regspeir (196) - Havertown, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 13, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz bottle thanks to a trade with mnbearsfan. Poured black with a two-finger, mocha head with good lacing and retention. Nose is roasted malt, some nuttiness, molasses, and a tinge of alcohol. Taste is very sweet up front - chocolate, roasted malts, licorice and some dark fruit. Some coffee, mild bitterness and alcohol in the finish. Texture is thick and syrupy. This was a nice sipper I would try again.
nwiseman (192) - West Lafayette, Indiana, USA - MAR 11, 2011
4.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours like liquid chocolate with almost no head. Sweet and malty aroma. Sweet chocolate, hint of hops, fruit (prunes and raisins) and some smokiness. Very thick/syrupy texture and some lingering warmth. I wish the aroma was more intense and that the palate was a little less syrupy and a little more full-bodied, but overall, quite delicious.
Bebum (190) - - JAN 4, 2013
3.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Full body, strong flavors but rather unidimentional, smooth mouthfeel, long in palate
Roast bitterness, malty and sweet but just enough,
Coffee throughout to finish.
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benfergy (189) - Valley City, North Dakota, USA - NOV 7, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
The Big Eddy pours as a very black beer with little head. The aroma has much malt in it, and itís a rather sweet, but slightly spicy malt. Thereís a hint of apple as well. The taste is complex, I can taste a lot of herbs (particularly anise). I can also taste the high alcohol level quite clearly (although it isnít overwhelming). The palate is smooth. Great, great beer! I hope Leinenkugelís keeps brewing this one.
redtechnj (182) - Williamstown, New Jersey, USA - AUG 25, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a jet black with a fluffy tan head that lasts and lasts.
Aroma- Dark raosted malts, dark chocolate, rich strong coffee, A nice smokieness.
Flavor-Creamy bittersweet chocolate, dark cherry, smokie roasted malts,
hero12 (180) - Minnesota, USA - NOV 19, 2010
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Chocolate, vanilla, bananas, bread, and burnt roast aroma after a black pour. Overpowering smoky flavor right away, after that the sweet vanilla and chocolate notes become noticeable. There is a very subtle hops ending to this one that took me a while to notice. Motor oil full bodied, creamy texture, average carbonation, and a slightly bitter finish. Alcohol isnít noticeable at all throughout the entire beer. Very surprised from my typical lenies letdowns.
jkbachman (179) - - JAN 28, 2013
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Coffee and chocolate aromas present. Molasses is also present. Bourbon flavor mixed with woody characteristics. Slight astringency but finishes smooth.
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hair-old (178) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JAN 4, 2011
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Leinenkugels is still owned by Miller and with this stout they have made a miracle brew.Nice to spend the $$$ for a union brewery.This brew was expensive but the alc/vol was very well hidden...and the monies well spent,very impressive.Stay home when drinking this brew since just opening the bottle and sniffing the fumes will put you above the legal limit to drive.
lebshiff21 (174) - Skippack, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 10, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nice offering from a big brewery. Mine was a 2010 bottle via trade. Perhaps still too young, the alcohol was hot and the mouth wasnít balanced especially well. Some smoky notes that didnít seem to belong. Nice hop character and chocolate notes.
Wolfenkopf (170) - Villa Park, Illinois, USA - DEC 13, 2010
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
I had this from tap in a snifter. The aroma is laced in caramel and chocolate, though it is not overly coherent. The head is a deep tan and dissapates quickly, though it does not fully retreat from the glass. The taste is obviously that of a Russian Imperial-styled stout with an extra content of sugar, though it is tainted in a bitterness that is not derivative of hops. It is very good, but not stunning. The bitterness continues right through to the finish and lingers well into the aftertaste, taking away from an otherwise very enjoyable brew.