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Big Eddy Baltic Porter - Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company

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238 Ratings
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Ratings: 238
Reviews: 60
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 14.09%
Wants: 6
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
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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Photo of Sammy
3.66/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

Sammy, Apr 07, 2013
Photo of djrn2
3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

djrn2, May 25, 2013
Photo of zestar
4/5  rDev +8.4%

zestar, Aug 13, 2014
Photo of spycow
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

spycow, Mar 10, 2013
Photo of Texasfan549
4/5  rDev +8.4%

Texasfan549, Dec 04, 2012
Photo of BEERchitect
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Where I've found many Leinenkugel beers to be severely lacking, I had hoped that the Big Eddy series would have rendered better results. And they do! Fully malted and robust in taste, their Baltic Porter endorses coffee roast, supple fruit, and smooth texture throughout.

Dark bark brown in color, the beer carries a masculine austere hue that's mainly clear with mirror-like sheen. Capped by a sturdy foam stance of mocha-stained colors, the beer retains and laces well.

Rich maltiness fills the nose with the rich scent of toffee, chocolate, starch, coffee, and nuts. Light fruity tartness lurks closely behind with notes of raisin and red grape. Wrapped with the thin scent of rum, the fruit and tart character rounds the char with wonderful results.

Smooth malt taste comes at the palate from a few different directions. Columbian coffee, toasted walnuts, cocoa, lightly burnt toffee, cola nut, and mild smoked bread all fit the bill with bold and mellow taste. Mild fruity notes of red grape, raspberry, and sherry-like tartness and savory character all complement the roast elements.

Medium-full in body- the beer's roasty sweetness and woven carbonation keeps the beer feeling robust and mildly viscous. It's smooth lagerish taste prevents the beer from becoming absolute full bodied. But a finish of alcohol warmth, roasty dryness, and fading sweetness signals closure to the session.

The Big Eddy Baltic Porter does all that Baltic porters prescribe, but the smoothness is met with the abrasioin of light char, the alcohols are slightly less refined, and the middle palate leaves holes in the flavors and textures that are expected. It's a good beer, but the Baltic Porter taste is so specific that this beer has difficult achieving.

BEERchitect, Oct 30, 2012
Photo of kjkinsey
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

kjkinsey, Oct 16, 2012
Photo of jaydoc
4/5  rDev +8.4%

jaydoc, Dec 14, 2013
Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.7/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

12 ounce bottle - $3.49 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Vintage 2012.

Appearance: Pours a clear, very dark brown body with a smallish, light mocha-toned head.

Smell: Dark malts with notes of cheap cherry cola, nuts, and other stuff. I say "other stuff" because it doesn't matter as it all yields to displeasing notes of soy and less-than-clean loose change.

Taste: Dark maltiness replete with store-brand cola, roasted nuts. Slight touch of rum raisin. Also, some coffee and licorice. Some metallic hints within, too. Maybe even a modest whisper of soy sauce. Eventually the other flavors fade away leaving the soy and metallic accents until the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium carbonation.

Overall: Well, let's just say I preferred the other members of the Big Eddy crew. By margin wide enough to chuck some dirty nickles and a bottle of Kikkoman's through.

ChainGangGuy, Oct 27, 2012
Photo of SocalKicks
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

SocalKicks, Aug 20, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

zeff80, Jun 14, 2013
Photo of russpowell
3.6/5  rDev -2.4%
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

russpowell, Dec 18, 2012
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.

feloniousmonk, Oct 20, 2012
Photo of Mora2000
3.48/5  rDev -5.7%
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.

Mora2000, Nov 09, 2012
Photo of XmnwildX12
3/5  rDev -18.7%

XmnwildX12, Dec 09, 2013
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.

superspak, Aug 07, 2013
Photo of ejimhof
3/5  rDev -18.7%

ejimhof, Dec 14, 2012
Photo of tdm168
3.6/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

tdm168, Sep 29, 2012
Photo of beerthulhu
3.53/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

beerthulhu, Feb 28, 2013
Photo of sendbeer
3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

sendbeer, Oct 26, 2012
Photo of KAF
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

KAF, Jul 17, 2014
Photo of harpus
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

harpus, Sep 23, 2013
Photo of Tone
3.79/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear, dark brown color. 1/5 inch head of an off-tan color. Slight retention and slight lacing. Smells of alcohol, sweet malt, slight roasted malt, hint of dark citrus, hint of yeast, and hint of pale malt. Fits the style of a Baltic Porter. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. There is also a hint of tartness. Tastes of oak, sweet malt, alcohol, slight roasted malt, hint of hop, and slight dark citrus. Overall, weak appearance, good aroma, and good body.

Tone, Jan 13, 2013
Photo of WoodBrew
3.64/5  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.

WoodBrew, Jan 27, 2013
Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.63/5  rDev +25.5%
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.

BeerFMAndy, Sep 18, 2012
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Big Eddy Baltic Porter from Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 238 ratings.