Sea Legs Baltic Porter - Uinta Brewing Company

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Reviews: 90
Hads: 455
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 6.81%
Wants: 33
Gots: 89 | FT: 3
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Uinta Brewing Company visit their website
Utah, United States

Style | ABV
Baltic Porter |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: RedneckBeerz on 12-25-2012

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.
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Photo of BB1313
3.41/5  rDev -17%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bottled on 12/4/12. 750ml corked & cages bottle poured into a snifter. Pours black with some subtle brown hues; huge fluffy khaki head that fades extremely slow and leaves great lacing and retention. The aromas full of cocoa malts. There's milk chocolate with subtle hints of vanilla. The oak aspects are pretty subtle. The lack of oak might possibly be due to age because I've had other fresh oak-aged beer from Uinita and the oak was extremely harsh. Flavors are pretty dry and roasty. There's also hints of black coffee. Subtle bitterness. Alcohol goes unnoticed. Mouthfeel is full-bodied with active carbonation. It's a nice beer to sip on and relax with.

Solid stuff. I would've liked to try this one fresher, but it seemed to age alright. It's definitely a porter and will not be confused with a stout. Nice craftsmanship with this one. (843 characters)

Photo of mactrail
3.57/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Quite attractive dark chestnut brown color with lots of beige head. I finally get to use my Crooked Line slender tulip on a new beer. Appealing malty, roasty aroma. Just a whiff of plastic detracts from the nose.

Rather nice mouthfeel, on the creamier side. Some chocolate and winey flavors. Dark roast malt in every shade of black. Slightly sweet, and some nutty flavors. Some woody flavor that is hard to place seems to account for the oak. Bitter twang for the ending with a charred edge. Some bitterish fruit like currants, pomegranate, pear skins. Interesting example of the style.

From the 500 ml corked bottle bought at Bine and Vine in San Diego.

12/18/2013 update: On tap at Tiger Tiger. Not so tasty as I remember. A hint of plastic. Woody. (754 characters)

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. (578 characters)

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. (485 characters)

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

A.Black with a thin dark brown head.

S.Chocolate, Coco, Oak, and a hint of Vanilla.

T.Not bad but definitely not what I was expecting. There's more coffee and hops than chocolate. Though there's vanilla this beer is far for sweet.

M.Thinner than most porters. I can use a little more smoothness.

Overall not a bad porter but has more of a stout feel to it. (362 characters)

Photo of agomega
3.68/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle served in a tulip glass.

Appearance: Deep opaque black, with a caramel colored head that dissipates to a thin foam covering on top of the beer. Slight lacing, but most of the head stays on top of the beer.

Smell: Chocolate, Vanilla, Licorice, and hints from the oak barrels in which it was aged.

Taste: The overall taste is very light and balanced - definitely not a flavor bomb like an imperial stout. Notes of chocolate, licorice, vanilla and oak, with a very subtle astringency coming from the oak (perhaps due to the rye whiskey).

Mouthfeel: Thin to medium mouthfeel. Very smooth drinking for such a big beer. Could easily finish the whole bottle.

Overall: A very smooth and refined beer, great for a light desert sipping beer. (743 characters)

Photo of Zorro
3.7/5  rDev -10%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Black colored beer with a tall brown colored head, very dark for the style.

Smells strongly of patent malt with a big coffee aroma. Mild berry aroma. Fainter licorice and a slight carrot scent.

Starts out mildly sweet with a bittersweet chocolate after taste with a long lasting finish. Berry flavor under all the coffee. Slight smoke this is very much a chocolate and coffee flavored beer.

Mouthfeel is good.

Overall a strong Milk Stout flavor wise. Pretty much a bittersweet ale. (486 characters)

Photo of brureview
3.73/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured in a tulip, the beer is an intensely dark chocolate with a three finger head.

Light vanilla wafts from the head.

The mouth feel is very carbonated. There is a tingling tartness.

The taste is hoppy, chocolate and light vanilla. With warming, there is more maltiness,
smoothness, but the hoppiness masks the chocolate.

