Fat Boy Baltic Porter
The Olde Mecklenburg Brewery

Fat Boy Baltic PorterFat Boy Baltic Porter
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Baltic Porter
Ranked #157
Ranked #19,978
3.86 | pDev: 12.95%
The Olde Mecklenburg Brewery
North Carolina, United States
Very Good
Fat Boy Baltic PorterFat Boy Baltic Porter
Notes: 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.
Reviews: 14 | Ratings: 73
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 Franziskaner
3.78/5  rDev -2.1%
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 metter98
3.82/5  rDev -1%
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 UrbanCaveman
4.28/5  rDev +10.9%
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 +2.1%
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 BodiesLexus
4.56/5  rDev +18.1%
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 Jason
3.74/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22oz brown bomber, sample from the brewery.

Spectacular looking lacing from three fingers of head, very dark garnet hued "black" porter. Sweet nose with roasted grain and dark fruit undertones. Very smooth and creamy, moderate level of carbonation. Roastiness is a little harsh but not too bitter, it was needed as the sweetness is pretty high here. Robust but tame, bold but drinkable. A treat for sure.

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Photo of joe1510
4.13/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

32oz Swingtop Growler

Again, thanks Wil for picking up the tab on this growler while on the brewery bike tour. Good people! Fat Boy is dark and menacing, the body as black as night. A mocha head slowly forms on the pour and grows no higher than a cap. Bubbles creep up the snifter to reinforce the foam that shows good creaminess and staying power.

The nose is big and malty. It actually reminds me of a big, bold, bad dunkel lager more so than a Baltic Porter but I guess that could be expected from a German-style brewery. It's softly roasted with an undercurrent of nuttiness and a big brown bread toastiness. This is a big but amazingly clean beer.

The flavor profile is also very much like big dunkel lager. There's a soft roast but it's minimal. The main component is earthy, toasted brown bread and lots of it. An herbal hoppiness pops up mid-palate and evens out any type of sweetness that planned to show its head, though there is very little. Again, this beer is amazingly clean. Soft nuttiness and malt driven anise float along the periphery and add some depth. Nicely done.

As good as every aspect of this beer seems to be the mouthfeel may have them all beat. The body is moderate in weight with a carbonation frothy enough to keep things moving at a good clip. With the immense cleanliness and active carbonation this beer dries up quickly with no residual sugars. An easy going bitterness lingers. There's not a hint of alcohol anywhere.

Olde Meck calls this a Baltic Porter. I'd call it an imperial dunkel lager...as odd as that sounds. It works amazingly well. For such a big beer it drinks like a 6%er which could get you in trouble. It's bready, mildly roasty, supremely balanced, and delicious. If I lived by Olde Meck I'd buy Fat Boy often.

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Photo of DIM
3.6/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

a: This was a murky dark brown; it poured with a medium sized off white head.

s: Sweet bread and toffee along with plenty of fruit like raisins and plums. Noticeable heat as well.

t: Sweet dark fruits and toffee along with some roasty cocoa up front. The finish is a warm, perfumed licorice that was a bit distracting.

m: Lighter body for the abv, even for a lager. Very smooth though.

o: Pretty good beer. I would have liked this to be a bit sweeter.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle. Pours a very dark clear ruby in the glass, with a thin head of light mocha foam. This retains with some richness around the edges, leaving some heavy lacing back which slowly drips down the sides of the glass. The aroma smells of cocoa, caramel, roast and a healthy amount of dark fruitiness. Ripe fruit really starts to stand out as this warms up. The taste is very similar, with a bold dark fruit character that is complimented by notes of coffee, caramel and cocoa powder. A tingle of earthy hops also livens the profile up a bit and combines with the coffee flavor to finish this a touch bitter and roasty. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a fairly strong carbonation up front that then gets a little more smooth and creamy feeling along the back as you swallow. Alcohol is very nicely hid for an almost 9% beer. This was good, with a rich mix of flavors wrapped up in an extremely smooth and drinkable package. This is another winner from the OMB.

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Photo of Durge
3.96/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A dark root beer colored brew with a solid reddish tan head and fair signs of lacing. The nose picks up the bourbon right away but I think it's nicely balanced with candy apple caramel sweetness. The flavor follows suit perfectly with the same qualities. There's a pretty deep malt with some leafy edges to brighten it up. I get some prune and cinnamon as well. I think this is a respectable brew though I'm not sure it is typical if the style. No matter. I like it. The body is medium-light with a tangy carbonation and feel along with a bit of cloying tendencies.

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Photo of Cylinsier
4.31/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Tap at the brewery.

Pours a dark reddish brown with a thick fine yellowish head.

Smells of caramel and cocoa, some dark fruit.

Flavor is of caramel, cocoa and a bit of scotch.

Full body with a light crisp carbonation.

Very tasty, great flavor. Excellent, a must-try.

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Photo of brentk56
4.24/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle 124/300

Appearance: Pours a clear auburn color (lighter than most of the style but within the BJCP guidelines) with a thick, somewhat creamy tan head that leaves plenty of lacing behind

Smell: Caramel, toasted brown bread, licorice and dark fruit (prune and raisin)

Taste: The prune and raisin flavors jut forward, with caramel. toast and licorice adding malty depth in the middle; after the swallow, there is a hint of hop balance to offset the sweet flavors as well as some licorice in the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Tasty, but very different from most Baltic Porters (most versions I have tasted are much darker in color, with more of a Porter character - the long gone Ølfabrikken Porter being the defining Baltic for my palate) and it sent me to the BJCP guidelines just to check; I would have pegged this as a Doppelbock but, to my surprise, this beer is firmly within the style guildelines

Thanks to my daughter and her boyfriend for picking up a couple of bottles at the release

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Photo of Bung
3.15/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Draft at OMB. A light brown pour.  Layer of cream head.  A little different so far.

Aroma,  light roast and chocolate.  

Taste, toasted malt, a lot of nuttiness.  Some caramel and chocolate.  A little woodiness.

Struggles to get much above light bodied.  Drinks very easy though. Even carbonation and no alcohol presence.

A little puzzled by this one.  Just doesnt fit with the norms for the style. Worth a try on draft, at Olde Meck. I will say if a German was to make a Baltic Porter I bet it would be much like this.
Looking forward to the next one more however...

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Fat Boy Baltic Porter from The Olde Mecklenburg Brewery
Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 73 ratings