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Carnegie Porter 5,5% - Carlsberg Sverige AB

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Reviews: 338
Hads: 543
Avg: 4.12
pDev: 13.59%
Wants: 59
Gots: 38 | FT: 3
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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 beerthulhu
4.38/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured a dark, cola color with plum highlights around the edges when held up to the light. The head was compact and creamy, a dark khaki color that quickly settled to a sparse layering but left a beautiful near solid film lacing. Even with its dark nature you can still see the rapid steady jet streams of carbonation bustling to the surface.

S: The nose was dark roasted malts with deep chocolate and fresh coffee.

T: The initial flavor was rich bitter sweet chocolate with dark coffee grains and some lactose/creamer notes adding some sweetness. There was some cocoa and vanilla bean, fresh ripe fruit (plums, raisins) adding to the complex and well balanced profile. There was a noticeable creamy chocolate nature to the drink as well.

M: creamy, rich, and aerated(fluffy) in the mouth with semi-bitter chocolate and fresh coffee for a lacing and fade.

D: Drinkability was simply beautiful, Did not want to sit my glass down for this one and was sad to see it go so quickly. Amazing and worthy of a high recommend.

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Photo of ManekiNeko
4.38/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Argang 2001 served at cellar temp in a pint glass.

Appearance: Black with some lovely ruby highlights. Topped by a healthy tan head that settles down to a thin layer of bubbles at the surface. Nice splotches of lace are left as the glass is emptied.

Smell: Dark bitter coffee smell and dried fruit aromas (prunes, raisins, figs). Roasted malt provides the backdrop on which the other smells are hung.

Taste: Bittersweet coffee flavor with a nice roasted malt backing, almost smoky at times. The dried fruits show up in the taste as well. Nummy.

Mouthfeel: Hearty medium body, slightly creamy. Smooth.

Drinkability: Why can't the Swedish bikini team shill for this? Man, they had to stop making this stuff after I got hooked. And I snagged the last bottle in this area that I know of. Oh, cruel fate! *sniff* Anyways, enough ranting. This is a superb Baltic, I'd even hazard to say a benchmark for the style. Perfect for a crisp, late fall day like I just had.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.38/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I remember having this before when it was Pripps porter, and the flavor has remained true.
Decanted cool into a snifter, the 2004 bottling -best before May 2014.
A - A deep chocolate brown w/ a full 3 finger tan head. The body is almost black w/ a head comprised of tiny unevenly spaced bubbles.

S - Very aromatic with botanical scent w/ mineral qualities like seaweed. There is a tinge of metallic aromas, the smell has vinous and port notes w/ a tad of woodiness and vanilla.

M - A very luxurious, silky smooth and nutty, almost oily feel w/ lots of quickly fading carbonation. There is a spicy piney hop in the middle - a lot is goin' on, a very fine texture.

T - I think the shape of the bottle is important as the bubble in the neck really opens up the aroma and flavors. The taste is of dark malt, slightly toffee-like, and is delivered in a way that is rich, but not overly sweet. I imagine the minerals in the water add to the complexity of this porter. The roast in the start and dry finish w/ the graham cracker like crisp flavor just brings you back for more.
I consider the flavor to be subtle, but intriguing and full of flavor. The taste is the best part.

D - A great beer, session strength, but still one of the top examples of the style. I consider it one of the best. More than 1 pint is not enough, a class act.

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Photo of MJR
4.39/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

1998 Vintage.

Appearance: Pours an opaque black body with lots of huge bubbles pretending to be a head. The bubbles don't last long and I'm left with what appears to be a glass of oil...in other words, it looks yummy!

Smell: Has a complex aroma of coffee, chocolate, roasted grains, and malted milk balls. There's the faintest scent of green hops.

Taste: Fairly sweet with a lot going on. Like the smell, the flavor is quite complex with the attention being shared by burnt, roasted grains, rich chocolate, mollasses, coffee that's been sitting for a while, and malted milk balls...that's right, Whoppers! Interesting! Finishes with a slight hop flavor, not bitterness really, but a distinct 'green' flavor.

Mouthfeel: Well, the carbonation's mostly gone, but it's doesn't really feel flat. It's got a medium thickness body with an oily, wet mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Give me a newer bottle with all of it's full carbonation and I could drink this all night. This is a fantastic porter, but not so complex as to limit the drinker to one or two.

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Photo of Lupe
4.39/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Argang 2006 -

Pours black a night with an amber hue at the bottom of the pint glass. No light passing through this one. Huge chocolate milk colored head fades to a chunky finger-wide cap, leaving behind a sticky sheet of lace. One of the most visually appealing beers I've had.

Malty aroma - dark fruit, chocolate, and roasty with a bit of dark rum mixed in.

Start out with dark fruit - raisins and dried cherries. Molasses and chocolate flavors come up next. Roasted malts keep the sweetness in check - no real hop presence, but the roasted bitterness balances the malt. Finishes dry.

Soft, creamy, and smooth on the tongue. Light carbonation and a medium mouthfeel, with a lingering dry stickiness.

Very drinkable - hard to put down. Favor fades and begs for another sip. Great flavor and complexity paired with low abv leaving no fusel alcohol flavors. Thankfully this is only 5.5%, otherwise there could be trouble. Highly enjoyable.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
4.4/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thank you to Chris at Ebenezer's Pub for getting me to try this. I probably never would have had this without his recommendation. It was a nice dark black with a thick coffee-colored head. A coffee, chocolate aroma. The taste only enhanced what I smelled, and this had to have been the smoothest porter I've ever tried. Indescribable, all those great dark tastes running around in my mouth. You gotta try this beer!

