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Porter - Utenos Alus


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Ratings: 192
Reviews: 177
rAvg: 3.5
pDev: 16%

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Style | ABV
Baltic Porter |  6.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of Vixie


3.74/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured a nice looking reddish brown color with a 3/4 inch tan head. Really nice looking beer.

Smells nice, there's hints of smoke, coffee, chocolate, and toffee.

The taste stars out with a sweetness that reminded me of candy, but it is a restrained sweet, not overpowering. There's also caramel, toffee, dried fruit, and a hint of coffee.

Tingles a lot going down, and feels fairly solid.

While not quite the best porter I have had, it's once of the better ones. Good amount of flavor and balance, definitely worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2013 02:12:13 | More by Vixie
Photo of RonaldTheriot


3.44/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Utenos Porter has a thick, spongy, beige head, a clear, somewhat bubbly, orange-brown appearance, and some lacing left behind on the glass. The aroma is of sweet, brown bread, bread crust, bubble gum, and banana pudding. The flavor is of the same, with a background slightly elevated hop bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium and slimy, and Utenos Porter finishes wet, spread out, and fairly drinkable. Overall, this is a good, yet unusual porter.


Serving type: bottle

07-20-2013 13:41:23 | More by RonaldTheriot
Photo of OWSLEY069


2.6/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Pours a hazy reddish to brown in color with a tannish head. In the aroma, a light caramel roast. In the taste, a dry roast, and a sticky sweet caramel malt. A bitter and medium to lighter bodied mouthfeel, with a dry sticky caramel malt and small alcohol note in the aftertaste. Caramel malt stickiness, just ok.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2013 14:50:53 | More by OWSLEY069
Photo of chinchill

South Carolina

3.6/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

.5L bottle served in a snifter at a temperature of about 50-55F.

Appearance: Pours a clear garnet-brown color; a bit lighter than average although the tan head is not. Leaves some sticky lacing.

Smell: Figs and other dark fruits with dark bread and a hint of brandy: nicely appealing.

Taste: Sweet all the way thru, bordering on cloying. Good mix of figs and dates in the fruity flavor but a bit lacking in roasted malts.

Mouthfeel: Light-medium body and light but adequate carbonation.

O: The sweet flavor has some appeal but would be improved with a bit more dark malt in the mix, as well as a touch more bittering hops.

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2013 23:26:41 | More by chinchill
Photo of thecheapies


3.18/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

0.5 liter bottle to mini-snifter. (Foreshadowing: label suggest that this matures with age)

Pours a cola color with translucency. Light for a porter, but I'm rolling with it. Bubbles formed off the pour and gravitated to the outer rim. Looks lightly-carbonated.

Light oxidation notes of cardboard and manila folder. Lithuania is a long ways away, right? Spanky malts are a bit roasty and rather caramelly. Hint of cherry here. Nose is proving to be a little off.

Huh... doesn't taste very oxidized. It's caramelly and interestingly fruity. Notes of apple and cherry and even the alcohol has a fruit essential oil ring to it. Toffee, mineral flavors, nutty yeast, dark fruits/raisin, and some medicinal notes. Taste is not dissimilar to that of a dubbel.

Low carbonation. Slightly syrupy body with only the greasiness of booze. I'm appreciating the warmth of a sub-7% beer.

Not what I expected. They call this a dubbel, I might rate it a tad higher.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2013 05:32:37 | More by thecheapies
Photo of woodychandler


3.93/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The bottle inventory is finally dwindling and I will be glad when it disappears completely! I CAN't wait to get back to The CANQuest (TM).

From the bottle: "Premium Quality Dark Beer Brewed in Lithuania"; "Utenos Porter - this dark beer of rich subtly sweet delicious taste of caramel has a distinct feature - in time it gets more mature and its taste becomes richer. Caramel malt produced using a special method gives porter a pleasant aroma and a deep color."; "In 2001, Utenos Porter was recognized as the best in the dark beer category by the Chicago Beer Tasting Institute, USA."

