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Saku Porter - Saku Brewery LTD

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36 Ratings
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Ratings: 36
Reviews: 20
rAvg: 3.55
pDev: 12.39%
Wants: 3
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Estonia

Style | ABV
Baltic Porter |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: atis on 04-20-2009

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Photo of ygtbsm94
3.68/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Aroma of roasted malts, caramel, chocolate, faint coffee. Taste sweet roasted malt & chocolate, cola, faint molasses, caramel.

Photo of PrendUnVerreDeBiere
3.88/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of Kiro
3.55/5  rDev 0%

Photo of ClarenceClawmons
3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

Appearance: Head looks like a latte while the body is like jet-black freshly brewed coffee. Attractive pour.

Smell: Sugarcane-like smell, not too strong

Taste: Immediate hints of dark chocolate followed with a raisin taste, aftertaste lingers as a sweet molasses. Incredibly sweet beer.

Mouthfeel: More carbonation than I expected, lively but not overwhelming

Overall: This beer is simply too sugary for my tastes. Perhaps it would pair well with food, as I had this on its own. Would not go out of my way to buy it again but wouldn't say no if offered.

Photo of hlyons
2.5/5  rDev -29.6%

Photo of Brutaltruth
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

Interesting take on a porter from Saku. Porter pours a thick brownish black with rich tan head
and very light lacing. Head never seems to die down much on this offering. Nose of bakers
chocolate, black cherries, leather like aroma, bread, and deeply roasted sweet grains. Taste
is up front sweet, almost to a detriment of the other flavors. Grown sugar and root beer like
flavors overwhelm this brew with a hint of cherry on the background. Mouthfeel is slick and
oily----very cloying to say the least. Much like the Russian styles this is alcohol heavy and
up front smack you around sweet. It lacks balance. Decent but not great.

Photo of KAF
3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of Latarnik
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of s4s
4/5  rDev +12.7%

Photo of johnnnniee
3.25/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Received in trade from RobertDale, thanks for the opportunity!
Pours a solid dark brown color with a decent sized khaki head that persists quite well. Aromas of bread, caramel, a bit of cherry and plum and a little wet cardboard. The flavor is fairly sweet with lots of brown sugar and caramel. Hints of chocolate, dark fruits, and earth round out the flavor. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation and a chalky ashy creamy mouthfeel. Kind of sweet and sticky, but somewhat drinkable.

Photo of hockeypuck
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of Weli
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A- Dark brown, almost black, but with good clarity , tan head appears when poured but quickly dissipates

S-Vanilla, caramel, roast malts, alcohol, dried stone fruit

T-Tastes quite bitter for a porter almost has a baking cocoa flavor, a bit dry and acidic, maybe a hint tannic. Some roasted malt sweetness, but with a lingering bitter finish. Like a good cup of coffee

M-medium bodied medium carbonation

O-Not a bad porter! actually one of the better Baltic beers I've had. To my mind it tastes more like a foreign export stout though than a Baltic porter as it has a definite roast barley bite to it.

Photo of pkenkman
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of mrfrancis
4/5  rDev +12.7%

Photo of craigreno
2.75/5  rDev -22.5%

Photo of Olavi
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of johnnyboy76
3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of petluo
3/5  rDev -15.5%

Photo of fionn13
3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of wattoclone
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of ekke
4/5  rDev +12.7%

Photo of falloutsnow
3.82/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from Friar Tuck's in Savoy, IL
No bottled on date
Poured into a tulip glass

Saku's baltic porter is a classic European twist on the roasted and chocolate elements of this style. Its focus is sweetness, in the Eastern European rendition of the style, but the beer seems to be a blend between baltic porter and doppelbock, bringing in honey, nuts, and caramel to sit alongside the more mild roasted character. I appreciated the beer's combination of flavors and feel that the beer was well-executed and balanced. While it won't satisfy those looking for heavily roasted and chocolate versions of the style, I thought this was still tasty and one I'd probably go back to when looking for an interesting porter blending a few different qualities.

Pours a 2cm head of small and medium-sized bubbles, fairly dense, that descends at a fairly fast pace, eventually settling to a thin ring of foam around the glass. As the head descends, it leaves some minimal, spotty lacing along the sides of the glass. Body is dark brown to black, opaque, with no visible carbonation (except for directly under the perpetual ring of foam). Light does not penetrate the beer to allow for highlights or other effects.

Aroma of roasted malt alongside, somewhat surprisingly, nuts, honey, and caramel. Scents are somewhere between bold and upfront and fairly average.

Taste is of balanced roasted meets heavy caramel malts on the forefront of the palate, with a transition to more focus on toasted nuts, honey, and caramel occurring in the mid-palate. Back of the palate merges nuts, honey, and caramel with some prune fruit esters and a bit of ethanol. Lingering aftertaste of prune fruit esters, roasted malt sweetness, and ethanol. Generally, ethanol is very well-hidden.

Beer is medium-bodied with mid-level carbonation, which foams the beer up on the palate nicely, creating a smooth, bubbly, and creamy mouthfeel. Finishes semi-dry with a bit of stickiness around the tongue and lips.

Photo of FreshHawk
3.58/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Dark cola brown, nearing black. Large, foamy, creamy, light khaki colored head. Good retention leaving a nice sticky lacing.

S - Dark bread, slightly burnt molasses, and dark fruit (mostly raisin and not really vinous). Sweet and malty aroma that definitely is a baltic porter.

T - Similar to the nose only with a bit more chocolate/cocoa flavors. Still dominated by the dark, sweet bread and molasses flavors. Fair amount of non-vinous dark fruit. Somewhat like a doppelbock. Maybe a hint of coffee every now and then.

M - Medium body with average carbonation. Pretty smooth and maybe a touch thin.

D - Pretty easy to drink. Alcohol is well hidden. A little on the sweet side. Problem is that there is no signature or outstanding flavor. Nothing jumps out and makes me want more.

Notes: Nice Baltic Porter. Some doppelbock flavors in there. Sweet and malty beer with a very Eastern European taste (dark, sweet bread, etc.). Nice but there is nothing in there that is really memorable. Decent for the price though (got it on sale).

Photo of brentk56
4.03/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours with a massively impressive beige head that nestles above the coffee colored liquid; both the stickage and the lacing were impressive

Smell: Black, Eastern European bread, chocolate and coffee aromas waft

Taste: Sweet and chocolately, up front, with some dark dried fruit and black bread elements picking up in the middle; coffee and caramel add another dimension, after the swallow, though the finish is relatively dry

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Though it lacks some of the complexity of the top notch Baltic Porters, this is a very nice beer and is well worth a try

Photo of speter
4.2/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Nearly black with ruby highlights and a two-finger tan head that leaves little lacing.

S: Rich chocolate with roasted dark fruit (prunes, raisins, tart cherries) and brown sugar.

T: Porter meets doppelbock. Deep rich roasted malt with overtones of cocoa, coffee, and chicory from the porter mingle with raisin, prune, brown sugar and caramel.

M: Velvety feel with creamy carbonation. The ABV is barely noticeable.

O: A wonderful Baltic Porter, well worth seeking out.

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Saku Porter from Saku Brewery LTD
81 out of 100 based on 36 ratings.