2010 Leinenkugel Big Eddy Russian Imperial Stout
- Overall 91/100
- Appearance 22/25
- Aroma 22/25
- Taste 23/25
- Finish 24/25
This rare winter seasonal is brewed by Leinenkugel Brewery located in Chippewa Falls WI that was established in 1867 by Jacob Leinenkugel. The Brewery was born on the Big Eddy Brewery which is how this beer got it’s name.Big Eddy is only available from November through January, and is brewed with eleven malts, and grains as well as three different hops. This beer also carries a hefty 9.5% ABV. I tried this beer after the 2011 version because I wanted to see if there was a big difference from being aged a year. This is how it went.
The 2010 version of The Big Eddy Russian Imperial poured out rather thick and black with a darker brown head than the 2011. I found the aroma to be rather similar again with the hops lurking in the background. I found the taste however to be alot more malty than 2011. The coffee, dark chocolate, and toffee really show up here in my opinion and the finish to the 2010 Big Eddy doesn’t have that bitter bite to it however the hops are still present as well as the ABV.
I found this beer to have a better balance than the 2011 and the mouthfeel was much more creamy which isn’t a bad thing in my opinion. Both beers were exceptional however the aging made this already good beer into something great! Again I would like to thank Ashley at Leinenkugel’s for supplying me the sample and Camille at Exit 6 Brewery for supplying the glass for the review.
In: Beer of the Week, Beer Reviews, Rating 90-94, Stouts, Winter Seasonal's