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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

57 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 57
Reviews: 46
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 14.72%
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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samie85

Illinois

3.7/5  rDev +2.8%

A-Pours an very dark caramel brown color with two dense fingers of mocha foam.

S-Smells of rich, dark fruit especially that of plums with with some earthy hops and burnt sugar.

T-Follows the nose upfront with lots of plum and finishes with a nice earthy, spicy finish.

M-Medium bodied with a certain slick character and prickly carbonation.

D-Highly drinkable in terms of ABV, but the richness limits how many of these I could have. Very solid Baltic porter though.

04-06-2011 01:09:24 | More by samie85
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JamnesCameron

Illinois

2.7/5  rDev -25%

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.

03-29-2011 00:32:36 | More by JamnesCameron
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EricCioe

Montana

3.18/5  rDev -11.7%

This pours a deep brown with a two finger head that subsides to a ring and island for me with no lacing. On the nose there is a huge molasses and caramel combination up front. On the tongue the molasses is dominant with a toffee further back, and hiding under all that is just a hint of hop bite. In the mouth it's very chewy, too much to be enjoyable really. There is no enjoyable fuzziness here, and it's almost oily. The 16.9 oz serving size is about as much of this as I'd want to drink, mostly due to mouthfeel, but the price is pretty unmatchable. A decent beer, especially for the price.

10-29-2010 02:01:05 | More by EricCioe
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thekanna

Maryland

4.1/5  rDev +13.9%

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.

07-08-2010 03:53:03 | More by thekanna
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bluejacket74

Ohio

3.6/5  rDev 0%

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.

05-14-2010 21:52:33 | More by bluejacket74
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tubacharlie

Michigan

4.33/5  rDev +20.3%

Fully poured down the side and the middle of a large glass stein, it produces a full head that slowly subsides, leaving a thin sheet of tiny bubbles and a nut-brown ring around the edge of the glass.

The dark ruby red-brown color has enough light penetration to reveal clarity.

Light molasses aroma with just a hint of malt, but a full mouth of hob bitterness at first bite. Lingering bitters in the middle of the palate with strong coffee and burnt toast notes, but a softer back palate release. Well carbonated enough for a little tongue tingling that deflects the decent alcohol presence (labeled at 7.5% abv). Overall a well-crafted Baltic Porter.

Although the label says it is "aged to reach full taste", it does not say how long and there is no Best Before or Born-on date. Would probably mellow if cellared for a year or two, but went down fine today with a spicy burrito carne asada con salsa habanero.

03-14-2010 23:53:11 | More by tubacharlie
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baggio

Sweden

3.3/5  rDev -8.3%

Bottle@home

A: Pitch black with a huge brown creamy head that vanishes a bit too quickly.

S: Molasses, Chocolate, Roasted malt, Dark bread, Smoke

T: Bitter coffee, Sugar, Molasses, Fruit, Tobacco, Caramel.

M: Body is quite think and has very low carbonation. A very sweet porter with a dry, ashy, aftertaste.

This is not a bad porter but it's too sweet for me. Paired nicely with some dark chocolate tho. If you're into sweet porters this might appeal to you!

05-26-2008 17:36:02 | More by baggio
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pmcadamis

Illinois

4.35/5  rDev +20.8%

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!

01-27-2008 15:49:46 | More by pmcadamis
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emerge077

Illinois

3.38/5  rDev -6.1%

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...

03-24-2007 03:58:53 | More by emerge077
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scruffwhor

Illinois

2.95/5  rDev -18.1%

Poured from a half liter bottle.

Appearance- Lack luster head with a perfect ruby color mixed with some barley grain color. No lacing visible.

Smell- A hint of acidity mixed with a hlaf roasted malt aroma. Almost like toasted polish rye bread.

Taste- A hint of green apples in such a toasty beer was a little odd. But there was some vanilinzucker to make up for it.

Mouthfeel- Some good carbonation, a little to acidic for a baltic porter.

03-24-2006 05:03:03 | More by scruffwhor
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bark

Sweden

2.95/5  rDev -18.1%

This bottle was bought in Estonia, the alcoholic content is 7.5% abvand it is labelled something like “vintage 2004”.

The colour is pitch-dark. The pale brown foam fills almost the whole glass, but it sinks down with a fizzing sound into a two finger thick head.

A roasted flavour dominates the smell, but there are also notes of candle grease, some spices, sweet malt and hints of alcohol and smoke. It is not 100% pleasant.

The carbonation is medium strong with small bubbles. The mouth feel is creamy.

The taste is unexpectedly mild and simple with roasted notes, some sweetness, over boiled vegetables (cabbage?) and margarine. There is no alcohol in the taste whatsoever. The aftertaste is somewhat unbalanced with a strong bitterness and roasted malt. It is surprisingly drinkable considering its strenght.

04-10-2005 22:20:41 | More by bark
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GCBrewingCo

North Carolina

3.2/5  rDev -11.1%

The beer poured deep amber brown, but not as brown as a normal porter, very translucent. The head was tan and tall and fell slowly to lace the glass.

The aroma was malty with a deep dark caramel impression and some slight chocolate notes, but a bit of cardboard.

