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Carnegie Porter 5,5% - Carlsberg Sverige AB

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

497 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 497
Reviews: 331
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 10.95%
Wants: 52
Gots: 23 | 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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3.5/5  rDev -14.8%

atrocity, May 16, 2014
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4/5  rDev -2.7%

ImFlyerThanYou, May 08, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

tbryan5, May 02, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

datalager, Apr 06, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

DaveMiller, Mar 28, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -14.8%

brpendergast85, Mar 25, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +15.6%

afsdan, Mar 23, 2014
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4/5  rDev -2.7%

DrunkinYogi, Mar 21, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

oso, Mar 18, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -14.8%

CDCNAM, Mar 14, 2014
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4/5  rDev -2.7%

Bonis, Feb 19, 2014
Photo of 57md
4.06/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

57md, Feb 17, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

Snowdog, Feb 14, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

threedaggers, Feb 06, 2014
Photo of chinchill
3.53/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

chinchill, Feb 06, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

Zekenyce, Feb 05, 2014
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4/5  rDev -2.7%

MikeCactusGordon, Feb 02, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -33.1%

osuskin, Jan 30, 2014
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3.56/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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.

biegaman, Jan 23, 2014
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4/5  rDev -2.7%

M1A2, Jan 18, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -20.9%

BigOldOaf, Jan 15, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

bigred89, Jan 05, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

kodt, Jan 04, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

DrinkSlurm, Dec 28, 2013
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5/5  rDev +21.7%

Saksis, Dec 27, 2013
Carnegie Porter 5,5% from Carlsberg Sverige AB
92 out of 100 based on 497 ratings.