I got a finger of dense, deep-tan head with good retention from my pour. Color was a deep brown with ruby highlights. Nose had a caramel/coconut/chocolatiness, very sweet with a touch of alcohol heat lurking underneath. Mouthfeel was medium and caramel was the prevalent flavor on the tongue, followed by banana and chocolate. Talk about truth in advertising! I did not transcribe the label until I was well into my review, but they really got it right. Finish was still quite sweet and left me wondering how much fermentable sugar remained at the end of the brewing process. I'll bet that this could have been made higher in alcohol. No matter. It was a pleasant find in my inventory and age certainly did not hurt it in any way.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2012 21:12:55 | More by woodychandler
Photo of UCLABrewN84


3.48/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear copper-brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of malt, caramel, and some candied dark fruit aromas. Taste is much the same with an almost sickly sweet finish. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer but the sweetness is a bit too much in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2012 04:18:20 | More by UCLABrewN84
Photo of NuclearDolphin


4.18/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Dark yet clear brown with a brown soapy head. Reminds me a bit of a brown ale.

Smell - Chocolate, Caramel, burnt malts and yeast. It doesn't have a very overwhelming "Burn" smell that I see in most porters, but one can still tell it is very much a porter.

Taste - Chocolate, nutmeg, caramel, toffee, and bubblegum. Very unusual for a porter for it to be this sweet tasting, let alone with the bubblegum taste. You can tell it has a very solid malty backbone here.

Mouthfeel - Light bodied with some moderate carbonation that gives it a refreshing feel to it. Does lack the smooth feel that many porters usually have though.

Overall - I was pleasantly surprised by this beer. Having picked it up for $1.99, I was expecting it to be so-so at the most, but this actually ended up being a really good porter that does it's flavor just a bit differently.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2012 14:05:21 | More by NuclearDolphin
Photo of WastingFreetime


3.25/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes.

A. Reddish brown in color with a receding foam collar for a head and minimal lacing on the glass. Not as black as I had expected.

S. Some sweet molasses and a faint whisper of soured cherries, a bit of mild earthiness as well.

T. Some mildly boozey raisins and burnt brown sugar with a sour aftertouch on the finish. Noticeably light on the roasted notes that I have come to expect from porters.

M. Crisp yet on the thinner side of medium body, feels kind of lighter than it ought to be.

Overall, this brew nails that touch of sharp acidity that Baltic Porters are known for, but it also stumbles badly at supplying the roasted malt character that Baltic Porters are also known for. A mixed bag to be sure. If it had some added complexity and a healthy dose of roasted-ness, it could have been a real contender.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2012 19:43:10 | More by WastingFreetime
Photo of Bung

North Carolina

3.23/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500ml. A very light for a porter mohoghany pour. A thin layer of white head. Looks like an English strong ale.

Smells like an English strong ale. Quite a bit of malty caramel. That lager yeast aroma is quite strong also.

Taste, more caramel, toasted malt, a lot of bread. Pretty much like an English Strong again. Finish with some nuttiness and herbal hops.

To the light side of medium bodied. Ample carbonation keeps it from coating too well for me. Drinks just fine.

Overall this is just fine, but it is no where near to the Baltic Porter style.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2011 01:44:42 | More by Bung
Photo of hopsgirl35


4.22/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Has a dark pour with a reddish tint to it when you hold it up to the light, little to no head.

Aroma: Remindes me of a roasted coffee bean,caramel sweetness with maybe a hint of sweet dark chocolate.

Taste: Mostly roasted malts with a hint of bitter sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Heavybodied with a warm bitter finish.

Overall: A nice fall beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2011 15:04:42 | More by hopsgirl35
Photo of tone77


3.65/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 16.9 oz. bottle. Has a dark brown color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is very mild, some malts are detected. Nothing mild about the taste, malts, caramel, some dark fruits, a touch of alcohol, good complexity. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is an enjoyable beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2011 14:53:25 | More by tone77
Photo of falloutsnow


2.5/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a body of amber orange-red in color, which is really light for a Baltic porter, if this is really even intended to be of that style. Body is transparent, with visible carbonation throughout. Head is initially about 2cm, but falls fairly quickly to practically nothing remaining in the glass. No lacing. A bit disappointing.

Scent is of black cherries, syrupy sweetness, and spices, particularly cinnamon and fennel, come to mind. Where's the coffee? Where are the smoky and roasted malt notes? Where's the sourness?

