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RATINGS: 809   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.


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4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TopPrimate (1) - Indiana, USA - MAR 25, 2013
Pours a very very dark brown/black. Immediate aromas contain hints of Plums, Vanilla, Lots of Coffee, Dark/milk chocolates, all wrapped in oak essences. Tastes are paralell; with an immediate rush of Coffee and Vanilla in the first tastes, followed by hints of plum, pear, and after substantial drinking additional notes of complex fruits as well as mocha/chocolate flavors loiter on the palate. Alcohol is very subtle from beginning to end. In conclusion, definitely worth purchasing.


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SlovakSniper (3013) - Candiac/Frelighsburg, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 10, 2014
La mousse kaki sur ce liquide noir est assez fabuleuse. Aussi, elle reste bien collée sur la paroi de mon verre droit. Pendant que la nuit s’installe et qu’un feu est sur le point d’être allumé, mon nez plonge dans ce verre a moitié plein. Des arômes de petits fruits et de réglisse rouge accompagnent bien les malts et leur parfum de chocolat noir. Il y a aussi d’autres fruits qui s’éveillent mais je n’arrive pas à clarifier mes idées. Une première gorgée est tentée. Une légère acidité se dessine autour d’un corps richement malté. On dirait qu’il y a des griottes dans cette bière. Du chocolat et de la mélasse se collent sur mes papilles. Le liquide cache admirablement bien ses 9.5% d’alcool. En bouche, c’est très réussi. La sensation pleine, l’effervescence douce ainsi que la texture triple crème sont triomphantes. En arrière-goût, la bataille est gagnée par la torréfaction et par une amertume qui s’accompagne d’une longue tirade fruitée. Une autre trouvaille super intéressante dans le fin fond d’un village habité par des consanguins et des gnomes qui portent la barbe et la casquette du hipster. Vintage 2013 clanché avec Pete, le yeti noir.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
David46 (10) - St Matthews, Kentucky, USA - JUN 8, 2014
I only had a sample at a beer festival a week ago. It was a great surprise because I didn’t know Leinenkugel made stouts. I will have to add to my review when I have a chance to drink one from top to bottom.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Frozer (105) - Illinois, USA - JUN 3, 2014
On tap in a big Eddy snifter. Dark oil slick black with thin tan head. Coffee smell. Strong coffee flavor with dry hop flavor in the background.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
RobertDale (3280) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - MAY 31, 2014
Sample at Hopfest 2014. Comes black with a decent tan head. Aroma of malt, chocolate, coffee, and fruit. Taste is roasted malt, dark chocolate, coffee, dark fruit, and alcohol. Very good, but not outstanding.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BrewGoblin (240) - Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, CANADA - MAY 28, 2014
A pretty fun, big black’un. Such a dark brown, almost purple, with a huge tawny bonnet. Beautiful, really. Smell is a bit boozy, but in the whiskey, warming way, not astringent. Also lots of dark fruitcake, raisins, smoke, cocoa, a bit of coffee and leather. Tasted the same to me and had a nice boozy, vanilla latte and fruitcake finish. Somewhat syrupy texture but really quite a nice RIS.

4.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 20/20
brianstelter (2) - - MAY 22, 2014 does not count
On draft at Bakehouse in Manhattan. Beautiful pour. Gets even better as it warms up.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kerenmk (2162) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - MAY 17, 2014
Bottle sample at a tasting at Beer Market Jaffa. Thanks DSG. Black with tan head. A little ink, sweet cherry liquor, dark fruit aroma, sweet, chocolate, a little alcoholic taste. Smooth, non-carbonated, full-bodied finish and a little burnt.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MrJAO773 (10) - New York, USA - MAY 2, 2014
Malty aroma with notes of caramel, bread and chocolate Very Dark with impressive head that diminishes with first sip Medium bitters with a burnt salty punch Full body thick flavor with average carbonation with a bit of an astringent finish A very hearty beer I would think best with a meal with strong flavors

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mbgrayson (520) - Anaconda, Montana, USA - APR 20, 2014
Pours very dark with very little head. Aroma of malts and dark fruits. Taste is complex and rich, of licorice and dark coffee. Well blended and drinkable, thumbs up on this one. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
zvikar (3370) - Ramat Gan, ISRAEL - APR 18, 2014
Bottle sample at a tasting at Beer Market Jaffa. Thanks DSG. Pours opaque black with a beige to brown head, aroma of caramel vanilla, bourbon, chocolate, cherry, pleasant, flavor of dark chocolate, vanilla, bourbon, cherry, slightly acidic, medium to full bodied.


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