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
Reviews:
105
Ratings:
509
Avg:
4.11
pDev:
8.27%
 
 
Wants:
47
Gots:
102
For Trade:
2
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Photo of craftbeersweden
4.23/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottled on nov 13 - 2013.
Aged in Bourbon Barrels for nearly 12 months and then bottled conditioned until today. ABV: 8%
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Very dark brown beer with a huge three finger high, beigebrown head that leaves lacing on the glass.

Nose: Vanilla, oak, bourbon, coffee, whipped cream, honey, dark bread and roasted malt. It's a complex, beatiful nose!
Taste: Coffee, roasted malt, smoke, bourbon, dried fruit, red berries, a hint of licorice, molasses, pine and caramel.
Body: Correct me if I'm wrong but I think a Baltic Porter should have almoust a "thin" body and that's exacly what this beer has! Medium to light body with high carbonation. Beatiful complex texture. A little smokey feeling. Long, dry aftertaste with medium bitterness that works great with the sweet, malty taste. The ABV of 8% is very well hidden.

Beatiuful, outstanding beer! I'm absolutely in love!

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

Lots of cocoa,a touch of soap and floral hops, roasty malt, and a hint of fruit in aroma.

Flavor is leather, cocoa, toasted malt, butter, and a roasty, lightly bitter. Fairly boozy. That damn diacetyl comes back too prevalently.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.04/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

thanks to Rob for sharing this 2012 vintage with me enjoyed chilled in a tulip.

The color is black, opaque with medium tan head with lace that sticks in spots and fine bead. The smell has a cocoa and brine quality with light toasted grain and raisin-like dried fruit scent. Mouthfeel is good with medium char level with light sweetness and slight bitter middle with gentle toasted texture and mild alcohol in the semi-dry finish.

The taste is very good with semi-burnt sugar flavor and dark toasted grain with slight mineral aspect in the yeast with slight caramel taste mid palate and gentle woody accent adding to the complexity with a mostly dry finish in general. Easy to quaff overall I really enjoyed this take on the style with wonderfully tasty profile with not too much barrel character, yet 3 years has given this a smoothness and made it highly drinkable.

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Photo of HalfFull
3.85/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Corked and caged 750 ml poured into a large wine glass after a bit of a struggle to remove the cork. Finally a pop gives me relief as I had flat beer on my mind. Pours black with deep ruby highlights and with an inch or so or resilient tan foam. In fact it drinks like a nitro. infused beer

Aroma of sporadic roast notes amid a prevalance of vanilla and spice. No real barrel influence aside from perhaps some vanilla contribution on the nose initially, adding a bit with warming. The taste however does indeed bring forth more obvious barrel notes from the get go, with a touch of bourbon and some charred oak flavors. Also offers some pleasant roasted character and a hint of dark cherry, yet finishes rather dry and lightly bitter. ABV is well hidden well into full warming temps. Subtle yet complex on the tongue.

Feel varies through the temperature spectrum but is solid through and through yet a bit too dry to really kill it here. Overall an enjoyable brew limited only by it's dry smokiness in that a less robust yeast might raise the bar notably. Warming outgasses most vanilla and barrel notes on the aroma and to a lesser degree on the taste...

Note: Bottled 11/07/2014

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Photo of Matonika
4.17/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Look:almost jet black. smell: vanilla, chocolate, roasted malts. Taste: roasted coffee, light oak, semi sweet chocolate. Feel full body great carrbonation smooth texture. Great trader Joe's beer this is great.

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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 KYGunner
3.84/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This poured with a bit more carbonation than expected but it hollowed to a thick froth that left intense lacing.

The nose presents roasted chocolate malts, dry coffee bean, sweet vanilla and a graininess toasted malt.

The flavors are a bit muted with very little barrel but I get significant chocolate malts. At times I catch a bit of vanilla bean or cream, some roasted coffee and a touch of smoky ember.

This is an enjoyable beer but I expected a bit more barrel characteristics as supposedly it's 12 months in a barrel.

