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Big Eddy Baltic Porter - Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company

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Reviews: 65
Hads: 252
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 5.96%
Wants: 7
Gots: 19 | 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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Photo of Seabass1964
4.68/5  rDev +26.8%
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. (365 characters)

Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.59/5  rDev +24.4%
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. (1,890 characters)

Photo of jtd1969
4.25/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - reddish dark brown. Deep dark color with good head retention

S - Dark fruit and chocolate

T - Dark fruit, roasty, caramel and burnt sugary, slight coffee, some earthy toned hops blend it nicely

M - Very smooth and malty, A nice blend of hoppiness and perfect "baltic" in style. medium bodied with low medium in carbonation on palate. Alcohol well hidden

O - Such an Excellent beer. Big Eddy series is turning my head! I really have enjoyed these beers by Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Co!!! (494 characters)

Photo of BeerWithMike
4.24/5  rDev +14.9%
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. (820 characters)

Photo of Strix
4.2/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears near black, but dark ruby tones when held to the light. Frothy initial head fading to a ring.

Complex smell of caramel, cocoa, plum, and blackberry.

Rich malt, dark fruits, toffee, caramel. Subtle earthy roastyness. Alcohol completely hidden, I would never believe this is 8.5%.

Smooth mouthfeel. Started out rich and full, seemed to thin as it warmed.

This was delicious. It actually didn't quite live up to my expectations, because my expectations for the Big Eddy series are now quite high. I actually expect a bit more booze and bite in this style, but I have to say this is a delicious beer, one I could drink all night if it weren't for the ABV. (666 characters)

Photo of Josh012012
4.2/5  rDev +13.8%
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. (713 characters)

Photo of Lemke10
4.13/5  rDev +11.9%
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. (329 characters)

Photo of bonkers
4.1/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a tumbler, dark pour with a slight tan head, decent lacing. Lots of coffee on the nose, very malty. Nice mix of coffee, port and dark fruits, lingering finish. The carbonation is medium, no detectable booze, dangerously drinkable. I really enjoyed this, good flavor and great drinkability. (326 characters)

Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.08/5  rDev +10.6%
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 (560 characters)

Photo of Mitchster
4.06/5  rDev +10%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2012 release. $2.99 for a 12oz bottle @ BevCo. Brewed with a blend of two- and six- row Pale Malts, Munich, Crystal Rye, Roasted Barley, Special B™, Chocolate Malt and licorice root. Hopped with Cluster and Mt. Hood. 8.5% ABV.

Pours out to a clear deep brown, near black, forming a decent light tan with yellow accented head with poor retention and minimal lacing. Moderate carbonation, ~2.5 carbs. Nose of figs, dates and subtle soy sauce with no appreciable hop aroma and a clean ferment. Mouthfeel is clean with a medium dense syrupy body. The taste is a recap of the aroma...figs, dates, soy sauce and a touch of cola with a mild bitterness to add some contrast to the syrupy sweet malts. Slight touch of methylbutanols. Slightly tart finish.

A decent example of the style. Not as smooth or clean as Okocim, Sinebrychoff, Carnegie or Zwyiec, but still pretty tasty. I would buy it again, but at this price, why not just get an Okocim. (942 characters)

Photo of Mikecap
4.01/5  rDev +8.7%
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. (933 characters)

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

Looks thick and viscous pouring out; color is a solid black, and the head formation, while a bit small, is nice and creamy.

Smells basically like a subdued imperial stout, so I guess the lager yeast is helping this beer keep its fruitiness at bay. Still, it’s a good aroma with ample notes of coffee and dark chocolate and maybe even a little bourbon.

Great texture to the beer; it’s got some heft, but mostly it just has a pleasant softness to it. Flavor starts off mostly smooth, then the roasty bitters come roaring in the end; however, it still manages a fairly smooth finish. Not a lot of heat despite the high ABV. Some red wine-like tannin quality also in the finish.

