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:
500
Avg:
4.11
pDev:
18.73%
 
 
Wants:
42
Gots:
102
For Trade:
3
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Photo of brureview
3.73/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured in a tulip, the beer is an intensely dark chocolate with a three finger head.

Light vanilla wafts from the head.

The mouth feel is very carbonated. There is a tingling tartness.

The taste is hoppy, chocolate and light vanilla. With warming, there is more maltiness,
smoothness, but the hoppiness masks the chocolate.

I was a bit disappointed by the beer. I expected a richer chocolate, and a smoother taste with vanilla. I switched glasses for a difference. The stein produced a smoother, more malty taste, but the pronounced tang remained.

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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 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 ChainGangGuy
3.92/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

750ml bottle - $12.99 at Bullock's Wine & Spirits in Marietta, Georgia.

Bottled On: 11/21/12.

Appearance: Pours an onyx black body with an initially tall, tan head, though it collapses fairly soon.

Smell: Fudge, carob chips, flecks of charred malt. Then, some vanilla and oak from the barrel. Light, leafy touch from the hops. Hint of foiled dark fruits, a bit of musty, funkiness cut from razor thin sniffs of alcohol.

Taste: Bittersweet chocolate, carob, and some slightly burnt malt hinting at espresso start. Medium-light sweetness. Slight, somewhat subtle vanilla and oaken elements from the barrel treatment. There's a very, very light but noticeable funkiness for me, giving it a faintly sourish backing. Soiled dark fruitiness. Mild hop character, very low bitterness. Warming, chary, chocolaty finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium-plus carbonation, initially. Smooth, as it glides across the tongue, but there's ample suds all the same (initially, at least).

Overall: A decent sipper. I think I like it. I think?

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Photo of cindyjeffsmith
3.95/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

appearance: Beautiful darkest of browns. Very little light getting through this. Slight dark red highlights when held to light.
smell: Smoky vanilla and chocolate. The barrel aging adds a fairly subtle but detectible sumpin extra.
taste: Quite good though not as rich as the nose promises.
overall: Another nice addition to the crooked line series.

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Photo of jlindros
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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Photo of rudzud
4.18/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to JLindros for sharing this bottle.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a deep dark brownish black with a big mocha three finger head that fades to leave a one finger head and nice heavy side lacing. Incredible.

S - Aromas of nice roast and lightly sweet malts. Faint alcohol notes and soft wood/barrel as well. Rather nice Baltic porter.

T - Taste is nice and roasty toasty with a slight metallic tinge with a gentle bitter roast. Light chocolate as well. Not getting much barrel on the taste though.

M - Mouthfeel is good a bit sharp for a porter. Still though very drinkable for a 8%porter beer.

O - Overall this was a solid beer with very nice roast qualities. Would like to see a bit more barrel come through but still a damn good beer from Crooked Line.

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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 Spectre
3.61/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A.Black with a thin dark brown head.

S.Chocolate, Coco, Oak, and a hint of Vanilla.

T.Not bad but definitely not what I was expecting. There's more coffee and hops than chocolate. Though there's vanilla this beer is far for sweet.

M.Thinner than most porters. I can use a little more smoothness.

Overall not a bad porter but has more of a stout feel to 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 Bendurgin
4.02/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a tulip. This one pours dark brown with a thick cap of frothy white head.

The aroma has hints of bitter dark chocolate with some dark fruits in the background. Roasted malts on the pallet with dark bready flavors. Hints of bitter cocoa in the background.

The body is medium with soft carbonation. Overall this is a good brew; would gladly try it again.

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Photo of andrewinski1
4.11/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip. The color is black. There is a full fluffy tan head with lots of staying power.

Bendurgin did the pouring and I could smell the chocolatey hop aroma.

The taste is full of coffee and some chocolate vanilla notes. This is well balanced with roasted and hop bitterness cutting into the malt sweetness just enough. Oak notes are subtle, perhaps undetectable.

This is full bodied with a fluffy mouthfeel. This is super delicious. The only way it could improve is by being rarer.

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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 overnightstorms
4.09/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured in a wine glass (best available glass)

A- 1 inch tan head. Perfect lasting lacing. Deep dark brown almost black. 

S- black cherry, molasses, burnt sugar, roasty/toasty. Smells like a food I can't quite pinpoint.

T- complex. black cherry, dank, acidic, dark roasted coffee, strong licorice, dark malts, a bit musty, dark rye bread.

F-  thick, rich and full. 

O- Sweet and heavy. The black cherry flavors are strong. There's a bit of funky "food" smell (slight taste) that was at the tip of my tongue and couldn't quite pinpoint. I prefer the bolder flavors of imperial stouts but this was definitely sweet and interesting.

Really awesome aesthetics. Beautiful artwork of a sailor in some dark weather meeting a mermaid.  

