Saku Õlletehas (Carlsberg)
Brewed at Aldaris (Carlsberg)

Style: Baltic Porter
Saku, Harjumaa, Estonia


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RATINGS: 343   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.37   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 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JPDIPSO (5124) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - APR 23, 2002
A dark copper color with a fluufy tan head. Head retention good with lace. A brown porter by style. Aroma of chocolate malt and some malt sweetness. Flavor very light with some other sugar flavors which distract form the malt. A basic brown ale.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Indra (2711) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - NOV 3, 2002
Medium brownish-amber color with a slight, off-white head. Light, brown-sugary, caramel malt aroma. Spicy, bready flavor, with a decent amount of caramelized, malty sugar and a hint of licorice and alcoholic warmth. Medium bodied and a very carbonated palate. This is more like a dark strong lager in profile.

   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
dortmunder (961) - Herdecke, GERMANY - DEC 17, 2004
Bottled. Dark brown colour. Small, very quickly diminishing head. Caramelly, strongly coffeish aroma. Toasted malts and heavy coffee flavour. Lasting medicine-bitter finish. Mediumbodied. Interesting beer, but the medicine bitterness somehow spoiled it for me.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
MillStreetMan (152) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 7, 2005
I have a soft spot for Baltic Porters, and while this isn’t really a sophisticated beer, it’s got a good nose and flavour that reminds me of bread pudding. Not bad.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
bark (255) - Linköping, SWEDEN - APR 10, 2005
This bottle was bought in Estonia, the alcohol is 7.5% and it is labelled something like “vintage 2004”.

The colour is pitch-dark. The pale brown foam fills almost the whole glass, but it sinks down with a fizzing sound into a two finger thick head.

A roasted flavour dominates the smell, but there are also notes of candle grease, some spices, sweet malt and hints of alcohol and smoke. It is not 100% pleasant.

The carbonation is medium strong with small bubbles. The mouth feel is creamy.

The taste is unexpectedly mild and simple with roasted notes, some sweetness, over boiled vegetables (cabbage?) and margarine. There is no alcohol in the taste whatsoever. The aftertaste is somewhat unbalanced with a strong bitterness and roasted malt. It is surprisingly drinkable considering the alcoholic content.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ThomasE (5174) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - OCT 9, 2005
Dark brown colour with a very small tan head. Roasted malty aroma with a weak fruityness. Roasted malty flavor with some coffee bitterness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
sunevdj (3516) - Copenhagen OE, DENMARK - DEC 10, 2005
UPDATED: JUN 2, 2007 Pours dark with a tanned head. Smells of sweet port and malts. Sweet and malty. Aromas of sweet port and a hint of liquirish and alcohol. Bitter malty finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
baggio (326) - norrtälje, SWEDEN - MAY 26, 2008
Bottle@home Appearance: Pitch black with a huge brown creamy head that vanishes a bit too quickly. Aroma: Molasses, Chocolate, Roasted malt, Dark bread, Smoke Flavor: Bitter coffee, Sugar, Molasses, Fruit, Tobacco, Caramel. Palate: Body is quite think and has very low carbonation. A very sweet porter with a dry, ashy, aftertaste. This is not a bad porter but it’s too sweet for me. Paired nicely with some dark chocolate tho. If you’re into sweet porters this might appeal to you!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
mansquito (4334) - Nueva York, New York, USA - MAY 5, 2011
Chevy Case Liquor Mart, DC 500ml ($3.25): Pours a very nice black with a proper beige head. Aroma is very fruity and doesn’t really have much in the way of roasted malts, though there is plenty of licorice and I suppose figs or something. Taste is much the same. The front is dominated by that Eastern European candy sweetness and the fruit flavors that go with it and towards the end you finally get a brief taste of the roasted malts. Not my favorite of the style by any means, even though it is perfectly drinkable.

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