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RATINGS: 829   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Oakes (12777) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 25, 2008
UPDATED: FEB 14, 2009 Re-rate, bottle from Daknole, tasted at home
Looks inky and very dark brown in my Cigar City snifter. Aroma is, well, burnt fruit, with some tarry molasses notes...rich and I can see why people dig it. Flavour is sweet, palate relatively simple with oversweetened harsh espresso. Molasses-like finish. Overall, this brew is simplistic, hitting a few basic impy notes, and doing so with at least a modicum of style. However, it lacks dimension and nuance relative to the superior examples. 4-7-6-2-11 =3.0

First rate, Brouwerís
Dark, tarry appearance. Somewhat thin body is tarry, oily, with black malt notes. Chewy, very much burnt fruit on the nose. Late heat. Really, itís a starter impy, where theyíve held back on the good stuff quite a bit. 6-4-5-2-10 = 2.7

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
bfeldmann (1048) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - MAR 28, 2008
Poured a black with brownish head. Aroma was lots of smoke and ash. Flavor was much the same lots of ash in there which i didnít enjoy. The beer did nothing to seperate itself from others.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - MAY 4, 2008
Bottle. Pours with a big bubbled, dark brown head that collapses pretty quick. Flavor is burnt anise are roasted malts, burnt actually. Nice hop bitterness is similar to strong, low grade espresso. As excited as I was to try this, very over rated.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 9/20
tatinek (40) - South Dakota, USA - SEP 14, 2011
Pretty thick pour. It is a bit over the top in sweetness. Sweet chocolate, with only hint of hops, I taste prunes and other mixed fruitiness. Very thick/syrupy texture. This has a very complex taste but unfortunately I think it is highly overrated.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
tia (1004) - Sandston, Virginia, USA - JUN 23, 2012
Bottle @ 18th RG. Very dark with thin mocha head. Smells roasty and sweet. Very sweet flavor with roast coming in. Fairly syrupy.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
suprchunk (2315) - Crestview, Florida, USA - NOV 24, 2013
Black, almost, pour. Small tan head. Little bit of lacing. Slight chocolate and malt aroma. Not much else. Same with the taste. Sweet, kind of, malt flavor. Itís okay.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
eaglefan538 (2904) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JAN 12, 2008
UPDATED: JAN 19, 2008 Bottle from CaptainCougar, black chocolate colored pour, head of brownish/chocolate color, substantial in size, not overly done, but solid retention, steady throughout. The aroma was ashy, smoke, vinous sweet, somewhat cloying. Flavor followed the aroma in a somewhat disappointing fashion, some choco, vinous astringency, where did the sweetness go, though, after a while? Mouthfeel was standard for the style, the flavor just didnít meld together. A poor manís DFH WWS. Thanks, Tom, a fun experience, very nice of you to hook me up with a want, cheers! (Re-rate within the same week at SL, pretty similar opinion, unimpressed.)

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Goodgrief (1806) - Middletown, Delaware, USA - APR 12, 2008
Thanks to eaglefan538 for his neverending generosity in sharing. Ho hum, this wasnít a very interesting experience. This is exactly what Iíd expect from the likes of Redhook, Sam Adams or Leinieís. Dark pour, decent head and lacing. Aroma and flavor were roasted malts, chocolate, a tad overly sweet with some vinous notes that were not all that apppealing. Meh.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
mkobes (2141) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - MAY 4, 2008
Bottle. Deep dark brown in color with no head. Roasty caramel malty aroma. Molasses bittersweet chocolate notes. Malty coffee like roasty notes. Sweet tasting. Finish is sweet. Medium bodied. Ok.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
HonkeyBra (3491) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - JUN 14, 2008
I had to try this as itís pretty high-rated for one of Americaís worst beer makers. Pours black with a tan head. Lots of chocolate in the nose, molasses and dark fruit as well. I taste mostly dark fruits with some chocolate. Mouthfeel is thick but not really enjoyable, chewy and syrupy like drinking a bottle of maple syrup. The sweetness is a bit overwhelming and not balanced. Iím a big fan of Imperial stouts, but found this pretty hard to finish, even though I was sharing a 12oz bottle with my girlfriend. I felt sick after drinking it. Yeah, itís Leineís best brew, but is that saying much?

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