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RATINGS: 851   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.88   SEASONAL: Series   IBU: 50   EST. CALORIES: 285   ABV: 9.5%
The Big Eddy Russian Imperial Stout was brewed at Leinenkugelís 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
JMerritt (1894) - Macomb, Illinois, USA - JAN 14, 2011
Black with a dark chocolate brown head. Head is mostly diminishing. Rich roasted malt aroma with bright, fruity highlights. Strangely enough I pick up some charred BBQ meats atop slightly smokey malt, ripened dates, red grapes, milk chocolate and cola. Moderately bitter, slightly sweet flavor - earthy hops, charred wood, toasted rye bread. Smooth bodied, light-to-moderate carbonation with a slightly slick mouth feel. Roasted bittersweet finish lingers. Great effort by Leinenkugel. A big thanks to my friendís father for being kind enough to gift me a bottle - thanks John!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
tmongoose (1726) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - NOV 27, 2011
on draft...black as night and almost chewy...this had the base flavor of all leinenkugel beers...dont ask what iím talking about just something i taste with all of their beers. this was pretty darn good. great deep roasted malt flavor and a bit hoppy at the same time. the aroma was warm and welcoming. never drink cold let it warm up and sip...you will be rewarded for your patience.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Hair6a11 (1427) - Illinois, USA - NOV 27, 2011
Bottle; pour is murky dark brown with a heavy khaki head, with heavy retention in this tulip. This one was smokier than expected; dark fruits,and dark chocolate on the nose.The flavor profile begins with a hop bitterness, smoky undertones, chocolate malts, dark fruits, and again- some hops linger on the finish. I didnít find this one incredibly interesting or incredibly balanced either - a decent imperial though, either way

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ketchepillar (1172) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - DEC 28, 2011
12oz bottle. I swear this beer is gritty...and iíve made some gritty homebrews. Maybe just extremely chalky. Hersheyís like chocolate character. Lots of alcohol induced fruitiness-not well fermented. Pretty thick, nice palate. Flaked barley smell.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
msojka (457) - New Jersey, USA - JAN 1, 2012
Pour is a thick black color. Nose is more coffee heavy than anything else. Taste is a bit more complex has some coffee, and bourbon ish notes. Rather thick, just nothing special.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
oteyj (2139) - New Hampshire, USA - JAN 3, 2012
Gloopy black pour with a decent sized tan head. Huge caramel with hints of roasted barley, chocolate, and cocoa nib. Toffee and more sweet dark sugars in the finish. Medium body, perhaps a bit thin for the style, with a soft oily finish. Decent but not great.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
reggiedunlop (3470) - The dub c, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 4, 2012
Pours pitch black with a medium mocha head...looks thick...decent lacing and retention...lively. Aroma has light smoke and dark fruit...some mild licorice. Flavor has dark fruit and a bit of coffee...very roasty with some caramely sweetness. Mouthfeel is on the heavier side and the finish is sweet/roasty and slightly burnt.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Onslow (1273) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - JAN 8, 2012
Pour from a 12 oz bottle. Thick brew, inky dark, with one finger of tan head. Aroma of roasted malts, coffee, sour notes. Taste is big sweet at the start quickly transitioning to burnt grains, dark roasted burnt toast in water, coffee, bitter and sour, somewhat turned tark fruits. Very thick palate - you wonít get up feeling empty after one of these. Overall, and intense and solid brew, a little harsh and unpeasant to my sensibilities and taste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
oyamac (30) - Michigan, USA - JAN 23, 2013
Aroma: dark chocolate, dark fruit, caramel. Taste: dark chocolate, coffee, light raisin. Palate: carbonation. Nice medium feel. Slight alcohol burn at back kid throat. Overall: good imperial stout, just wish there was a little bit more for the price. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Prufrockstar (1528) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 26, 2013
UPDATED: MAY 25, 2015 Bottle. Aroma is booze, roasty, chocolate, smoke, and more booze. Pours black with minimal tan head. Taste is smoky (beef jerky) , alcohol, with a harsh bitterness throughout. Sticky mouthfeel, full-bodied, lively carbonation. Overall: The alcohol is really prominent in the flavor of this all the way through. 7/4/6/3/13 (1/26/13)

Blind RIS experiment [Sample 3/20, 3/26/2015]:
Thanks to Summer again for pouring this. Thick, opaque, nearly black pour with small, fine bubbled, creamy brown head. Aroma: sweetened cocoa; cherry juice in a metal can; green apples and/or underripe berries. Yeah, Iíd say underripe berries. Taste bring a big punch of ashy roast bitterness -- thereís a good chance this is one of the two Evil Twin beers in the line-up. Copper and dough in there as well. Palate: full body, soft-medium carbonation, slick oily texture. It has an alcohol heft to it -- I bet this is the booziest of the ones so far, probably clocking in northward of 11%. Overall: thereís a big punch packed into this one, but itís dissonant. In fact, Iíd say most of the elements packed into this donít play well together, and most of what I can articulate strike me as flaws. Call me crazy, but Iím just not into astringent, fruity, ashy, metallic boozy stouts. Underripe berries descriptor is hard to shake, and as the glass goes on my enjoyment plummets.

How much would I pay for this? If I just wanted to boost, I could throw a couple of bucks at this. Maybe. <shrug>.

Addendum: given the descriptions, Iím surprised I gave it those numbers. Should probably be lower, but Iíll leave it as is.

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