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Big Eddy Baltic Porter - Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company

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Reviews: 65
Hads: 254
Avg: 3.68
pDev: 28.53%
Wants: 7
Gots: 20 | 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 DrDemento456
3.69/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not expecting much since I got this beer for $1.75 mixed and matched at my local house of 1,000 beers.

A - Off to a pretty decent start. The slightly opaque colored head is a nice 1/2 inch that sticks around forever. Beer itself is a clear deep amber brown .
S - Mild chocolate tones with a touch of fruity yeasts and some chalky roast. It actually smells quite faded at this point.
T - Quite balanced yet not so bold I get some chalky roasts highlight but very minimal actual roast. Seems very good for it's age and even has a nice hop bite.
M - Kind of thin for a porter has a medium body but is not as chewy as it should be.

Overall not the worst porter I ever had but not bad for some BMC wanna bee's. I would get it again if I found a 10 dollar six pack.

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Photo of Sammy
3.65/5  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.

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Photo of EgadBananas
3.01/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.75

Pours a dark, dark, blood red. A yellowish finger of head forms, no lace, dissipates to nothing.

Smells of sherry and port, raisins, plums, hints of roast, and a tinge of fusel alcohol.

Tastes more of dark fruits and a dark sweet port, with a hint of cocoa, roast and toffee.

Creamy, full bodied. Somewhat rich and slick. Overall though, this is quite a bit off kilter for a Baltic Porter, which makes it hard to enjoy it as such.

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Photo of tectactoe
3.35/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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?

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Photo of weonfire
3.79/5  rDev +3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of Lemke10
4.13/5  rDev +12.2%
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.

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Photo of scaliasux
3.07/5  rDev -16.6%
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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Photo of StoutHunter
3.09/5  rDev -16%
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.

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Photo of dbossman
3.9/5  rDev +6%
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

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.52/5  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.

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Photo of beergoot
3.39/5  rDev -7.9%
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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Photo of WoodBrew
3.62/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

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Photo of Wildeman
3.17/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Nice dark, Mohogany color poured from a bottle into a standard pint glass with a 2 finger creamy head.
Nice flavor, nothing to write home about but still not bad.
Medium to light body and mouthfeel.
Not a bad beer, but it wouldn't be a go to for myself.

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Photo of Tone
3.8/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

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Photo of Quackershnoc
4/5  rDev +8.7%
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

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Photo of ChiPool
4/5  rDev +8.7%
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.

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Photo of bonkers
4.1/5  rDev +11.4%
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.

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Photo of LtCracker20
3.71/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a black body with reddish hues. Nice 3-finger coffee colored head sits on top. The head doesn't last too long, but leaaves a decent cap with some all right lacing.

S- A little muted, but... Bitter chocolate, burnt coffee, oak, vanilla, with some milk chocolate following it up. Nothing really stands out, but they're there.

T- Just like the aroma, the taste is muted and short. The flavors are nice, though. Slight milk chocolate, burnt coffee, vanilla, and oak.

MF- Nice full body, especially when this warms up. Not too much carbonation, but just right.

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Photo of russpowell
3.61/5  rDev -1.9%
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

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Photo of jeranbrews
3.59/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - surprisingly low head. Perhaps this glass wasn't dry yet. Small tiny bubbles gradually lazily creep up. Dark like soy sauce but clairity is high.

S - meaty hearty tobacco and horse blanket. Smoked pork and mossy oak. Potent but not pungent.

T - bitter slightly sour. Wet cigar and and a bit of nutmeg. Strong. Not for the weak.

M - thick And buttery. But so bitter it's almost repelled from your tongue.

D - a hearty drink for a hearty meal. This needs to be paired with something a bit greasy.

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Photo of Mitchster
4.06/5  rDev +10.3%
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.

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Photo of jmdrpi
3.82/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle, label indicates 2012.

beer appears a real dark brown, not quite black, with ruby color highlights. tan head that fades fast. nice aroma of bitter chocolate, caramel, and slight licorice. taste hits the same notes as the smell. no real hops detected, all dark malt complexity. lower carbonation. medium body, a little oily of a mouthfeel.

overall - not quite as good as the Big Eddy RIS.

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Photo of Mora2000
3.48/5  rDev -5.4%
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.

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Photo of MattyG85
3.95/5  rDev +7.3%
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.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

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Big Eddy Baltic Porter from Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 65 ratings.