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Leinenkugel Big Eddy Russian Imperial Stout

Each autumn, we look forward to the arrival of the Brooklyn Brewery’s Black Chocolate Stout.  It’s a big brew, and often packs a punch of 10% ABV.

This year, Brookyln Brewery’s arrival was beaten out by the appearance at our door of Leinenkugel Big Eddy Russian Imperial Stout.  As we hear it, this brew is available in Wisconsin, Minnesota, Illinois, Michigan, Indiana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Ohio and New Jersey, as well as Atlanta and Phoenix.  So, blessed were we DC residents for landing a four pack of it.

Big Eddy is a colossus; it is made with 11 grains and malts (including Munich, Caramel, and Chocolate) and three hops (Warrior, Summit, and Glacier).  It is black colored and absolutely fantastic.  At 9.5%, it is definitely not a brew for lightweights.  Lovers of big beers and roasty, chocolatey stouts will go bonkers for this brew.  The flavor is terrific—drink just one and you can’t help but slumping into a happy, satiated state; the belly is full, the palate is exhausted. Take one in the evening and it’s nighty-nighty! (Rating *****)

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