Carnegie Porter 5,5% - Carlsberg Sverige AB
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4.6/5 rDev +11.7%
2004 vintage. This one poured a clear, very dark brown with purplish highlights and a dense, tan cap. Great head retention and the foam produced plenty of thick, clumpy lacing. A grainy malt and dry cocoa aroma hit my nose first, followed by a light roastiness, dates, and nuts. Very malty with a clean yeast character in the nose. Mild bitterness that sits just underneath the malt notes. Fairly sweet, very malty, with ripe fruit, prunes, and nuts filling out the middle. It finished with a bittersweet chocolate/cocoa flavour. Chewy, malty body with creamy carbonation. Very smooth with a refined texture. Great balance, seems a bit mellowed with some graceful aging. This is a superb baltic porter, highly recommended.
12-18-2007 18:04:48 | More by DrJay
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
British Columbia (Canada)
4.33/5 rDev +5.1%
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.
05-14-2007 00:40:14 | More by Derek
4.08/5 rDev -1%
Upon its parole from the 500ml bottle 2006 vintage, the beer sets a deep brown to black with strong dark ruby highlights, the head is light chocolate brown, creamy in texture and piled high on the body, lace forms an obscuring sheet. Nose has a rich roasted grain aroma, sweet with a definite espresso tone, caramel, and a hint of semi-sweet chocolate, earthy. Start has a pleasing roasted grain presence, sweet, with a bit of bitterness at the back, light to moderate in feel. Finish has mild acidity, touch of hops, toasted grain semi-sweetness continues to the very aftertaste, quite nice actually, a pleasing beer, not to light, not to heavy.
10-27-2007 16:14:19 | More by Gusler
4.05/5 rDev -1.7%
Bottle from 2010 sampled 9/30/2011
Pours the darkest of brown with faint ruby highlights when held to light. A good sized creamy off white head dissipates rather quickly, but leaves moderate lace in its wake. Smells of caramelized sugar and dark pitted fruit mostly but has hints of coffee and chocolate on the outer fringes. This one smells like a fine dopplebock honestly. Taste is moderately fruity with hints of chocolate and ash. Deep burnt sugars mix with dark fruit and a little bit of coffee. Medium body with a light level of carbonation and a creamy smooth mouthfeel. This is a very tasty beer. It really straddles the line between porter and dopplebock for me though. Maybe one day I can try a fresher example.
10-01-2011 06:02:05 | More by johnnnniee
3.9/5 rDev -5.3%
Poured from a one pint .9 fluid oz bottle into a arlsberg Imperial Pint glass.
Appearance- The perfect pour into my Carlsberg imperial pint glass. A nice tan, two and a half finger head with good retention and film formage. The colro was a perfect mix of brown and black.
Smell- A pretty subdued baltic porter. Hints of walnuts, chocolate, and deep roasted malts.
Taste- Even though this is the weakest abv baltic porter I've tried, it was still very good. Starts out as a sweet nutty flavor, but leads into a chocolate chip muffin flavor. This finish is a light, but dark hop flavor profile with soem hnts at fresh ground coffee.
Mouthfeel- Pretty light for such a dark beer. This would a new session beer if it was more readily available at some Illinois bars.
02-26-2006 22:23:00 | More by scruffwhor
4.1/5 rDev -0.5%
Poured from 500mL bottle into a pint glass. This bottle is årgång 2004, so it's got some good age on it.
Appearance: rich, deep amber brown with one thick finger of creamy tan head. Body allows a hint of red light through.
Smell: very nice aroma which is lightly fruity with a roasty and chocolatey backdrop. Somewhat sweet and quite enjoyable.
Taste: like the aroma, there's a nice fruitiness here with a bit of roastiness and chocolate there for character. The flavor is not super strong; that is basically the only drawback.
Mouthfeel: body is on the lighter side of medium, but there's a well-integrated carbonation which yields a silky creaminess. Quite nice.
Drinkability: this beer is more than the sum of its parts. I like Baltic porters in general, and Carnegie is kind enough to clock in at a low enough ABV to basically be a session beer. Great stuff.
11-17-2010 04:40:07 | More by flagmantho
3.98/5 rDev -3.4%
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.
08-07-2012 20:12:37 | More by LiquidAmber
4.3/5 rDev +4.4%
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.
12-03-2004 23:12:40 | More by bark
3.51/5 rDev -14.8%
11.2 oz bottle poured into a snifter.
