RATINGS: 862   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.88/5   SEASONAL: Series   IBU: 50   EST. CALORIES: 285   ABV: 9.5%
The Big Eddy Russian Imperial Stout was brewed at Leinenkugel’s 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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zathrus13 (1776) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - NOV 29, 2007
UPDATED: MAR 21, 2008 Black pour, with a brown head. Aroma is roasted malt, coffee, dark fruit, and molasses. Flavor is roasted malt, dark fruit, molasses, coffee, chocolate, and licorice. Medium to heavy, syrupy body. This is nice. Thanks for this bottle, Jason.

Stine (1782) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - NOV 29, 2007
Poured from a 12 oz. bottle. Thick, black, and oily pour produces a restive, chalky grey head. Loud aroma of green apples and honey; youth projects brashly and unavoidably. Venison, barbecue tang, and some pear juice lend further brightness across the top, though the depths of dark malt never really find expression. Flavor brings more aggression in a similar fashioning of vanilla peach and apple tones; these shout gibberish over a mild, muted articulation of smoky chocolate malt. A honey, pinesol and brown sugar glaze on grilled pineapple drives it further into oversugared citrus and overhopped confusion. Dense and oily with commanding presence in the mouth, though loose and certainly underdeveloped. Summarizes itself succinctly in another green apple burst of painful sweetness at the finale. Sugar and youth win out, and given the lack of bottle conditioning and the strange allegiance to the screw top idea, it doesn’t seem to afford itself much of an opportunity to overcome that fault. Thanks for sharing, Ken!

badgerben (5181) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - NOV 28, 2007
Rating 2600. Many, many thanks to the one, the only, Skyview, for bringing this treat. I’m entering it a bit out of order for the night, but what do I care? Pours like a bottle of motor oil with a medium, dark tan head. Very nice aroma of heavily roasted malt, coffee and a bit of soy sauce. Woody taste. Someone at the tasting mentioned hickory and I would have to agree 100%. Molasses, very strong malt and a sugary syrup taste dominate. Slight bitterness towards the end. Not the world’s greatest, but definitely a top tier brew. I am very impressed by Leinie’s. Cheers!

awaisanen (1304) - Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 28, 2007
From a 12oz Bottle. Purchased at Bello Vino in Ann Arbor, MI. Pours a dark black, mostly transparent, filtered color with a thick head of tight bubbled, charred tan head. Big, meaty aroma that’s dripping with some salty, teriyaki beef jerky characters and soy sauce. There’s also an interesting floral sweet onion hop aroma that makes this smell like genuine Hawaiian barbeque. There’s some dark chocolate and vanilla malt character lingering in there as well, but the spicy hop, molasses notes are what’s really striking. Full bodied, softly carbonated mouthfeel with a shimmering texture that melts across the tongue. Very slick and oily mouthfeel. The jerky-like, meaty flavors jump out on the palate right away, but are a bit less pronounced than in the aroma. Burned raisins, bourbony caramel, figs, and prunes start creeping out mid-palate. It gets increasingly roasty toward the finish, bringing out semi-charred flavors of french roast or espresso coffee. Some west coast white grapefruit hop characters emerge in the final smack, drying up some of the residual sugars nicely. Pretty well crafted beer overall - very complex and clean, but the meaty flavor of the malt is a bit too much for me. It doesn’t taste off to my palate, only it has the bacony bamburg malt smoke character that get’s a bit busy when combined with the high alpha hops and heavy roast. I must applaud a big brewer from delving into the craft brew scene and producing a beer that is exceptionally appealing to our community. With the quality control and process efficiencies of a big brewer, I expected to be blown away, and was left only mildly disappointed. Everything seems tight and clean, and the recipe formulation is bold and daring - it just didn’t hit the target for my specific palate. However, I must point out that the beer should be bottle conditioned and NOT capped with a screw top if really meant to age well over time. This, however, is kind of a moot point, as many well reputed, smaller brewers use this same technique - I don’t really agree with this, but as such, I can’t justly deduct points for this fact, either. Keep ’em coming!