I was a bit disappointed by the beer. I expected a richer chocolate, and a smoother taste with vanilla. I switched glasses for a difference. The stein produced a smoother, more malty taste, but the pronounced tang remained. (551 characters)

Photo of hops202
3.75/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

750ml poured into a Stone Snifter. Bottled on 11/11/13/.

Looks close to BBA when stout when poured with just a slight bit thinner texture. Nothing to amazing here with the smell. Same with the taste - seems like somthing is lacking. Very subtle hints of vanilla, almost no bourbon and barrel, some char and roast. (315 characters)

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. (970 characters)

Photo of Bung
3.78/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml. Nice looking black pour, nearly a finger of tanish head. Retained pretty well. Looks like there might be a high level of carbonation to this...

Aroma, some roast malt, dark chocolate and a woody note. The nose is not real strong.

Taste, roast malt, dark chocolate and woody cocoa. Oak is nice in the finish. Some coffee/anise. Just a little bit thin throughout.

Mid bodied, carbonation a tick too high to feel creamy. Very easy to drink. Just seemed a little thin, maybe still a bit too fresh.

Lack of boldness in any way is the only thing holding this back from the upper eschelon. So far my least favorite of the crooked line, which have all been excellent. (670 characters)

Photo of artoolemomo
3.79/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance- Received with a good amount of head (almost two inches) which looks to have excellent retention. The head is medium but dirty beige while the body is pretty much an opaque, dark chocolate black that shows the faintest sliver of garnet/burgundy when held up to the light. Lacing is pretty much sheeting.

Nose- Not much at the moment. Subtle notes of chocolate and cocoa. Perhaps a little bit of milk and cream. Needs to warm up a little bit. Chocolate and cocoa show themselves a little bit more with a little bit of a bubblegum note. Slight roasted malts that have a small suggestion of coffee. Swirling gives the roasted malts a little more presence.

Taste- Very reflective of the nose with notes of bittersweet chocolate, cocoa, and roasted malts. The barrel aging is slightly noticeable- there is some oak and a touch of vanilla but it is mostly oak. Some woody bitterness that is not only from the oak. Not exactly pine and resin but not oak either. Not exactly the complexity you expect from a bourbon barrel aged beer but it is pretty solid. Pretty much just a good beer, no real suggestion in either direction. Good presence with equal integration and balance. Roasted malts start to come out more and more while the barrel aged notes slim. Touches of fruit esters start to come out- light touch of cherry and raisin. This definitely shows a little more complexity as it opens up.

Mouthfeel- Between medium to heavy bodied with a good amount of carbonation that doesn't disrupt the mouthfeel. Some smoothness and creaminess despite it. Solid structure to a pretty solid beer.

Drinkability- Pretty easygoing. Not exactly the most complex Baltic Porter (I think I've had better luck with ones from the region) but it is solid. 6 dollars a pint is pretty solid for an 8% dark beer which qualifies it as “Bigger and Badder”. I'm at Belmont Station's Bigger, Badder Beer week.

Overall- Good, solid beer. Doesn't deviate too much from a standard Baltic Porter. It should perhaps be a little sweeter but that aspect does begin to show itself and gives this beer a little more complexity. Worth a try but if the tap price is reflective of the bottle price, I could understand passing on it. (2,214 characters)

Photo of argock
3.8/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a corked 750 ml brown bottle into a clear glass snifter. Bottled on 10/24/13 stamped on label. Purchased at Wine Warehouse (Charlottesville, VA).

A: Chestnut brown with thick, frothy 2-finger beige, big-bubbled head with good retention and scrappy lacing.

S: A very woody, slightly sour aroma, not unpleasant, with dark fruitiness of fig and raisin and a bit of a smoky quality as well. It has a bit of soda-like aroma as well.

T: The flavor is also kind of old ale-ish with a bit more maltiness than in the nose with some fig and dark crystal malt and a fair amount of wood aged character. Not a bitter beer, but definitely has a bitter edge in the finish. No real roast but pretty musty and leathery overall. There's a little molasses-licorice note as well. I don't detect any yeast or alcohol components in the flavor. A very subdued, subtle beer that would probably go great with a cigar or pipe for its earthy, musty, sour-ish character.

