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RATINGS: 319   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.


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
pivnizub (8853) - Bochum, Porúří, GERMANY - MAY 8, 2007
Bottle: Very dark, bigger yellowish, quite stable head; roasted malt, sweet malt, dark fruits and a tinge of coffeee in the aroma; creamy, soft MF, medium to full bodied; sweet coffee, roasted malt in the lingering bitter-sweet finish. A very good stuff......

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Theydon_Bois (8652) - The ’Sham, Surrey, ENGLAND - MAR 8, 2013
Bottle on Rugby Corroi night @20MR thanks to SP, 06/03/13. Very dark mahogony brown with a thin tan head. Nose is roast malt, light coffee tones, dark fruits, toffee. Taste comprises dark malt, hint of chocolate, dark treacle toffee, molasses, tar, leather, slightly burnt aspects. Medium bodied with moderate carbonation lending towards a dry finish. Pretty basic average fayre with zero hidden depths for a 6.9% Baltic Porter !

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
MoritzF (8493) - Bochum, GERMANY - MAY 7, 2007
(bottle) Very dark brown, almost black colour with a thick and dense, beige coloured foamy head. Roast-malty aroma, slightly sugary with caramel, cacao and a touch of liquorice sweetness. Roast-bitter flavour, pleasant roast-malt character with caramel, liquorice and notes of chocolate in the background, medium bodied, moderate carbonation. Dry-ish, bitter-roasty finish with a coffee-like aftertaste. Nice and pleasant.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
GT2 (8426) - San Diego County, California, USA - MAR 23, 2010
500mL. Pours a deep ruby with a large tan head that is fizzy, cola-like and has pretty good retention and no lace. Aroma is grainy, corn, sweet malt, almost lagerish. As it warms you can get some smoke, dried meats, and even oxidized apple slices. Taste is boozy, watery, malty, dirty, metallic. Meh.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JoeMcPhee (8411) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 25, 2011
Deep brown pour with a tight tan head. The nose is quite toasty and a little bit sweet. Some dark sweet malt and a little bit of cocoa. A touch of toffee and some sweet chocolate. A little bit of lean sweet malt and a bit of toffee. Some slight dark malt character. Moderately roasted character with a little bit of acidity. Warming brings it more into balance than it starts, but it’s still a little bit on the sweet side along with some toffee.

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Benzai (8214) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - DEC 13, 2012
50cl bottle shared with Dutchdrebus. Very dark brown to black color with a nice deep dark red glare coming through. Full sized beige to light brown head that lasts for a decent while. Smell malts, dark malts, leaves and slightly sweet. Low to medium carbonation and body. Bit disappointing imo.

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Rune (8044) - Tromsø, NORWAY - DEC 30, 2010
500ml bottle, thanks to Finn for this gift at Yuletide. Fast declining, beige head. Deep dark body with a shiny ruby tint. Moderate smell of liquorice and dark malts. Earthy malts, notes of dark spices and added by sweet liquorice. Soft and dry in the mouth. Nice Baltic Porter, however, a bit too sweet for a higher score (at home, Tromsø 29.12.2010).

3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BMan1113VR (7858) - Los Angeles, California, USA - APR 20, 2011
Bottle (7.5%). Pours with a very deep, practically black hued body and a tan head that lasts. Good lace. Aromas are sweet and pretty alcoholic. A bit of cloying sweetness. Estery: plums, banana. Malt profile is strong of caramel and molasses. Dark roast is relatively absent. Flavors of alcohol and esters, raisins, plum, banana, dark cherries, and dark fruit. Some molasses. Dark roast flavors are very light (a bit of chocolate). Balance is malt sweetness, medium duration with a bit of a lingering plastic flavor. Some bitterness. Nicely creamy, and warming, body is full with a bit too much residual sweetness for my tastes. Medium to light bubbles.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
gnoff (7834) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - JUN 10, 2007
(50 cl bottle, thanks oh6gdx!) Black color, brown head. Metallic, grainy and sweet raissinous scent. Also some chocolate an dalcohol. Coffee and roasted malt taste, molasses and anise. Smooth mouthfeel. Long roasted aftertaste. Low bitterness. Mix very nice when sampling it with some 86% cocoa dark chocolate.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
jercraigs (7812) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 12, 2004
Bottle. Apparently it was a bit of a fluke that this ended up on the shelves of the LCBO instead of a private order. Interesting. Ruby amber body, moderate off white head. Sweetish malty aroma is muted. Fruity sweet malt with a touch of caramel. Palate is light. Not bad, not great either. Toronto Christmas Party 2004.


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