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Carnegie Porter 5,5% - Carlsberg Sverige AB

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Reviews: 337
Hads: 538
Avg: 4.12
pDev: 13.59%
Wants: 59
Gots: 34 | FT: 2
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Style | ABV
Baltic Porter |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-04-2001

First introduced in 1836.

Strong beers were banned in Sweden 1923-1956.

The 5.5 % original recipe was re-introduced in 1985 as a beer fermented with both top and bottom yeast.

In 1993, the yeast was changed to a single bottom-fermenting strain.

In 2009, the label design and name was changed from "Carnegie Stark-Porter" to "Carnegie Porter".
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Photo of DoubleJ
4.53/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is from the 2004 batch. From the Wine Exchange in Orange, on to the beer:

The black/opaque color and light tan head make a great contrast with each other. Smells of smoky/roasted malts with a sweet banana flavor. The flavor is strong, yet mellow. The bitterness is a burnt one from the malts. Trace of chocolate. The beer sweetens as it warms up, adding a hinted fudge flavor. It was extremely smooth, probabaly from the aging, and was much too easy to consume. It's so easy, a caveman can do it. HA! HA! But seriously, try it out if you can get it.

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Photo of deBeers
4.53/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Argang 1997 8.82 fl. oz.

Smells rich like a baltic porter. Smells of sweet molasses out of the bottle in a subdued way. Also notes of chocolate, fig, brown sugar?, old leather...

Minimal carbonation with a small caramel head that disapates into swirls after one sip. Deep mahogany in color, opaque, and inviting in stature for a nine year old brew.

Taste is so smooth, almost creamy, and perfectly balanced. This is not your average Baltic porter. It has a lower abv and is very mature, aged to perfection, and begging to be sipped around a small fire with best friends/loved ones.

When setting a concentric ring of lace forms around the edge of the glass. I think the peak of this beer may have been a few years earlier but this is such high quality and so well kept that I find it a pleasure to have the opportunity to consume.

Definately let this warm up in your mouth for a bit and you'll be in for a treat. That's when the true complexity starts showing imho. Hints of chocolate and molasses come out when I swish the beer around in my mouth under pressure. Yum.

Worth seeking out for a special treat.

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Photo of fretlessman71
4.51/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pertinent Preliminary Comments: This is a bottle from 2001. Heard glowing comments about this from at least 2 people; had a bottle months ago and wasn’t too impressed. But I’m willing to give it a 2nd chance; hey, I’m Swedish, and people gave ME a 2nd chance, so why not?

APPEARANCE: Dr. Pepper brown with cherry highlights. Tan head, not too dense, not too big. Only a little bit of lacing.

AROMA: Fig, chocolate, espresso, black currant, bubblegum, banana even. Not much in the way of hops.

FLAVOR: Hearty roasted malt character; not quite burnt, but almost. Not too sweet, but just enough; smooth like a good Schwarz might be as well. Chocolate and coffee are strongest. Anise, charcoal, and pepper aren’t so strong but still detectable. A subtle metallic sourness as well – might be the hops poking through a bit. Much better than the first bottle I had – must have been mishandled.

MOUTHFEEL: Good weight to it; somewhat slick. Carbonation just right.

DRINKABILITY: VERY good. Hard to get bored of these, and at a whole 5.5% ABV (some Baltic!) you’ll have plenty of room for one more.

OVERALL COMMENTS: A big improvement over the first time. This is a really well balanced beer, with just enough to keep me interested over the long haul. Nice to see a brew with a lower ABV for lightweights like me, too. Now, if these only came in 6ers at a decent price...

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Photo of neonbrown82
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This bottle is from 2001, and it's still kicking. This is a very good porter, and it's a shame that it has been discontinued. Still plenty of stock to burn through at work, however.

Pours very thin with a jet black color and a thin white head that recedes to a ring around the glass. Leaves a beautiful lacing that ever so slowly washes down the sides of the glass until ultimately rejoining the beer. Carbonation is still active after several years of dormancy.

The smell is quite sweet. Has a very mild roast to it. A bit of caramel. Not a whole lot to add. Smells quite typical of an English porter even though it's a baltic porter from Sweden.

The taste is great. One of my favorite porters. Very mild with a nice chocolate and caramel backing along with a very slight roast. Very refreshing. Some interesting yeasty esters follow the initial taste.

The mouthfeel is a bit on the thin and watery side, which does not detract from the enjoyability of beverage but merely serves to make it more easily drinkable. It's a sure winner in that department. I am somewhat curious as to how this beer got the classification of a baltic porter (other than the geography, obviously) since this seems to be more of a mild English porter more than anything. I am not a stickler for style guidelines however, as long as your stout doesn't taste like a pale, for instance. This is definitely a good beer whatever you call it.

