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Big Eddy Baltic Porter | Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company

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Big Eddy Baltic PorterBig Eddy Baltic Porter
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
Wisconsin, United States
leinie.com

Style: Baltic Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by phishsihq on 08-25-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Reviews:
67
Ratings:
258
Avg:
3.67
pDev:
28.34%
 
 
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6
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Reviews: 67 | Ratings: 258
Photo of Pegasus
3.98/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

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Photo of vette2006c5r
3.71/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

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Photo of Franziskaner
3.74/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Black in color and impenetrable to light. A fingernail of khaki colored foam sits on top of the vast majority of this beer. I smell plenty of dark malt and dry grains. The taste is comprised of dark smoked malt. The mouth is thick and yet viscous.

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Photo of ThickNStout
2.65/5  rDev -27.8%
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. 

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Photo of Brutaltruth
3.81/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

2012 vintage bottle. Pours athick cola brown, almost black. Thin tan head. Nose of deep
roasted grains, caramel, chocolate, dark molasses, and raisins. Flavors are strong. Dark
chocolate and caramel dance light sour cherries, on the front and aftertaste. Sweet
moderately cloying molasses like flavors overpower this brew. Not bad but not the best in
the series. Thick coating mouthfeel that coats the flavors with a light licorice like alcoholic
astringency. Odd but decent.

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Photo of Ri0
3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

poured 12oz bottle vintage 2012 into chalice

A - Dark cola with a thin light brown head. Fades quickly into a thin ring and leaves no lacing.

S - A nice mix of dark fruit and rich chocolate cola. Notes of roasted malt, toffee, and even a bit of port compliment the main flavors.

T - Follows the nose, but starts out more chocolaty with roasted malts. Moves into the dark fruits, toffee, and port. The finish is cola and more chocolate. It is not bitter, a bit sweet, okay balance.

M - Medium bordering on thin which is typical for a Baltic Porter. Decent carbonation for a 2 year old beer.

O - Pretty good and I suspect this improves with age based on the reviews. I was given a bottle since I feel it is kinda pricey compared to other brewery offerings. If it is ever on sale it is worth picking up.

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Photo of soju6
3.73/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

2013 Artisans craft Beer Festival.

A: Poured a deep brown color with a decent head that fades fairly quickly.

S: Aroma of roasted malt, chocolate, dark fruit and nutty.

T: Taste is similar with roasted malt, some caramel sweetness, chocolate, dark fruit and nutty. Nice bitterness and a dry finish.

F: Fairly full body smooth with a creamy texture. the 8.5% ABV is well hidden.

O: Enjoyable beer, nice take on the style.

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Photo of Jadjunk
3.29/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

"A rich, malty brew with coffee, port, and chocolate notes and a dark fruit finish." Brewed in the style of a Baltic Porter. Available in 12 oz. bottled 4 packs and on limited draft as part of the Big Eddy series.

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to a snifter glass. Served above 61 degrees Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a creamy frothed head of a maple gold color over a dense dark brown body. Retention is below average and lacing is light and spotty. 2.75

(Smell) Bold syrupy fruit and grainy caramel profiles forward, with undertones of thin chocolate syrup. Potency is mild. 3

(Taste) Fruit and soft grain alcohol forward, finishing on a note of slick caramel and chocolate malt. Considerably more desirable over the aroma, although there's not quite enough depth of flavor to adequately counter the grainy roughness. 3.5

(Mouthfeel) Texture is slick, residual, moderately oily, medium dry. Carbonation is moderate, generating a medium frothiness and a moderately crisp finish. Body is shy of medium for the style, medium+ overall. Balance is slightly acidic and earthy bitter over sweet. Alcohol presence is modest and there are no off characters. 3.5

(Overall) The Big Eddy Baltic Porter seems to be lacking in the rich malt character and body that I generally anticipate from the Baltic Porter style, but with the fruit and alcohol characters ever present, there's a soft imbalance that is difficult to ignore. Drinkable, but not particularly memorable and one of the lesser Big Eddy releases. 3.25

Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company's
Big Eddy Baltic Porter
3.29/5.00

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Photo of StaveHooks
3.8/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

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Photo of bonkers
4.1/5  rDev +11.7%
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 BeerWithMike
4.24/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Sampled last night on 4/24/15. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and has been in there for about 2 years ('2012' on top of label). LOL! Poured in to a 'Leinenkugel' pint glass.

Brew pours really close to a pitch black in color with some ruby-highlights. Has a thick good half-finger foamy beige head that stays around for a while. A decent amount of sticky lacing is seen when sipped. The aroma is very nice and is of dark roasted malts, hint of toffee and black licorice. Pretty much is said for the taste with great flavor with a hint of black licorice near the finish. Just a real slight bitter finish is noted that last for like 2 seconds then is gone. Medium+ to Full-bodied with perfect carbonation. Brew even tasted better when warmed up some like some dark brews do. It's a good sipper brew.

