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A. Le Coq Porter - AS Tartu Õlletehas

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A. Le Coq PorterA. Le Coq Porter

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13 Ratings
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Ratings: 13
Reviews: 9
rAvg: 3.23
pDev: 19.5%
Wants: 4
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
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Estonia

Style | ABV
Baltic Porter |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: brewdlyhooked13 on 11-25-2003)
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Photo of bark
3.08/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The colour is deep red-brown (90 EBC), the liquid is clear. The two finger head is beige and very compact. It sinks slowly leaving some lacing in the glass.

The smell is malty and roasted with some sour notes. Cocoa, caramel and a touch of coffee. Mild, clean bitterness.

The taste is light, especially considering the strength. Clean bitterness, roasted malts, lots och caramel and a light sweetness. Some murky notes of wet cardboard in the background. Light to medium body. The aftertaste is somewhat sweet with brown sugar, caramel and some malt sourness. The short finish is dusty.

The carbonation is lager-strong. The large bubbles are short-lived. The liquid is semi-smooth.

Not a very good Baltic porter.

bark, Jan 28, 2014
Photo of Weli
1.98/5  rDev -38.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A-Deep copper color with a 1" creamy tan head

S-Hints of roast grain but not much going on

T-Really off, was very dry and astringent for a porter with no maltiness or sweetness and a weird DMS or corny sour flavor in the background

M-Medium bodied medium carbonation

O-Avoid, hardly a porter, just bad tasting dark beer.

Weli, Oct 27, 2013
Photo of beerhunter13
4/5  rDev +23.8%

beerhunter13, Apr 22, 2013
Photo of t0rin0
3.5/5  rDev +8.4%

t0rin0, Dec 27, 2012
Photo of Heminoolo
3/5  rDev -7.1%

Heminoolo, Sep 23, 2012
Photo of cortez
4.25/5  rDev +31.6%

cortez, Sep 12, 2012
Photo of jnezda
3/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Tried this beer in Estonia, drink as the locals and all. Was not much for a Porter. Great color and head served on draft in a local pub in Talinn. Good lacing with a decent bouquet containing a good maltiness along with a slight woody tinge. Very light flavor and body for a porter, with a mouthfeel more like a lager than a porter. I noticed that this is similar with many Estonian beers and is perhaps part of the blending of cultures here, between German, Russian and Finnish. I will post a photo of this beer soon along with the huge lamb shank I enjoyed it with at a traditional Estonian restaurant. This beer lacks the body of many European beers in that part of the world.

jnezda, Sep 04, 2009
Photo of atis
3.25/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

500 ml bottle from Estonia, quite fresh

Pours dark brown with large dense head, somewhat fizzy that soon fades to patchy layer at the top, very weak patchy lacing. Aroma is sweetish caramel, light nuts, weak toasted, even burnt.

Taste is sweet malt, some dry fruity esters, smooth, almost burnt taste with rather dry finish and sweet malty aftertaste, no alcohol could be felt. Mouthfeel is smooth, low carbonation and some alcohol warming.

Overall, quite average porter, it seemed to lack complexity and maybe was too watery.

atis, Apr 26, 2009
Photo of BlackHaddock
2.53/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Brown, standard 0.5 litre bottle, bought for 3 Euro's at a trade fair in Berlin (Green Week 2007), best before 2nd sept 2007, drank 29th Jan 2007, so plenty of life left.

Looks a dark, deep mahongany red, with a little brown head which strinks very fast.

Chocolate malts, but no great nose to it, even as the beer warms.

Not a rich porter type taste at all, very ordinary in my opinion.

Watery for a Porter, no hint of the 6.5% claimed on the bottle, the maltyness does stay for a while, with coffee coming through, but still weak for me.

If I could get my money back I would, not impressed at all.

BlackHaddock, Jan 29, 2007
Photo of ernie
2.5/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

It looks great - dark brown liquid with red shade forms a smooth medium crown colored like cafe au lait.

Smell is also great and promising - dried fruit, roasted malts, oriental spices, some herbs...

But the beer itself is a disappointment from the start. Being a rather strong dark brew, it leaves a watery feeling, the taste is flat, nearly primitive, and there will be no extra points for the balance. I would prefer it more sweet or more bitter, not like that.

There is a far better product with Le Coq label - their Christmas Poter.

ernie, Jun 25, 2006
Photo of wl0307
3.63/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bought this bottle at a small beershop in Brighton, but not until getting back home have I found out that the BBE date of this beer is 29/12/2004! Don't know what to do about it and I think I'll give it (and myself) a chance anyway...

Appearance: in a goblet it pours a very dark mahogany colour, with a light brownish, thin, spongey beerhead.
Smell: smells of slightly burned brown sugar, mildly sweet aroma of preserved fruits (especially dried fig or fig-cake, longen-fruit and a bit of raisins)... Very fruity and aromatic...
Taste: unmistakable "longan-fruit tea"-like texture and taste spring to mind... followed by a smooth, dark-malts' lightly sweet flavour which is not overly the top. On the other hand, hops are kept to the minimum and the mild bitterness in the finish is not significant either, making this beer's aftertaste a bit too simple. But still, it's quite juicy, and, in my opinion, has the characteristics more of a dark ale than a Porter.
Mouthfeel & Drinkability: the mouthfeel is definitely very smooth throughout, while the flavour is a bit inadequate for its less-than-medium body. Nevertheless, it's a very easy-drinking "Porter" (or any style it might claim itself to be...as I can't seriously relate this beer to any porter I've tried).

wl0307, Jun 24, 2005
Photo of GreenCard
3.38/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: mahogany brown, almost opaque, a narrow band of tan froth forms but dissipates rather quickly, leaving a crown and some suds in the center

Aroma: lightly malty, roasty, touch of coffee, burnt crackers, dark caramel

Flavor: an even malt sweetness lingers throughout, somewhat balanced by a roasty flavor and a touch of bitterness, very light hop flavor, finish is semi-sweet with slight burnt caramel aftertaste

Mouthfeel: medium body, gentle carbonation, slight alcohol warmth

Overall Impression: A colleague of mine from Finland brought this beer for me to try. It's a pretty good porter. Hearty, but not stout-like as so many porters are. Very clean flavor. You can tell it is made with quality ingredients. Really hit the spot on this cold, snowy New Year's Day!

GreenCard, Jan 01, 2004
Photo of Sigmund
3.95/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

(500 ml bottle). Reddish brown colour, decent head. Aroma of caramel and leather. Not as sweet as I expected. Malty caramel flavour with just a slight roastiness, in a blind test I would surely classify this beer as a strong dunkel, not a Baltic porter. Relatively thin bodied, not nearly as good as their Jõuluporter (Christmas Porter). Disappointing for its style, if disregarding style you may find this as a decent and drinkable beer.

Sigmund, Nov 25, 2003
A. Le Coq Porter from AS Tartu Õlletehas
78 out of 100 based on 13 ratings.