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RATINGS: 814   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 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
imadeadguy (378) - back in NJ!, New Jersey, USA - APR 14, 2008
I was told and told to get this brew and wow what a let down. Nice deep black pour with frothy brown head. Aromas of malt, chocolate, and coffee. Flavor was alcohol and malt. Nothing impressive about this stout. This one might be better after sitting for a few years, but not now. No thanks.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
keepersj12 (2674) - Sicklerville, New Jersey, USA - FEB 13, 2011
I was not overly impressed with this. The aroma was weak for the style. A bit of malt, some chocolate, a little grass and earth. The pour was nice, black with a big lacing tan head. The flavor had some chocolate and roasted malt. A bit metallic as well. The after taste had that metallic tinge to it. Many others to choose from.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
harrymel (1496) - Spokane, Washington, USA - DEC 25, 2013
Thanks to jbtice0315 for this as an extra, cheers Jesse! A: Pours a dark brown with no translucence. Two finger mocha head which falls to thick quilt of foam. Moderate lacing. S: Raisin, cocoa, malts, again, raisin. Very nice nose on this. Hints of molasses, licorice, anise. Goddamn beautiful nose. T: The yeast doesnít offer appropriate tones to this beer (IMO). The nose follows through, but the flavor is negatively impacted by the yeast strain I believe. Decent finish though. M: Heavy body with low/medium carbonation. Leaves the mouth dry (surprisingly). D: love the nose, taste - not so much. Although tolerable, this is not particularly nice as a RIS. Serving type: bottle 02-23-2011

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
NobleSquirrel (3437) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 3, 2010
Bottle from Binnyís South Loop, 2010 batch. Pours a very attractive black with a sticky brown head. Nose is a bit of a wreck. Sweet with some soy and licorice notes, fusel alcohols abound. Alcohol and tar. Some fruit, but pretty messy. On taste, not much better. Body is alright, but it is sweet and hot, peppery alcohol and tar. Not much depth beyond that. More fusel than anything. What the hell?

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
EithCubes (4818) - New Jersey, USA - OCT 5, 2013
Bottle. Nose extremely sweet with a little soy sauce and tons of very fruity and slightly tart wine. Pours deep brown to pitch with a light brown head. Strong roast and bitterness in the mouth but they are overshadowed by stronger sweetness with some stripping ashy astringency. The fruit is there but as a sweetener seems very artificial. Chocolate. Lightly fizzy full body, some tumbling malt but overall a mess.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
3fourths (7976) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - DEC 7, 2007
UPDATED: OCT 10, 2013 12oz bottle thanks to CaptainCougar. Very nice and appropriate pour and head for imperial stout. Bit of that green apple smell that others have written about, along with a more pleasent soy and black char note in the nose. Flavorwise itís fresh, perhaps young and green, with a bit of twang throughout. Body is medium, not what Iíd call thick at all but not lacking too much. Finishes with a dark chocolate syrup note and more of the green apple acetylhyde note. Not bad, but I think itís a bit of a stretch to say this is one of the top imperial stouts.
7/4/7/3/14 = 3.5

Sampled in a blind 25 imperial stout tasting, Feb 2008
Smoke, soy, some lactic milk notes, with a heavy astringency, a pasty texture, and some charred dark chocolate flavors. The green apple notes in the nose gave this one away.
7/4/6/4/14 = 3.5

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - JAN 8, 2008
UPDATED: MAR 29, 2008 Multiple bottles from multiple sources. Black body with a medium sized, tan head that quickly fades. The nose is acidic roast, green apples, chocolate and molasses. The flavor is moderately sweet with chocolate, green apple, alcohol, molasses and burnt coffee. Medium/full body is thin with moderate carbonation. 5/3/5/2/10 = 2.5

Blind Tasting 5/3/5/2/10 = 2.5

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 7/20
Kevin (2070) - New Mexico, USA - DEC 31, 2007
bottle from mj. pitch black with a dark brown head. a lot of chocolate & coffee in the nose, a bit smokey with something like licorice there. Good god is this dry and roasty. bitter cocoa, smoke, i find myself not wanting to take another sip. so damn dry for some reason that it takes away from everything. the alcohol is noticeable is a bit of an understatement. this is not the noticeable alcohol in say a nice bourbon way, but more in the cheap taaka vodka way. this is the kind of impy iíd send to lumpy just to hear him biutch about it, for once iíd agree with him. the only way heíd hate it more is if it had bananas in it. the roastyness and the alcohol obliterate everything here. some vanilla and marshmallow notes under the heel of those flavors along with a peanut butter flavor. starts to develope a very burnt flavor as i plod further into this. it is strange that there are similarities to impyís i love, but i canít even bring myself to like this. what the fuck is wrong with me that i spend an hour of my time trying to figure out why a beer that has so much that i tend to adore in a beer yet it is not tasty, i might as well eat a bullet, this is what my life has become. fuck i hate it when beer makes me contemplate suicide. 5 7 3 1 7

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
41cubs (249) - , New Jersey, USA - MAR 23, 2011
Getting a lot of big hard roast in this on the aroma and flavor. Canít really get passed the overall burnt character. Getting some black licorice also but thatís the only other distinguishing characteristic. The body is light for style and residual sugars are all but missing in this one. It would be good to try another batch of this to see if this one was overcooked. Thank You Leinenkugels. 2010 12oz.

   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
xBEERxNOLA (71) - - DEC 24, 2013
Appearance - black. No head Aroma - nothing Mouth - no carb Taste - just terrible. Overall - just not good.

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