thirstyrabbit (719) - Tallinn, - NOV 1, 2012
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Dark brown body with a medium tan head. Aroma has roasty malts and some sweet milk chocolate. Taste mainly has that familiar sweet dark licorice that is found in other variations of Saku Porter. Next to it some additional sweetness emerges that indeed might resemble white chocolate. Gets cloying before the bottle is finished. This might go well with gingerbread and chocolate but I would not pair it with sauerkraut and black pudding (like I’m used to doing with the regular Saku Porter).
BeerViking (1430) - Lüneburg, Lower Saxony, GERMANY - MAR 8, 2013
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Festive White Chocolate Porter, 50cl bottle from the Estonian gluhwein stand in the Lunenburg Weihnachsmarkt... Pours a dark black-brown with a fast-settling beige head and aromas of chocolate, toffee and maybe just a little nutmeg or cinnamon. Initially chocolate and little coffee on the palate, then burnt caramel and roast malt coming in, along with a treacle-toffeeish sweetness more reminiscent of a Doppelbock. The finish is more dry-sweet, as the burnt edge of the treacle is boosted by a light hoppy bitterness.
brugmanneke (223) - GERMANY - FEB 11, 2013
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
(50 cl bottle) Reddish dark brown colour, rather clear, with a beige head. Aroma is roasted with lots of chocolate (white or milk), but not immensely complex. A slight metallic touch and no trace of hoppy aroma. Heavily sweet taste, light bitterness. Short finish. Not bad, but nothing to get very passionate about either.
agent_persik (106) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - JAN 22, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark ruby color almost black, small head. Strong aroma of dark chocolate. Mostly sweet flavor of caramel malts and coffee with touch of white chocolate and alcohol, lightly bitter finish. Medium body and carbonation. Not bad actually, quite interesting Christmas porter.
ledhenrik (2) - ESTONIA - DEC 28, 2012 does not count
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
The only problem is the top.. it does not last.. and that’s a big prolem. Imo it’s lack of knowledge how to bottle a great beer. But the taste is absolutely the best among Estonian christmas porters. All in all its a great beer.
CanCrusher (311) - Ilirska Bistrica, SLOVENIA - NOV 27, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Very dark ruby colour with a finger of creamy light brown head. Sweet chocolate (or let’s say cacao) is dominant aroma, but there are also notes of brown sugar, caramel, honey and some dark fruits like plums and cherries. Oily texture is sweet at the start, but than turns into moderate bitter. Real winter warmer, goes fine with some chocolate dessert.
estpiwo (1086) - ESTONIA - NOV 19, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Dark brown color, creamy head. Milk chocolate tones in taste, oily, sweet, little bit roasted malts. Finish was light bitter and smoky. Good.
Marduk (1266) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - NOV 16, 2012
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
500ml bottle. Dark brown, almost black color. Tiny beige head, dissapears quickly. Sweet, dusty dark chocolate dominates the aroma. Chocolate, sweet, somewhat milky, mellow flavor. I like that milky sidetaste. Unfortunately it comes out only when beer is totally warmed up. Quite drinkable in slow pace.
FatPhil (7510) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - NOV 12, 2012
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
500ml bottle (Koht, Tallinn)
Initially a sweet, slightly plasticky, aroma, some plummy or figgy dark sweet fruitiness. Later a bit chocolatey too I guess. Nice dark body and a tight tan head. Body is a little slick, but has crisp carbonation. Alas, those two things don’t cancel each other out, so it is doubly annoying. The taste is odd, plasticky, and sweet. Some strange orangey aspect to it, and again weird dark mediciney fruits, including horribly fake cherry medicine. Finish is sweet, some muted hops, some odd chocolate orange. Sub-par baltic porter. Almost every new brew they do is worse than the previous one.
hens (201) - Tallinn, Estonia, ESTONIA - NOV 11, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
0.5l bottle. Nice sweet aroma, like a vanilla-caramel. Taste is soft and bit sweet, little chemical taste. Vanilla flavor is dominated. A little more and taste is like strong porter must be with little caramel. After taste is a medium bitter with medium "pluss" vanilla and passion fruit. Very nice body. Good winter beer.
Senka (118) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - NOV 3, 2012
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
0,5L bottle. Bottled 7 days ago. Strong caramel aroma with a bit of ethanol. Pleasant spicy hops. A bit mouldy yeast. Very faint "white" chocolate taste stumped by heavy % - you really have to "search" for it. Old oak in color, clear with thick head - as proper Baltic Porter should be. Lightly sweet with more bitterness to it. Salty - you can taste that more than "white" chocolate. Medium body, creamy texture due to righ lively carbonation. Pleasant bitter finish.
This is much more pleasant to my taste, than Viru GB Wild Dark, but again, they are in different categories. Saku Pühadeporter is a good one this year. Recommendation:
This porter will beautifully accompany roast meal as well as blood sausages with cranberry jam. Easily drinkable, even though it is 6.9%. P.S. Try to get it as fresh as possible - otherwise you will get some taste of that rubber from the cap.