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Saku Porter - Saku Brewery LTD

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82
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30 Ratings
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Ratings: 30
Reviews: 17
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 12.29%
Wants: 3
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Estonia

Style | ABV
Baltic Porter |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: atis on 04-20-2009)
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Reviews by falloutsnow:
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falloutsnow

Illinois

3.85/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2012 21:19:58 | More by falloutsnow
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KAF

Iowa

3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

07-09-2014 03:02:48 | More by KAF
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Latarnik

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

05-27-2014 15:12:46 | More by Latarnik
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s4s

California

4/5  rDev +11.7%

04-03-2014 00:44:58 | More by s4s
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johnnnniee

New Hampshire

3.24/5  rDev -9.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2014 03:58:26 | More by johnnnniee
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hockeypuck

Maine

3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

12-21-2013 20:58:04 | More by hockeypuck
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Weli

Wisconsin

3.46/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2013 14:11:43 | More by Weli
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pkenkman

Estonia

3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

08-11-2013 14:04:04 | More by pkenkman
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mrfrancis

Kentucky

4/5  rDev +11.7%

07-13-2013 15:58:51 | More by mrfrancis
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craigreno

Oregon

2.75/5  rDev -23.2%

04-01-2013 06:44:05 | More by craigreno
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Olavi

Estonia

3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

03-01-2013 13:54:25 | More by Olavi
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johnnyboy76

Oregon

3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

02-02-2013 04:28:18 | More by johnnyboy76
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petluo

Finland

3/5  rDev -16.2%

12-21-2012 08:48:11 | More by petluo
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fionn13

Ireland

3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

10-06-2012 14:00:57 | More by fionn13
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wattoclone

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

09-12-2012 13:50:26 | More by wattoclone
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ekke

Estonia

4/5  rDev +11.7%

08-27-2012 19:45:22 | More by ekke
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FreshHawk

Illinois

3.58/5  rDev 0%
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).

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2012 22:31:10 | More by FreshHawk
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brentk56

North Carolina

4.03/5  rDev +12.6%
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

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2012 16:35:50 | More by brentk56
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speter

New Jersey

4.23/5  rDev +18.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2012 02:31:12 | More by speter
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

3.53/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Stable and masculine, this Baltic porter hits the style with a moderate thread from sip to finish.

The porter pours with a creamy malty look. Dark brown and basically opaque, the beer forms a delicate creame of a head that slowly reduces but never vanishes. Light lacing clings to the sides of the glass as the beer receeds.

Chocolate, light coffee, and deeply toasted grain starts the aromas. Robust with burnt molasass and a light grape-like ester. Malted milk builds the nose and eventually give the impression of Whoppers candies.

Flavors fare just as well- sweetness of burnt caramel, bittersweet chocolate, and creamy vanilla set the tone for sharper flavors to reveal themselves with each sip. Walnuts, Columbian coffee, heavy toast, and roasted bark all aid the beer while steering away from unnecessary bite or harshness.

Medium weighted, the beer starts creamy but has a nice and even fade to a malty-dry finish of semi-dry proportioins. Only a slight astringency from grain hangs up on the sides of the mouth and compound the roasty bitterness in the throat. More malty of a body would surpress the astringency but push the beer's weight upwards for its style.

Though this is a solid beer, I keep looking for a signature flavor that helps me to remember it. But it never happens- meaning that the beer is somewhat forgettable. This beer compares favoable to Sam Smith's Taddy Porter and Utenos Porter.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2011 17:31:22 | More by BEERchitect
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biglite351

Pennsylvania

2.05/5  rDev -42.7%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

A - a little red through the center of the glass. Tight off-white head.

S - very bock-like. Dried fruits, caramel and something that I didn't like.

T - just like the scent. Bock-like, fruit, caramel and something that I didn't like.

M - good coating with a good bit of tingle on top of tongue.

D - pass!

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2011 23:45:51 | More by biglite351
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Daniellobo

District of Columbia

4.1/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | drink: 4.5

Quite a nice porter, a bit of an unusual final range with even a vinous sense.

Presentation: 500 ml brown capped bottle. Purple labels with touches of gold and white lettering highlighting the name of the brew, alongside medals and signature. Back narrative offers a brief bilingual overview description of the brew, ingredients, and intent. Shows 7.5% Alc. by Vol. Served in a tulip glass.

A - Intense dark brown pour with a generous foamy head, medium retention, fair memory cap with some lacing.

S - Sweet nose, with caramel and a roasted sense leading to a nice fruity, dark, almost vinous range.

T - Hmmm, the flavors expands the nose and definitely provides a fruity sense, quite intense in the finish where not only the raisins and plums come in play but do so with a nice marked vinous finish that rides the malty caramel.

M - Medium to medium-full body with medium carbonation, and a pleasing creamy feeling.

D - All comes together in a rather nice drinking experience.

Notes: Nice offering with its own personality and well worth the repeat.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2011 01:48:49 | More by Daniellobo
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oberon

North Carolina

4.08/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

What a deal this Baltic porter is,go out and find ya one!Poured into a 1/2 liter stein a dark chocolate brown with ruby tinge,a two finger toasted almond colored head atop,great defintion to the fluffy head.Raisin and molasses aromas abound along with some iron,just sweet and warming like it should be.Big sweet flavors and slightly medicinal,raisn and molasses stick out most,a zip of warming alcohol and a faint woodiness to keep it from be cloying.Its smooth and warming,mid winter in Estonia Iam sure calls for a beer like this and it delivers,I like it more than most of the others who have reviewed it.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2011 23:16:29 | More by oberon
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biggred1

Indiana

3.53/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark, cola brown with a big, airy head of tan foam that leaves some spiderweb lace on the glass. Coffee and dark fruit with caramel cube in the nose on this one. Sweet with chocolate, raisin and cocoa powdery flavors. Thin and slightly chalky. An okay Porter.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2011 01:15:46 | More by biggred1
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Kakaraht

British Columbia (Canada)

3.85/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: A nice dark roasty looking beer with a beautiful thick tan head that lingers well into the beer.

S: Not too much aroma, maybe a little malt and sweetness.

T: This is a delicious sweet porter with nice roasted malt caramel and toffee flavor. It has a subtle coffee background that is more evident as it warms.

M: Good carbonation, more that most stouts. medium body and a nice coffee like flavor lingers.

D: This to me was the perfect example of a Baltic Porter, nice and sweet and rich. Absolutely delicious and refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2011 22:23:52 | More by Kakaraht
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Saku Porter from Saku Brewery LTD
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