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RATINGS: 330   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.36   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.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
npdempse (934) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - MAY 10, 2003
Brown, clear, with a light tan head that doesn't last long. Nose is slightly metallic, sweet and chocolatey. Flavor is surprisingly good, medium-sweet with notes of chocolate. Mouthfeel tends toward the fizzy/bitey end of the spectrum.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 19/20
austinpowers (2826) - New York, New York, USA - MAY 8, 2003
Oh yeah! A good Bock - although the label says "Porter." But in the glass, it looks like a brandy, not a porter (granted, I'm drinking out of a snifter, which lends an air of Cognac-ness). Plenty of sweetness from the chocolate malt conceals the 7% abv almost totally. But this is so very different from Stepan Razin Porter and Utenos (other Baltics) that I've got to think that the Saku isn't quite true to style since the taste lacks the oily toffee and roasty notes you'd expect. Nevertheless, it's delicious.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - MAY 4, 2003
Clear red brown, very little head. . . Woody alcohol aroma mixed with plenty of piney hops and sugary candy. Nice smokey flavour with a very clean crisp, though a bit chewy, cotton candy malt. A bit of lingering hops, very plesant.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 17, 2003
Pours with a reddish-brown body topped by a medium thick lasting head with some lace. not very dark for a porter. Sweet fruity (apples?) malt aroma with caramel and a slight hint of alcohol. Sweet malt flavor with caramel and fruity notes and a slight bitterness from hops. Full bodied, tingly and a touch dry. This beer reminds me more of an English strong/old ale or a scottish ale than a porter.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
goz (359) - Chelmsford, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 23, 2003
Poured clear reddish-brown - lighter than I expected for a porter. The head was thick and tan, slowly diminishing, leaving almost no lace. Aroma was sweet - caramel, butterscotch, hints of cherries. Flavor starts sweet, with caramel being the main flavor, finishes with a slight roasted malt flavor that lasts for a bit. Body is medium, slightly tingly carbonation on the tongue, and the slightest bit of alchohol in the end.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 6, 2003
UPDATED: FEB 22, 2003 the color was light for a porter and transparent...the head was only a ring..the aroma was carmel berry dopplebockish..the flavors were carmel, nutty & berry-like..yet thin...alcohol is completely hidden..the flavor was lagerish yet had nutty, carmel, and chocolate notes that made it quite tolerable..a tad too easy drinking for 7% honestly

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
CaptainCougar (7132) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - DEC 24, 2002
Lightly sweet aroma coming from the rather light colored body, at least for a porter that is. The hop flavor is pleasant and fairly well balanced, but the finish is a bit sticky. Overall pretty good, but a little out of style.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Pjones6738 (500) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 10, 2002
Nice reddish color, with a decent sized tan head. Very malty caramel smell. Bread and caramel in the taste as well. I enjoyed it.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mrkimchee (1414) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 23, 2002
pours uncharacteristic reddish colour with a quick disappearing beige head. roasty, toffee-ish aroma. the flavour hold some nice notes of cherry hard candy, medicine, alcohol and slight chocolate. not what I expected from a porter, but quite nice.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jayme9874 (756) - Hamburg, New York, USA - NOV 15, 2002
A deep amber/brown. Light for a porter. Thin creamy head, decent lace. Nose of caramel, plums, grains, alcohol, slight oxidation and more. Thinnish feel hold some decent flavors, dark, sweet,caramelized malts. Touch of anise and a nice alcoholic warmth orburn depending how you look at it. Starts a bit harsh but once your palate settles, this baby becomes your best friend. Maybe a bit of oxidation but an enjoyable brew.


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