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RATINGS: 838   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.87   SEASONAL: Series   IBU: 50   EST. CALORIES: 285   ABV: 9.5%
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The Big Eddy Russian Imperial Stout was brewed at Leinenkugel’s tiny 10th street brewery in Milwaukee. This brew boasts a selection of 11 malts and grains balanced by three different and distinct hops. Dark and complex, with chocolate tones and notes of dark fruits, it is daring yet delicious. Travels well. Ages well.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BruceLeroy (111) - North Dakota, USA - NOV 13, 2010
Like all of Leinenkugel’s offerings, I’m impressed with this one, especially for the price. A nice thick stout for a cold night. Being a fairly strong stout, I’m amazed this one is able to hide the alcohol so well, without being sweet or syrupy. This has a good barley and roast coffee flavor, generous use of hops without overdoing it. I think this is probably my new favorite stout. Samuel Smith’s offers a nice imperial stout, but this one kicks it to the curb. I prefer this over the Old Rasputin Imperial Stout as well. This one pours with very little head, like most stouts, but has a great amount of carbonation. I think I taste a hint of chocolate as well, but my tastebuds could be deceiving me, this one has some interesting spices.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Elizavyeta (110) - Minnesota, USA - JAN 17, 2008
Black as night with a crema-like head, this Imperial Stout is unlike any other! The aroma is dark and toasty, with a flavor to match - mellow, sweet, nutmeg, and fine crema. Undoubtedly, this beer is best suited for a dessert.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
HopMasterFlex (108) - Carlsbad, California, USA - MAR 25, 2011
This was a solid stout and would drink it often if I lived in WI :s Smell is extremely roasted malts, chocolate, and a little licorice. Tast was espresso, roasted malts, chocolate, vanilla, and a nice hop balance. Has a nice bitter dry finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
GTCruiser01 (105) - California, USA - MAR 2, 2012
Pours pitch black with a slight caramel/tan colored head. Beautiful aromas of coffee and chocolate dominate the nose. First sip is all coffee and bitter dark chocolate. Good body and drinkability.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JohnMan (102) - Illinois, USA - DEC 26, 2010
Pleasantly surprised with this beer and how the dark fruits undertones comes out quite in a subtle manner. Mostly a raisin, or fig type of sweetness from this one, but it blends well with the roast and cocoa flavors that are predominant in this beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
45thstbrewer (94) - Conowingo, Maryland, USA - FEB 16, 2008
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!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
400lb_midget (93) - West Bend, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 4, 2010
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
pjwalsh2 (87) - Palos Park, Illinois, USA - DEC 13, 2011
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mmill527 (84) - Wisconsin, USA - JAN 12, 2014
Pours a creamy black with minimal head. To me this tastes like an imperial stout mixed with an IPA, about 70/30.Although light, it has a definite hoppy bitterness to it. Quite good.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
jj21 (84) - Sheboygan Falls, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 27, 2007
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!!!

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