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RATINGS: 812   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.


3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
SpringsLicker (3120) - 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.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Frank (2772) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 8, 2010
This pours black in color w/ a small head. The nose is probably the best part, rich coffee malt and some apple-ish fruit notes along w/ some spice. Flavor is nice as well but there is a pit of mouth-puckering astringency that throws things off a bit. The carbonation is nice and creamy but it feels just a bit thin to be perfect. There is also a sort of evaporative alcoholic quality and a bit of burn, which is something I rarely notice after more than a half dozen years of drinking big beers. As it warms, chocolate richness increases but I also notice a slight cardboard note develop. If I were completely honest, Iíd have to admit that I expected this to be bad but it is really a rather nice imperial stout.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Wolfenkopf (171) - Villa Park, Illinois, USA - DEC 13, 2010
I had this from tap in a snifter. The aroma is laced in caramel and chocolate, though it is not overly coherent. The head is a deep tan and dissapates quickly, though it does not fully retreat from the glass. The taste is obviously that of a Russian Imperial-styled stout with an extra content of sugar, though it is tainted in a bitterness that is not derivative of hops. It is very good, but not stunning. The bitterness continues right through to the finish and lingers well into the aftertaste, taking away from an otherwise very enjoyable brew.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Nate (3648) - 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.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
johnnnniee (2233) - 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!

12/07/2012
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.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jcwattsrugger (11076) - 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.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Fratto (2590) - 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.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
SirADNielsen (8949) - 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.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
craftycarl21 (2208) - 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.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jsmerig (1208) - 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


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