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Photo of cokes
4.4/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Condemned in 2001. No chance of salvation until April 2010.

The crimson blackness is ringed with a small brown foam.
Nose is ripped apart with winged plums, and malts singed with the fires of Hades.

Taste begins the descent:

At the First Gate, torturous black malts wail with a sizzling harsh sweetness.
The Second Gate beacons with undying Grapes wallowing in their Earthly sins.
Past the Third Gate, Roasted Barley screams for forgiveness.
The Forth Gate smolders with an unholy smokiness, strapped to its device of oaken, woody horror.
The Fifth Gate exibits chocolate malt contorted in an obscene manner, pleading for mercy, as the poker is jabbed to its ribs.
Gate #6 contains plums, too lustful in life to exist elsewhere.
Beyond the stone-hued Seventh Gate is a sulfurous surge of reduced coffee that emits fumes of pure decadence.
The buttery whimpering of diacetyl lie past the Eight Gate, Joined with an acidic bawl.
The final gate, Number 9, is a raisin-drenched screech of alcohol-drowned dark fruit pain and suffering.

The deliciousness of pure wickedness unfolds. But the malice is less full than expected.
Nevertheless, it is a vice that can be indulged en masse.

Truly devilish.

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Photo of Suds
4.4/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This is simply an wonderful beer. Thick, velvety, chewy and portraying a wide range of roast malt flavors.
Color is solid black. Not really an impressive head, but what there is does dissolve into whispy, lace-producing clumps.
The aroma really doesn't match up with the extraordinary taste. Slight smoky, burnt/roast grain aroma, but it's not an in-your-face smell. The flavors do, however, come on strong with the first sip.
Full, impressive mouthfeel.
There's a background of a nice-hop bitterness that doesn't quite match the sweet malt, but the do play off one another nicely.
The bottom line is that this is one very good beer.

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Photo of PartyBear
4.4/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pure black body, with a thick creamy head.

S - The first thing that hit me was an inviting warm liquorish smell, that seemed to linger. There was also a scent of sweet molasses, and a faint chocolate coming through.

T - The warm liquorish that dominated the smell comes through with authority in the taste. It's also somewhat creamy with a hint of chocolate.

M - This is without a doubt full bodied, and it has the taste to pull it off. There is a strong dry persistent aftertaste.

D - This is a heavy porter, with a powerful aftertaste. Put simply this is an awesome brew, and needs to be tried. I will definitely be stocking up a few of these to be drinking over winter.

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

50F. 97 Vintage, just like the picture.

Black, no head just a few tan bubbles. Looks a reflection of motor oil in a glass.
Smell a bit of yeast, vinous alcohol, and barley soda pop.
oh my god, that's beautiful. Melted bittersweet Callebaut chocolate with bubbles. A little prune syrup, a bit oily like blackstrap molasses. Leaves a puff of deisel smoke as it departs. A very economical beverage. Meaning it's not so layered, or thick and fruity, or hopped up that it jumps all over the palate as if it were a trampoline. This beer is smooth with a smoky bite, with easy barley fruitiness, balanced alcohol and carbonation that reminds me of the difference in ride between my HONDA civic and a towncar. Many beers are variations of a civic: Good rides with personal embellishments that make the civic unique. This Baltic porter gives a ride like a towncar, smooth. Loved it, and could drink buckets of it.

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

Presentation: 16.9oz. brown bottle; årgång 2001; "best before" warning -- in this case April 2010 -- printed on the back label's bottom left corner; purchased for $2.29 from the West LA Whole Foods on National and Barrington.

Appearance: Nearly black in hue; ever so faint ruby hints emerge if held directly to a light; fudgy, mocha-tinged head; a fair c-cup's worth of lace, but head retention is rather poor.

Aroma: Hugely of cherries and chocolate with a nice, roasty bitterness in there as well.

Taste: Decidedly like its nose; surly notes of bittersweet cocoa, dark fruit and cherry wrestle one another like a pack of greasy monkeys; gentle, roasty bitterness in the finish; slight hint of grain; medium bodied with a smooth, silky mouthfeel.

Notes: Amazing flavor profile ... and at 5.5% ABV; not quite as tasty as my beloved Okocim, but not dramatically far off either; stellar beer.

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

1997 argang vintage bottle, 8+oz. Found it at Falling Rock in Denver.
Pours a black, slick body with reddish tints around the edge. 1 finger tan head. Very clean; no residue or lacing along the glass.
Smells of sweet chocolate, roasted coffee, molasses, caramel and bbq sauce. Nothing overpowering, alcohol is vacant.
Taste; very nice blend of the chocolate and coffee. Sweetness of raisin and black plum. Molasses turns into a burnt caramel flavor.
Just when I think it's gonna pack an overwhelming punch, it disappears nicely. Good drinking brew, wish it were a bigger bottle.

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

2001 vintage - aged 2 years

This beer looked pretty much black, with a mocha-colored thin foam head and not much lace to speak of. Smell was smooth and complex, of malt, dark coffee, dark chocolate, but then some sweet corn-like smell that heavily malty beers sometimes exude.

Taste was thick, rich, and smooth, with some good sweet malt that was calm to the core. Very dark without ever being burdening on the palate, this beer had a very full and tasty roast flavor at the end. In fact, the toast and roast flavors continued to roll around my tongue, seeming to change but was actually just plain old captivating. Had a drying finish but just enough so.

Wish it wasn’t so expensive. Also hard to believe you can age it even more because it was not terribly exciting but definitely better than average. Very easy to drink and drink much of.

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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 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 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 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 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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Carnegie Porter 5,5% from Carlsberg Sverige AB
92 out of 100 based on 338 ratings.