ThisWangsChung (747) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - MAR 14, 2013
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
12 oz bottle into a Duvel tulip.
A: Pours a damn near pitch black color overall. The head is a three finger khaki shade featuring fantastic retention for both the style and gravity. Even better, the creamy texture leaves gorgeous rings of lacing down the side of the glass. One of the better looking imperial stouts Iíve encountered.
S: This stout in particular takes the route of being VERY licorice-forward. After it warms up a bit, it develops chocolate, molasses, and subtle cherry tones. Sweet in general; while not to my personal preference, the aroma is quite well done.
T: Again with the licorice. It tries to develop the aforementioned chocolate/dark fruit tones after a big opening salvo of licorice, but is still supplanted by licorice. The finish is a bit fruity and (pleasantly) boozy, with additional notes of toffee and marzipan. Roasted qualities are really subtle here. Generally, this one lacks depth, and the dominant quality isnít to my liking.
M: I like the softness here; but it isnít quite thick or dense enough for me. What surprises me here is how the softness gives way to a dry finish, almost as if it were designed more for drinkability than savorability. There are some *faint* wine-like qualities (itís vaguely tart, and I swear it seems a bit on the tannic side) in both the flavor and palate feel that I kind of dig.
O: Iíll give it some credit here, itís reasonably well brewed and an excellent effort from Leinenkugelís. I just donít really care for beers that make me reminisce about chewing on a big olí stick of Twizzlers (or even worse, black licorice jelly beans...shudder...) Luckily, this isnít some black-licorice-jelly-beans jabroni in the RIS world, just a lower midcarder in the vein of Koko B. Ware. Put him in a match with Ted DiBiase (Old Rasputin) or the Macho Man Randy Savage (Founders IS) and heís just going to eat a pinfall in 3 minutes - similar to this offering.
kkleu357 (121) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 5, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Solid Imperial Stout. Drank on tap at a bowling alley in Green Bay. Was easily there best beer on tap. Had huge notes of chocolate, malt, leather, maybe even a little tobacco flavor. I enjoyed way too many glasses of this stuff.
crazyvin (1836) - New York, USA - FEB 25, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A black body with a brown head. A nice roasted malt presence upfront Leather, molasses, and chocolate malts rounded out the aroma. Flavor was slightly sweet. There was nice chocolate flavors along with some molasses notes. A slight oak character and the alcohol was a nice warming presence. Nice mouth feel. Good beer.
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JOHNCONOR (15) - USA - FEB 17, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This shitís serious, like krokodil serious. Though my flesh does not resemble melting mozzarella and my life expectancy canít be measured with an egg timer. Big Eddy is a monster of a beer. I was surprised to see that itís the offspring of Leinenkugel. I am very well aware of the name Leinenkugel. This past summer I ordered and sold well over 500 cases of their Summer Shandy, by far the most successful seasonal beer out there, Sam Adams and the rest be damned. I would have sold a few hundred more cases if the supplies didnít dry up. My last order was for 100 cases and the best they could scrape up was 25, just about two daysí worth. Hell, I half expected Jacob Leinenkugel himself to swing buy and offer me a seafood medley at Arbies or at the very least a Summer Shandy polo and commemorative pin. No dice. But I did go home with a four pack of Big Eddy Imperial Stout. To put it into perspective, I have seen Big Eddy used to clean wounds and treat town water supplies. Eddy pours inky black with a dark brown mocha head that dissipates fast. Aroma is of dark rich chocolate and burnt coffee. The taste is very rich. Heavy on the coffee and chocolate aspects which are the salient features of a lot of Russian Imperial Stouts. This is a sipping brew for sure, good over balance of flavors. Drink this beer on a cold winter night when you have absolutely nothing going on the next day.
jonno (2092) - JAPAN - FEB 16, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Well made, faultless english style IRS. No pointy edges ,very smooth. All the classic flavours. Perhaps not as vibrant as the classics, but a well presented package.
Beerdedone (2460) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 15, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours pitch black with a creamy tan head that left soapy lacing. Aroma of roasted malts, dark chocolate, coffee and had some notes of fruit. Flavor was lightly sweet and bitter with dark chocolate, roasted coffee, dark fruit, molasses and had a touch of toffee. Full bodied soft carbonation creamy texture. Excellent impy stout
HIGHB4LL (224) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - FEB 11, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: FEB 12, 2014 On tap at Old Chicago in Old Town. Appearance:1.5 fingers copper-brown head, deep brown to black color, clear, great lacing. Aroma: coffee, dark chocolate, raisins, molasses. Palate: full body, creamy texture, soft carbonation. Taste: heavy sweetness, but not in an unbalanced way. Overall, very surprised with this beer, very much enjoyed it. Would have again.
justone7 (4) - - FEB 9, 2014 does not count
4.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Nice black color, good head and lacing lasting several minutes, not much on the nose, taste very complex, sweet up front holding on for quite a while, then a quick bitter finish. Really liked it in the mouth!
SuperTiti33 (310) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 8, 2014
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Noir avec un énorme collet moka. Nez: très chocolaté. Semble sucré. Truffe. Grain torréfié. Fruit séché (datte, raisin). Gâteau/biscuit. Je salive! Bouche: respectueuse du nez. Riche et onctueuse. Très chocolaté. Bonne amertume. Fine chaleur d'alcool. Fruit séché. Bonne présence des malts torréfié. Sucré. Truffe au chocolat. Finale caramel avec l'amertume d'un bon café espresso. J'aime beaucoup!
warhawk91 (203) - Newington, Connecticut, USA - FEB 6, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz. bottle. Pour is black with a chocolate ice cream head and very good lacing. The head retention in this is about 4 minutes. Smell is dark roast with a big smoke note with bakers chocolate and a bit of coffee. A touch of booze on the nose. Taste is rich, dark, very smokey and chocolatey. Bittering hop note at the end with a touch of coffee. Much like a smoked porter except bigger, more viscous and complex. Almost like a BBQ stout, very different and very good.
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iStout (10) - - FEB 3, 2014
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Good quality dry Imperial Stout !---
Has more hops than my favorite Imperial Stouts like Founders Imperial, AleSmith Speedway, Thirsty Dodís Siberian Night or Bellís Expedition,
On tap at Legends Spors Bar in Green, Ohio...