Battleaxe Baltic Porter - Fat Heads Brewery & Saloon
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Ratings: 61 | Reviews: 12 | Display Reviews Only:
4.38/5 rDev +5.8%
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
4.1/5 rDev -1%
Fat Heads Battleaxe
Appearance: Pours a dark brownish black with an off white head that lasts decently well and leaves a bit of lacing.
Smell: Roasted malt, vanilla, coffee. As it warms, some smoke notes come out.
Taste: Follows the nose closely, a firm roasted maltyness, coffee, and a bit of smoke. Vanilla, dark roast, and an even bitterness round out the flavor profile quite nicely.
Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied, smooth, good level of carbonation.
Overall: Another fine brew from Fat Heads. This is a rich, flavorful porter with a strong roasted presence. I dig.
08-15-2011 14:29:04 | More by Stinkypuss
4.1/5 rDev -1%
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
3.88/5 rDev -6.3%
Growler from the fat head's pittsburgh location.
A-pours a deep brown, virtually black liquid with a creamy tan colored head with a decent bit of retention.
S-the nose has a lot going on and is a little flabby. strong roasted malts and bitter coffee up front with notes of licorice, lots of sweet dark fruits and some chocolate cake.
T-the taste is much more focused. the coffee is up front, less roasted quality to it, hints of licorice transition into some dark figs and a touch of plum. rich chocolate cake takes over and has the most pronounced presence in the beer. A light citrus hop and hint of bitterness in the finish.
M-creamy medium bodied beer with a slightly thin finish and a little bit of a strong carbonated crispness.
D-nice balance to it and a fair bit of complexity. the nose was a throw off as it was a little too sweet. The taste was much better with a good bit of complexity and a rich chocolate cake flavor. Another good beer from Fat Heads.
03-17-2011 01:25:22 | More by cpetrone84
3.85/5 rDev -7%
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
3.4/5 rDev -17.9%
On tap at the brewery a few hours ago. Review from notes. Poured into a clean, clear glass. Notes from brewery: Brazen flavors of coffee, dried fruit and toffee will assault your taste buds
and pillage your palate. This complex beer is fermented with a lager yeast (as a true Baltic Porter should be) for a delicious and smooth finish.
A nice, creamy head. Dark body but translucent on edges only. Really a deep mohogany color.
S Chocolate and dark malt to the nose. Alcohol well hidden to the nose.
T Dark Roast malt with some hops and only trace chocolate notes.
M Lighter than I would have thought but this remains a medium mouthfeel beer with that dark roast malt. The finish was not as smooth as other Fat Head's beers and that was a minor suprise.
D Fair as this is a big beer.
Notes: I would have appreciated a smoother feel, like several of the other Fat Heads beers.
07-24-2009 01:39:23 | More by adamette
Battleaxe Baltic Porter from Fat Heads Brewery & Saloon
91 out of 100 based on 61 ratings.