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Sea Legs Baltic Porter | Uinta Brewing Company

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Sea Legs Baltic PorterSea Legs Baltic Porter
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Uinta Brewing Company
Utah, United States | website

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
Reviews:
101
Ratings:
497
Avg:
4.11
pDev:
8.52%
 
 
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Photo of BenwayPHD
4.79/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Pours a pitch black with a thick, frothy tan head. The nose is fantastic. Chocolate, roasted barley, nutmeg, anise, coffee, vanilla, toffee. The flavor pretty much follows the nose with an emphasis on the roasty notes. There is a good amount of sweetness present. The bitterness closes the show very elegantly. I can't believe how full and creamy the mouthfeel is considering the abv is only 8%. This is truly an outstanding beer.

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

750ml bottle poured into a 17oz 'Harpoon Limited Edition' embossed globe. Bottled On: 11/01/13

A- Although uncorking the bottle was met with little fanfare, a conservative pour yeilded a black-as-night brew with a substantial, 3-fingered mocha colored head. (Superb lacing left behind as it was consumed)

S- Despite being chocolate forward, pronounced aromas of vanilla, oak tannin and slight roasted notes are detectable. As the beer warms, the pungency in the aroma grows.

T- Bittersweet bakers chocolate at the front the tongue which slowly dries out and finishes with notes of coffee and tannins from the oak barrels

M- Light-to-Medium body. High carbonation helps to cleanse the palate and get ready for the next sip.

O- Uinta has yet to disappoint...Sea Legs is a very enjoyable and highly drinkable offering. Extremely well-balanced with the flavors from the dark malts and oak barrel aging. At 8%, the alcohol is completely hidden. Although the first batch of Sea Legs (ca. 2012/2013) was aged in bourbon barrels, the 2013/2014 batch is aged in virgin wooden vessels. For those who are fans of Uinta's Oak Jacked (one my favorites, ever), I am certain you would like this. Despite the description on the label, I did not get any hints of smoke in either the aroma or flavor. Great stuff and highly recommended.

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

Poured into becker pint glass; jet black with an awesome brown head from an easy pour that doesn't fade at all, leaving nice lacing as it slowly descends.
Smells of big chocolate, coffee, booze, metallic malt. A big smell, delicious.
Tastes like big chocolate and coffee, slightly tart, very big and malty, dark bread. BIG taste.
Mouthfeel is HUGE, creamy and smooth.
`Overall, this is such a big beer I regret choosing it as the second beer for the evening. Big beer, big mouthfeel, damn.

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

This fine brew was poured into a nonic pint glass.

The appearance was deep black; traces of brown highlights; thick and foamy brown cream head; excellent retention; thick and sticky lace around the entire glass. The lace never disappeared.

Smell-black coffee; smoked barley malt; toasted coffee beans; mocha goodness; figs; prunes and raisins. I could smell wood and perhaps some earthy notes from hops. Brown bread.

Taste-pretty similar to the nose. It was a great balance of sweet chocolate up front, with a bitter aftertaste from the hops. Smoky, toasty, roasty, and malty goodness. Black roasted coffee and mocha, along with figs and raisins. Alcohol was well-hidden. Such a complex beer, some tastes are hard to describe. Fire-roasted wood taste and some burnt brown bread.

Mouthfeel-full bodied; huge and chunky, yet light and fluffy. Creamy. Carbonation on the low side of medium.

Great sipping brew, but I can see how it is easy to just down it because the alcohol is so well-hidden. Loved every sip of this fine beer. Great for a cold February evening.

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Photo of drpimento
4.63/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Another fabulous beer from Uinta in their Crooked Line series. Poured this one at a good temperature with an enormous, foamy, thick, creamy, fluffy, tan head that settles so slowly and good lacing. Color is a barely translucent black brown. Aroma is a nice blend of roast, malt, cocoa, old leather, a small amounts of coffee, dark ripe fruit, tree bark, earth. Body is excellent but carbonation is a bit soft. Finish is like flavor, slightly boozy, easy drinking.

