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Saku Õlletehas (Carlsberg)
Brewed at Aldaris (Carlsberg)

Style: Baltic Porter
Saku, Harjumaa, Estonia

bottled
available

on tap
unknown

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 381   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
rich42 (128) - USA - NOV 1, 2002
tastes like a porter - looks like a brown ale. little maltiness - but tastes like it was brewed with some sugar. little bit of hoppiness. flavors of chocolate and coffee. not bad - nothing spectacular.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
AustinMilbarge (681) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 20, 2003
Fairly light colored for a porter. Bubbles sticking to the side of the glass, but they may have more to do with how the glassware is washed than the beer. They diminished after a couple minutes. Rocky, tan head. Fairly, metallic malt aroma. A little spicy. The aroma gets me thinking about all the winter releases I can't wait to drink. A porter with neither chocolate, nor coffee. To be honest, I miss those flavors a little.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
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.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
joergen (27245) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - SEP 30, 2005
Bottled. Dark brown coloured with a small beige head. Roasted aroma with notes of fruits, coffee and liquorice. Roasted flavour with notes of coffee and fruits. Roasted finish. Fizzy palate.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
RAYBOY01 (2012) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 8, 2006
Burnt flavors predominate...scorched caramel/roasted toffee/burnt brown sugar. A little thin-bodied...I usually like my porters more beefy than this, but still OK. Nothing complicated here.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Tmoney99 (14186) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 15, 2010
Bottle. Poured dark brown color with a large light brown head that mostly lasted with good lacing. Medium toasted malt aroma. Medium body with smooth texture and flat carbonation. Medium toasted sweet flavor with medium sweet finish of moderation. Average porter.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
gyllenbock (8684) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JUN 7, 2010
Bottle. (thanks SaintMatty) Almost black with a medium tan head. Sweet aroma of roasted malt, milk chocolate, some coffee, syrup and some fruits. The taste was also sweet with milk chocolate, licorice, some alcohol, some butter and sugar. Medium body and medium carbonation. Dry finish with taste of roasted malt. An ok beer but not the world’s best porter.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
thirstyrabbit (1808) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - AUG 9, 2010
First, this is somewhat different brew than it used to be before 2009. The alcohol level has been reduced from 7,5% to 7,0% and it’s not even produced in Estonia anymore. Bottle. Appearance is really dark brown, close to black. The head is thick and brown. Aroma is burnt caramel, fruits and chocolate malts. Once the taste kicks in there is even more burnt caramel and the otherwise beautifully thick malty body feels almost syrupy sweet to the point that it overshadows any other nuances in the palette. The redeeming point is that it is widely available and really inexpensive here in Estonia.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Rando7 (779) - Iowa, USA - NOV 18, 2010
Bottle pours brown-black with medium tan head. Aroma dark malts, a bit sour. Taste dark malts, a little roast and caramel, Didn’t get much coffee or chocolate. Finish fairly clean with a bit of roast. Palate medium-thick, not quite syrupy Alcohol slightly apparent. Not bad, but there’s better Baltic porters out there.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
sebletitje (9905) - Enghien, BELGIUM - SEP 7, 2011
Sample @ Gothenburg Beerfest 2011. 2-9-2011 Brune foncée, beige. Arôme de malt caramel, prune et fruits noirs. En bouche, douce comme une porter allemande, sucrée et caramel un peu de pomme caramélisée avec une touche de chocolat et de grains. Poussiéreux avec fruits noirs secs.


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