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RATINGS: 829   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.


4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
badbeer (434) - Iowa, USA - NOV 13, 2007
Pours pure black with probably the darkest colored head Iíve seen, brownish red almost. Head retention is amazing and has incredible lacing. Aroma has molasses, licorice, cherries, chocolate, and a little roastiness. Sweet malt and molasses greet my tongue first, yielding a cornucopia of sweet delicious flavors. Many of the things noted in the nose are also present in the taste, but just even more condensed and with some roastiness in the finish; itís so good! Mouthfeel is super thick, very full bodied with low carbonation; perfect for an imperial stout. Incredible beer, I really hope they continue to make this. Dark Lord, watch out!

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Odeed (1784) - Bakersfield, California, USA - NOV 11, 2007
black body with a small red ring around the snifter glass.small dark brown head that fades fast.huge nose of figs,raisins,black coffee,molasses,roasted malts,and smoke.the flavor is a nice blend of dark fruits,black coffee,unsweetened chocolate,smoke,cocoa,and roasted malts.a lot like stones impy with only a little smaller mouthfeel.still this is pretty damn tasty and thick as a brick.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Ty5592 (1018) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 10, 2007
Bottle from JPDIPSO, thanks! Box was sitting outside when I pulled up. Took that box inside and opened it to realize that the Big Eddy was cold. Popped it on the spot and now iím rating it. Thick and black with milk chocolate head. Really looks like moter oil. malty rich aroma of deep roated malt, molasses,current, light darkfruit, and light burt wood. The taste was the same with nice sweetness and good roasted bitterness in the finish. Damn fine beer. Glad I got that 4 pack which is now a three pack....more on the way fyi.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
scoobysnak (329) - Appleton, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 10, 2007
Probably the best Impy Iíve had. Pours a motor oil black with a 1 finger width light brown head that disappates pretty quickly. Smells of dark chocolate slight hops and smoky notes. Taste of chocolate, with a earthy coffee flavor and as the gentleman before me noted a faint black licorice taste I caught a glimpse of. DELICOUS, Iím definately going to let a few of these age out for a while. Glad it is brewed here in Wisconsin and it shouldnít prove to difficult to find.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
JB175 (1665) - Bucks County, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 9, 2007
Bottle from nflmvp - thanks!!! Beautiful black, viscous pour with a light tan head. Aroima is thick with cocoa, cream, sugar, dark chocolate, coffee, and some smoke. Flavor has a wonderful cocoa/smoky/coffee/licorice thing going on that is nothing short of amazing. Silky mouthfeel, sweet and tingly finish with some nice hops in there. Canít wait to see how it ages. This one is special, and oh yeah - its an SAB-Miller product. Now I love to shit on macro-pale lager brewing asshole companies while supporting the little guys, but you gotta applaud this. A top 50 Leinenkugels brew? Keep it comin.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
buckybeer (666) - Eau Claire, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 8, 2007
Bottle. Finally got some of this. WOW!! This is some thick stuff. Pours black with a small dark tan head and sticky lacing. Aroma is rich malt, licorice, medicinal ripe fruits. Flavor is chalky smokey malts, cocoa, molasses, licorice, and faint hops. Mouthfeel is thick and velvety. Thank you Leinenkugels for brewing a beer that drinkers can sink their teeth into. Donít be afraid to brew more big beers. You are now off of my shit list. ; )

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
johnadam2002 (529) - Hainesport, New Jersey, USA - NOV 8, 2007
Poured motor oil black with a creamy tan head. Aroma of roasted malt and chocolate. Big roasted malt flavor with some chocolate hop character. Pretty agressive finish.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ofortuna (322) - Grafton, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 6, 2007
12oz bottle and initially served at around 45 degrees.

Immediately notice the motor-oil-like viscosity as it pours from the bottle. I also notice the attention to the proper carbonation level as they are quite low. Very pleasant surprise as I was really expecting them to be aggressively high.

Aromas of intense dark bakers chocolate, figs and a very mellow hop character. Some good floral notes as well jumping up before I take my plunge.

The flavour exhibits layers of malt complexity. The eleven different malts are well represented with a wonderful toasted character as well as a smooth creaminess prevalent throughout the experience.

The hop profile was nicely balanced and in tune for the huge malt backbone. Some have said the hop levels are a bit high, but itís nothing like what a fresh Expedition Stout displays. Slightly hoppy, but extremely drinkable.........too drinkable as Iím now on my second one. Iím again shocked that such a young Imperial Stout displays this character without any additional aging. A feat that some other highly touted Imperials fail to achieve.

Oh my the palate! Oily, heavily viscous, a silky creaminess that washes over the mouth. This experience only is further enhanced with the warming of my snifter. With this release a pleasant warming sensation on the back of the tongue is also noted.

All in all this definitely lives up to the hype and far exceeds my expectations! Very well done and kudos to the Leineís family for taking a chance on catering to the beer aficionado crowd.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ughsmash (7175) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 5, 2007
Bottled. Just a lovely pour.. highly-viscous midnight black with a tall, creamy, deep brown head that stuck around for ages.

The aroma picked up large doses of rich malty goodness.. bakerís chocolate, molasses, cocoa powder, and espresso.. all deeply-roasted and they really worked well together.. there was also some lighter green fruit present and some resiny pine.. hopefully those fruits fade with time, otherwise exquisite!

The flavor had huge doses of deeply-roasted darker fruits, chocolates, and charred coffee beans with just enough pine resin and citrus bitterness as accents.. finished bright with the bitterness, and the alcohol warmth washed over the entire mouth and throat about 3 seconds after the swallow.. mighty tasty, firm, and complex!

Extra heavy on the palate and oily with a dry back-end and assertive alcohol warmth.. this felt amazingly like Expedition on the palate, and the bad boyís just an infant! I feel like a trip the the Northwoods is in order!

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BBB63 (6122) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - NOV 5, 2007
Rating #10, make or break...Bottle from Ughsmash, thanks! Served in my Stone IRS snifter and it is jet black with an initial big rocky creamy tan head and left outstanding lace upon the glass. The nose detects bakers chocolate, molasses, plum and currant esters, light coffee and crŤme brulee, some mild resiny and citric hops too.

The taste starts with a powerful one-two punch of over ripened fleshy fruit and charred sweet malts. Full forced smack down before the midsection appears with a brief moment of astringent hop bitterness. The finale leads you towards a mixture of espresso and aggressive liquorice. The overall flavor profile is a huge assault to the palate.

This is still a bit too green and unruly but I gotta like the potential for greatness. The mouth feel is slick and oily, firm alcohol presence upon the shockingly bone dry finish. Glad I got a few more on hold because I really need to age these. I would like to see the faces of good old Leinies drinkers when they get a hold of this beast, WOOF!


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