Porter - Pardubický pivovar a.s.

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Ratings: 36
Reviews: 25
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 8.85%
Wants: 4
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Pardubický pivovar a.s. visit their website
Czech Republic

Style | ABV
Baltic Porter |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: brewdlyhooked13 on 02-20-2004

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Ratings: 36 | Reviews: 25
Reviews by friendofthedevil:
Photo of friendofthedevil
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A little light for this style, but still a good option. Both flavorfull and strong, this beer has found itself on my list of most appreciated Czech Beers as it tries to stand out against overwheliming competition from the ominpresent Czech Pilsener. It looks good poured in a glass and stays consistent throughout drinking. I recommend it fairly highly, although it is surely not the best beer I've ever sampled. I would defentitely not turn down a second sample, however!

More User Reviews:
Photo of ricke
3.33/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Almost black with a very small beige head that dissipates quickly leaving basically no lacings.

S: Mostly roasted and sweet malts and molasses. Some dark fruits and faint hop aromas.

T: Very sweet taste with lots of sweet malts and molasses. Some flavors of dried fruits and plums, raisins, wood, faint hop flavors and very faint note of soy sauce. The finish is short and quite anonymous with a mild bitterness and some notes of spices and sweet malts.

M: Actually quite full-bodied and smooth. Somewhat chewy texture. Mild carbonation.

D: A decent porter, slightly too much emphasis on the sweet flavors. Got quite boring after a while. But still fairly drinkable.

Photo of chinchill
3.91/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is from the renamed Pardubicky pivovar and has a different label, but the label indicates this 19 degree (8%) porter has been produced since 1891.

A - Very dark, near opague mahogany; clear with nice reddish-brown highlights. Multi-density light tan head with modest retention.

Aroma: Moderately strong aroma of medium and dark malt. No smoke or burnt qualities; no indication of higher ABV until after warming.

M - Medium-full body with good (light-medium) carbonation.

T – a rich malty flavor with traces of higher ABV. Both sweet and a bit bitter.

O – a very flavorful strong dark Czech pivo.

Note: a Czech porter is not like English or American porter, being more like a Euro strong dark beer.

Photo of dirtylou
3.97/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle, consumed in Prague hotel room, pre-dinner

appearance: served in hotel water glass, cola-mahogany body with a bubbly beige ring

smell: raisin and caramel, sweet brown sugar, caramel malt, prunes and light alcohol

taste: certainly a nice porter and another quality suggestion from the shopkeep - cream caramel, toffee, fig, raisins and dates. a respectable czech interpretation of the style

mouthfeel: fairly creamy

drinkability: nice

Photo of edchicma
4.35/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This brew was one fine surprise. Pours a deep chocolate with cascading head that dissipates into a thin ring. Smell is typical for a Baltic Porter...strong malt with a mloasses overtone. Taste is not as harsh as might be expected from the smell. This brew almost rides off the tongue to the upper palate. IIt is extremely smooth and malt sweetness is evident in the initial taste... Mid palate, it evens out, balanced between malt and light hoopiness at the end. No oiliness here..it finishes with a slight dryness that remains throughout and remains with the aftertaste...inviting you to sip again. Mouthfeel is smooth and much lighter than expecetd for an 8.0 abv. VERY easy to drink...IMHO a diamond in the rough.

Photo of Gusler
3.92/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer evacuates the 500ml brown bottle a deep clear brown with a modest light tan head that is semi-creamy in texture, as its demise the lace forms a thin sheet of lace to conceal the glass. Nose is sweet with a light toasted grain aroma, fresh and clean to the senses, start is nicely malted, sweet with the top light to moderate in feel. Finish is sternly acidic and the hops delectable, quite dry and lingering aftertaste, a drinkable beer, and worthy of a sample.

Photo of eric5bellies
4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Drank from my Duvel Tulip

A - Very nice dark ebony colour with a nice tanned head that reduces to a film

S - Small hops and mostly roasten malt an molassis.

T - Initially quite sweet but quickly moves to a more maly roasted taste, nice ans stick and pretty damn smooth for its ABV

M - Full to medium body and low to medium carbonation. Smooth as

D - This a is great baltic porter and I would definitely recommend it.

