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Porter - Utenos Alus

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Ratings: 201
Reviews: 180
rAvg: 3.5
pDev: 15.43%
Wants: 9
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Baltic Porter |  6.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-09-2002

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Ratings: 201 | Reviews: 180
Photo of rkhaze
3.47/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a reddish amber with a nice sized creamy tan head. The lightest Porter I've ever seen.
Smells real sweet. Roasted malt, chocolate, caramel and ripe fruits of all colors.
Taste is pretty close to the smell with the addition of a bit of nuttiness. Mild tangy hop bitterness and a cola flavor in the finish.
Medium bodied with a full rich mouthfeel and good carbonation. Finishes slightly sticky and sweet.
This is too sweet for a Porter, lacks the deep roastiness and coffee hints. It's not a bad beer but it's a lot closer in flavor profile and body to a Doppelbock than a Porter. That being said, it's a decent Doppelbock but only a so-so Porter.

Photo of PorterLambic
4.85/5  rDev +38.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A dark reddish brown with a huge, tan head ala Guinness, that collapses slowly to 1/2"- 1" then breaks down to "islands".
Smell is smoke, coffee and malt in nice balance.
Taste is straight from the nose, smoky, coffee, malt. A extremely well-balanced and complex beer.
Mouthfeel is full-bodied, very smooth and nicely creamy.
I could drink this all day long, with or w/o food. Absolutely one of the best porters ever.

Photo of edchicma
4.06/5  rDev +16%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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)

Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.61/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - a murky amber, on the lighter side for a porter. Large fluffy mocha head that slowly recedes.

Aroma - fruity, slightly smoky, coffee smell. Simple, not much to it.

Taste - pretty sweet, tasting mostly of fig. Turns a little malty on the swallow, a touch of roastiness, but the presiding impression I keep getting is that this is an adult style fig bar, in convenient liquid form. Alcohol warmth lays like a light, warm blanket over the proceedings. Another flavor or two in there I can't quite place, most elusive. An intriguing beer, somewhat out of style, but intriguing just the same.

Mouthfeel - smooth, low carbonation, really allows you to feel the full alcohol warmth.

Drinkability - this isn't like a regular porter, but I think I'd buy it again. Doppelbock, even a darker than average Maibock seems to be a more accurate classification, though.

Photo of RedDiamond
4.54/5  rDev +29.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I’m surprised my fellow BAs have not come to appreciate the artistry and refinement of this unique Baltic porter. This is a fantastic beer.

Utenos is very clear with a wide spread of streamers rising to a tall tan head. It has an awesome malty nose with plenty of sweet dark fruit. The smell is fabulous. And the taste is pure heaven – malty, toasty, royal and compelling. It grows just slightly thin towards the end. The body could be just a tad fuller. And the bitterness has just a slightly blunted edge. But I’m being real picky here. On the whole this brew is an absolute treasure. It is rich in taste and profound in aroma – a masterful representation of the style.

Sure it’s not too hoppy. But it doesn’t have to be, does it?

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

500 ml bomber purchased at Jim's Homebrew in Spokane for $2.84. A Baltic porter from a Baltic nation. Mmm.

This poured the palest color I've ever seen from a porter. This was a dark rubyish amber color, with a big fluffy light tan head that dropped right away. No lacing.

Smell was redolent with dark fruit flavors and sweet molasses. No roasty smell. I didn't notice the absence at first, since the fruit and molasses smell is so dominant.

The taste of this was odd for a Baltic Porter. While there was all of the figgy, dark cherries and mollasses flavor i sensed in the smell, I realized there was very little roasted malt flavor. This could have really used more of a coffee, dark chocolate bitterness to balance out the sweetness and fruitiness. There is also a noticeable alcohol taste, and a slight grapefruity sourness in the finish. Other reviewers have stated this beer is closer to a doppelbock than a Baltic porter - I agree wholeheartedly.

Mouthfeel was fairly thick, but not as thick as one expects from a Baltic Porter - even one that tastes like a doppelbock.

This is ok for one pint, but the sweetness is a bit much for repeated downing. I was rather disappointed in this, as I had been looking forward to a Baltic porter all day. Aldaris, from nearby Latvia, is head and shoulders above this.

Photo of cokes
3.72/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of BierReise
3.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear and reddish tan with a thick orangish brown head. Big doughy malt aroma with notes of caramel, licorice and molasses. Medium bodied, soft and smooth. Flavor is really sweet like a Doppelbock in my opinion. Roasted malt with licorice and noticable alcohol in the finish. Overall an average Baltic Porter.

