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Saku Õlletehas (Carlsberg)
Brewed at Aldaris (Carlsberg)

Style: Baltic Porter
Saku, Harjumaa, Estonia

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RATINGS: 354   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.38/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 207   ABV: 6.9%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BlackBeerPG (259) - Darien, Illinois, USA - NOV 10, 2015
Taste has coffee and chocolate malt. Very dark brown, semi opaque, complex bold coffee bean semi sweet. Full body, thick tan head with little lace. A bit of a kick.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
neverleaveopen (245) - GERMANY - MAR 24, 2016
UPDATED: MAR 27, 2016 clear dark brown with a fine head. aroma of bread, coffee, caramel. well-balanced taste. good finish.

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.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
omhper (22897) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - JUN 22, 2003
Bottled. Very black with brown head. Sweet and portlike, raisiny and roasty. Big licorice and coffee flavour. Salty stinging finish. How come even the worst brewers can make great Baltic porters?

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
frankenkitty (2005) - Oak Lawn, Illinois, USA - NOV 3, 2005
Deep copper with red highlights... attractive, but like no porter I’d ever seen. An orange/tan head started promising but fizzed away in a flash. Peppery particulate hovers and settles. Sweet caramel and other candy-like goodness were a Hallowee’n treat made even more special with healthy whiffs of alcohol. Flavor was sweet & earthen ending sour. A light tingle to finish left a lasting impression of caramel & esters.

The whole of this beer is greater than the sum of its parts... whereas the flavor at first seemed lacking, it rounded out the other ragtag elements and contributed to a thoroughly enjoyable experience.

<font size=-4>50 cl bottle purchased at<a href= http://www.ratebeer.com/Place/illinois/elmh Sal’s Beverage World, Elmhurst, IL<font size=-1>

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
kramer (5760) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 31, 2007
500 ml bottle, via Papsoe. Pours a very dark brown body under a fizzy and foamy light brown head. Good head retention partly due to the moderate visible carbonation. Classic Baltic Porter nose, lots of burnt caramel, some roast, bitter chocolate, light alcohol, light tar, and a little licorice. Flavor is burnt caramel and dark brown sugar in large quantities up front. Some light malt derived bitterness on the finish that keeps the sweetness in check. Some light plum and dark fruit notes throughout. Mouthfeel is full bodied and a little thick with soft slightly fizzy carbonation. Slightly oily in texture. A pretty nice beer. Very surprised to se the relatively low ratings for this one.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mauritsio (706) - FINLAND - JUN 27, 2014
Bottle bought from some shop in Tallinn. Black with medium brown head. Some smoky and liquorice aroma. Lasting Bitterness. Thick texture. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MarkoNm (2208) - Novo mesto, SLOVENIA - JUL 8, 2014
UPDATED: JUL 16, 2015 Pours a deep black color, topped with a decent tan colored head, retention is also fine. There is a very pleasant chocolate aroma mixed with some raosted aroma as well. The taste is slightly sweet and creamy, chocolate is dominant, followed by roasted feel and coffee. The finish is mildly bitter. All in all a very enjoyable beer.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
77ships (7353) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - DEC 3, 2015
500 ml. bottle shared. Purchased @ ABC Beers. Black, patchy moldy-looking mocha head. Nose is light licorice, syrup, dash molasses, engine oil & thick honey sweetness, quite syrupy, slick, sweet in a strongly herbal way. Taste is light herbal bitterness coupled with huge herbal, slightly industrial, slick syrupy sweetness, burned herbs, light anise, black licorice, honey sweet, quite a bit of molasses. Slick, touch industrial goopy & strongly syrupy body. Herbal, licorice, anise qualities of these are potentially divisive. Overal this is a surprisingly nice industrial offering, there seem to be a few surprisingly nice Baltic Porters floating around still in that part of the world from industrialized breweries. One can do little wrong with this one, quite pleasant.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Deejay1010 (1) - Beccles, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - JUN 16, 2016 does not count
Wonderful smooth, velvety texture. Superb Burnt chocolate aroma. AND AMAZINGLY drunk this one from fridge on warm June afternoon watching European cup football on TV. Watched England beat Wales 2-1 alone so GREAT COMPANY !


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