Photo of marc77
3.48/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Deep bister hue, with a clear crimson fringe when held to light. Lofty, pitted beige head leaves steadfast, dense lace. Soft baker's chocolate along with lightly savory almond upfront in aroma. Stately hints of prune and grassy hop. Mild cookie dough hints surface as the beer warms. Tame, but well rounded aromawise. In flavor, the prevalent malt impression is of judiciously sweetened and lightly burnt dark chocolate brownie. Ethanol, although not directly discernible in flavor, adds a subtle warmth and viscosity that provides richness. Few malt nuances develop, leaving a lasting impression of a middling dunkel, albeit more alcoholic. Functional in hop bitterness, but very well attenuated and dry, leaving little residual sweetness that needs balancing. A notch beyond watery in mouthfeel. Trace spicy Saaz hop flavor. Finishes with diluted coffee and carob hints, but otherwise clean and innocuously. An odd brew that resembles a mediocre dunkel in overall flavor profile, yet possess a well hidden alcohol presence. Call it a dunkel / Baltic porter hybrid and be done with it. Tasty.

Photo of fretlessman71
4.12/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pertinent Preliminary Comments: This has been kept chilled for well over a year – sure hope it aged well. Wish there was some way to date the bottle.

APPEARANCE: Pours a clear ruby mahogany with a somewhat rocky tan head; not much lacing.

AROMA: Figs, molasses, alcohol, cocoa, caramel. Almost no hops at all.

FLAVOR: As above, with a subtle black malt roastiness. It’s a pretty clean beer – when I smelled it I thought I was going to be able to pour it on my pancakes, but this is very well balanced. A little anise in the finish; instant coffee too. Hops not prominent at all, but so what?

MOUTHFEEL: Smooth, good weight, carbonation just right.

DRINKABILITY: If it’s cold enough this would go down very easily. Even in the middle of May it’s disappearing fast.

OVERALL COMMENTS: This beer aged very well – I wonder how much hop flavor might have come through with a younger bottle. But this is a good balanced brew either way. Kind of like a Schwarz-influenced porter with more alcohol. Maybe I should have tried this surrounded by a ski lodge snowed in for a day or two. Terrific either way.

Photo of Sigmund
3.91/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle, bought at Pivni Galerie, Prague. Dark reddish brown to ruby colour, large & thick tan head. Aroma is surprisingly moderate: some malts, porridge, hints of roastiness, caramel. Flavour is more impressive: an immediate malty sweetness hits the tongue, followed by a pronounced roastiness with coffee elements. A robust & warming mouthfeel, alcohol is evident but not unpleasant. Roasted malts and quite a bit of hoppy bitterness in the aftertaste. Not bad.

Photo of jlindros
3.63/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Picked up in Prague a few days ago, reviewed in Tel Aviv. Good times!

Pours a nice creamy but also fizzy 1.5 finger head that fades semi quickly, but leaves nice lines of lacing, clear but fairly dark mahogany brown colored.

Nose is interesting to say the least, a woody like ester, with a slight tomato boulabaise like, fermented tomato maybe, with a light dark malt porter, hint of cocoa, caramel, chocolate covered marshmallow, toasty brown malt, brown sugar, very light creamy chocolate.

Taste starts with creamy chocolate, some caramel and toasted cocoa, little chocolate covered marshmallow like flavor, light burnt caramel, molasses, slightly syrupy sweetness, and a bit of warming booze. Then into bitterness, slight earthy grassy spicy hop bitterness, chewy as well, with fair overall bitterness. Finish is a bit sweet and sticky, little caramelized malt, hint dark porter malt, and quite a bit of an earthy spicy like hop finish, and slight booze taste.

Mouth is med to fuller bod, nice fluffy carb.

Overall not bad, a bit too much of the burnt flavors and aromas, not bad on the hops and dark malt profile overall though, bit too syrupy and sticky, not bad though, but not too great compared to many of the other beers I had in Prague.

Photo of TastyTaste
2.88/5  rDev -25%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Not much of a taste like a porter. I would almost classify this as a strong dark euro lager, if that is a style. Very dark brown body, medium tan head. . Smell is very sweet, somewhat stale, kind of malty. Taste is not close to my idea of a poret. Lighter in body, and sweeter and maltier than many porters i am used to. Alcohol is not as well hidden as it should be, this is just not a beer that has a very good identity in my book.

