Sea Legs Baltic Porter - Uinta Brewing Company

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Sea Legs Baltic PorterSea Legs Baltic Porter

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

90 Reviews
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Reviews: 90
Hads: 455
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 6.81%
Wants: 33
Gots: 89 | FT: 3
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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: 90 | Hads: 455
Photo of dtivp
4.22/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep black , a one finger dark tan head with good retention and moderate lacing.

Aroma of dark roasted malt , strong coffee and hints of vanilla.

Taste, starts with dark roasted malt, bitter dark chocolate, dark roasted coffee and hints of oak. Some vanilla sneaks in at the end. As the beer warms to room temperature the oak and coffee are more dominant.

Mouth Feel is medium body, light carbonation, smooth drinking, alcohol is well masked and you are left with a slight stout like bitterness.

Overall this is a very well brewed Baltic Porter and I would hope to enjoy again. (589 characters)

Photo of DavoleBomb
4.48/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a perfect pint.

3.75 A: Black color. Three fingers of frothy light brown head. Retention is pretty good and a few whisps of lacing are left.

5.0 S: This has a world class nose. Powerful, complex, and well integrated. Moderate roastiness, but overall is quite sweet. Tons of tangy molasses with layers of chocolate and caramel. Hints of coffee and fig. I didn't list a lot of descriptors, but what I did list runs deep.

4.25 T: The taste is very good, but can't compare with the nose. Layers of chocolate and caramel, moderate roastiness. Fig and maybe some currant and prune fruitiness. Like the nose, molasses is the focus.

4.5 M: Heavier medium to heavy body. Good moderate carbonation. Creamy with a slippery velvet texture. Super smooth.

4.5 D: Really great brew. Buy it for the taste, love it for the nose. This reminds me a good deal of Marshal Zhukov, which I adore. (891 characters)

Photo of ngeunit1
4.16/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Dark black with a finger of frothy khaki-chocolate head. Fades fairly slowly.

S - Roasted chocolate and caramel malts, oak, vanilla, Bourbon, coffee, a bit of dark fruit, and a bit of booze.

T - Roasted chocolate and caramel malts, oak, vanilla, Bourbon, coffee, molasses, a bit of dark fruit, and a bit of booze.

M - Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth with a roasted, sweet, and warming finish.

D - Great barrel aged baltic porter. Good balance and mouthfeel. (486 characters)

Photo of Darkmagus82
4.11/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer is served a deep brown color with a one half inch tan head. The head has a good level of retention, slowly fading to leave lots of lacing on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma is heaviest of a roasted malt smell mixed with nice aromas of chocolate and coffee. Along with these darker aromas are some notes of a caramel sweetness mixed with a little bit of a vanilla and an oaky smell.

Taste – The taste begins with roasted malt taste mixed with some sweeter tastes of caramel and a bit of light vanilla upfront. A light chocolate flavor quickly comes to the tongue with an oaky taste soon following mid way through the taste. The caramel sweetness dwindles more toward the end with the overall flavor of the brew drying out a bit as some roasted coffee and a more dark chocolate like flavor grow stronger. In the end, the roasted characteristics of the brew stand out rather well, leaving a dry and roasty flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the brew is on the average side with a carbonation level that is rather average to slightly above average producing a very easy drinking brew, although it may possibly be a little light for accentuating the darker flavors of the brew.

Overall – A tasty and very easy drinking brew. There is almost no detectable alcohol taste even at 8 % abv. The nice roasted malt and drier finish of the brew make this one a quite delicious and a dangerous brew. Quite nice. (1,503 characters)

Photo of SeanGC
4.55/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle into a tulip glass

a - pours opaque, with some ruby highlights (minimum). dark, tan head that persists through the entire experience.

s - roasty, with some dark fruit character. hints of chocolate that is very complimentary. malt forward with no hop profile perceivable.

t - complex, as expected from a baltic porter. dark fruit accompanied by roasty character. malt forward, with no hops perceivable. some ethanol, but not offensive.

m - medium body, medium carbonation, warming, with minor astringency from roast profile.

o - exceptional beer. doesn't fall short of a baltic porter. slightly more roasty than i would have anticipated. however, doesn't bleed into the 'stout' realm, and is very enjoyable. rich with malt complexity. extremely enjoyable, and would definitely purchase again. (810 characters)

