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Carnegie Porter 5,5% - Carlsberg Sverige AB

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

458 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 458
Reviews: 325
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 10.92%
Wants: 46
Gots: 19 | FT: 1
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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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putnam

Michigan

4.28/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Vintage 2004.
Dark brown. Aromas of molten red clay, coffee, chocolate, nut paste and poppy. Drinkable, even texture. Sweet coffee liquor rushes the doughy mousse. Very neat and perfect proportioned. Highly drinkable. Perfect with butter drenched prawns, crab or rare grass fed filet, Irish style.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2005 21:40:55 | More by putnam
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brewcrew76

Wisconsin

4.28/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

1997 vintage

A - Pours a solid black with no head and very little carbonation. It reminds me of homebrew before it is bottled and carbonated.

S - Dark fruits, figs and prunes with some chocolate. Aroma is subtle and would be much better if it was more prominent.

T - Dark fruits and chocolate. There is a slight chocolate milk flavor I am detecting.

M - The mouthfeel is light to medium and very nice for having such little carbonation.

D - A great easy drinking beer. I will have to find another one of these.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2006 01:33:27 | More by brewcrew76
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aforbes10

Iowa

4.28/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2004 bottling. A brown and pretty beer. Opaque with a small, compact tan head. Smells of prunes, soy sauce, toffee, dark chocolate, cherries. Fruit odors are the most prominent, along with a rummy, scotch-like odor. Mmmm...yes, further evidence that baltic porters may be the most underappreciated of the top beer styles. This one is oaky and slightly burnt tasting, with lots of rum-like notes and a soft fruitiness. Burnt quality is maybe a bit too strong, turning the maltiness into more of a blackend coffee, but its still a great tasting beer. Too fizzy of a mouthfeel would be my only major complaint. Another great B.P. from Northern Europe!

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2007 20:36:47 | More by aforbes10
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wl0307

United Kingdom (England)

4.28/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased at the Foreign Beer Bar, NWAF 2008, Manchester. "Argang 2007" says the label, BB 13 NOV 17 ("2017" it means?!), served chilled in a straight imperial pint glass.

A: very dark brown in colour, nearly black, coming with a creamy tan head with good retention and restrained carbonation.
S: a settled fruity aroma as of cherry skins and berry-liquor, plus sweet roastiness like coffee-syrup, black sugar, and sweet nuttiness, with a mildly alcoholic touch as well as a lager's refreshing acidity in the background. Very "quiet", yet also "deep"... and, have I just sensed a touch of banana-esters??
T: caramelised dates, roast nuts, chewy black malts with a hint of finely ground espresso blend approach upfront; in no time the more aromatic and powdery Munich malts (as of a Dunkel) develops, along with bitter-sweet burned sugar and moderate but deep-running herbal bitter hops at the back of the palate. The finish is rather clean (in line with a lager), while the roasty aroma and chewy bitter mouthfeel just linger beautifully (like a true stout)...
M&D: refreshing, with lovely creamy fizz soothing the palate; this Baltic Porter is the lowest-gravity one that I've tried, and yet it provides all the complexities and an even higher drinkability. A delicious, well-hopped, and well-made dark gem this is, really like a chocolate stout blended with a full-bodied and fruity Czech dark lager.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2008 01:00:55 | More by wl0307
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bark

Sweden

4.3/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Vintage 2004.

The colour is opaque black (although the liquid is clear); the large, firm semi-compact foam is brown.

The smell is generous and complex with tones of black coffee, burned malt, sour cream and hints of hops and smoke.

The carbonation is very fresh, but at the same time very soft.

The taste is also complex with a somewhat smoked start. There is a large and creamy body that develops into a passing almost metallic bitterness that is replaced with a soft sweet flavour of coffee and dark chocolate. The harmonic aftertaste got a creamy burned taste with some hints of bitter hops.

This is clearly a session beer that one should take some time to experience. I cannot really grasp how the large brewery of Carlsberg Sverige can produce such a unique and fine beer.

Great stuff, that makes me a little proud as a Swede.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2004 23:12:40 | More by bark
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Tsar_Riga

Indiana

4.3/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Dark brown, nearly black brew, opaque with brown highlights, and a light tan head that reduces to a ring, with mild lacing.

S - Delicious nose of malts and burnt sugars, molasses, with a slight boozy character.

