A. Le Coq

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Porter - Baltic
Ranked #211
Ranked #44,942
3.43 | pDev: 14.87%
A. Le Coq
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Reviews by biboergosum:
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biboergosum from Canada (AB)

3.66/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

500ml, black foil necked bottle - I've probably mentioned it before, but 'A. Le Coq' sure doesn't sound very Estonian.

This beer pours a clear, medium red-brick brown colour, with three fingers of puffy, finely foamy, and somewhat fizzy tan head, which leaves some layered and streaky lace around the glass as it quickly evaporates.

It smells of semi-sweet, bready and doughy caramel malt, a bit of dark berry fruitiness, mild ashy notes, some faint earthy yeastiness, wet tobacco, and very tame leafy, herbal, and floral green hop bitters. The taste is grainy and bready caramel malt, some free-range char, cheap chocolate wafers, muddled black orchard fruity notes, ethereal yeast, and more well understated leafy, musty, and dead floral hoppiness.

The carbonation is average in its palate-satisfying frothiness, the body a solid middleweight, and generally smooth, with nothing really getting too uppity at this point in the process. It finishes off-dry, the malt and frooty characters locked in a lingering tango.

Overall - yeah, this one possesses an agreeable enough flavour, but still seems a tad underwhelming. It could just be the expectations of a higher ABV, but I'm more or less happy, given how, um, affordable it was.

May 31, 2018
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3.78/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Jun 09, 2021
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Boone757 from Virginia

3.67/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

May 11, 2021
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travelguy from Ohio

3.62/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Mar 02, 2021
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Sigmund from Norway

3.95/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

(500 ml bottle). Reddish brown colour, decent head. Aroma of caramel and leather. Not as sweet as I expected. Malty caramel flavour with just a slight roastiness, in a blind test I would surely classify this beer as a strong dunkel, not a Baltic porter. Relatively thin bodied, not nearly as good as their Jõuluporter (Christmas Porter). Disappointing for its style, if disregarding style you may find this as a decent and drinkable beer.

Nov 25, 2003
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GreenCard from Maryland

3.35/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: mahogany brown, almost opaque, a narrow band of tan froth forms but dissipates rather quickly, leaving a crown and some suds in the center

Aroma: lightly malty, roasty, touch of coffee, burnt crackers, dark caramel

Flavor: an even malt sweetness lingers throughout, somewhat balanced by a roasty flavor and a touch of bitterness, very light hop flavor, finish is semi-sweet with slight burnt caramel aftertaste

Mouthfeel: medium body, gentle carbonation, slight alcohol warmth

Overall Impression: A colleague of mine from Finland brought this beer for me to try. It's a pretty good porter. Hearty, but not stout-like as so many porters are. Very clean flavor. You can tell it is made with quality ingredients. Really hit the spot on this cold, snowy New Year's Day!

Jan 01, 2004
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bark from Sweden

3.12/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The colour is deep red-brown (90 EBC), the liquid is clear. The two finger head is beige and very compact. It sinks slowly leaving some lacing in the glass.

The smell is malty and roasted with some sour notes. Cocoa, caramel and a touch of coffee. Mild, clean bitterness.

The taste is light, especially considering the strength. Clean bitterness, roasted malts, lots och caramel and a light sweetness. Some murky notes of wet cardboard in the background. Light to medium body. The aftertaste is somewhat sweet with brown sugar, caramel and some malt sourness. The short finish is dusty.

The carbonation is lager-strong. The large bubbles are short-lived. The liquid is semi-smooth.

Not a very good Baltic porter.

Jan 28, 2014
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woodychandler from Pennsylvania

3.57/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

It is always a rolling celebration in the wake of a visit from tone77, my local, in-person trading partner! He made his latest drop-off/pick-up last week & I was elated to find this bottle among the many goodies.

