Sea Legs Baltic Porter | Uinta Brewing Company

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91
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509 Ratings
Sea Legs Baltic PorterSea Legs Baltic Porter
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Uinta Brewing Company
Utah, United States
uintabrewing.com

Style: Baltic Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by RedneckBeerz on 12-25-2012

BEER STATS
Ratings:
509
Reviews:
105
Avg:
4.11
pDev:
8.27%
 
 
Wants:
49
Gots:
102
For Trade:
2
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Photo of madelf66
4.06/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of wisegreensoul
4.03/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of pro45
4.29/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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.

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Photo of macrosmatic
4.05/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of CHickman
4.08/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of izzyismyrott
3.8/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of paulish
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of PhillyStyle
3.78/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BIGPOPPAS
3.98/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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 :)

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Photo of Cuervo_PCB
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of RajaSTL
3.79/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Shafaegalo
3.86/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of scratch69
4.12/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of leee44
4.28/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of stephenjmoore
4.15/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of a77cj7
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Greasy
4.15/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of MrHolden
3.82/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of biegaman
4.26/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of bigchiquilin
4.71/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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.

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Photo of Cookies
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Auraan
4.67/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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.

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Photo of ZEB89
4.34/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JJKBeerLvr
4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of robertrh
4.39/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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Sea Legs Baltic Porter from Uinta Brewing Company
4.11 out of 5 based on 509 ratings.
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