T - Delivers on the nose, but in a quiet, restrained manner. The flavor showcases caramelized sugar and molasses, with a slight hint of smokiness. Very little bitterness.

M - Smooth and surprising light on the tongue, with a mild acidity.

O - The smells from this beer are robust, and while the beer is more restrained when it hits the palate, the overall result is a top-notch porter.

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2014 02:44:55 | More by Tsar_Riga
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amherstdrew

New York

4.3/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Opened my last bottle (16.9 oz) of the 2001 with great anticipation. Poured into a pint glass. I picked up this bottle along with one other at Spirit Haus in MA, but drew the wrath of a smart cashier who somehow knew that they were the last two bottles in the store. He told me he had a case waiting at home, and then it was my turn to give the glare. Sometimes you just wish there was more to go around...

quickly...
smell: deep and rich like a late night thunderstorm... strong like coffee bean with a hint of molasses.

pours: maroon and then dark in the glass, minimal tan head which diminishes after about 15 seconds.

taste: delicious. low carbonation, but evident enough that there is a little zing apparent underneath the initial creaminess. the creaminess is refreshing, kind of like the froth at the edge of a wave coming in, with a nice cool finish lying underneath. after taste is like a deep oak, or moist rye bread. leaves a little zing on the middle of the tongue that helps the flavor linger.

as the beer goes.... eases up a little bit. a slight sweetness creeps in, maybe figs or bittersweet chocolate. frankly I think this beer might need another two years to mature and even out a bit. a little less carbonation and a little smoother finish might help it out. that said, it's really a quite good experience. there aren't a lot of great porters out there -- or at least that are accessible -- but i think it's one of the better ones. that said, i'll still take the sinebrychoff over this one. that beer leaves you with a little more at the end of the night, whereas this is a great one to sit in front of the fireplace on a rainy evening and enjoy. hope to find more in the future...

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2005 03:03:07 | More by amherstdrew
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Brian700

Michigan

4.3/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a very dark brown with basically very little to no head. The smell makes up for the lack of head. I must admit that
I pre-judged this beer by its average appearance before trying it.

The smell is roasty and chocolatey but it also has fruit notes present. It smells like there are plums or dates there as well. It's a nice blend and adds complexity to this brew.

The flavor follows the nose on this beer because it to is roasty and chocolatey but it is blended with the fruity flavor of raisins and dates. Very tasty indeed.

The mouthfeel is good. Medium carbonation and medium body. This is a very drinkable beer. I like it alot and will probably be going back to the store to pick up a few more of these. It is kind of pricey considering that the bottles are only 8.82 fl. oz. None the less I highly recommend trying this one.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2005 00:50:50 | More by Brian700
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bobsy

Ontario (Canada)

4.3/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from Tucker's Maltings. Drank in a caravan.

Pours a deep mahogany with a finger of tan head that soon dissipates to a thin and patchy film. Only a few spots of lace are left behind. The nose has an extremely enticing mix of chocolate, roasted malt and very strong and sweet dark fruit. Once the beer is tasted it reveals a large treacle character, which is more than likely the result if waves of raisin, chocolate and brown sugar melding together. This is accompanied by a light coffee roast and moderate bitterness. Smooth, almost creamy mouthfeel with a hint of alcohol in the tail. This beer drinks bigger than it is, which is a great feat for a lower ABV Baltic porter, and probably makes it one of the few that could be sessioned.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2009 19:15:11 | More by bobsy
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qchic

Maryland

4.3/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

carnegie stark porter 1997 8.82 oz. bottle

appearance: pours cola brown, smattering of head, even with an aggressive pour.

aroma: rich chocolate, nuts, rum, dark red fruits, wood

taste: dark chocolate, coffee, raspberry, toffee, vanilla

mouthfeel: oily, low carbonation (appropriate for the age)

drinkability: wouldn't throw back too many, but I could sip this indefinitely.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2009 20:15:11 | More by qchic
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oberon

North Carolina

4.33/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep brown almost black with some ruby highlights with a creamy-like off -white head,aromas of chocolate xhip cookie dough and dark roast coffee really made me want to tear into this offering.Flavors as expected were malt dominated some dark roast coffee and bittersweet chocolate along with some raisin.Deeply flavorful and a nice creamy mouthfeel makes this porter one of the better I have had in quite awhile,I think my first Swedish beer that I have had.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2005 22:30:52 | More by oberon
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kylesobrien

Quebec (Canada)

4.33/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a deep dark shade of black. The ale is somewhat translucent, revealing a slight shade of tawny red if the glass is introduced to some form of backlight.

