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Big Eddy Baltic Porter - Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company

Big Eddy Baltic PorterBig Eddy Baltic Porter

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206 Ratings
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Ratings: 206
Reviews: 54
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 14.71%


Brewed by:
Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
Baltic Porter |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: phishsihq on 08-25-2012)
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Henrich

Missouri

2.59/5  rDev -29.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2014 01:00:11 | More by Henrich
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CowsandBeer

Kansas

3.61/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2014 04:16:41 | More by CowsandBeer
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dtivp

West Virginia

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2014 20:57:56 | More by dtivp
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Pegasus

Texas

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2014 02:19:58 | More by Pegasus
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blackcompg

Illinois

3.68/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2013 06:03:37 | More by blackcompg
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NCalement

North Carolina

3.89/5  rDev +6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2013 06:14:35 | More by NCalement
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soju6

Missouri

3.74/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-18-2013 14:20:30 | More by soju6
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RonaldTheriot

Louisiana

4.09/5  rDev +11.4%
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

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2013 21:57:17 | More by RonaldTheriot
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Mikecap

Louisiana

4.04/5  rDev +10.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2013 02:12:40 | More by Mikecap
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superspak

Michigan

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2013 03:53:01 | More by superspak
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JohnnyBarman

Ontario (Canada)

3.76/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2013 01:40:05 | More by JohnnyBarman
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RickS95

Indiana

3.93/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2013 03:12:25 | More by RickS95
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mjpolzin

Wisconsin

3.76/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2013 03:09:31 | More by mjpolzin
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Darkmagus82

Virginia

3.74/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2013 01:13:12 | More by Darkmagus82
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DrDemento456

Pennsylvania

3.69/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not expecting much since I got this beer for $1.75 mixed and matched at my local house of 1,000 beers.

A - Off to a pretty decent start. The slightly opaque colored head is a nice 1/2 inch that sticks around forever. Beer itself is a clear deep amber brown .
S - Mild chocolate tones with a touch of fruity yeasts and some chalky roast. It actually smells quite faded at this point.
T - Quite balanced yet not so bold I get some chalky roasts highlight but very minimal actual roast. Seems very good for it's age and even has a nice hop bite.
M - Kind of thin for a porter has a medium body but is not as chewy as it should be.

Overall not the worst porter I ever had but not bad for some BMC wanna bee's. I would get it again if I found a 10 dollar six pack.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2013 02:17:48 | More by DrDemento456
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

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

A decent Baltic porter. Balanced, I would like a bit more bitterness edge rather than a malt job but still a good drinkable porter. Dark coloured, fizzy disappearing head. Middling mouthfeel. Lots of chocolate.
An extra in a trade, I think Beerenberger.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2013 04:24:16 | More by Sammy
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EgadBananas

Louisiana

3.04/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.75

Pours a dark, dark, blood red. A yellowish finger of head forms, no lace, dissipates to nothing.

Smells of sherry and port, raisins, plums, hints of roast, and a tinge of fusel alcohol.

Tastes more of dark fruits and a dark sweet port, with a hint of cocoa, roast and toffee.

Creamy, full bodied. Somewhat rich and slick. Overall though, this is quite a bit off kilter for a Baltic Porter, which makes it hard to enjoy it as such.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2013 21:40:35 | More by EgadBananas
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tectactoe

Michigan

3.36/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

First beer that I will have had from Leinenkugel's "Big Eddy" line-up... I've heard pretty mixed things about this series of beers, so let's see how this one goes. The Baltic Porter pours a deep brown color topped with a dark-beige, somewhat creamy head. Once the head fades, the beer shows decent clarity from the top down.

The nose on this one is much lighter than I wanted it to be, but it still packs a little bit of heat. Boozy cocoa, mild toffee notes, and a helping of molasses are all kind of thrown into the pot. Along with those, you'll find a light nuttiness and a touch of dark-fruit sweetness; some raisins and dates. There's nothing wrong with any of these aromas - not at all. The problem I have is that they don't seem blended well in this case. They all seem so segregated and combating rather than molded together to form a nice, complex profile.