The flavor was malty with the same deep dark caramel and dark fruits. A slight coffee flavor also emerged as the beer warmed on the palate. The dark caramel flavors also contained a chocolate presence and a fruitiness. Something in the flavor was not quite right, just a slight bit off and unbalanced.

The finish was just dry with lingering slight coffee, strong dark caramel and slight chocolate long into the aftertaste. The body was just above medium.

16.9 ounce bottle. Nothing I would seek out.

01-14-2005 23:34:54 | More by GCBrewingCo
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allengarvin

Texas

3.88/5  rDev +7.8%

Half-liter bottle.

Appearance: Dark brown, very slight head of tan foam.

Aroma: Sweet bready aroma, with a hint of chocolate.

Flavor/Body: Different malts predominate, caramel flavors present, with toasted malt also. Alcohol adds a touch of sweetness to it. Medium-high body is appropriate to the style.

Fairly clean and non-complex example of the style, but still enjoyable.

11-11-2004 03:36:32 | More by allengarvin
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ybnorml

Rhode Island

3.1/5  rDev -13.9%

Dark brown with a ruby tint. Has a foamy light brown head that evaporates quickly. Not much aroma just a hint of roasted malt. The roasted malt weaves back and forth with a hint of coffee mixed with sweet molasses. the finish is a slow light roasted bitterness. I think the alcohol adds the impression of some body to what appears to be a somewhat watery porter. Nothing terrible nothing spectacular. I did give it an above average rating because I felt could drink a couple of these nicely.

06-08-2004 22:31:08 | More by ybnorml
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Imbiber

New York

3.3/5  rDev -8.3%

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.

03-11-2004 23:49:46 | More by Imbiber
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CRJMellor

Arkansas

3.4/5  rDev -5.6%

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.

03-11-2004 19:36:14 | More by CRJMellor
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ark57

Pennsylvania

3.05/5  rDev -15.3%

It is a light reddish-brown in color with a soft tan head. It is much lighter in color than I used to seeing for a porter of any kind. The aroma is sweet and fruity. It is malty, but not too much taste is there. There is slight whiskey finish. I like my Baltic Porters to fuller in body and have more flavor.

03-09-2004 13:44:17 | More by ark57
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edchicma

Massachusetts

3.85/5  rDev +6.9%

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.

02-27-2004 03:31:58 | More by edchicma
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genaro

Massachusetts

3.88/5  rDev +7.8%

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.

02-23-2004 23:43:02 | More by genaro
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CBFanWish

New York

3.93/5  rDev +9.2%

Before you go out and buy this, don't be alarmed. This is the lightest porter I have ever seen, but it is still very much a porter. The colour is a dark amber almost brown. Its not anything like the deep red or brown porters we are used to seeing. It has a light tan head that quockly disapates. Not much to look at. The smell is of caramel and chocolate. The taste of caramel, and chocloate. I also get a hint of A&W cream soda. This is a desert beer. There is no question about that. Very sweet and pleasing to the palate.

02-21-2004 21:26:02 | More by CBFanWish
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RoyalT

Ohio

3.53/5  rDev -1.9%

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.

02-17-2004 03:54:40 | More by RoyalT
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mschofield

Massachusetts

3.48/5  rDev -3.3%

Pours a red color, I found a little unexpected, dark but lighter red at the edges. Thin head quickly dwindles to a sparse film. Well carbonated.
Cherry/grape aroma, syrupy malt.
Roasted malt taste, caramel, a little bitterness, toasted bread, dark fruit.
Medium feel, a little too thin. Very malty, I thought it was a good beer, but not very true to style, if I didn't see the bottle I would have thought this was a Scotch ale. Of course I suppose an Estonian brewer would have a better idea of what a Baltic porter should be than I.

12-24-2003 17:15:08 | More by mschofield
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marcobrau

Illinois

3.2/5  rDev -11.1%

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.

10-28-2003 03:55:04 | More by marcobrau
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UncleJimbo

Massachusetts

3.13/5  rDev -13.1%

25 oz, brown bottle, capped, no date.

This porter poured a hazy, chestnut, red-brown color with tall, creamy, tan foam. The smell was malty with some caramel and yeast, but with a hint of oxidation. The taste was sweet and malty (caramel) but with some medicinal flavors and a hint of cocoa. There was some hop bitterness that lingered on the palate. Alcohol could also be tasted. The mouthfeel was sticky sweet and warming with a lingering flavor. The body was medium and the carbonation medium. This was an OK porter, but a bit too sweet with some harsh flavors.

10-19-2003 09:34:22 | More by UncleJimbo
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Mustard

District of Columbia

3.78/5  rDev +5%

Presentation: 17oz. brown bottle with no "bottled on" or "best by" date; $1.69 from the Beverage Warehouse in Culver City.

Appearance: Pours a clear, coppery brown with a 3/4" head; delicate, web-like lacing; adequate head retention.

Aroma: Roasty chocolate of a somewhat nutty bent.

Taste: Light-to-moderate sweetness upfront; toasted, bread-like malts predominate; finish includes a firm, woody, hop-bitterness; secondary notes of plum and grain. Medium bodied with a lightly chewy mouthfeel.

Notes: A solid beer, to be sure, but hardly a top notch Baltic porter; might not have even pegged this as a porter without the label.

08-08-2003 09:19:07 | More by Mustard
Saku Estonian Porter from Saku Brewery LTD
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