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RATINGS: 314   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.35   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 207   ABV: 6.9%
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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.


2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Frank (2733) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 29, 2004
Well, here we go. My first Estonian beer and one of the few brews I’ve tried made in the elusive Baltic porter style. My first impression is that this beers just to damn sweet though it does have a nice medium amber color and a decent head. Normally, i’m a fan of the big sweet beers, eisbock and the like but sometimes if you combine sweetness with dark malts in just the wrong proportions I find it strongly disagreeable. Now, strongly disagreeable may be a bit harsh but I just can’t control my blasted mouth when the ABV climbs over 6.5%. Like all Baltic porters, I’d describe this as more similar to a malty doppelbock than your run-of-the-mill English style. The palate is sticky and thick with just a little touch of the carbonation. I taste some goodness here and there--chocolate, molasses, honey and more but I still don’t really like it. Why!? Well, hell if I know.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
motelpogo (6203) - Plzen, CZECH REPUBLIC - JUL 3, 2004
i suspect this bottle had been sitting at the brickskeller for quite some time. but it was still all right, pretty fruity - plum and sultanas with cocoa powder and just a hint of boiled cauliflower to make it a little unpleasant

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
IPFreely (1470) - Sanborn, New York, USA - JUN 21, 2004
If this were brewed in Germany it would probably be considered a doppelbock. Reddish brown color. Very caramelly, some medicinal cherry, some alcohol. Slight burn for only 7%, smooth, short finish. I’ve certainly had better.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
SubstanceT (1092) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - JUN 20, 2004
So what do you say about another mediocre porter? Well it is darker with a thin quickly discipating tan head. The nose and taste are just about the same, bland dry malts and just a dab of caramel. Porters suck.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Jukkabro (3484) - Tampere, FINLAND - MAY 10, 2004
UPDATED: JAN 11, 2005 Rerate, 2005/1/11 (5-4-5-3-9). Almost black colored, little yellow head vanished fastly. Lively carbonation. Roasted, strongly nutty and mild sweet chocolate aroma, nice one. Surprisingly high carbonation, does not fit here very well. Strong nutty flavor too, some roasted tones come up also. Ending is nicely dry and hopped, maybe some spices make it even more dry. Medium to full bodied. Nice brew indeed, carbonation is little bit of too high.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ante (3374) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - APR 29, 2004
Dark ruby colour with a large foamy tan head. Coffee, toffee, dried fruit and caramel in aroma. Fruity and chocolately flavour with hints of toffee and sweet coffee. Smooth finish of dark choclate and minerals.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
dirtymike (2016) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 16, 2004
Ruby in color with a medium off-white head. Aroma and flavor of dark fruit,sweet toffee and caramel.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - MAR 8, 2004
500 ml bottle. Fairly light-complexioned for any kind of porter -- looks more like a brown ale. Malty, nutty nose is similar to that style, and I'm beginning to worry -- but in the flavor it picks up, with that nice deep winey chocolatiness. Mmmm. Far from the best Baltic porter I've had, but it's such a great style, I'd certainly have this again.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TBone (12333) - Pori, FINLAND - MAR 4, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 30, 2005 Bottled
Black opaque color. Small lightly tanned head vanishing quickly. Good deal of carbonation. Aroma is sweet caramel and thin coffee. Taste is sweet prunes and some roasted malt. Finishes bitter with some hops and alcohol gives warming feeling. Certainly a winter beer! (6/4/7/3/14 3.4)
Re-rated (BB 06/2006)
Roasted, coffeish and warming. I like this more and more. (7/5/8/4/16 4.0)

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
PorterPounder (5344) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - FEB 19, 2004
Dark, mahagony colored pour with a slight off white head - not much lacing. Aroma is sweet - not dissimilar to pancake syrup. Flavor is very sweet - almost to the point of being cloying but not quite. Maple syrup, nuts, dates and raisins. No evidence of hops. Alcohol is hidden well. Very smooth going down. Add another country to my list.


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