JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - DEC 25, 2012
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
12oz bottle from Samís, Durham. Distressing clear and thin pour, looks for all the world like a brown ale from BMC. Very little carbonation, mostly translucent rusty water. Nose is malt and toffee, with just a smidge of fruit undertones and not much promise of a robust porter, Baltic or otherwise. Sure enough, itís thin-bodied as fuck and one-dimensional in its flavors: caramel candy, no base beer to speak of, and none of that gloriously healthy lactic body and finish I enjoy in the style. Good thing the Duck Rabbit just hit shelves this week.
MaltOne (199) - Wisconsin, USA - DEC 21, 2012
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: DEC 22, 2012 On tap @ Silver Creek. Of the Big Eddyís Iíve tried (Imp. Russian Stout and Wee Heavy being the others) itís not my favorite. Pours opaque chocoate brown with a pretty cream/tan head. Aroma is a little hard to pin down... toasted hemp? Flavor follows with ... again the toasted hemp and general roastiness and a slight sour finish. Medium body. Overall, not a beer Iíd stock up on, but I commend the effort - I applaud a mass producerís effort into making a quality beer.
dfinney23 (1573) - Houston, Texas, USA - DEC 20, 2012
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Looks and smells promising but an odd flavor note keeps this from being a repeater. Never could place what it was but probably the same thing the previous reviewer called metallic.
Pailhead (4606) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - DEC 18, 2012
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottle: The aroma consists of moderate-strong chocolate, caramel, and light fruit. It pours a dark mahogany with some transparency and a one finger tan head that quickly fades to a thin film outlined by a thicker ring. There is some dotted lacing left on the sides of the glass. The flavor starts with a good dose of milk chocolate and lighter caramel. The finish has moderate roast, fruit, metal, and a touch of alcohol. The metal flavor is even more unpleasant when it clashes with the roast and fruit. Itís medium bodied with light-moderate carbonation. Overall, the metallic finish really kills this beer for me.
Jabic (405) - Brigantine, New Jersey, USA - DEC 18, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Ar: Nougat, booze, raisins.
Ap: Deep red, clear - small light tan head, leaving a small ring of foam.
T: Figs and nougat up front, sweet - some soy sauce - low bitterness, with a clean and warming alcohol - vegital - dark fruit and booze on the finish.
P: Medium-full body with medium-high carbonation - finish is dry.
O: Decent baltic porter - warming, sweet, and with lots of dark fruit - the soy sauce and vegital elements are off the mark.
rougeau13 (1945) - Richmond, Texas, USA - DEC 13, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Roast, coffee, fruit. A bit on the sweet side, but decent. Very dark brown. Medium-full bodied and a touch oily. Decent, but Iím not all that impressed.
crajun (934) - , Texas, USA - DEC 12, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Kinda like this label. Rated this much higher than most??? Nice aroma of cocoa and malt +? Nice dark pour. Med palate nice flavor similar to aroma with added complexity. Some alcohol dark fruit in there. Glad I got a 4 pack
zizzybalubba (1380) - Elizabeth City, North Carolina, USA - DEC 12, 2012
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
On tap at Tylerís Taproom in Raleigh, NC. Dark brown pour with an off-white head. Aroma of roasted malts and light coffee. Tastes of chocolate with a nutty finish. Thin with low heat for the style. Not terrible but disappointing and not worthy of the Big Eddy name.
travita (3845) - Frisco, Texas, USA - DEC 12, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. The look is lot like Pepsi, light beige colored head, and clear. The smell is malty, toffee, fruits, raisans, fig, and ok. The taste is fruity, roast, malt, sweet, too sweet, and sugary.
DocLock (7703) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 3, 2012
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle from Caponeís. Pours deep brown, and a lovely shade of deep ruby through direct light, with half a finger of fast-disspiating khaki head. Nose is charred black patent malt, cacao, blackstrap molasses. Tastes rich, dry, very charred, with the dark malt, soy saucy cloying flavor, dry hops late, and a medium palate heft. This one is a miss.