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RATINGS: 814   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.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
ThisWangsChung (747) - 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 I’ve 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 isn’t to my liking. M: I like the softness here; but it isn’t 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 (it’s 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: I’ll give it some credit here, it’s reasonably well brewed and an excellent effort from Leinenkugel’s. I just don’t really care for beers that make me reminisce about chewing on a big ol’ stick of Twizzlers (or even worse, black licorice jelly beans...shudder...) Luckily, this isn’t 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 he’s just going to eat a pinfall in 3 minutes - similar to this offering.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Darkmagus82 (993) - - AUG 21, 2014
Transfer from BA review on 1-6-13- Poured from bottle into a snifter Appearance – Pours a black colored brew with a one finger light brown head. The head fades relatively quickly to leave a nice level of lacing. Upon swirling the glass the thickness of the brew can be seen with it clinging to the sides of the glass and slowly receding down to the base of the brew. Smell- The aroma is heavy of chocolate and roasted malt with a presence of a bourbon like smell. A light coffee and molasses as well as a light licorice and dark fruit smell join the others and make for a rather nice roasty and dark aroma. Taste – The taste begins very smooth with a roasted malt and coffee heavy flavor. Sweeter flavors of dark fruits and molasses soon come to the tongue with the smoothness losing ground to a more turbid and carbonated taste. Flavors of chocolate then start entering onto the tongue. A very light alcohol flavor with hints of bourbon hit the taste buds more toward the end. The chocolate and coffee flavors grow stronger and get more intense at the end and when combined with the more subtle sweet flavors produce a very smooth and roasted dark flavor to linger on the tongue. Mouthfeel – This is one fantastic feel. As discussed above, it begins on the very creamy and smooth side with a very light carbonation felt on the tongue. As the brew sits in the mouth, tiny carbonation bubbles seem to make their presence known, slightly taking down the creaminess, but providing a great level of effervesce to compliment the sweet and bring in greater complexity to the feel. The end leaves a rather thick and lightly carbonated feel to linger on the tongue. This is actually one of the greatest feeling stouts I have ever had - It’s complex yet complimenting and balanced. Overall – Now I know that most of you automatically label this beer as sub-par as it comes from a more macro brewery, but I say this, give it an “honest and unbiased” chance. It doesn’t have the best flavor profile, although it is good with a nice roasty and dark flavor with a good level of sweetness. The real great thing of this beer is its feel and smell. Its feel is absolutely phenomenal with the smell being quite nice. Look past your preconceived notions and give this beer a honest go.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Mark_Eck (656) - - JUL 29, 2014
Pours black. Aroma is roasted malts, coffee, and chocolate. Taste is smooth and has a lasting aftertaste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
kidmartinek (3640) - austin, Texas, USA - JUL 25, 2014
Almost black with a rich tan head. Aroma of.dark fruit. Runny texture with flavors of old wood and sour but not tart malt.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
SHANER4 (479) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 19, 2014
Had this on tap at the brewery. I drank 4 other samples and had 2 of these. They only allow you to have 1 of the RIS but my wife don’t care for RIS’ s so I got lucky. This beer was damn good. Had that dark chocolate and black licorice taste. Has great smokey finish and silky smooth on the palate. Fantastic beer and would like a full pint.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bubbleflubber (1816) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - JUL 11, 2014
On tap at the Twisted Kilt in Myrtle Beach, SC, this pours pitch black with a nice choco-tan head that retains decently, leaving soapy lacing down the glass. The nose is of roasted grain and chocolate. Flavors have lots of toasted grains, chocolate malt, some toffee/caramel, and a nice buttering hop to balance the finish. Silky smooth with soft carbonation, it provides a full-bodied, velvety quaff. Best of this brewery I've had by a country mile. Nice job.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SlovakSniper (3118) - Candiac/Frelighsburg, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 10, 2014
La mousse kaki sur ce liquide noir est assez fabuleuse. Aussi, elle reste bien collée sur la paroi de mon verre droit. Pendant que la nuit s’installe et qu’un feu est sur le point d’être allumé, mon nez plonge dans ce verre a moitié plein. Des arômes de petits fruits et de réglisse rouge accompagnent bien les malts et leur parfum de chocolat noir. Il y a aussi d’autres fruits qui s’éveillent mais je n’arrive pas à clarifier mes idées. Une première gorgée est tentée. Une légère acidité se dessine autour d’un corps richement malté. On dirait qu’il y a des griottes dans cette bière. Du chocolat et de la mélasse se collent sur mes papilles. Le liquide cache admirablement bien ses 9.5% d’alcool. En bouche, c’est très réussi. La sensation pleine, l’effervescence douce ainsi que la texture triple crème sont triomphantes. En arrière-goût, la bataille est gagnée par la torréfaction et par une amertume qui s’accompagne d’une longue tirade fruitée. Une autre trouvaille super intéressante dans le fin fond d’un village habité par des consanguins et des gnomes qui portent la barbe et la casquette du hipster. Vintage 2013 clanché avec Pete, le yeti noir.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
David46 (10) - St Matthews, Kentucky, USA - JUN 8, 2014
I only had a sample at a beer festival a week ago. It was a great surprise because I didn’t know Leinenkugel made stouts. I will have to add to my review when I have a chance to drink one from top to bottom.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Frozer (112) - Illinois, USA - JUN 3, 2014
On tap in a big Eddy snifter. Dark oil slick black with thin tan head. Coffee smell. Strong coffee flavor with dry hop flavor in the background.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
RobertDale (3411) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - MAY 31, 2014
Sample at Hopfest 2014. Comes black with a decent tan head. Aroma of malt, chocolate, coffee, and fruit. Taste is roasted malt, dark chocolate, coffee, dark fruit, and alcohol. Very good, but not outstanding.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BrewGoblin (282) - Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, CANADA - MAY 28, 2014
A pretty fun, big black’un. Such a dark brown, almost purple, with a huge tawny bonnet. Beautiful, really. Smell is a bit boozy, but in the whiskey, warming way, not astringent. Also lots of dark fruitcake, raisins, smoke, cocoa, a bit of coffee and leather. Tasted the same to me and had a nice boozy, vanilla latte and fruitcake finish. Somewhat syrupy texture but really quite a nice RIS.

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