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Saku Estonian Porter - Saku Brewery LTD

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Saku Estonian PorterSaku Estonian Porter

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BA SCORE
80
good

58 Ratings
THE BROS
88
very good

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Ratings: 58
Reviews: 46
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 14.72%
Wants: 5
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Saku Brewery LTD visit their website
Estonia

Style | ABV
Baltic Porter |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-10-2002)
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Photo of TheyCallMeYukon
3.56/5  rDev -1.1%

TheyCallMeYukon, Sep 08, 2014
Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.21/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottle purchased at Beers of the World in Rochester, NY.

Pours a very dark brown, basically black, with a one inch head, and not a whole lot of lacing.

Smells like currants, chocolate, molasses, and brown sugar. Really unique for a porter.

This porter has some cool tastes that I wasn't expecting. Same cool dark fruits flavors as in the aromas- some currants, grape jam, molasses, brown sugar, some chocolate syrup, caramel, toffee, and rum. No real roasted malt flavor, which is interesting. Given that, I'd have thought it'd be too sweet and cloying, but it's not. High five!

This one has a medium body, with a very, very smooth mouthfeel, creamy as hell. There is a low amount of carbonation. This one is very drinkable.

First beer from Estonia, and it's one of the best Baltics I've ever had. Great!

GreesyFizeek, Aug 13, 2014
Photo of sharpski
4/5  rDev +11.1%

sharpski, Dec 07, 2013
Photo of hockeypuck
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

hockeypuck, Oct 19, 2013
Photo of Olavi
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Olavi, Sep 18, 2013
Photo of artoolemomo
2.98/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Appearance- Pours up a good amount of head which looks as if it will have atrocious retention. The head is a weak, light beige while the body is a dark chocolate brown which shows hints of maroon when held up to the light. No lacing at all.

Nose- A lot of bubble gum from the bottle, some hints of roasted notes. The glass gives up a faint hint of bubble gum but not much else. This is not a auspicious beginning. Swirling the beer only reveals this aroma more. I hope this is not reflected on the palate.

Taste- Some bubble gum- this seems to pervade every aspect of this beer. There are some roasted malts but they are rather diminished. Some caramel notes. A slight, woody bitter finish with some spice and a small amount of heat. The flavor profile is rather thin and lacks presence- this, despite the fact, that I don't want any of the notes that I'm tasting to be more prominent. Enjoyable roasted malts start to appear on the finish but overall, this is a rather mediocre beer. I can never abide by a heavy bubble gum flavor. This beer is less offensive the quicker you drink it. It's not bad but it ain't good either.

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied- could use more heft for the style. Very little carbonation. This would work if this had more heft to it but instead it comes off as poorly carbonated schwarzbier at times.

Drinkability- Not really offensive, just not desirable. It's a beer I would drink quickly for the alcohol. Poor price point.

Overall- Very average. There are so many better Baltic Porters out there. I cannot suggest trying this unless you are a sucker (or ticker) for Baltic Porters.

artoolemomo, Aug 17, 2013
Photo of johnnylake
4/5  rDev +11.1%

johnnylake, May 29, 2013
Photo of Reidrover
3.63/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

50cl bottle from "Lifesource" Salem. $3.49 Pours a dark brown with a nice sized tan head. Dark chocolate,treacle and dark fruitiness abound in the nose. Smooth treacle,molasses taste, some hints of elderberry and blackcurrant,slightly salty,finishes with alcohol. OK palate good but average for style This is OK a good beer but sadly for me not a good Baltic.

Reidrover, Apr 07, 2013
Photo of Fatehunter
3.76/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured two and half fingers on a pitch black body. The head was quickly gone though.
The aroma is faint: roasted and black malt.
The taste is darkness with a sweet touch. Burnt and roasted malt with a sweet finish.
The texture is smooth with low carbonation.
It's lacking in the smell area but the taste is nice.

Fatehunter, Mar 09, 2013
Photo of matjack85
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

matjack85, Jan 28, 2013
Photo of JoshatTownHall
4.06/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

On Tap at Hellhunt Pub in Tallin, Estonia. Exceptional example of a Baltic Porter done right. As with all Saku and A Le Coq. brands this is the reason why Estonia is an awesome spot for beer snobs. Great beer for €2. It is hard to find a rendition of the Baltic Porter that sets the bar this high in the U.S. without paying $10 for an import. I miss Estonia!

JoshatTownHall, Jan 27, 2013
Photo of ekke
4/5  rDev +11.1%

ekke, Aug 27, 2012
Photo of duracell
3.38/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500mL bottle shared with my father and poured into a goblet. Bought in Narva, Estonia. 6.9% ABV.

