Porter | Pardubický pivovar a.s.

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Pardubický pivovar a.s.
Czech Republic

Style: Baltic Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by brewdlyhooked13 on 02-20-2004

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Ratings: 57 |  Reviews: 29
Reviews by CaptainPiret:
Photo of CaptainPiret
3.52/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Very dark — it looks black until pressed against some light. Very little head.

S: Pretty active; licorice, raisins, brown sugar and figs.

T: Initial sweetness, mostly brown sugar and figs. Finished slightly yeasty and hoppy.

M: Very creamy; perhaps the best characteristic of this beer. Maybe I've just been drinking watery porters lately, but this one felt quite milky.

O: Flavorful beer, but not extremely complex. Bought a 50cl bottle in Prague six months ago but didn't it until tonight. Was somewhat worth waiting for.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of ricke
3.33/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Almost black with a very small beige head that dissipates quickly leaving basically no lacings.

S: Mostly roasted and sweet malts and molasses. Some dark fruits and faint hop aromas.

T: Very sweet taste with lots of sweet malts and molasses. Some flavors of dried fruits and plums, raisins, wood, faint hop flavors and very faint note of soy sauce. The finish is short and quite anonymous with a mild bitterness and some notes of spices and sweet malts.

M: Actually quite full-bodied and smooth. Somewhat chewy texture. Mild carbonation.

D: A decent porter, slightly too much emphasis on the sweet flavors. Got quite boring after a while. But still fairly drinkable.

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Photo of chinchill
3.91/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is from the renamed Pardubicky pivovar and has a different label, but the label indicates this 19 degree (8%) porter has been produced since 1891.

A - Very dark, near opague mahogany; clear with nice reddish-brown highlights. Multi-density light tan head with modest retention.

Aroma: Moderately strong aroma of medium and dark malt. No smoke or burnt qualities; no indication of higher ABV until after warming.

M - Medium-full body with good (light-medium) carbonation.

T – a rich malty flavor with traces of higher ABV. Both sweet and a bit bitter.

O – a very flavorful strong dark Czech pivo.

Note: a Czech porter is not like English or American porter, being more like a Euro strong dark beer.

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Photo of dirtylou
3.97/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle, consumed in Prague hotel room, pre-dinner

appearance: served in hotel water glass, cola-mahogany body with a bubbly beige ring

smell: raisin and caramel, sweet brown sugar, caramel malt, prunes and light alcohol

taste: certainly a nice porter and another quality suggestion from the shopkeep - cream caramel, toffee, fig, raisins and dates. a respectable czech interpretation of the style

mouthfeel: fairly creamy

drinkability: nice

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Photo of Ciocanelu
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of Iaido
3.77/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of edchicma
4.35/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This brew was one fine surprise. Pours a deep chocolate with cascading head that dissipates into a thin ring. Smell is typical for a Baltic Porter...strong malt with a mloasses overtone. Taste is not as harsh as might be expected from the smell. This brew almost rides off the tongue to the upper palate. IIt is extremely smooth and malt sweetness is evident in the initial taste... Mid palate, it evens out, balanced between malt and light hoopiness at the end. No oiliness here..it finishes with a slight dryness that remains throughout and remains with the aftertaste...inviting you to sip again. Mouthfeel is smooth and much lighter than expecetd for an 8.0 abv. VERY easy to drink...IMHO a diamond in the rough.

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Photo of EDABarret
3.11/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Photo of Gusler
3.92/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer evacuates the 500ml brown bottle a deep clear brown with a modest light tan head that is semi-creamy in texture, as its demise the lace forms a thin sheet of lace to conceal the glass. Nose is sweet with a light toasted grain aroma, fresh and clean to the senses, start is nicely malted, sweet with the top light to moderate in feel. Finish is sternly acidic and the hops delectable, quite dry and lingering aftertaste, a drinkable beer, and worthy of a sample.

