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Hartwall Talvi Porter


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Formerly brewed at Hartwall (Royal Unibrew)
Style: Schwarzbier
Lahti, Finland


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RATINGS: 5   MEAN: 2.7/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.71/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 135   ABV: 4.5%
From the sweet taste of Hartwall Winter Porter one can find the fine aromas of coffee and hops. This bottom fermented beer from dark special malts has taken its name from the porters at the Victoria Station in London.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 5/20
raymondwave (931) - FINLAND - NOV 23, 2006
Yet another retired Hartwall product. Maybe they should start concentrating rather than bringing out new products every month. This was good tho. But was it porter, scwharzbier or dunkel?

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Jukkabro (3484) - Tampere, FINLAND - NOV 1, 2004
Almost black, hints of red in color. Beige head lasted nicely. Sweet roasted aroma with some metallic notes in there, mild aroma indeed. Flavor is stronger tha aroma, starts with some roasted coffee and ends with some vineous and hoppy tones. Body is thin to medium, carbonation comes up in the end, if this had a fuller body carbonation wouldn’t be needed but with here it is ok. Not very traditional porter, still nice try from Hartwall.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TBone (16197) - Pori, FINLAND - OCT 29, 2004
Bottled (BB 05/2005)
Dark portwine ruby with a good brownish head. Light roasted and malty aroma. Good malty body, slightly roasted flavor. Harsh malty aftertaste. Similar to Hartwall’s Dark Lager but has more malts and less roast.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
sayravai (4707) - Helsinki, FINLAND - OCT 23, 2004
(Bottled) Dark, clear, reddish color with a medium, beige head. Slightly roasted, quite malty, but slightly thin aroma with some hops, too. Malty, sweetish and moderately hoppy rye-pudding flavor. Somewhat similar to a typical Finnish home-brew (kotikalja). Quite thin and carbonated, medium-bodied and quite sugary palate. A decent brew, but a disappointment for those who expect to taste a real porter.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
brunnsbe (77) - Helsinki, FINLAND - OCT 21, 2004
UPDATED: NOV 25, 2004 The first I thought of when I tasted this beer was Checz dark lagers and German scwartzbier. One can feel a hint of coffee in the taste, and a small bitterness from the hops. Due to alcohol policy in Finland this beer is brewed so that is has 4,5% alcohol, so that it can be sold in normal supermarkets. One can argue if this beer really is a porter when it’s bottom-fermented.

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