Though not quite as heavy in the aroma, the dark fruits are the first thing to hit my palate after taking a sip. Very mild vinous and wine-like feel to it; boozy grapes, raisins, plums, and almost-tart dates. There's a good sweetness that follows the fruits and mellows out the booze a little bit. About halfway through, the cocoa comes out - as does a slight astringency. Not really sure where that's coming from. I'm getting more and more deep prunes as this one opens up some. Light molasses and licorice in the finish. Medium mouth feel, medium carbonation, lightly slick on the palate.

I can definitely say this is one of the better offerings from Leinenkugel, although I'm not completely sold, and certainly not at the going rate. There's still that "something" that's just missing. Not really standout-ish in any form, and so what are you really missing?

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2013 11:36:30 | More by tectactoe
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weonfire

Illinois

3.83/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A - Dark brown but when held up to the light looks a burgundy hue. slightly opaque, zero head, zero lacing, tiny-tiny carbonation rising- like 5 bubbles worth.

S - mild chocolate, carmel malt. maybe a touch of honey.

T - initial: mild sweet carmel/chocolate/vanilla and aged fruit- maybe figs. finish has some roast and a touch of booze and low level of hops. but for 8.5ABVs- its hidden well.

M - Frothy, creamy malt- but a touch thin.

O - Honestly I like this. But, nothing is bursting through. Nose is underwhelming. Taste is pleasant but you keep hoping for more- specifically aged fruit- gotta bring that out more. Big Eddy are Leinenkugels' best brews but they seem to always fall just a step short of that 'excellent' level. this falls into another brew that is good, but I wouldn't brag about.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2013 22:32:54 | More by weonfire
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Lemke10

Wisconsin

4.14/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This pours a dark brown color with a slight light brown head. The aroma gives it that scent like it’s been aged in a sherry barrel with a mild fruitiness of plums. The texture is smooth and creamy. There are lots of complex roasted and smoky flavors. Finishes ever so crisp. Not too bad but there’s also room for improvement.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2013 05:26:20 | More by Lemke10
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scaliasux

Wisconsin

2.98/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Dark reddish brown. Appears opaque. Medium tall tan head, somewhat persistent.

Smell -Rich medium-roasted malt. Nutty toffee aroma. Raisins. Maybe a little alcohol.

Taste - Dark roasted malt. Tastes burnt - more bitter than sweet. Coffee with some sweet toffee or caramel.

Mouthfeel - Full.

Overall - A heck of a lot more interesting than most Leinenkugel brews, but the taste is not quite right.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2013 03:56:26 | More by scaliasux
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StoutHunter

Michigan

3.08/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

I picked up a bottle of Leinenkugel's Big Eddy Baltic Porter a couple weeks ago for $2.79 at The Lager Mill. I have tried the Big Eddy Wee heavy and Imperial Stout and thought they were both ok, but nothing special and i'm interested to see how this one turns out, so lets see how it goes. The bottling date was smudged by I could still make out that it was a 2013 Vintage, so it's fairly fresh. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a snifter.

A- I like the label it has a nice homemade and rustic feel to it that makes the label look pretty simple and nice. It poured a deep dark brown color that took on a real dark ruby hue when held to the light with a half a fingers worth of tan head that quickly died down to a thin ring that eventually faded away and didn't really leave any lacing behind. This beer looked pretty average, I wish the color was darker and that there was a little more head, it's not that appealing to the eye.

S- The aroma starts off with a higher amount of sweetness that had a slight brown sugar aroma to it followed by lots of malts that impart lots of brown bread, toffee, and caramel like aromas along with a real light roasted aroma and a strong dark fruit aroma with figs seeming to stick out the most making for an aroma that reminds me of a Fig Newton. I don't really pick any hops, instead there's just a medium boozy aroma. The aroma was nice, but I prefer my Baltic Porters to be more balanced and have more of a roasted malt component.

T- The taste seems to be fairly similar to the aroma, it start off with a slightly higher medium amount of sweetness that had a slight candied sugar like flavor to it followed by loads of malts that impart some sweet bread, bread crust, toffee, and caramel flavors along with a pretty large amount of dark fruits with no single fruit sticking out more than the others. Towards the end I get a lighter amount of medium alcohol that was slightly warming and it was followed by a fairly light amount of bitterness with just a little more candied sugar sweetness. This beer didn't taste bad, but it didn't taste true to style, it had more of a wee heavy flavor than a Baltic Porter flavor with no roasted malts coming through to balance the flavor out, it was barely average.