Taste opens with syrup and caramel-like malt sweetness, then brings in some noticeable, but murky anise and fennel flavors; in the background there's some dark cherry flavor. Aftertaste is a bit bitter, primarily of the fennel/anise combination. I don't understand why this is called a porter, it's more of a dark ale, of which it would be acceptable, but nowhere near standout.

On the mouth, this feels alright, but still too thin for a stepped-up porter. Medium-bodied with a fitting level of carbonation that keeps the beer moving along the palate. Finish is a little sticky from the sweetness, and not particularly dry.

This is not a baltic porter, or a porter, regardless of what the bottle or BA indicates. As a dark beer, this is a passable example, though it's fairly bland even at that.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2011 01:47:54 | More by falloutsnow
Photo of BlackHaddock

United Kingdom (England)

3.2/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

500ml Bottle picked up in London while visiting my son. This bottle had a best before date of 2 Dec 2011 and was reviewed over Easter 2011.

The beer pours a rustic reddy brown, not a true Porter black.

I found coffee and fennel in both the smell and taste, in equal quantities. Neither were over stated, but they were the over riding flavours throughout the tasting, allowing nothing else to get at my tastebuds.

The body reminded me of the better dark lagers produced in Germany more than a Baltic Porter, so rather thin body wise.

OK, but I'll not be rushing back to get a crate load.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2011 15:11:50 | More by BlackHaddock
Photo of chicagoabbot


3.38/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle into a pint glass, shared with a friend. This bottle was nice and cheap so figured we'd give it a shot because we were talking about the Baltic Porter style. Ok appearance, the body is a bit lighter than I expected to see. Decent head, but retention isn't that amazing. The smell is not bad, it's got some lager notes to it as well as some porter . Not really a knockout, but pretty interesting. The taste is ok. Porter is not a favorite style of mine anyway, and Baltic Porter is not going to be either. Nothing objectionable here though. Pretty crisp mouthfeel and overall it is worth trying and it's not a bad value.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2011 20:09:40 | More by chicagoabbot
Photo of Hoagie1973

New York

2.63/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pours very cloudy dark chestnut brown. Appearance is more like a darker Brown Ale than the expected black of a good Porter. 1 finger head reduces to a light froth pretty fast.

Smells like molasses and honey. Sweetness is heavy and asserts itself before even reaching your nose.

Tastes like sweet brown sugar, raisins, toasted malts and rum-like boozy alcohol. Alcohol seems higher than 6.8%.

Mouthfeel is light and a bit watery. Not very hearty.

Not terrible, but more of an over-sweet boozy Brown Ale than a robust Baltic Porter. I won't look for this one again.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2011 14:37:46 | More by Hoagie1973
Photo of theBubba

New York

3.95/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a dark cherry wood color into my stem glass. Very nice initial head and good lacing to the end.

The smell was simply that of malt, toffee and clover honey. With a bit of earthiness behind it.

Taste was smooth, round, malty with barely a trace of hops. A bit on the sweet side, most likely because of the lack of hops.

Mouthfeel was very decent with just the right balance of carbonation, body and creaminess.

All in all, though nowhere near a true Porter, this very affordable import was a great discovery. And I would never have associated Lithuania with a beer of this style. If you can find it, try one. A nice evening beer for this time of year, though one will probably be enough.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2010 03:14:57 | More by theBubba
Photo of TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

3.15/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 16.9oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep brown color, with a large off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains roasted malts, honey, nuts, coffee, some dark fruit and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of honey, caramel, dark fruit and a little bit of coffee. The malt character is hearty but on the thin side for the style. The hops presence is mild and doesn't provide much balance. The after-taste is sweet.

M: Smooth and a little crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is sticky.

D: Flavorful and a little tasty, goes down ok, not too filling, decent kick, not the best representation of style, there are definitely a lot of other beers in the style that I wouold choose first.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2010 04:52:46 | More by TheManiacalOne
Photo of Bouleboubier


3.53/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Hmmm. Interesting beer. "Porter" is not the first style that comes to mind when tasting this. It looks like a German weizenbock or eisbock (a la Aventinus) and tastes like a mix between a bock and a Belgian Christmas ale (a la Corsendonk).