Photo of farrago
4.55/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Be careful as it pours a gargantuan head, easily fills half a pint glass with creamy dark brown foam, even mix of larger and denser tiny bubbles, fair amount of dimpling give how airy it is inside, better than average retention, same for the lacing, good thickness to the streaks and sticks well. The liquid is more black than brown, opaque enough to be a stout and with little hint of any orange or any true color. The nose has a natural feeling fullness to it but in no way heavy, the milk chocolate, cocoa powder and vanilla remains semi-sweet at most, Brazil nuts and cashews, some peaty smokiness but stays pure, keeps the toast on the down low, passing waft of flowers, any fruit scents stay muted, develops a sort of mineral water tang to keep the nostrils fresh. Medium-bodied, compact and polished, impeccable balance and completely devoid of ostentation. Chocolate, caramel, toffee and a hint of toasted coconut and scone, just the right amount of booziness from the wood. Again, has a peat, grass, earth side, here you get some cherry, apricot and peach fruit, more snap than sugar. Soft, refreshing and ultimately about as well-mannered as any guest you’d invite to your table. (1,191 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 drpimento
4.63/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Another fabulous beer from Uinta in their Crooked Line series. Poured this one at a good temperature with an enormous, foamy, thick, creamy, fluffy, tan head that settles so slowly and good lacing. Color is a barely translucent black brown. Aroma is a nice blend of roast, malt, cocoa, old leather, a small amounts of coffee, dark ripe fruit, tree bark, earth. Body is excellent but carbonation is a bit soft. Finish is like flavor, slightly boozy, easy drinking. (463 characters)

Photo of dbrauneis
3.99/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours an opaque but clear extremely dark brown in color (almost black) with some moderate amounts of visible carbonation and some dark amber highlights . The beer has a half finger tall light tan head that slowly reduces to a mottled very thin film covering the majority of the surface of the beer and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light to moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of dark roasted malts, chocolate, burnt coffee, vanilla, and oak.

T: Upfront there are some light to moderate flavors of dark roasted malts with some light to moderate notes of dark chocolate and burnt coffee. Very light hints of vanilla and oak. Just a hint of licorice and light to moderate amounts of bitterness which lingers slightly.

M: Slightly heavier than medium bodied with light to moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth.

O: There is a good amount of complexity. Well balanced, no single flavor really dominates and quite smooth. An excellent sipping beer and the alcohol is well hidden - I could really see this one sneaking up on me. (1,072 characters)

Photo of metter98
3.97/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: The beer is jet black in color. It poured with a thin beige head that died down, leaving some lacing on the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light aromas of of dark malts along with some hints of roasted malts.
T: The taste has a mix of flavors of coffee, licorice, dark malts, chocolate and vanilla; these become stronger as the beer warms up.
M: It feels medium-bodied and a little smooth on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: Thiss beer is very complex but is also very balanced in the sense that not one flavor stands out in particular. It is quite easy to drink and completely hides the alcohol. (647 characters)

Photo of lordofthewiens
4.09/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

In a snifter this beer was black in color with a thin tan head.

It had a roasted malt aroma that seemed to be more on the chocolate side. There was also more than a hint of vanilla.

Very nice taste. Sweet chocolate, a tiny bit of coffee. Vanilla came through well, as did a bit of oak.

A fairly rich beer, one that wanted to be sipped. (338 characters)

Photo of Scotchboy
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Corked & caged 750ml into my Rock Island snifter.

A: Nearly jet black pour yields a nearly opaque body with blood red hues on the edges. Tan head leaves behind some lace.

S: Malt forward with moderate sweetness, brown sugar, molasses, light detectable hints of vanilla and oak. There is a good amount of roast here, and dark bitter chocolate, with a faint hop component and possibly some licorice?

T: Follows the nose and thats a good thing; malt, roasted dark malt, dark chocolate, nice flavors of oak and vanilla from the barrels underneath that, dark caramel as well. Lots of dark malt in a dry, roasty body bordering on smoky, with hints of a faint, leafy hop component. Again, faint licorice too?

MF: Medium-to-full bodied brew, creamy with good carbonation, dry-ish finish, and the alcohol is really buried and hardly detectable.

O: Impressed, this is a solidly put together brew. Exactly what I would want from a partially barrel-aged Baltic Porter. All the components of this beer are very unified. (1,011 characters)

Photo of beerloserLI
4.38/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours out nice and black.

