scotchzombie (519) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - JAN 24, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
From 12oz bottle to glass. Pours a viscous, rich licorice color with a creamy tan head. Fine-bubbled lacing. Aroma is sweet roasted malts and earthiness. Notes of coffee and licorice. Initial taste is firewood and burnt and smoked grains and a rich malty licorice sweetness. Complex flavors abound more subtly - coffee again, and some dark chocolate. A sense of oatmeal as well. Quite a bit of bitterness on the backend and it merges with a burnt licorice flavor in the aftertaste before leaving a residue of booze. This is a distinctive and crafty Russian Imp. Very good.
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tcon25 (519) - Duvall, Washington, USA - MAY 24, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
coachd (518) - Missouri, USA - MAR 18, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I have never had a dark beer from Leinenkugel before; I have only tried their summer ales. Not sure what to expect, but here goes. Pours thicker than I would have expected and the color is a brilliant dark reddish brown. Dark tan head that stays around for a bit with minor lacing. Great looking beer. Smells sweet, malty with strong bourbon aroma. Iím also picking up hints of raisin, leather and oak. Bold aroma suggesting a really big beer. Taste is sweet then bourbon alcohol, with a bitter hop aftertaste. This is very strong tasting, even for a RIS. Definitely a sipper. The palate is silky, not as thick as the beer looks with a long lasting aftertaste. Reminds me of Schlafly Imperial Stout, although the Schlafly contains more bourbon sweetness and less hops. Leinie took a big chance with this one, and I like it. I will be trying more of the Big Eddy beers in the future.
trujahwarrior (510) - Monroe, Washington, USA - FEB 24, 2013
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a pitch black color with a medium fluffy dark tan head and leaves great lacing. Smells of roasted malt, dark chocolate, dark fruit, black licorice, molasses and caramel. Tastes of all the same things in the smell but a little smokey in the aftertaste. Mouthfeel is thick and creamy and somewhat chewy with good carbonation. Overall I can see why this is getting such good reviews Its a little harsh but really tasty. Iíd like to see what a little age would do to it but not sure if I can get my hands on another bottle or not.
ZacM612 (507) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - JAN 5, 2016
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Opaque black with a brown head. Sweet aroma, some chocolate. Flavor also has some dark fruit sweetness.
Sask89 (507) - 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.
fishonmyplane (505) - Newington, Connecticut, USA - SEP 10, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
I must have re-checked the label about 5 times because I couldnít believe this was made by the shandy guys. But itís a real, legit imperial stout. Big boozy flavor and mouthfeel that would undoubtedly improve with some aging. Hits you with tons of bitter chocolate up front, followed by alcohol burn in the finish. Probably a little too bitter for its own good. There is also some plum, but it is mostly overpowered.
A very big stout with lots of character, and one that screams out for some bourbon barrel aging to smooth out the palate.
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.
SHANER4 (490) - 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.