Leinenkugels Big Eddy Russian Imperial Stout
In May 1867, the Leinenkugel family brewery was founded in Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin by Jacob Leinenkugel. He was a family man driven by an iron work ethic, and he knew that his German family heritage would play an integral part of his brewery’s success. And today Leinenkugel’s is a very popular beer at Hanover Wine and Spirits. From it summer favorite Summer Shandy to the classic Leinies Original.
We know that stouts aren’t for everyone. Many say that they are too thick, too dark, or too heavy. We feel that you must give stout’s a chance. And we gave Big Eddy Russian Imperial Stout a chance and we LOVED it.
Beer: Big Eddy Russian Imperial Stout
Brewery: Jacob Leinenkugel, Chippewa Falls, WI
Beer Style: Russian Imperial Stout
Color Dark Chocolate Brown
There is a great line-up of Big Eddy edition beers: Uder Oktoberfest, Cherry Doppelschwarz, Royal Nektar and Russian Imperial Stout.
What did we think?
As we poured the beer into our glass the first impression was; “man that is dark and thick”. Learn to control your first impressions. You could immediately smell the “roastyness” of the beer. Leinies uses 11 different malts and grains to create an incredibly balanced, flavorful stout. We immediately picked up on the sweet chocolate and toffee flavors, that, by the way, we really enjoyed. At 75 IBU’s, it delivers a hop punch from the three different hops used to brew this full bodied beverage.
A couple of things to keep in mind with this beer.
First at 9.5% ABV, this is not a let’s kill a six pack beer.
This is a beer that you can hold on to. This will get better with age. Many people will buy this beer and “cellar” it, meaning let it sit in their cellar and age. The flavors will become more intense as it ages.
This is a seasonal that you will only be able to find from February – March, so you have a very short window to find the beer. Yet, if you can find one in a local liquor store from last season, the beer will not go bad. Grab it and enjoy.