Fat Boy Baltic Porter - The Olde Mecklenburg Brewery

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Reviews: 9
Hads: 48
Avg: 3.91
pDev: 20.72%
Wants: 1
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
The Olde Mecklenburg Brewery visit their website
North Carolina, United States

Style | ABV
Baltic Porter |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Bung on 01-13-2013

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Reviews: 9 | Hads: 48
Reviews by DIM:
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3.6/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

a: This was a murky dark brown; it poured with a medium sized off white head.

s: Sweet bread and toffee along with plenty of fruit like raisins and plums. Noticeable heat as well.

t: Sweet dark fruits and toffee along with some roasty cocoa up front. The finish is a warm, perfumed licorice that was a bit distracting.

m: Lighter body for the abv, even for a lager. Very smooth though.

o: Pretty good beer. I would have liked this to be a bit sweeter.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of BodiesLexus
4.56/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A Baltic Porter made according to Reinheitsgebot standards? Count me in.
Pours a cola-black with nice 1.5 finger white head into my goblet. Head fades to a ring which remains forever, lots of ongoing wisps of carb with every glass tilt. Brick-red color is seen through the first half inch when the glass is tilted. Not a thick beer at all.
Smell of raisins and licorice. Yeah, lots of fruity tones, prunes and figs? Barely a hint of barley roast (ah, wordplay) is imagined. I could say liquid chocolate is hinted at, but that's more my brain than my nose. This is a fruit-forward nose ... thinking more of a weizenbock than a porter, but I like the mixture here. Intrigued.
Taste is, well, EXACTLY what the nose was. Smooth dark fruits. Prunes and plums with leather, licorice and chocolate chiming in. These tastes are more like a dark wine almost. Weizenbock/Doppelbock comparisons are warranted.
Great spread of taste notes from a beer with only the classic ingredients. I love it. A bit of amber-type malt sweetness comes across as it warms. This is subtly in the no-mans-land between brown/porter/doppelbock for me. It is fruitier than any porter I've ever had. The alcohol is nowhere in the tastes. Drinks 'lighter' than my favorite standard porters (Anchor, Smutty). Amazing taste depth despite the airy lightness of it all. I'd be disappointed if I'd set my heart on a strong, sludgy, coffee-roast porter here, but dang, the flavor utopia here is a totally different palate from the expected, and it's great.

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Photo of Jason
3.74/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22oz brown bomber, sample from the brewery.

Spectacular looking lacing from three fingers of head, very dark garnet hued "black" porter. Sweet nose with roasted grain and dark fruit undertones. Very smooth and creamy, moderate level of carbonation. Roastiness is a little harsh but not too bitter, it was needed as the sweetness is pretty high here. Robust but tame, bold but drinkable. A treat for sure.

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Photo of LXIXME
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

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

22oz bottle. Pours a very dark clear ruby in the glass, with a thin head of light mocha foam. This retains with some richness around the edges, leaving some heavy lacing back which slowly drips down the sides of the glass. The aroma smells of cocoa, caramel, roast and a healthy amount of dark fruitiness. Ripe fruit really starts to stand out as this warms up. The taste is very similar, with a bold dark fruit character that is complimented by notes of coffee, caramel and cocoa powder. A tingle of earthy hops also livens the profile up a bit and combines with the coffee flavor to finish this a touch bitter and roasty. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a fairly strong carbonation up front that then gets a little more smooth and creamy feeling along the back as you swallow. Alcohol is very nicely hid for an almost 9% beer. This was good, with a rich mix of flavors wrapped up in an extremely smooth and drinkable package. This is another winner from the OMB.

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Photo of Bung
3.15/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Draft at OMB. A light brown pour.  Layer of cream head.  A little different so far.

Aroma,  light roast and chocolate.  

Taste, toasted malt, a lot of nuttiness.  Some caramel and chocolate.  A little woodiness.

Struggles to get much above light bodied.  Drinks very easy though. Even carbonation and no alcohol presence.

A little puzzled by this one.  Just doesnt fit with the norms for the style. Worth a try on draft, at Olde Meck. I will say if a German was to make a Baltic Porter I bet it would be much like this.
Looking forward to the next one more however...

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3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

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4.37/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -16.9%

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3.08/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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3.52/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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4.37/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.25/5  rDev -16.9%

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3.78/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

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Fat Boy Baltic Porter from The Olde Mecklenburg Brewery
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