Photo of Redrover
3.58/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

16.9 oz brown bottle. I find it strange that they export their returnable bottles to the US.

Beer poured a coco brown with a massive (and I mean massive) tan/orange head. Not a ton of lacing.

The beer had a malty nose with clear whiffs of chocolate and coffee.

The first thing I noticed when tasting the beer is an alcohol which is not hidden at all. I also got a lot of roasted malt and some molasses taste as well. As I worked through the beer, I also got some smoke type taste and the beer turned a little sour. The alcohol taste never really diminished.

Nice carbonation per style. I enjoyed this beer, but with the heavy alcohol taste, I would only have one per sitting. Interesting interpretation of style from Lithuania.

Photo of RoyalT
3.24/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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 wasn’t for the grain downer.

Mouthfeel – Very smooth but surprisingly thin for a Porter with so many big flavors.

Drinkability – I’d give this a “4” if it wasn’t for the sorry grain killjoy hidden in the depths of this sweet ale.

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

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.

Photo of mickeymac
3.8/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This porter comes in a completely undistinguished-looking 500 ml. bottle: brown bottle with a flat gold label and black lettering. Oh well, Lithuania has never been known as a flash country. The color is surprisingly light for a porter; in fact, the lightest porter I've seen. It looks more like Old Crustacean than Anchor Porter. The head is nothing more than a memory almost immediately, leaving behind what looks like a glass-full of bittersweet chocolate. Although the smell of roasted malt is present, it's on the light side. The most assertive flavor is a fairly strong chocolate. Hops are barely noticeable. All in all, a decent effort, but I'm really looking forward to the Carnegie Stark Porter that's sitting in the fridge.

Photo of Gueuzedude
3.19/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a brown black color and is topped by a prodigious light brown head. It is extremely clear and a deep garnet color when held up to the light, a visually perfect beer.

Candied dark malt aromas accompanied by perhaps some notes of oxidation, though perhaps this is just thick malty aromas.

Fairly sweet taste up front, with a corresponding medium body. Lightly bitter in the finish with notes of chocolate, a hint of roast malt and a finish of alcohol. This beer is perhaps a bit too sweet for me, this tastes like it might be intentionally sweetened at bottling time. The sweetness seems a bit one dimensional and the body of this beer needs to be thicker to pull it off. Interesting, though only 6.8% the alcohol is quite evident in this beer.

Photo of sulldaddy
3.77/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer is served in a 500 ml bottle. It pours with a creamy tan head with some larger bubbles mixed in with the small ones. When held to the light the brew appears mahogany with reddish tints. I was expecting a darker brown for the color.
The aroma is malty and actually some chocolate milk, but with hints of a grassy scent as well. the head dissipates fairly quickly. First sip, very sweet! similar to molasses in flavor with an almost tangy flavor evident. The carbonation is average, but the flavor is definitely dominated by malt sweetness. The brew is moderately thick in body and I am noticing the alcohol warming in my throat and belly.
This is a tasty beverage and if you can handle a rather sweet beer than this is one for you to try.

Photo of dmarch
2.81/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Dark ruby in color with a pillowy off-white head that diminishes into a fine lace. Not very chocolatey for a porter. I am instead overwhelmed by brown sugar. That sugar sweetness hits my taste buds immediately and lingers long after my sip is finished. A tiny bit of raisen flavor, but overall just a one-dimensional beer.

Photo of hotstuff
3.14/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of TheLongBeachBum
3.75/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: A 500ml brown glass bottle with a stark yet simple presentation. A dark Café au Lait colored label in the shape of a Shield has gold edging and black writing on it. Listed as 6.8% ABV

Appearance: Deep brown chestnut color, lucid when held to the light which also reveals auburn and ruby hues. A solid brown head, which is smooth at first, but it soon, breaks into a clumpy mass after a little time. Little conditioning in the body when swirled, but it leaves some nice light lacing.

Nose: Burnt brown sugar, malts and some dark fruits all wrapped in a creamy caramel envelope.

Taste: Toasted Malts, very toasted at first. The harshness of the brown sugar kick is soon smoothed out by a creamy caramel middle. The center portion of the beer has a dark chocolate taste, with some wood laden whisky warmth in the finish. This is quite a nice beer, not so sure about the Porter moniker by now though but who cares about styles, this is a very nice beer.

Mouthfeel: An above average feel filled with caramel malts and some alcohol warmth. However, the best part of this beer is the fact that the mouth is dominated by the chewy aspects. Nice.

Drinkability: The half-litre bottle was easily emptied and I had no real problems with this Lithuanian offering. The sweetness was never overpowering, but as someone who does not have a likeness for sweetness, it was at times unwelcome and would prevent me from drinking too many of these.

