Saku Õlletehas (Carlsberg)
Brewed at Aldaris (Carlsberg)

Style: Baltic Porter
Saku, Harjumaa, Estonia


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RATINGS: 346   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.37/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 207   ABV: 6.9%
The most delightful way to enjoy Saku Porter would be in front of a fireplace or in candle light during those long and dark winter nights. This beer keeps you warm all through the coldest time of the year. Saku Porter is the ideal accompaniment to roasted meats and game. The fact that porter is also perfectly suited to light various desserts, especially those containing chocolate, may not be that commonly known. The ideal serving temperature for Saku Porter is rather high, 12–14 °C, a typical quality for dark beers. Saku Porter, a unique dark beer with strong taste, is brewed of water, caramel, light and coffee malts, hop and yeast, however, only once a year – for Christmas. Similarly to classical porters, Saku Porter is a strong (alc. 7.5 % of volume) full-bodied beer. A special jewel to Saku Porter is its high, rich, brownish foam.

Note: Originally brewed in Saku at 7.5%, moved to Aldaris and reduced to 7% in winter 2009/2010.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Miksu (5030) - Jyväskylä, FINLAND - JAN 10, 2007
0.5 l bottle. Black with diminishing tan head. Sweetish, roasted and malty aroma with toffee, licorice and vinous roastedness. Sweetish and roasty flavor with notes of coffee, charcoal and salty licorice. Bittersweet and roasty finish. Quite soft and oily palate.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
faroeviking (10284) - FAROE ISLANDS - JAN 4, 2007
Bottle. Pitch black colour. Little light brown head. Aroma of roasted malts and and bitter chocolate. Flavour is roasty, bit sweet with dark fruits, liquorice and good chocolate and then comes the strong alcoholic aftertaste.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Maria (10190) - Thisted, DENMARK - JAN 3, 2007
This one is the Christmas version, but it’s supposedly the same as the "normal" porter. It’s black/brown with a moderate head. The aroma has notes of coffee, a bit of chocolate, licorice, berries and alcohol and it has an OK bitterness. I think the alcohol is too dominant in the flavour.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
spporras (259) - FINLAND - DEC 21, 2006
(Bottle BB 30/10/07) Roasted malty, slightly coffee and caramel aroma with a hint of alcohol. Dark red brown colour and brownish, average size, more or less fully diminishing head with faint lacing. Sweet, burned, coffee, licorice, slightly caramel and slightly bitter flavour. Softly carbonated, medium-bodied palate with a hint of alcohol. The best Saku brew I’ve tasted so far! 15/12/06

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Tranquillity (1584) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - DEC 5, 2006
Roasted licurice aroma. Quite black with a thick light brown head which disappears quickly. Thick, roasted coffee and chocolate. Very bitter and fulfilling finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Papsoe (25069) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - DEC 3, 2006
(Bottle 50 cl) Pours a clear, dark brown with an orange glow and a bubby, dissipating beige head. Roasted coffee aroma. Fairly full-bodied with accents of hard roasted malt, lightly sweet chocolate, some dried fruit and lightly vinous port notes. A light bitterness from the malt. Quite delicate. 301106

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Theis (14668) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - OCT 15, 2006
Bottle at home - shared with Mette. This is not my first, I had one in Tallinn on our Balticum-summertrip, but this is the first time I rate it !! Black - small white head. Roasted, burned, raisins, chokolate, coffee - very nice, I will bye this beer again.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BBB63 (6507) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - MAY 6, 2006
The 100th rating for this beer thanks to Mad Mads Berg: Pours a deep brown with a rapidly fading head and zip for lace. The aroma is pure Baltic, fruity (plum and prune), espresso, anise, burnt black malt, and brown sugar.

The taste is surprising in that it is not cloy or too sweet thanks to a major acidic twang at the forefront. That star anise/licorice snap is shown throughout and even tasty. Some mocha powder and espresso burnt coffee bean is very much a major component of this brew as well. The mouth feel is strange as it comes off thin and watery but yet I get a light vinous quality on the finish.

Heck folks, I am not really of sure what to say. Part of me love the flavor profile but then part of me is left wanting so much more. Heavier mouth feel, better head retention and perhaps a bit more malt character would have this beer rocking. All told, still a impressive Baltic brew, thanks again Mads.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Fin (8704) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - APR 5, 2006
Bottle Citi Bar, Parnu, Estonia 16-05-05. Dark Chocolate brown colour, small tan head, some maltiness in aroma. Malty and roasted taste with some hints of chocolate, very good one of my favourite beers whilst in Estonia.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
saxo (15413) - Højbjerg, Aarhus, DENMARK - MAR 26, 2006
Bottle. Small tan head. Dark brown color. Aroma is chocolate and coffee. Taste is chocolate, coffee and licorice. Good porter.

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