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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 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 LiquidAmber
4.2/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into an Elysian snifter. Pours a very dark brown, appearing opaque black in the glass. Fine one finger brown head with good retention and great lacing. Aroma of toasted malt, chocolate, vanilla and mild dark fruits. Flavor dominated by toasted malt, charred coffee and bitter chocolate with light vanilla, dark fruit and a hint of citrus. Finishes with charred malt and light hops. Medium bodied with pleasant creaminess. A really nice porter. Somewhat less light fruit / cherry flavor than I'm used to from Baltic porters, but not complaining, this is really well integrated and tasty. Another winner from Uinta's Crooked series.

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Photo of emerge077
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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Photo of Kromes
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a snifter. Pitch black with a huge brown colored head that leaves sheets of lacing down the glass. Looks like a root beer float.

Oak, vanilla, roasted malt, chocolate aromas.

More of the same in the flavor. It starts out with very smooth oak, vanilla and chocolate flavors. There is a sweet, lactic creaminess to the beer. The oak is very mellow and doesn't overpower the beer. A great balance. The roasted malt does take a back seat here and only makes itself present towards the finish were it provides a bitterness and roast flavor that lingers.

A nice smooth feels to it with a bit of acidic tang and bitterness in the finish.

Very, very good beer. Delicious and well crafted with flavors that compliment and balance one another.

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.21/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750 ml caged and corked bottle, bottled on 12/04/12. Served in a nonic pint glass, the beer pours dark brown/black with about an inch and a half frothy tan head that stayed around for a very long time. There's also a good amount of lacing. The aroma is nice, it smells like dark fruit, roasted malt, bittersweet chocolate, wood, vanilla, and some coffee. It tastes like roasted malt, bittersweet chocolate, vanilla, coffee, burnt/charred malt, dark fruit, molasses and a bit of licorice. Nice balance between the sweet and bitter roasty flavors. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's smooth and a bit creamy with good carbonation. I liked this brew a lot, I think I'll have to pick up another bottle soon. $11.99 a bottle.

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Photo of tdm168
4.03/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - black with a thick, brown head that has great retention

S - roasted malts, citrus, coffee

T - creamy, citrusy, coffee, roasted malts, sugary

M - full bodied, smooth, well carbonated

This is an interesting beer. It has most of the typical notes that one would expect from the style, but there is an intense citrus character throughout. I won't say I didn't like it, but it wasn't what I was expecting. Once I came around to the blend of coffee, citrus, and some burnt sugar notes all blended together, I really enjoyed this beer. It's worth checking out.

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Photo of mactrail
3.57/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Quite attractive dark chestnut brown color with lots of beige head. I finally get to use my Crooked Line slender tulip on a new beer. Appealing malty, roasty aroma. Just a whiff of plastic detracts from the nose.

Rather nice mouthfeel, on the creamier side. Some chocolate and winey flavors. Dark roast malt in every shade of black. Slightly sweet, and some nutty flavors. Some woody flavor that is hard to place seems to account for the oak. Bitter twang for the ending with a charred edge. Some bitterish fruit like currants, pomegranate, pear skins. Interesting example of the style.

From the 500 ml corked bottle bought at Bine and Vine in San Diego.

12/18/2013 update: On tap at Tiger Tiger. Not so tasty as I remember. A hint of plastic. Woody.

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Photo of Bung
3.78/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml. Nice looking black pour, nearly a finger of tanish head. Retained pretty well. Looks like there might be a high level of carbonation to this...

Aroma, some roast malt, dark chocolate and a woody note. The nose is not real strong.

Taste, roast malt, dark chocolate and woody cocoa. Oak is nice in the finish. Some coffee/anise. Just a little bit thin throughout.

Mid bodied, carbonation a tick too high to feel creamy. Very easy to drink. Just seemed a little thin, maybe still a bit too fresh.

Lack of boldness in any way is the only thing holding this back from the upper eschelon. So far my least favorite of the crooked line, which have all been excellent.

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Photo of agomega
3.68/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle served in a tulip glass.

Appearance: Deep opaque black, with a caramel colored head that dissipates to a thin foam covering on top of the beer. Slight lacing, but most of the head stays on top of the beer.

Smell: Chocolate, Vanilla, Licorice, and hints from the oak barrels in which it was aged.

Taste: The overall taste is very light and balanced - definitely not a flavor bomb like an imperial stout. Notes of chocolate, licorice, vanilla and oak, with a very subtle astringency coming from the oak (perhaps due to the rye whiskey).

Mouthfeel: Thin to medium mouthfeel. Very smooth drinking for such a big beer. Could easily finish the whole bottle.

Overall: A very smooth and refined beer, great for a light desert sipping beer.

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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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Sea Legs Baltic Porter from Uinta Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 101 ratings.
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