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Photo of Zimbo
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2009 Vintage

Ingmar Bergman, Strindberg, Peter Forsberg, Michael Thelvin and Abba use to come to mind when I thought of Sweden's contribution to civilization. Now I have to include the astounding Carnegie Porter as well having just polished off a bottle in short work.

Poured partially into an ISO tasting glass with the lion's share in a high tumbler.

Lovely soft dark chocolately roasty nose. Pours a dark brown black which while perhaps not a crystal clear in colour as I might have expected but gives a deep brown shine at the bottom of the glass. Slick slightly rocky tan head.

Beautiful smooth roasty chocolate-like taste to start. Velvety suave medium firm body. Effortlessly luscious but controlled chocolate and wonderfully succulent. Classy, firm, restrained, luxurious, complete.

Undoubtedly benchmark porter. Class in a glass. Let the prostrating begin.

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Photo of BillRoth
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

Popped a 10yo bottle of Carnegie Stark Porter in anticipation of trip to Sweden. Cheers to Bark!
Happily no significant oxidation. Have had this many times, but this time worthy writing about. Beer was a soft wash of roasted coffee and bitter chocolate. Excellent mouth feel, which is delightful considering the rather low abv. My 61 yo old nose doesn't pick up much these days, but there is still a nice roasted grain scent and a hint of fruity sweetness. This is just a great porter. May possibly be my favorite ever. As a lover of Porter...No small praise.

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Photo of budgood1
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

2001 vintage.
pours out a nearly opaque, dark crimson colour. thin wispy head and slight wisps of lace. sweet sugary aroma...raisins and molasses come to mind...hints of chocolate and caramel. upon first taste, the first thing to hit me was the extremely silky smooth and velvety mouthfeel...leading to swirling flavours of semi-sweet chocolate and slightly bitter espresso. a magnificent combination. a sweet but dry finish; lingering bitterness on the tongue. supremely drinkable and down right delicious. one of the best beers i have ever had the pleasure of drinking. i will be getting a stash of these for sure! excellent tonic for a blustery and cold day in north dakota/northern minnesota.

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Photo of KarlHungus
4.48/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a nearly opaque black color. The head is two inches in height, and recedes very slowly into a one inch cap of lacing. This is a very sexy looking beer. The aroma roasted malt, cream, and a lot of black licorice. The taste is mostly of black licorice, with hints of cream and black malt. There is a firm roasted malt bitterness in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation, and a smooth texture. Overall, this is a very good beer that I will definitely drink again.

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Photo of bruachan
4.48/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

served in a nice big (16.9 oz) bottle at the winking lizard. "argang 2004" on the label

pitch black in appearance with some garnet highlights at the base. a great big head slowly makes its descent, but not without first depositing some nice frosting on the way down

dark smoky flavor with a hint of licorice. the rich smoothiness of roast lasts and lasts. mild bitterness

this beer is absolutely delicious and at 5.5% it's incredibly drinkable

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Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
4.47/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2000 edition.

Porters have made a strong comback in my book, following the disappointment that was the Polygamy Porter that kept me away for so long. This one was stellar.

Appearance: Poured a near pitch-black in color. Hold it up to the light and nothing passes through it (cue the Dark Knight from "MP and the Quest for the Holy Grail: "None shall pass!"). Creamy smooth and thick layer of toffee-colored head stands upon the body of the beer. There's a fair amount of spotty lace that sticks to the glass as I consumed this.

Smell: In a word...lovely. Chocolate, caramel latte' from Starbucks, raisins.

Taste: Very toffee-like. Heath bar flavor with some smoky flavor showing up at the end. Some dark fruit notes and fresh espresso coffee as well. Milk-chocolate flavor brings a close to this flavorful porter.

Mouthfeel and Drinkability: Nearly top-notch. Low levels of carbonation really enhances the "full" mouthfeel that this has. Creamy smooth. Highly quaffable.

Notes: Sadly, this is no longer brewed and I raise my empty pint glass to AKSmokedPorter for supplying me with this gem. I would love to get me mitts on a few more of these. Well-done.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.47/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2001. Pours a very deep mahogany brown with a reddish cast when held to the light; but appears black in the glass beneath a creamy light-tan head. The head holds fairly well at first but soon dissipates to just a thin collar and some whispy surface foam.The nose expresses a sweet vanilla-laced caramel maltiness and some light, yeasty fruitiness. The body is medium; and it combines with a fine, moderate carbonation to leave it creamy and smooth in the mouth. The flavor is bold; and displays a vanilla/butter/caramel maltiness up-front, and a bit of chocolate towards the swallow along with some earthy/herbal hop flavors and a dull bitterness. It finishes bready with some residual sugary maltiness (molasses, brown sugar, light milk chocolate) and a drying bitterness. Quite exceptional! A classic Baltic porter that's well worth trying.

