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RATINGS: 838   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.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
ThisWangsChung (826) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - MAR 14, 2013
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
dpgjrnhcraftbrew (33) - New Hampshire, USA - MAR 18, 2015
Great dark brown brew with beautiful frothy khaki colored cap. Lacing up and down the sides. Licorice, roast, char, tobacco, and minimal chocolate make up the aroma. Taste is of roasted malts, ash, slight coffee with some cocoa mixed about. Not super thick but medium bodied enough for me to enjoy. This was overall a fantastic imperial stout that more than surpassed my expectations. Enjoy!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
koleminer20 (850) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - MAR 12, 2015
12 oz bottle shared by Spencer. The pour is a light/medium black with a great darker khaki head and a couple spots of lace as it falls to a ring and thin film. The aroma is good. Lots of roasty malt and a great amount of chocolate. There is a light licorice grab, and it finishes a touch on the hot side. Really good. The flavor is really roasty. There's a great note of roast and a nice licorice. On the back end there is a good amount of licorice but it falls a bit thin. The mouth feel is thin. The soft carbonation helps it feel thicker, but it falls off the tongue pretty quick. The aftertaste is lightly bitter and roasty. Not bad, but it could be way better if it were thicker ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ibrubeer (159) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - MAR 1, 2015
12 oz bottle. Nice, sweet malt aroma. Nice head, with small bubbles. Big taste, licorice, malt, and a little but sweet. Full bodied. Very nice RIS.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
dwyerpg (4734) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - FEB 22, 2015
This was a pretty solid imperial stout. Big flavors, nice color and head. A bit too much on the sweet side for my changing palate.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
johnnymusky (428) - Minnesota, USA - FEB 4, 2015
2014 dated bottle...pour is deep black...minimal lacing ..nose is huge chocolate and molasses with a slight smoke twist...berries are light....very smooth mouth..almost creamy...again i taste dark berries and light milky chocolate....actually a pretty solid beer...good show leinis...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
slimspady (213) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 26, 2014
Beer 9 of the 2014 beer exchange. Black pour. Little head. Coffee, roasted malts, complex and balanced. Very good.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Brentv (450) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 25, 2014
From bottle. Pours black with a beige head. Big aroma of roasted malts. Taste is nicely sweet, not too much, with a good hoppiness in there for balance. Delicious and worth drinking again.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BOSSbrewer (2249) - Arkansas, USA - DEC 14, 2014
Bottle thanks to Goetz at our BOSS barrel emptying party. Pours dark brown with a thin creamy tan head. Aroma is chocolate and lots of coffee. Lots of dark fruits also. Really nice. Flavor follows with dark chocolate malt bs coffee. Rich creamy mouthfeel. Really nice beer. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
RussianDragon (565) - - NOV 28, 2014
12 oz bottle is marked 2012 vintage. Pours an oily black with light barely passing as a maroon hue. Aroma is dark fruit and wet tobacco leaves with the usual coffee and chocolate aspects. Flavor is rich and complex: bakerís chocolate, coffee and fudge with dark cherries and slight spice complexity. Full bodied, moderate carbonation and bittersweet finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
tom10101 (3368) - Quebec, CANADA - NOV 14, 2014
Bottle (12 oz). 2012 vintage. Pitch black with a medium fully lasting brown head and some lacing. Aoma is of liquorice, raisins, figs, chocolate and roasted malt. Taste is also of liquorice (cloying), moderate sweetness, raisins, chocolate, roasted malt and light bitterness. Medium to full body. Moderate carbonation. Lingering liquorice finish. Lack of balance. Too much liquorice presence. Not easily drinkable, even for an RIS. I wasnít able to get to half of the bottle.

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