From the bottle: "210th Anniversary"; "Dark quality beer with full taste"; "Since 1807"; "The history of A. Le Coq dates back to 1807. More than 200 years of experience have helped us to find the secret of a good beer. A. Le Coq Porter's dark flavor and rich aromas give tints of roasted malt, feels black bread and caramel. They are complemented by the nuance of dried fruits and the dark chocolate appearing in the final taste."; Bitterness[:] 17 IBU[;] Colour[:] 64 EBC[;] Wort density[:] 15.0% P".

As soon as I Pop!ped the cap, I got some foaming action coming up through the neck! Eeek. I then began a slow, gentle pour to alleviate the goings-on, but my concern seemed misplaced as it settled fairly quickly once in the awaiting glass. An in-glass swirl raised a brief finger of foamy, light-tan head with low retention, quickly falling away to wisps. Color was Dark Brown to Very Dark Brown (SRM = > 27, < 34) with NE-quality clarity & garnet highlights. Nose smelled of coffee, dark chocolate, treacle, dried dark fruits, dark bread & a light sourness. As to that last, it is imperative that reviewers (especially, not necessarily raters) pay attention to the site's style guidelines, which read: "The addition of stale ale also lent a pleasant acidic flavor to the style, which made it quite popular." This means that the sour acidity is a part of the style and NOT a reason for a downgrade. Mouthfeel was thin-to-medium, not watery, but not much beyond it, either. The taste was decent, but not as pronounced as the nose, nor as intense as many others that I have had in this style. The sour acidity was actually quite low in this one, which was kind of disappointing. Instead, it was quite bready and chocolaty with hints of treacle and dried dark fruits. If anything, it simply lacked the Ooomph! that I would prefer from the style. It was quite pleasant as a drink and the ABV was not overwhelming either. Finish was semi-dry, bordering on semi-sweet with the breadiness especially lingering. Not bad, but not great, either. Still, a nice interlude on a still-cold Spring evening.

Mar 24, 2018
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Noelito76 from New York

3/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Aug 27, 2018
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wl0307 from England

3.65/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bought this bottle at a small beershop in Brighton, but not until getting back home have I found out that the BBE date of this beer is 29/12/2004! Don't know what to do about it and I think I'll give it (and myself) a chance anyway...

Appearance: in a goblet it pours a very dark mahogany colour, with a light brownish, thin, spongey beerhead.
Smell: smells of slightly burned brown sugar, mildly sweet aroma of preserved fruits (especially dried fig or fig-cake, longen-fruit and a bit of raisins)... Very fruity and aromatic...
Taste: unmistakable "longan-fruit tea"-like texture and taste spring to mind... followed by a smooth, dark-malts' lightly sweet flavour which is not overly the top. On the other hand, hops are kept to the minimum and the mild bitterness in the finish is not significant either, making this beer's aftertaste a bit too simple. But still, it's quite juicy, and, in my opinion, has the characteristics more of a dark ale than a Porter.
Mouthfeel & Drinkability: the mouthfeel is definitely very smooth throughout, while the flavour is a bit inadequate for its less-than-medium body. Nevertheless, it's a very easy-drinking "Porter" (or any style it might claim itself to be...as I can't seriously relate this beer to any porter I've tried).

Jun 24, 2005
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ernie from Russian Federation

2.6/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

It looks great - dark brown liquid with red shade forms a smooth medium crown colored like cafe au lait.

Smell is also great and promising - dried fruit, roasted malts, oriental spices, some herbs...

But the beer itself is a disappointment from the start. Being a rather strong dark brew, it leaves a watery feeling, the taste is flat, nearly primitive, and there will be no extra points for the balance. I would prefer it more sweet or more bitter, not like that.

There is a far better product with Le Coq label - their Christmas Poter.

Jun 25, 2006
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BlackHaddock from England

2.53/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Brown, standard 0.5 litre bottle, bought for 3 Euro's at a trade fair in Berlin (Green Week 2007), best before 2nd sept 2007, drank 29th Jan 2007, so plenty of life left.

Looks a dark, deep mahongany red, with a little brown head which strinks very fast.

