Big Eddy Baltic Porter - Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company

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Reviews: 65
Hads: 252
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 5.96%
Wants: 6
Gots: 18 | FT: 0
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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 ChainGangGuy
2.71/5  rDev -26.6%
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. (887 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 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 StaveHooks
3.8/5  rDev +3%
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. (783 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 motorhed
2.83/5  rDev -23.3%
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. (683 characters)

Photo of aasher
2.59/5  rDev -29.8%
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. (544 characters)

Photo of tdm168
3.61/5  rDev -2.2%
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. (560 characters)

Photo of vette2006c5r
3.71/5  rDev +0.5%
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. (334 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 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 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 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 ThickNStout
2.65/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle from Total Wine (Kennesaw, GA). 11.99/ 4pk. I think it bottled 08/12 but the code is pretty hard to decipher. Served in a Red Brick snifter. 

Pours dark brown with a quarter finger pale head. 

Smells toffee, malt, caramel and faint peat. 

Tastes of caramel, toffee, bitter roast and brown sugar. Subdued with nothing really stepping. 

Medium thin body with crisp carbonation. 

This certainly wasn't bad but it's not quite up to the level of the others I've had from the Big Eddy series. Hopefully the other 3 I have will develop more character over time.  (578 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)

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Big Eddy Baltic Porter from Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
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