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Photo of mrmaps
4.6/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Look: Dark, what else?
Smell: Malty, dark chocolate, residual sweetness, wood, booze from the barrel
Taste: Great dark malt, dark chocolate, residual flavor from the barrel aging. Nice clean finish on the hops. Good balance between hops, sugar and barrel lingers and play with each other:
Feel: A bit thin because the sugars or played out so it doesn't stick to the mouth. Good carbonation balance. Low acid.
Overall: Excellent beer with a near perfect blend of hops, residual sugar and alcohol content. Complex yet highly drinkable. Perfect for sipping over a long time. The alcohol content is high but not off the charts and nearly completely disguised. It is an imperial, but is not overwhelming. A bit pricey, but worth it. Get this one if you can find it.

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Photo of SeanGC
4.55/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle into a tulip glass

a - pours opaque, with some ruby highlights (minimum). dark, tan head that persists through the entire experience.

s - roasty, with some dark fruit character. hints of chocolate that is very complimentary. malt forward with no hop profile perceivable.

t - complex, as expected from a baltic porter. dark fruit accompanied by roasty character. malt forward, with no hops perceivable. some ethanol, but not offensive.

m - medium body, medium carbonation, warming, with minor astringency from roast profile.

o - exceptional beer. doesn't fall short of a baltic porter. slightly more roasty than i would have anticipated. however, doesn't bleed into the 'stout' realm, and is very enjoyable. rich with malt complexity. extremely enjoyable, and would definitely purchase again.

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Photo of farrago
4.55/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Be careful as it pours a gargantuan head, easily fills half a pint glass with creamy dark brown foam, even mix of larger and denser tiny bubbles, fair amount of dimpling give how airy it is inside, better than average retention, same for the lacing, good thickness to the streaks and sticks well. The liquid is more black than brown, opaque enough to be a stout and with little hint of any orange or any true color. The nose has a natural feeling fullness to it but in no way heavy, the milk chocolate, cocoa powder and vanilla remains semi-sweet at most, Brazil nuts and cashews, some peaty smokiness but stays pure, keeps the toast on the down low, passing waft of flowers, any fruit scents stay muted, develops a sort of mineral water tang to keep the nostrils fresh. Medium-bodied, compact and polished, impeccable balance and completely devoid of ostentation. Chocolate, caramel, toffee and a hint of toasted coconut and scone, just the right amount of booziness from the wood. Again, has a peat, grass, earth side, here you get some cherry, apricot and peach fruit, more snap than sugar. Soft, refreshing and ultimately about as well-mannered as any guest you’d invite to your table.

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Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Pours brilliant ebony crowned by a 2” light tan foam collar that provides excellent lace S: Chocolate, fruit, light prune, caramel, and some oak aromas. T: Very rich chocolate and light roast flavors seasoned with some prune, caramel and light espresso to coffee on the end. F: creamy, smooth medium full body, medium to medium low carbonation O: A very mellow yet luscious Baltic Porter.

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Photo of crob3888
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look: Pours a thick black with a smaller, dark beige head
Smell: Slight vanilla sweetness, lots of roast malts and dark fruits
Taste: Caramel sweetness balanced by roasted malts and raisins
Feel: Very smooth, good carbonation level. Not as thick as I'd expected.
Overall: A good value, picked this up for $8 at Trader Joes and was pleasantly surprised.

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Photo of bruachan
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

well, it's dark looking. nice thin layer of variegated film: sudsy punctuated by a paisley of tightfoam spots. some lacing for sure

very oaky and vanilla aroma. some blackenedness, though minimal sweetness.

very oaky flavor, though not harsh. the mouthfeel is soft and airy. limited kilning astringency. hop flavor up front: woody and blackcurrant

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Photo of russpowell
4.49/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Part of my NC haul, wish we could get these beers here in Oklahoma...

