Sea Legs Baltic Porter | Uinta Brewing Company

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Sea Legs Baltic PorterSea Legs Baltic Porter
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Uinta Brewing Company
Utah, United States | website

Style: Baltic Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Complex and drinkable, Sea Legs delivers flavors of roasted malt and chocolate. Sea Legs was aged in Bourbon Barrels for nearly 12 months adding toasted vanilla and bourbon notes to the flavor profile. This Medium-bodied Baltic Porter has a complex malt profile and mild hop bitterness. With a hidden ABV of 8%, Sea Legs is a siren of a beer.

Added by RedneckBeerz on 12-25-2012

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Photo of biegaman
4.26/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sea Legs has the complexion of the mid-Atlantic... at night... in winter. Indeed, this intimidatingly, devastatingly black beer looks to be for those with no fear of depths and a great disdain for the shallow. One distinguishing quality, however, is the flawless khaki-brown head, unusual given its specs.

Specs that include strength (8% alcohol), age (27 months) and that 'minor' detail of spending a year in bourbon barrels. As you'd expect, the resulting aroma is considerably powerful, showcasing slightly abrasive splintered wood notes as well as more delectable ones of cream, caramel, cocoa and coffee.

The bourbon barrel, like the sea, does not like to be restrained. Indeed, even after more than two years of bottle aging its influence is still pronounced, albeit subdued. Each sip contains traces of burnt sugar, vanilla custard, as well as an exceedingly dry oaky flavour, none of which are inherent to the base beer.

But the time spent in the cellar did have an effect: a subtle tartness has crept in and competes in the finish with bulky cocoa- and ashy espresso-bean flavours (that ultimately win out hands-down). More time on the shelf will do it no good; this is exceptionally mellow and approachable now.

While not bursting at the seams, Sea Legs is nonetheless a perfect storm of coffee, chocolate, vanilla and oak. I generally find bourbon barrel-aged beers fair to criticize but this particular one is a graceful, tasteful example with no real faults. It's pricey, but almost certainly warrants the purchase.

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Photo of bigchiquilin
4.71/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Sea Legs is my first baltic porter. I really enjoy all kinds of porters so I have a good feeling I'll like this one. Never heard of Uinta before, looked them up after and came away impressed with their environmentally focused business practices. Poured from a 750ml from HEB Central Market into some corny Alamo souvenir mug. The color is a lovely dark dark brown, and the whole look of the beer is appealing. The head is about two fingers, a creamy foam that hung around for a while. The smell was rich, and I could tell this was a well-balanced and complex beer. It was malty, sweet dark fruit, enjoyable. Definitely got the bourbon right away, a bit bitter but also roasted coffee and piney and indisputably flavorful. Warming feel and a smooth finish. All in all I found the Sea Legs to be pretty accessible and a pretty damn good beer, and will probably never have one because I have too many others beers to drink first.

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Photo of Auraan
4.67/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured a deep, dark brown body that appears black unless held to light with one finger of thick tan head. Overall impression of appearance is of a perfect Baltic Porter. Scents of rich black coffee, licorice, bitter roast malt, light dark molasses and caramel, with toast and vinous dark fruit playing supporting roles. The bourbon barrel adds nice notes of bourbon and vanilla that compliment the richness of the aroma. Overall impression of aroma is of the near perfect Baltic porter. It is rich, complex, boozy, warming and deep. An amazing beer. Flavor begins richly roasty, with notes of deeply roasted malt, burnt toast and black coffee, dark fruit, though indistinct along with lighter notes of bourbon, licorice and cocoa. Middle continues this profile. Finish is bitter with notes of black coffee, cocoa, burnt toast, roast malt, bourbon and oak and light molasses sweetness balancing. Aftertaste is roast malt and burnt toast with light dark fruit and molasses. Overall impression of flavor is of a very nice barrel-aged Baltic porter. It is roasty, rich and deep, bitter, true to style and simply a joy. Mouthfeel is medium-full bodied with medium-light carbonation and a velvet feel. Overall impression of mouthfeel is of a fantastic Baltic porter. Overall this is an amazing barrel aged Baltic porter. The aroma and flavor are fantastic, wonderful examples of the style aided by the smooth and easy mouthfeel, despite the ABV. A wondrous beer.

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Photo of JJKBeerLvr
4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled January 2016 from 22oz bottle in pint glass. Bottled on date of 11/21/2012 was on the bottle.

Appearance: Pitch black, dark color, with a thin dark tan head. The head lasted a long time, and left a little film on the glass, but not a lot.