I haven’t had that many Baltic porters, but I’ve tended to like all that I’ve tried—Big Eddy’s included. I wouldn’t put up against my favorite RIS’s, but it’s still a good beer worth seeking out and trying. I’ll age one for a year just to see where it goes. (958 characters)

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

Appearance: fairly dark, black; turns ruby when held to the light; almost no head
Aroma: smells quite nice; chocolate; malt; dark fruit/wine like; coffee; burnt brown sugar; hint of toffee; a bit roasty as well; I swear I get some soy sauce in there…
Taste: it’s very rich, more so than I was expecting; sweet all the way through; caramel, toffee, and maltiness up front; moves into some great port/wine/dark dried fruit flavors; finishes with bread and a good hit of chocolate; the roasty flavor comes in right there at the end and a touch of sweetness and roasted nuts; the aftertaste is a pleasant mix of wine and roasty, maybe a little woody
Mouthfeel: it’s got a nice creaminess to it; very smooth, kind of velvety; fairly light carbonation, but the bubbles are a bit prickly right at the start
Overall Impression: this is a nice beer, I am very pleasantly surprised; very drinkable and really quite tasty; there is quite a bit packed in here, but it is balanced very nicely-it isn’t overwhelming, but isn’t boring; a nice drink that I will probably buy again, especially in the fall/winter as an alternative to the spice beers (1,146 characters)

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

Poured into a snifter. Pours a dark brown color, which does allow some light through. I small amount of cream colored head does arise, but dissapates quickly. It smells of molasses, raisins, and other dark fruits (figs/dates). Tastes like you are drinking a Fig Newton, with well hidden booze. It is enjoyable & quite smooth: drinks more like a Belgian strong dark ale. Tastes somewhat similar to Chimay Blue, from my recollection. (431 characters)

Photo of Pegasus
3.98/5  rDev +7.9%
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. (948 characters)

Photo of MattyG85
3.95/5  rDev +7%
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. (1,211 characters)

Photo of feloniousmonk
3.95/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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. (968 characters)

Photo of NCalement
3.93/5  rDev +6.5%
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. (923 characters)

Photo of ncketchum
3.92/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

served slightly chilled, in a Tyranena snifter

A - pours a dark brown, no head to speak of

S - quite sweet, malty, little bits of chocolate and some bitterness

T - like the nose, sweeter than I'd expect with caramel and chocolate, followed by roasted malt and some hops to round it out

M - fairly thin, not much carbonation, little alcohol burn

O - sweeter than I'd expect for the style, but another good offering from the Big Eddy series (444 characters)

Photo of dbossman
3.9/5  rDev +5.7%
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 (644 characters)

Photo of superspak
3.9/5  rDev +5.7%
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. (1,298 characters)

Photo of RickS95
3.87/5  rDev +4.9%
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. (1,147 characters)

Photo of phishsihq
3.86/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Baltic Porter is the newest release from Leinenkugel's Big Eddy series. The beer follows in the tradition of the Wee Heavy and Imperial IPA - 8.5% ABV
and BIG flavors. The brew pours a deep, deep, dark brown with ruby highlights. A thin beige head provides a wall of lace. Aromas of dark chocolate and plum mingle with hints of coffee and black licorice. Rich malt flavors dominate the pallet with notes of chocolate, toffee, and dark fruits. Baltic Porter features a long lasting finish and is medium-light in both body and carbonation. We are really digging the Big Eddy series!

Cheers! (592 characters)

Photo of NoLeafClover44
3.86/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into standard pint glass.

A - Pours a molasses brown color with no head, despite an aggressive pour. No halo, no lace, no apparent carbonation whatsoever.

S - Roasted malt with a touch of coffee and char. Simple but good.

T - The flavors, like the nose, are very mellow. Lots of roasty grains and oak. Some coffee and chocolate on the back end with a clean finish. No alcohol presence.

M - It is a bit thin, but drinkability is remarkably high for a beer of 8.5%. Carbonation is light, but it does exist despite my pretensions of flatness.

O - This is beer is pretty nice. None of the flavors are in your face, like many imperial porter/stouts. It has a simple aroma and flavor profile and it is easy drinking. I wouldn't trade it in for some of my favorite big stouts, but I think it represents the Baltic Porter style nicely. Pretty cheap (I think, I paid around $2 for the single) and definitely worth a try if you are a porter purist. (965 characters)

Photo of Ri0
3.85/5  rDev +4.3%
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. (808 characters)

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Big Eddy Baltic Porter from Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
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