Kco (51) - USA - FEB 26, 2012
Dark opaque color with a tan head. Chocolate and caramel aroma and taste. Slight charcoal taste. Thick creamy feel on the palette. Slight bitter finish with good balance on the alcohol. David46 (14) - St Matthews, Kentucky, USA - JUN 8, 2014
I only had a sample at a beer festival a week ago. It was a great surprise because I didnít know Leinenkugel made stouts. I will have to add to my review when I have a chance to drink one from top to bottom. onceblind (9418) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JAN 4, 2017
Rich inky black pour with a Lacey, sticky tan head. Rich sweet dark chocolaty nose with a gentle bit of oak and char and brown sugar. Rich deep dark malty flavor with brown sugary and dark chocolate flavors, full, slightly boozy and tastes almost like it was Barrel Aged. Rich and amazing. brewblackhole (1588) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 31, 2007
Finally, Aroma - Roasted malt,coffee and somehow distinct hops are coming through,not much in the way of alcohol,not the big wave of richness and big that I expected,could be too cold,whoa taste however is different story,Big thick slurry of roasted malt, coffee ,unsweetened chocolate and a long but gentle tantalizing bitter finish. Alcohol is definitely present but not distracting,every time I go for a sip I get a mochaliquer and hop fragrance up my nose,yup its getting more dense as it warms. Once again stunning in its complexity and biggness,especially from a brewy that specializes in lowend appealing to the masses brews. No doubt 80% of the palates of the regular Leinies drinkers will be overmatched. Next a Strong Scotch or a Belgain Quad JB175 (1665) - Bucks County, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 9, 2007
Bottle from nflmvp - thanks!!! Beautiful black, viscous pour with a light tan head. Aroima is thick with cocoa, cream, sugar, dark chocolate, coffee, and some smoke. Flavor has a wonderful cocoa/smoky/coffee/licorice thing going on that is nothing short of amazing. Silky mouthfeel, sweet and tingly finish with some nice hops in there. Canít wait to see how it ages. This one is special, and oh yeah - its an SAB-Miller product. Now I love to shit on macro-pale lager brewing asshole companies while supporting the little guys, but you gotta applaud this. A top 50 Leinenkugels brew? Keep it comin.
scoobysnak (333) - Appleton, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 10, 2007
Probably the best Impy Iíve had. Pours a motor oil black with a 1 finger width light brown head that disappates pretty quickly. Smells of dark chocolate slight hops and smoky notes. Taste of chocolate, with a earthy coffee flavor and as the gentleman before me noted a faint black licorice taste I caught a glimpse of. DELICOUS, Iím definately going to let a few of these age out for a while. Glad it is brewed here in Wisconsin and it shouldnít prove to difficult to find. iowaherkeye (2703) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - NOV 15, 2007
12oz bottle, I believe bottled late October í07. Big thanks to Jason Ughsmash for giving me this at FoBAB. Sits black with a one finger brown head that fades to a thick ring and filmPine sappy hops, tar, roasted malts, molasses, black cherries and other dark fruits (raisins), light alcohol heat--holy hell, this is good. Iím glad I let it warm up so I wouldnít miss out on anything. Flavor is a little sweeter than the aroma had led on with a little added brown sugar up front with the fruits. The tar, soy and piney hops strike back to keep things from getting too sweet. Dry roasty char finish that is also slightly salty and lingers with some bitterness (3 out of 10). Alcohol is masked very well, as I can only guess the strength by the mouthfeel. Full creamy body with soft smooth carbonation.This reminds me of Expedition quite a bit--I think Iíll even have one later tonight. Big Eddy was absolutely awesome. I didnít want to love this beer, but it couldnít be helped. Damn those Big Eddy beers rock! 1FastSTi (3360) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 16, 2007
Pitch black pour with dark ruby highlights around the edges. A dense thin sheet of deep brown colored head coats and dense sheet lacing clings to the glass. The aroma is nice. Dark charred malts, tons of dark pitted fruits, lots of dark and milk chocolate. But at times, the aroma is not vibrant enough for me. The flavor and palate, fortunately, donít fall short at all. A rich viscous velvety syrup of liquid chocolate, roasty charred malt, plums, rhubarb, and a nice hop balance makes this beer a wonderful one. Also reminded me a bit of Bells Expedition. Iíd say this is comparable in quality to imperial stouts made by Bells, FFF, Goose Island, Deschutes, and Brooklyn (to name a few). fordest (2470) - Santee/San Diego, California, USA - DEC 19, 2007
12 oz bottle thanks to Santa. What a beer. Darkest pour with huge tan head. Lots of dark fruit, coffee, chocolate aromas. Flavors were roasted coffee, Mocha Java, Touches of alcohol on the finish. Raisins and Molasses. Good Good Stuff. TomDecapolis (4618) - Milton, Delaware, USA - DEC 27, 2007
Thanks to ogglethorp for this one. Pours a deep black with a larger creamy/foamy deep tan head that left lacing. Aroma of chocolate covered cherries, dark bitter chocolate, roasted malt, touch of vanilla, some light alcohol Flavor of caramel, vanilla, dark fruits, a touch of smoke, creamy coffee and lightly roasted malt and light alcohol. Very well done imperial stout!