5.5% ABV, "Årgång 2013"
A - Clarity is hard to come by in this black beer, but when held to the light, ruby mahogany shines through. The loose, soapy head disappears to clusters of spore-like bubbles sporadically dotted around the surface of the beer and on the glass.
S - Burnt cheap coffee, burnt toast, and oak give the aroma a charred, metallic scent that finally opens up as it warms up, allowing some dark fruit and fig nuances and a touch of mocha in on the finish.
T - The charred profile continues into the flavor with tons of black roasted malts imparting earthiness, burnt toast, peppery notes, and thin, dry cocoa.
M - Thin-bodied, this light porter is crisp and clean like a lager but without any malt sweetness or body leaving this reviewer wanting more.
O - Roasted and bitter with out backbone, this light (in every sense of the word) Baltic Porter has flimsy, lopsided flavor and the makings of a nice Baltic but little body to back it up.
11-07-2013 02:32:00 | More by BeerFMAndy
4.18/5 rDev +1.5%
A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a black color and a thick consistency. There was a large tan-colored, fairly long-lasting head and very good lacing.
S: Smelled of malt, coffee and a sweet element.
T: A nicely done taste of coffee, licorice and malt. Licorice had more of a role than I thought it would. Mild alcohol presence.
M: A good amount of carbonation and a generally smooth finish. Heavy-bodied.
D: Definitely a drinkable Baltic Porter. Sweeter than most, but goes down easy.
06-07-2009 23:22:23 | More by avalon07
4.25/5 rDev +3.2%
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.
06-10-2012 22:53:27 | More by bluejacket74
3.2/5 rDev -22.3%
Pours black with a nice tan head. Aromas that are a small caramel sweetness. In the taste, a dry malt, with hints of chocolate and a nice coffee presence. A smooth, dry sticky mouthfeel and a dry malty aftertaste. Nice smoothness and flavor, a very enjoyable porter.
09-27-2007 18:56:55 | More by OWSLEY069
4.08/5 rDev -1%
A: Black (with faint deep red notes), with a light brown large thick head that stays for some time before it dissipates leaving some lacings.
S: Heavy roasted sweet malt, faint raisin, some liqourish and some chocolate and faint coffee.
T: Sweet heavy roasted malt, with some dried dark fruit, chocolate and coffee. There is also hops, mostly bitter, but I can sence faint floral notes as well.
M: Body is medium, carbonation is moderate, the bewerage is creamy and smooth. The aftertaste is long and lingering with sweetness but also dryness and bitterness.
D: Well balanced. Nice and a bit complex. A very nice porter from Sweden.
09-30-2009 19:40:38 | More by Evil_Pidde
4.63/5 rDev +12.4%
Feloniousmonk was nice enough to break out his last bottle of the 2001 vintage, thanks - this was quite worth it.
Color is dark brown with deep amber highlights with a pinky-finger high head of bumpy, lumpy dark ivory crown, no real lace qualities. Smell is of dark fruits - banana, starfruit, and mixes well with some real quaility darkened caramel sweetness from malts with a notes in toffeeness. Taste is soooo smooth of caramel, lots of maltyness, some great small bitterness of dark citrusy hops noting on banana and orange, notes of toffee, maple syrup, and a even a touch of chocolate lightly making an appearance in there, quite a nice subtle mixing in this offering. Very full bodied with an enormous amount of exceptional creamyness that just slides down making a home in every area of your senses. Wow, this was one great little amount of fun, so sad to see the last sip go.
Thanks again FM!
06-09-2003 20:17:35 | More by tavernjef
4.08/5 rDev -1%
Aroma is malty, smoky and slightly yeasty with a good undertone of fine coffee and molasses. It pours a dark chocolate brown with a thick pale beige head that is fine-bubbled and fairly persistent. Flavor is malty and mocha-ish with just a whisper of sweetness. Texture is smooth and lively though not as thick as that of some other stouts.
06-28-2009 02:14:27 | More by Cyberkedi
4.03/5 rDev -2.2%
Bottle states that this beer cellars well. Best before April 2010.
Dark pitch coloring with hint of ruby red at the bottom of the glass. Beautiful billowing creamy head atop its light bending opaqueness. Head disapates leaving minimal lacing.
Incredible smells of roasted malt, coffee, dark chocolate, and dark fruits. Mmm.
Tastes like a chocolate latte. Add a smoky bitterness toward the end and there it is. Somewhat simple, but that doesn't detract from the great taste. Medium profile could be a little thicker, IMHO.
