Porter - Utenos Alus
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Reviews by bultrey:
3.75/5 rDev +7.1%
This is a pretty decent beer, but if it's a porter, then I'm Lithuanian... oh, wait, I am mostly Lithuanian. But this is still no porter. Deep chestnut color, certainly not what you would expect in a porter. Smells of burnt brown sugar, molasses, and a little banana. Very sweet flavor, almost like a dark malt liquor, or even a dopplebock, complete with the traditional banana, brown sugar, maple, and cocoa powder notes. Tastes a bit like bananas Foster. The mouthfeel is actually quite smooth, and the alcohol is readily apparent.
If you're looking for those dark roasty porter flavors so common in the Baltic porters, look elsewhere. But if you want a darker, sweet beer, with slight roasty characteristics, you could do alot worse.
05-11-2006 01:58:37 | More by bultrey
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3.1/5 rDev -11.4%
Poured into an imperial pint glass a medium brown with amber tint atight 1/2 finger light brown head atop.Raisin and dark chocolate mainly in the nose with some mild roastiness,flavors are two ones sided in the sweet department,big riaisn and molasses flavors melding with some chocolate after awhile it starts to become cloying.The hefty sweetness takes the overall drinkability down,one dimensional and to sweet at that.
06-29-2008 00:35:09 | More by oberon
3.2/5 rDev -8.6%
Appearance Brown in color with an out-of-control head that went down too quickly for all the trouble it caused.
Smell This one smells more like a bock with fruit than a Porter. This one is extremely bock-like in nature. The caramel-laden malts dominate, followed by some dark fruits and a prominent brown sugar kick.
Taste I drank this one warm and the flavors just gushed out. You can almost chew the thick caramel taste. The toasted malts are present as well, along with some apricots and maybe peaches. All this would be great if it wasnt for the grain downer.
Mouthfeel Very smooth but surprisingly thin for a Porter with so many big flavors.
Drinkability Id give this a 4 if it wasnt for the sorry grain killjoy hidden in the depths of this sweet ale.
01-24-2004 02:40:55 | More by RoyalT
3.6/5 rDev +2.9%
a) clear, dark ruby-amber; 1-inch tan head that disappears quickly; little to no lacing
s) sugar & alcohol; a little fruity
t) nice dark flavors to balance out the intense sweetness; some dark, fruity flavors up front that lead to burnt sugar and coffee tastes and combine with the drying sensation from the alcohol to form a fairly clean finish for such a big, sweet beer
m) viscous, as can be expected
d) it's no Okicim, but I'd drink it again
05-23-2008 02:34:17 | More by TuckerCarlson
3.98/5 rDev +13.7%
Purchased at Downtown Wine and Spirits in Davis Square, Somerville, Massachusetts.
Poured an amber/raspberry color. Big head quickly cut itself in half then took its time dwindling down to near nothingness.
Sweet chocolately smell and taste. Smooth and creamy, goes down very easy. A tasty bargain at $2.45 for 1 Pt. 0.9 Fl. Oz.
03-25-2005 00:01:53 | More by fdrich29
3.43/5 rDev -2%
Appearance - Light red mahogany in color. No haze. Creamy tan head about 2 inches thick hangs on for a few minutes before falling to a thin translucent layer that eventually disappears entirely.
Smell - sweet, toasty, caramel, alcohol. Port-like aromas. No noticeable hop aroma.
Taste - sweet, roasty, lots of caramel. Alcohol is a big player, warming the tongue and throat. Sweet port or brandy-like finish.
Mouthfeel - medium body. Low in carbonation. Smooth and creamy.
Drinkability - fairly easy to drink considering the alcohol(pushing 7%), however, you'll want to drink it slow to enjoy the toasty, creamy, caramel sweetness without fatiquing the taste buds too quickly.
08-14-2009 02:09:09 | More by Snyder18
3.53/5 rDev +0.9%
Reddish caramel colored with a full inch of frothy dimpled foam that sits and waits.
Aroma of light brown sugar, a bit resinous, some caramel malt.
Flavors are a bit muted, lots of doughey malt, some caramel, but none of the typical roasted flavors you'd expect from a porter. It's more like a brown ale. A bit sugary, some pruney flavor, and a burnt malt aftertaste.
Even mouthfeel, moderately carbed, but would expect less viscosity, more thickness. Average drinkability.
12-23-2007 00:21:26 | More by far333
3.6/5 rDev +2.9%
.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.
05-10-2013 23:26:41 | More by chinchill
2.9/5 rDev -17.1%
(Served in an Imperial pint glass)
A- This beer has a clear mahogany brown body that is pretty transparent. The thick tan head does last a good while and the tiny carbonation is very slow working its way to the surface.
S- The sweet light smell of toasted malt and pale malt has a faint honey and caramel malt note and the finish is pretty clean without hops.
T- The taste is light pale malt with a hint of caramel. There is no alcohol note or hops anywhere. The finish is as clean as the smell.