Smell: There are roasted malt aromas, along with some strong coffee and sweet caramel aromas. Some hops in the aroma. Nice combination and balance between the various flavors.

Taste: Full-bodied with great balance of malt and hops. There is a hint of sweetness and caramel flavors that may be due to the malts, but it is balanced nicely with pronounced hops flavor. Overall it has an excellent taste. The combination of strong hops and roasted malts and strong alcohol give this drink powerful flavors.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, but very smooth. Very creamy. Medium alcohol which matches with the 8% on the label.

Overall: Overall this is a very good porter. I will definitely look for this and buy it again.

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Photo of HopsAreDaMan
4.21/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750ml, dated as bottled 1/1/2015? (the year was very hard to read).

Look: Pours a really dark brown, with a very nice amount of light brown colored head that hangs on for a long while, and leaves nice lacing in the glass.

Smell: A lot going on, including dark malts, booze, vanilla?, and something else pleasant (perhaps coffee?).

Taste: Again, a lot going on: dark malts, sweetness, vanilla?, coffee, with a bit of (pleasant) booziness.

Feel: Medium to heavy, full and creamy, with a bit of a hop bite on the finish.

Overall: I did a side-by-side with the Baltika #6 Porter. Although the price per ounce of this beer is considerably more than the Baltica, Sea Legs is clearly more complex and more flavorful. It sets itself up as a great sipper. As I am price conscious, if I could get a good price on this I would be happy to drink it again.

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Photo of brentk56
3.8/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours a slightly translucent coffee color with a very modest head that fades rather quickly; just a few dots linger

Smell: Raisinets, prune, pine tar, vanilla, coconut and dark cherry tones

Taste: Raisinets, oak, pine tar and prune, up front, with licorice and cocoa developing; woody, with faint tobacco and Bourbon tones developing, after the swallow; the flavors fade in the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with low carbonation

Overall: Another older bottle picked up courtesy of Total Wine's focus on freshness, this one bottled over three years ago; oxidation has impacted the flavor profile, no doubt, and has led to lower scores

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Photo of stephens101
4.13/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A mountain of tan froth forms strong and resilient atop this sleek black brew. Smells of prunes, plums, blackberry and grain. Tastes of milk chocolate, dried wood, cocoa powder, and faint dark fruits. Medium side of heavy in body, drier than expected, and finishes with a slight heat tickle at the back of the throat and some sticky on the lips for good measure.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.76/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

From the corked, caged 750 ml. bottle. 2013 batch. Aged. Tasted on November 13, 2015.

It pours dark brown with a big tan had.

OK, it is 2 years old so the chocolate and dark malts have faded some but I get a bit of it on the nose. Otherwise my aroma of choice is more like cherry.

Smooth, medium body.

I get a slightly fruit malt character in the taste with a little bit of bitterness. I found this as a closeout and I do wish I had tried this in 2013 rather than now. I might have provided a far better review.

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Photo of SPLITGRIN
4.22/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Huge head of rocky burnt biscuit brown head sits on top of blackest brown body. Nose is of soft chocolate and toasted malts. Dark fruit, black cherry and truffle chocolate play on first sip. This is a very dark Baltic porter. This beer dries out in terms of bitterness and flavor. This is nicely complex and gets better as it warms. Very solid brew.

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Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Pours brilliant ebony crowned by a 2” light tan foam collar that provides excellent lace S: Chocolate, fruit, light prune, caramel, and some oak aromas. T: Very rich chocolate and light roast flavors seasoned with some prune, caramel and light espresso to coffee on the end. F: creamy, smooth medium full body, medium to medium low carbonation O: A very mellow yet luscious Baltic Porter.

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Photo of shadwow13
4.13/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Uinta Sea Legs (Crooked Line Series)
Baltic Porter
Beer poured into Nonic-Pint Glass
750ml bottle
8% ABV 60 IBU

Appearance -4 /5
This Porter is Opaque Black with a two inch thick foamy tan head made up of tiny small bubbles. The head dissipated very fast and left very little lacing behind.

Smell - 4/5
I detected a semi sweet chocolaty-roasted malt smell with just a smidge of bourbon.

Taste – 4.25/5
There are roasted malt flavors and chocolate tones which are accented by the bourbon barrel that it was stored in for 12 months. I detected a slight vanilla flavor as well as a hint of molasses.

Mouth Feel – 4.25/5
This medium-bodied brew has a mild bitterness, fused with complex roasted malts and of course a well hidden ABV. This Baltic Porter leaves a slightly bitter syrupy film on the tongue and lips.

