RATINGS: 863   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.88/5   SEASONAL: Series   IBU: 50   EST. CALORIES: 285   ABV: 9.5%
The Big Eddy Russian Imperial Stout was brewed at Leinenkugels 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.

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   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
auerbrau (3203) - Ithaca, New York, USA - JAN 8, 2008
12oz Bottle. Striking barbeque aroma, very rich and tangy with molasses, pork skin char, brown sugar, spices, smoke, vinegar, the whole works. A total experience. Rich and blasting with roast and char. Its a pretty nice aroma. Pours a heavenly deep black, with a really luxuriant silky soft head, that laces and bubble beautifully in maple wood. Flavor gets me down. This is too charred, too rich, too coarse. Theres a crushing harshness to the profile of this beer. Theres some higher alcohols that make it estery in a peculiar way, that somehow fights with the roast. Theres tannic tendencies and a mess of chocolate. Not particularly smooth, it has rough patches too clean up. The most disconcerting aspect is the bubblegum and fake fruit sensation in the back of the palate. Hops are non-existent. Too sweet and too messy.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
garmonbozia (429) - Hattiesburg, Mississippi, USA - JAN 6, 2008
Bottle courtesy from Styles, Nice smell of molasses. Taste was sweet with hints of dried fruit. Not over powering but noticible. Alcohol was well hidden. lacing was nice also. Good beer

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
hellomynameis (876) - Mayer, Minnesota, USA - JAN 6, 2008
Black coloured with a brown head. Molasses and roast aroma. Lots of roast in the flavour with some chocolate and alcohol. Dry alcoholic finish. Good palate. This has a ton of potential and its surprising for a leinie brew but its just not that good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Gorbalev (3000) - Ontario, CANADA - JAN 6, 2008
Bottle shared with Hogtown Harry and Blankboy, Harrys bottle. Well, here is a highly rated rare treat that I knew nothing about! Pitch black, big bubbly chocolaty head, a perfect looking stout. Good aroma - alcohol, molasses, sticky sweet. Taste features a ton of molasses as well, maybe almost too much. Full thick body, hops somehow fight their way through and are noticeable as well. Alcohol really burns after a few sips in the linger. A good solid impy - but the individual marks are higher than my overall impression if that makes any sense - just didnt hit a home run for me.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
HogTownHarry (6519) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - JAN 4, 2008
Bottle (12oz). Shared with blankboy and tupalev, my bottle via SecretFestivus 2007. Awesome - Ive been wanting to try this one. Thick oily black pour, decent light brown head. Lush deep roast aroma of sweet molasses, coffee and plenty of low-level hops. Lovely sticky molasses and coffee taste, long moderately boozy bitter finish. Thick, sticky mouthfeel, just what you want in an impy. Terrific stuff - thank you midwestern Santa!!!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Gillard (42) - Florida, USA - JAN 4, 2008
Being a Wisconsin grad and drinking plenty of leines in college I was excited to try this one. Pours an ink black goo with very little head. The smell was of cherries, toast ,and bittersweet chocolate. Palate was ok and sustaining. A very solid effort by Leinenkugels.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
incutrav (577) - Woodbury, Minnesota, USA - JAN 3, 2008
14.99 for 4 pk at Cassanovas. Had this side by side with DL, Darkness and Expedition. This was our second fav. Very thick, and dark, with lots of semi sweet coco and pruney-coffeeness. Not as overpowerling sweet as DL, some good bitterness on the back end as well. ABV is pretty hidden.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tjthresh (1871) - Greenfield, Indiana, USA - JAN 1, 2008
12 ounce bottle from Ughsmash. Looks perfect. Onyx black with a lasting foamy brown head. Rubust aroma, but not brash. Molten baker chocolate, prune juice, soy sauce, and alcohol. A lot of bitter chocolate flavor. The soy is more pronounced than in the aroma. Molasses too. Sort of thin. Oily. Dry finish. Medium carbonation. Yep, its a winner.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
5000 (6862) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - JAN 1, 2008
Bottle: Black as night, large brownish head, frothy it is, decent lacing.   Rich nose, robust, raisin, apple skin, roasted malts... smells big.   Maybe even a little soy and maple syrup.   Has a lot going on, and for a Leinenkugels it has A LOT going on.   As it warms I pick up some campfire and charred wood as well.   On the tongue it displays a rich dark pitted fruit aspect, very rich in fact.   Warming, quite warming, but not alcoholic.   Hop bitterness is minor. &nbps Instead there seems to be a heavy breadiness and pine like aspect.   Moderately sweetened, moreso than your average Imperial Stout.   Moderate to full body and mouthfeel.   Not all that viscous tho, as one might expect for the style.   I take back that comment about moderately sweetened... this one is pretty darned sweet.   Certainly big, bigger than most, and way more than I expected from a Leinenkugel.   Pretty impressive I must say.   A little bit of a different beast, but still remains quite worthy in my eyes.   Could stand to be a little less sweet, with perhaps more roasted malt attributes and less dark pitted fruit.   Still pretty tasty, but in some aspects it seems a little bit over the top.   Thanks to Styles fors the bottle!

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