Sea Legs Baltic Porter
Uinta Brewing Company

Sea Legs Baltic PorterSea Legs Baltic Porter
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Uinta Brewing Company
Utah, United States
Porter - Baltic
Ranked #62
Ranked #7,023
4.08 | pDev: 8.33%
Dec 23, 2021
Dec 25, 2012
Sea Legs Baltic PorterSea Legs Baltic Porter
Notes: Complex and drinkable, Sea Legs delivers flavors of roasted malt and chocolate. Sea Legs was aged in Bourbon Barrels for nearly 12 months adding toasted vanilla and bourbon notes to the flavor profile. This Medium-bodied Baltic Porter has a complex malt profile and mild hop bitterness. With a hidden ABV of 8%, Sea Legs is a siren of a beer.
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4.25 by Argail from Louisiana on Dec 23, 2021
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4.21/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by Iamaskier from Idaho

On pour: walnut brown body, light tan head that disappears quickly. Smell is sweet whisky, vanilla,
Taste is roasty malt, vanilla, plum, a stand out bourbon body, and a light coffee finish. The whisky is surprisingly present, much more so than most “bourbon barrel aged” beers I’ve had. It actually through me off the first bottle I had, but I’m glad I bought a 6er because damn is it delicious.
The alcohol is somewhat noticeable after a sip, but it is pretty well masked considering the %. Feel is good, not over carbonated or too watery.
All in all, this is the whisky beer other beers want to be. Also, I dig the bottle shape and labeling of this release.

Mar 26, 2021
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4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by hoptheology from South Dakota

12 oz bottle, 9.5% ABV, into boiler snifter. Bottled on 9/16/20.

Deep black with some brown, has a bubbly khaki head of 1/2 finger.

Aroma is a complex melange of tobacco, sticky barrel, vanilla, caramel, sarsaparilla, slight leather, and floral vanilla bean.

Flavor is quite a bit more on the bitter side than the nose would suggest. Starts with tobacco and piney hop. Some slight caramel and bourbon barrel semi-sweetness. Also a bit of sarsaparilla and vanilla, but all of these flavors are kind of 2D, while the tobacco and grassy/piney hop stay front and center.

Feel is on the thin side as expected for a baltic porter, but a bit thinner than I'd like. Surprisingly the heat is kept in check, and there's a pleasant stickiness and toast overall. Ends with slight burning barrel.

Overall, good but not great. This would be a great introductory barrel aged beer for people new to the style. I could see 2013 me being blown away by something like this. Now however there are too many great choices that this one would easily get swept under the rug. $11.99/6 pack is about right.

Feb 22, 2021
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3.77/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by Rschis16 from Maryland

Dark brown with some red highlights if you're looking for them. Thin dark tan head on top. Not having much experience with baltic porters, the aroma is unlike many beers I have smelled. It's incredibly pungent with an aroma of sour cherries and dried fruit with an undercurrent of dark roasted malts. There's a hint of earthy booze after a good swirl too. The flavor follows the nose with that stone fruit flavor that comes close to being tart up front but then seems to transition to roasty, only then to actually end up being a little tart in the back end. There's a smokiness in there that can be considered balancing too. The tartness and the roasted malt flavor create a profile that is very interesting, if not necessarily my favorite thing to drink. It leaves me craving a bigger hop presence to balance the bolder fruit flavors, but I can chalk that up to personal preference. In the end, not a beer I would come back to, but also one of the more interesting beers I've had in a while.

Jan 04, 2021
4.34 by ADKbeerguy from New York on Dec 16, 2017
4.06 by madelf66 from Pennsylvania on Mar 17, 2017
4.03 by wisegreensoul from Idaho on Jan 26, 2017
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4.29/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by pro45 from New York

Black with a small beige head. Very complex nose. Nose of roasted malts, coffee, bakers chocolate, cacao, oak. Taste is a wonderful combination of burnt toast, coffee, chocolate, figs, roasted malts, cocoa. Thin mouthfeel but goes down too easy. Definitely a top shelf porter.