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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 BeerAdvocate
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From BeerAdvocate Magazine #73 (Feb 2013):

Great execution with the barrel aging and a hell of a job with brewing a robust Baltic Porter. Very balanced which is great to see with any beer that is aged in booze barrels, nothing is lost but all is complemented. Any worth beer geek should seek a bottle or two of this out.

STYLE: Baltic Porter
ABV: 8.0%
AVAILABILITY: Rotating

LOOK: Darkness, showy lacing

SMELL: Creamy, brown sugar, faint sherry, wood, charcoal, dark chocolate, black currants, light booziness

TASTE: Full-ish body, creamy, woody, mild vanilla, hint of bourbon, unsweetened dark chocolate, charred wood, dark fruit, warming, brown bread, semi-dry woody finish

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Photo of Benish
4.17/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 11/03/14.

Appearance: Poured into snifter glass. Brown color while pouring; in glass its like black licorice in color. Very thick 2 inch off-white head. As it slowly dissipated, lacings were all around the glass.

Smell: No bourbon. Maybe plain oak barrels? Predominantly malt with coffee with a little bit of floral hop notes.

Taste: bitter instantly and throughout - very woodsy and earthy. Like dark unsweetend baking chocolate. Its quiet a contrast to the smell. Regardless, the bitterness keep wanting me to take another drink after another. Very subtle malt following through.

Mouthfeel: thin mouthfeel (their Labyrinth is their exception - super creamy and thick!)

Overall: it's a great Baltic Porter. As I recall, this is probably only a few of the Baltic Porters I tried. I can't help but find a lot of similarities between this and black IPAs with the exception for the richness Sea Legs offer. Very tasty beer! And as far as I know, this beer is seasonal, not only brewed once as stated on this website.

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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 travolta
4/5  rDev -2.7%

Appearance: pitch black with a khaki head that settles nicely. A bit rocky and foamy. Lacing is nice and clings for a long time.

Nose: Dark malt, chocolate, bourbon.

Taste: Dark fruit, wood, cocoa, bourbon. Nice mouthfeel for the style Carbonation is spot on.

Notes: It hides it's alcohol extremely well.

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Photo of Brutaltruth
4/5  rDev -2.7%

A most interesting porter from Utah?!?! Pours from the big ol' bottle with a thick rich tan
head of foam and a luxurious dark brown to deep cola hued color. Aroma of chocolate,
coffee, light whiskey, smoke, and rich malts. Flavor is excellent with deep varying layers
of caramel malts, chocolate, and coffee on the front and sides. A mild whiskey flavor comes
through on the back with a light smoky aftertaste. Smooth mouthfeel, velvety yet lightly
rugged around the edges makes this an interesting brew. Very nice.

Cheers

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Photo of Jjski
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

A very good Baltic Porter. Most of Uinta Crooked is el fabulouso,, en fuego.

I think prior batches had more barrel, bourbon presence as now it is more in nose than taste. Balance, complexity, mouthfeel are great. If u think this is a stout : nope. Much lighter.

Grab The Labyrinth from Uinta for BA RIS taste explosion ....

IMHO: do not age this brew, it gains nothing and thins out after a year.

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Photo of utopiajane
4/5  rDev -2.7%

Pours the color of burnt caramel with a frothy head of khaki foam that’s creamy and lays itself on top of the beer. When the glass is not too full you can see cola colored hues and honey golds. Lace is shimmering like sea foam in the bright moonlight.

Nose is lush caramel and a fainter molasses. Coffee, chocolate and roasty malt. A sultry whiff of sweet bourbon and a bit of vanilla. The malt is earthy and fragrant. Some elusive dark fruits seem to flash and fade like twinkling stars but the one that lasts is a alight plum.

Taste is dry roasty malt with it’s sweet underpinnings. washes over the palate with a surprising milky sweetness. Strong bitter coffee, dry bittersweet chocolate, subtle vanilla and tempting bourbon. There is a wood so light on this that it seems to be afloat, weightless on the beer. A slight warmth from alcohol as this one finishes crisp, dry, thinnish to the palate but with a medium mouthfeel and with some hop bitter to linger alongside all that smooth caramel.