Pours mahogany with caramel colored head. Good lacing & above average head retention

S: Mucho dark fruit, carob, fusel alcohol, woody notes, licorice & smoke

T: Follows the nose, a touch of chocolate & charred grain up front. Black currant,, charred grain, a touch of ainise & carob as this warms, plus woody dryness, plums & a touch of leafy hops, & bit of medicinal/sasparilla sweetness. Finishes with a bit of charred grain, plums, some caramel, woody dryness

MF: Slick with silky carbonation, medium bodied with sticky notes

A top notch Baltic Porter, another winner from the Crooked Stave line, this one drinks so easy, yet highly complex

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Photo of Brushkanna
4.49/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Great lacing in the glass
Smells toasty and caramel with a little oak in the nose
Strong bold porter with dark chocolate, caramel, vanilla with a nice alcohol vapor
Rich mouth not as heavy as a stout
Overall I really like this porter, well rounded and flavorful, the cork was really hard to remove, but awesome taste I will have another

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Photo of DavoleBomb
4.48/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a perfect pint.

3.75 A: Black color. Three fingers of frothy light brown head. Retention is pretty good and a few whisps of lacing are left.

5.0 S: This has a world class nose. Powerful, complex, and well integrated. Moderate roastiness, but overall is quite sweet. Tons of tangy molasses with layers of chocolate and caramel. Hints of coffee and fig. I didn't list a lot of descriptors, but what I did list runs deep.

4.25 T: The taste is very good, but can't compare with the nose. Layers of chocolate and caramel, moderate roastiness. Fig and maybe some currant and prune fruitiness. Like the nose, molasses is the focus.

4.5 M: Heavier medium to heavy body. Good moderate carbonation. Creamy with a slippery velvet texture. Super smooth.

4.5 D: Really great brew. Buy it for the taste, love it for the nose. This reminds me a good deal of Marshal Zhukov, which I adore.

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Photo of beergoot
4.44/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My initial take was a "sweet, boozy" porter. Love at first impression...!!!

The body looked jet black, the head thick, chunky, tan and rocky. Boozy cocoa made up the aroma with additions of dark, ripe fruit. The taste and feel came across smooth, rich, chocolaty, thick and vinous.

A very well-made Baltic porter that melds well across the board of flavor, aroma, and feel. Very well-balanced, deeply complex, and goes down well while nipping at some Old Forester Signature bourbon. Yes, a nearly exceptional porter...hell, scratch that -- definitely an exceptional porter...

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Photo of beerloserLI
4.38/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours out nice and black.

The nose is subtle with coffee, malt, and some oak tones.

The taste is smooth as hell with more subtle coffee tones, plenty of malt upfront and a nice oak finish. The 8.7% isn't even noticable. The bottle date is 11/26/12 and is just a really solid brew.

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Photo of AdamBear
4.38/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-black with a thin tan head

S-dark bitter grains. Licorice. Coffee. Syrupy. Medium strength

T-comes in with a great flavor of espresso beans. Has a hint of licorice. Definitely has an aged barrel flavor. Decent matching after-taste.

M-creamy medium carbonation with a dry finish

O-really good Baltic porter. It's a bit sweeter an maybe more artificial than a typical Baltic porter, but it's still amazing and I definitely recommend it!

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Photo of brotherloco
4.35/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

750ml Corked & Caged bottle. Bottled On 12/04/12. Served in a snifter.

Pours a very dark opaque brown with two fingers of dark beige foam. Tiny dense bubbles gives a creamy look. Dissipates fairly quickly. A nice amount of lacing is left behind in the glass.

Aroma of milk chocolate, vanilla, molasses, birch wood, and roasted barley. Some alcohol vapors emerge as well.

Flavor starts with a mildly sweet and bitter maltiness. Middle has a dry oakiness with vinous notes. Leads to lots of roasty, charred oak bitterness in the finish. Alcohol is well blended and only emerges a tiny amount in the finish.

