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Saku Őlletehas (Carlsberg)
Brewed at Aldaris (Carlsberg)

Style: Baltic Porter
Saku, Harjumaa, Estonia

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RATINGS: 383   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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   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
ectuohy27 (1108) - ESTONIA - OCT 21, 2012
Decent for style--it’s a less cloying, if thinner, BP. Nice alcohol burn complements the caramel malt. Would say "great for Saku", but in fact it’s a Latvian beer in terms of production, so Estonia shouldn’t really claim this one

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BeerFanDan17 (1105) - Brunswick, Maine, USA - APR 7, 2008
(cleaning out my beer bottle collection as pictured in my profile and utilizing ratebeer.com) As I recall, this was a very good porter. Flavors were rich and roasty like chocolate. Nice creamy head.

3.5
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Cantabrian (1102) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - OCT 4, 2013
UPDATED: OCT 5, 2013 That is another classic...Somehow I feared this could be as disappointing as the Baltika 6. Nice dark brown, with an incredibly thick creamy head. The nose is very sweet. Malzbier or Karamalz, cloying. But the flavours are much more agreeable, with salty licorice, Vegemite, some yogurt sourness and a nice bitterness that drives it all away from the cloying suggestion on the nose. This Saku porter is actually so well balanced that, with its rather thin body, it is refreshing even on a hot summer day.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Andy_ (1093) - Tampere, FINLAND - DEC 24, 2013
Clear reddish cola-colored brown beer. Makes little blonde head which disappears soon. Aroma is sugary sweet, little loafy bready and roasted malty. Taste is salty licoricy sweet with roasted and loafy bready malts. Mouthfeel is only medium full and slick with pretty strong carbonation. Finish is pretty short with not much carbonation. An easily drinkable and sweet Baltic Porter, not bad at all.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
SubstanceT (1092) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - JUN 20, 2004
So what do you say about another mediocre porter? Well it is darker with a thin quickly discipating tan head. The nose and taste are just about the same, bland dry malts and just a dab of caramel. Porters suck.

2.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
Bricks (1091) - Delaware, USA - OCT 29, 2011
A strange smell of grape from this one, but good -- not so for a beer, but good. Tastes like dry grapey porter with hops mixed in. Worth a try, but nothing more.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Senka (1080) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - MAR 15, 2014
Yeah, here it goes. I have had this one more than 20 bottles this winter. This is the best Estonian Porter this season. Creamy, dark roasted, loads of caramel and still well balanced and drinkable. A huge surprise from mass brewery.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
davidtjm (1074) - Berlin, GERMANY - JUL 28, 2015
Bottle. Aroma is sweet. Taste is nutty, sweet, toffee, malty, little bitterness. Enjoyable

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
austone (1062) - Turku; Pori, FINLAND - NOV 16, 2008
Black, nicely creamy beige head. Milk chocolatey aroma with little vegies, metal, and alcohol, quite many off-aromas actually. Neutral milky flavor, dry burned malts, metal, little vegetables. Little charcoal and cocoa in the mildly bitter finish. Almost medium bodied, soft carbonation, light palate for such high abv. Hold on, this is just Saku taurus painted black!

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
CanCrusher (1057) - Ilirska Bistrica, SLOVENIA - MAY 23, 2013
Bottle 0,50L. Dark brown mahagony colour with small, light brown creamy head that sits down quickly, but doesn’t dissapear. Light malty aroma of caramel, chocolate and roasted malt. Light sweet, cacao taste with moderate bitter aftertaste with mild mouthfeel. Medium to full body, oily texture and light carbonation. Nicely balanced and lighter than Saku Puhade Porter. Very mild and drinkable.


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