Jan 10, 2017
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4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by macrosmatic from Florida

Reviewed from notes. Poured from a 750 mL bottle into a Brooklyn Brewery tulip glass.

A: Very dark brown and opaque, with a two-finger creamy tan head. Decent retention. Minimal visible carbonation after the initial pour.

S: Nice deep roasted malts, bitter cacao nibs, some fresh roasted coffee. A bit creamy sweet, and some old leather – in a pleasant way. Pretty decent on the nose.

T: Follows the nose well. Big roasted malts, punch of chocolate (dark, bakers and cacao nibs), coffee and mocha. A creamy sweetness billows up to balance the chocolate. There are hints of a sweet nuttiness and tobacco as the swallow, along with some hop and roasted bitterness that show up to prevent this from being overly sweet. Bittersweet chocolate in the hang becomes the overall impression.

O: Nice creamy mouthfeel - good heft for the style but not overly thick. Relatively low carbonation sensation, and the alcohol flavors are restrained.

O: Pretty enjoyable beer. Nothing to make it jump out from other well-made Baltic porters, but there isn’t a lot to complain about.

Dec 11, 2016
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4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by CHickman from New York

Bottled on 11/26/12, pours pitch black color with a massive 2 finger foamy tan head that fades slowly and leaves decent spotty lacing. Much better looking head and lacing than expected for a beer that's almost 4 years old in the bottle.

Smells of roasted nuts, cocoa powder, maple syrup, woody notes, vanilla, molasses and what almost seems like bourbon from the woody and chocolate sweetness combo. A lot of earthy notes and toffee-like malty sweetness trail with coffee grinds and roasty notes. Quite nice to inhale, I really like the oak barrel influence.

Tastes of chocolate and dark fruit up front, followed by vanilla, oaky notes, cocoa powder, brown sugar, coffee grinds, toffee, faint piney hops, peat moss and/or bourbon, charred wood, roasted grains, marshmallow and sweet malty general aspects which show off all of the porter malts which soaked in the oak barrel components. The sweetness and charred woody notes completely mask the 8% ABV.

Mouthfeel is thin and smooth with flat carbonation, char and fruity notes that help make it complex as the medium to chewy body slides down effortlessly. Really nice barrel aged porter with a sweetness that doesn't go over the top into cloying territory and keeps this nice to drink slowly. A really tasty beer overall.

Nov 20, 2016
3.8 by izzyismyrott from Indiana on Nov 13, 2016
4.25 by paulish from New York on Oct 13, 2016
3.78 by PhillyStyle from Georgia on Sep 23, 2016
3.98/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by BIGPOPPAS from New Jersey

I had a chance to buy a bomber on close out , so being a dark porter, well I gave it a shot .
I was so pleasantly surprised by the overall brew that I went back and bought all the rest of the bombers :)

Definitely one of the coolest label designs !!
I like most of my brews above 8%, but I'm going to keep one of these chilled to enjoy with any barbecue or hearty meal .
Highly recommended even though I like them a little thicker and boozier :)

Sep 10, 2016
4 by Cuervo_PCB from Florida on Aug 22, 2016
3.79 by RajaSTL from Missouri on Aug 04, 2016
3.86 by Shafaegalo from Texas on Jul 30, 2016
4.12 by scratch69 from Missouri on Jun 14, 2016
4.28 by leee44 from New York on Jun 04, 2016
4.15 by stephenjmoore from Maryland on May 25, 2016
4 by a77cj7 from South Dakota on May 08, 2016
4.15 by Greasy from Kentucky on Apr 27, 2016
3.82 by MrHolden from Texas on Mar 29, 2016
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4.26/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by biegaman from Canada (ON)

Sea Legs has the complexion of the mid-Atlantic... at night... in winter. Indeed, this intimidatingly, devastatingly black beer looks to be for those with no fear of depths and a great disdain for the shallow. One distinguishing quality, however, is the flawless khaki-brown head, unusual given its specs.

