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Porter - Utenos Alus

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BA SCORE
80
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197 Ratings
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Ratings: 197
Reviews: 179
rAvg: 3.5
pDev: 16%
Wants: 9
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
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Lithuania

Style | ABV
Baltic Porter |  6.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-09-2002)
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Photo of Zachtheporter
3/5  rDev -14.3%

Zachtheporter, Mar 10, 2012
Photo of jfcaa193
4/5  rDev +14.3%

jfcaa193, Feb 19, 2012
Photo of Stoffel
3.5/5  rDev 0%

Stoffel, Jan 07, 2012
Photo of jmdrpi
4/5  rDev +14.3%

jmdrpi, Nov 22, 2011
Photo of Bung
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.

Bung, Oct 24, 2011
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.

hopsgirl35, Sep 25, 2011
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.

tone77, Sep 24, 2011
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.

falloutsnow, Aug 23, 2011
Photo of BlackHaddock
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.

BlackHaddock, May 19, 2011
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.

chicagoabbot, Apr 01, 2011
Photo of Hoagie1973
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.

Hoagie1973, Mar 11, 2011
Photo of theBubba
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.

theBubba, Dec 19, 2010
Photo of TheManiacalOne
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.

TheManiacalOne, Nov 10, 2010
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.

Bouleboubier, Nov 05, 2010
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.

biglite351, Oct 14, 2010
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!

Schmidts, Oct 01, 2010
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

Jips, Sep 04, 2010
Photo of tjd112
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.

tjd112, Aug 18, 2010
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.

connecticutpoet, Jul 31, 2010
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.

Halcyondays, Jul 25, 2010
Photo of mmager
3/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: On the light end for a porter. Ruby highlights, good overall clarity. On the low end for head.

S: Pretty malty. None of the roast, or coffee that I'd normally associate with a porter. Maybe just a hint of chocolate, but it's mostly dominated by malt. It actually smells a lot like wort. Definitely no hop character.

T: Sweet malt dominates. Maybe a bit underattenuated? Not much in the way of complexity. Bready, like I would expect from a belgian. It's a little unusual for a porter. The finish is unremarkable, pretty much more of the same.

M: Sits a bit heavy in the mouth. The carbonation is perhaps on the low side, although not unusual for the style.

D: Quite good, actually. It goes down easily, maybe in part because it's fairly unremarkable.

Overall, it's fine. Totally drinkable. But there's nothing you'll really remember about this beer. If it's around, go right ahead. But don't go out of your way.

mmager, Jul 24, 2010
Photo of rtepiak
3.35/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

a lean helping of a baltic with a dark amber nearly brown color and about a finger an a half of head that had enough retention to tell me that the beer had a boat load of sugar but not much malt backbone. nose is sweet and syrupy. palate is brown sugar toasty and coconut. has the density of a poorly carbonated doppelbock. much much sweet and one dimensional at that.

rtepiak, Jul 24, 2010
Photo of cpetrone84
3.68/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A-pours a dark rusty brown color with a tight, bubbly tan head that fizzles away with no lace.

S-the nose is huge bringing notes of charred malts, lots of dark chocolate, hint of smoke and coffee, notes of cherries and booze in the back.

T-very solid tasting beer, a charry smoked campire note to it, notes of coffee, rich dark chocolate covered cherries.

M-this is extremely smooth and creamy on the palate. it is a little thin and there seems to be a real lack of carbonation but the finish is a little dry and harsh.

D-this is a tasty beer but the feel is a little lacking.

cpetrone84, May 30, 2010
Photo of cosmicevan
4.03/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

One of my local spots had these on the counter for $1 so I figued I'd give it a whirl. Not very porter like to me, but certainly a lot going on with the flavor.

Poured from bottle to tulip glass.

A - Poured a rich thick syrup with a brownish tint on the edges and a thin bubbly head. The lacing clings to the glass as you drink the beer.

S - Fruits...grape, plum, fig, candy. Really tickles my sweet tooth senses. Smells nice.

T - Dark fruits, nuts, malty, very tasty if you like complex flavors (think belgian strong dark ales), which I love.

M - A bit more carbonated that I'm used to for a Porter, but a nice cooling after taste. My mouth feels refreshed and a bit bready.

D - To me, it was a cross of Mad Elf and Flyingdog's Collaborator with a touch of strong dark belgian ale...not really like most Porters I've had. Pretty enjoyable, but don't expect your classic Porter.

cosmicevan, Jan 16, 2010
Photo of Gmann
3.48/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Gmann, Dec 26, 2009
Porter from Utenos Alus
80 out of 100 based on 197 ratings.