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Photo of mydeadguy
4.47/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2001 vintage.

Pours black with ruby hints, fluffy tan head dissipates quickly. Scent is roasted malts, sweet fruits, and coffee, sort of a raisin bread odor, light sweet alcohol. Taste is sweet with roasted malts finishes with balanced hop flavours, slightly bitter.
Mouth is lightly carbonated, but full, round and chewy. Fades fast on the palate, makes me want another. Drinkability is high, could I have another (or 3) hell yeah. This is one fine brew, really a great porter, I love this stuff.

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Photo of theopholis
4.47/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Apperance- Pours a very dark black with Just a hint of amber on the very edges when held up to the light. Has a HUGE, tan head that is creamy and solid. Lacing not left behind as head falls, but you get quite a bit as you drink it.

Smell- Lots of malt sweetness with some cocoa, roasted malts, dark fruits. Fairly complex. Very inviting.

Taste- Good blend of malt sweetness and dark, roasted grains up front. Hints of raisins, burnt wood, vanilla, bourbon, coffee, chocolate. Good blend of bittering hops frong, middle and back. Very nice.

Mouthfeel- Medium body with just enough syrupiness to give you a nice, bitter aftertaste. Carbonation is low, which is perfect for this style.

Drinkability- The best Baltic porter I've had, and one of the best porters I've had all around.

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Photo of 86sportster883
4.47/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The D. Carnegie & Co. Stark Porter is an outstanding example of the Baltic porter style that's right up there with the Sinebrychoff porter from Finland. In comparing one to the other, the Stark porter may be a little less complex, but it makes up the difference in overall drinkability.

The beer pours clear reddish brown with a quickly fading tan head. The aroma is initially faint and reminiscent of port wine. As it warms, rich sweet malt and caramel aromas dominate with hints of dried fruit (i.e., raisins, figs).

This is a very well balanced beer that starts out sweet with roasted malt and raisin notes, but finishes dry. It has a fine carbonation and silky smoothness. In the end, there is a lingering tartness that might be compared with that of dark chocolate covered cherries. Very drinkable with just enough going on to keep you coming back for more.

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Photo of JISurfer
4.46/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Damn! This beer totally rocks! The dude from the Vintage Cellar in Blacksburg told me that this beer is one of his best Porters, so I took his advice and gave it a shot. I had high expectations for it, and it totally blew those out of the water. This beer has a nice thick malty taste to it and finishes off with a chocolate flavor. Even my girlfriend, who loves to drink Natty(don't worry, I am working on her), totally digged this stuff. I totally recommend this beer to anyone who is looking for a change for the better.

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Photo of Lupin
4.45/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

8.8oz bottle. Didn't realize it when I bought it, but it's the 1997 vintage. I get really lucky/unlucky finding ancient beers in strange places. Don't even remember buying this one. Let's go!

Pours black. No head, just a few tiny bubbles.. Ever-so-slightly roasted malt, fig (mmm!), bland coffee and raisinettes. I'm gonna let this one warm after the first few sips.

The earthy fruits in the nose are also in charge of the palate. A nice balanced sweetness without sourness or acidity. Tastes like m&ms and the stuffing of fig newtons and goes down oh so easy. There are weaknesses up front and in the finish, but they don't detract from what seems to be an interesting brew that has survived a decade intact, sans carbonation.

With warming, the beer smells 'dirtier' and dirtier. It's hard to describe the aroma, but it's nothing if not unique. The same is true of the taste. No bitterness, yet not too sweet. It took a while to figure it out, but it reminds me reminds me of riesen candies, just not as sweet.

Not really sure what to say about this one other than thumbs way up. A mysterious and subtle brew that is among the most interesting I've ever tried. I will be looking at my local stores for additional bottles of the 1997 vintage, and I will buy everything they have in stock.

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Photo of OneDropSoup
4.45/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip pint: Black body with fairly prevalent highlights of an amber maple syrup nature. Two fingers loose mocha head that drops to a thick coating & leaves a thick collar of lace.

Wow - smells like a mash-in! Fresh smell of malted grain steeping, that hits it right on the head. A little fruity quality, like apple sauce or grape jelly, but that's the side attraction to that in-your-face malt smell. Great stuff!

