45thstbrewer (94) - Conowingo, Maryland, USA - FEB 16, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Leinenkugel’s Big Eddy Imperial Stout is excellent. Pours almost black with a dark tan head. Combination of malt, chocolate, coffee, with a slight hop taste. Thanks Bert!
400lb_midget (93) - West Bend, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 4, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours very dark, with a soft light brown head. There’s no overwhelming aroma, sweet malt with a little alcohol are evident. light chocolatey flavor with a hint of soy sauce. Full palate with lasting, and evolving flavor. Probably my favorite beer from the guys at Leine’s.
Handypaul (93) - - MAR 13, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours black with a thin brown head that disappears quickly. Aromas are banana, rose, dough, bubblegum... mmm so interesting! Lightly sweet while also medium bitter and hint of dark fruit. Has a full creamy body with a light soft carbonation and a lingering bitter-sweet finish.
pjwalsh2 (87) - Palos Park, Illinois, USA - DEC 13, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
1. Look – A black color stout with a small brown head.
2. Sniff – This imperial stout has a somewhat chocolaty nose and with a licorice aroma as well.
3. Sip – This full bodied imperial stout has a warming mouth feel with a big chocolate flavor that has a dry bitter finish.
4. Another Look – This is an average looking imperial stout with a small short lasting head and no lacing.
5. Evaluate – Overall, this is a heavy beer to be enjoyed during the winter months. The alcohol is disguised well. This imperial stout is a bit sticky and thick indeed. I would only recommend this imperial stout to those who enjoy the style and work towards bigger beers –such as Big Eddy.
jj21 (84) - Sheboygan Falls, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 27, 2007
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Possibly one of the most (if not the most) anticipated releases from a Wisconsin Brewery I remember. Served on tap at the Horse & Plow in Kohler. Poured into a snifter black as night that lies still at first then created a perfect deep brown head. Head diminishes leaving a great lace across the top. Aromas of Coffee, Chocolate and dark fruit with hints of Vanilla and a slight wisp of alcohol. Thick slightly sticky mouth feel but both are kept in check. Not over the top like a lot of RIS seem to be. The same can be said for the flavor. I was surprised how suppressed the alcohol presence is. Bitter coffee is prominent with a perfect amount of malt and hops. So easy to drink it’s scary!
Fantastic job Leinenkugel Brewing Company- Listen to the beer geeks, not your accountants. Keep rolling out the Big Eddy releases!!!
7ris7an (80) - Olathe, Kansas, USA - JUN 22, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
tulip. dark body with dark tan long lasting creamy head. It smells very rusty up front, bitter chocolate, some coffee, but mostly like a rusted metal. It leans more over the bitter than the sweet but there is some notes of light sweetness up front and finishes withe a heavier bitter chocolate taste. Moderate body.
BeerBaby (80) - , Florida, USA - MAY 27, 2009
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thick, tan head and dark body. Starts with coffee but stays a bit bitter with a roasted aftertaste. Could use a bit more sweet balance.
Mrnoluv (79) - long beach, California, USA - MAY 31, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Besides the normal coffee, chocolate, coco smell there is a smell of sweetness to it, almost a sweet caramel smell. Classic dark coffee appearance, taste is raisns, coffee, bittersweet chocolate. Very complex stout, so much so that you can’t taste the 9.5 ABV.
Needs more kick, very malty.
nielsedd (69) - Wisconsin, USA - DEC 20, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours a deep, deep brown bordering on black, with a thin beige head. Small amount of lacing. Smells of coffee, chocolate, and dark fruits. Tastes of the same, with a bready yeast quality and a booze finish as well. Very good RIS. Love the Big Eddy series!
alassio (67) - USA - NOV 25, 2010
4.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
What makes this so much fun is how pricklingly zesty it is for a big, dense, multi-layered (flavors changesecond to second - - here a fruit, there a malt, then some roast, then some black liquorice, and then back to fruit again). It’s not a murky mass - -it’s a fun beer.