Battleaxe Baltic Porter - Fat Heads Brewery & Saloon
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Ratings: 58 | Reviews: 12 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by jampics2:
4.1/5 rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4
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.
Serving type: on-tap
04-21-2011 17:22:54 | More by jampics2
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4.01/5 rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
A - Pours a dark black/brown color with a medium toffee colored lacing ring in the top of the snifter.
S - Chocolate malt, some vanilla and oak, and bourbon. This was served pretty cold off the tap which is muting the aroma.
T - Flavorful and even across the entire sip with caramel, chocolate roast, vanilla, and a hefty dose of bourbon presence.
M - Thick, full bodied, slick and sticky, slight alcohol warming in the back of the throat and semi-creamy.
O - Bourbon from start to finish and you really have to be a bourbon fan to appreciate this one because it's bold and out front. Really enjoyed this beer, not sure if they bottle it...seek it out.
Serving type: on-tap
10-03-2013 00:07:57 | More by jzeilinger
Battleaxe Baltic Porter from Fat Heads Brewery & Saloon
91 out of 100 based on 58 ratings.