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Photo of monkist
4.31/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I keep repeating myself (for what now?) that I'm not a great fan of porters or stouts, but fate seems to bring me quite a few good ones along the way.
This one I got as a present in Prague from a retired, kind colleague and this porter was a great present, thank you very much once again!
Looks awesome, pitch brown (as opposed to the pitch black of stouts), smells of malted barley and its real greatness comes in the taste. It is quite heavy with a full body, very well balancing with hints of sweetness (not too sweet) and it has an extraordinarily clean taste, no roasts can be found here. Though it is 8% ABV it is very easy to drink, I almost backed down 2/3rd of it by the time I'm writing this. Tiny carbonation makes it feel creamy like a stout.
Feels great again, a very good quality beer from the true kingdom of beers, the Czech Republic!

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Photo of eric5bellies
4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Drank from my Duvel Tulip

A - Very nice dark ebony colour with a nice tanned head that reduces to a film

S - Small hops and mostly roasten malt an molassis.

T - Initially quite sweet but quickly moves to a more maly roasted taste, nice ans stick and pretty damn smooth for its ABV

M - Full to medium body and low to medium carbonation. Smooth as

D - This a is great baltic porter and I would definitely recommend it.

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Photo of marc77
3.48/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Deep bister hue, with a clear crimson fringe when held to light. Lofty, pitted beige head leaves steadfast, dense lace. Soft baker's chocolate along with lightly savory almond upfront in aroma. Stately hints of prune and grassy hop. Mild cookie dough hints surface as the beer warms. Tame, but well rounded aromawise. In flavor, the prevalent malt impression is of judiciously sweetened and lightly burnt dark chocolate brownie. Ethanol, although not directly discernible in flavor, adds a subtle warmth and viscosity that provides richness. Few malt nuances develop, leaving a lasting impression of a middling dunkel, albeit more alcoholic. Functional in hop bitterness, but very well attenuated and dry, leaving little residual sweetness that needs balancing. A notch beyond watery in mouthfeel. Trace spicy Saaz hop flavor. Finishes with diluted coffee and carob hints, but otherwise clean and innocuously. An odd brew that resembles a mediocre dunkel in overall flavor profile, yet possess a well hidden alcohol presence. Call it a dunkel / Baltic porter hybrid and be done with it. Tasty.

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Photo of fretlessman71
4.12/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pertinent Preliminary Comments: This has been kept chilled for well over a year – sure hope it aged well. Wish there was some way to date the bottle.

APPEARANCE: Pours a clear ruby mahogany with a somewhat rocky tan head; not much lacing.

AROMA: Figs, molasses, alcohol, cocoa, caramel. Almost no hops at all.

FLAVOR: As above, with a subtle black malt roastiness. It’s a pretty clean beer – when I smelled it I thought I was going to be able to pour it on my pancakes, but this is very well balanced. A little anise in the finish; instant coffee too. Hops not prominent at all, but so what?

MOUTHFEEL: Smooth, good weight, carbonation just right.

DRINKABILITY: If it’s cold enough this would go down very easily. Even in the middle of May it’s disappearing fast.

OVERALL COMMENTS: This beer aged very well – I wonder how much hop flavor might have come through with a younger bottle. But this is a good balanced brew either way. Kind of like a Schwarz-influenced porter with more alcohol. Maybe I should have tried this surrounded by a ski lodge snowed in for a day or two. Terrific either way.

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Photo of Yalcin
3.72/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Sigmund
3.91/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle, bought at Pivni Galerie, Prague. Dark reddish brown to ruby colour, large & thick tan head. Aroma is surprisingly moderate: some malts, porridge, hints of roastiness, caramel. Flavour is more impressive: an immediate malty sweetness hits the tongue, followed by a pronounced roastiness with coffee elements. A robust & warming mouthfeel, alcohol is evident but not unpleasant. Roasted malts and quite a bit of hoppy bitterness in the aftertaste. Not bad.