Head is a frothy, creamy brown. Dissipates somewhat a few minutes after pouring, but leaves a bit of lacy fringe around the rim of the glass.

Smell: Aroma is of dark bitter chocolate with slight fruity overtones and a vaguely winey character. I can't detect any hop character in the nose. I smell a reasonable amount of roasted malt as well.

Mouthfeel: Creamy with moderate body. Carbonation is slight, but noticeable.

Taste: The flavor is a delicious mix of chocolate, black coffee, and a smooth maltiness tinged with a slight and subtle hop bitterness. As the ale warms, the maltiness and chocolate character become more pronounced.

Drinkability: This porter is more full-bodied than some I've tried, but is surprisingly drinkable.

This is probably one of my favorite porters, and I attribute that to a good balance of tastes -- malty sweetness contrasted with a pleasant roasted bitterness. The coffee and chocolate flavors are agreeable because they remain mild in character. Unlike some stouts and porters, I could enjoy more than one of these and not feel overwhelmed by the flavor. I recommend this one to anyone looking for a tasty, drinkable porter to enjoy on a rainy autumn afternoon.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2009 01:15:07 | More by kylesobrien
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Bung

Michigan

4.33/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nearly black pour. Pretty roasty in the nose, coffee, burnt toast. Tastes of the same, with maybe some slight dark chocolate and molasses. Enough hops to even it out. Another very good Scandanavian porter, albeit a little different. Alcohol of a standard porter, flavors of a Baltic.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2009 02:51:29 | More by Bung
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geexploitation

Indiana

4.33/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

This is a relatively rare porter with a vintage statement. This applies to the 2004 vintage. It's a treat. It pours deep brown/coffeelike, with a tan head that thins out quickly but retains a small amount of bubbles. The smell has some chocolate bitterness with some underlying raisiny notes. An appealing nose but nothing too sumptuous. More substantial is the taste of this beer -- chocolate bitterness predominates, especially on the back of the tongue. The mouthfeel is silky and smooth, but the drinkability of this beer suffers a bit from its richness. It's probably too much to put away many pints at a time.

One note on the vintage thing: I just had the 1997 vintage a few weeks ago. It had aged wonderfully -- in spite of the absence of bottle conditioning and a relatively low alcohol content, this beer at 7+ years old was huge, with a much more complex flavor than the 2004 vintage. Over time, some great date flavors came out in the beer, as well as some nicely sweet, cake-like flavors. Anyway, a few people on here have noted seeing some 1997s around as remainders and such. If you see the 1997, BUY IT. As long as it's been cared for between then and now, you're in for some serious goodness.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2006 01:38:34 | More by geexploitation
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jlervine

Georgia

4.33/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2001 cintage. Pours a thick dark brown with red-amber hues on the edge of the glass. Has the smell of roasted malts and molasses. This is probably the third bottle of this vintage that I've had in as many months, and I've loved it every time. The taste is a smooth roasted malt with a balanced hop finish fading to a coffee-like aftertaste. This beer is a sipper that I could drink morning, noon, and night.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2003 18:56:41 | More by jlervine
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soju6

Missouri

4.33/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2012 10:42:19 | More by soju6
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dauss

Colorado

4.33/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2001 vintage
Presentation: 16.9 oz fat brown bottle with a yellow and black label, best before april 2010.

Smell: Intensely roasted malt, with a touch of expresso. Heavenly sweet aroma with a very light

Appearance: Pours a very dark ruby red that produces a medium fluffy tan head with fair retention. leaves a good amount of lacing on the glass.

Mouthfeel: light fizzy carbonation makes for a creamy mouthfeel, loads of coffee and chocolate. Light gentle bitterness and sweetness throughout the entire taste.

Notes: This is my first baltic porter and I like. Very taste and drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2004 01:17:03 | More by dauss
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Derek

British Columbia (Canada)

4.33/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2004 vintage.

A: Black with a creamy tan head. Great retention & lace.

S: Roasted coffee, brown sugar, dark fruit, floral hops.

T: Roasted grain has a light coffee flavour, brown sugar, dark fruit bread with nuts, slight mineral flavour, light smoke, some roasted acidity, assertive bitterness. Very impressive depth for its weight.