Chocolate malts, but no great nose to it, even as the beer warms.

Not a rich porter type taste at all, very ordinary in my opinion.

Watery for a Porter, no hint of the 6.5% claimed on the bottle, the maltyness does stay for a while, with coffee coming through, but still weak for me.

If I could get my money back I would, not impressed at all.

Jan 29, 2007
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Asics from Washington

3.63/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Jun 23, 2019
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metter98 from New York

3.62/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is black when viewed from afar but when held up to the light traces of dark brownish red are visible throughout the glass. It poured with a half finger high light tan colored head that died down, leaving some thin patches of bubbles on the surface, a narrow collar around the edge, and some specks of lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Notes of dark fruit—plums seem to stand out in particular—are present in the nose.
T: The taste has flavors of dark and chocolate malts with hints of plums.
M: It feels a bit more than medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer seems to be a little sweeter and not as roasty and bitter compared to some of the other beers in the style.

Serving type: bottle

Apr 29, 2018
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t0rin0 from California

3.5/5  rDev +2%

Dec 27, 2012
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atis from Finland

3.22/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

500 ml bottle from Estonia, quite fresh

Pours dark brown with large dense head, somewhat fizzy that soon fades to patchy layer at the top, very weak patchy lacing. Aroma is sweetish caramel, light nuts, weak toasted, even burnt.

Taste is sweet malt, some dry fruity esters, smooth, almost burnt taste with rather dry finish and sweet malty aftertaste, no alcohol could be felt. Mouthfeel is smooth, low carbonation and some alcohol warming.

Overall, quite average porter, it seemed to lack complexity and maybe was too watery.

Apr 26, 2009
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cortez from Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +23.9%

Sep 12, 2012
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tone77 from Pennsylvania

3.41/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 16.9 oz. bottle. Has a cola color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is bready malts, some molasses. Taste is mild, dark breads, light grains. Feels medium/light bodied in the mouth and overall is easy drinking for the abv and an alright beer.

Dec 20, 2017
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jnezda from Texas

3.01/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Tried this beer in Estonia, drink as the locals and all. Was not much for a Porter. Great color and head served on draft in a local pub in Talinn. Good lacing with a decent bouquet containing a good maltiness along with a slight woody tinge. Very light flavor and body for a porter, with a mouthfeel more like a lager than a porter. I noticed that this is similar with many Estonian beers and is perhaps part of the blending of cultures here, between German, Russian and Finnish. I will post a photo of this beer soon along with the huge lamb shank I enjoyed it with at a traditional Estonian restaurant. This beer lacks the body of many European beers in that part of the world.

Sep 04, 2009
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Weli from Wisconsin

2.02/5  rDev -41.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A-Deep copper color with a 1" creamy tan head

S-Hints of roast grain but not much going on

T-Really off, was very dry and astringent for a porter with no maltiness or sweetness and a weird DMS or corny sour flavor in the background

M-Medium bodied medium carbonation

O-Avoid, hardly a porter, just bad tasting dark beer.

Oct 27, 2013
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MrOH from Malta

2.91/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Clear dark brown, ruby highlights, not much in the way of head or retention
Lots of dried fruit, hint of cocoa, sherry-like notes
Kinda tastes like watered-down PX sherry with a bit of cocoa powder mixed in
A bit thinner than I'd like for the style

Nov 10, 2018
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beerhunter13 from Canada (ON)

4/5  rDev +16.6%

Apr 22, 2013
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shelby415 from Oregon

3.27/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Oct 07, 2017
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Heminoolo from Estonia

3/5  rDev -12.5%

Sep 23, 2012
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Mav221 from Canada (AB)

4.38/5  rDev +27.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Medium bodied, with nice finish. Great carbonation, creamy head. Suitable for drinking in all weather. Suitable alcohol content. More enjoyable than I had anticipated. Much more flavorful at near room temperature (as opposed to right out of the refrigerator). Taste of prunes, color dark amber. I will buy it again.

Aug 21, 2018
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