Carnegie Porter 5,5% - Carlsberg Sverige AB

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Reviews: 336
Hads: 529
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 10.17%
Wants: 52
Gots: 30 | FT: 2
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Sweden

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 FLima
3.9/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This beer dates back to 1836, which was a surprise for a Swedish beer.
Deep black color with a thin head with low retention.
Grainy raw malt aroma with clear mocha notes.
Flavor of roasted and toasted malts, dark chocolate and earthy hops. Hints of licorice, raisins and figs.
Very dry aftertaste with a long lasting residual taste of dark malts, cocoa powder and hops.
Full body with low carbonation.
What a beautiful Baltic Porter. If you like dark beers, it is a must. (471 characters)

Photo of Budinetz
5/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured feom the bottle vigorously into a goblet.

A- poured an opaque, jet black with a tan foamy head. Great retention and some of the most amazing lacing I've ever seen in a porter, hugging all sides of the glass with an extravagant display.

S- smells of sweet serendipity! Reminds me of funny cake almost...If you Pennsylvania Dutch-German background folks know what I'm talking about...like a chocolate aroma with an ever so slight coffee smell.

T- tastes of slight diacetyl, but not over the top. Some sweet toffee/caramel flavors. Perhaps an ever so slight pumpernickel? Pretty awesome brew overall!

M- very slick on the tongue. Almost buttery but not over the top. Quite drinkable at 5.5% and does not tarnish the palete.

O- a historic brew! One of the first original style porters I've had and one that will always be near and dear to me. This is the brew you should introduce yourself with when trying a porter for the first time. (944 characters)

Photo of ThisWangsChung
4.11/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

I was surprised to see this in my Neighborhood Liquor Store™, so of course I had to bite the bullet. 11.2 oz bottle into a pint glass, 2010 vintage.

A: Pours a dark ruby color. It appears pitch black from a glance, however it shows ruby-red edges when held up to a good light. The head is a two finger light mocha shade. It doesn't retain itself well, unfortunately, but manages to leave behind good lacing.

S: Rich as hell, yet also quite sweet. Aside from mild (and expected) oxidation, there are also strong notes of dark fruits, along with a good helping of cocoa powder. It does a good job of coming across bigger than it really is.

T: The opening flavors, indeed, are sweet and fruity. After that, it gradually dries out. A midtaste full of luscious cocoa powder becomes lightly ashy on the finish and aftertaste. However, it remains plummy throughout the flavor profile, and even shows some good depth.

M: It's got a lighter body, with a mild finishing dryness helping to keep some of the sweeter flavors in check. Carbonation is low as expected, but not quite flat. It's quite easy to drink given its relative rich flavor.

O: Lowish carbonation aside, this has aged like a champ. A shame I'll likely never be able to find this again (barring a trade) because this is really excellent stuff. And hey, I didn't have to drink a crappy Carlsberg lager or sell my soul for a bottle of Kaggen! Stormakstporter just so I could tick a Swedish brew! (1,456 characters)

Photo of BeerZack
4.14/5  rDev +0.2%
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. (355 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.18/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

was fortunate enough to find a 2000 vintage bottle of this for just 13 bucks. the label reads best before November 2010, but im thinking its not past its prime at all. it pours a surprisingly lively darkest of browns, without any light at all able to pass through. the head is made up of micro bubbles of a lighter brown color. the head doesn't last, but its easily reinvigorated with a swirl of my globe. the nose on this is heavy chocolate, burnt malt, ash, and a gentle toffee tickle. it has an aged mellowness to it, very earthy and organic, with roasted barley and cocoa powder dominating up front. the finish is like all the best features of dusty leather, my grandpas attic, mature compost, and smoked pork. its just so complex and delicious. there is a funny astringent bitterness towards the finish and the alcohol stands out more than it should in a beer so low in abv, but other than that its phenomenal. the mouthfeel makes it for me, so gentle on the carbonation, and curiously dry for the style. I love the cocoa powder flavor, it transforms into a cocoa powder feel of sorts, really cool. age has definitely done wonders for this beer, and while ive never had a fresh one, I can assure you that this is one special porter. perhaps also my first beer from Sweden. memorable. (1,288 characters)

Photo of Ethanol4one
4.9/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Very dark, with an average head, this beer sneaks up on you like base jumping Airborne Ranger delivering flowers that you forgot for your best girl as you walk up to her doorstep, with its mildly sweet, malty and perfectly balanced slight hopped aroma, and a just short of moderately thick mouth feel, like that of a stout. In fact, I'd bet a case that most people would identify it as a stout, if they were not told it's labeled a porter.

My first reaction right down to the last drop was that "this beer is perfect", so there's that. Although, the second one tasted more sweet to me, after pairings with some of the excellent olives Beer Table serves.

I had it at Beer Table, on tap in Brooklyn, where they really care about teh suds. (740 characters)

Photo of ummswimmin
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this as part of a beer experience program at my favorite tavern. If this wasn't part of the program, then I would have probably missed out on this beer.

