Big Eddy Baltic Porter - Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company

Not Rated.
Big Eddy Baltic PorterBig Eddy Baltic Porter

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
83
good

244 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 244
Reviews: 61
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 14.4%
Wants: 6
Gots: 10 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: phishsihq on 08-25-2012)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | Likes | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 244 | Reviews: 61 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of Haybeerman
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

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.

Photo of aasher
2.58/5  rDev -29.9%
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.

Photo of tectactoe
3.36/5  rDev -8.7%
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?

Photo of enelson
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of Darkmagus82
3.74/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from bottle into a snifter

Appearance – The beer pours a deep-deep chestnut color bordering on black. Upon pouring there is a thin tan colored foam sitting atop the brew which fades rather rapidly to leave almost no lacing on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma is a nice mix of a dark roasted malt aroma and some rather strong boozy aromas of port. Along with these smells are aromas of chocolate, caramel, as well as some dark fruits bringing sweeter notes to the nose and combining with the others to give a nice warming aroma to the brew.

Taste – The taste starts out with some roasted malt flavors as well as quite a bit of a sweeter dark fruit flavor of cherry and raisin. As the flavors advance more sweetness of some plum as well as a red wine like boozy grape flavor come to the tongue. A bit of a cocoa flavor comes more toward the end of the taste, along with an increase in the alcohol flavors due to an oncoming port taste entering the taste. In the end, the combination of sweeter dark fruits and boozy flavors leaves a rather port wine mixed with roasted malt flavor to be left to linger on the tongue; warming the mouth nicely.

Mouthfeel – The body of the brew a bit light for Baltic category brew. The carbonation
level, on the other hand, is slightly above average. For the style, the opposite characteristics; a lower carbonation and thicker creaminess, may have better suited the style giving all the boozy fruit flavors a chance to soak into the tongue.

Overall –Not a bad Baltic overall. There are lots of port and dark fruit flavors swirling within this one, creating a rather fruity and sweet brew.

Photo of st9647v3
4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

Photo of MSandahl23
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of EgadBananas
3.04/5  rDev -17.4%
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.

Photo of warnerry
3/5  rDev -18.5%

Photo of ShemRahBoo
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of cdwil
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of Hellpop65
2.5/5  rDev -32.1%

Photo of IdrinkGas
3/5  rDev -18.5%

Photo of jmdrpi
3.83/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

Photo of Mitchster
4.05/5  rDev +10.1%
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.

Photo of ncstateplaya
3/5  rDev -18.5%

Photo of jheezee
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of atone315
4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

Photo of StoutHunter
3.08/5  rDev -16.3%
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 krome
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of RedneckBeerz
4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.09/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Leinenkugel’s Big Eddy Baltic Porter has a fairly thin, cream-colored head, a murky, red-brown appearance, some visible bubble streams, and thin lacing left behind. The aroma is of licorice candy, dark bread crust, sweetness, and candy sugar. Taste is of black licorice, black bread, sweet, melted hard candy, and a balancing hop bitterness at the end of the sip. Mouthfeel is light and watery, and Leinenkugel’s Big Eddy Baltic Porter finishes wet, rich, flavorful, and delicious. I did not detect alcohol with this. Overall, this is most excellent.

RJT

Photo of Pegasus
3.98/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance: Sable in color, with no highlights before a strong light, with a small, dense tan head, the lacing is fine and scattered.

Aroma: Molasses, port wine, vinous alcohol, and licorice comprise the complex aroma.

Taste: Opens with sweet, spicy alcohol, caramel and bitter cocoa, soon followed by sweetened cold coffee. Dark fruit forms an undercurrent which carries throughout the taste. There is a mild black licorice presence as well. Late in the taste, some notes of charcoal appear. Finishes with a slight, lingering burnt note.

Mouth feel: Smooth, soft, full, with slight carbonation.

Drinkability/notes: A pleasant, and quite drinkable, over-the-top take on the style.

Presentation: Packaged in a twelve-ounce brown long neck bottle with a pry-off crown, served in a New Belgium Brewing chalice.

Sourcing: purchased at Spec's in Georgetown, Texas in January of 2014, priced at $10.49 plus tax for a 4-pack of twelve-ounce bottles.

Photo of Stevedore
3.01/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

12oz bottle, labeled 2012 vintage; poured into an unlabeled snifter 6/2/2014.

A- Dark cola coloured body. Minimal offwhite head with surprisingly minimal retention. The head literally lasts 2 seconds before disappearing entirely. No lacing to speak of. For all I know this could be a baltic porter or a flat brown ale.

S- Lots of molasses, brown sugar, tapioca, a small bit of chocolate and cocoa, but make no mistake, this smells very sweet.

F- Sweetness galore. Molasses, tapioca, milk chocolate. Not much coffee or cocoa or any similar profile to balance it out. Too sweet for me, not particularly interesting but not particularly offensive either.

M- Fuller bodied, low in carbonation but enough that it's not a still beer. Resinous with a finish full of molasses.

O- Too sweet for me. It's not horrible, but it's not anywhere close to what I've come to expect from classic baltic porters which have tended to have more roastiness and dark fruits. This is just sweet, cloying without even close to enough balance.

Big Eddy Baltic Porter from Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 244 ratings.