Carnegie Porter 5,5% - Carlsberg Sverige AB

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

503 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 503
Reviews: 333
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 10.95%
Wants: 52
Gots: 22 | FT: 2
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Sweden

Style | ABV
Baltic Porter |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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".

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-04-2001)
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Photo of shockrocker65
5/5  rDev +21.7%

Photo of BeerNinja007
4.13/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I got this squatty 500mL bottle a while ago at Manchester Wine & Spirits, Manchester CT, for $5.99. Stark-Porter label indicates date brewed as 2006 and best before January 2016. Served chilled in a standard pint glass.

Black-brown brew gives about 2" of thick mocha foam with great retention and ample lace. Smells of milk chocolate, yeast, molasses, bourbon, and straight vanilla extract on a thick starchy malty backbone. As it warms, the aroma develops some odd fruitiness, berry esters. Taste is mostly a mix of smooth milk chocolate and dry molasses sweetness, then vanilla extract, a bit of smoke, and berry esters. Finish is of bitter molasses, vanilla, and fruit. Feel is creamy and thick, mostly dry, with very light carbonation.

This is a tasty porter. Compared to others, this one is a bit too light on the carbo, almost flat. Hops are not detected. There's a lot of molasses and it's not as dry as a typical porter. The fruity stuff is a little odd and seems to be common in Nordic brews of many different styles.

Photo of theopholis
4.47/5  rDev +8.8%
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.

Photo of ManekiNeko
4.4/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

Photo of cyclonece09
3.61/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 11.2 oz bottle into a mug. Pours pitch black with a foamy brown head. Smells of chocolate, a little coffee. Tastes of raisins, fruit, and candy, quite surprising. Beer lightly carbonated full body nice finish. Overall a slightly above average beer.

Photo of dsnyder61
4.74/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Photo of WilliamPhilaPa
4.83/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

(Argang 2000) Wow! This stuff is great! Starts by pouring a very dark black, with a very yummy looking dark tan head. The head sticks around for a good time also, the body is a medium to light- heavy with a very nice smooth mouthfeel. Very nice robust coffee notes and light caramel flavor, with just enough sweetness ( not over done ) to really enjoy this brew! This stuff is great to the last drop! Ends with a nice long finish!Overall a excellent Porter! I need more!

Photo of keithmurray
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - dark brown body with tan head

Smell - cocoa powder, chocolate, molasses, toffee

Taste - chocolate, molasses, cocoa, toffee, hint of tobacco on the end

Mouthfeel - medium bodied, medium carbonation, slight sweetness upfront, tobacco on the finish, thinner than other examples within the style

Overall - good beer that I've been waiting a while to try for a while, tasty beer at 5.5% ABV

price point - $3.50/11.2 oz single

Photo of Stunner97
4.85/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

2006 edition

Appearance-pitch dark black with very nice tan head, no carbonation to be seen what so ever, dark and ominous appearance great look

Smell- wow beautiful smell world class, roasted espresso, chocolate, roasted malts, just so appealing on the nose,

Taste- wow this is the epitome of complex, roasted malts, chocolate, hops on the finish, soft yet pleasant booze on the finish.very balance super complex and just such an amazing porter in terms flavor im blown away and such long lingering beautiful finish

Mouthfeel- smooth creamy and medium bodied, nice low carbonation and good feel

drinkability- just amazing, world class porter here, i got if for 99 cents cuz the place thought it was distressed and discontinued, but wow, cant believe that at 5.5 a beer can be this great 4 years later, amazing and probably best porter i have had privilege of having, if you see it get it you wont be sorry

Photo of blitz134
3.73/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured just like a Coke, except nearly opaque black. The head formed just as one on a Coke would and even elicited the same color. I find the smell weak overall and lacks that typical slightly toasted aroma. The smell that is there is slightly sweet from the malts with some slight chocolate hints . The taste is typical of porters that don’t try to imitate a stout. Coffee is picked up predominately and is balanced well with a non-toasted malt flavor. Right after draining this one from my mouth there is a sharp,crisp sensation. The mouthfeel is what makes this beer for me. It is extremely creamy and coats the mouth well. I could see myself having a couple of these if they weren’t 5 dollars a 16.9oz bottle.