The bar served this beer with a tulip style glass. The porter was dark with just a little bit of opaque brown at the edges of the glass. There wwas pretty minimal foam that dies down pretty quickly. It isn't a surprise that there wasn't lacing due to the style.

I picked up a lot of chocolate off the top of the Carnegie. There was also some coffee, but that comes way after the chocolate. The flavor follows the nose on this one. This is a pretty tasty beer. You continue to get the chocolate and lighter coffee. There is even some light hopping.

This is a pretty good porter overall. (747 characters)

Photo of mralphabet
4.15/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into Sam Adams Perfect Pint Glass....

A: Poured a deep dark brown with a red tint. Good fingers worth of head that settled to a thin layer with wonderful lacing from start to finish.

S: Big strong sweet aromas... lots of molasses, chocolate, licorice, and a little toast.

T: A lot like the smell.... All the sweetness is there right up front, then there is a hit of bitterness that balanced things out.... Starts sweet ends bitter.

M: Strange mix here... Somewhat light but medium bodied at the same time smooth but has a little sharpness from the cabonation.

O: Very interesting Porter here all the sweetness you want but there is a touch of bitterness that brings everything back. Great ABV that makes this a pretty damn good session beer. Worth looking for it you can find it. (798 characters)

Photo of Offa
4.97/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is an outstanding, complex, yet highly drinkable baltic porter. Despite being at the low abv end for the style, it does not lack character.

Almost black, it has a medium tan head very slowly shrinking to foamy ring & wisps, some lace.

Aroma is rich anisy prunes, dark sweet toast, dried dark fruits, chocolate.

Taste is wonderful toasted dark brown bread, singed prunes, anisy-woody elements, roastiness, wood. It has firm sweetness, light engaging bitterness. Finish is roasty and woody with dry cocoa. It is engaging and lively but the feel, though not oily, is full.

It is an outstanding balance between rich, full character, complexity, and easy drinkability. (673 characters)

Photo of Gregfalone
4.92/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into an allagash goblet type glass. Bottle dated 2010. Have another to compare in a year.

Smooth, but high pour yields an inch and a half khaki head.
Beer is near opaque with deep ruby/amber light showing through when held up toward the lamp.

Smells of raisins, figs, and very faint malt and coffee... VERY faint. The smell is beautiful.

Taste is also fronted by raisin, then figs I get no coffee I the taste. Very nice mild tobacco sweetness. No alcohol taste. Very little bitterness. Smells and tastes perfect to me.

Mouthfeel is nicely carbonated for the thick wet consistency. This is one of the best beers I've ever drank. Definately in the top ten.

Overall- I love this beer. I will buy this over and over again. Next time I see it I'm gonna buy a few to drink and a couple to store. I have one Ike holding for a year, but I have a feeling two or three or more years will make this beer absolutely fanfuckintastic. (957 characters)

Photo of Beer-A-Lot
3.65/5  rDev -11.6%
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.) (537 characters)

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.97/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from 2/2010 notes. Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a very dark brown with red tint at the edges with a light tan head with good retention and lacing. Aroma of toasted malt and light chocolate. Tasted kind of understated on opening, with dark roasted malt and dark fruit. On warming a bit, the cherry, chocolate, vanilla and molasses started coming out. Great flavoe. Medium bodied with some creaminess. A quite nice low ABV porter. I bought this on a whim without great expectations and was very pleasantly surprised, will buy again. (548 characters)

Photo of womencantsail
3.5/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The pour is brown in color with a small tan head. Some roast malt, dark fruit, and a hint of coffee come through first on the nose. A bit dusty and oxidized. Quite a lot of dark fruit, especially prunes. The flavor is fairly simple. Some roasted malt, chocolate, and tons of dark fruit. (286 characters)

Photo of soju6
4.3/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Vintage 2004

A: Pours a deep mahogany color with a decent head that fades to some lacing.

S: Aroma of roasted malt, dark fruit, coffee and bittersweet chocolate.

T: Taste of roasted malt, coffee, bittersweet chocolate with some dark fruit. The is a mild bitterness and a clean finish.

F: Medium body, smooth with a rich creamy texture. Good balance.

O: Good drinker, quite satisfying. Nice beer to end the day with. One of the better offering of this style. (462 characters)

Photo of bluejacket74
4.22/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

11.2 ounce bottle, 2010 vintage. I haven't had this in a while (since 2006!), so I figured I would review this one again. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours dark brown with some ruby red tints, and a half inch tan head. The head didn't stay around for too long, and there's a decent amount of lacing. The brew smells like roasted malt, dark fruit, coffee and some bittersweet chocolate. It tastes like roasted malt, nuts, coffee, bittersweet chocolate, and a bit of dark fruit. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's slick and coating and very easy to drink. Just as I thought 6 years ago, this is a good brew that I would certainly have again.

