RATINGS: 864   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.88/5   SEASONAL: Series   IBU: 50   EST. CALORIES: 285   ABV: 9.5%
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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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3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
strap (899) - Sindelfingen, GERMANY - MAR 13, 2014
Black with a creamy tan head. Bready aroma. Bark like flavor with chocolate and coffee...Folgers coffee, nothing high end. One of my least favorite Imperial Stouts...still not bad. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Boutip (6273) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 31, 2008
Bottle courtesy of Grub: Poured a pitch-black color stout with a medium dark brown foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of roasted malt with loads of sweet notes. Taste is also dominated by some sweet cloying notes with some light notes of black chocolate and coffee. Full body with oily texture and good retention and no apparent alcohol. I think I am going against the grain on this one but I just cant like these super sweet imperial stout; I prefer them when they are more balance with coffee and black chocolate.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
kosko20 (352) - Bemidji, Minnesota, USA - OCT 27, 2008
On tap at Blue Nile. Pour is black with minimal brown head. Aroma is dark chocolate, caramel, dark fruit and raisins. Flavor much of the same with some alcohol. Palate is thick and chewy. Too much going on to enjoy. An alright but slightly disappointed.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
SSSteve (4006) - - OCT 28, 2010
12oz bottle. black under small, creamy light brown head. nose is a mix of dark and milk chocolates with a hint of coffee and even lighter notes of hops. flavor more hoppy than the aroma suggests and it brings out the dark fruit character and chocolate covered citrus flavors. a bit boozy and warming at first. hints of metallic at times. decent.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
kbutler1 (1379) - North Carolina, USA - JAN 10, 2011
Bottle. From the most recent release. Poured into a tulip glass a dark brown/black color with a dark tan tightly bubbled head. Some lace as the head settles down. Dark roast, mild dark chocolate, tobacco, and almost a vegetable like aroma in the nose. Some booze also evident in the nose. Mdeium mouthfeel, too light in my opinion. The first flavor I notice is some mild smokiness that sticks around the entire time you take a drink. Sweet dark chocolate flavor along with some boose and dark chocolate bitterness to end this. I cant say that I am falling in love with this one.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
pushkinwow (2769) - Ottawa, CANADA - MAY 27, 2011
12oz bottle - thanks Kyle. Opaque black, small tan head that fades quickly. Dark molasses, malts, bit of anise, soy, chocolate and alcohol. Fuzzy on the palate, bitter but not overdone, huge malt and molasses throughout, full bodied, get the alcohol at the end. A good beer but too one-dimensional and overpowering to be great.

3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
UDBeernut (2882) - Saint Johns, Florida, USA - FEB 16, 2013
Bottle jet black with no head. Slight off putting roast in the nose. Taste is mostly smokey, slight caramel and coffee. Slightly less than burly body. Crafty Id say ;)

3.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
ThisWangsChung (836) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - MAR 14, 2013
12 oz bottle into a Duvel tulip. A: Pours a damn near pitch black color overall. The head is a three finger khaki shade featuring fantastic retention for both the style and gravity. Even better, the creamy texture leaves gorgeous rings of lacing down the side of the glass. One of the better looking imperial stouts Ive encountered. S: This stout in particular takes the route of being VERY licorice-forward. After it warms up a bit, it develops chocolate, molasses, and subtle cherry tones. Sweet in general; while not to my personal preference, the aroma is quite well done. T: Again with the licorice. It tries to develop the aforementioned chocolate/dark fruit tones after a big opening salvo of licorice, but is still supplanted by licorice. The finish is a bit fruity and (pleasantly) boozy, with additional notes of toffee and marzipan. Roasted qualities are really subtle here. Generally, this one lacks depth, and the dominant quality isnt to my liking. M: I like the softness here; but it isnt quite thick or dense enough for me. What surprises me here is how the softness gives way to a dry finish, almost as if it were designed more for drinkability than savorability. There are some *faint* wine-like qualities (its vaguely tart, and I swear it seems a bit on the tannic side) in both the flavor and palate feel that I kind of dig. O: Ill give it some credit here, its reasonably well brewed and an excellent effort from Leinenkugels. I just dont really care for beers that make me reminisce about chewing on a big ol stick of Twizzlers (or even worse, black licorice jelly beans...shudder...) Luckily, this isnt some black-licorice-jelly-beans jabroni in the RIS world, just a lower midcarder in the vein of Koko B. Ware. Put him in a match with Ted DiBiase (Old Rasputin) or the Macho Man Randy Savage (Founders IS) and hes just going to eat a pinfall in 3 minutes - similar to this offering.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
angrypirate06 (1388) - Texas, USA - MAY 16, 2013
Tap. Inky black pour. Large foamy brown head. Nose is metal, bananas, esters, ash. Flavor is ashy, earth, smoke, teriyaki, soy, chocolate, unsweetened chocolate, coffee. Bitter finish. Creamy mouthfeel with medium carb.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 14/20
Bulk_Carrier (5924) - Essex Junction, Vermont, USA - MAR 23, 2014
Reviewed from notes. The appearance had a dark brown colored body yielding a tan two finger foamy head with some spider web lacing around the sides of the glass. The smell had a nice combination of chocolate, coffee, and malts. Some dark fruits enter in as the beer warms. The taste had some sweetness yet brings in a decent bitterness as the beer warms. The palate was about a light to medium and was borderline watery. ABV, what ABV, this is supposed to be 9.5, yeah, I dont feel it. This is too drinkable for a RIS, almost as if the alcohol is way too well hidden. Overall, well, everything smells and tastes good. Its got the normal appearance of an RIS, but lacks the thickness I look for a RIS.


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