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RATINGS: 828   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dough77 (821) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - DEC 2, 2007
Went in with high expectations and was not dissapointed. Close, but it was still a good beer. Dark dark black pour with almost no head, just a beige brim. Nose of coffee, chocolate, dark, malts, cherries, dark fruits, licorice, slight hoppage. Got a bit better as it warmed. Not as good as expected, but still a rock solid brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - DEC 11, 2007
Thanks for sharing, Ken! Pitch black, thick creamy tan head. Sweet vanilla cream rides over waves of dark fruit, coffee, and chocolate caramel. Sweet port-like flavor rests on roasted coffee and vanilla bean tones. Rounds out with further sweet buttery caramel notes and faint hints of hops. Full bodied, pillow soft carbonation, lightly bittersweet finish. Good rendition here, but a touch too sweet for me personally...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
heemer77 (5104) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - DEC 14, 2007
UPDATED: NOV 5, 2011 I tried this one again with a 2011 vintage. Way sweeter with a lot less balance and finesse. While still pretty cheap, it is not as good as I recall. Thanks for the sample, Kyle. Black body with a light brown head. The aroma is pancakes with some coffee. There are also prunes and milk chocolate. The taste has raisins, milk chocolate. and brandy. The mouthfeel is medium with a little coffee. This is light on the carbonation. The roast character is fairly mild and there is a tannic finish that gets a little more annoying as you drink. Solid effort.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
franksnbeans (265) - Columbus, Maryland, USA - DEC 23, 2007
Pours out jet black with a huge cocoa head that dies slow and laces big. Smells of chocolate covered fruit, dried plums, coffee and cocoa. Taste is big chocolate, some dark fruit and coffee but all out of sorts. These flavors usually are perfect together but they all seem off. Turned off by the chalky finish. Full in the mouth and the ABV is well hidden. A victim of hype.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
WeeHeavySD (3360) - San Diego (Hillcrest), Oregon, USA - JAN 9, 2008
12oz bottle via trade with Ughmash, shared with cyn. Pours black with a thin light brown head. Nose is very nice, very sweet and malty. Taste is sweet, malty, and pretty damn tasting maybe a bit to bitter with a little bit of a burnt quality. Not quite as good as I expected but not bad by any means.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bboeckl (142) - Grafton, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 10, 2008
Opaque black with light brown foamy head. A bit of that soggy cereal/oatmeal in the nose. Lots of flavor up front-- Hops, a bit of grapefruit. Obvious coffee, dark chocolate, dark fruit-- dates, plums, raisins. A bit of astringency, low carbonation. Syrupy, oily mouthfeel. Excellent beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Drink4Satan (676) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - APR 12, 2008
Thanks to Alldaydrinker for this epic birthday present. Pours out like motor oil and leaves a brown, soapy head that is thin but strudy. The nose is hugely malty and fruity with notes of milk chocolate, vinous fruits, coffee, smoke, oats and roasted barley. The flavour is insanely sweet with a balancing rauch-like smokiness and piney, resin hop bitterness. The sweet flavours include molasses, cream, red fruits and chocolate. The bitter, roasty tones include roasted coffee, resin, smokey malts, spicy rye and an unpleasant medicinal bitterness in the finish. The finish is almost too citric also, taking away from the desert-like sweet flavours. The sweet soy sauce character is a bit intense for my taste also, as it makes the beer sour and salty. The body isn’t as full as I expected, and mabey a bit sharply carbonated. The finish is very dry and warming. Pretty good, but I feel it falls short of the hype it carries.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BlackForestCO (977) - Aurora, Colorado, USA - APR 16, 2008
Bottle thanks to pepsican. Poured a black color with a thick tan head that left nice lacing. Aroma of chocolate, caramel, light roasted malt and coffee, and some light dark fruit. Sweet, smooth malt entry with strong chocolate and some undertones of dark fruit that lead into a lightly roasted finish with a bit of coffee. A bit of alcohol on the finish. Pretty smooth, but it seems a bit thin. Pretty solid, but I wouldn’t put it up there in the upper echelon of imperial stouts. Still, glad I was able to try it, thanks Pepsi.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
radiomgb (2275) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 17, 2008
Black in colour with a rich and lingering brown coloured head, excellent lacing. The aroma is roasty with some smoke, dark fruits, chocolate with lots of malt. The flavour is quite sweet, lots of roast, chocolate malts, a bit chalky, some fruit and light alcohol. Sweet mouthfeel, medium body, medium carbonation. Finishes quite sweet, creamy with some alcohol.

This is a rather sweet Imperial Stout but it lacks in the body department. Good for a macro for sure.

355ml bottle obtained in a trade with Beerlando, thanks Bryan.
Opened on March 12, 2008
No date.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
That1Guy (1942) - Greeley, Colorado, USA - APR 13, 2009
Thanks to Juelze for this big-ass brew. Crushed with Jakebra. Don’t know what Honkeybra is talking about with this brew. He’s just a Wisconsin hater. Sweet nose mostly of molasses, with some soy sauce and some chocolate roast. Flavor is a little roastier with a big, thick mouthfeel. Finish is bitter and prety nice. A pretty nice Imp Stout.

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