Saku Õlletehas (Carlsberg)
Brewed at Aldaris (Carlsberg)

Style: Baltic Porter
Saku, Harjumaa, Estonia


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RATINGS: 391   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.36/5   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.

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MiP (15667) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - APR 10, 2007
Bottle, 7.5%. Mildly bready aroma, I do not get any roasted notes or the like. Black colour, big stable light brown head. The flavour is a lot more powerful than the aroma. Slightly sweet liquorice flavour, turning more bitter before going liquoricy again. Good, sticky mouthfeel. Very nice.

kramer (6682) - 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.

FatPhil (16102) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - MAR 13, 2007
UPDATED: MAR 31, 2008 500ml Bottle.
Baltic version of "porter" - more like a stout. Good at all temperatures, refreshing cool even though it’s sweet and strong. Ignore the label - this isn’t "smooth". This is a dragster ride with thick black tyres and smoking tarmac! The first drop will cover your tongue with a spicy sweet stoutness. Punchy burnt maltiness in abundance.

anders37 (26657) - Malmö, SWEDEN - FEB 24, 2007
Bottle. Pours a black color with a longlasting tan head. Roasted malty aroma with some hints of alcohol and dark fruits. Also some hints of chocolate. has a sweet slightly rosted malty flavor with hints of caramel and chocolate. Has also some hints of dark fruits and licorice. Dry roasted malty finish with a long aftertaste of chocolate and bitterness.

jpm30 (1587) - East Central, Georgia, USA - JAN 23, 2007
From a 500 ml. bottle with a blurb and serving temperature instructions on the back label, no freshness date I could find. Poured a nice dark caramel brown with a foamy, fluffy head that settled into a thin, tiny bubbly lacing. Aromas of brown breads, caramel, brown sugar, a subtle licorice and a dark rum fruitiness. Even, steady moderate carbonation and a crisp, slick, velvety smooth medium bodied mouthfeel. A slightly different, but still a tasty porter, brown grainy breads covered in caramelized sugar, caramel and toffee, a light dark fruitiness, purple grapes and raisins, the hops are subdued and soft, the alcohol mixes with the fruity flavors and provides a subtle warmth in the palate, and a grain bready, sweet caramel finish. This is a very enjoyable Baltic porter, different, but interesting, tasty and balanced, if you like porters, then you need to try this.

larsga (7542) - Oslo, NORWAY - JAN 16, 2007
Medium light brown head. Opaque black body. Dry burnt chocolate aroma with notes of wild berries and metal. Very harmonic. Taste is deep, sweet chocolate and licorice, very well balanced with wild berry notes. Smooth, dryish mouthfeel. Dry, roasty coffee and chocolate aftertaste. An excellent porter! (0.5l bottle.)

Miksu (5053) - Jyväskylä, FINLAND - JAN 10, 2007
0.5 l bottle. Black with diminishing tan head. Sweetish, roasted and malty aroma with toffee, licorice and vinous roastedness. Sweetish and roasty flavor with notes of coffee, charcoal and salty licorice. Bittersweet and roasty finish. Quite soft and oily palate.

faroeviking (10913) - FAROE ISLANDS - JAN 4, 2007
Bottle. Pitch black colour. Little light brown head. Aroma of roasted malts and and bitter chocolate. Flavour is roasty, bit sweet with dark fruits, liquorice and good chocolate and then comes the strong alcoholic aftertaste.

Maria (10212) - Thisted, DENMARK - JAN 3, 2007
This one is the Christmas version, but it’s supposedly the same as the "normal" porter. It’s black/brown with a moderate head. The aroma has notes of coffee, a bit of chocolate, licorice, berries and alcohol and it has an OK bitterness. I think the alcohol is too dominant in the flavour.

spporras (259) - FINLAND - DEC 21, 2006
(Bottle BB 30/10/07) Roasted malty, slightly coffee and caramel aroma with a hint of alcohol. Dark red brown colour and brownish, average size, more or less fully diminishing head with faint lacing. Sweet, burned, coffee, licorice, slightly caramel and slightly bitter flavour. Softly carbonated, medium-bodied palate with a hint of alcohol. The best Saku brew I’ve tasted so far! 15/12/06

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