Big Eddy Baltic Porter - Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
Ratings: 228 | Reviews: 56 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by feloniousmonk:
3.95/5 rDev +7%
Leinenkugel's Big Eddy Baltic Porter, Leinenkugel's Brewing Company, Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin. 8.5% ABV.
Dark brown coloring, with plenty of ruby highlights shining in through the edges and bottom, smallish dark head on it.
Aroma: Molasses, anise, port wine…a blend of dark fruit and spices. Rich and dark malty porter, with notes of cocoa and caramel.
Taste: Floods the mouth with an array of flavors, Washes over the shores of the palate with a blend of dark fruit, rum, cocoa and cola. Medium bodied, not quite big enough to be full. Mid-way through, though, a fresh flush of flavor rises up, a bit more of that anise pulls up on the palate, a blitz of spice on top of dark, delicious malt.
Let's see what they wrote on the label. "A rich, malty brew with toffee, port and chocolate notes and a dark fruit finish." Short, succinct, truthful. I like wording like that.
Very good for a Baltic Porter. Not up there with the best, but not a bad attempt, either.
10-20-2012 06:49:05 | More by feloniousmonk
More User Reviews:
3.36/5 rDev -8.9%
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?
03-26-2013 11:36:30 | More by tectactoe
3.48/5 rDev -5.7%
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.
11-09-2012 03:28:57 | More by Mora2000
3.76/5 rDev +1.9%
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.
07-25-2013 01:40:05 | More by JohnnyBarman
3.95/5 rDev +7%
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.
11-08-2012 08:46:36 | More by MattyG85
3.83/5 rDev +3.8%
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.
03-20-2013 22:32:54 | More by weonfire
3.66/5 rDev -0.8%
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.
04-07-2013 04:24:16 | More by Sammy
3.6/5 rDev -2.4%
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.
09-29-2012 12:23:26 | More by tdm168
3.64/5 rDev -1.4%
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.
01-27-2013 04:38:25 | More by WoodBrew
3.93/5 rDev +6.5%
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.
07-08-2013 03:12:25 | More by RickS95
Big Eddy Baltic Porter from Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 228 ratings.