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Sea Legs Baltic Porter - Uinta Brewing Company

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95 Reviews

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Reviews: 95
Hads: 477
Avg: 4.1
pDev: 18.78%
Wants: 36
Gots: 98 | 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: 95 | Hads: 477
Photo of Benish
4.17/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

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Photo of bruachan
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

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

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Photo of travolta
4/5  rDev -2.4%

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.

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Photo of Brutaltruth
4/5  rDev -2.4%

A most interesting porter from Utah?!?! Pours from the big ol' bottle with a thick rich tan
head of foam and a luxurious dark brown to deep cola hued color. Aroma of chocolate,
coffee, light whiskey, smoke, and rich malts. Flavor is excellent with deep varying layers
of caramel malts, chocolate, and coffee on the front and sides. A mild whiskey flavor comes
through on the back with a light smoky aftertaste. Smooth mouthfeel, velvety yet lightly
rugged around the edges makes this an interesting brew. Very nice.


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Photo of Jjski
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

A very good Baltic Porter. Most of Uinta Crooked is el fabulouso,, en fuego.

I think prior batches had more barrel, bourbon presence as now it is more in nose than taste. Balance, complexity, mouthfeel are great. If u think this is a stout : nope. Much lighter.

Grab The Labyrinth from Uinta for BA RIS taste explosion ....

IMHO: do not age this brew, it gains nothing and thins out after a year.

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Photo of utopiajane
4/5  rDev -2.4%

Pours the color of burnt caramel with a frothy head of khaki foam that’s creamy and lays itself on top of the beer. When the glass is not too full you can see cola colored hues and honey golds. Lace is shimmering like sea foam in the bright moonlight.

Nose is lush caramel and a fainter molasses. Coffee, chocolate and roasty malt. A sultry whiff of sweet bourbon and a bit of vanilla. The malt is earthy and fragrant. Some elusive dark fruits seem to flash and fade like twinkling stars but the one that lasts is a alight plum.

Taste is dry roasty malt with it’s sweet underpinnings. washes over the palate with a surprising milky sweetness. Strong bitter coffee, dry bittersweet chocolate, subtle vanilla and tempting bourbon. There is a wood so light on this that it seems to be afloat, weightless on the beer. A slight warmth from alcohol as this one finishes crisp, dry, thinnish to the palate but with a medium mouthfeel and with some hop bitter to linger alongside all that smooth caramel.

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Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.02/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

In a snifter from a bomber.

A- light, foamy espresso head forms into a plateau, and lace is scattered everywhere. Pitch black body with zero clarity.

S- creamy sweet malt flavor, the trade mark Uinta floral hop aroma (smells similar to Dubhe), faint chocolate, earthy notes. Caramel.

T- dark bitter chocolate, caramel, a touch of floral hops, vanilla.

M- thin and viscous with a bitter bite and some minor booziness. The finish lingers bitterlike.

O- A good beer but I remember it being close to perfection on my first try. I guess my taste has changed or evolved.

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Photo of arizcards
4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Picked up a caged and corked 750 ml bottle from Total Wine for $11.99. Bottled on 141/04/13.

Beer poured dark brown with a near perfect tan head.

Nose has hints of mocha and whiskey.

Taste is dark chocolate, vanilla, and whiskey. The combo works well together.

Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied and very smooth.

Overall this brew has some great qualities! Porters tend to be thin bodied but this one has a nice viscous feel. The whiskey barrel is subtle and well played. The vanilla and chocolate added worked out pretty well. Nice brew, glad i had the opportunity to try!

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Photo of cvm4
3.96/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled Oct. 24, 2013

A - Pours very black for a porter and has a tan two finger head with great retention/lacing. One of the best looking porters I've seen in a while.

S - Has an aroma of bittersweet chocolate powder, milk lactose, brewed coffee, roasted malts and light vanilla. There's not a huge barrel presence on the nose, but the other aromas are very enticing.

T - Bittersweet milk chocolate at first, coffee and lactic acid begin the journey. Midway it's all roasted malts and at the end there is light barrel notes along with vanilla and brown sugar.

M - Light to medium bodied with medium fizzy carbonation. It's a very smooth bodied beer with a wet finish.