M- The mouthfeel is light and a bit watery with a soft fizz in the finish.
D- This beer is smooth light and crisp. Did they put the right beer in here? There are little qualities of a porter.
07-27-2006 19:09:05 | More by rhoadsrage
3.25/5 rDev -7.1%
500mL brown bottle into a pint glass.
A: Mahogany, not a deep mahogany, with light brown edges. Pours a quick thick head that fizzles quickly to nothing.
S: Sweet, sweet, sweet. Caramel, berries, maple syrup, and bananas foster. Not much in the way of bittering agents.
T: Sweet and smokey on the front of the tongue. Raisins and currants dominate with a hint of spice, both clove and black pepper. Alcohol comes through in the back. Just a bit to rich and sweet for my taste.
M: Light bodied with mild to medium carbonation. Virtually no head retention speaks to the body.
D: Probably will not go back to this. Nice for a taste.
05-31-2009 23:04:41 | More by FleeVT
2.73/5 rDev -22%
A: an impressive orange ecru head formed as reddish golden bubbles rushed to the top after a vigorous pour, too bad the cap left so soon. The overall color within is a cloudy brown. But when held up to a light source its true colors are ruby red, orange, and a lighter shade of burnt sienna
S: smells meld together dark caramel, dried leafy tobacco, a sweet tinge of sugary dark fruits. A soft muskiness pervades, things are not looking so good
T: well, you can't win them all. First and foremost, the palate is drenched with a watery sugary-raisin dark fruit flavor with some toffee-ish notes. Maltiness is at a minimal balance and lends a handful of staleness to the mix. This staleness permeates within most of the flavors and really latches onto the dried herbaceous notes I smelled earlier. It does not stop there. I took a momentary lapse during my drinking session to attend to something else and found a lingering earthy funk at the back of tongue. Slow warming breathes some new life to the flavors, as well as alcohol. I still say it's a miss in my book of porters
M: probably where things are the best is in the feel (that is not saying much). Soft stickiness and light carbonation makes for a quick drinker. The body is medium in caliber
D: the best way to describe this beer is it's "nice." I was intrigued by a Lithuanian beer and gave it a go, you should do the same. However, I doubt this will be in my fridge ever again
10-17-2009 19:39:49 | More by Magpie14
3.7/5 rDev +5.7%
Slightly smoky in transparency, and the color rests between dark ruby and blackened orange. Palest baltic porter I've seen. The head is gigantic and tan.
Nose full of plums, liquorice, chocolate and butterscotch.
Starts with the liquorice, infused with molasses. Then along come the standard dark-fruit forebearers; plums and raisins. Slightly toasty, with some cocoa hues. Caramel appears later, and lingers throughout the remainder. Roasted hues are largely MIA.
This screams "bock" (not doppelbock, just bock). Touches of a brandy-ish alcoholic closure, but its girth is generally well-hidden. Hopping is negligible.
This is an easy drinking, sweetish, version. Somewhat underwhelming and nowhere near the hallmarks of the style as it's missing a crucial element with the absent roastedness. Nevertheless, it's entirely pleasant.
03-24-2004 22:00:04 | More by cokes
3.63/5 rDev +3.7%
OK porter. Rich yet not all that dark, looks and can pass as a brown. Good head, carmel with bitterness felt along with sugar and on the overdone side. Tabacco and old coffee grinds. Drinkable, not all that complex,medium mouthfeel. Worth experiencing to get a range of baltic porters but I would not say the most representative and wouldn't seek it out again.
04-29-2007 03:22:29 | More by Sammy
4.33/5 rDev +23.7%
A - This pours a ruddy brown from it's simple but slick bottle, and displays a deep rusty red glow when held to the light. The head is solidly creamy and well over three fingers, and it leaves a good deal of beautifully creamy lace on the glass. I wasn't expecting a red tint in a Baltic porter, but this is really beautiful. The head in particular is very appetizing...it looks like tan whipped cream.
S - This smells like a big chocolate cake malt bomb! I smell heavy whipping cream, cream cheese, and loads of really dense chocolate cake batter. I'm reminded of those swirled combinations of ice cream and cake...I think it's called wedding or honeymoon cake. Anyhow, this smells exactly like that wonderful dessert. I want to give this a five, but the only thing keeping it from perfection is it's slightly one-dimensional nature...i mean, this really smells exactly like chocolate cake and ice cream.
T - More chocolate cake goodness. Hershey's syrup, that wedding cake I wrote about above, Toostie Rolls, and Tootsie Pop chocolate flavored suckers. More hops come through, but they don't hold a candle to the massive malt monster that lurks beneath the pretty head of this brew.
M - Medium bodied and sugar coated. This is slick and sugary initially, with some hops and alcohol coming through at the end, but they still don't quite clean up all of he cake batter chunky malt and sugar.
D - This is a beautiful looking brew that would be great with assorted chocolate or fondue, but it suffers from an overabundance of sugar that kills the drinkability a bit. This is a really fine brew for those who love chocolate and heavily malted beers like doppelbocks. This one is highly underrated on this site.