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Photo of jlindros
3.63/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Picked up in Prague a few days ago, reviewed in Tel Aviv. Good times!

Pours a nice creamy but also fizzy 1.5 finger head that fades semi quickly, but leaves nice lines of lacing, clear but fairly dark mahogany brown colored.

Nose is interesting to say the least, a woody like ester, with a slight tomato boulabaise like, fermented tomato maybe, with a light dark malt porter, hint of cocoa, caramel, chocolate covered marshmallow, toasty brown malt, brown sugar, very light creamy chocolate.

Taste starts with creamy chocolate, some caramel and toasted cocoa, little chocolate covered marshmallow like flavor, light burnt caramel, molasses, slightly syrupy sweetness, and a bit of warming booze. Then into bitterness, slight earthy grassy spicy hop bitterness, chewy as well, with fair overall bitterness. Finish is a bit sweet and sticky, little caramelized malt, hint dark porter malt, and quite a bit of an earthy spicy like hop finish, and slight booze taste.

Mouth is med to fuller bod, nice fluffy carb.

Overall not bad, a bit too much of the burnt flavors and aromas, not bad on the hops and dark malt profile overall though, bit too syrupy and sticky, not bad though, but not too great compared to many of the other beers I had in Prague.

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Photo of PGVG
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TastyTaste
2.88/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Not much of a taste like a porter. I would almost classify this as a strong dark euro lager, if that is a style. Very dark brown body, medium tan head. . Smell is very sweet, somewhat stale, kind of malty. Taste is not close to my idea of a poret. Lighter in body, and sweeter and maltier than many porters i am used to. Alcohol is not as well hidden as it should be, this is just not a beer that has a very good identity in my book.

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Photo of sulldaddy
4.36/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I am sampling this brew at room temp in an imperial pint glass. The beer pours a deep brown color with rich ruby tints highlighting the beer. A creamy, fluffy, tan head foams up very easily but quickly subsides to an edge layer. The aroma generally mild, but chocolate and some ripe fruit mix to give a bit of a twangy scent that is both sweet and inviting. I also get some brown sugar and molasses on the nose.
Upon taking a first sip, the beer is rather thick and chewy which is nice and unexpected. the carbonation is very gentle and soothes my tongue as it slides towards my belly.
Flavor is great! The beer starts with some earthy hops and rolls to a bit of brown sugar and I think a hint of maple syrup in the middle which fades to allow a mocha/espresso finish mildly coating my the back of my throat. The beer is amazingly smooth and easy to drink.
I bought a 500 ml bottle for less than $2. I will definitely buy again even for more than this cost. The beer is very enjoyable and I highly recommend it.

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Photo of Savaseri
3.99/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of atis
4.12/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle brought from Czech Republic

Pours dark brown, almost black with thick brown slightly fizzy head that slowly fades to patchy film, thick and patchy downsliding lacing. Aroma is light roasted with dark dried fruit, reminds of hazelnuts.

Taste is similar to the aroma, sweet molasses, light roasted malt and mild bitterness with some sugary residue in the finish and logn lasting bittery feel. Alcohol is very well hidden. Mouthfeel is about light-medium, creamy with light carbonation.

Although the beer seems to be on the thin side, it is very well balanced and one of the finest Baltic Porters I have tasted in a while. It is pity I do not have another one.

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Photo of der_meister
3.47/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of WesWes
3.65/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a dark brown color with a thick creamy tan head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a warm roasted scent that boasts of caramel malts, roasted barley, and molasses. It's smooth with an elevated abv. aroma. The taste is decent. It has an earthy flavor that boasts of roasted barley and crystal malts. It goes down easy and finishes warm and dry with some residual sweetness. The mouthfeel is decent also. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is an above average Baltic porter, but nothing I'd go out of my way to find.

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Photo of mattmarka1
3.34/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of CesarG
4/5  rDev +3.6%

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