Overall -4 /5
This is my third experience with a Baltic Porter. I enjoyed Seventh Son’s Ragana Yaga so much that I will buy it again whenever I find it. Flying Dog’s Baltic Porter was very good but not a beer I’d chase after. Uinta’s Sea Legs falls somewhere between these two other Baltics. While it is not as impressive as the Ragana Yaga the Sea Legs is very complex, flavorful and worthy of an attempt. In my opinion this Baltic Porter fell just short of its overall potential.

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Photo of do_ob
4.17/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle dated 10/24/13. 750 mL.

Poured into a tulip. Pours a murky, muddy, and viscous brown, an settles absoloutely black in the glass. One of the darkest beers I've had, I think. 1.5 fingers of mocha-colored foam reside atop this container of spent oil. Surprisingly not a strong aroma, but very pleasant. Chocolate, roasted malt, raspberries and other dark fruit, cocoa, and cherries on the nose. Only a slight hint of bourbon initially, but became much more pronounced as the beer warmed. Heavy weight with a silky, creamy mouthfeel as you'd expect from a big beer such as this. The aroma was deceivng, though, as there are pretty strong notes of bourbon right away upon tasting. Accompanying are sweet cherries, raspberries, big bold chocolate, and delicious roasty malts. This is one of those beers that you can guess what it's going to taste like to a tee just by going off the aroma. Not a bad thing, by the way. Finishes smooth and leaves a choclatey bourbon aftertaste in its wake.

Overall, not bad at all. While there are notable bourbon flavors in this beer, there is absoloutely zero booziness. Not a trace of alcohol to be found, which was a nice change of pace for a BBA beer. I'm a fan of coffee and oatmeal stouts, and I feel like this beer would benefit from a little more coffee flavoring. As it is, it's incredibly sweet with dark fruit. For anyone who's had Founders Big Lushious, this beer is reminiscent of that. Almost like a BBA version - big chocolate, big dark fruit - only with bourbon added to the mix. A good beer, no doubt. I felt that it didn't quite reach its full potential, though.

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Photo of crob3888
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look: Pours a thick black with a smaller, dark beige head
Smell: Slight vanilla sweetness, lots of roast malts and dark fruits
Taste: Caramel sweetness balanced by roasted malts and raisins
Feel: Very smooth, good carbonation level. Not as thick as I'd expected.
Overall: A good value, picked this up for $8 at Trader Joes and was pleasantly surprised.

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Photo of TH28
4.23/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

On draft. Appearance: deep brown and opaque, nearly black, with a moderate light brown foam head. Aroma: Pleasant mix of chocolate, vanilla, dark cherries, and a light roasted coffee. Taste: Deep, rich toasty chocolate, molasses, and vanilla up front, giving way to a pleasantly light roast character and sharp but not overpowering hop bitterness. Mouthfeel: Moderate body, with light carbonation, and a warming alcohol bite on the back end. Finish: Bitterness and roast helps balance the strong sweetness of this beer, with a lingering chocolate and roast character. Overall: Really pleasantly surprised that the bourbon barrel aging added complimentary flavors instead of overpowering. Vanilla flavors help balance the chocolate and roast. Chocolate malt dominates the flavor profile as it should. Walks a fine line compared to an imperial stout, but this fits the style. Well done.

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Photo of Reedbrew
4.15/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I hadn't Heard anything about this beer before trying and so had no real expectations. I also don't have much experience with Baltic Porter's specifically. I was very pleasantly surprised the flavor is excellent; it's very smooth & well blended. Coffee, chocolate, oak and vanilla flavors predominate.

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Photo of mikeg67
4.06/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle. Pours dark brown with tall, creamy, beige head and nice lacing. Aroma is of chocolate malt, dark fruit, bread crust and brown sugar. Body is full and smooth. Taste is of plums, toasted malt, coffee, brown sugar, dark fruit and some hops. Finish is long and dry. Very nice brew.

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Photo of woemad
3.59/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

750mL corked & caged bottle purchased at the Spokane Valley Total Wine for $12.99.
Bottled in October, 2013 per the label.

Drank this with some friends the other night. Unable to do a proper review.

The gist: Not terribly impressed. It looked fine enough, but it was a bit one-dimensional. Sweet, chocolate flavor combined with some chalky bitterness. I was hoping for more complexity. Not worth the price in my opinion. Maybe it was for the sheer size rather than any real greatness of taste. I was much more impressed with the Global Mutt from Wander, courtesy of beertunes.

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.96/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a finger of tan head on a black body.
The aroma is roasted malt, vanilla, oak and honey.
The taste has mild coffee and pine bitterness throughout, roasted malt and chocolate sweetness.
The texture is thick with low carbonation.
Nice and enjoyable.

