Battleaxe Baltic Porter - Fat Heads Brewery & Saloon
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Reviews by jampics2:
4.1/5 rDev -0.7%
On tap @ Fat Heads Cleveland. Served in a short glass for around $5.50.
Right off the axe, err, bat, this beer suffers from the same syndrome so many before it fell to – the color is just too light for a Baltic. Dark brown with some black but waaaay too much red comes through when held to the light. The off-white head isn’t terribly impressive, although it leaves some decent lace behind.
Fortunately, despite the thin appearance, this beer packed in a great nose and taste. The former is full of dark fruit notes atop a roasted malt bed. Licorice, cherry, prune and raisin all come together while the chocolate base is smooth without burned edges. There’s very little (if any) noticeable booze, and this is really pleasant although it could “jump” out of the glass more.
The taste starts off with some roasted malts reminiscent of coffee. Then, dark fruit emerges with some substantial malt heaviness. The notes of chocolate, licorice, anise and raisin all come together in an orgy of darkness. There’s some mild noticeable alcohol, but the lagering really made this smooth and complete. The taste is very pleasant and expressive. I really, really enjoy sampling this beer!
That being said, there is one more flaw to address. My favorite American Baltic Porter is from Duck Rabbit. It’s such a smooth and solid beer, but my favorite part is how they nailed the mouthfeel. Fat Heads could learn from that beer – this is good but too thin, and there’s more of a prickly than creamy carbonation. However, that doesn’t really impede my enjoyment. Despite being a bit thin, this Baltic Porter is ready for battle, axe and all.
04-21-2011 17:22:54 | More by jampics2
More User Reviews:
3.98/5 rDev -3.6%
Had on tap at Fat Heads. Review from notes.
A: Pours a dark brown with a small tan head on top with little retention or lacing.
S: A good bit of roasty malt upfront with a little bit of chocolate and coffee.
T: More roasty goodness, some chocolate, cocoa, and a bit of espresso. Slight bitterness on the finish.
M: Medium to full bodied with low to medium carbonation giving it a smooth mouthfeel.
O: A good baltic porter, was definitely digging this one.
11-13-2012 00:34:39 | More by mdaschaf
3.85/5 rDev -6.8%
Had on tap at Fat Heads...
A- Pours a darker brown color with red hues when held to the light. One finger tan head shows medium retention. Streaks of lace on the sides of the glass.
S- Light roast is the first thing in the front of the aroma. Darker fruits do make themselves present but only in a light tone. Chocolate malts in the ending of the nose make up for a lack huge aroma overall. Alcohol is well hidden in this nose as well.
T- Roasted malts in the front of the beer. Hints of the raisin and plum sink throughout the beer. Chocolate malts in the ending of the beer are light and not too noticable. Alcohol is only evident on the ending of the sip. Some piney hops are thrown in the beer at various points to balance everything out.
M- Medium mouthfeel. Carbonation is good for the style. Roasted malts are left on the palate with hints of light chocolate and dark fruits. Aftertaste is hints of alcohol, darker fruits, and roasted malts. Flavors were well put together for the style. No real off flavors were detected at all when drinking this. Medium alcohol drying on the palate.
D- This is a nice drinking beer. Nothing over the top but still a nice easy going beer. ABV is high but you can not taste it at all most of the time. A nice beer they need to keep in regular rotation at the brewpub.
03-13-2011 04:21:20 | More by alleykatking
3.83/5 rDev -7.3%
Pours jet black with a tan head. In the aroma, a light roasted malt with a small coffee presence. In the taste, a small chocolate presence, a small coffee presence and a sweet maltiness. A small bite and a medium bodied mouthfeel, with a small dry coffee, and notes of chocolate in the aftertaste. A nice porter with sweet notes with the chocolate.
07-10-2013 16:16:19 | More by OWSLEY069
4.38/5 rDev +6.1%
Enjoyed this brew on tap at Fat Head's in North Olmstead, OH.
A: Poured a pitch black color with a one-finger tan head that quickly dissipated and left a nice lace.
S: Nice porter aroma with hints of coffee, fruit, and chocolate.
T: Similar to the taste this beer has a flavor of deep roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, toffee, and dried fruits.
M: Heavy body and medium carbonation.
D: Wow - this beer blew me away. Awesome porter - one of the best I have ever had. Well Done - so good I picked up a growler of it on the way out.
08-26-2011 03:42:08 | More by ckollias
Battleaxe Baltic Porter from Fat Heads Brewery & Saloon
91 out of 100 based on 62 ratings.