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RATINGS: 858   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.88/5   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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3.3
   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.


4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Steasy66 (1099) - Minnesota, USA - JAN 28, 2016
2010 bottle. Black, 2 finger tan head. Smells of chocolate and booze. Chocolate, red fruit, stone fruit in the flavor. Medium thick. Quite a nice beer.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
wrlangin (67) - Texas, USA - JAN 12, 2016
Good, enjoyable RIS. Nothing too unique or standout, but a traditional RIS executed very well. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ZacM612 (435) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - JAN 5, 2016
Opaque black with a brown head. Sweet aroma, some chocolate. Flavor also has some dark fruit sweetness.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ghsmith54 (4) - - DEC 28, 2015 does not count
Very pleasantly surprised. Iíd generally consigned Leinenkugels to the large brewer trash bin but this rather small batch Imperial impressed me with its complex flavors and nice aroma. Just a wee bit too thin but an impressive effort from a larger brewer. Only trouble is finding it as it came and went in my area fairly quickly.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
AskForJenny (1053) - Ontario, New York, USA - OCT 10, 2015
12 oz - Gift bottle from Chris. Boozy, roasted nose, cocoa colored wisp of a head. Good depth of notes on palate. Good but not elite.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Gerbeer (2670) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 3, 2015
Pours black with moderate tan head Aromas of dark liquored chocolate, vanilla and a bit of burnt wood. Flavors of black coffee, vanilla, coconut extract and bitter chocolate. A bit of alcohol. 7/4/8/3/16

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ericular (891) - Minnesota, USA - AUG 31, 2015
Sampled at Northgate Andover beer tasting. Hollow and bitter for a Russian Imperial, but still pretty decent.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
LinusStick (3072) - Moon Twp, suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 29, 2015
Delicious beer. Funny how you can write a brewer off as average, but then they release a one off and you see they really do have talent. The Big Eddy beers have been really good in my opinion. Aroma was big, thick and full. Bitter baking chocolate with a dose of roasted malt. Very nice. Pour was a deep dark brown with a thin off white film for a head. Taste was good. Not as full as the aroma, but still nice. Very bitter. Dark chocolate with just a hint toffee and not much else. Very one dimensional, but a good dimension it is. Mild carbonation.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tcon25 (373) - Duvall, Washington, USA - MAY 24, 2015
Bottle pour at home.( from the other night) almost black pour, sweet coffee and chocolate. Really enjoyed this one, picked this up without knowing what it was and was happily surprised.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BeerInHeaven (310) - Brillion, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 23, 2015
pours black with a slowly developing medium brown head. Aroma is earthy, toasted malt, slight black coffee. Very creamy mouth feel. Excellent rich taste. Toasted malt, some bitterness on the finish with a pleasant linger. 9.5 ABV is well disguised. Great stout!


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