M- Fairly smooth, a little chewy, slightly creamy, a little fizzy, on the lighter side of being full bodied with a higher amount of medium carbonation that was a little prickly. The mouthfeel was a slightly above average, it was going in the right direction, but the carbonation was just too lively for the style.

Overall I wasn't impressed with this beer and I thought it was an average at best example of a Baltic Porter, it just seemed much more like a Wee Heavy since it really didn't have any of those nice roasted flavors and aromas that I look for in the style. This beer had decent drinkability, it was fairly smooth and even though the flavors weren't true to style they still held my attention, but I think one would be enough for me, I don't feel the need to crack open another one. What I liked the most about this beer was the aroma, it was actually nice, it just wasn't true to style and it lacked the roasted aromas that I was looking for. What I liked the least about this beer was that it tasted much more like a wee heavy than a Baltic Porter, where did all the roasted malts go? I wouldn't buy this beer again, I would much rather have a Thirsty Trout Porter from Dark Horse, it's a little cheaper and it's much truer to style and tastier, I wouldn't recommend this as a good Baltic Porter. All in all i was let down with this beer, it didn't taste bad, but it wasn't what I expect from the style and it was really missing the roasted malts as a key component of this beer. So far I haven't been impressed with any of this beers from the Big Eddy series and this one is no different, I'm starting to lose hope with the series, but I hope the DIPA is better than the rest, better luck next time guys.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2013 04:54:42 | More by StoutHunter
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dbossman

Nebraska

3.89/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Dark mahogany brown with a reddish tint and a 2-inch steady light brown head and fantastic retention; decent lacing

S: Lots of dark fruits, molasses, raisins, cocoa, anise, at first I thought the aroma was fairly subdued but man, it's actually intense and complex and pretty awesome smelling

T: Some of the same flavors from the aromas: cocoa, molasses, vanilla, raisins, with some subtle anise; so much roasted malts and molasses

F: Medium to thick texture; viscous and creamy and chewy

O: Such a rich, chewy porter; a touch of an alcohol burn on the finish though it's pretty well masked; another nice offering from the Big Eddy series

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2013 03:07:07 | More by dbossman
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beerthulhu

New Jersey

3.53/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Dark cola pour emmitence from the bottle with a high contrast black coloring in the vessel. A one finger high khaki colored head is creamy in texture and slight in retention. Golden effervesce beads up along the inner walls of moderate density while a light and spacious speckling remains for window dressing.

S: Very light aromatic appeal, earthy soil, dry licorice, oak wood, with some light chocolate roast.

T: Boozy licorice and burbon soaked dark fruit (prunes) for flavor. Sweet toffee and vanilla add highlights to a deep chocolate base that is creamy with mentions of sweetened dark coffee. A bit of caramelized-toffee alcohol occurs on the swallow.

M: Good tingle of carbonation, full bodied and viscose. A bite of boozy dark fruit is appreciated on the fade.

O: Creamy, rich darkly sweet and an unusual departure from most of thier offerings (thankfully). Theres not much from Leinenkugel that impresses me, this is a good start along with thier RIS, unfortunately thats where things end as well (Up next is thier IPA so maybe three for three). A good but some may say overly sweet baltic porter but may be worthy a single purchase to give this brewery some redemption.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2013 23:46:33 | More by beerthulhu
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beergoot

Colorado

3.39/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Solid brown beer poured from the bottle and had a thin, light brown head. The smell proved rich, sweet, and malty, infused with vanilla and caramel notes. The flavors reinforced the sweet notes in the aroma with additional hop bitterness toning things down a bit in the sweetness department; additional hints of ripe, dark fruits; boozy quality is also noticeable. Mouthfeel comes across medium in body, vinous.

This is a tasty little sucker that triumphs over a rather weak appearance and feel. The flavor balance is a tad out of whack, too, but not so much as to be unacceptable. I just would have liked a more robust malt character to bring about more balance and to tame some of the rough edges.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2013 21:54:44 | More by beergoot
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