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Big Eddy Baltic Porter - Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company

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Ratings: 250
Reviews: 65
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 14.71%
Wants: 6
Gots: 15 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
Baltic Porter |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Fall

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Beer added by: phishsihq on 08-25-2012

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Ratings: 250 | Reviews: 65
Photo of BeerWithMike
4.24/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Sampled last night on 4/24/15. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and has been in there for about 2 years ('2012' on top of label). LOL! Poured in to a 'Leinenkugel' pint glass.

Brew pours really close to a pitch black in color with some ruby-highlights. Has a thick good half-finger foamy beige head that stays around for a while. A decent amount of sticky lacing is seen when sipped. The aroma is very nice and is of dark roasted malts, hint of toffee and black licorice. Pretty much is said for the taste with great flavor with a hint of black licorice near the finish. Just a real slight bitter finish is noted that last for like 2 seconds then is gone. Medium+ to Full-bodied with perfect carbonation. Brew even tasted better when warmed up some like some dark brews do. It's a good sipper brew.

Photo of bushbeer75
3.69/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz brown bottle - 2012 Edition

Leinenkugel Big Eddy Baltic Porter has a dark brown body [almost black] that dissipated quickly to a collar of foam. The nose was lighter than expected/ The smell was dominated by roasted malt, caramel, and toffee. The palate first noticed the assertive flavor of black licorice followed by dark fruit, toffee, caramel, and a little coca. The ale has a medium-full body with fine almost tingly carbonation. Alcohol also makes its appearance known during the sallow.

If you like the flavor of dark licorice you will like Big Eddy Baltic Porter.

Photo of GoMUPack
3.29/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Sour flavor - reminiscent of sorghum, molasses
Not our favorite

Photo of thinwhiteduke
2.5/5  rDev -31.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Did not age well at all.

Photo of Ri0
3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

poured 12oz bottle vintage 2012 into chalice

A - Dark cola with a thin light brown head. Fades quickly into a thin ring and leaves no lacing.

S - A nice mix of dark fruit and rich chocolate cola. Notes of roasted malt, toffee, and even a bit of port compliment the main flavors.

T - Follows the nose, but starts out more chocolaty with roasted malts. Moves into the dark fruits, toffee, and port. The finish is cola and more chocolate. It is not bitter, a bit sweet, okay balance.

M - Medium bordering on thin which is typical for a Baltic Porter. Decent carbonation for a 2 year old beer.

O - Pretty good and I suspect this improves with age based on the reviews. I was given a bottle since I feel it is kinda pricey compared to other brewery offerings. If it is ever on sale it is worth picking up.

Photo of Josh012012
4.2/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A 12 oz bottle of 2012 vintage.. got a couple years on it


A Very dark body thin kaki head that dissipates quickly and leaves no lacing.

S Smells potent and delicious. Lots of dark fruit smells, raisins molasses and a smells pretty sweet and a little boozy also. Mouth is watering.

T Does not quite deliver the intensity of flavor that the nose promised but does mirror it pretty well. quite balanced also.

M Medium bodied and low carb that complements the beer ok.

O not sure how the age affected this... but it must have been for the better.. because there is NO WAY that the beer I just drank deserved a 3.69 (the current overall rating) probably coupled with the fact that leinenkugel makes macro beer.

Photo of Franziskaner
3.74/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Black in color and impenetrable to light. A fingernail of khaki colored foam sits on top of the vast majority of this beer. I smell plenty of dark malt and dry grains. The taste is comprised of dark smoked malt. The mouth is thick and yet viscous.

Photo of Samp01
3.7/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours cloudy dark brown with quickly fading razor thin head. Aroma is of rich roasted caramel malt with some mild dark fruity notes. Taste is sweet dark mild roasted caramel malt, coffee bean, some dark fruity notes, dried figs and mild bitterness. Palate is medium body, slightly viscous mouth feel, moderate carbonation. Finishes with mild dark roasted caramel malt, mild dark fruity notes and a mild roasted malt and coffee bean, mild dark fruit on the backend. Overall, this quite a good and tasty Baltic Porter. I like.

Photo of Brutaltruth
3.81/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

2012 vintage bottle. Pours athick cola brown, almost black. Thin tan head. Nose of deep
roasted grains, caramel, chocolate, dark molasses, and raisins. Flavors are strong. Dark
chocolate and caramel dance light sour cherries, on the front and aftertaste. Sweet
moderately cloying molasses like flavors overpower this brew. Not bad but not the best in
the series. Thick coating mouthfeel that coats the flavors with a light licorice like alcoholic
astringency. Odd but decent.