M: Extremely light and creamy with even carbonation that belies its bottle-conditioning. Moderately dry despite its ABV which is a pretty excellent accomplishment.

O: A pretty interesting, complex, subtle beer that opens up a bit more with warming but doesn't have a signature flavor or aroma. It has a woody, oaky note that is pretty strong and adds a slight sourness and smokiness to the beer, but it works pretty well with the musty, molasses, understated dark malt quality. Definitely not a dull beer and probably merits revisiting after a year or two of aging. (1,525 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.83/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Beachwood BBQ & Brewing in Long Beach, CA.

Pours an opaque black with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, cookie dough, bourbon, and wood aromas. Taste is much the same with bourbon, dark fruit, and cocoa flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of roasty and woody bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that has a slightly better barrel aged presence in the smell. (627 characters)

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. (229 characters)

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 (767 characters)

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

This poured with a bit more carbonation than expected but it hollowed to a thick froth that left intense lacing.

The nose presents roasted chocolate malts, dry coffee bean, sweet vanilla and a graininess toasted malt.

The flavors are a bit muted with very little barrel but I get significant chocolate malts. At times I catch a bit of vanilla bean or cream, some roasted coffee and a touch of smoky ember.

This is an enjoyable beer but I expected a bit more barrel characteristics as supposedly it's 12 months in a barrel. (525 characters)

Photo of HalfFull
3.85/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Corked and caged 750 ml poured into a large wine glass after a bit of a struggle to remove the cork. Finally a pop gives me relief as I had flat beer on my mind. Pours black with deep ruby highlights and with an inch or so or resilient tan foam. In fact it drinks like a nitro. infused beer

Aroma of sporadic roast notes amid a prevalance of vanilla and spice. No real barrel influence aside from perhaps some vanilla contribution on the nose initially, adding a bit with warming. The taste however does indeed bring forth more obvious barrel notes from the get go, with a touch of bourbon and some charred oak flavors. Also offers some pleasant roasted character and a hint of dark cherry, yet finishes rather dry and lightly bitter. ABV is well hidden well into full warming temps. Subtle yet complex on the tongue.

Feel varies through the temperature spectrum but is solid through and through yet a bit too dry to really kill it here. Overall an enjoyable brew limited only by it's dry smokiness in that a less robust yeast might raise the bar notably. Warming outgasses most vanilla and barrel notes on the aroma and to a lesser degree on the taste...

Note: Bottled 11/07/2014 (1,194 characters)

Photo of jlindros
3.86/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a huge mocha colored creamy rich 2 finger head, fades slowly with nice soapy lacing, super dark pitch black beer, big pillowy head.

Nose nice, creamy dark malts, pillowy fluffy malts, nougat, some cocoa and dark chocolate, light dusty wood shelf and esters, but also a bit of a too much dank wood dust yeasty bready thing going on. Light vanilla and hint of booze in there. Some booze esters and cocoa powder coming more as it warms.

Taste brings a nice dark malt, similar to Labyrinth at first, little creamy rich dark malts, fluffy nougat, little caramel, chewy oats, etc. Then chocolate, cocoa powder and hint of charred malt. Barrel is there too, not a lot bit a little vanilla and light dank dusty shelf. A bit yeasty too as the yeast seems a little overrun, and esters from the wood and yeast don't help. Booze is warming and a little tingly. Finish is still a bit sweet but drier, some earthy bitter hops come out on the finish, bit more cocoa and dusty barrel lingering. Big creamy cocoa late too.

Mouth is fuller bodied, rich and creamy, lots of fluffy carb maybe too much, and too thick creamy body for a typical baltic porter.

Overall mixed. It has some great parts, but also off points, maybe the yeast in the bottle went too far, but if it wasn't for that yeasty and dank wood esters out would be quite nice. (1,331 characters)

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.92/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

750ml bottle - $12.99 at Bullock's Wine & Spirits in Marietta, Georgia.

Bottled On: 11/21/12.

Appearance: Pours an onyx black body with an initially tall, tan head, though it collapses fairly soon.

Smell: Fudge, carob chips, flecks of charred malt. Then, some vanilla and oak from the barrel. Light, leafy touch from the hops. Hint of foiled dark fruits, a bit of musty, funkiness cut from razor thin sniffs of alcohol.