Taste is more on the fruity jam side, with a little roast, some pastry dough & a character I can only describe as "lager-y" - pleasant, mild dampness. Not what I'd expect from the smell, but again, good stuff. Wraps us with mild caramel & toffee, & later develops a kind of cinnamon spiciness. Stuff keeps emerging & adding to the complex flavor. Coffee in the aftertaste.

Light-bodied & on the thin side, but with little drops of sweetness & a relatively clean finish.

This was such a surprise! I'd seen it on the shelves & never really thought much of it til now - really glad I tried it! Given the restrained alcohol, this is a great example of how a lot of flavor can be crammed into a fairly tidy package. There are just so many emerging layers, each sip is kind of a new experience. I also love how it straddles the line btw. lager & ale at times. What a cool brew!

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Photo of Damian
4.45/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Drank from a 1 pt. .9 fl. oz. bottle purchased at the Wine Gallery, Brookline, MA
Bottle label read: "Argang 2006" and "Best before January 2016"

Poured a translucent black/brown with a tight, creamy, two-finger, mocha-colored head that slowly faded to a bubbly film of lace. Thick, cascading blankets of lacing coated much of the glass and lasted long after the beer was finished.

Aroma was sweet, smooth and very complex. Malty rich and rummy with strong cocoa, coffee and a subtle, powdery dryness that nicely offset the sweetness. As the beer warmed, the sweeter and darker aspects of the nose really came out. Raisins and a general oakiness were quite apparent along with chocolate fudge, brown sugar and sweet dark fruits.

Taste was incredibly smooth and complex and it, like the aroma, changed considerably as the beer warmed. Initially, there was little flavor up front. By mid-bottle, a sweet rumminess was apparent. Notes of roasted malts, freshly brewed coffee and dark chocolate came through mid-palate. A touch of bitterness was noticeable in the back of the mouth before rich baker's chocolate carried into the slightly dry, lingering finish. As the drink progressed, the chocolate aspects became so strong in both the nose and palate that the beer seemed to resemble a chocolate stout more than a baltic porter.

Body was medium for the style (slightly thinner than expected) yet creamy and silky smooth.

Drinkability of this beer was quite good. While some may be disappointed with this beer's lack of both alcohol strength (which tasted even lower than the 5.5% ABV) and hoppiness, this offering impresses with it rich, full flavors and overall balanced profile.

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Photo of WesWes
4.45/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a deep dark black color with a thick frothy tan head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is awesome! It has a very powerful and rich black malt aroma that is sweet and slightly coffeelike. It is creamy and highly complex. The taste is great. It has a creamy chocolate/coffee flavor that is rich and smooth finishing. It seems high in alcohol, but the label says it's only 5.5%. It has a slightly bitter hop flavor as well. This is a very well balanced porter. The mouthfeel is good. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a terrific brew. It is so rich in black malts. It's a very smooth drinking porter.

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Photo of Rayek
4.44/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From a 2006 Vintage bottle.

A: Ultra deep mahogany colored beer that borders on black. Frothy tan head has above average retention and leaves small streaks of lace.

S: A heavy mass of licorice, molasses and strawberries greet the nose. A pepper tingle resides in the background to provide balance.

T: This beer is quite sweet, but in a dark way, if that makes any sense. Licorice and molasses from the nose start things out. Dark fruits creep in with a vinous quality to add more complexity. Bitterness comes on with a pepper bite. A mild alcohol presence makes the beer seem stronger than it is. Finishes warm, with a lingering licorice flavor.

M: The body has a good amount of heft to it. Carbonation level is right on.

D: I really, really liked this. It was a dreary day out side, and this beer served as a nice pick me up. I'm happy to have found this and will visit it again.

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Photo of augustgarage
4.43/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

To celebrate the return of darkness and rain to Los Angeles (if not mudslides), I decided to have a Swedish themed Monday evening. So, I blasted Bathory, Watain, and Marduk while putting together a quick smörgåsbord of mustard herring, creamed chard, and risgrynspudding, consumed while re-watching Lilja 4-Ever.

To top things off, I found a suitable beer to begin (and round out) my evening.

Poured from a 500mL bottle into my Dogfish Head shaped pint glass. Bottled in 2006.

Dense seal brown body with a truly massive tan head. Mesmerizing tentacle-like lacing, suggestive of Jackson Pollock. Settles to a messy finger of foam with perpetual retention. No real legs, though not surprising as the ABV is on the low end of the scale for the style.

Potent aromatics - pumpernickel, coffee cake, toasted malt, licorice, along with lots of dark fruit esters.

Roast coffee, earth, figs, caramel, chocolate covered malt balls, and honey form the palate. Sweetness lasts for quite some time, but the finish becomes very toasty and slightly dry. Exceptional spice notes as well: clove, coriander, and hints of cardamom.

