RATINGS: 864   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bblack99 (527) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - DEC 17, 2011
12oz bottle from Riverside Red X. Pours opaque black with a modest light brown head made up of tiny (almost crystalline) bubbles that leave wild micro-lacing on the snifter. Aroma is rather intoxicating in itself, with a potent mix of dark fruits (plum and fig), toffee, mild coffee, and dark chocolate. Flavors arent quite as rich, with cocoa taking the place of the expected dark chocolate and a wacky little unnatural twang at the finish. Good, and not far away from being great -- clearly the best Leinie Ive ever had!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sask89 (514) - Regina, Saskatchewan, CANADA - APR 30, 2015
On tap at Bangers & Lace. Poured black with a nice mocha head. Aroma was heavy in roasted malts and also had a noticeable scent of prunes and dates. Taste is rich and sweet with some bitterness to balance it out. Full body, smooth on the palate with good carbonation. Really enjoyed this one, quite delicious.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
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. Id 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
fishonmyplane (505) - Newington, Connecticut, USA - SEP 10, 2014
I must have re-checked the label about 5 times because I couldnt believe this was made by the shandy guys. But its 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
joe1510 (501) - Illinois, USA - JAN 12, 2008
12oz Bottle 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 its 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. Theres some darkly roasted malts making up the foundation then comes that berriness. Theres a touch of dark chocolate wafting up through it all but its 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. Lets 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 theyve always been a favorite regional brewer of mine. Im even more glad to see that they did such a great job with such a big beer. Ill raise my glass to Leinenkugels and as that they keep the surprises coming. 12/05/08

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
SHANER4 (500) - 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 dont 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Jrwhitney6 (486) - - 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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 5/20
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

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
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.

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