Fat Boy Baltic Porter | The Olde Mecklenburg Brewery

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

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

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Ratings: 68 |  Reviews: 13
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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

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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 Jason
3.74/5  rDev -2.1%
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 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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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

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

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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
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 Bung
3.15/5  rDev -17.5%
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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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

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

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4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

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

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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

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

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3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

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

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

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

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3.08/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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 68 ratings