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Battleaxe Baltic Porter - Fat Head's Brewery & Saloon

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Ratings: 71
Reviews: 12
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 9.44%
Wants: 7
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
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Fat Head's Brewery & Saloon visit their website
Ohio, United States

Style | ABV
Baltic Porter |  9.20% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: adamette on 07-24-2009

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4.05/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at House of 1000 beers.
Appears pitch black, unable to see through. Had a nice light hot chocolate like head that stuck around. Smells of chocolate like and a little robustness. Taste of a smothe dark chocolate that is very easy going. The hops stick to your tounge in the follow through. I liked the mouthfeel the best, nice med carb and everything develops well on the tounge! Overall a very good porter just shy of a coffee flavor that would put in top tier!

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

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4.75/5  rDev +15%

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3.97/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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4.75/5  rDev +15%

Photo of Knapp85
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew poured out as a deep brownish black color with a thin light brown colored head on top. The smell of the beer was full of roasted aromas and some light sweet dark fruit notes. The taste was malty with a roasted finish and subtle bitterness. The mouthfeel was smooth and slick with a minimal carbonation to it. Overall it's a nice brew, really quite tasty, worth a try.

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5/5  rDev +21.1%

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

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4.35/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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4.12/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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4.07/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

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3.86/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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3.83/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of adamette
3.42/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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.

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Battleaxe Baltic Porter from Fat Head's Brewery & Saloon
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