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Carnegie Porter 5,5% - Carlsberg Sverige AB

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

472 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 472
Reviews: 327
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 10.92%
Wants: 47
Gots: 21 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
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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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spoony

Colorado

4.11/5  rDev -0.2%

From a 330 ml bottle (best by October 10, 2015) into a snifter.

A-The beer is a nice-looking ebony brown/black color with about one finger of tan head. I get some lacing on the glass as I drink, but the head retention is on the shorter side.

S-The aroma is simple at first, but reveals more complexity with each new sniff. I get some roasted flavors, but overall bitterness and smokiness are moderate. The malts are earthy with aromas of tobacco, prunes, and molasses. There is some caramel sweetness and dark fruit, too.

T-The taste is not quite as intriguing as the smell, but is pleasant nonetheless. There is just a bit of acrid, smokey bite, as well as caramel, molasses, earthy oak, and a bit of rye bread crust. Bitterness is pretty low for the style, but the beer packs a little touch of pleasant, coffee-like acidity.

M-The feel is medium in heft with a chunky carbonation that is below average in volume.

O-This is a very nice beer. The aroma, in particular, just keeps revealing new flavors with each sniff and each new flavor just seems to fold into the rest in a really pleasing package. The taste is a bit simpler and the mouth is a touch lighter than I would like, but I would happily drink more of this.

06-03-2014 00:31:44 | More by spoony
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Raziel313

California

2.75/5  rDev -33.3%

06-01-2014 09:30:59 | More by Raziel313
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Latarnik

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -2.9%

05-24-2014 23:07:19 | More by Latarnik
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Florya

Norway

4/5  rDev -2.9%

05-23-2014 23:14:08 | More by Florya
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mikeg67

New Jersey

3.9/5  rDev -5.3%

Bottle 2013, Klass III. Pours black with small, creamy, beige head and nice lacing. Aroma is of floral hops, toasted malt, dark fruit and coffee. Body is full and slightly crisp. Taste is of toasted malt, coffee, vanilla, brown sugar, dark fruit and floral hops. Finish is long and bittersweet. Very nice porter.

05-19-2014 15:32:05 | More by mikeg67
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atrocity

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -15%

05-16-2014 12:04:05 | More by atrocity
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ImFlyerThanYou

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -2.9%

05-08-2014 02:17:23 | More by ImFlyerThanYou
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tbryan5

Louisiana

4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

05-02-2014 01:31:55 | More by tbryan5
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datalager

Connecticut

4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

04-06-2014 17:09:35 | More by datalager
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DaveMiller

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

03-28-2014 04:37:20 | More by DaveMiller
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brpendergast85

District of Columbia

3.5/5  rDev -15%

03-25-2014 03:29:49 | More by brpendergast85
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afsdan

Colorado

4.75/5  rDev +15.3%

03-23-2014 14:12:59 | More by afsdan
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DrunkinYogi

Connecticut

4/5  rDev -2.9%

03-21-2014 03:13:35 | More by DrunkinYogi
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oso

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -9%

03-18-2014 04:34:25 | More by oso
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CDCNAM

Louisiana

3.5/5  rDev -15%

03-14-2014 03:12:21 | More by CDCNAM
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Bonis

Ohio

4/5  rDev -2.9%

02-19-2014 23:00:51 | More by Bonis
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57md

Pennsylvania

4.06/5  rDev -1.5%

Pours a dark brown color with ruby edges. The beige head was less than full finger and it dissipated down to a thin film rather quickly. The nose had mild roasty notes. The flavor is a well balanced combination of dry roast and hop bitterness. The hop presence appears to be slightly above the norm for the style, but it makes for a terrific finish alongside the dryness of the roast profile.

This offering is hard to rate in comparison with other Baltics. It seems to be more in the vein of a classic Baltic while most contemporary beers of the style are heavier in body and roasted malt. I'll just say that this is a unique and very tasty offering.

02-17-2014 00:12:48 | More by 57md
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Snowdog

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

02-14-2014 23:04:44 | More by Snowdog
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threedaggers

Kentucky

3.75/5  rDev -9%

02-06-2014 03:50:09 | More by threedaggers
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chinchill

South Carolina

3.53/5  rDev -14.3%

Undated 330ml bottle served in a Belgian snifter.

Pours very dark reddish-brown, clear with a tan head of moderate size and retention. Spotty lacing.

Aroma: dark and smoked malts with a hint of dried dark fruits.

Flavor: dark fruits, dark bread, light smoke and a hint of coffee.

02-06-2014 02:04:29 | More by chinchill
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Zekenyce

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

02-05-2014 04:10:27 | More by Zekenyce
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MikeCactusGordon

Ohio

4/5  rDev -2.9%

02-02-2014 14:23:51 | More by MikeCactusGordon
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osuskin

Indiana

2.75/5  rDev -33.3%

01-30-2014 01:43:51 | More by osuskin
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biegaman

Ontario (Canada)

3.56/5  rDev -13.6%

Carnegie Porter looks like a liquid raspberry truffle: it's a melted chocolate brown colour for the most part but has remnants of ruby throughout. All the colour is concealed within its dark exterior and only illuminated when held right up against the light. Its head is scattered but manages to coat most of the surface and some parts of the glass.

Truthfully, there isn't much to distinguish Carnegie Porter. The aroma has only entry-level amounts of chocolate and roasted malt, not really enough even to emulate coffee or licorice flavours. There's traces of dark fruits - whether the influence of malt, yeast, or alcohol who knows - but they, too, make only a minimal contribution.

Those unaccustomed to dark beers will find this surprisingly, pleasantly easy to drink; those expecting a true Scandinavian Baltic Porter will be entirely disappointed. This has neither an especially roasted nor hopped presence, with virtually no coffee, chocolate, caramel, toffee, nutty, or molasses complexity and only the most brief taste of dark fruits. Boring.

The label on the back states that "storage helps the flavour mature and helps enhance its harmony"; there's no production or best before date on this bottle but I doubt it's all that fresh. Already the beer tastes oxidized and considerably thinned out. Given this thin a malt bill - and especially at a mild 5.5% - I'd ignore the brewery's recommendations and drink it now.

Carnegie Porter is a dark beer likely to appeal to those most afraid of them; I should have expected such a watered-down product from Carlsberg. There's nothing bold or intimating about this supposed Baltic Porter - it's as much a caricature as the Swedish chef from the Muppets. Scandinavians do much bolder (and better) than this. Don't waste your time on it.

01-23-2014 04:40:07 | More by biegaman
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M1A2

Ohio

4/5  rDev -2.9%

01-18-2014 16:00:32 | More by M1A2
Carnegie Porter 5,5% from Carlsberg Sverige AB
92 out of 100 based on 472 ratings.