The nose is subtle with coffee, malt, and some oak tones.

The taste is smooth as hell with more subtle coffee tones, plenty of malt upfront and a nice oak finish. The 8.7% isn't even noticable. The bottle date is 11/26/12 and is just a really solid brew. (282 characters)

Photo of neophilus
4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Nothing ugly about this pour, looks like a good porter to me. Sweet smelling malt on the nose mingling with vanilla aroma held in place by a whiff of acrid roasted grain.

Flavor brings easy drinking roast with a good balance of sweetness. Vanilla is used with skill and restraint and you almost have to look for it to find it. Reminiscent of dark chocolate desserts at a bakery. Some alcohol heat stiffens the flavor up and mingles well with the roasted bitterness and vanilla sweetness. Finishes dry and clean. (512 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 BEERMILER12
4.31/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a near pitch black with 2+ fingers worth of tan head that recedes fairly quickly but retains at a thin cap for a good while

S: A good bit of roasted malts, dark and milk chocolate, oak, vanilla, and maybe a hint of coffee. Absolutely amazing

T: Follows the nose. Starts off with the roasted malts and bitter chocolate and moves into the oak and vanilla, which become more apparent as the beer warms. Coffee a little more present than in the nose. Also get some dark fruity undertones possibly from the alcohol

M: Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation. Creamy

O: This is a very solid oak-aged baltic porter. Very imperial stout-like, even at 8%. Another too-often-overlooked beer from a more than solid lineup a la Uinta's crooked line (754 characters)

Photo of Brushkanna
4.49/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Great lacing in the glass
Smells toasty and caramel with a little oak in the nose
Strong bold porter with dark chocolate, caramel, vanilla with a nice alcohol vapor
Rich mouth not as heavy as a stout
Overall I really like this porter, well rounded and flavorful, the cork was really hard to remove, but awesome taste I will have another (336 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 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 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 rudzud
4.18/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to JLindros for sharing this bottle.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a deep dark brownish black with a big mocha three finger head that fades to leave a one finger head and nice heavy side lacing. Incredible.

S - Aromas of nice roast and lightly sweet malts. Faint alcohol notes and soft wood/barrel as well. Rather nice Baltic porter.

T - Taste is nice and roasty toasty with a slight metallic tinge with a gentle bitter roast. Light chocolate as well. Not getting much barrel on the taste though.

M - Mouthfeel is good a bit sharp for a porter. Still though very drinkable for a 8%porter beer.

O - Overall this was a solid beer with very nice roast qualities. Would like to see a bit more barrel come through but still a damn good beer from Crooked Line. (775 characters)

Photo of seand
4.29/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a dark opaque brown, with a fair amount of tan head. The foam dissipaters quickly, but leaves a solid blanket on the surface and thick streaks of lacing.

S: Sweet earthy vanilla malt, with just a light touch of hops.

T: Light leading into medium sweetness, with a small touch of hops on the finish. Heavy roasty undertone throughout.

M: Medium body, medium carbonation. On the light side, but really nice.

Overall, a very drinkable and enjoyable porter. It's a nice mix of complexity and drinkability, a bit strong but also on the light side of mouthfeel. Worth trying. (582 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 brotherloco
4.35/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

750ml Corked & Caged bottle. Bottled On 12/04/12. Served in a snifter.

Pours a very dark opaque brown with two fingers of dark beige foam. Tiny dense bubbles gives a creamy look. Dissipates fairly quickly. A nice amount of lacing is left behind in the glass.

Aroma of milk chocolate, vanilla, molasses, birch wood, and roasted barley. Some alcohol vapors emerge as well.

Flavor starts with a mildly sweet and bitter maltiness. Middle has a dry oakiness with vinous notes. Leads to lots of roasty, charred oak bitterness in the finish. Alcohol is well blended and only emerges a tiny amount in the finish.

Medium-full bodied with very nice creamy carbonation. Very drinkable.

The 7th beer I've tried in the Uinta Crooked Line series, and possibly the best. (760 characters)

Photo of Bendurgin
4.02/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a tulip. This one pours dark brown with a thick cap of frothy white head.

The aroma has hints of bitter dark chocolate with some dark fruits in the background. Roasted malts on the pallet with dark bready flavors. Hints of bitter cocoa in the background.

The body is medium with soft carbonation. Overall this is a good brew; would gladly try it again. (366 characters)

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