joe1510 (501) - Illinois, USA - JAN 12, 2008
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Recieved this in a trade with Badbeer, thanks Mike. Big Eddy gurgles from the bottle midnight black with zero transparency. The mocha head grew to a quality two fingers on the pour and as it fell to a crown left sheet lacing itís whole way down. A really good looking stout.
This stout has a huge amount of dark berry nose to it. Blackberry mostly and unripe blueberry. Thereís some darkly roasted malts making up the foundation then comes that berriness. Thereís a touch of dark chocolate wafting up through it all but itís ghostly.
This is one of those beers that tastes nothing like what it smells like. The dark roasted maltiness is in the aroma but comes out full force in the mouth. Huge dark cocoa washes over my tongue mid-palate before segueing into dark chocolate on the finish. The a hint of blackberry and a hint of dark roasted coffee complimenting things nicely. An excellent rich stout.
The mouthfeel is spot on. Viscous with and incredibly smooth mouthfeel. Letís see, I believe it weighs in at a respectable 10W-30.
For a stout so big (weighing in at 9.5abv) this one goes down incredibly easy. Supremely easy to sip.
I was glad to hear of Leinenkugels entering the extreme beer marketplace (with the Big Eddy series) as theyíve always been a favorite regional brewer of mine. Iím even more glad to see that they did such a great job with such a big beer. Iíll raise my glass to Leinenkugels and as that they keep the surprises coming.
jebert (500) - Watertown, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 20, 2011
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Can a beer reach perfection? This one comes as close as any I have tasted. Black nectar folds into the glass, thick and creamy, crowned with a one finger thick frock of light brown froth. Nose is molasses, caramel and malt. Very rich and creamy on the palate. Taste is rich, full and sweet, packed with molasses, brown sugar, caramel and chocolate. Cloyingly sweet on the finish, the 9.5% ABV warms the throat on the way down. This beer is a banquet unto itself and needs no accompainment, although it paired well with popcorn on my initial tasting.
Sask89 (499) - Regina, Saskatchewan, CANADA - APR 30, 2015
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at Bangers & Lace. Poured black with a nice mocha head. Aroma was heavy in roasted malts and also had a noticeable scent of prunes and dates. Taste is rich and sweet with some bitterness to balance it out. Full body, smooth on the palate with good carbonation. Really enjoyed this one, quite delicious.
SHANER4 (487) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 19, 2014
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
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 donít care for RISí 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.
outlawskies (481) - Ohio, USA - OCT 12, 2014
2.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 5/20
Julie says. It is not smokey and not bitter very alcohol tasty kind of sour. She gives a 3.3
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lordeche (479) - Quincy, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 20, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aged since 2007. Pours black with creamy brown head. Big chocolately aroma with sweet bourbon notes, and a good amount of roasted malt, fruit, and vinous character. I can imagine this being really strongly fruity and vinous while fresh, but the aging has really mellowed everything out. Great sour-ish vinous notes with cherry wood notes. Lots of chocolate and slight smoke too. Sweetness has definitely been tamed with age. Very nice and complex.
shendrix (478) - Waukesha, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 1, 2007
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
A very fine brew. The nose is an interesting malty roasted hint of goodness. Deep, deep chocolate brown in the glass lightly dusted with a tannish head. The palate explodes with coffee and chocolate dueling with a slightly smokey barley and molasses sweetness--perhaps a tad overstated--coming through in the finish.
rugbydude05 (478) - Bridgewater, NJ, New Jersey, USA - NOV 14, 2011
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz bottle, jet black completely opaque appearance. Aroma is bold and roasty. Some floral hop character present as well. Also some chocolate was appreciated, especially when enjoyed at temperature. Taste has a surprisingly strong bitter component with some light sweetness. Very lively on the palate with a full body. High alcohol content is noticeable at this stage of the drink. Long, bitter finish. Overall great beer, perfect for a cold winterís night.
LtJudge (468) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 4, 2007
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a thick dark brown/blackish color with a thick, dark tan head. Aromas of roasted malts,dark fruits,alcohol and a hint of chocolate coming through. Wowo, upon first sip I got this tounge coating of wonderful complexity. Tastes of roasted malts,coffee and alcohol are the mainstay of the flavors,but blended inside are also dark fruits and nice hops. Smooth long lasting slow bitter finish. Nice and warming. Wionderful stuff!
biggcb (464) - Harleysville, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 20, 2007
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle (thanks brewblackhole). Pours a thick & syruppy jet black with a small light brown head. Hearty aroma of dark roasted malts, dark chocolate, some molasses and coffee. This stuff is thick. Roasted malts, dark chocolate, some fruity sweetness and coffee dominate the flavor. Big flavors. this is a hearty brew.