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Photo of Franziskaner
3.94/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black in color and barely penetrable to light. There's a fingernail of beige head around the rim and covering the vast majority of the top of the beer. Nice lacing on the glass. I smell dark malt with just a hit of bitter roasted barley. The flavor reveals a judicious amount of smoked dark malt with a hint of bitterness, but that is offset by the sweet bourbon. The balance is really dialed in. The mouth is silky smooth and creamy.

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Photo of Tone
3.61/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a black color. 3/4 inch head of a tan color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of sweet malt, roasted malt, alcohol, hops, slight yeast, and a hint of tart. Fits the style of a Baltic Porter. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of roasted malt, sweet malt, alcohol, hops, hint of yeast, and slight tartness. Overall, good appearance, average aroma and body, (but too much roasted malt and not enough tartness), and average feel.

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Photo of Treyliff
3.84/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap

A- pours pitch black with a creamy khaki colored head that retains Lon after the pour, leaving some nice lacing behind

S- lots of oak and bourbon barrel on the notes with hints of vanilla and caramel. Dark chocolate malt undertones with more oak

T- lots of dark raisin flavor up front mixes with chocolate malt, oaky vanilla bourbon barrel kicks in mid-palate with some vanilla notes, dark fruits continue into the close with more oak barrel on the linger

M- medium body with low carbonation leads to a slightly foamy mouthfeel and a smooth finish

O- lots of raisin/fig sweetness mixed with big barrel notes. I have to wonder if this is an older keg, as the beers has a stake taste that I've experienced from BA beers that sit too long after bottling

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Photo of craftbeersweden
4.23/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottled on nov 13 - 2013.
Aged in Bourbon Barrels for nearly 12 months and then bottled conditioned until today. ABV: 8%
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Very dark brown beer with a huge three finger high, beigebrown head that leaves lacing on the glass.

Nose: Vanilla, oak, bourbon, coffee, whipped cream, honey, dark bread and roasted malt. It's a complex, beatiful nose!
Taste: Coffee, roasted malt, smoke, bourbon, dried fruit, red berries, a hint of licorice, molasses, pine and caramel.
Body: Correct me if I'm wrong but I think a Baltic Porter should have almoust a "thin" body and that's exacly what this beer has! Medium to light body with high carbonation. Beatiful complex texture. A little smokey feeling. Long, dry aftertaste with medium bitterness that works great with the sweet, malty taste. The ABV of 8% is very well hidden.

Beatiuful, outstanding beer! I'm absolutely in love!

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.77/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Emboldened porter strength wrapped in a bourbony cocoon- the irony in "Sea Legs" is that this is the beer to get you off of your feet, rather than to get them under you.

Uinta's latest installment greets the eye with the darkest of bark brown hues, easily mistaken for stout. A tall swath of foam billows upward and entice the nose with chocolate, char, campfire, coffee and pepper while the first sip draws on booze soaked caramel, toffee and smoky chocolate.

As the palate unfolds, the saturation of deep coffee, roasted nuts and seared sweetness provide a heavily toasted taste that stops just shy of stout once again. Slight fruitiness of grape and fresh-cracked peppercorn play delicately on the middle, just ahead of the finish.

Its full body is lightened considerably by the ample carbonation to keep the ale creamy and aloft. Stern alcohol warmth amplifies the spiciness of the porter and highlights its oaky tannins and sultry bourbon caramels and vanillans.

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Photo of barczar
3.83/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Lots of cocoa,a touch of soap and floral hops, roasty malt, and a hint of fruit in aroma.

Flavor is leather, cocoa, toasted malt, butter, and a roasty, lightly bitter. Fairly boozy. That damn diacetyl comes back too prevalently.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.04/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

thanks to Rob for sharing this 2012 vintage with me enjoyed chilled in a tulip.

The color is black, opaque with medium tan head with lace that sticks in spots and fine bead. The smell has a cocoa and brine quality with light toasted grain and raisin-like dried fruit scent. Mouthfeel is good with medium char level with light sweetness and slight bitter middle with gentle toasted texture and mild alcohol in the semi-dry finish.

The taste is very good with semi-burnt sugar flavor and dark toasted grain with slight mineral aspect in the yeast with slight caramel taste mid palate and gentle woody accent adding to the complexity with a mostly dry finish in general. Easy to quaff overall I really enjoyed this take on the style with wonderfully tasty profile with not too much barrel character, yet 3 years has given this a smoothness and made it highly drinkable.

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Sea Legs Baltic Porter from Uinta Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 101 ratings.