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

In a snifter from a bomber.

A- light, foamy espresso head forms into a plateau, and lace is scattered everywhere. Pitch black body with zero clarity.

S- creamy sweet malt flavor, the trade mark Uinta floral hop aroma (smells similar to Dubhe), faint chocolate, earthy notes. Caramel.

T- dark bitter chocolate, caramel, a touch of floral hops, vanilla.

M- thin and viscous with a bitter bite and some minor booziness. The finish lingers bitterlike.

O- A good beer but I remember it being close to perfection on my first try. I guess my taste has changed or evolved.

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Photo of arizcards
4.15/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Picked up a caged and corked 750 ml bottle from Total Wine for $11.99. Bottled on 141/04/13.

Beer poured dark brown with a near perfect tan head.

Nose has hints of mocha and whiskey.

Taste is dark chocolate, vanilla, and whiskey. The combo works well together.

Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied and very smooth.

Overall this brew has some great qualities! Porters tend to be thin bodied but this one has a nice viscous feel. The whiskey barrel is subtle and well played. The vanilla and chocolate added worked out pretty well. Nice brew, glad i had the opportunity to try!

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Photo of cvm4
3.96/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled Oct. 24, 2013

A - Pours very black for a porter and has a tan two finger head with great retention/lacing. One of the best looking porters I've seen in a while.

S - Has an aroma of bittersweet chocolate powder, milk lactose, brewed coffee, roasted malts and light vanilla. There's not a huge barrel presence on the nose, but the other aromas are very enticing.

T - Bittersweet milk chocolate at first, coffee and lactic acid begin the journey. Midway it's all roasted malts and at the end there is light barrel notes along with vanilla and brown sugar.

M - Light to medium bodied with medium fizzy carbonation. It's a very smooth bodied beer with a wet finish.

O - It's a well done beer. The base beer shines through all while letting the barrel treatment come forth, but not take over completely.

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

Served on tap at Morris Tap and Grill in NJ. 1/18

Pours dark black, light tan foam. Top layer. Creamy chocolate and vanilla nose. Coffee too. Smooth creamy layered taste. Very even. Modest, if any, bitter. Subtle bourbon taste at the close. Alcohol picks up steam. Light cream. Good.

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Photo of biboergosum
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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Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured an almost black body with gushing head that dies quick with an aroma of roasted malts that have a hint of chocolate. The beer is smooth and a little oaky with the vanilla coming in real good and sweet, minimal bourbon notes and chocolate that are balanced with roasted (not smoked) malts and there is a slight slickness to the beer. ABV hidden and this is an easy sipper that hits the spot.

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Photo of hops202
3.75/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

750ml poured into a Stone Snifter. Bottled on 11/11/13/.

Looks close to BBA when stout when poured with just a slight bit thinner texture. Nothing to amazing here with the smell. Same with the taste - seems like somthing is lacking. Very subtle hints of vanilla, almost no bourbon and barrel, some char and roast.

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Photo of Wasatch
4.18/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750ml Bottle
Caged/Corked
Bottled On: 11/04/13

Pours a very nice dark brown/black color, very nice carbonation, with a really awesome thick creamy two-finger plus light tan head, which leaves some very nice thick sticky lacing behind. The nose is malty, slightly smokey/roasty notes, slight vanilla, chocolate, toffee. The taste is very nice as well, malty, slightly smokey/roasty with lots of dark stuff. Medium body. Overall a very nice brew, glad I finally got a chance to check it out.

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Photo of Zorro
3.7/5  rDev -10%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Black colored beer with a tall brown colored head, very dark for the style.

Smells strongly of patent malt with a big coffee aroma. Mild berry aroma. Fainter licorice and a slight carrot scent.

Starts out mildly sweet with a bittersweet chocolate after taste with a long lasting finish. Berry flavor under all the coffee. Slight smoke this is very much a chocolate and coffee flavored beer.

Mouthfeel is good.

Overall a strong Milk Stout flavor wise. Pretty much a bittersweet ale.

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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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