Big Eddy Russian Imperial StoutMay 1, 2008 Chippewa Falls, WI
Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Co. Chippewa Falls, WI Available: WI, MI Big Eddy is a new family of beers from the Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Co., named for the spring that runs through Chippewa Falls, where the brewery was founded in 1867. Alcohol (vol): 9.5 Alcohol (wt): 7.56 Color: black Bitterness: 75 Original gravity: 1112
Looks like an Imperial stout. Pours like an Imperial Stout. Sounds like an Imperial Stout. Smells like an Imperial Stout. Speaks like an Imperial Stout. Feels like an Imperial Stout. Warming like an Imperial Stout. I finished it like an Imperial Stout. Thus, I am an Imperial Stout. Big, bold statement of malt-hop justice. Fruity, sherry-raisin-currant-like, wonderfully complex. Severely velvety, smooth and drinkable. One of the best I’ve ever had. Given the opportunity, I’d stash a case away for the ages. Damn! This is remarkably terrific. One of the best.
- Charlie Papazian
Big by name, big by nature. This heady Baltic stout pours like engine oil and is such a deep ruby color that light only penetrates at the edges. Take your time with the aroma, there’s too much to race through: creamy, bitter chocolate, tobacco, dried fruits, leather, a whiff of sherry. The taste is equally impressive: sweet, rich and malty with a creamy, oily mouthfeel, caramel, chocolate, vague tropical fruits and a good tart bite. Roasted coffee notes join the chocolate in the bittersweet, lasting finish. Looking for substance? Big Eddy will provide.
- Jeff Evans
Author of the New Complete Joy of Homebrewing, founder of the Great American Beer Festival and a Beer Examiner at www.examiner.com, Papazian is a leading voice in beer and brewing.
Author of the Good Bottled Beer Guide and The Book of Beer Knowledge, Jeff Evans is an eight-time editor of the CAMRA Good Beer Guide and one of Britain's best-known beer writers.
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