Overall this is a decent beer. There are other porters out there which are stronger in flavor. If they could kick the flavor up a bit and keep the mouthfeel the same then I think I would like this one even more. Is it worth the price tag? It depends…

Photo of BrahptimusPrime
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of BigOldOaf
3.25/5  rDev -20.9%

Photo of ImFlyerThanYou
4/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of Quaffer
4.33/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

16.9 oz. bottle, vintage 2001.

Appearance: This was a very dark beer, almost black. Only when the glass was held up to the light could its true, deep red color be seen. A two-finger head rose up easily and settled very slowly. It became very dense, being comprised of tiny bubbles that ramped up the side of the glass. A nice amount of light lace was left behind.

Smell: Right after the pour, sharp, tart fruit assaulted the nose with an acidic bite. As the head settled, so did the aroma. The sour, dark fruits mellowed and were joined by dark, bitter chocolate and coffee. Some heavily roasted malt floated over the top. It still had quite an acidic bite to it, though.

Mouthfeel: On the heavy side of the medium-bodied scale and creamy smooth. A wonderful, mouth-filling buttery presence. Very nice.

Taste: Pretty straightforward from start to finish. Plums, dates, and raisins represented the dark fruit that was in the smell. This was countered nicely by sweet cream and dark chocolate. Some lighty sweet cherry came through on the finish. Nice deep, rich flavors.

This is a great porter. I just wish it was available here. Thanks for the bottle, Rob!

Photo of BeerZack
4.14/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown with ruby highlights and generous foamy tan head that crowns the beer. Very subtle nose, nothings jumping right out. Hints of caramel, roast and chocolate, with even a bit of alcohol as it warms, but its all very much in balance. Mild coffee and hint of Burgundy wine, even a bit tannic mouthfeel, but only serves to balance the malt sweetness.

Photo of Bonis
4/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of bulldogg915
3.5/5  rDev -14.8%

Photo of WJVII
3.58/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass this brew is a deep dark brown with a milk chocolate 2 finger head that settles into a nice 1/2 finger head. The aroma is nice of chocolate, sweet brown sugar and some slight roasted malts. The taste is a little grainy strong on the sweeter malts. Not too much of a hop presence to balance things. A little roasted malt, but not enough dark roast flavor. Medium body with lighter carbonation. A decent brew but not a top tier porter.

Photo of gfreed
4.22/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

As Baltic porters go, this hardly qualifies: it lacks the weight, the density, the burn and the booze. As a straight porter, however, it's quite good. There's just enough vanilla, citrus and bubbly sting to make it a happy little beer. It's a tad smoky without being overly charred, and for once we have a porter that doesn't reek of coffee. You'll be able to have more than one (bring your wallet) and *still* be able to operate a power tool with a spinning blade. Maybe.

Photo of Florya
4/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of simont1
3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

Photo of Beer-A-Lot
3.63/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into pint.

A - Dark brown, nice 1-finger head.

S - Some roasty and bitter aromas. Very appealing.

T - Pretty smooth. But a bit watery and light (obviously with low abv).

M - Not a lot of body. In no way off-putting, just a little weak.

O - I had hoped to like this more, but it was only slightly above average. Maybe I'll give it a chance again in the future. After a long, tough day, it could be my palate is messed up. Others seem to like it more, so it's worth a try. Not bad, just not that great. (And I love the Swedes.)

Photo of baggio
3.93/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

One of the better beers produced in sweden and i've never tried it...untill now....

A: Pitch black. Almost non-existant lace.

S: Cocoa, ripe fruit, roasted malts, rum.

T: wood, vanilla, bourbon, coffee, chocolate.

M: Smooth as silk with a nice burnt aftertaste. Low carbonation.

This is a fine porter that i regret not trying untill now. I think should
age nicely too. Recommended!

Photo of grahuba
3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

Photo of TheDM
3.83/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Oh yeah! A small head with medium to fine light brown bubbles that quickly fades away. A deep brown color almost black body. It has a very heavy aroma full of hops. Low carbonation with heavy flavor and coffee taste typical of a good dark porter. I found myself taking several sips to make my taste calls. It has a typical dark flavor with no aftertaste. The head is gone now as I complete this report. A very nice brew.

Carnegie Porter 5,5% from Carlsberg Sverige AB
92 out of 100 based on 503 ratings.