Not quite medium-bodied. Carbonation is pretty high, making this a very mouth-filling and creamy brew.

The most drinkable baltic porter I've ever had, without relinquishing much if any flavor despite the lower ABV. If not for the high price, I would choose this as a session ale over many English or American porters.

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Photo of djeucalyptus
4.43/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

1pt. 9oz bottle, 2004. Pours a rich caramel building to a near-black in the glass with a meringue-like pillowy head of a light cream color that took eons to dissipate. Beautiful caramel lacing follows down the glass. beautiful.

aroma is subtle, with some sweet malt, molasses, and a bit of toasted bread. as it warms, a bit more bittersweet chocolate, raisins, and cocoa come forth.

Taste of sweet malts, caramel, brewed sumatran coffee (no bitterness anywhere), brown cane sugar and light molasses. More earthy and nutty malts, as well as hints of bitter cocoa come through in the middle. The finish has just a hint of hops to keep this one from being too sweet. More complex than the average baltic... beautiful.

Mouthfeel is brilliant and rich with a light and creamy feel. It's not high abv and it's fairly middle of the road in terms of richness for a baltic, so the medium mouthfeel with moderate carbonation is perfect. Not syrupy, bitter, or astringent, this is one solid brew.

I wish I had more! This is an awesome Baltic Porter, and would definitely serve as a great introduction to the style if you can find it. Smooth drinking with some great flavors. Definitely worth tracking down.

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Photo of RedBaron
4.43/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Never had this Swedish legend before. Glad I finally got around to trying one!

Appearance: Poured jet black. Quickly disappating off-white head. Nice, lite collar throughout, however.
Smell: Pleasantly roasty and toasty. Not much by way of aromatic hops.
Taste: Although delightfully roasty up front, there is a very complex malt character to this beer that really satisfies the palatte. There may be a slight lactose component, with a little sourness, also. There is also a bittering hop character in the finish, and a slight, pleasant yeastiness, too. Outstanding.
Mouthfeel: Wonderfully balanced; left an alcoholic trace after the bittering hop, which was much appreciated.
Drinkability: An outstanding beer, one to sip easy on a cool evening.

This beer sort of reminds me of the classic bottled Guinness, circa 1994, before pasteurization (or at least when their was a nice sourness, and hoppier character to it). The difference, however, is that this Stark-Porter is a stronger brew, and would probably hold up well over many years.

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Photo of rallison
4.42/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Vintage 2004. Very cool retro style yellow and black label stood out to me while perusing HiTime. Despite the ~$6/bottle cost I picked one up. As a baltic porter, I was slightly skeptical of the 5.5% abv on this one. But hey, I figured it was only fair to give it a try.

Pour is a very nice dark ruby black with a 1 finger light tan head that leaves a ton of lacing on the glass. First smell is of molasses, dark fruits and roasted flavors. Nice - lots of aroma for such a low abv beer!

First taste surprises me. This is 5.5%? Lots of molasses and dark fruits. Some nice roasted flavors emerge with a touch of chocolate. Prunes. Delicious mix of flavors, and all in a very sessionable 5.5% abv! Nice.

Mouthfeel is surprisingly rich for the abv, but still a touch light for the style. However, this is a nice upside, as I would love to have a beer like this for evenings when I want a beer that is both flavorful and sessionable.

Drinkability is exceptional.

Recommended. Maybe a different take on the Baltic Porter category, but quite a nice take on it.

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Photo of damndirtyape
4.42/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle (2010 date) poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance: Black beer with persistent 1/8" tan head. When held up to the light some light gets around at the edges revealing a dark cola brown color. Little islands and delicate strands of lacing noted. Very nice looking beer.

Smell: With a swirl, cocoa liquor with a nice malt backbone, along with hints of coffee, burnt sugar, and smoke thrown in. Great smelling and very appealing beer. Once the head dies down a bit, fainter chocolate with some fruity (grape?) notes.

Taste: Cream, smooth toasted malt, a hint of chocolate, and a bitter finish that a definite smoky tone to it that lingers a bit after the swallow. Very tasty and well balanced.

Mouthfeel: Good carbonation, a little bit sticky but still very smooth.

Overall / Drinkability: Outstanding beer. Wonderful taste and if this truly is the same recipe as was brewed in 1836, then this is a beer recipe of perfection for the ages. If not, well it's still quite good and I could easily have another one or two. Very good by itself and would be good with a meal as well. I had this by itself but I could easily see having this with beef or a dessert.

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Carnegie Porter 5,5% from Carlsberg Sverige AB
92 out of 100 based on 337 ratings.