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RATINGS: 843   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 Leinenkugel’s 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.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JMFG (1587) - Florida, USA - NOV 19, 2007
Courtesy hopscotch. Black in color with small bits of white head floating around. Rousing gives a dark tan head that disappears quickly. Nice chocolately-cocoa aroma, a hint of alcohol present but not really that much. Very smooth taste - roast and chocolate in equal amounts and the alcohol is negligible on the palate. Damn good.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
dchmela (2766) - Orlando, Florida, USA - NOV 19, 2007
Courtesy Hopscotch. Bottle. Pours out thick and black with barely any head. Looks like motor oil. Thick roasted barley, molasses, aroma. Really thick mouthfeel. Roasted malt, chocolate, cognac in the taste. Just a hint of alcohol in the aftertaste. Coats the glass, very thick.This is an absolutely great beer, my favorite from the Otown throwdown.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
hopscotch (9954) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - NOV 19, 2007
Bottle… Pitch black ale with a mid-sized, creamy, light brown head. Everlasting swirl of head sits atop the brew from start to finish. Dark roasted aroma with notes of molasses, dark chocolate, coffee and hints of diacetyl and smoke. Medium to heavy sweetness with moderate bitterness and mild, acrid tanginess. Whispers of black cherries and blueberries. Full-bodied with a chewy mouthfeel and moderate carbonation. Bitter-sweet, chocolaty finish. Excellent brew, but a touch too sweet for me to go nuts over!

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Juelze (1141) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 18, 2007
Pours a out a viscous black color with 1/2" frothy light brown head. Aroma of dark bitter chocolate, chalk, dark fruit, light alcohol, some brown sugar. Taste is dark chocolate, dark fruits, some mmolasses. It’s almost like a really rich dark chocolate wrapped around some dark dried fruit. Nice amounts of lacing as the beer is consumed. Moderate carbonation and full bodied with just the right amount of alcohol. This beer is a big one. Took me close to an hour to finish. The bitterness could be a bit more tame, but some aging well definitely address the issue. Great stuff!!!

4.3
   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!

4.1
   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.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jtw (1136) - farmington, Michigan, USA - NOV 18, 2007
12 oz bottle - didn’t 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!) doesn’t follow this example!

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Edmoe (241) - 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.

3.7
   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...

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Schroppfy (2360) - Łódż, 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!


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