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Saku Õlletehas (Carlsberg)
Brewed at Aldaris (Carlsberg)

Style: Baltic Porter
Saku, Harjumaa, Estonia

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RATINGS: 389   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.36/5   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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3.2
Emil (6065) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - AUG 29, 2005
Bottle. Black colour with a small baige head. Light roasted, raisin, liquorice aroma and taste. Medium body and a roasted light sweet finish.

3.4
Dalle (1145) - Skørping, DENMARK - AUG 28, 2005
Bottle. Black with a large beige-yellowish head. Not as sweet as imgained from some ratings, finishes with a mix of roasted, liqourice and bitter notes. Full bodied and quite nice baltic porter.

3.6
kook (2033) - Perth, Western Australia, AUSTRALIA - AUG 27, 2005
Black with a brown head. Liquorice, cara and soy in the nose. Flavour is liquorice, choc and caramel. Sticky full feel. Nice sipping beer.

2.5
duff (5484) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - AUG 17, 2005
Bottle. Shares a lot of characteristics with a doppelbock. Soy sauce and caramel. Sticky caramel, syrupy, not my thing.

3.5
madsberg (11770) - Søborg, DENMARK - AUG 12, 2005
Bottled: Pitch black coloured. Fluffy brown head. LIght roasty and light burnt maltnotes in the nose. Some cocoa and liqourice as well. Roast, cocoa, burnt flavours. Alcohol and sweetness in the end. Very warming on the lips. Not the most excelling sample of the style, but still a quite good beer.

2.3
crazyvin (2026) - New York, USA - JUL 18, 2005
didn’t look much like a porter. no opaque look to it at all. instead it wasw a deep brown yet clear enough to be considered translucent. sweet caramel flavor but very watery. bland malty aroma.

3.5
Pernille (518) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAY 14, 2005
(Bottle) A very pretty porter in my glass. Aroma is extremely liquorice and the flavor is wuite bitter. It’s very rounded though and nice.

3
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.

3.1
beerhugger (542) - Oshawa, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 15, 2005
Well I’m not sure this was a porter, but it was alright. Some caramel malt sweetness from an amber coloured, thin mouth-feel, easy-drinking beer. There was some fruitiness (raisins, plums) and some mild sweetness in the finish. Not robust enough to score high as a baltic porter but a nice ber.

3.1
Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - MAR 15, 2005
Light brown in color with a thin tan head, this has a caramel aroma with traces of chocolate. Medium-bodied, it’s a straightforward, near dunkel kind of a drink, despite its being a Baltic porter with a stronger abv. Uncomplicated, with a burnt caramel flavor and a mildly sweet finish, it is, nonetheless, a fine drink.


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