Photo of Seabass1964
4.68/5  rDev +27.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Tastes of sour fruits, dates, plums, pomegranate, licorice, very sour. Not sweet at all like one would expect from the style. Followed by toffee, caramel, and dark fruits. Finishes with almost a vinaigrette quality. Beautiful flavor profile. This is more like a sour wild ale than a Porter. Very fruity and very sour. Amazing beverage. Way underrated in my opinion.

Photo of Stevedore
3.02/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

12oz bottle, labeled 2012 vintage; poured into an unlabeled snifter 6/2/2014.

A- Dark cola coloured body. Minimal offwhite head with surprisingly minimal retention. The head literally lasts 2 seconds before disappearing entirely. No lacing to speak of. For all I know this could be a baltic porter or a flat brown ale.

S- Lots of molasses, brown sugar, tapioca, a small bit of chocolate and cocoa, but make no mistake, this smells very sweet.

F- Sweetness galore. Molasses, tapioca, milk chocolate. Not much coffee or cocoa or any similar profile to balance it out. Too sweet for me, not particularly interesting but not particularly offensive either.

M- Fuller bodied, low in carbonation but enough that it's not a still beer. Resinous with a finish full of molasses.

O- Too sweet for me. It's not horrible, but it's not anywhere close to what I've come to expect from classic baltic porters which have tended to have more roastiness and dark fruits. This is just sweet, cloying without even close to enough balance.

Photo of Henrich
2.58/5  rDev -29.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Appearance: If you try hard, you'll get 1 finger of creamy beige foam, which dissipates in moments to s slight ring around the glass. The beer is an opaque brown.
Smell: Sweet. It smells of malty caramel.
Taste: Sweet and cloying... In a bad way. It is as if the fermentation was stopped early. Complex malt bill, but no real depth of flavor beyond the cloying sweetness. Dark Chocolate, I guess...
Mouth-Feel: Thick and syrupy; the carbonation does little to complement it.
Overall: Way too sweet. Little overall complexity for the price. I will not purchase again. Sloppy job by the brewers.

Photo of CowsandBeer
3.63/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle poured into a Blind Tiger Brewery snifter. Marked with a 2012 neck label. Not expecting too much.

Appearance: A straight down the middle pour produced a half finger of bone colored head. Not much head was left except for a healthy ring and a film after a few minutes. Dark walnut colored body with decent lacing.

Smell: Toffee, sweet stone fruit, brown sugar, honey, mellow chocolate malts and some faint oxidation.

Taste: Honey, stone fruits, dates, licorice, very sticky sweet up front. Followed by toffee, caramel and some muted chocolate malts. Finishes with a big brown sugar maltyness.

Mouthfeel: Low carbonation with thin/medium mouthfeel. Sticky, dry and slightly warming.

Overall: Overall a decent Baltic Porter. Average looking with a fruity, mellow nose. Tastes of very sweet dark fruits and mellow chocolate malts with a thinner than expected mouthfeel. Not anything to go out of your way for, but recommend for fans of the style. It held up better than expected in its two years.

Photo of dtivp
3.71/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured a cola brown with ruby highlights, one finger dark tan head that faded quickly into a thin cap with light lacing.

Aroma of roasted malt, dark fruit, caramel and hints of chocolate.

Taste of roasted malt, chocolate followed by a slight sweetness of plums and port.

Moth Feel was medium body, light carbonation, smooth and creamy.

Overall a nice balanced porter, would be better with a little more body, a good drinkable beer.

Photo of Pegasus
3.98/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance: Sable in color, with no highlights before a strong light, with a small, dense tan head, the lacing is fine and scattered.

Aroma: Molasses, port wine, vinous alcohol, and licorice comprise the complex aroma.

Taste: Opens with sweet, spicy alcohol, caramel and bitter cocoa, soon followed by sweetened cold coffee. Dark fruit forms an undercurrent which carries throughout the taste. There is a mild black licorice presence as well. Late in the taste, some notes of charcoal appear. Finishes with a slight, lingering burnt note.

Mouth feel: Smooth, soft, full, with slight carbonation.

Drinkability/notes: A pleasant, and quite drinkable, over-the-top take on the style.

Presentation: Packaged in a twelve-ounce brown long neck bottle with a pry-off crown, served in a New Belgium Brewing chalice.

