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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 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 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 (1166) - 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 (1268) - 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 (5410) - 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 (1749) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Stine (1734) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - NOV 29, 2007
Poured from a 12 oz. bottle. Thick, black, and oily pour produces a restive, chalky grey head. Loud aroma of green apples and honey; youth projects brashly and unavoidably. Venison, barbecue tang, and some pear juice lend further brightness across the top, though the depths of dark malt never really find expression. Flavor brings more aggression in a similar fashioning of vanilla peach and apple tones; these shout gibberish over a mild, muted articulation of smoky chocolate malt. A honey, pinesol and brown sugar glaze on grilled pineapple drives it further into oversugared citrus and overhopped confusion. Dense and oily with commanding presence in the mouth, though loose and certainly underdeveloped. Summarizes itself succinctly in another green apple burst of painful sweetness at the finale. Sugar and youth win out, and given the lack of bottle conditioning and the strange allegiance to the screw top idea, it doesnít seem to afford itself much of an opportunity to overcome that fault. Thanks for sharing, Ken!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
badgerben (4722) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - NOV 28, 2007
Rating 2600. Many, many thanks to the one, the only, Skyview, for bringing this treat. Iím entering it a bit out of order for the night, but what do I care? Pours like a bottle of motor oil with a medium, dark tan head. Very nice aroma of heavily roasted malt, coffee and a bit of soy sauce. Woody taste. Someone at the tasting mentioned hickory and I would have to agree 100%. Molasses, very strong malt and a sugary syrup taste dominate. Slight bitterness towards the end. Not the worldís greatest, but definitely a top tier brew. I am very impressed by Leinieís. Cheers!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
awaisanen (1304) - Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 28, 2007
From a 12oz Bottle. Purchased at Bello Vino in Ann Arbor, MI. Pours a dark black, mostly transparent, filtered color with a thick head of tight bubbled, charred tan head. Big, meaty aroma thatís dripping with some salty, teriyaki beef jerky characters and soy sauce. Thereís also an interesting floral sweet onion hop aroma that makes this smell like genuine Hawaiian barbeque. Thereís some dark chocolate and vanilla malt character lingering in there as well, but the spicy hop, molasses notes are whatís really striking. Full bodied, softly carbonated mouthfeel with a shimmering texture that melts across the tongue. Very slick and oily mouthfeel. The jerky-like, meaty flavors jump out on the palate right away, but are a bit less pronounced than in the aroma. Burned raisins, bourbony caramel, figs, and prunes start creeping out mid-palate. It gets increasingly roasty toward the finish, bringing out semi-charred flavors of french roast or espresso coffee. Some west coast white grapefruit hop characters emerge in the final smack, drying up some of the residual sugars nicely. Pretty well crafted beer overall - very complex and clean, but the meaty flavor of the malt is a bit too much for me. It doesnít taste off to my palate, only it has the bacony bamburg malt smoke character that getís a bit busy when combined with the high alpha hops and heavy roast. I must applaud a big brewer from delving into the craft brew scene and producing a beer that is exceptionally appealing to our community. With the quality control and process efficiencies of a big brewer, I expected to be blown away, and was left only mildly disappointed. Everything seems tight and clean, and the recipe formulation is bold and daring - it just didnít hit the target for my specific palate. However, I must point out that the beer should be bottle conditioned and NOT capped with a screw top if really meant to age well over time. This, however, is kind of a moot point, as many well reputed, smaller brewers use this same technique - I donít really agree with this, but as such, I canít justly deduct points for this fact, either. Keep íem coming!

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