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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 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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
SpringsLicker (3108) - Tennessee, USA - MAY 23, 2009
Pours black with a thin ring of tan for a head. Coffee aroma that adds molasses as it warms. The flavor pretty much follows the aroma. A bit one-dimensional.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Nate (3636) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 15, 2011
From bottle, courtesy of dpjuart. Nice aroma. Alcohol, molasses, brown sugar, a bit winey, raisin. Dark brown-black, clear, with thin tan head. Medium-heavy watery body with medium carbonation. Sweet malt and molasses with coffee, smoke, and chocolate. Light tangy finish with sweet alcoholic notes and sweet after. A hint of soy sauce.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
johnnnniee (2139) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 29, 2011
UPDATED: DEC 7, 2012 03-18-2008
Pours a solid black with a good sized tan head that gets sticky on the glass as I get my drink on. Aroma is vinous with some dried fruit. Taste is chocolaty and fruity up front with some alcohol burn and bitterness in the finish. Creamy smooth mouthfeel with just enough carbonation. Great impy stout, I wish I had more than one Iíd like to see this one age. Great job Lienenkugel!

Pours a solid black color with a decent sized tan head that shows great retention and moderate lace. The aroma is a bit roasty and fruity with a strange almost plastic phenol in there that detracts from everything else. Light earthy hop and a hint of ethanol round out the nose. The flavor is roasty and chocolate with a fair amount of dark fruit along with some brown sugar and caramel. Thick body with a rich creamy mouthfeel and a light level of carbonation. This beer finally made it to my state, and since I enjoyed it so much the first time, I jumped at the first four pack I found. Howís that Don Henley song go? "Donít look back, you can never look back" Either this beer has really changed, or my palette has. This is a decent stout, but really nothing special.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jcwattsrugger (11061) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - FEB 6, 2011
shared by hbmason-12oz bottle-pours a thin light brown head that dissipates with black color. Aroma is dark malt-roasty/chocolate/banana. Taste is dark malt-smoky/roasty/chocolate, 2nd earthy hops.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Fratto (2589) - Arlington, Texas, USA - FEB 9, 2011
Bottle from Cavie. Dark pour with a tan head. Aroma is a little weak, chocolate, and a little roasted. Taste is Raisins, caramel, alcohol, and chocolate.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
TwoSipDip (8880) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - NOV 2, 2011
UPDATED: MAY 23, 2012 Bottle @ home, I think courtesy of TheAlum. Thanks! Deep black appearance with a very dark brown head. Very roasty, dark chocolate malty, anise, tar aroma. Anise, roasty dark chocolate, somewhat burnt, dark fruity, light smoke, black licorice, mild vanilla flavor. Not bad.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
craftycarl21 (2201) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - NOV 17, 2011
12 oz. bottle. Black pour with a small but creamy dark tan head. Nose holds roasted malt, plum, raisin, chocolate, and a good amount of licorice. Molasses and syrup also present. Flavor is a strange hybrid between a higher alcohol stout and a baltic porter; it still has those rich, silky chocolate tones at the start, but the finish is creamy and quite light. I canít quite tell if this is a good or bad thing in my mind, which ultimately answers the question of rating it because great imperial stouts wow me immediately. Still, a good beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jsmerig (1198) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 24, 2012
Pours thick and black like oil. Aroma is of molasses, smoke, dark cherries and malt. Taste is initially very sweet with a backbone of smokey bitterness creeping up through the tasting. The finish is a blend of sweet and spicy/smokey with the smokey bitterness winning in the end. You can definiately feel the alchohol in this one. Good on a cold winterís night

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Indra (2591) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - FEB 24, 2012
12oz., 2011 bottling. Nose is of burnt sugars, malt roast, faint dark chocolate, plum, raisin and alcohol, some very light background notes of cream and banana(?). Solid black in color, with a fine, lasting khaki head and lacing. Flavor is roasty and very gently sweet, with chocolate and dark coffee, along with lighter notes of prune, cotton candy, spicy hop bitterness, salt(?), and rather apparent peppery alcohol. Creamy, thick and warming on the palate, body is quite full. Certainly not unenjoyable, but sort of an odd one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Boutip (4636) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 31, 2008
Bottle courtesy of Grub: Poured a pitch-black color stout with a medium dark brown foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of roasted malt with loads of sweet notes. Taste is also dominated by some sweet cloying notes with some light notes of black chocolate and coffee. Full body with oily texture and good retention and no apparent alcohol. I think I am going against the grain on this one but I just canít like these super sweet imperial stout; I prefer them when they are more balance with coffee and black chocolate.

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