O - It's a well done beer. The base beer shines through all while letting the barrel treatment come forth, but not take over completely.

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Photo of KTCamm
4.06/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap at Morris Tap and Grill in NJ. 1/18

Pours dark black, light tan foam. Top layer. Creamy chocolate and vanilla nose. Coffee too. Smooth creamy layered taste. Very even. Modest, if any, bitter. Subtle bourbon taste at the close. Alcohol picks up steam. Light cream. Good.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.96/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

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Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured an almost black body with gushing head that dies quick with an aroma of roasted malts that have a hint of chocolate. The beer is smooth and a little oaky with the vanilla coming in real good and sweet, minimal bourbon notes and chocolate that are balanced with roasted (not smoked) malts and there is a slight slickness to the beer. ABV hidden and this is an easy sipper that hits the spot.

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Photo of hops202
3.75/5  rDev -8.5%
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.

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Photo of Wasatch
4.18/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750ml Bottle
Bottled On: 11/04/13

Pours a very nice dark brown/black color, very nice carbonation, with a really awesome thick creamy two-finger plus light tan head, which leaves some very nice thick sticky lacing behind. The nose is malty, slightly smokey/roasty notes, slight vanilla, chocolate, toffee. The taste is very nice as well, malty, slightly smokey/roasty with lots of dark stuff. Medium body. Overall a very nice brew, glad I finally got a chance to check it out.

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Photo of Zorro
3.7/5  rDev -9.8%
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.

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Photo of falloutsnow
4.28/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From: Binny's, Champaign, IL
Date: Bottled 2012-11-17
Glass: US pint glass

Unsure if this is a lager or not, but if not, Uinta has done a very remarkable job mimicking one from ale yeast. The aromas and flavors are of very tasty smoothed-out cocoa, roasted coffee beans, burnt toast, and dark caramel sweetness with minor characters of marshmallow, vanilla, oak, anise, and ethanol. I would definitely pick this one up again if seen.

Pours a 2cm tall head of dark tan to light brown foam, made up of small-sized bubbles that yield a frothy appearance, which fades in about a minute and a half to a thick ring around the perimeter of the glass. Lacing is good, with some patches of patterns and lines/dots clinging to the walls of the glass. Body is a very dark brown to black color, light bringing out no change to the hues. Carbonation not visible through the opaque body or along the sides of the glass.

Aroma of smooth, dark roasted malt yielding some coffee beans and cocoa, with vanilla, marshmallow, and slight anise to ethanol.

Flavors of oak, vanilla, moderate to mild roasted malt with some dark caramel sweetness in the background. Front of palate tastes sweet chocolate, dark roasted coffee beans, vanilla, slightly burnt toast with a heavy backing caramel sweetness, and a touch of toasted marshmallow. Mid-palate of marshmallow, smooth and sweet cocoa, roasted coffee beans, dark caramel-like sweetness, subtle charred toast, oak, vanilla, anise, and ethanol. Back of palate tastes burnt toast and grains, ethanol, smooth cocoa and dark chocolate, roasted coffee beans, a touch of toasted marshmallow. Aftertaste of light roasted malt contributing a touch of smooth burnt toast, mild cocoa, burnt caramel, and modest ethanol.

Beer is medium-heavy in body, with carbonation of medium-low intensity, resulting in a lightly foamy (3/10) and otherwise smooth (7/10) mouthfeel that is very soft and suitable for a higher ethanol-content beer, and within expectations for the style. Ethanol is generally well-hidden, with a subtle burn on the throat and light heat in the nostrils. Closes dry, with moderate stickiness clinging to the palate.

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Photo of SawDog505
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a 13 oz tulip, bottled in November of 2013 and 8.7% ABV. Pours a very dark brown with a two inch light kaki head, that leaves behind plenty of lace.

Smell is dark chocolate, bourbon, vanilla, tobacco, leather, and a sweet smokey flavor.

Taste is all that, starts with Bourbon, dark chocolate, and smoke and finishes with a dry tobacco and vanilla finish.

Body is medium, with nice carbonation, dry, and goes down easy for a sipper.