Sourcing: purchased at Spec's in Georgetown, Texas in January of 2014, priced at $10.49 plus tax for a 4-pack of twelve-ounce bottles.

Photo of blackcompg
3.66/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - Pours about a finger of tan mocha head which dissipates to a broken cap in a minute, color of the body is a translucent deep red garnet, no lacing left in my session.

Smell - Deep roasted wheat bread, dates, figs, fruitcake, cooked custard, dark toffee.

Taste - Ripe plums, raisin, fig and molasses, roasted rich malts, and a slight sourness of plumskins and some sweet black licorice. There is a very faint roasted spiciness, like dark brown pumpernickel bread here too, slightly sweet. Just a touch of liquid smoke throughout. Flavors linger long after the finish, with dark fruitskin astringency and light roast/smoke.

Mouthfeel - Definitely medium mouthfeel, as the flavors are nearly robust and almost mouthcoating. Carb is the lower side of medium and nearly smooth, with the carb providing a few edges along the sides of the tongue late into the finish. Mouth corners are left with pockets of molasses and sour plumskins.

Overall - This beer is more prominently acidic and sour aka plumskins, with slight roast and smoke far in the background. This is a very flavorful beer, with nice balance and complexity. I would recommend sipping this one a bit more slowly, as the flavors open up nicely as it warms - alcohol is well hidden. A bit off for the style, but still enjoyable, and recommended.

Photo of NCalement
3.93/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2012 vintage bottle pored into a snifter.

A- Pours a rich burnt amber color. No head really with some hold and decent lacing. Moderate bubbles, looks thin. Almost appears to look more like an old ale or black barleywine.

S- Chocolate, vanilla, anise, and bourbon. Is this barrel aged? Smells like Old Rabbits Foot. Fudge and bourbon. For the style I'm not to sure how to score it. Smells amazing, but also amazingly not like a Baltic porter.

T- There's the Baltic Porter. Lots of chocolate, honey, molasses and biscuit. Smooth like a lager but has some real complexity here. Very good. A little raisin and brown sugar at the end.

M- Light and smooth. Good for a Baltic Porter. Carbonation is moderate and the beer has an overall , lager like, thin body.

O- The nose on this beer kills it. It is by far one of the best Baltic Porters I've ever had. Kinda thin and the appearance is light, other than that, world class.

Photo of soju6
3.73/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

2013 Artisans craft Beer Festival.

A: Poured a deep brown color with a decent head that fades fairly quickly.

S: Aroma of roasted malt, chocolate, dark fruit and nutty.

T: Taste is similar with roasted malt, some caramel sweetness, chocolate, dark fruit and nutty. Nice bitterness and a dry finish.

F: Fairly full body smooth with a creamy texture. the 8.5% ABV is well hidden.

O: Enjoyable beer, nice take on the style.

Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.08/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Leinenkugel’s Big Eddy Baltic Porter has a fairly thin, cream-colored head, a murky, red-brown appearance, some visible bubble streams, and thin lacing left behind. The aroma is of licorice candy, dark bread crust, sweetness, and candy sugar. Taste is of black licorice, black bread, sweet, melted hard candy, and a balancing hop bitterness at the end of the sip. Mouthfeel is light and watery, and Leinenkugel’s Big Eddy Baltic Porter finishes wet, rich, flavorful, and delicious. I did not detect alcohol with this. Overall, this is most excellent.

RJT

Photo of Mikecap
4.01/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2012 bottle poured into a "can" glass.

Appearance: Pours a cola-colored brown with very little khaki head from a 12 oz bottle into a can-shaped class. Some solid chunky brown lacing line the glass.

Smell: Chocolate up front, with some coffee and toffee, a bit of smoke as well. Surprisingly solid smelling porter.

Taste: Up front chocolate with a nice hint of bourbon, more flavor than expected at first sip. Finishes with some bitter coffee and a bit of vanilla, some more bourbon burn as well.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full-bodied with an apparent alcohol note. More of a taste of bourbon than a burn but this feels a bit heavier than the 8.5%. Solid creaminess but a sipper for sure.

Overall: Wow, is this really Leinenkugel? This is a pretty solid Baltic Porter, with some age on it. I would drink this again for sure. Only my second of the Big Eddy Series (after the Imperial IPA) but I think I need to try more. Worth a shot.

