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Big Eddy Baltic Porter - Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company

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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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3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

yankhawk, Oct 26, 2012
Photo of DrGonzoDDS
4.5/5  rDev +22%

DrGonzoDDS, Oct 23, 2012
Photo of Joeyuwp
3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

Joeyuwp, Oct 22, 2012
Photo of FreshmanPour77
4.25/5  rDev +15.2%

FreshmanPour77, Oct 22, 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 Cramerican
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Cramerican, Oct 20, 2012
Photo of cdwil
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

cdwil, Oct 19, 2012
Photo of kew
4.25/5  rDev +15.2%

kew, Oct 19, 2012
Photo of ncketchum
3.93/5  rDev +6.5%
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

ncketchum, Oct 19, 2012
Photo of StaveHooks
3.83/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz served in a Southern Tier tulip.

A - Yellowish tan head on top of a dark garnet brown body.

S - Prunes, toasted cereal, molasses, caramel, leather, very faint charred malts, very sweet aroma, cherry fruit, some sweet rose aroma. When it warms molasses dominates everything.

T - Tangy molasses, sticky raisins and caramel, roasted malts, hints of baker's chocolate, has some bitterness as well as a slight sour note. Some leather around the edges. Finishes with a a roasty bitterness.

M - Medium body, low to medium carbonation, thin but sticky at times.

This is actually pretty good. If this was in a blind taste test I think this would get better reviews. Very robust flavors with a balanced bitter roast. It's a tad sweet but it's a big beer with tons of sticky flavor.

StaveHooks, Oct 19, 2012
Photo of kjkinsey
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

kjkinsey, Oct 16, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Chugs13, Oct 15, 2012
Photo of KevBearcat529
4.25/5  rDev +15.2%

KevBearcat529, Oct 12, 2012
Photo of NoLeafClover44
3.88/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

NoLeafClover44, Oct 10, 2012
Photo of motorhed
2.8/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Color is super dark brown, almost black. Pours out with two fingers of head and keeps well. Moderate lacing throughout the consumption.

S - Sweet dark fruits, chocolate, and malt.

T - Big sweetness immediately, followed by dark fruits, slight toffee, chocolate, and lot of malt. Could definitely detect the alcohol on the finish.

M - A nice mouthfeel overall, rather viscous yet a medium-high level of carbonation balances that out nicely. Just enough bitterness as well to balance the malt and alcohol.

O - Not a bad example of a baltic porter but i've had a lot better examples. I think maybe it's just a tad too sweet for me overall. Not sure i would seek this out again.

motorhed, Oct 10, 2012
Photo of CWhite
4.5/5  rDev +22%

CWhite, Oct 08, 2012
Photo of aasher
2.58/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This beer pours a medium bodied dark cola brown that gets darker as it pool, minimal head and light carbonation. The nose is malty and sweet with little to no roast. It sure doesn't smell like a Baltic. The flavors too, light for a Baltic with too much of a cola flavoring and no roast. It has some scotch ale attributes to it, also odd. It is also too light in body for the style. Overall this is a pretty bad representation of the style. It really is more like a Wee Heavy than a Baltic Porter. It just needs to be bigger and have more to it.

aasher, Oct 06, 2012
Photo of Oboogie
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Oboogie, Oct 03, 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 vette2006c5r
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Big Eddy Baltic Porter pours a black color with a nice sized tan head. There wasnt a strong aroma, but their were hints of coffee. The taste had a nice bold coffee flavor, all on a smokey malty backbone. A bit watery, but not of surprise from Leinenkugel. Overall this was an enjoyable beer, a little watery, but full of nice flavors.

vette2006c5r, Sep 28, 2012
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.

JEdmund, Sep 27, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +15.2%

DaveAnderson, Sep 26, 2012
Photo of mquinn919
4.25/5  rDev +15.2%

mquinn919, Sep 24, 2012
Photo of Hellpop65
2.5/5  rDev -32.2%

Hellpop65, Sep 23, 2012
Photo of jtd1969
4.28/5  rDev +16%
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!!!

jtd1969, Sep 23, 2012
Big Eddy Baltic Porter from Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 238 ratings.