Overall: Not a bad effort, and nowhere near as bad as Baltika say, but whilst this had plenty of toasted malts, it had very little roasted character and very little bitterness, if any. This was nevertheless certainly well worth the excursion for the experience, but probably not the price of $2.50. Now if this was bottle-conditioned it may well have been a different story.

Photo of nomad
3.76/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured impossibly deep red - hold it to the light and tell me it is not the heaviest crimson color. Had lightning fast carbonation but barely a head, and not much else.

Smelled of a warming sweetish malt, caramel but not really, cherry-like, with some shades of thick maple sugar. Grainy notes through out, and spicy wood notes as well, it built up to definite butterscotch notes with a tiny touch of alcohol. Some milk chocolate scents as well - overall, somewhat similar to a good scottish beer, and a complex one at that.

Taste was sweetish like a Scottish Wee Heavy, with some grainy and roasty touches through out, especially rooty flavors through the middle. Small but present enough touches of greeny hops, and a touch of alcohol helped make this beer brandy-like in character. Thin mouthfeel, but still nice and drinkable.

Very different from most any other porter you’ll have but good enough in its own right.

Photo of StevieW
4.2/5  rDev +20%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

As the others mentioned, this baltic porter pours out much lighter in color than what most of us are used to. Kinda like a bock or light dopplebock. Has a rusty, burnt amber to brown color. Nearly opaque. Once you get past the color you notice some other differences as well. The aroma is sweet creamy carmels, and slighty toasted malt. Taste is sweet, malty, and lack the bitterness and roasted flavors, indeed a completely different style of beer. Toasted and sweet carmel candy taste, with a hint of alcohol heat. Faint chocolate tastes, or did I just talk myself into that. Smooth and mellow, not roasted or bitterness. Definitly worth a try and unique. I liked it, just get out of your head porter, or read up baltic porters before trying them.

Photo of brakspear
3.8/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A decent Baltic-style porter, which tend to be a completely different a varied breed of porter than the ones typically available in the U.S.

The beer pours a dark brown body with ruby highlights under a normal light. The head is creamy and tan with limited lacing.

The aroma has alcohol notes along with slight roasted undercurrents, followed by a sweet maltiness.

The flavor is not complex, but it is still satisfying. Roasted maltiness upfront, with fading sweetness and alcohol bite in the finish. The body seems a bit light for the style. Overall a decent representation of the style.

Photo of beerluvr
3.58/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of JohnnyDuvel
3.97/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I only knock the appearance down due to the fact that it doesn't resemble a porter. Lighter in color. However, if this was listed as a doppelbock, I would be quite pleased. Reminds me of a Moretti LaRossa. Sweet, smooth, and creamy. Nice taste. Nice head, good retention. Some lacing. Smells of sweet carmel, some alcohol. Really a cross between a porter and a bock. Whatever the category, this is an enjoyable beer that I will try again.

Photo of TripelJ
4.45/5  rDev +27.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Stereotypes are wrong, but when I think porter, I think DARK.. This is the second time I've seen a porter that poured like a brown ale...(1st was the belgian 'Poorter' from the Sterkens brewery, but thats another tale...) my guard is up and I'm definitely not expecting the pleasingly balanced roasted flavor that entices my taste buds from the very first sip. The smell is sweet and the taste is a sweet malty start with a slightly bitter hoppy finish. Mild flavors of dark chocolate and toffee are present making this beer and excellent finisher for the evening. While it may be not as 'robust' as some of the other baltic porters, it is definitely worth trying. Kudos to Lithuania on this one!

Photo of dwarbi
3.55/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer does not look like a porter at all! It's dark amber and semi-transparent. You can see some sediment in it... interesting. Pours a thick, foamy head. Looks great, but the head does not last long. Smells sweet and fruity. Tastes sweet, too. Just a little smoky. Some hints of honey in there, too. Pretty good mouthfeel. Very interesting taste, leaves you with a lot to think about, such as, "what the hell is going on in my mouth right now?"

Photo of Gusler
3.3/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The color deep ruby red on the pour, the head monstrous in size, frothy in its texture, the lace a nice clinging sheet to seal off the glass. Lightly toasted grains, sweet like caramel candy, quite pleasant to the nose, the start quite sweet and malt laden, top is middling in feel. Finish has a pertinent hop spicy bite, the carbonation moderate and the aftertaste dry and long lasting, a decent porter, not great, but quite drinkable nonetheless.

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Porter from Utenos Alus
80 out of 100 based on 201 ratings.