Carnegie Porter 5,5% | Carlsberg Sverige AB

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91
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582 Ratings
Carnegie Porter 5,5%Carnegie Porter 5,5%
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Carlsberg Sverige AB
Sweden
carlsberg.se

Style: Baltic Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
First introduced in 1836.

Strong beers were banned in Sweden 1923-1956.

The 5.5 % original recipe was re-introduced in 1985 as a beer fermented with both top and bottom yeast.

In 1993, the yeast was changed to a single bottom-fermenting strain.

In 2009, the label design and name was changed from "Carnegie Stark-Porter" to "Carnegie Porter".

40 IBU

Added by BeerAdvocate on 02-04-2001

BEER STATS
Ratings:
582
Reviews:
354
Avg:
4.12
pDev:
10.68%
 
 
Wants:
66
Gots:
44
For Trade:
2
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Photo of The_Kriek_Freak
4.31/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Uconnelmo
4.04/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Dkline39
3.96/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of StowePublicHouse
4.14/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a shaker glass. Nice initial light tan colored foam about one finger thick. Color is very dark ruby/black. Aroma of dark roasted malts, sweet, with a hint of coffee. Taste like a well brewed Porter! Dark roasted malts, toasted malts, and low bitterness. Mouth feel medium bodied and smooth. Overall this is a great Porter from Sweden!

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Photo of craftbeersweden
3.45/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

2016 Edition.

The beer pors clear, dark brown with a one finger high beige head that leaves lacing on the glass.

Nose: Roasted malt, caramel, chocolate, fudge, vanilla, hops and coffee. A soft, sweet and nice aroma!
Taste: Brown sugar, vanilla, caramel malt, dark bread and coffee.
Mouth: Medium body. Medium carbonation. Soft but little light texture. Sweet / dry ending.

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Photo of Dope
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Don't see any date on this one so who knows.

A: Pours black with a small thick head. Excellent lacing and head retention.

S: Huh, not what I expected. Sweet and fruity period. Overripe dark fruits and some silky caramel with just a touch of chocolate syrup. No sign of anything roasted/toasted. Not bad, just unexpected.

T: Chocolate and overripe dark fruits. Caramel sweetness with chocolate syrup in the finish. A hint of char lingers in the aftertaste. Has almost a root beer flavor in the aftertaste sometimes.

M: Medium bodied, smooth.

O: Interesting one. A LOT of caramel for a baltic porter, backed with dark fruits. It's smooth and drinkable but definitely unique with the heavy dominant caramel.

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Photo of DucksFan16
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

09/09/2016

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Photo of Spaceman_Jer
4.31/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of teromous
2.86/5  rDev -30.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I don't see any kind of bottle or import date. It does say 2014 on the front of the bottle.

Appearance: Black body with a short but creamy and fluffy light khaki head. Good retention. It did not form any lacing when I first started drinking the beer but about halfway down the glass it slowly started to build a sheet as the head receded.

Aroma: Light caramel mixed with a metallic scent. Some alcohol aroma. Not the best start but the caramel does smell nice. As the glass sits the metallic aroma starts to fade away and gives leeway to more caramel. It also starts to open up and give a bit of pine resin aroma. I really recommend letting the beer sit (after being poured) as it improves greatly with some time.

Taste: There isn't a whole lot of flavor here. It tastes a bit like caramel flavored water. There is a bit of a charcoal finish but it leaves a lot to be desired.

Mouthfeel: It is very easy to drink but it lacks that crispness and sharpness that I enjoy in a good Baltic Porter.

Overall: It's not really a beer that I would recommend. It just lacks a lot of flavor and it feels empty. The back label says "Carnegie Porter was brewed for the first time in 1836 and tastes the same today as it did then." If so, I feel sorry for the people of 1836 because it tastes like watered down Malta Goya. There are much better Baltic Porters on the market and I would recommend looking elsewhere.

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Photo of puboflyons
4.37/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle that has a 2014 date but not clear to me if it as old as that. Sampled on May 22, 2016. My 2,700th rating.

Dark brown to near black pour with a short-lived tan head.

Aroma of caramel malts, sweetness, toffee, dark roasted malts, and a low earthy hop presence. Really inviting.

Medium to bold body but incredibly smooth and creamy.

Very forward sweet roasted malt character with dark malts, a little chocolate, and a mild bitter finish. This was said to be one of Beer Connoisseur Michael Jackson's favorite beers and I can see why.

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Photo of SlobbeD
4.09/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Libeertarian
3.74/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From notes taken 05/01/16:

Dark brown, either very dark or barely clear. Tan, fluffy head of moderate to good retention. Patchy lace ringlets. Roasted grain and dark fruit esters to nose. Roasty, dark fruity, smokey-tart palate, in that order. Also, earthy to tobacco-like hopping, throughout but most prominent in finish. Medium to full in body, sloshy and sudsy, but syrupy

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.85/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

The Carnegie Porter is solid.....middle of the road light English like porter. It poured an deep mahogany with white head that left some lace. The scent was roast and peat. The taste had earth, roast and a touch of grenadine. The mouthfeel was lighter in body with decent carbonation. Overall it was good.

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Photo of red94tt
4.43/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jakea
3.96/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of MonkeyPilates
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of poskok
4.4/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of NickThePyro
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Beginner2
4.43/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This has become an old friend. (And is better than a few of them, too.)
I am very close to the Alstrom Bros on this rating. I see no need to repeat.
When American porters get this subtle in blending sweet and bitter, we will have arrived.

Reviewed in Roger Protz' " 300 Beers To Try Before You Die!"
Also on the bucket-list of "1001". Definitely do not miss this one.

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Photo of cryptichead
3.75/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BeerWithMike
4.52/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled back on 2/5/16. Comes in a single 330ml (11.2 ounce) bottle for $3.50 from Spirit World in Omaha. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured in to a snifter glass.

Brew pours pitch-black in color with close to a 1-finger foamy beige head. A decent amount of sticky lacing was seen when sipped that stayed in place on the glass. Aroma is of dark roasted malts, dark fruits (cherry) with a hint of chocolate and coffee even. Bit more going on with the taste was there is a hint of caramel malt and maybe molasses as well. Very smooth and so very good. No bitterness is noted. Medium+-bodied with perfect carbonation. A fantastic brew from Sweden which is probably my first from that country. Worth trying for sure if you can find it.

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Photo of NeoClassicist
4.13/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of freewill35
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Ninjakillzu
4.71/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

L: Poured into a Pint Defiance tulip. Body is a very dark brown with a thin tan ring around the glass.

S: Smells like a Belgian strong dark or a scotch ale. Caramel malt, dark fruits, roasted coffee, and dark chocolate.

T: Same as the nose. The roastiness is more apparent.

F: Medium light bodied with mild carbonation. Body is a bit watery on the finish.

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Photo of Fettpopps
3.5/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Carnegie Porter 5,5% from Carlsberg Sverige AB
4.12 out of 5 based on 582 ratings.
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