trujahwarrior (510) - Monroe, Washington, USA - FEB 24, 2013
Pours a pitch black color with a medium fluffy dark tan head and leaves great lacing. Smells of roasted malt, dark chocolate, dark fruit, black licorice, molasses and caramel. Tastes of all the same things in the smell but a little smokey in the aftertaste. Mouthfeel is thick and creamy and somewhat chewy with good carbonation. Overall I can see why this is getting such good reviews Its a little harsh but really tasty. I’d like to see what a little age would do to it but not sure if I can get my hands on another bottle or not. SHANER4 (507) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 19, 2014
Had this on tap at the brewery. I drank 4 other samples and had 2 of these. They only allow you to have 1 of the RIS but my wife don’t care for RIS’ s so I got lucky. This beer was damn good. Had that dark chocolate and black licorice taste. Has great smokey finish and silky smooth on the palate. Fantastic beer and would like a full pint. fishonmyplane (505) - Newington, Connecticut, USA - SEP 10, 2014
I must have re-checked the label about 5 times because I couldn’t believe this was made by the shandy guys. But it’s a real, legit imperial stout. Big boozy flavor and mouthfeel that would undoubtedly improve with some aging. Hits you with tons of bitter chocolate up front, followed by alcohol burn in the finish. Probably a little too bitter for its own good. There is also some plum, but it is mostly overpowered.
A very big stout with lots of character, and one that screams out for some bourbon barrel aging to smooth out the palate. Jrwhitney6 (503) - - JAN 8, 2013
Pours black with slight brown head into an oversized wine glass. Had trouble placing the nose - but it finally came to me - smells like a port. Has the burnt malt taste with some coffee and chocolate undertones typical of the style, but I found this slightly under hopped and a little too syrupy (like a port). Ok, but not as good as other imperial stouts.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone joe1510 (501) - Illinois, USA - JAN 12, 2008
Recieved this in a trade with Badbeer, thanks Mike. Big Eddy gurgles from the bottle midnight black with zero transparency. The mocha head grew to a quality two fingers on the pour and as it fell to a crown left sheet lacing it’s whole way down. A really good looking stout.
This stout has a huge amount of dark berry nose to it. Blackberry mostly and unripe blueberry. There’s some darkly roasted malts making up the foundation then comes that berriness. There’s a touch of dark chocolate wafting up through it all but it’s ghostly.
This is one of those beers that tastes nothing like what it smells like. The dark roasted maltiness is in the aroma but comes out full force in the mouth. Huge dark cocoa washes over my tongue mid-palate before segueing into dark chocolate on the finish. The a hint of blackberry and a hint of dark roasted coffee complimenting things nicely. An excellent rich stout.
The mouthfeel is spot on. Viscous with and incredibly smooth mouthfeel. Let’s see, I believe it weighs in at a respectable 10W-30.
For a stout so big (weighing in at 9.5abv) this one goes down incredibly easy. Supremely easy to sip.
I was glad to hear of Leinenkugels entering the extreme beer marketplace (with the Big Eddy series) as they’ve always been a favorite regional brewer of mine. I’m even more glad to see that they did such a great job with such a big beer. I’ll raise my glass to Leinenkugels and as that they keep the surprises coming.
jebert (500) - Watertown, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 20, 2011
Can a beer reach perfection? This one comes as close as any I have tasted. Black nectar folds into the glass, thick and creamy, crowned with a one finger thick frock of light brown froth. Nose is molasses, caramel and malt. Very rich and creamy on the palate. Taste is rich, full and sweet, packed with molasses, brown sugar, caramel and chocolate. Cloyingly sweet on the finish, the 9.5% ABV warms the throat on the way down. This beer is a banquet unto itself and needs no accompainment, although it paired well with popcorn on my initial tasting. outlawskies (480) - Ohio, USA - OCT 12, 2014
Julie says. It is not smokey and not bitter very alcohol tasty kind of sour. She gives a 3.3
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone lordeche (479) - Quincy, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 20, 2009
Aged since 2007. Pours black with creamy brown head. Big chocolately aroma with sweet bourbon notes, and a good amount of roasted malt, fruit, and vinous character. I can imagine this being really strongly fruity and vinous while fresh, but the aging has really mellowed everything out. Great sour-ish vinous notes with cherry wood notes. Lots of chocolate and slight smoke too. Sweetness has definitely been tamed with age. Very nice and complex. rugbydude05 (478) - Bridgewater, NJ, New Jersey, USA - NOV 14, 2011
12 oz bottle, jet black completely opaque appearance. Aroma is bold and roasty. Some floral hop character present as well. Also some chocolate was appreciated, especially when enjoyed at temperature. Taste has a surprisingly strong bitter component with some light sweetness. Very lively on the palate with a full body. High alcohol content is noticeable at this stage of the drink. Long, bitter finish. Overall great beer, perfect for a cold winter’s night. shendrix (478) - Waukesha, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 1, 2007
A very fine brew. The nose is an interesting malty roasted hint of goodness. Deep, deep chocolate brown in the glass lightly dusted with a tannish head. The palate explodes with coffee and chocolate dueling with a slightly smokey barley and molasses sweetness--perhaps a tad overstated--coming through in the finish.