Photo of sulldaddy
4.36/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I am sampling this brew at room temp in an imperial pint glass. The beer pours a deep brown color with rich ruby tints highlighting the beer. A creamy, fluffy, tan head foams up very easily but quickly subsides to an edge layer. The aroma generally mild, but chocolate and some ripe fruit mix to give a bit of a twangy scent that is both sweet and inviting. I also get some brown sugar and molasses on the nose.
Upon taking a first sip, the beer is rather thick and chewy which is nice and unexpected. the carbonation is very gentle and soothes my tongue as it slides towards my belly.
Flavor is great! The beer starts with some earthy hops and rolls to a bit of brown sugar and I think a hint of maple syrup in the middle which fades to allow a mocha/espresso finish mildly coating my the back of my throat. The beer is amazingly smooth and easy to drink.
I bought a 500 ml bottle for less than $2. I will definitely buy again even for more than this cost. The beer is very enjoyable and I highly recommend it.

Photo of atis
4.12/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle brought from Czech Republic

Pours dark brown, almost black with thick brown slightly fizzy head that slowly fades to patchy film, thick and patchy downsliding lacing. Aroma is light roasted with dark dried fruit, reminds of hazelnuts.

Taste is similar to the aroma, sweet molasses, light roasted malt and mild bitterness with some sugary residue in the finish and logn lasting bittery feel. Alcohol is very well hidden. Mouthfeel is about light-medium, creamy with light carbonation.

Although the beer seems to be on the thin side, it is very well balanced and one of the finest Baltic Porters I have tasted in a while. It is pity I do not have another one.

Photo of WesWes
3.65/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a dark brown color with a thick creamy tan head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a warm roasted scent that boasts of caramel malts, roasted barley, and molasses. It's smooth with an elevated abv. aroma. The taste is decent. It has an earthy flavor that boasts of roasted barley and crystal malts. It goes down easy and finishes warm and dry with some residual sweetness. The mouthfeel is decent also. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is an above average Baltic porter, but nothing I'd go out of my way to find.

Photo of UnionMade
3.7/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Clear ruby red shining through the bottom of my Stella glass, very dark, opaque unless held directly to a lightbulb. Initially thick, creamy head on the pour, settling into a healthy mist. Bottle conditioned? Some sediment sitting in the bottom of the bottle. Smooth and lagery aroma, very coffeeish. Moderate floral hops, with a juicy dark fruit undertone. The flavor opens a bit milder than I'd expected, without a huge punch of malty flavor. Still bold and flavorful, but not quite as full as I was expecting. Potent molasses overtone, dominating the brew. Roasty malt mingles with raisin and prune, winding down into a bittersweet, mildly hopped finish. Clean. Very smooth and drinkable, leaving the palate coated with raisin juice and a hint of coffee. Somewhat dry, without a trace of booze. Reminiscent of a strong dunkel, with similar malt flavor. Good stuff, and the price is right.

Photo of JohnnyDuvel
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a very good porter, much in the Baltic style. Pours very dark, with a small head. Some bitterness, with chocalate undertones. Reminds me of a couple of the better Russian and Polish porters, and it is quite smooth, considering the potency. I'll definitely get more! No drawbacks here, if you see it, grab it up.

Photo of CaptainPiret
3.52/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Very dark — it looks black until pressed against some light. Very little head.

S: Pretty active; licorice, raisins, brown sugar and figs.

T: Initial sweetness, mostly brown sugar and figs. Finished slightly yeasty and hoppy.

M: Very creamy; perhaps the best characteristic of this beer. Maybe I've just been drinking watery porters lately, but this one felt quite milky.

O: Flavorful beer, but not extremely complex. Bought a 50cl bottle in Prague six months ago but didn't it until tonight. Was somewhat worth waiting for.

Photo of ngandhi
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Plummy and herbal, the Pardubice Porter is a hallmark of its style with dark fruit and leafy herbs pushing through. But what is so downright elegant about this example of the often confusing style is how much it brings everything in the porter world together and leaves everything foreign out.

There's no burning or beany roast, but there is subtle dry chocolate pushing through on the finish. There's no doppelbock-influenced prune jam, but there is a pronounced berry character that shifts in intensity moment by moment. There's no bitterness, but there is an almost mentholated and long finish from hops that go from being grassy and herbal to sweet and floral. Even the alcohol itself tastes good.

Through all this, it remains understated and clean -- differentiating the Baltic lager style from the American and British ales. Now if only the Czechs would serve this on cask . . .

Photo of drpimento
3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured with a nice, foamy, frothy light tan head that mostly fades and some lace. Color is a lovely deep, dark cherry. Aroma at first was only yeast, but after a mo there were some dark malts, old leather, humid forest also. Flavor is similar & not too sweet plus a smidgen of fruit. Body is good and so is carbonation. Finish is like flavor, has some length and is a session.

