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RATINGS: 860   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 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.


4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hopdog (10731) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 16, 2007
12oz bottle. Poured a dark black color with an averaged sized tan head. Aromas of chocolate, roast, dark fruits, and caramel. Tastes of dark fruits, vanilla, chocolate, roast, and some coffee.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dogbrick (10707) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - NOV 11, 2010
UPDATED: FEB 4, 2011 Bottle at Bodega in La Crosse. Pours brownish-black with a medium foamy khaki head that recedes steadily. Rings of lacing. Roasted coffee aroma with hops behind it. Medium body with a roasty coffee character and flavors of grainy malt and hops. The finish is black coffee with a lingering roasty flavor left over. Above average overall.

2.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
crossovert (10657) - Illinois, USA - MAR 13, 2011
2010 vintage. It pours a dense, dark black with a nice foamy tan head. Thehead sticks for a nice while. It has a bit of decent lacing. The smell is pretty standard for a RIS. It is clean, not superbly fragrant, but consistent with the style. There is some raisin, dark fruits, cocoa, and coffee The flavor is where you can tell this is a leine’s product. It isn’t bad but it is inferior to the standard of the style. It has a lot of components: a nice bitterness, coffee, caramel, chocolate, dark fruits, a surprising hppiness, and a hint of roastiness, but it doesn’t mesh as well as it could. There is a flavor sticking out that is just unnatural. The mouthfeel is pretty full-bodied, perhaps a bit excessive carbonation however. The alcohol isn’t completely hidden. It has a bit of a cloying sweetness. It is a nice attempt by a macro brewery, but there is still room for improvement. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 11-10-2010 23:21:11

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Sammy (10555) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 8, 2008
I am pleased that Prince Murray Swine recommended and sent this. A classic RIS and they nailed the style. Big bold bitter black and a full coffee. Full mouthfeel. Coffee in, chocolate coating but not over on the chocolate as per the new wave.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DSG (10542) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - APR 11, 2014
Bottle shared at a tasting at Beer Market Jaffa. Black with a nice brown head, a bit creamy. Aroma of dark chocolate, mocha, some liqueur and a bit of dark fruits. Flavor of lots of chocolate with some berries/cherries, some caramel, a nutty note and a drier and slightly burnt finish. Full-bodied. Great stuff.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
hopscotch (10522) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - NOV 19, 2007
Bottle… Pitch black ale with a mid-sized, creamy, light brown head. Everlasting swirl of head sits atop the brew from start to finish. Dark roasted aroma with notes of molasses, dark chocolate, coffee and hints of diacetyl and smoke. Medium to heavy sweetness with moderate bitterness and mild, acrid tanginess. Whispers of black cherries and blueberries. Full-bodied with a chewy mouthfeel and moderate carbonation. Bitter-sweet, chocolaty finish. Excellent brew, but a touch too sweet for me to go nuts over!

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ferris (10512) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 13, 2016
Bottle - Sweet toffee and light chocolate. Deep black with a light brown head. Sweet bitter molasses, nice bitterness and hops. A bit flowery and pretty nice,

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
KimJohansen (10408) - Frederiksberg C, DENMARK - DEC 25, 2008
Black with with meidum dark beige head. Sweet aroma with burn malt, liquerice, coffee and chocolate. Sweet flavour with burned malt, coffee, alcohol and chocolate. Warming alcohol towards the end. Very vinious.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
adnielsen (10360) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - NOV 2, 2011
UPDATED: MAY 23, 2012 Bottle @ home, I think courtesy of TheAlum. Thanks! Deep black appearance with a very dark brown head. Very roasty, dark chocolate malty, anise, tar aroma. Anise, roasty dark chocolate, somewhat burnt, dark fruity, light smoke, black licorice, mild vanilla flavor. Not bad.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Maria (10205) - Thisted, DENMARK - MAY 21, 2009
Courtesy of Nbutler11, thanks Nick. It is pitch black with a small, light-brown, creamy head. The aroma has notes of roasted malt, preserved dark fruits, licorice, chocolate and it is vinous. The flavour has sweetness and notes of roasted malt, preserved figs and plums, dates, caramel, licorice, chocolate and the finish has a light bitterness. It is vinous, complex and nice.


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