This was nice, will stash some in the cellar and see how they develop.

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Photo of reebtaerG
4.17/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Had on tap at Lures on 2/21/14

A-Pour was a deep dark brown/near black with a tan ring for a head.

S-Nice aroma with vanilla, chocolate and a very light bourbon note.

T-Taste was very good. The bourbon came out a little stronger playing well with the wood and vanilla. Roasted malt and milk chocolate were in the background. Very complex beer and not cloying or overly sweet.

M-Medium body with a creamy feel and low carbonation.

O-Was surprised to see this beer was 8%. Hides alcohol beautifully. Light carbonation round this beer. out. Even more delicious as it warms.

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Photo of MikeB1984
4.28/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I am normally not a big fan of Porters but i enjoyed this porter and it was poured in a tulip glass which is the perfect glass for a porter. You can smell the aroma the coffee and mocha. Full bodied taste, definitely not a beer you chug. Very nice sipping/enjoyable brew.

I recommend it to any beer enthusiast.

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Photo of Jsteez
4.67/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This fine brew was poured into a nonic pint glass.

The appearance was deep black; traces of brown highlights; thick and foamy brown cream head; excellent retention; thick and sticky lace around the entire glass. The lace never disappeared.

Smell-black coffee; smoked barley malt; toasted coffee beans; mocha goodness; figs; prunes and raisins. I could smell wood and perhaps some earthy notes from hops. Brown bread.

Taste-pretty similar to the nose. It was a great balance of sweet chocolate up front, with a bitter aftertaste from the hops. Smoky, toasty, roasty, and malty goodness. Black roasted coffee and mocha, along with figs and raisins. Alcohol was well-hidden. Such a complex beer, some tastes are hard to describe. Fire-roasted wood taste and some burnt brown bread.

Mouthfeel-full bodied; huge and chunky, yet light and fluffy. Creamy. Carbonation on the low side of medium.

Great sipping brew, but I can see how it is easy to just down it because the alcohol is so well-hidden. Loved every sip of this fine beer. Great for a cold February evening.

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Photo of BurgeoningBrewhead
4.67/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured into becker pint glass; jet black with an awesome brown head from an easy pour that doesn't fade at all, leaving nice lacing as it slowly descends.
Smells of big chocolate, coffee, booze, metallic malt. A big smell, delicious.
Tastes like big chocolate and coffee, slightly tart, very big and malty, dark bread. BIG taste.
Mouthfeel is HUGE, creamy and smooth.
`Overall, this is such a big beer I regret choosing it as the second beer for the evening. Big beer, big mouthfeel, damn.

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Photo of artoolemomo
3.79/5  rDev -7.6%
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.

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Photo of threeviews
4.71/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

750ml bottle poured into a 17oz 'Harpoon Limited Edition' embossed globe. Bottled On: 11/01/13

A- Although uncorking the bottle was met with little fanfare, a conservative pour yeilded a black-as-night brew with a substantial, 3-fingered mocha colored head. (Superb lacing left behind as it was consumed)

S- Despite being chocolate forward, pronounced aromas of vanilla, oak tannin and slight roasted notes are detectable. As the beer warms, the pungency in the aroma grows.

T- Bittersweet bakers chocolate at the front the tongue which slowly dries out and finishes with notes of coffee and tannins from the oak barrels

M- Light-to-Medium body. High carbonation helps to cleanse the palate and get ready for the next sip.

O- Uinta has yet to disappoint...Sea Legs is a very enjoyable and highly drinkable offering. Extremely well-balanced with the flavors from the dark malts and oak barrel aging. At 8%, the alcohol is completely hidden. Although the first batch of Sea Legs (ca. 2012/2013) was aged in bourbon barrels, the 2013/2014 batch is aged in virgin wooden vessels. For those who are fans of Uinta's Oak Jacked (one my favorites, ever), I am certain you would like this. Despite the description on the label, I did not get any hints of smoke in either the aroma or flavor. Great stuff and highly recommended.

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Photo of argock
3.8/5  rDev -7.3%
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.

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Photo of BB1313
3.41/5  rDev -16.8%
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.

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Sea Legs Baltic Porter from Uinta Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 95 ratings.