abv is still quite small for such a big alc tasting beer. I agree with Drewbeerme about the similarity to DL.
lb4lb (2574) - Austin, Texas, USA - DEC 21, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Big thanks to Miketd for this much wanted bottle!
Dark oily, black pour with a nice sized brown head. Looks nice in a snifter. Smells of some soy sauce, oatmeal, a bit of roast malt, and unbaked dough. Very interesting. Taste is smoky. Beef jerky, smoke and then some roasty malt and a bit of dark fruits. Nice thick creamy body and mouthfeel. Too smoky at first, but then it grows on me and has some chalky bittersweet cocoa powder notes that I enjoy.
milewide (1784) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - DEC 20, 2007
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Black color and thick body. Some sweetness, but mostly toasted malt. Modest hop bitterness.
holdenn (2094) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 19, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz bottle thanks to andrew for crossing the border to pick me up some of these. Pours a dark black with a tall tan head. Fruity sweet aroma. Dark fruit, ripe fruit, and dark chocolate. Roasted malt/fruity flavors. Molasses, dark fruit, cherries, and roasted malts with a sweet but bitter roast finish. Thick sticky palate. Good beer.
fordest (2133) - Santee/San Diego, California, USA - DEC 19, 2007
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
12 oz bottle thanks to Santa. What a beer. Darkest pour with huge tan head. Lots of dark fruit, coffee, chocolate aromas. Flavors were roasted coffee, Mocha Java, Touches of alcohol on the finish. Raisins and Molasses. Good Good Stuff.