Photo of superspak
3.9/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, best before 9/5/2013. Pours crystal clear very dark reddish brown color with a 1-2 finger dense khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of caramel, toast, toffee, chocolate, brown bread, molasses, raisin, prune, nuttiness, light roast, and toasted earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance of dark malt notes with moderate fruitiness; and good strength. Taste of caramel, molasses, toast, toffee, chocolate, brown bread, raisin, prune, light roast, nuttiness, and toasted earthiness. No bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, molasses, toast, toffee, chocolate, brown bread, dark fruit, nuttiness, light roast, and toasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance and complexity of dark/toasted malt flavors with moderate fruitiness; and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a creamy and slick mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with only a small warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a very nice Baltic porter. All around nice balance and complexity of dark/toasted malt flavors with moderate fruitiness; and very smooth to sip on. A very enjoyable offering.

Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.77/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Single bottle from Merchant's Fine Wine in Dearborn, Mi. Curious to see what Leinenkugel will do with the style.

Poured into a small tulip. Dark chestnut brew with ruby highlights, a half inch of light tan foam, which dissolves into a thin ring. A few flecks of lacing.

Nose is quite nice, with dark fruits, brown sugar, caramel, coffee. DDefinitely smells like a Baltic porter.

Decent porter that has most of the usual suspects in terms of the style. Slightly burnt sugar, coffee, fruit, and a mild port quality. Not as much depth as I'd hoped for, but the brew tastes quite nice.

Thinner bodied, mild carbonation.

Good Baltic porter, but nothing out of the ordinary for the style. Still, a good beer for a surprisingly cool summer evening.

Photo of RickS95
3.87/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I really expected this to be a bit darker, instead of pours a dark reddish brown. Sure, it's dark-ish, but nothing like the Great Divide Baltic I had last night. Not bad looking, just doesn't match the type. The head never really develops and has little retention. A swirl leaves a lace, but like I've said before, I shouldn't have to swirl it to create a head or lace.

It's got a dark bready, lagery smell to it. Malty, faint chocolate characteristics, but all muted. Just a bit of hop presence with another swirl.

The taste really pops. Cocoa, dark fruits, malt, expresso and toffee wake up the taste buds. Again, just a bit of hop presence in the swallow. A pleasing punch of taste given the look and smell.

Mouthfeel is pleasant, with all the darkness balanced by the yeast and hops. Creamy and sweet, it transitions well as it moves across the tongue to slightly bitter and dry with a bit of mediciney feel and heat in the finish. Full bodied and robust.

Starts off slow, but really gathers itself into a nice beer. The style doesn't always work for me and I had this pegged as a loser early on, but it really shines ones you take a sip.

Photo of mjpolzin
3.77/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Strange...I am not sure what to think about this beer. The smell was amazing. It smelled like a rich, complex, fruity, malty stout. The taste had some of these same aspects but there was just something missing and I couldn't tell exactly what it was. The mouthfeel was a little thin as well. I usually give everything in the Big Eddy series a try since Leinenkugels being a state brewery but this one was missed out on something in trying to be a great beer.

Photo of Darkmagus82
3.72/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from bottle into a snifter

Appearance – The beer pours a deep-deep chestnut color bordering on black. Upon pouring there is a thin tan colored foam sitting atop the brew which fades rather rapidly to leave almost no lacing on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma is a nice mix of a dark roasted malt aroma and some rather strong boozy aromas of port. Along with these smells are aromas of chocolate, caramel, as well as some dark fruits bringing sweeter notes to the nose and combining with the others to give a nice warming aroma to the brew.

Taste – The taste starts out with some roasted malt flavors as well as quite a bit of a sweeter dark fruit flavor of cherry and raisin. As the flavors advance more sweetness of some plum as well as a red wine like boozy grape flavor come to the tongue. A bit of a cocoa flavor comes more toward the end of the taste, along with an increase in the alcohol flavors due to an oncoming port taste entering the taste. In the end, the combination of sweeter dark fruits and boozy flavors leaves a rather port wine mixed with roasted malt flavor to be left to linger on the tongue; warming the mouth nicely.

Mouthfeel – The body of the brew a bit light for Baltic category brew. The carbonation
level, on the other hand, is slightly above average. For the style, the opposite characteristics; a lower carbonation and thicker creaminess, may have better suited the style giving all the boozy fruit flavors a chance to soak into the tongue.

Overall –Not a bad Baltic overall. There are lots of port and dark fruit flavors swirling within this one, creating a rather fruity and sweet brew.

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Big Eddy Baltic Porter from Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 250 ratings.