A - Pours a walnut color with red hues. A medium-size, off-white, head is formed and disappears quickly. 3/5

S - Aroma is a blend of malt (caramel and raisins) and a bit of hop (mainly herbal). 3/5

T - Malty taste with noes of toasted and caramelized grain. Hop is discrete, pourly aromatic but leaving a contributing to the bitterness. 3.5/5

M - Medium body with a rather smooth feeling. This beer is quite alcoholic leaving a semi-dry finish. 3.5/5

O - Without featuring a lot of complexity this Porter is quite pleasant and rather to style. Worth seeking it out! 3.5/5

duracell, Jul 28, 2012
Photo of woodychandler
4.33/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was another of my local trader's, tone77, many bottles to keep me from going off the deep end with CANs. I am always anxious to see what he has brought for me as he never disappoints.

From the bottle: "Dark Estonian Beer"; "Saku Porter is a full-bodied ultra smooth dark beer, brewed of pale, caramel and coffee malts, hops and Saku's own yeast. Aged to reach full taste. An ideal companion to a long winter night."

My pour created just over a finger of bubbly light-brown head with modest retention. Color was a deep dark-brown with caramel highlights at the edges, but otherwise not allowing light to penetrate. Nose was rich with dried dark fruits, molasses, tobacco, tar and even some alcohol heat. Phew! Mouthfeel was full, very carbonated, and the taste was very much of dried dark fruits, dark chocolate, coffee and molasses on the tongue. Finish was semi-sweet with all of the flavors just lingering like exhaling while smoking a cigar. If you are not going to drink this in the wintertime as the label seems to suggest, I would recommend it with a dark cigar, like a Maduro. Good stuff!

woodychandler, Jul 11, 2012
Photo of Halcyondays
4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

500 mL bottle,

A: Pours brown with a full off-white head, good head retention.

S: Has that full Eastern European dark sugar nose, a lot like Baltika #6. Big nose.

T: Not as sweet as the nose would suggest. Toffee, treacly flavours, slight hint of toast. Tasty.

M: Medium to full-bodied, thin finish, but brings a mild light sweetness to the end which I like. Frothy but crisp carbonation. Tad cloying at times.

O: I like Saku's regular lager and I like this beer, I like it more. Classic Baltic porter flavours, well priced as this style tends to be in this part of the world. Well worth a pickup. A satisfying strong pint.

Halcyondays, Mar 12, 2012
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4.15/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a brown 16.9 oz. bottle. Has a black color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of roasted malts and dark fruits. Taste is good, roasted malts, coffee, dark fruits, a touch of hops. Feels full bodied in the mouth and overall is a high quality beer worth seeking out.

tone77, Mar 07, 2012
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3/5  rDev -16.7%

donunrue, Feb 29, 2012
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
1.78/5  rDev -50.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Brown and red colored beer, the red is a deep, dark red. Aroma was rough, sour plum, rubbing alcohol, prune, raisin, and more alcohol.

Taste, ugh, more alcohol and rancid dark fruit flavor. Was very bitter, but not the kind you get from hops, which were not able to be tasted. It was like 1/4 sweet, 1/4 bitter, 1/2 rubbing alcohol for the flavors.

As it warms, it is like, death, licorice flavors come out, which makes you think you are drinking Jagermeister, because of the dark fruit, licorice and face breaking alcohol presence.

I may have gotten a bad bottle with a ton of fusel alcohol. Or not, either way, this one was atrocious.

Beerandraiderfan, Jan 30, 2012
Photo of csiewert
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

csiewert, Jan 11, 2012
Photo of thekevlarkid
3.48/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Out of a bottle this beer was a dark black color with one finger of khaki-colored head. The retention was good as a minute collar that left bands of broken lacing. The aroma was of chocolate brownies, baking chocolate, some fruity esters (bananas? Like chocolate-dipped bananas most notably and distinctly. Odd) and booze. The flavors were similar, dominated by the chocolate/banana/fruit combo followed by the boozy punch. The mouthfeel was average, the body medium and the carbonation average as well. Like the German girl I dated in my 20’s, this beer was strong and unique, yet predominantly forgettable.

thekevlarkid, Dec 31, 2011
Photo of jdhilt
3.65/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours with a three-fingered light brown head that leaves a some lace. An opaque brown color. Good carbonation and medium bodied. Nose is strong caramel and flavor is roasted caramel and dark fruit. The higher ABV is hidden. 500ml bottle from Madden Beverage Saco, Me.

jdhilt, Dec 20, 2011
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2.5/5  rDev -30.6%

bigred89, Dec 04, 2011
Photo of ProducerBRBeer
5/5  rDev +38.9%

ProducerBRBeer, Nov 17, 2011
Photo of MNJR
3.98/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark reddish brown color, tan head builds slowly and fades quickly. Really nice, rich smells of smoke, prune, and leather. Tastes fantastic: smoke up front, rich caramel, dark chocolate, and traces of light raisin/prune fruit. Finishes crisp and dry. A very good beer. Great balance in all the right characteristics, if not a bit too heavy on the fruit for some drinkers. For me it was great. I would buy again any time.

MNJR, Nov 07, 2011
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Saku Estonian Porter from Saku Brewery LTD
80 out of 100 based on 58 ratings.