Taste: Bittersweet chocolate, carob, and some slightly burnt malt hinting at espresso start. Medium-light sweetness. Slight, somewhat subtle vanilla and oaken elements from the barrel treatment. There's a very, very light but noticeable funkiness for me, giving it a faintly sourish backing. Soiled dark fruitiness. Mild hop character, very low bitterness. Warming, chary, chocolaty finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium-plus carbonation, initially. Smooth, as it glides across the tongue, but there's ample suds all the same (initially, at least).

Overall: A decent sipper. I think I like it. I think? (1,034 characters)

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. (442 characters)

Photo of cindyjeffsmith
3.95/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

appearance: Beautiful darkest of browns. Very little light getting through this. Slight dark red highlights when held to light.
smell: Smoky vanilla and chocolate. The barrel aging adds a fairly subtle but detectible sumpin extra.
taste: Quite good though not as rich as the nose promises.
overall: Another nice addition to the crooked line series. (348 characters)

Photo of ryan1788a5
3.95/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

750ml bottle poured into a large snifter.

A: Deep brown on the pour, very close to black. an inch and a half of tan head retain very well. Lacing patterns the glass in thin rings and small spots.

S: Chocolate truffles and black cocoa powder, hints of smoke and jerky, slight pepper, plum and cherry esters, and a subtle toasted oak backing with an accompanying vanilla note.

T: Fudge and German chocolate cake. Cola. Undercurrent of caramel and molasses. Woody and smokey, turns a bit acrid. Black cherry and plum darkfruit. Very subtle noted of toasted oak and vanilla. Slight peppery alcohol. Finishes smokey and a touch acrid with a slight drying oak presence.

M: Medium-thick body. Very creamy and a bit airy, it seems lighter than it is. Moderate prickling carbonation helps to lift and scrub.

O: Uinta's barrel aged beers tend to take the 'less is more' approach, and this one is no exception. A very subtle incorporation of the barrel means that the wood takes on a strictly complementary role. Nice balance and restraint displayed here, and the beer benefits from it. (1,081 characters)

Photo of biboergosum
3.96/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

750ml, caged and corked Burgundian bottle. Thanks be to doktorzee for grabbing this for me in Vegas last month. Nice to see my workout today is wrestling the cork out of this one, sheesh.

This beer pours a pretty solid ebony, with prominent basal cherry cola highlights, and a roiling tower of frothy, foamy, and rocky tan head, which leaves a thorough array of chunky chain-link fence lace around the glass as it slowly settles to an attractive whipped-cream cap.

It smells of bittersweet chocolate, roasted bready caramel, sour milk-laced coffee, natural vanilla, candied sugar floss, a bit of barrel stave wooden astringency, Nordic black licorice, and earthy, leafy, and slightly perfumed hops. The taste is really bittersweet cocoa and lactic acid-heavy medium-roast chain restaurant coffee, a more Twizzlers-friendly licorice character, gritty toasted caramel malt, reserved vanillan oak barrel notes, a removed Bourbon booziness, middling wet tobacco, dry black fruit - think stale fig Newtons and that bag of raisins that your wife forgot to seal back up - and more understated earthy, leafy hops.

The bubbles are a bit frizzy up front, but settle to a dull hum soon enough, the body a bit on the light side of medium weight, and rather tight in its seemingly unassailed smoothness. It all finishes off-dry, the lingering chocolate, caramel malt, and milky essences not yet devoid of sweetness, despite the continuing onslaught of coffee, bare wood, and alcohol.

This seems to be what happens when you drop a porter into some American whiskey barrels - the base beer's robust (I'm assuming, here) attributes, while not exactly disappearing, still have to endure a large dose of the ol' thinning barrel treatment. Yeah, that's the flipside of the whiskey-cask aging coin - if the big caramel, vanilla, and oak woodiness don't honour their paychecks by doing their song and dance, we're left in a fix. Not a bad thing, per se, but a reduced one, all the same. (1,969 characters)

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. (254 characters)

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Sea Legs Baltic Porter from Uinta Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 90 ratings.