PhilDBrewer (50) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - JAN 8, 2012
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours thick black with minimal tan head. Nice lacing on the glass. Aroma consists of dark roasted malts and some dark fruit. Tastes fantastic - dark, roasty malt, chocolate, dark fruit. Slightly bitter, warming, finish. Overall, very enjoyable. I wouldn?t have guessed that Leinies had it in ?em.
Kco (50) - USA - FEB 26, 2012
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Dark opaque color with a tan head. Chocolate and caramel aroma and taste. Slight charcoal taste. Thick creamy feel on the palette. Slight bitter finish with good balance on the alcohol.
JFParnell (47) - Washington, USA - SEP 27, 2013
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Wow. Who would thunk it. A great beer from Leinenkugel. I still remember my business trip to Pontoon Beach Indiana. When I arrived I went to a restaurant and asked what types of beer they had. They had every kind of Budweiser beer known to man, and their exotic beer was Leinenkugel. Things sure have changed for the better. At least Leinenkugel learned to brew great beers. Budweiser, not!
Morey (46) - Erie, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 25, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAR 31, 2012 12oz bottle. Looks like there might have been some sort of date or code at one point, but itís too smudged for me to make out. The label around the neck of the bottle has 2011 on it.
Pours pitch black in color with a light brown colored head that stood about a finger tall. Even after holding my glass up to the light, Iím not able to see through this one. Moderate amount of head retention and lacing.
Smells of dark fruits, coffee grounds, and molasses. Not much in the way of chocolate like you get with other RIS. Thereís a charred aroma in there as well.
Taste: Thereís a good amount of roasted malt flavor and burnt sugar up front. The sweetness builds and intensifies as the liquid sweeps across your palate. Thankfully, thereís a touch of bitterness towards the middle that kind of balances things out. Iím also getting some coffee towards the back end.
Medium-full body with low to moderate carbonation. It has an almost silky mouthfeel.
A nice Imperial Stout overall. A bit of a surprise from a brewery that makes a lot of girl-friendly summer beers.
Moreyís Bottom Line: While this certainly isnít the best RIS that Iíve had, it pretty darn tasty. Iíd buy this for the right price. Good stuff.
Gillard (42) - Florida, USA - JAN 4, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Being a Wisconsin grad and drinking plenty of leineís in college I was excited to try this one.
Pours an ink black goo with very little head. The smell was of cherries, toast ,and bittersweet chocolate. Palate was ok and sustaining. A very solid effort by Leinenkugels.
tatinek (40) - South Dakota, USA - SEP 14, 2011
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 9/20
Pretty thick pour. It is a bit over the top in sweetness. Sweet chocolate, with only hint of hops, I taste prunes and other mixed fruitiness. Very thick/syrupy texture. This has a very complex taste but unfortunately I think it is highly overrated.
MbpBugeye (39) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JAN 5, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This beer certainly pours like a big RIS. Its thick out of the bottle and clings to the glass giving me a brown tinted snifter. The head caps it off with a great head for the style.
Right away I can tell that this isnt your typical joke of a beer that Leinenkugel has been churning out lately. This is the real deal. The aroma grabbed by attention with a robust sweetness of licorice and chocolate drizzled figs and raisins. Brown sugar and leather make appearances as well.
The taste is very nice. I like when a beer is made well enough to define the line between Russian Imperial Stout and American Double Stout. This one is clearly an RIS. Nice deep fruitiness with licorice, leather and a sturdy hopping.
I thoroughly enjoyed this beer. This single I received has made me consider buying more.
talleyrand (38) - Minnesota, USA - NOV 10, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pitch black appearance. Dark chocolate aroma. Head is very slow to form, but becomes quick thick and creamy, with a brownish hue. Taste is slightly bitter. The hops are very noticeable, but balance nicely with the malt. Robust, thick flavor. Mouth feel is strong. Excellent amount of alcohol. A great imperial stout.
AaronDaniel (35) - Connecticut, USA - MAY 21, 2013
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Big Eddy pours clear brown-black, but rests opaque black in the glass. There is a fizzy mocha head that provides a little lacing.
Roasted malts, molasses, toffee. dark fruit and raisin fill the nose. The bouquet is strong and lasts well to the last drop!
Sweet roasted malts, caramel, coffee, and bitter-sweet chocolate give way to sweet malty toffee finish. Hops take a back seat, only leaving a subtle grassy pine in an abundantly roasted malt-coffee aftertaste. This is a very nice tasting stout, indeed!
Soft carbonation accompanies a heavy tongue weight. This beer goes down silky- almost syrupy. Itíd be difficult to drink ten of these, but, one is one to savor for sure.
Overall, this is a fabulous Russian Imperial. Unlike most brews, Big Eddy boasts a strong nose and rich taste without letting up an iota for the duration of the glass. Anyone that looks for a malt forward, sweet, rich, and impressive stout is sure to appreciate this one! I encourage anyone that happens upon this on tap or in a liquor store to not let this one slip through their fingers! I had this on tap at Bukowskiís in Boston, and wasnít letting someone else buy it at my favorite liquor store! I even bought a little extra to age. Iíll be back at a later date to review that!
GemalzteGerste (33) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 25, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. A delicious imperial stout. The only downside is that perhaps itís a bit too thin, but otherwise a very good example of the style.