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RATINGS: 833   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
1FastSTi (3341) - 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 (2697) - 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!

   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!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Odeed (1795) - 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.

   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.

   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.

   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.

   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. ; )

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