Photo of stcules
3.57/5  rDev -7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark, with ruby edges. Light beige foam, three fingers, not too compact.
At the smell a godd toasted, roasted hazelnut. Full.
Intense taste, with dark malts, a good liquorice, toasted.
A bit of wood, too. Almost porto nuances.
A full body.
In the end, just a hint of alcohol.
Intense aftertaste, with liquorice, and chocolate.

Photo of travis224
3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black into the glass with a golden brown head, no lacing. I don't get too much on the nose, it smells sweet a little like coffee. The mouth feel is great, not too heavy not too watered down. The taste is a bit sweet with a salted taffy kind of taste and a dark chocolate bitter finish. A very nice Baltic porter, one of the best bottled beers I've had in Prague so far.

Photo of wl0307
3.34/5  rDev -13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Got this bottle from Pivni Galerie three months ago. The BB date is 25/11/05.

A: served in a weissbier glass, it pours a very dark caramel hue, with a huge, tan head full of creamy bubbles and sustaining well; nice, tight layers of lace are left along the way. Carbonation is very fine and constant, looking great!
S: ...extremely sweetish-malty and brown-sugary, although hints of ripe banana, raisins, caramel, sweet dried-dates, light roastiness are all there but fairly subdued... overall the sugary sweetness is a bit overpowering, thus compromising the overall aroma which could've been more enjoyable.
T&D: a smooth but thick texture of sugary dark-malts lands on the palate with a warmish touch initially, followed by lots of sweet, ripe dark-fruits, lightly chocolatey flavour of roasted/crystal malt, caramelised brown sugar, roastiness, toffee; leading to a lightly bitter-sweet, alcoholic-warmish but not sticky aftertaste, with residual hoppy and a bit of fruity+spicy taste felt on the sides of the tongue. A bit too sweet and sugary-rich initially, rendering my palate rather "intoxicated" to be sensitive, but as sugary sweetness softens as it goes, a nice smooth and rounded mouthfeel results.
D: apart from its strength, this beer is not like a Baltic Porter, or any Porter for that matter, as it shows a lot of characters of a powerful dark lager and lacks smoother but more complex fruitiness and pronounced bitterness with some acidic kick as happens to a Porter, IMO. Having said that, this is still an interesting dark lager worth trying, but proves a bit too strong to be highly drinkable.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Roasted chestnut brown that doesn't quite reach opacity when bright light is allowed entry. Generous muddy pumpkin highlights can be seen along the bottom edge of the glass, while the upper portion of the glass is occupied by a creamy cap the color of golden brown sugar. Even though it doesn't look as if much lace will be generated, I like the look of beer and head.

The nose, which could be more aromatic, is solid as well. It's primarily roasted malty and dark fruity (plums and raisins), just as I'd expect a Baltic porter to be. I can't decide if the mild muskiness is intentional or not. Tough call here, but I think I'll go with the higher score.

The first few seconds of each mouthful are more impressive than what follows. Porter delivers a burst of toasted pumpernickel breadiness, along with a chocolate-covered raisin sweetness and an understated musky hoppiness. The question is, does it hold together well enough and long enough to be considered good beer?

My initial thought was a tentative 'no', but as the ounces disappear I'm beginning to see things differently. While it isn't the biggest and boldest Baltic on the block, it is a well-crafted version that can hold its head high among most of the world's best (that doesn't mean that it can compete with them though). Points for an 8% ABV that is expertly masked.

The mouthfeel is on the lighter end of the Baltic porter spectrum. That's okay, so is the rest of the beer. It's smooth enough and lightly silky enough to offset any qualms I might have about its lack of heft. A quiet, although still capable, amount of carbonation is another positive.

I wasn't overly impressed with the two other Pivovar Pardubice offerings that I drank prior to this one; a Czech Pilsner and a Euro Pale Lager. Porter is a beer of a different color though (both literally and figuratively). It's an enjoyable lager of a style that I don't get to drink as often as I'd like. Don't hesitate to give this one a chance if you run across it.

Photo of Pencible
3.8/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This Czech beer poured a hazy dark ruby color with tan head that was more like soda fizz. It smelled like an old fashioned porter recipe with heavy scents of molasses, raisins, and mocha. It tasted like earthy chocolate malt with rye and molasses, but very little hops bitterness. It was watery with lots of carbonation and a light bittersweet aftertaste. Overall this had a syrupy sweet flavor and a lot of fizz, which made it seem more like a soda than a beer. (Funny note: the bottle said it contains vitamin C, so maybe it's healthier than other beers?)

Porter from Pardubický pivovar a.s.
86 out of 100 based on 36 ratings.