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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
82
good

59 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 59
Reviews: 46
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 14.44%
Wants: 5
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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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Reviews by genaro:
Photo of genaro
3.88/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Saku Estonian Porter was a copper/brown color with a good sized light coffee-colored head. The aroma was sweet and chocolatey with some floral bouquet. The taste was comprised of toasted chocolate with caramel overtones. The finish was slightly dry and sweet. Overall it was mellow with some hop bite and a little chewy, but it was almost too sweet for me. The alcohol content was welcome as an offset to the richness.

More User Reviews:
Photo of RoyalT
3.53/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance – Light, almost pale brown in color with very little head.

Smell – This has a very singular aroma of caramel malts much like an Oktoberfest bier. It certainly lacks the depth of other strong porters that I’ve had.

Taste – This has a very light and mellow caramel malty taste to it. I like it, but it is very one-dimensional and doesn’t seem to fit the style. I can’t recite the BJCP guidelines off-hand, but this is lighter and less complex than any other example I’ve had of the style.

Mouthfeel – This one is very creamy and smooth and feels terrific in the mouth.

Drinkability – I enjoyed the Estonian Porter and would certainly buy again, but I just didn’t thick that it fit the bill of a Strong/Baltic Porter.

Photo of Jason
4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 16.9 oz brown bottle, no freshness date. Blurb about the beer on the back label, it also says to serve this beer around 60-65*F.

Appearance: Big brown sugar sweetness of the nose with hazy rummy aromas, light metallic molasses with a touch of burnt raisin and black currant fruity aromas.

Smell: Dark shaded brown with ruby highlights, clarity is still noticeable. Thick foamy head makes a thin tan lace with traces down the glass.

Taste: Medium bodied with an ultra smooth mouth feel, well textured carbonation drops a touch of crispness. Brown bready flavour come to mind, toasted bread is more like it. Malt profile flexes for the taste buds with some brown sugar and toffee, fruitiness comes second with a burnt raisin and black currant flavour ... pretty much a mirror image of the aroma. With the brown sugar flavour and the higher alcohols a mild rummy flavour is perceived. Subdued roasted malt flavour gives suggestions of chicory. Bitterness from the hops is ample though do not get in the way with any kind of harshness or flamboyant flavours. Highly toasted grain flavours and caramel own the finish of this sweet sided brew.

Notes: Still a robust porter to say the least but not as much character or oomph from other Baltic style porters. Without doubt a dessert beer, pumpkin pie would do fine ... so would a slice of pecan pie.

Photo of donunrue
3/5  rDev -16.7%

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.

Photo of pmcadamis
4.35/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - A huge four finger head looks brownish orange and frothy above a dark garnet hued brew that lets only a small amount of light through. This one looks like a dark ruby set in an adobe colored head....the combination of colors is really pretty. The head shows really good retention and never dipped below a solid finger. Lots of foamy lace sticks to the glass, and swirling brings the head back to two fingers!

S - Deep toffee notes lie on top of a deep bready bakery aroma. There are hints of milk chocolate, cola, Tootsie Roll pops, root beer, licorice, buttered toast, and oddly enough....peanut butter. Wonderful complexity here.

T - Toasty, woody, and very bready. Like freshly baked black bread with some melted butter and warm peanut butter too. Big time toffee and buttery diacetyls abound, along with some earthy mushroom funk notes that are really nice and add tons of complexity.

M - Full, but not as full bodied as I expected....more like medium-full. Gentle carbonation provides some tickle at first, but then quickly steps aside to make may for a buttery slick smooth and soft mouthfeel. The finish is very sweet with no trace of hops and only a very distant hint of alcohol.

D - A damn fine beer. I feel like that this would have been even better with a bigger body and a touch more ABV, but this is still a highly drinkable or slowly sipable brew. If nothing else worthwhile comes out of those crappy eastern European countries, at least they can make some damn fine porter!

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.

Photo of jackndan
3.45/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Saku Porter: a reddish beer, with not much of a head. The aroma is clean, and not at all overwhelming. The bottle is a thick brown half liter, which says to drink it north of sixty degrees, I’m south of 50, but I’ll let it warm. The taste has sweet notes of dried fruits (prunes/raisons/apricots) with a smooth creamy mouth feel. The aftertaste is crisp and clean. All in all a fairly nice beer, and I'm no fan of the style. And I only paid $1.29 for it (hell the bottle alone probably had 50 cents worth of glass in it).

Photo of Imbiber
3.3/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I got this from Eagle Provisions in Brooklyn.

Hmmm... Strange, a Baltic Porter that is nowhere near dark, just deep red-brown. Perfectly clear with little head, carbonation quite low. Aroma is sugary-malty, cloying a bit. The flavour is fairly sweet, little hop character, and slight insinuations of caramel or molasses. Quite smooth. Not bad, but certainly more of a bock or even a sweet brown ale than a porter.

