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Sea Legs Baltic Porter - Uinta Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

92 Reviews
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Reviews: 92
Hads: 459
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 6.8%
Wants: 33
Gots: 92 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
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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Reviews: 92 | Hads: 459
Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
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. (394 characters)

Photo of shadwow13
4.13/5  rDev +0.2%
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. (1,317 characters)

Photo of do_ob
4.17/5  rDev +1.2%
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. (1,617 characters)

Photo of crob3888
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
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. (352 characters)

Photo of TH28
4.23/5  rDev +2.7%
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. (884 characters)

Photo of Reedbrew
4.15/5  rDev +0.7%
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. (302 characters)

Photo of mikeg67
4.06/5  rDev -1.5%
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. (297 characters)

Photo of woemad
3.59/5  rDev -12.9%
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 Fatehunter
3.96/5  rDev -3.9%
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)

Photo of Franziskaner
3.94/5  rDev -4.4%
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 Tone
3.61/5  rDev -12.4%
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 Treyliff
3.84/5  rDev -6.8%
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 craftbeersweden
4.23/5  rDev +2.7%
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! (882 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
3.77/5  rDev -8.5%
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 barczar
3.83/5  rDev -7%
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 Slatetank
4.04/5  rDev -1.9%
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. (869 characters)

Photo of HalfFull
3.85/5  rDev -6.6%
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 Matonika
4.17/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Look:almost jet black. smell: vanilla, chocolate, roasted malts. Taste: roasted coffee, light oak, semi sweet chocolate. Feel full body great carrbonation smooth texture. Great trader Joe's beer this is great. (210 characters)

Photo of BenwayPHD
4.79/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Pours a pitch black with a thick, frothy tan head. The nose is fantastic. Chocolate, roasted barley, nutmeg, anise, coffee, vanilla, toffee. The flavor pretty much follows the nose with an emphasis on the roasty notes. There is a good amount of sweetness present. The bitterness closes the show very elegantly. I can't believe how full and creamy the mouthfeel is considering the abv is only 8%. This is truly an outstanding beer. (431 characters)

Photo of KYGunner
3.84/5  rDev -6.8%
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 mrmaps
4.6/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Look: Dark, what else?
Smell: Malty, dark chocolate, residual sweetness, wood, booze from the barrel
Taste: Great dark malt, dark chocolate, residual flavor from the barrel aging. Nice clean finish on the hops. Good balance between hops, sugar and barrel lingers and play with each other:
Feel: A bit thin because the sugars or played out so it doesn't stick to the mouth. Good carbonation balance. Low acid.
Overall: Excellent beer with a near perfect blend of hops, residual sugar and alcohol content. Complex yet highly drinkable. Perfect for sipping over a long time. The alcohol content is high but not off the charts and nearly completely disguised. It is an imperial, but is not overwhelming. A bit pricey, but worth it. Get this one if you can find it. (773 characters)

Photo of BeerAdvocate
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From BeerAdvocate Magazine #73 (Feb 2013):

Great execution with the barrel aging and a hell of a job with brewing a robust Baltic Porter. Very balanced which is great to see with any beer that is aged in booze barrels, nothing is lost but all is complemented. Any worth beer geek should seek a bottle or two of this out.

STYLE: Baltic Porter
ABV: 8.0%
AVAILABILITY: Rotating

LOOK: Darkness, showy lacing

SMELL: Creamy, brown sugar, faint sherry, wood, charcoal, dark chocolate, black currants, light booziness

TASTE: Full-ish body, creamy, woody, mild vanilla, hint of bourbon, unsweetened dark chocolate, charred wood, dark fruit, warming, brown bread, semi-dry woody finish (680 characters)

Photo of Benish
4.17/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 11/03/14.

Appearance: Poured into snifter glass. Brown color while pouring; in glass its like black licorice in color. Very thick 2 inch off-white head. As it slowly dissipated, lacings were all around the glass.

Smell: No bourbon. Maybe plain oak barrels? Predominantly malt with coffee with a little bit of floral hop notes.

Taste: bitter instantly and throughout - very woodsy and earthy. Like dark unsweetend baking chocolate. Its quiet a contrast to the smell. Regardless, the bitterness keep wanting me to take another drink after another. Very subtle malt following through.

Mouthfeel: thin mouthfeel (their Labyrinth is their exception - super creamy and thick!)

Overall: it's a great Baltic Porter. As I recall, this is probably only a few of the Baltic Porters I tried. I can't help but find a lot of similarities between this and black IPAs with the exception for the richness Sea Legs offer. Very tasty beer! And as far as I know, this beer is seasonal, not only brewed once as stated on this website. (1,032 characters)

Photo of bruachan
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

well, it's dark looking. nice thin layer of variegated film: sudsy punctuated by a paisley of tightfoam spots. some lacing for sure

very oaky and vanilla aroma. some blackenedness, though minimal sweetness.

very oaky flavor, though not harsh. the mouthfeel is soft and airy. limited kilning astringency. hop flavor up front: woody and blackcurrant (350 characters)

Photo of travolta
4/5  rDev -2.9%

Appearance: pitch black with a khaki head that settles nicely. A bit rocky and foamy. Lacing is nice and clings for a long time.

Nose: Dark malt, chocolate, bourbon.

Taste: Dark fruit, wood, cocoa, bourbon. Nice mouthfeel for the style Carbonation is spot on.

Notes: It hides it's alcohol extremely well. (318 characters)

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Sea Legs Baltic Porter from Uinta Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 92 ratings.