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RATINGS: 809   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.87   SEASONAL: Series   IBU: 50   EST. CALORIES: 285   ABV: 9.5%
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The Big Eddy Russian Imperial Stout was brewed at Leinenkugelís 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 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - NOV 18, 2007
Courtesy hopscotch. Pours a thick, viscous, dark chocolate body with a minimal brown head. Solid legs foreshadow the substantial mouthfeel that is about to be experienced. Looks like a really big imperial stout should. The aroma shows sweet, melted dark chocolate, marshmallows, coconuts, and tons of stewed raisons. The flavor is just huge with rich chocolate and mocha goodness. Stewed dark fruits lend depth, while massive hops cut through the substantial sweetness like a knife. The mouthfeel is full and viscous, without any annoying cloyingness. Awesome beer. Is this really the same brewery that makes Sunset Wheat? Wow!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mgumby10 (1856) - Jupiter, Florida, USA - NOV 18, 2007
Courtesy hopscotch. Thanks for sharing Eric! Pours black as night, with a small brown head. Pretty big roasty aroma, alot of chocolate, and some definite dark fruit in there. Raisins come to mind. Very thick and rich mouthfeel. Big roast, big chocolate, and the dark fruits certainly are apparent in the flavor, making it fairly sweet for an imperial stout. This reminds me alot of Worlwide Stout without the monster alcohol. Aftertaste was only slightly bitter. Pretty damn good. Surprising.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jtw (1084) - farmington, Michigan, USA - NOV 18, 2007
12 oz bottle - didnít quite know how to approach this beer, knowing that it is a leinenkugel product. it poured black, ever-so-tinted ruby at the glass edges. appeared to be nearly flat, but a vigorous pour resulted in a head that rose up out of nowhere, formed by tons of tiny beige microbubbles. pleasant flavors of roasted coffee and grains, cocoa, caramel sugar, dark dried fruits, and even a bit of harsh green hops in the end. no real cohesion to the flavors, and as a result they can be picked out individually rather than having to decipher an entire palate at once. too bad the rest of the product line (leinie OR miller!) doesnít follow this example!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Edmoe (239) - Orlando, Florida, USA - NOV 18, 2007
Black pour with little head. Aroma is alcohol, coffee, chocolate raisins, and toffee. Taste is coffee with a tangy copper present. Alcohol is apparent. Bitter after taste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
CheesedMan (555) - Saint Cloud, Florida, USA - NOV 17, 2007
UPDATED: MAR 26, 2008 Thanks Hopscotch!!! Poured nearly black, the brown does appear around the edges. Aroma is raisins, figs, dates, licorice. Flavor is a deep roasted coffee, with some creamy sweetness coming through. There is hope...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Schroppfy (2360) - Łůdż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - NOV 17, 2007
UPDATED: FEB 10, 2008 Mmmm, chewy and raisiny sweet, this is a big bold, grainy beer. The plumminess is not totally integrated with the rest of the beer; it just kind of sits there, saying "notice me!" Wonderfully thick, great legs and a great nose. Thanks for the extra, Jason!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
1FastSTi (3333) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 16, 2007
Pitch black pour with dark ruby highlights around the edges. A dense thin sheet of deep brown colored head coats and dense sheet lacing clings to the glass. The aroma is nice. Dark charred malts, tons of dark pitted fruits, lots of dark and milk chocolate. But at times, the aroma is not vibrant enough for me. The flavor and palate, fortunately, donít fall short at all. A rich viscous velvety syrup of liquid chocolate, roasty charred malt, plums, rhubarb, and a nice hop balance makes this beer a wonderful one. Also reminded me a bit of Bells Expedition. Iíd say this is comparable in quality to imperial stouts made by Bells, FFF, Goose Island, Deschutes, and Brooklyn (to name a few).

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
iowaherkeye (2690) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - NOV 15, 2007
12oz bottle, I believe bottled late October í07. Big thanks to Jason Ughsmash for giving me this at FoBAB. Sits black with a one finger brown head that fades to a thick ring and filmPine sappy hops, tar, roasted malts, molasses, black cherries and other dark fruits (raisins), light alcohol heat--holy hell, this is good. Iím glad I let it warm up so I wouldnít miss out on anything. Flavor is a little sweeter than the aroma had led on with a little added brown sugar up front with the fruits. The tar, soy and piney hops strike back to keep things from getting too sweet. Dry roasty char finish that is also slightly salty and lingers with some bitterness (3 out of 10). Alcohol is masked very well, as I can only guess the strength by the mouthfeel. Full creamy body with soft smooth carbonation.This reminds me of Expedition quite a bit--I think Iíll even have one later tonight. Big Eddy was absolutely awesome. I didnít want to love this beer, but it couldnít be helped. Damn those Big Eddy beers rock!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
GODGODGOD (12) - USA - NOV 13, 2007
Bottle thanks to myself. Iím the biggest anti-Leinie man alive. Trying their other beers is like going into my cleaning closet and blind tasting cleaners. But I must say, itís a quality beer. Small mocha/tan head. Lighter mouth feel than most imperial stouts. Dark fruit, oatmeal and chocolate complexity. Very surprised. Very good. Try this. Might even be worth the four pack.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mreusch (851) - Olathe, Kansas, USA - NOV 13, 2007
Bottle, with a BIG THANKS to nflmvp for this. Pour is syrupy and pitch black, with a thick creamy dark tan head, great lacing. Aroma is VERY nice, and packed with fresh roasted coffee beans, molasses, vanilla, dark fruits, milk chocolate, and some light smoke and licorice. Flavor brings the nose together nicely, with the roast and smoke coming more to the front, and everything else complimentary but secondary; comforting warmth. Palate is spot on; chewy, creamy and coating, with a lingering roastiness. Right or wrong, Iím looking hard for a weakness here, and Iím just not finding it. Thanks again, Steve!

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