Photo of marcobrau
3.2/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Ruby colored. Pours with a brief flurry of foam (my glassware could be tainted.) Starts out with some fruity, caramel notes in the aroma. Dark caramel malt flavors abound. Tawny, almost burnt fruit notes, yet sweet and sugary. Tastes a little more like a double bock to me than a porter, even a Baltic porter. A little too sweet for my tastes.

Photo of edchicma
3.85/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not a bad brew...nice appearance...ok head. Smell was very malty. Taste was sweet with an alcohol note. Mouthfeel was medium to heavy with a smooth slightly oily appearance. Tatse was malty and with a definite alcohol presence. Mouthfeel was ok, but a bit too heavy. For the alcohol level, a bit above average.

Photo of hotstuff
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer definitely lacks and needs more character for it to be considered a really good Baltic Porter IMHO. The head was small and tan with fine-small bubbles that quickly diminished. There was no lacing and some carbonation was observed. The body was clear and the hue was reddish-brown. The nose was sweet and chocolate and the flavor was malty and caramel. The mouthfeel was smooth, light and thin.

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!

Photo of tone77
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.

Photo of emerge077
3.38/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a black, ruby-brown in the light. Rapidly subsides to a skim of white foam.

Smell is bready, malty, artificial sweetness.

Taste is big molasses, not much else. Slightly sweet and malty, a Doppelbock would fit the bill much better. Dried raisin/prune/plum in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is typical, neither dull or effervescent. Sweet malt seems to stick around, not entirely pleasant. Half-liter bottle is not the easiest drinker after several others.

Notes: "Reccomended serving at 60º - 65º" practically room temperature. Taste didn't improve for me at room temps...

Photo of bluejacket74
3.6/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500 ml bottle. Served in a nonic pint glass, the beer pours dark brown with about an inch tan head. Head retention is good, but not much lacing at all. Aroma is nice and malty, the brew smells like roasted malt, coffee, bittersweet chocolate, molasses, and some dark fruit. The taste is pretty much the same as the aroma, but the bitter flavors in this beer are stronger compared to the other ones, although the bitterness does ease up a bit as the beer warms up more. From the aroma I thought this would be a sweeter tasting beer, but that's not the case. Mouthfeel/body is medium, and is well carbonated. Drinkability is decent too, but not impressive. I think it's an OK overall brew.

Photo of CRJMellor
3.4/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a mahogany color with moderate light tan head and some minor lacing.
Aroma of caramel, similar to a Marzen. Hard to believe this is a Porter.
Flavor is light caramel malt and minor note of darker fruits.
Mouthfeel smooth malty and yet a touch of sour also. Tries to be complex but fails trying
Drinkability was average, just didn't really mesh with this beer. Not bad, just much more to offer from the darker and more complex porters available from Estonia.

Photo of hockeypuck
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

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!

Photo of matjack85
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of thekanna
4.1/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Beautiful dark brown bordering on black with about 1 finger of tan head at pour; dissipates quickly and leaves no lacing. The beer divulges shards of blood red hue when held to strong light.

S: Distinct chewiness, strong caramel, molasses, and coffee taste. Like a veritable Werther's hard candy.

T: Dates, caramel, molasses, anise. Medicinal bite of hop bitterness at the end.

M: Pretty effervescent and highly carbonated for a porter, but this keeps things lively.

D: Delicious and complex, enjoyed the smell more than the taste but great overall.

Photo of goz
3/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured clear reddish-brown - lighter than I expected for a porter. The head was thick and tan, slowly diminishing, leaving almost no lace. Aroma was sweet - caramel, butterscotch, hints of cherries. Flavor starts sweet, with caramel being the main flavor, finishes with a slight roasted malt flavor that lasts for a bit. Body is medium, slightly tingly carbonation on the tongue, and the slightest bit of alchohol in the end.

Photo of JamnesCameron
2.7/5  rDev -25%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Poured into a MJ tasting glass.

Pours a deep, deep garnet, with a big, three finger tan head. Head is slow to drop.

Aroma of licorise, sweet malt, no hop aroma to speak of. Dark caramel and light roast malt aromas.

Flavors of roasted caramel malt, anise. Medicinal. Cough syrup. No hop flavors. Slight alcohol burn. Strong licorise flavor as it warms up. Finish is medium, with anise lingering into the fade.

Mouthfeel is medium, sticky, slightly astringent.

Overall, not the best example of a baltic porter, a little harsh, lacks the smoothness of the best examples. Avoid.

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.

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Saku Estonian Porter from Saku Brewery LTD
82 out of 100 based on 59 ratings.