Specs that include strength (8% alcohol), age (27 months) and that 'minor' detail of spending a year in bourbon barrels. As you'd expect, the resulting aroma is considerably powerful, showcasing slightly abrasive splintered wood notes as well as more delectable ones of cream, caramel, cocoa and coffee.

The bourbon barrel, like the sea, does not like to be restrained. Indeed, even after more than two years of bottle aging its influence is still pronounced, albeit subdued. Each sip contains traces of burnt sugar, vanilla custard, as well as an exceedingly dry oaky flavour, none of which are inherent to the base beer.

But the time spent in the cellar did have an effect: a subtle tartness has crept in and competes in the finish with bulky cocoa- and ashy espresso-bean flavours (that ultimately win out hands-down). More time on the shelf will do it no good; this is exceptionally mellow and approachable now.

While not bursting at the seams, Sea Legs is nonetheless a perfect storm of coffee, chocolate, vanilla and oak. I generally find bourbon barrel-aged beers fair to criticize but this particular one is a graceful, tasteful example with no real faults. It's pricey, but almost certainly warrants the purchase.

Mar 02, 2016
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4.71/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
by bigchiquilin from Texas

Sea Legs is my first baltic porter. I really enjoy all kinds of porters so I have a good feeling I'll like this one. Never heard of Uinta before, looked them up after and came away impressed with their environmentally focused business practices. Poured from a 750ml from HEB Central Market into some corny Alamo souvenir mug. The color is a lovely dark dark brown, and the whole look of the beer is appealing. The head is about two fingers, a creamy foam that hung around for a while. The smell was rich, and I could tell this was a well-balanced and complex beer. It was malty, sweet dark fruit, enjoyable. Definitely got the bourbon right away, a bit bitter but also roasted coffee and piney and indisputably flavorful. Warming feel and a smooth finish. All in all I found the Sea Legs to be pretty accessible and a pretty damn good beer, and will probably never have one because I have too many others beers to drink first.

Feb 09, 2016
4.5 by Cookies from New Jersey on Feb 08, 2016
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4.67/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
by Auraan from Arizona

Poured a deep, dark brown body that appears black unless held to light with one finger of thick tan head. Overall impression of appearance is of a perfect Baltic Porter. Scents of rich black coffee, licorice, bitter roast malt, light dark molasses and caramel, with toast and vinous dark fruit playing supporting roles. The bourbon barrel adds nice notes of bourbon and vanilla that compliment the richness of the aroma. Overall impression of aroma is of the near perfect Baltic porter. It is rich, complex, boozy, warming and deep. An amazing beer. Flavor begins richly roasty, with notes of deeply roasted malt, burnt toast and black coffee, dark fruit, though indistinct along with lighter notes of bourbon, licorice and cocoa. Middle continues this profile. Finish is bitter with notes of black coffee, cocoa, burnt toast, roast malt, bourbon and oak and light molasses sweetness balancing. Aftertaste is roast malt and burnt toast with light dark fruit and molasses. Overall impression of flavor is of a very nice barrel-aged Baltic porter. It is roasty, rich and deep, bitter, true to style and simply a joy. Mouthfeel is medium-full bodied with medium-light carbonation and a velvet feel. Overall impression of mouthfeel is of a fantastic Baltic porter. Overall this is an amazing barrel aged Baltic porter. The aroma and flavor are fantastic, wonderful examples of the style aided by the smooth and easy mouthfeel, despite the ABV. A wondrous beer.

Jan 31, 2016
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4.34/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by REVZEB from Illinois

Shimmering black pour with a beige head. Smell doesn't have that much barrel to it, but the vanilla and dark bittersweet chocolate combo is alive and well, plays well with the licorice, roasted malt and leather. Taste does have more bourbon, adding a good warmth char and rustic wood too, really well balanced. Feel is lighter for style, but has great oak and roasted influences that keep it grounded, or I guess you could say help it with its sea legs

Jan 23, 2016
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4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by JJKBeerLvr from Pennsylvania

Sampled January 2016 from 22oz bottle in pint glass. Bottled on date of 11/21/2012 was on the bottle.

