Sunday, January 19, 2014

Sunday Night Suds - Big Eddy Russian Imperial Stout

This week's Sunday Night Suds looks at Big Eddy Russian Imperial Stout.

For fans of big beers with big flavor, the Big Eddy Russian Imperial Stout is true to its name. Big Eddy is the Leinenkugel premium line and a Russian Imperial Stout is a beer with big taste. The experts at BA have defined the style as:

Inspired by brewers back in the 1800's to win over the Russian Czar, this is the king of stouts, boasting high alcohol by volumes and plenty of malt character. Low to moderate levels of carbonation with huge roasted, chocolate and burnt malt flavours. Often dry. Suggestions of dark fruit and flavors of higher alcohols are quite evident. Hop character can vary from none, to balanced to aggressive.

The Big Eddy Russian Imperial Stout has the high level of alcohol which is characteristic of the style as it is 9.5% abv. The beer is not heavily carbonated and there is a significant amount of roasted chocolate malt. But this is not a one note beer. There are deep fruit flavors such as blackberry which issue from the back of each sip and there is a surprising amount of sweetness. 

Due to the roasted chocolate malt flavors, I tried to pair this with chocolate babka, but the combination was not successful. It is a solid beer for drinking slowly after dinner, but I cannot recommend any pairing at this time.

Leinenkugel's Big Eddy Russian Imperial Stout is certified kosher by the Orthodox Union, and has an OU on the label. To see what the experts on Beer Advocate think about this beer, please follow this link

As always, please remember to drink responsibly and to never waste good beer unless there is no designated driver.

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