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Big Eddy Baltic Porter - Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company

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246 Ratings
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Ratings: 246
Reviews: 62
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 14.71%
Wants: 6
Gots: 11 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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 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.

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4/5  rDev +9%

Photo of Thomas_Picton
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

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 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 Beer21
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of jkermitj
4.5/5  rDev +22.6%

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3/5  rDev -18.3%

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4/5  rDev +9%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

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.

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4/5  rDev +9%

Photo of beergoot
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.

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4/5  rDev +9%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

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2.75/5  rDev -25.1%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +29.4%

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4/5  rDev +9%

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4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

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3/5  rDev -18.3%

Big Eddy Baltic Porter from Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 246 ratings.