Pailhead (6540) - Rochester Hills, Michigan, USA - NOV 28, 2007
Bottle: Big chocolate and plum aroma along with marshmellow, roasted malt, faint black licorice, and faint alcohol. It pours a dark brown, virtually black, with a small brown head that fades relatively quickly down to a moderate ring along the edges of the glass. The flavor starts with lots of chocolate, plum, and molasses, with some faint black licorice. The finish has lots of roastiness that really lingers on the palate along with some fruit, and light citrus hops. I don’t think it tastes like Expedition while the liquid is in your mouth, but it does have a very similar aftertaste to Expedition. Slick, oily, and full bodied with moderate carbonation at first but dies to a much softer mouthfeel after a few minutes.

Styles (2014) - Lincoln Park, Michigan, USA - NOV 27, 2007
UPDATED: OCT 21, 2010 Older bottle from northernbrews. Black with huge beige head. Aroma and flavor consist of big chocolate, sweet mollasses character, candied dark fruits. Flavor much the same, big sweet character, not really cloying though, enough roast and hop character to balance. Sticky mouthfeel. Much better than the bottles I had originally.

pnista (1007) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - NOV 26, 2007
(I think this may have been a bad batch, as we opened three bottles and all tasted kind of shitty. I guess quality control, or lack thereof, should influence a rating, right?) Big dark dark brown to black with a dense tan head. Apples? Sweet. A bit of weird alcohol. No roast. No chocolate. Maybe some pine? This isn’t bad, but for an imperial stout, this is highly unusual, obviously. Big smooth body, a bit viscous with low carbonation. Okay, must be a bad bottle. Weird piney soapy taste. Sweet malt. A bit of roast and some very high fusel alcohols. Lingering unclean pine. Three bottles later, aren’t the big guys known for consistency? Fruit, phenolic and weird... not much of a chocolate aspect. No licorice. Nothing creamy. I’m not getting dark fruits. I swear I’m rating a different beer. As it warms to room temperature, this becomes more tolerable and maybe I can detect some chocolate peaking out. I just don’t know...

kp (10882) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - NOV 25, 2007
UPDATED: DEC 23, 2007 Name: Big Eddy Imperial Stout
Date: 11/17/2007
Mode: Bottle
Source: Tasting, Throwdown 3

black, fine tan head, vicious almost to the point of having legs, streaks of lace, strong dark chocolate aroma with a bit of licorice, big and creamy body, rich dark chocolate flavor, growing bitterness rises out of dark chocolate, chocolate stays strong to the end, touch of dark fruits, lasting bitter finish,
-------- /> Name: Big Eddy Imperial Stout
Date: 12/18/2007
Mode: bottle
Source: trade

black, big creamy brown head, rich dark chocolate aroma with sweet licorice and vanilla, lots of bitter dark chocolate flavor, touch of coffee character, the creamy body combined with the rich dark chocolate is what makes this beer special

Aroma: 8/10; Appearance: 8/10; Flavor: 8/10; Palate: 9/10; Overall: 17/20
Rating: 4.2/5.0
Drinkability: 7/10
Score: ***+/4

Silphium (3199) - Traverse City, Michigan, USA - NOV 25, 2007
Bottle. Deep, opaque charcoal body, medium light brown head. Big, complex aroma of charred, roasted malts, chocolate/cocoa, coffee, prune, and licorice, and even a salty/leathery undertone. The body is heavy on the bitter, charred malts and salt in the beginning, underneath which lurk sweet dark fruits, molasses, coffee, and licorice. Vinous, wispy finish with lingering sweetness. If anything, I prefer less sweetness and a stronger alcohol presence to indicate the beer’s strength. Philip makes a very good point about the slim viscosity compared to the best imperial stouts. Nevertheless, an excellent beer by Leinenkugel.

DavidP (1748) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 25, 2007
Bottle. Gorgeous pour; viscous black body with a crema-looking dark tan head. Big chewy aroma of figs, rum wood and tootsie roll. From the velvety initial mouthfeel comes a figgy-sweet malt base with rum and chocolate layered on top. The finish is dried out by alcohol and roast malt. A delightful beer, well put together in terms of letting the sweet mouthfeel and outweigh any hopping or alcohols.

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