Carnegie Porter 3,5%
Carlsberg Sverige AB

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Porter - Baltic
Ranked #213
Ranked #48,640
2.9 | pDev: 20.34%
Carlsberg Sverige AB
Carnegie Porter 3,5%Carnegie Porter 3,5%
Notes: A weaker variant of the Carnegie Porter, sold at grocery stores in Sweden. According to the brewery, this beer is bottom fermented.

NB: This beer is not sold outside of Sweden.
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Alex-Alkis from Sweden

3.67/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

An honest porter from Gothenburg with a mellow flavor. Among the best beers with this alcohol percentage that can be found in grocery stores.

It has a decent body and character with a pleasant taste of coffee beans and walnuts in it. Moreover a bit rusty taste beyond that.

Jun 17, 2014
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eriktoyra from Sweden

2.2/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A: Dark brown liquid. The tanned head is about half a finger high at first but dissolves almost instantly.

S: Smells a bit skunky, a bit like muddy water. It also has faint tones of roasted malts and some sour cherries. The smells are very faint in general.

T: Very watery. I have a really hard time finding any kind of characteristics. Some very faint tones of dark malts, maybe some sweetness and wet corrugated cardboards.

M: Watery at best. Strong carbonation.

O: A below par beer even when compared to other low ABV beers sold in our grocery stores here in Sweden. It works very well in a porter stew though.

Oct 24, 2012
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jrallen34 from Illinois

1.61/5  rDev -44.5%
look: 1 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

50cl bottle into a tulip.

Pours a medium brown with lots of amber highlights, a dead head, only a little light tan, but gone right away, an tell its really watery right away...The aroma is terrible no porter notes at all, just light skunk and alcohol, only the faintest hints of roast coffee...The taste is dead, no taste at all, no skunk but no taste.


Jul 11, 2010
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lstokes from Illinois

2.41/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

We picked this up at a supermarket in Stockholm and drank it later that night, and were disappointed--it smells like burnt fruit, even sour like rotting fruit, and the taste can't do too much to recover from that.

There's flashes of hop bitterness and of coffee/chocolate, but overall it's a very sweet, weak, watered down porter. Try again, Carlsberg.

Feb 05, 2010
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darkmaven from Louisiana

3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3


This Nordic brew is a vintage ale, 2004 specifically, and is made to age. On the website, they suggest up to 10 years. Well, I don't have 5 more years to sit and tap my fingers, so 1/2 time is going to have to do.

The nose of this Baltic-style porter is rich and sweet, with definite notes of maple syrup and dark caramel. The hop bitterness is all but gone, and the mouthfeel is smooth and balanced. The finish is a bit too sweet for my taste, and I think it needs the bitter aspect that has vanished over the years. I can only imagine that the sweetness will intensify in the next 5 years. That doesn't mean I don't want to try a 10 year or older! I think I would be an interesting tasting, a vertical, of a series of vintage ales including this one. An idea for my future!

Dec 12, 2009
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rvdoorn from Netherlands

2.79/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Yes, holiday season in Europe! Which means that friends can bring beers from a wide range of countries! Got this beer from a very good friend of mine, who brought it directly from Sweden. The beer pours a nice dark-brown color with a medium beige head that disappears quickly.

Smell: very sweet (brown sugar) with a roasted malty aroma.

Taste: Sweet, sweet, sweet (brown sugar and chocolate), watery with some well hidden roasted malts and coffee aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: smooth and creamy, medium carbonation. Very mild to drink.

Overall: Too watery and too sweet. A acceptable attempt to brew a low ABV porter, but needs a lot more body. Not worth trying again

Aug 05, 2009
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Bananaman from Sweden

3.08/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Well, I don't think this is the most fancy porter to drink on it's own. It's more of a good ingredient in food or maybe to a dessert like chocolate cake or a nice ice cream.

Deep red/black color with a nice beige head.

Smells nicely with notes of leather, coffee and a nice maltiness, some english hops in there too.

Taste is nice, but a bit weak (as expected with a low ABV beer) of chocolate, coffee and a marked hop aroma. I tried it together with a nice ice cream with bits of nougat, the tastes blended very well!

A decent brew, and the only choice for porters in the swedish grocery stores.

Sep 28, 2008
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JustinBathurst from Canada (ON)

2.51/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a dark cola brown with a tinge of ruby and a 1.5 cm tan head. A thin layer of the head remained and a touch of lacing.

Smells of celery, a smidgen of malt, some hops with a metallic edge like a copper pipe.

The mouthfeel is smooth, a bit chalky, with pretty low carbonation.

Tastes of my homebrewed wheat beer (sadly, it was terrible), with a mildly bitter finish, a bit of brown sugar in the faint distance, with a touch of dark chocolate and roasted malt. There's a dab of honey in there as well.

Not nearly as bad as I was fearing, but basically inoffensive and lacking any real identity. Too thin, methinks.

Jun 26, 2008
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Hammarby from Sweden

3.13/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Dark brown with reddish brown tones. Think Cola. Tan head with rather large bubbles, that disappeares quite fast.
S: Caramel, dark rye bread, dark chocolate fudge.
T: Caramel, some distant bitterness, sweet overtones, hint of charcoal. Smoked sausages.
M: Very little carboration, quite light in body, but with a taste that suggests something fuller.
D: Good. If you want to get blasted, don't get your hopes up. But it works well as a drink to have with food or sweets (chocolates especially). And, yes, it works very well as a cooking ingredient.

A traditional swedish "light beer" with an alcohol level about a traditional mild. Carnegies Porter was made this way long before swedish legislation forced breweries to "water down" their products. This is the sort of beer that can still be bought in grocery stores, stronger brews must be bought at special alcohol vendors. This is a beer to drink with a meal, typically christmas smorgasbord, and still be able to keep a polite conversation going with relatives you meet once a year or less. I like the taste, Then again this is probably the most traditional swedish beer you can get. It's been around for ever and survived most other brands.

Mar 07, 2007
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bark from Sweden

2.52/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

The colour is black with a tint of very dark wine red. The finger thick pale brown foam dissolves quickly to an almost invisible ring.

The smell is quite weak and sour with roasted and sweet notes and a touch of cocoa.

The carbonation is strong and soda-like: Rather simple for a porter.

The taste is a bit smoky with a touch of wet leather, but the dominant taste is an almost exaggerated sweetness. The body is very weak for a porter. Apart from that, the taste is quite weak with some notes of coffee. There are notes of coffee in the rather long aftertaste and a simple bitterness.

I found this beer surprisingly dull. It is probably more intended as an ingredient in the classic Swedish homely fare “Porterstek” - a roast beef cooked in porter, than for drinking on its own.

Mar 03, 2005
Carnegie Porter 3,5% from Carlsberg Sverige AB
Beer rating: 79 out of 100 with 22 ratings