Saku Õlletehas (Carlsberg)
Brewed at Aldaris (Carlsberg)

Style: Baltic Porter
Saku, Harjumaa, Estonia


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RATINGS: 366   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 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BlackHaddock (6384) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - OCT 22, 2014
500ml bottle: BBD 24 Oct 14. Cheers Mat for bringing this to the October Shrewsbury bottle swap: shared between four. Pours]ed a dark ruby/brown with a tanned and creamy head. The nose was of sweet malty molasses with some plum like fruitiness. The taste also malty sweet and again with a plum feel, some liquorice also in a flavoursome mixture that had coffee traces within it too. Smooth in taste and body, with only a hint of alcohol coming through: very pleasant in deed.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Hullujussi (21) - Tartu, ESTONIA - OCT 7, 2014
50cl from Karlova Meie pood. Cola like appearance. Not tottaly black. Smell has some coffee notes. Otherwise it quite modest. Tastes like porter should taste. Quite allright beer. Best from Saku.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
kevnic2008 (11414) - Baden-Baden, GERMANY - OCT 2, 2014
Dark brown, almost black colour with small beige head. Aroma has some malts and some coffee. A light fruity.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
gripweed57 (1385) - Hamilton Square, New Jersey, USA - OCT 1, 2014
Reddish brown color. Big creamy beige head.soft earthy malt nose. Tasty sweet herbal malt flavor has a coffee-like character. Wonderfully smooth and creamy. Reminiscent of a German Dunkel or Marzen. Quite tasty.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
trotwood (51) - Warsaw, POLAND - SEP 28, 2014
500 ml bottle. Aroma of chocolate, biscuits and bit of coffee. Medium sweetness. Carbonation could be a bit softer, while the texture is too thin in my view. Overall, a recommendable porter.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Kauge (1618) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - SEP 25, 2014
Bottle from a Comarket in Tallinn (€ 1,19), Sept 2014. BB 12/07/15. Pours black with a mahagony glare - head is big, creamy in coulour, laces nicely and drops slowly. Disturbingly, the aroma recalls boiled vegetables and some bad black bread, cold black coffee, caramel or molasses, it’s sweet, sour and acidic. Taste is quite sweet of caramelised sugar, also a lot of roasty malts, black bread, it’s also got some bitterness to it. Overall not very pleasant, metallic, acidic, sour taste. Body and carbonation medium, dry and metallic on the palate, a bit watery even. Metallic finish with very little but pronounced, daggering bitterness. Both times I’ve recently had this I’ve wished this was in a smaller bottle. I ain’t a fan.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Garlic_of_Doom (627) - SWEDEN - SEP 24, 2014
Bottle from Jan, thanks! Black with a thick khaki coloured head. Aroma is roasted and slightly tart, has some cacao and sweetness to it. Taste is sweet with chocolate, light roast and hops, slight alcohol. Medium body, high but smooth carbonation, smooth and round mouth feel. Short after taste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beerhammaren (1682) - Jyväskylä, FINLAND - SEP 5, 2014
.5l bottle from Rimi Tallin Pours dark ruby red with medium high tan creamy head. Aroma is roasted malts, dark bead, dark malts, plums and some nuts. Coffee and mudcake. Flavor is dark bread, dark malts, syrup and plums. Hint of alcohol at the end. Medium bodied beer with warm, soft mouthfeel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beerhunter111 (17284) - P´Castle, GERMANY - AUG 19, 2014
Tiefschwarzes Bier mit ordentlicher beigen Schaumkrone. Geruch röstmalzig, reife Früchte, Gewürze, Salz. Geschmack süß schokoladig, fruchtige Noten, Karamell, Zucker, leicht alkoholisch.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
djoeye (3835) - Tromsø, NORWAY - AUG 14, 2014
Huge beige head on the black-brown body with dark ruby tones. Crocheted and curtain’ish lacings. Aroma; roasted malts, black syrup, prunes and (straw)berries, chocolate, flowers. Taste; sweet roasted malts, hints of hops, mocca coffee with caramel syrup droplets, very modest liquorice notes, notes of some berries. On palate somewhat dry, nice body, soft carbonation. Finishes with warmth, dark roasted caramels, hoppy hints and anonymous berries. Overall an easy decent porter. [50cl brown spec.btl 6.9%abv BB25.03.15]

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