Easy drinking, low ABV beer which would be excellent for the months ahead. A good beer. Only one I had though. I'll have to replenish my supply.
10-24-2004 20:55:09 | More by WOLFGANG
3.78/5 rDev -8.3%
Appearance Very dark in color with a nice, tanned head that showed decent retention and left a little lacing.
Smell This aroma is nice. Theres some good coffee and chocolate notes to go along with the classic roasted malts. I can also pick up small traces of cocoa, anise, molasses, and some kind of sugar (maybe pure cane).
Taste The smaller notes from the nose came out bigger at the taste. The chocolate and anise were prominent, but the molasses all but disappeared. This is not a super-dark porter; its more of a lighter one in the classic sense.
Mouthfeel This was medium-bodied. I thought the mouthfeel was the weak point of the porter. The flavors were kind of clumsy and could maybe benefit from cellaring.
Drinkability This went great with my Stoned Bratwurst and sauerkraut.
Comments I had the 2001 vintage. Even though it is going on three years old I would recommend cellaring this for another three. Im not a big cellaring fan but I think the flavors here just need some more time to get to know each other.
02-09-2004 01:40:03 | More by RoyalT
4.1/5 rDev -0.5%
Thin tan head atop a black/brown beer. Some head retention, no lacing.
Roasted malt, chocolate.
Dark malts. Slight metalic taste due to age. Slight cherry flavor came out as it warm, I like that a lot.
Medium mouthfeel, medium carbonation.
Enjoyed it, held up amazingly for how old/low ABV it was. Heard it was a relatively cheap one to aquire, will be on the lookout for older vintages in the future.
08-05-2011 14:52:35 | More by Duff27
4.6/5 rDev +11.7%
Pours a dark black color with a small fizzy head that quickly dissapears. The nose features molasses, chocolate, roasted coffee, and caramel. The taste features much of the same flavors as present in the nose. Overall, this is an extremely well balanced and highly drinkable porter that stands out as one of my favorites.
04-17-2007 03:18:01 | More by cjgator3
4.22/5 rDev +2.4%
2001 vintage, best by April 2010. Cost me like $5 at my local store...way overpriced, I know. Anyway this was a nice strong porter. It poured a deep black colour with a tan/beige head of foam. The aromas were all deep roasted chocolate and caramel malts with some lovely citric hops in the background and on the finish. The taste was similar to the aromas with some lovely roasted malts and hops blending together for a nice chocolatey/caramely taste of wonder. The mouthfeel was creamy, thick, and almost "chewy" and the drinkability is damn good as well!
01-02-2004 18:25:03 | More by francisweizen
3.83/5 rDev -7%
Sampled at 9 Years Old.
Presentation: Its been a long time since I tried this dark sexy Swedish number, so when I saw a petit 1997 bottle of this one, I fancied taking it for a ride again. This shrunken Scandinavian has a rather striking look despite its rather demure 8.82 fluid ounce sample size.
Appearance: This aged sample has a very, very, very dark black body. Utterly impervious it looks like a glass of tar once the fading tan head completely disappears. The flat look does little to offer any excitement and the absence of any conditioning is derisory. Still, this does have an appeal, like a stripped bare knuckle fighter you get to see this one devoid of any fancy-schmancy pomp and circumstance.
Nose: Fading in strength from fresher samples if my ailing memory serves me well. Dark chocolate, roasted coffee, sweet molasses and smoked charcoal. A soft background has a rich texture but is low to the punch.
Taste: Smoky beginnings, molasses and a light chocolate darkness with a bitter trait. This has mellowed out from earlier offerings with a younger vintage but a rewarding brew nonetheless. Roasted feel remains and a light hint of Smoky Bacon punctuates the lingering finish.
Mouthfeel: Thinning body has a creamy feel despite its low conditioning. The body has a solid depth but tends to wax and wane and it can feel a little depleted at times, but never anything less than above average.
Drinkability: Only had 8.82 fluid ounces but it was an enjoyable sipper.
Overall: First brewed in 1836, but it seems that at nearly ten years old this one tends to loose all conditioning and starts to thin out, though the complexity remains and the depth of taste still excites. Remains a high quality sipping Baltic Porter but I prefer this one a little younger.
11-10-2006 07:29:06 | More by TheLongBeachBum
Carnegie Porter 5,5% from Carlsberg Sverige AB
92 out of 100 based on 472 ratings.