Fat Boy Baltic Porter | The Olde Mecklenburg Brewery

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Fat Boy Baltic PorterFat Boy Baltic Porter
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3.82/5
Very Good
70 Ratings
Fat Boy Baltic PorterFat Boy Baltic Porter
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
The Olde Mecklenburg Brewery
North Carolina, United States
oldemeckbrew.com

Style: Baltic Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
When it comes to making fresh, flavorful beer, we say go big or go home. That’s why we created Fat Boy, OMB’s “biggest” beer. But as rich and bold as Fat Boy is, it also nimbly covers a lot of tasty ground, blending sweet, malty notes of caramel, toffee, and chocolate with subtle hints of prunes and raisins. Fat Boy is a big, bold, and bountiful premium craft beer. There’s just no getting around it.

Added by Bung on 01-13-2013

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#19,868
Reviews:
14
Ratings:
70
pDev:
12.83%
 
 
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2
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20
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Ratings: 70 |  Reviews: 14
Photo of BeardedWalrus
3.77/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A very good beer on it's own merits, but it doesn't represent the Baltic Porter style very well.

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Photo of Squire
3.84/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Dark brown color with ruby red highlights.

Aroma of dark toasty malt and dark ripe Mission figs with a light lacing of licorice.

Taste is dark malt with a cola like richness that brings together the malt, figs, licorice elements into a well balanced whole. The finish brings a touch of sweetness that lingers in the aftertaste just long enough to offset the malt roastyness.

Light medium texture with balancing carbonation.

Overall it strikes me as a well balanced take on the style that is also well crafted. The resident Guinness fan believes it could use a bit more flavor but it tastes fine by me.

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Photo of jwclt
1/5  rDev -73.8%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Photo of maccane
3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Keith27614
4.24/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Jcarriglio
3.97/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Pranksterbeer
4.49/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Visit the Old Meck Brewery on a regular basis- Great Place- This beer is my favorite tap there.

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Photo of evanwoertz
4.62/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Franziskaner
3.78/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Dark brown with still some light seeping through. There's a fingernail of brown around the rim and half of the middle. Light lacing. The aroma is of dark malt. I'm tasting dark malt with a malty bite in the finish. There's some black licorice and a bit of spice I'm having trouble picking out in the mix. The mouth is lightly chewy and sticky.

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Photo of ejimhof
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of metter98
3.82/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On-tap at The Olde Mecklenburg Brewery, Charlotte, NC

A: The beer is close to being black in color—traces of amber are visible near the bottom of the glass when it is held up to a light. It poured with a short beige head that also had lots of bubbles coating the sides of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of dark malts are present in the nose.
T: The taste follows the smell and has added hints of prunes in the finish.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer feels a touch lighter in body compared to other beers in the style.

Serving type: on-tap

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Photo of Jason_cs
3.81/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of LooseMoose1978
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of WCKDVBZ
3/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of spycow
3.94/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ovaltine
3.99/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of UrbanCaveman
4.28/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle, porter glass, 40 degrees F.

A: Pours a deep, chocolatey brown with ruddy highlights, and forms a couple fingers of dense orange-tan head. Faintly, one can make out the shadows of their fingers on the other side of the glass. Decent retention, decent lacing.

S: Chocolate, roasted grain, and some dark stone fruit.

T: Chocolate and just underripe plums swell through this beer, above a solid base of roasted grainy malt and caramel. At times, as it warms, there's an almost cola-like sweetness, or perhaps something more like Pibb as there's occasionally a muted black cherry aspect. The finish lingers as underripe plum and hints of cola/Pibb.

M: Relatively full-bodied, I'd almost slap a "stout" label on here, were it not for the yeast and process involved. Carbonation is just a touch on the sharp side.

O: If I lived in Charlotte, this would be a staple beer in my drinking rotation whenever available.

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Photo of gopens44
3.94/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

So this one here looks plenty dark with a big, fluffy beige head sure enough. Then you see that there's not much lacing left, ya know?

And I'll be darned if I don't get a full snoot of mealy, maltiness every time I take a drink.

So geez, I've got a good enough taste hete, ya know? I've got plenty of dark fruit and some toffee, ya know? It's really, really super.

It's a darn shame that I'm almost done with it, ya know? All I'm going to have left is this dry and slightly cloyingly sweet finish.

So here's the thing, Ya know - I think this one is pretty darn good.

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Photo of JWhat
3.61/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Volsdawg10
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of RUN-4-B33R
4.66/5  rDev +22%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 5

Photo of PA-Michigander
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DoubleMalt
4.37/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BodiesLexus
4.56/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A Baltic Porter made according to Reinheitsgebot standards? Count me in.
Pours a cola-black with nice 1.5 finger white head into my goblet. Head fades to a ring which remains forever, lots of ongoing wisps of carb with every glass tilt. Brick-red color is seen through the first half inch when the glass is tilted. Not a thick beer at all.
Smell of raisins and licorice. Yeah, lots of fruity tones, prunes and figs? Barely a hint of barley roast (ah, wordplay) is imagined. I could say liquid chocolate is hinted at, but that's more my brain than my nose. This is a fruit-forward nose ... thinking more of a weizenbock than a porter, but I like the mixture here. Intrigued.
Taste is, well, EXACTLY what the nose was. Smooth dark fruits. Prunes and plums with leather, licorice and chocolate chiming in. These tastes are more like a dark wine almost. Weizenbock/Doppelbock comparisons are warranted.
Great spread of taste notes from a beer with only the classic ingredients. I love it. A bit of amber-type malt sweetness comes across as it warms. This is subtly in the no-mans-land between brown/porter/doppelbock for me. It is fruitier than any porter I've ever had. The alcohol is nowhere in the tastes. Drinks 'lighter' than my favorite standard porters (Anchor, Smutty). Amazing taste depth despite the airy lightness of it all. I'd be disappointed if I'd set my heart on a strong, sludgy, coffee-roast porter here, but dang, the flavor utopia here is a totally different palate from the expected, and it's great.

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Photo of Bilco
3.52/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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Fat Boy Baltic Porter from The Olde Mecklenburg Brewery
Beer rating: 3.82 out of 5 with 70 ratings