Here's my first review of this beer from 8/19/2006:

This beer is a 2004 vintage. It pours dark brown with some ruby tints to it. I can smell roasted malt, coffee, chocolate and some dark fruit. It tastes pretty much like it smells, very good. The mouthfeel is a bit slick, but also smooth and creamy at the same time. The carbonation is low, and this is a very drinkable porter. This is a pretty good beer, I'd definitely drink it again. (1,080 characters)

Photo of pisano
4.8/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

2010 vintage

a: pours a dark brown with a short lived one finger khaki head. Nice lacing. Ruby red at the edges where the light comes through. Good clarity despite how dark it is.

s: milk chocolate and roasted malts with sort of a marshmallow sweetness

t: lots of malty sweetness with a slight roasted flavor, milk chocolate, a tinge of bitterness on the finish

m: light, somewhat creamy mouthfeel with light carbonation. Very satisfying.

o: I first had this several years ago and was blown away. Happy to say that this is still one of my absolute favorite porters. (572 characters)

Photo of julian89
3.78/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Drank on 3/18/2012 after the GA Publix Marathon
Poured from bottle into pint glass

Appearance: A dark black color, quarter inch head with no lacing. Rapidly diminished so not a very good retention.

Smell: Not a strong smell, typical bitterness of a dark porter.

Mouthfeel: Simple frothy carbonation. Very smooth.

Taste: A good porter with light coffee and strong malt taste.

Overall: Not bad. (399 characters)

Photo of davey101
4.12/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2009 vintage. 11.2 oz bottle with the larger style rectangular label and stick on rear label.

A - Dark brown body that allows a hint of light to penetrate around the edges. One finger light mocha head forms initially and dies down to some edging and a faint cap. Light lacing forms.

S - Initially its roasted malts and some coffee notes. Faint notes of port and red wine/fruits linger in the background.

T - Sweet malts, a bit of charred wood, and dark fruits. Theres also an almost citrus lightness to it. Some metallic and ash notes finish the beer off. Mouth feel is light and creamy with solid carbonation.

O - What an odd beer. It has some roasty tobacco malt notes, but it also has a surprisingly bright fruit element to it. Really delicious aged beer that I got for a bargain price. (796 characters)

Photo of sfprint
4.08/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: pitch black, tan head dissipates fast. no visible rising carbonation. pure oil.
S: black coffee, slightly sweet, dirt, heavy.
T: mildly bitter, but milky, what I expect a milk stout would be like. Sort of like a kind of chocolate milk but less sweet. Very nice.
M: at times rough in texture, at other times like chocolate milk.
O: Quite nice. A great porter. (362 characters)

Photo of wedge
3.82/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

2010

Pitch black with a fluffy, beige head that reduces to a creamy ring around the edge of the glass. Some sediment left in the bottle. Interesting aroma - along with a fresh chocolate grain richness, there is a good amount of toffee, nuts, prune, and port. Dark malt and fruit flavor exhibiting some tartness and a dry roasty edge. Dark fruit, berries, and molasses. Not as rich as many Baltic Porters, but then it is unusually light in alcohol. Medium bodied and pretty clean, but seems to fall a little flat. I'd be interested to see what this would be like properly cellared for a couple more years. (605 characters)

Photo of JayQue
3.97/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My first beer from Sweden. A winner! Purchased at Grape and Gourmet in Va Beach. Kevin has the Rate Beer scores taped under most shelves in the store. This one was rated super high...as it is on Beer Advocate as well. I can see why now. Poured from an 11.2 oz bottle into a pint glass, the light tan head is just average with less than average retention and some spotty lacing. The beer itself has a nice dark brown color with ruby highlights available around the sides and bottom of the glass. The aroma is powerful, as pleasantly strong as some RISs. The aroma is malty, plenty of coffee and a vinuous/ port wine aroma as well. Taste is similar, a strong malty presence, coffee as the next most powerful flavor, a vinuous quality is there too. The only flavor that does come through in the aroma is the finishing hops bitterness. Adds a "just right" balance.

Mouthfeel is rich,,,hops at the end provides a nice treat for the tongue. Alcohol presence is mild and appropriate.

A fine porter!!! (995 characters)

Photo of OneDropSoup
4.45/5  rDev +7.7%
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! (1,305 characters)

Photo of Mar02x
3.35/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

We blind tasted this one during our monthly tasting session in the Mug (Dutch ABT pub).

A - A deep dark red ale, not hazy and no head. Just a thin foam ring.

S - A wine like kind of smell.

T - Malty, grainy, sweet -The body is full of flavor.

M - A medium carbonated beer and a light bitter finish.

O - A nice beer, good enough to try again. (346 characters)

Photo of WJVII
3.6/5  rDev -12.8%
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. (458 characters)

Photo of CuriousMonk
3.26/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Very dark brown, average and mostly diminishing light brown head. Moderate, malty and sweetish aroma, fruitiness - dark fruits, some coffee and roasted malt. Body is medium, malty and sweetish flavor, some fruitiness and coffee,light roasted malt. Finish is average, malty and sweetish, coffee and some roasted malt, light fruitiness and hoppyness. Overall, this porter was a bit too flattish for me, but had a nice vinous fruitiness to it. (440 characters)

Carnegie Porter 5,5% from Carlsberg Sverige AB
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