02-07-2008 15:23:11 | More by pmcadamis
3.18/5 rDev -9.1%
500ml bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours a dark brown color with an initially large tan head that quickly diminishes into a thin lace. The aroma is very sweet with some dark fruit and malt. The taste is very sweet malt up front with a mildly bitter finish that helps to balance the sweetness somewhat. The taste is a little too sweet for me and could use some more hops to help balance. Overall, this is a rather average Porter that merely blends in with all the others. It does not posses anything that stands out and makes me want to purchase again.
08-04-2007 04:20:49 | More by cjgator3
3.58/5 rDev +2.3%
This poued into the glass with an attractive rocky, long-lived cream colored head. Settles to a deep ruby-brown, very lightly carbonated brew. There was liquorice and molasses in the nose, along with a nice amount of malt. The taste started sweet with more molasses and a herbal hop bitterness that fades quickly, followed by a hint of alcoholic warmth. Finishes sweet and long, with a slight drying bitterness at the end.
09-07-2003 04:43:34 | More by beerluvr
2.58/5 rDev -26.3%
Porter, from Lithuania: In a thick brown half liter bottle. “A premium dark beer.” A very deep ruby color when held up to light, that is surprisingly clear. The head is a coffee with cream color, and the head dissipated very quickly. The aroma is clean and not overwhelming. The taste is malt at the beginning, and chocolate/burnt malts toward the end with a very clean finish. Slight alcohol warmth. Nothing special.
07-09-2002 19:36:57 | More by jackndan
3.6/5 rDev +2.9%
Deep ruby red in colour, very slightly hazy. Not too much aroma, alcohol foremost but faint. Malty taste, noticeably sweet with little balancing bitterness. More of a bock (doppel- or trippel-) than a porter (Baltic or otherwise) due to the sweetness, or could even pass for a strong, sweet brown ale at a push. Nice though and easy to drink, but it seems like they forgot to add the hops. Not much aftertaste.
A nice enough beer but not what I was expecting.
01-11-2004 22:50:25 | More by Imbiber
4.25/5 rDev +21.4%
Pours very heavy, almost like motor oil. A head of fine bubbles arises and leaves after a few minutes, so the beer looks flat. It's color is a very dark brown amber.
Smells a bit like Jagermeister, that herbal caramel smell. Smells good though with a slight alcohol burn.
Big big taste! LIke drinking cold velvet. This beer is 6.8% alc. but you can't tell. I believe that this is a Baltic Porter, not a traditional porter. Chewy but flows over you tongue easily but would be hard to drink these all night! Lots of flavors, to many to describe, I cannot pin any down.
I can see drinking this in a Baltic winter with only 4 hours of daylight and this is needed to keep you warm.
10-21-2006 01:14:41 | More by aluskungs
3.48/5 rDev -0.6%
Pours a chestnut brown color with a small tan head that settles into a very light ring. The aroma is of caramel, light chocolate, and soy/raisin. Big soy flavor, meaty, caramel, light red wine and dark chocolate. There is a strange metallic bitterness, a bit unpleasant. Moderate body with fizzy carbonation; finishes with a roasty bitterness. A decent porter, I have a bit of a mixed reaction. It had an odd bitter flavor at first but seems to mellow as the beer warmed. Not very heavy for baltic porter but that is fine with me. I like my porters to be different than my stouts.
12-26-2009 02:26:17 | More by Gmann
3.58/5 rDev +2.3%
This porter has a different tint to it than other porters I have sampled. It is dark brown with a red tint instead of the customary black appearance. A nice head that has good retention sits atop this beer.
Smells like chocolate ice cream.
The taste is rather one dimensional. A mild cocoa flavor is about all I can taste. Finishes extremely dry.
The body is a little thin for a Baltic Porter.
Not difficult to drink with a low ABV but it is a rather uninspired Baltic Porter.
05-11-2008 18:42:18 | More by morimech
4.05/5 rDev +15.7%
A pleasnat surprise dicovered on my weekly package store visit today. Beaytutiful dark amber copper color with a cloudy pillow like head. Smell was sweet, malty with a raisin aroma. Taste was initially sweet with fruity and aclohol undertones. Mouthfeel was smooth enough for the style and finished in a light bitterness. Very drinkable, especially as it warmed...smooth qualities. Additionally, it reminded me of a brandy...very nice. Worth a try (don't drink ice cold)
06-12-2004 23:28:37 | More by edchicma
3.15/5 rDev -10%
This beer had a small sized tan head with fine-medium sized bubbles that was mostly diminishing.The body was normal for a Baltic Porter with carbonation observed and it had a brown hue.The aroma was mildly malty and the flavor consisted of malt and caramel.The mouthfeel was tingly, smooth, light bodied and somewhat thin.The lacing was fair.
11-04-2003 00:17:54 | More by hotstuff
Porter from Utenos Alus
80 out of 100 based on 196 ratings.