Medium-full bodied with very nice creamy carbonation. Very drinkable.

The 7th beer I've tried in the Uinta Crooked Line series, and possibly the best.

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Photo of sholland119
4.35/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Blind beer #3, thanks to Phelps. C&C 750 into our Odell and Savor snifters.

A-Pours dark brown to black with about an inch and half of frothy tan head. Great retention and lacing. 4.25

S-Roasty with some underlying sweet malt and some earthy hoppiness. No barrel notes so I think we are dealing with a straight up stout. Which is awesome. 4.25

T-Well there is something sweet in here but I think it is chocolate rather than bourbon barrel. Delicious balance of malty sweetness with a modest amount of roast. I like this alot. 4.5

M-Maybe a little bit thin for an imperial stout but probably right on for an American style stout. Nicely carbonated. 4.25

O-A big winner for me. A delicious stout. 4.25

Guesses? Imperial stout I think. Lost Abbey Serpent Stout (though I don't think there is chocolate in it)? let's see:

Uinta Crooked Line Sea Legs Baltic Porter. Wrong on pretty much all counts here. Barrel aged, yes. Added chocolate, no. Tasty beverage for sure. Never seen this one around. Cool.

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Photo of BEERMILER12
4.31/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a near pitch black with 2+ fingers worth of tan head that recedes fairly quickly but retains at a thin cap for a good while

S: A good bit of roasted malts, dark and milk chocolate, oak, vanilla, and maybe a hint of coffee. Absolutely amazing

T: Follows the nose. Starts off with the roasted malts and bitter chocolate and moves into the oak and vanilla, which become more apparent as the beer warms. Coffee a little more present than in the nose. Also get some dark fruity undertones possibly from the alcohol

M: Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation. Creamy

O: This is a very solid oak-aged baltic porter. Very imperial stout-like, even at 8%. Another too-often-overlooked beer from a more than solid lineup a la Uinta's crooked line

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.3/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

the newest in the wonderful crooked line series, and probably my favorite thing ive ever had from uinta. a oak aged Baltic porter, with all kinds of oaky and vanilla smells and flavors, but very little sweetness. its really malty and thick, less like a porter and more like a stout. the feel is amazing of this beer, not quite creamy, but definitely frothed, its light of its color and thickness, but isn't particularly carbonated. silky might be a better way to describe it. the malt flavor is crazy roasty, but without any bitterness, and the oak is fresh and clean, not charred and bourbon laced, but organic and fresh cut. the alcohol is invisible, and this to me is a sort of genre transcending brew, its absolutely fantastic. its a matted black color, mysterious and deep, and sitting in my globe next to the bottle it came from (with gorgeous artwork), with its milky foam head, its a sight to behold. as close to full marks as i usually go, this beer is just sensation, super complex, woody, and neither sweet or bitter. its a heck of a combination, and you should not let the price deter you. its magic, best beer ive had in awhile.

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Photo of seand
4.29/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a dark opaque brown, with a fair amount of tan head. The foam dissipaters quickly, but leaves a solid blanket on the surface and thick streaks of lacing.

S: Sweet earthy vanilla malt, with just a light touch of hops.

T: Light leading into medium sweetness, with a small touch of hops on the finish. Heavy roasty undertone throughout.

M: Medium body, medium carbonation. On the light side, but really nice.

Overall, a very drinkable and enjoyable porter. It's a nice mix of complexity and drinkability, a bit strong but also on the light side of mouthfeel. Worth trying.

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Photo of MikeB1984
4.28/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I am normally not a big fan of Porters but i enjoyed this porter and it was poured in a tulip glass which is the perfect glass for a porter. You can smell the aroma the coffee and mocha. Full bodied taste, definitely not a beer you chug. Very nice sipping/enjoyable brew.

I recommend it to any beer enthusiast.

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Sea Legs Baltic Porter from Uinta Brewing Company
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