A decent, lively head forms out of the pour but quickly fades, leaving no trace of bubbles on the surface (could this have been infected?). Deep red-purple-brown color, thick cloudy, and weighty appearance. A tiny touch of alcohol pokes through a vinous (estery), malty aroma. Much like a dunkelweizen/dark bock. Old, round, fruity flavors - plum, fig and port. Medium-full malty base and feel. Some late caramel and a nip of chocolate. Ultra smooth, slick viscous mouthfeel.

Scratching my head as to how this is supposed to be a porter. Right from the pour, this clearly doesn't have the classic dark brown/black color of a porter, nor were there any stale, roasty, or lightly sour flavors going on. Confusing yet moderately enjoyable. I'd try this again at some point.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2010 23:40:09 | More by Bouleboubier
Photo of biglite351


2.63/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A - medium to dark amber ale looking. Tall off-white thick head.

S - smells like Miller Genuine Draft with some malts, and a little sweet.

T - Sweet malts, molasses and much like the scent, a bit of big box lager in there.

M - medium coating, lots of tingle all over the mouth.

D - i would drink it if that is all that was there, but it is at the low end of the bell curve.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2010 00:40:36 | More by biglite351
Photo of Schmidts


4.53/5  rDev +29.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served from a bottle it pours black / Brown with a medium white brown Head.
Smells of Chocolate,coffee, and malt.
Taste is chocolate, with toffee and sweet malt oh so smooth.
Feels very nice in your mouth,sweet and leaves a nice taste that says have another one!
For being 6.8 Abv it is fairly drinkable. I was given this one by my Beer distirbuter,and I will go back tomorrow and get a case of this as it is one of the Best tasting Baltic Porters I have ever drank!
If you can get it go for it! I recomend this one Highly!

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2010 01:21:57 | More by Schmidts
Photo of Jips


3.68/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

-smells of sweet dried out alcohol (esters) and plum
-pours a thin white-brown head (in mm)
-amber brown in color
-Feel: smooth watery mouthfeel, fairly heavy and sugary going down the throat, some carbonation, easy drinking
-sweet malty flavor, little to no initial taste but...
-chocolate, dominant molasses, toffee, plum, and alchy aftertaste

-Overall: meh, prefer my porters a little drier and less sweet but a nice change of pace to what I'm accustomed

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2010 21:55:15 | More by Jips
Photo of tjd112

New Jersey

4.03/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured this into a Sam Smith nonic. Body was black with tan head with little retention and lacing. Chocolatey malts dominate the nose, and there is the same in the taste, very little bitterness, some toffee and coffee mixed in as well. Mouthfeel was medium and creamy and this is one of the best Baltic porters out there.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2010 20:39:12 | More by tjd112
Photo of connecticutpoet


3.73/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not sure what to expect from Lithuania, but this is my first Baltic porter from a Baltic state. On the pour, I got a two finger, tan head comprised of small bubbles. This topped a clear brown body in my pint glass.

Aroma was of deep rich malt, with some sweet dark fruits thrown in. It was a little estery, but not overpowering.

Taste was full rich malt, tending toward the dark side but only slightly roasted. There was a hint of chocolate in there as well. In all, a good dark beer. Bitterness was low as well.

Mouthfeel was full, and not overly heavy. Not chewy either. This would have been thin for a stout, but pretty good for a Baltic porter.

Not the best porter I've ever had, but a fine example of the style. I'll have to start putting a little more trust in some of the darker beers with the funny writing on the labels.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2010 05:01:33 | More by connecticutpoet
Photo of Halcyondays


4.05/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500 mL bottle,

A: Pours a dark red brown. Very light colour for a porter, looks like a dunkel. Mild off-white head.

S: Sweet caramel/brown sugar/malt. The malt dominates. Very nice nose, again smells like a dunkel.

T: Straight up toffee and caramel flavours. Sweet, but not over the top; it's pretty well attenuated for how sugary it smells. Hopping is light.

M: Medium-bodied, smooth lager feel. Off-dry finish. Some minerality.

D: This is a tasty beer, but really nothing like I'd expect when I see the term baltic porter. This is basically an Imperial Dunkel, take it for that and enjoy a well made brew. The value is great $1.95/500 mL.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2010 01:40:49 | More by Halcyondays
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Porter from Utenos Alus
80 out of 100 based on 192 ratings.