coachd (247) - 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.
trayns (246) - Beverly Hills, Michigan, USA - FEB 17, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours pitch black, brownish, beige head. Smells big of coffee and bitter chocolate. Taste is big, complex and robust. Typical burnt malt notes and chocolate for an impy stout. A nice spicy molasses closing note.
Edmoe (241) - Orlando, Florida, USA - NOV 18, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black pour with little head. Aroma is alcohol, coffee, chocolate raisins, and toffee. Taste is coffee with a tangy copper present. Alcohol is apparent. Bitter after taste.
redtechnj (240) - 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,
Hollywoodt (239) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - FEB 20, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Poured a deep, dark brown with a decent tan head. The aroma was full of dark malt, kind of sweet, with some hints of dark fruit, as well. Flavor was really in line with the aroma. Throw in a little caramel and chocolate. The only thing I have to suggest would be a bit more carbonation. Otherwise, this was a great stout. Alcohol was not noticeable. I was very surprised to see this was by Leinenkugelís.
Get in my belly!!!
gmb5127 (234) - Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 2, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
An alright imperial stout, actually pretty impressive for leinenkugel. Has a little too much sweetness to it.
Digital_Aura (227) - Ontario, CANADA - DEC 30, 2012
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz. bottle. Pours a unique rust colored 3/4" head. Beer is midnight black. Soft aromas of dark chocolate. Flavour is initially of dark chocolate but then has a bright fruity finish. Soft, silky palate. Great aftertaste of dark chocolate. Really good!
benfergy (226) - 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.
thunderhops (224) - Vermont, USA - MAR 19, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours black with minimal tan head. Aroma is chocolate, fruit, malts. Taste is chocolate, stone fruit, sweet malts light bitterness, dry finish
sunnyridge (222) - USA - APR 8, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Nice to see a big brewer make such a great beer. Poured a dark, deep blackish brown with good lacing on top. Smells of coffee and burnt malt with bakers chocolate accents. Taste obvious of high alch. content.but balanced against a syrupy sweetness toast malt and roast coffee beans and lite chocolates. Surprised at how noticeable the abv was, could stand to some aging..