Leinenkugel Big Eddy Russian Imperial Stout

Leinenkugel Big Eddy Russian Imperial Stout

Rated 3.652 by BeerPals
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Brewed by Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company

Chippewa Falls, WI, United States

Style:  Imperial Stout

9.5% Alcohol by Volume

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Travels well. Ages well. Known as the grandest of all beer styles, Russian Imperial Stout was originally created in nineteenth-century England to impress the Imperial Czarist court of Russia. The beer was brewed with high alcohol content and generous quantities of hops to preserve it against the elements on its grueling journey across the Baltic Sea. Big Eddy Russian Imperial Stout boasts a selection of eleven malts and grains, remarkably balanced by three distinct hops. Dark fruit, chocolate and toffee notes develop as the complex flavors of the malts reveal themselves. Then, the intricate and commanding hop presence emerges. At 9.5% alcohol, our Big Eddy Russian Imperial Stout is daring yet delicious; it travels well, and ages well.

ID: 28848 Last updated 10 years ago Added to database 13 years ago

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Overall Rank1392
Overall Percentile97
Style Rank230 of 1682
Style Percentile86.3
Lowest Score2.9
Highest Score4.7
Average Score3.741
Weighted Score3.652
Standard Deviation0.450

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  • AIRFORCE1 680 reviews
    rated 3.9 7 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 8

    Pours a pitch black with a one finger chocolate colored head that lofts a bit. Carbonation is extremely light to non-existent. Aroma is lighter than most impy's I have had, hints of dark malts and light booze is all I get. Taste is a big kick in the ball right off the bat. Starts off with a big licorice hit that last for a tenth of a second or so and subsides into a malts boozy backing. Sticky in the throat. Finishes off slightly metallic and boozy. One of the moth potent beers I have had so far.

  • GIVMEBEER 795 reviews
    rated 3.9 8 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 9 | Overall: 8

    Pours black. Tan head reduces quickly to leave a thin ring. Slick but leaves no lacing. Almost smells burnt with dark fruits. Very big flavour. Licorice, burnt coffee, dark fruit, chocolate and alcohol. Quite a hoppy finish. Full body. Different to most Russian stouts I've had. Good but only have one.

  • FARGINGBASTIGE6 1476 reviews
    rated 4.1 8 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 9 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 9 | Overall: 8

    Big & Bold - tar black with a slight ring of a head that laces for days. Deep roasted malt aroma with a little sweetness & smoke and a hint of the hops. Flavor is malt/chocolate and a hint of hop. Full-bodied. Really nice.

  • FUNK 898 reviews
    rated 3.5 8 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 7

    The Big Eddy series finally shows that Leinies can turn out a beer to compete with other craft brewers. This is a decent, to-style imperial stout; aroma and taste include lots of roasted malt, coffee, chocolate, raisins, and molasses.

  • JERRYMORRISON 2130 reviews
    rated 3.8 9 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 7

    Aromas and flavors of over- ripened fruit, alcohol, hints of chocolate and coffee grounds with some hop bitterness showing in the finish. Mouthfeel is smooth, and full yet sticky, dark black body, the head started off thick but almost completely disappeared. Overall a nice and reasonably complex brew from Leinenkugels.

  • JLOZIER 671 reviews
    rated 3.7 9 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 7

    Scored from a trade with Blue Lou. Paired with a perfectly barbequed steak...that was a good match. Some sherry-like character in the nose and a bit in the flavor too. Dark chocolate on the tongue and a dash of soy sauce. Wasn't expecting that. Smooth and a bit of a lighter texture than I was expecting. a good beer from a brewer that I had heard "things" about, but never thought I would actually find.

  • KINGER 2328 reviews
    rated 3.7 9 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 8

    Chocolate cherries and port wine followed by heavy roast and mild coffee. Dark body, filmy head and a few spots of lacing. Medium bodied while oily slick and very sweet. Some burnt malt, lightly ashy coupled with chocolate, toffee and red wine. I give them an A for effort on this fine offering. Keep it up Leine's

  • REGSPEIR 155 reviews
    rated 3.4 9 years ago

    Aroma: 6 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 7

    12 oz bottle thanks to a trade with mnbearsfan. Poured black with a two-finger, mocha head with good lacing and retention. Nose is roasted malt, some nuttiness, molasses, and a tinge of alcohol. Taste is very sweet up front - chocolate, roasted malts, licorice and some dark fruit. Some coffee, mild bitterness and alcohol in the finish. Texture is thick and syrupy. This was a nice sipper I would try again.

  • HEYBEERMAN 1025 reviews
    rated 3.5 10 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 5 | Overall: 7

    Pours a thick brown that appears black in the glass. Sweet smelling with hints of anise, raisins and something a little smokey. Mouthfeel is very thick and cloying. Flavor is sweet anise and roasted malts. A big russian impy but not as impressive as I was hoping.

  • SLOWRUNNER77 5682 reviews
    rated 3.8 10 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 8

    another courtesy of pfoxyjohn. a big boozy vinous sweet ass stout. went great with dessert. not sticky, but very cholatey and rum soaked raisin sweet. little hop presence, or roasted presence. tasty, but a bit too boozy and a one trick pony. still easily the best i've had from Leine.

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