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
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:
53
Gots:
101
For Trade:
2
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4/5  rDev -2.7%

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

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4.02/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.19/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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3.83/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Beachwood BBQ & Brewing in Long Beach, CA.

Pours an opaque black with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, cookie dough, bourbon, and wood aromas. Taste is much the same with bourbon, dark fruit, and cocoa flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of roasty and woody bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that has a slightly better barrel aged presence in the smell.

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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

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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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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

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3.68/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.5/5  rDev -14.8%

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3.97/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: The beer is jet black in color. It poured with a thin beige head that died down, leaving some lacing on the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light aromas of of dark malts along with some hints of roasted malts.
T: The taste has a mix of flavors of coffee, licorice, dark malts, chocolate and vanilla; these become stronger as the beer warms up.
M: It feels medium-bodied and a little smooth on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: Thiss beer is very complex but is also very balanced in the sense that not one flavor stands out in particular. It is quite easy to drink and completely hides the alcohol.

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3.77/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Emboldened porter strength wrapped in a bourbony cocoon- the irony in "Sea Legs" is that this is the beer to get you off of your feet, rather than to get them under you.

Uinta's latest installment greets the eye with the darkest of bark brown hues, easily mistaken for stout. A tall swath of foam billows upward and entice the nose with chocolate, char, campfire, coffee and pepper while the first sip draws on booze soaked caramel, toffee and smoky chocolate.

As the palate unfolds, the saturation of deep coffee, roasted nuts and seared sweetness provide a heavily toasted taste that stops just shy of stout once again. Slight fruitiness of grape and fresh-cracked peppercorn play delicately on the middle, just ahead of the finish.

Its full body is lightened considerably by the ample carbonation to keep the ale creamy and aloft. Stern alcohol warmth amplifies the spiciness of the porter and highlights its oaky tannins and sultry bourbon caramels and vanillans.

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3.96/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

750ml, caged and corked Burgundian bottle. Thanks be to doktorzee for grabbing this for me in Vegas last month. Nice to see my workout today is wrestling the cork out of this one, sheesh.

This beer pours a pretty solid ebony, with prominent basal cherry cola highlights, and a roiling tower of frothy, foamy, and rocky tan head, which leaves a thorough array of chunky chain-link fence lace around the glass as it slowly settles to an attractive whipped-cream cap.

It smells of bittersweet chocolate, roasted bready caramel, sour milk-laced coffee, natural vanilla, candied sugar floss, a bit of barrel stave wooden astringency, Nordic black licorice, and earthy, leafy, and slightly perfumed hops. The taste is really bittersweet cocoa and lactic acid-heavy medium-roast chain restaurant coffee, a more Twizzlers-friendly licorice character, gritty toasted caramel malt, reserved vanillan oak barrel notes, a removed Bourbon booziness, middling wet tobacco, dry black fruit - think stale fig Newtons and that bag of raisins that your wife forgot to seal back up - and more understated earthy, leafy hops.

The bubbles are a bit frizzy up front, but settle to a dull hum soon enough, the body a bit on the light side of medium weight, and rather tight in its seemingly unassailed smoothness. It all finishes off-dry, the lingering chocolate, caramel malt, and milky essences not yet devoid of sweetness, despite the continuing onslaught of coffee, bare wood, and alcohol.

This seems to be what happens when you drop a porter into some American whiskey barrels - the base beer's robust (I'm assuming, here) attributes, while not exactly disappearing, still have to endure a large dose of the ol' thinning barrel treatment. Yeah, that's the flipside of the whiskey-cask aging coin - if the big caramel, vanilla, and oak woodiness don't honour their paychecks by doing their song and dance, we're left in a fix. Not a bad thing, per se, but a reduced one, all the same.

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4.06/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Huge billowing head of creamy tan foam that has a meringue surface texture. Plenty of lace coating the glass in weblike patterns.

Soft aroma of chocolate and mild roasted malt.

Dry chocolatey taste, toasted almonds and mild coffee notes. Pleasant and straightforward, the abv isn't too noticeable. Very smooth and creamy mouthfeel, almost like the consistency of hot chocolate. Medium bodied with a milky character. Overall an enjoyable beer.

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3.8/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

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

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3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

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4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 11/21/2012. Pours pitch black color with a 2 finger dense tan head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of big milk chocolate, caramel, toffee, cocoa, roasted malt, toast, vanilla, oak, bourbon, light coffee, and roasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of roasted and dark malt notes with moderate barrel presence; and good strength. Taste of milk chocolate, toast, caramel, toffee, cocoa, roasted malt, oak, clove, vanilla, bourbon, light coffee, and roasted earthiness. Slight roasted bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of milk chocolate, caramel, toast, toffee, cocoa, roasted malt, vanilla, oak, clove, bourbon, and roasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance and complexity of dark and roasted malt flavors with barrel presence; with good robustness and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a creamy, smooth, and slightly chalky mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is an excellent barrel aged Baltic porter. All around nice balance, complexity, and robustness of dark and roasted malt flavors with moderate barrel presence; and very smooth to sip on for 8%. A very enjoyable offering.

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3.86/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a huge mocha colored creamy rich 2 finger head, fades slowly with nice soapy lacing, super dark pitch black beer, big pillowy head.

Nose nice, creamy dark malts, pillowy fluffy malts, nougat, some cocoa and dark chocolate, light dusty wood shelf and esters, but also a bit of a too much dank wood dust yeasty bready thing going on. Light vanilla and hint of booze in there. Some booze esters and cocoa powder coming more as it warms.

Taste brings a nice dark malt, similar to Labyrinth at first, little creamy rich dark malts, fluffy nougat, little caramel, chewy oats, etc. Then chocolate, cocoa powder and hint of charred malt. Barrel is there too, not a lot bit a little vanilla and light dank dusty shelf. A bit yeasty too as the yeast seems a little overrun, and esters from the wood and yeast don't help. Booze is warming and a little tingly. Finish is still a bit sweet but drier, some earthy bitter hops come out on the finish, bit more cocoa and dusty barrel lingering. Big creamy cocoa late too.

Mouth is fuller bodied, rich and creamy, lots of fluffy carb maybe too much, and too thick creamy body for a typical baltic porter.

Overall mixed. It has some great parts, but also off points, maybe the yeast in the bottle went too far, but if it wasn't for that yeasty and dank wood esters out would be quite nice.

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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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