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Photo of RickS95
3.87/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I really expected this to be a bit darker, instead of pours a dark reddish brown. Sure, it's dark-ish, but nothing like the Great Divide Baltic I had last night. Not bad looking, just doesn't match the type. The head never really develops and has little retention. A swirl leaves a lace, but like I've said before, I shouldn't have to swirl it to create a head or lace.

It's got a dark bready, lagery smell to it. Malty, faint chocolate characteristics, but all muted. Just a bit of hop presence with another swirl.

The taste really pops. Cocoa, dark fruits, malt, expresso and toffee wake up the taste buds. Again, just a bit of hop presence in the swallow. A pleasing punch of taste given the look and smell.

Mouthfeel is pleasant, with all the darkness balanced by the yeast and hops. Creamy and sweet, it transitions well as it moves across the tongue to slightly bitter and dry with a bit of mediciney feel and heat in the finish. Full bodied and robust.

Starts off slow, but really gathers itself into a nice beer. The style doesn't always work for me and I had this pegged as a loser early on, but it really shines ones you take a sip.

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Photo of Mikecap
4.01/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2012 bottle poured into a "can" glass.

Appearance: Pours a cola-colored brown with very little khaki head from a 12 oz bottle into a can-shaped class. Some solid chunky brown lacing line the glass.

Smell: Chocolate up front, with some coffee and toffee, a bit of smoke as well. Surprisingly solid smelling porter.

Taste: Up front chocolate with a nice hint of bourbon, more flavor than expected at first sip. Finishes with some bitter coffee and a bit of vanilla, some more bourbon burn as well.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full-bodied with an apparent alcohol note. More of a taste of bourbon than a burn but this feels a bit heavier than the 8.5%. Solid creaminess but a sipper for sure.

Overall: Wow, is this really Leinenkugel? This is a pretty solid Baltic Porter, with some age on it. I would drink this again for sure. Only my second of the Big Eddy Series (after the Imperial IPA) but I think I need to try more. Worth a shot.

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Photo of Lemke10
4.13/5  rDev +12.5%
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 JohnnyBarman
3.77/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Single bottle from Merchant's Fine Wine in Dearborn, Mi. Curious to see what Leinenkugel will do with the style.

Poured into a small tulip. Dark chestnut brew with ruby highlights, a half inch of light tan foam, which dissolves into a thin ring. A few flecks of lacing.

Nose is quite nice, with dark fruits, brown sugar, caramel, coffee. DDefinitely smells like a Baltic porter.

Decent porter that has most of the usual suspects in terms of the style. Slightly burnt sugar, coffee, fruit, and a mild port quality. Not as much depth as I'd hoped for, but the brew tastes quite nice.

Thinner bodied, mild carbonation.

Good Baltic porter, but nothing out of the ordinary for the style. Still, a good beer for a surprisingly cool summer evening.

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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

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Photo of weonfire
3.79/5  rDev +3.3%
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 Strix
4.2/5  rDev +14.4%
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.

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Photo of Samp01
3.7/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours cloudy dark brown with quickly fading razor thin head. Aroma is of rich roasted caramel malt with some mild dark fruity notes. Taste is sweet dark mild roasted caramel malt, coffee bean, some dark fruity notes, dried figs and mild bitterness. Palate is medium body, slightly viscous mouth feel, moderate carbonation. Finishes with mild dark roasted caramel malt, mild dark fruity notes and a mild roasted malt and coffee bean, mild dark fruit on the backend. Overall, this quite a good and tasty Baltic Porter. I like.

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Photo of dtivp
3.71/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured a cola brown with ruby highlights, one finger dark tan head that faded quickly into a thin cap with light lacing.

Aroma of roasted malt, dark fruit, caramel and hints of chocolate.

Taste of roasted malt, chocolate followed by a slight sweetness of plums and port.

Moth Feel was medium body, light carbonation, smooth and creamy.

Overall a nice balanced porter, would be better with a little more body, a good drinkable beer.

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Photo of mjpolzin
3.77/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Strange...I am not sure what to think about this beer. The smell was amazing. It smelled like a rich, complex, fruity, malty stout. The taste had some of these same aspects but there was just something missing and I couldn't tell exactly what it was. The mouthfeel was a little thin as well. I usually give everything in the Big Eddy series a try since Leinenkugels being a state brewery but this one was missed out on something in trying to be a great beer.

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Photo of Seabass1964
4.68/5  rDev +27.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Tastes of sour fruits, dates, plums, pomegranate, licorice, very sour. Not sweet at all like one would expect from the style. Followed by toffee, caramel, and dark fruits. Finishes with almost a vinaigrette quality. Beautiful flavor profile. This is more like a sour wild ale than a Porter. Very fruity and very sour. Amazing beverage. Way underrated in my opinion.

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Photo of muddyh2oblues
3.45/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

2012 bottle
aroma is port wine and black licorice that carries over into taste, along with sweet malt and a hint of booze. almost too sweet. never had it fresh, so don't know if aging had a positive or negative effect. one is enough. interesting, but not for me.

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Photo of JEdmund
4/5  rDev +9%
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.

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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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Big Eddy Baltic Porter from Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
3.67 out of 5 based on 258 ratings.
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