redtechnj (222) - 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,
moelikebeer (221) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - JUL 28, 2008
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at Stub & Herb’s in Minneapolis, MN. Dark black pour with little head. Aroma of roasted malt, chocolate and coffee. Similar flavor, but much fuller. Flavor lingers. Incredibly smooth, malty mouthfeel.
Shaftie (218) - , Maryland, USA - DEC 10, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Many thanks to whoever brought this to the Tampa tasting. Standard RIS flavors take the stage here, the chocolate isnít overly bitter. Very well balanced, get some.
benfergy (212) - 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.
TPaliga (212) - Munster, Indiana, USA - APR 14, 2008
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
I csnít believe this is Leinenkugels. This is a very tasty, true to style. imerial stout. Big sweet aroma, nice think mouthfeel, sweet and chocolaty, roasty, and subtley smoky. Very nice and extremely drinkable. Way to go Leineís thia is probably the best macro-micro attempt to date.
bigcat03 (210) - Lincoln, Nebraska, USA - DEC 22, 2013
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap @ Old Chicago, black as sin and a quick dark tan head; aroma of earthy coffee and dark chocolate; lots of coffee up front with a little caramelized malt; little hoppy on the aftertaste; easy going carbonation but a little less body than I would like. Not bad at all but the aftertaste and body keep it from being amazing.
Cryotek (206) - Pawtucket, Rhode Island, USA - JAN 22, 2008
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JAN 25, 2008 Oily wet pout, dark black, with a nice brown head. VERY fruity smell for a stout! Sweet wheat scent also noted. Almost a juice inital taste, plum, berries or figs as others have noted. Raisens also, all the fruity flavors out shine the basic stouts roasty, coffee, or milky chocolate tastes. Creamy berry aftertaste with a touch of roastiness. This is a unique Imperial Stout in my short experiance. Different, but great, stands out, but in a good way!
WallyWalrus (205) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JAN 16, 2008
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle. Pours a thick, dark black with a firm mocha-colored head. Aroma is surprisingly dominated by dark fruit, complemented nicely by hints of molasses, chocolate, and vanilla. Taste is full and sweet, with initial flavors of roasted malt, dark fruit, spices, and chocolate giving way to a long, bitter finish of wood, smoke, and molasses thatís somewhere between a whisky and a rum. I really wish more of the dark fruit had come through on the finish, the bite was a little too boozy for me. Even still, if youíve ever doubted Leinenkugel was capable of making a proper brew, this should change your mind.
nbondi (203) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 16, 2012
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thick and mysterious. Pitch black. Not sure I knew Leinieís had this in íem. Nose of molasses, leather, toffee, nuts. Thick and velvety with good carbonation. Big nutty taste with brown sugar, molasses, and vanilla. This one isnít really my cup of tea, but thereís no denying itís a fantastic RIS.
LeopoldStoch (201) - Green, Ohio, USA - JAN 22, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared by Black95tt. Poured a very nice dark black with a toasty brown head. Lots of dark fruits, figs, plums, and caramelized brown sugar in the aroma. Lots of chocolate malts and oat malt in the flavor profile. Very smooth and easy drinking. Not a bit of off flavors in this beer...very well brewed! And the alcohol is not noticeable at all. Good stuff!