M: Modest body is quite creamy (impressive for its weight), slight chalky acidity.

D: Quite good.

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2007 00:40:14 | More by Derek
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ChrisBowers

Virginia

4.33/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1997 vintage poured from the bottle. Very little carbonation, coffee like darkness. Aroma was sweet, chocolately. Taste wasn't quite what I was expecting, but excellent nonetheless. We're talking Frappucino type cafe mocha coffee/chocolate creaminess. Unlike almost anything I'd had in a beer. Sweet but not too sweet, lack of intense carbonation I'm sure helped. Very nice to savor in your mouth for a second. Nice complex notes of vanilla as well. Very very smooth and drinkable.... you could slug down the entire 9oz bottle and not even flinch, but what fun would that be?

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2005 21:44:54 | More by ChrisBowers
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Quaffer

Nevada

4.33/5  rDev +5.1%
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!

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2005 03:09:03 | More by Quaffer
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AudioGilz

Pennsylvania

4.33/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

It's very dark, close to opaque with ruby highlights. A large fluffy tan head forms and then reduces to a small ring pretty quickly. I can't get a strong aroma out of it, just some chocolate and coffee. But drinking this is miles better than smelling. Strong roasted coffee comes through first, some dark fruits, alcohol warmth, and then slightly bitter bakers chocolate through the finish and aftertaste. It's thick, creamy, rich, and robust. It's only 5.5% ABV but the alcohol adds a certain character that kind of tricks you into thinking it's stronger. A kick ass porter from Sweden to say the least.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2003 21:24:42 | More by AudioGilz
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kmpitz2

Tennessee

4.33/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

1997 vintage.

Pours a deep brown to black color with no head over top. Not even a puff when the cap was popped. The nose is light fig, and soy sauce. A very nice combination. I'd like a little more force in there, but I can live with it. The flavor is nice. Mellowed chocolate covered fig, touched with a soy, but not biting, flavor. Almost a light smokeyness in there as well. No hint of oxidation. Incredibly tasty. The feel is a light moderate, with no carbonation. Overall, an incredibly drinkable brew. Easily a session beer for me. I'm sad this is the only one I have.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2005 00:21:08 | More by kmpitz2
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bennetj17

Arizona

4.33/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Black appearance, but not very dense or thick. You can see through the edges a bit in the light. The head is thin, with a tan foam that settles leaving a pencil thin ring. The nose has a faint roastiness, with suggestions of caramel and toffee.

The flavor balances nicely between toffee sweetness and roasted chocolate malts. I'm getting a bit of vanilla as well, and the finish leaves a keen bitterness on the tongue. The alcohol seems quite mild, and I'm trying to figure out how this qualifies as a Baltic Porter. The mouthfeel has just the right degree of thickness, with a sharp carbonation that holds up well.

Overall I'm glad this was recommended to me. It's a fairly robust porter with good depth of flavor and supreme drinkability. Definitely a nice change from the typical American style porters that are so common. Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2013 06:12:26 | More by bennetj17
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pants678

California

4.34/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Nearly black with a brownish head.

Coffee on the nose.

Roasted malts and espresso but the mix of the two does not hide a rich chocolate/marshmallow tone. Not so much cacao as cocoa as it's a brighter, sweet flavor. But, really, the espresso pervades the palate and can seem almost like an iced coffee without the weirdly rough, twisted back end.

Looks stout but has a thinner, lighter feel though it seems too rich and smooth to be a porter.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2013 00:22:28 | More by pants678
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Beerzebub

California

4.35/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2006 bottle, 16.9 fl. oz., served in a large wine glass at 57 F/ 14 C.

Very dark reddish brown color, tan head that goes away, lace in thicks rings and blots.

Soft smooth smell of coffee, dark chocolate, buttery toffee, caramel, roasted nuts, and a bit of some spicy grassy/herbal hops.

Smooth taste of medium roast coffee, toffee, caramel, honey, nuts, and fresh spicy grassy/herbal hop flavor. Malt sweetness and hop bitterness are each moderate but noticeable, and balance each other quite well. Roast and honey linger for a dry finish. Very tasty.

Super smooth creamy texture, excellent. Very smooth, highly drinkable.

Good beer. I liked this.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2008 08:03:02 | More by Beerzebub
Carnegie Porter 5,5% from Carlsberg Sverige AB
92 out of 100 based on 458 ratings.