Appearance: Pitch black, dark color, with a thin dark tan head. The head lasted a long time, and left a little film on the glass, but not a lot.

Smell: There are roasted malt aromas, along with some strong coffee and sweet caramel aromas. Some hops in the aroma. Nice combination and balance between the various flavors.

Taste: Full-bodied with great balance of malt and hops. There is a hint of sweetness and caramel flavors that may be due to the malts, but it is balanced nicely with pronounced hops flavor. Overall it has an excellent taste. The combination of strong hops and roasted malts and strong alcohol give this drink powerful flavors.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, but very smooth. Very creamy. Medium alcohol which matches with the 8% on the label.

Overall: Overall this is a very good porter. I will definitely look for this and buy it again.

Jan 17, 2016
4.39 by robertrh from Texas on Jan 08, 2016
4.24 by tbone1384 from Wyoming on Dec 31, 2015
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4.21/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by HopsAreDaMan from Missouri

750ml, dated as bottled 1/1/2015? (the year was very hard to read).

Look: Pours a really dark brown, with a very nice amount of light brown colored head that hangs on for a long while, and leaves nice lacing in the glass.

Smell: A lot going on, including dark malts, booze, vanilla?, and something else pleasant (perhaps coffee?).

Taste: Again, a lot going on: dark malts, sweetness, vanilla?, coffee, with a bit of (pleasant) booziness.

Feel: Medium to heavy, full and creamy, with a bit of a hop bite on the finish.

Overall: I did a side-by-side with the Baltika #6 Porter. Although the price per ounce of this beer is considerably more than the Baltica, Sea Legs is clearly more complex and more flavorful. It sets itself up as a great sipper. As I am price conscious, if I could get a good price on this I would be happy to drink it again.

Dec 28, 2015
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3.8/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by brentk56 from North Carolina

Appearance: Pours a slightly translucent coffee color with a very modest head that fades rather quickly; just a few dots linger

Smell: Raisinets, prune, pine tar, vanilla, coconut and dark cherry tones

Taste: Raisinets, oak, pine tar and prune, up front, with licorice and cocoa developing; woody, with faint tobacco and Bourbon tones developing, after the swallow; the flavors fade in the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with low carbonation

Overall: Another older bottle picked up courtesy of Total Wine's focus on freshness, this one bottled over three years ago; oxidation has impacted the flavor profile, no doubt, and has led to lower scores

Dec 24, 2015
3.75 by Rice_Nate_25 from Ohio on Dec 15, 2015
3.06 by ledouge from Virginia on Dec 05, 2015
3.36 by hypnotoad1 from Virginia on Dec 05, 2015
4.91 by ClavisAurea from New York on Nov 28, 2015
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4.13/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by stephens101 from Oklahoma

A mountain of tan froth forms strong and resilient atop this sleek black brew. Smells of prunes, plums, blackberry and grain. Tastes of milk chocolate, dried wood, cocoa powder, and faint dark fruits. Medium side of heavy in body, drier than expected, and finishes with a slight heat tickle at the back of the throat and some sticky on the lips for good measure.

Nov 22, 2015
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3.76/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
by puboflyons from New Hampshire

From the corked, caged 750 ml. bottle. 2013 batch. Aged. Tasted on November 13, 2015.

It pours dark brown with a big tan had.

OK, it is 2 years old so the chocolate and dark malts have faded some but I get a bit of it on the nose. Otherwise my aroma of choice is more like cherry.

Smooth, medium body.

I get a slightly fruit malt character in the taste with a little bit of bitterness. I found this as a closeout and I do wish I had tried this in 2013 rather than now. I might have provided a far better review.

Nov 14, 2015
3.98 by Goatdavemac from North Carolina on Nov 11, 2015
Sea Legs Baltic Porter from Uinta Brewing Company
Beer rating: 91 out of 100 with 514 ratings