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RATINGS: 861   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.88/5   SEASONAL: Series   IBU: 50   EST. CALORIES: 285   ABV: 9.5%
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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
islay (2276) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - DEC 2, 2007
UPDATED: DEC 8, 2007 Small serving during 11-30-07 tasting at the Lex-Larp Cellars as I joined joet and the Twin Cities crew. I wish I could have had more of this delicious brew, but there were only two 12 oz. bottles and about 10 people. Thanks to Skyview for picking this up. Sharp aroma of chocolate, coffee, and cream. Pours a dark brown with tan head. Taste is simultaneously tarry and sweet and sugary. Lemon and powdered sugar flavors. My brief description of the taste is not doing this beer justice; it is complex, even by imperial stout standards, unique in a style in which itís tough to be unique, and truly delicious. I nearly gave it a 10 for flavor. Heavy body and creamy in the palate. I gave another beer a higher rating due to a noticeably superior aroma, but Big Eddy Imperial Stout achieved the highest overall score and was my favorite beer of all thirteen I tried at the Cellars tasting.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
tennisjoel (1377) - Rochester, Minnesota, USA - DEC 1, 2007
Vanilla, oak, roastiness, and chocolate aroma. Very nice complexity. Easily the best Leinieís Iíve rated (although I never got a chance to try the IIPA). Even better when this beer warms. An explosion of flavors. Huge thanks to Bob (Skyview) for bringing this to the Cellars tasting!!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Petrucci914 (910) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 1, 2007
UPDATED: DEC 31, 2008 Pours absolutely pitch black with a thin mocha head which leaves a few streams of lacing. No light coming through this bad boy. Aroma is roasted malts, with a hint of chocolate, dark fruit, brown sugar, and a bit of vanilla.. Taste has a bit of chocolate and coffee, and bitterness and pretty apparent alcohol. Very good mouthfeel on this - thick and creamy.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
shendrix (478) - Waukesha, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 1, 2007
A very fine brew. The nose is an interesting malty roasted hint of goodness. Deep, deep chocolate brown in the glass lightly dusted with a tannish head. The palate explodes with coffee and chocolate dueling with a slightly smokey barley and molasses sweetness--perhaps a tad overstated--coming through in the finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
madcow75 (426) - Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 1, 2007
12 oz bottle. Pours dark black, with a medium brown head that diminishes to a skinny layer, great lacing all the way down. Aroma is chocolate, molasses and a touch of fruity sweetness. Taste is roasted malts, bitter coffee, some smoke and toasted marshmallow. Medium to heavy body and some alcohol warming as it goes down, the way a good imp stout should be. Good stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
demitriustown (1184) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - DEC 1, 2007
12 oz bottle: Holy Crap! Leinenkugel has an Impy Stout. Holy Crap! Itís actually good. Aroma is really malty, licorice, dark fruit, a wonderful, wonderful, smelling beer all around. Appearance is a pitch black with a thin tan head that linger around for the while. Taste is fricken great. A big malt overtone, chocolate, a bit of smoke, coffee, and the detection of a slight bit of hops. Overall, A damn good from Lienieís. Iím shocked...WOW!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
sthlm (1283) - Duluth, Minnesota, USA - NOV 30, 2007
UPDATED: NOV 6, 2010 [Bottle, huge thanks to the always generous Skyview] Pours black with a dark tan head. Aroma is sweet with fruit, malt, light smoke, molasses and alcohol. Taste is light coffee and roasted malt with raisin, molasses and brown sugar also definitely in there. The finish is roasted malt. Good thick mouthfeel. Despite there being quite a bit in the aroma, I just didnít really care for it--a little too sweet for me. This beer didnít completely work for me, although the taste was pretty nice, but it is clearly a very well crafted beer.

Previous Rating: 6/5/8/5/16=4.0 Re-rate: Still has good mouthfeel, but otherwise it falls flat. Some anise, alcohol, deeply roasted malt, slight oxidation. Just not a lot going on. Disappointing.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
JK (5809) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - NOV 30, 2007
Another from Skyview. Big Eddy is a well above average imperial stout. Pours like motor oil, thick and black, and almost no carbonation. Aroma has roast malt and sweet aroma. Lots of smoke and wood in the flavor, another described it as hickory and that description fits. Some sugar and moderate hops as well. some fruit. Thick, heavy palate. Sort of a hybrid between the British and American styles of imperial stout.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Crosling (1864) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - NOV 29, 2007
Thanks to Malcomb for sharing. Pours light black with a fairly dark tan head. Polish-like nose, hoppy with a bit of roast. Flavor is nicely balanced, interestingly hoppy and malty. Pretty solid ale.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
zathrus13 (1765) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - NOV 29, 2007
UPDATED: MAR 21, 2008 Black pour, with a brown head. Aroma is roasted malt, coffee, dark fruit, and molasses. Flavor is roasted malt, dark fruit, molasses, coffee, chocolate, and licorice. Medium to heavy, syrupy body. This is nice. Thanks for this bottle, Jason.

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