Big Eddy Baltic Porter - Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company

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Ratings: 252
Reviews: 67
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 14.44%
Wants: 6
Gots: 18 | FT: 0
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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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Photo of tectactoe
3.35/5  rDev -8.7%
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?

Photo of Mora2000
3.48/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a dark brown color with a white head. The aroma is full of alcohol and some dark fruit notes. I also get a little bit of brown sugar. The flavor is similar. I get a lot of raisin and prune notes, as well as some molasses and roasted malt. I also get the slightest hint of smoke. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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 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 MattyG85
3.95/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams "Perfect Pint" glass.

Appearance: Pours a deep dark brown with hints of ruby red. Lots of rising bubbles and a big four finger tan head with good retention. Leaves a decent amount of lacing around the glass.

Smell: A rich malt driven aroma with big hints of dark fruit. Dark malts with hints of caramel, toffee, chocolate, and toast. Also some hints of port wine, molasses, and anise spice. A mix of dark fruits including raisins, cherry, prunes, and fig. A pretty sweet aroma with very minimal hop presence.

Taste: Like it smells, although kind of lighter than expected. Dark roasted malts with notes of sweet caramel, toffee, toasted bread, and chocolate. More sweetness comes from a taste of port and molasses. A little anise spicing. Taste of dark fruits with notes of cherry, prune, raisin, and fig. Hops are pretty faint. A sweet taste but it isn't cloying.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Creamy, slick, and very smooth. A little thin for the style. A little alcohol is felt.

Overall: An interesting and decent tasting take on a Baltic Porter. Dark fruit flavors are good. Could of had some more body and smoke.

Photo of weonfire
3.79/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

Photo of Sammy
3.65/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Photo of tdm168
3.61/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Wine 101.

A - very dark brown with some red around the edges; huge, brown head that is thick and dense; great retention and lacing

S - roasted malts and caramel

T - intense roasted malts up front followed by sticky, sweet caramel, and finishes with bitter coffee and alcohol

M - full bodied, warming alcohol, well carbonated

This was a bit disappointing. The flavor was a bit weird to me. The caramel was more prevalent than I would have expected. It seemed at odds with the huge roasted malt presence. In any case, this is probably worth a try.

Photo of WoodBrew
3.62/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Trying the Big Eddy porter following a surprise soirée for my Cuz's 40th. The Big Eddy is opaque in color with thin ecru head that is not lacing much. The scent carries peat/earthy tones with touches of coffee/espresso. The taste starts crisp and slightly bitter, them a healthy peat malt, semi sweet kicks in through the finish to make this a decent porter. The mouthfeel is medium in body with subtle carbonation. Overall it is a decent porter. If I were to change anything it would be to add a little more body and a touch more of caramel and roasts malt.

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 dbossman
3.9/5  rDev +6.3%
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

Photo of russpowell
3.61/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours an effervescent ebony with 1 thumb of mocha colored head. Some head retention & near zero lacing

S: Dark fruit & faint carob & chocolate, some leafy hops as well

T: Dark fruit, carob, black currant, leafy hops & dryness, plus a touch of iron up front. More dark fruit, especially figs & prune; leafy & earthy hops as this warms, along with some Baker's chocolate. Finishes with slight medicinal notes, dark fruit, leafy hops & more carob

MF: Medium bodied, low carbonation, somewhat sticky

A decent Baltic Porter, worth a shot, but don't set your sights too high

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 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 beerthulhu
3.52/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.59/5  rDev +25.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a Big Eddy tulip.
8.5% ABV, 22213 on neck.

A - Leinenkuge's Big Eddy Baltic Porter pours a clear bronzy amber color but turns a dark ruby mahogany color in the glass, quietly forming a low but dense tan head. Poor retention means this fleeting head is gone in seconds, leaving no lace behind. It's deep and subdued aromas become harder to pick up when there's no foam to trap them in.

S - Big Eddy Baltic Porter's aroma is a rich one; almost stout-like with dark plum and fig fruitiness unfolding around it's bittersweet chocolate and toffee notes. The dark fruitiness continues to develop with undertones of port wine minus the bold alcohol. The depth of malt is matched by a mildly earthy but balancing hoppiness.

T - Rich malt complexity paints a unique picture within this beer, really exploring the canvas that is the grain bill. The deep complexities touch on candied prune and tacky fig newton with red grape in the mix as well. Fruitiness aside, chocolate, caramel, toffee, and faint notes of coffee resemble a barista-blended drink while dry, earthy hops finish out and keep it's sweetness in check. It's flavor profile is spot on for style!

M - Smooth from start to finish, Big Eddy Baltic porter livens up a full bodied beer with some moderate carbonation and a dry hop bite to the finish. This chewy-yet-"light" beer is sweet but maintains enough roast to keep it balanced wonderfully through the finish.

O - Another malt-driven concoction completes the series of seasonal Big Eddy beers and really shows that there's serious brewing skill there; they're not just amateurs pumping out shandy. Leinenkugel's Big Eddy Baltic Porter almost perfectly nails the style with it's malt complexity showcased. Despite being a clean lager (which makes it dangerously drinkable for the alcohol percent) it's got ale depth and character. Don't pass this one up.

Photo of EgadBananas
3.01/5  rDev -18%
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.

Photo of scaliasux
3.07/5  rDev -16.3%
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.

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 ThickNStout
2.65/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle from Total Wine (Kennesaw, GA). 11.99/ 4pk. I think it bottled 08/12 but the code is pretty hard to decipher. Served in a Red Brick snifter. 

Pours dark brown with a quarter finger pale head. 

Smells toffee, malt, caramel and faint peat. 

Tastes of caramel, toffee, bitter roast and brown sugar. Subdued with nothing really stepping. 

Medium thin body with crisp carbonation. 

This certainly wasn't bad but it's not quite up to the level of the others I've had from the Big Eddy series. Hopefully the other 3 I have will develop more character over time. 

Photo of StoutHunter
3.09/5  rDev -15.8%
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.

Photo of DrDemento456
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.

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 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 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.

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Big Eddy Baltic Porter from Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 252 ratings.