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Saku Estonian Porter | Saku Brewery LTD

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3.55/5
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Saku Estonian PorterSaku Estonian Porter
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Saku Brewery LTD
Estonia
saku.ee

Style: Baltic Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 07-10-2002

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#37,214
Reviews:
49
Ratings:
68
pDev:
16.06%
Bros Score:
4
 
 
Wants:
5
Gots:
4
Trade:
0
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Photo of Beginner2
3.55/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Listed in the "1001", my notes indicate BA ("Buy Again"). Now if I can only find it to review.

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Photo of MacMalt
3.73/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into tulip glass. It pours a jet black with a two-finger, frothy, tan head and lacing. It smells of licorice, currents, burnt coffee, and peat. The taste is much sweeter than I anticipated. The currents are prevalent but there is also some raisin and molasses, as well as coffee. I don't taste a lot of malt and there is virtually no hop presence. I expected a lot more burnt coffee and bitter aftertaste. This porter is medium bodied and moderately carbonated. The 7.5% ABV is very manageable. Overall, this is a very interesting and tasty Baltic Porter. I considerate it more of a dessert beer than one to pare with a meal.

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1.74/5  rDev -51%
look: 2.75 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

A lot of brown and red, this isn't going to impress anyone who likes their porters to look like stouts. Aroma was just a brutal array of rubbing alcohol, spoiling dark fruit, copper pennies and like dry hopping with rubbing alcohol.

Taste was hot as fuck. Licorice even, this is challenging me to try and finish. So much fusel alcohol impact, really destroys its taste and mouthfeel for other things.

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Photo of Hayley_86
4/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of avwrite
3.01/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Photo of BlueSpader
3.84/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jooler
3.98/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Great porter. Really smooth. Dominate malt and chocolate taste with a hint of coffee. Btw, bottled in early 2014

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Photo of Dufmandinga
3.29/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of mactrail
2.17/5  rDev -38.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.25

This is some kind of dark Euro-trash. Dirty. Where does the overwhelming gloom of licorice come from? It's a medicinal and harsh alcohol-flavored concoction. The smell is rancid prune Danish. Some caramel but overwhelmed by burnt raisins. The aftertaste is oxidized malt liquor with something that makes me think of transmission fluid.

I have to agree with Beerandraiderfan on this one (see 2012 review). I'm wondering, since this brewery is owned by Carlsberg Breweries, if this is really a Carlsberg product. From the 500 ml bottle purchased at Botleworks in Seattle for $2.99. Totally not worth it. I don't think this is in any way spoiled. It's from refrigerated storage at a reputable store and seems properly made.

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3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of TheyCallMeYukon
3.56/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.2/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottle purchased at Beers of the World in Rochester, NY.

Pours a very dark brown, basically black, with a one inch head, and not a whole lot of lacing.

Smells like currants, chocolate, molasses, and brown sugar. Really unique for a porter.

This porter has some cool tastes that I wasn't expecting. Same cool dark fruits flavors as in the aromas- some currants, grape jam, molasses, brown sugar, some chocolate syrup, caramel, toffee, and rum. No real roasted malt flavor, which is interesting. Given that, I'd have thought it'd be too sweet and cloying, but it's not. High five!

This one has a medium body, with a very, very smooth mouthfeel, creamy as hell. There is a low amount of carbonation. This one is very drinkable.

First beer from Estonia, and it's one of the best Baltics I've ever had. Great!

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Photo of sharpski
4/5  rDev +12.7%

Photo of hockeypuck
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of Olavi
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of artoolemomo
2.97/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Appearance- Pours up a good amount of head which looks as if it will have atrocious retention. The head is a weak, light beige while the body is a dark chocolate brown which shows hints of maroon when held up to the light. No lacing at all.

Nose- A lot of bubble gum from the bottle, some hints of roasted notes. The glass gives up a faint hint of bubble gum but not much else. This is not a auspicious beginning. Swirling the beer only reveals this aroma more. I hope this is not reflected on the palate.

Taste- Some bubble gum- this seems to pervade every aspect of this beer. There are some roasted malts but they are rather diminished. Some caramel notes. A slight, woody bitter finish with some spice and a small amount of heat. The flavor profile is rather thin and lacks presence- this, despite the fact, that I don't want any of the notes that I'm tasting to be more prominent. Enjoyable roasted malts start to appear on the finish but overall, this is a rather mediocre beer. I can never abide by a heavy bubble gum flavor. This beer is less offensive the quicker you drink it. It's not bad but it ain't good either.

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied- could use more heft for the style. Very little carbonation. This would work if this had more heft to it but instead it comes off as poorly carbonated schwarzbier at times.

Drinkability- Not really offensive, just not desirable. It's a beer I would drink quickly for the alcohol. Poor price point.

Overall- Very average. There are so many better Baltic Porters out there. I cannot suggest trying this unless you are a sucker (or ticker) for Baltic Porters.

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Photo of johnnylake
4/5  rDev +12.7%

Photo of Reidrover
3.64/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

50cl bottle from "Lifesource" Salem. $3.49 Pours a dark brown with a nice sized tan head. Dark chocolate,treacle and dark fruitiness abound in the nose. Smooth treacle,molasses taste, some hints of elderberry and blackcurrant,slightly salty,finishes with alcohol. OK palate good but average for style This is OK a good beer but sadly for me not a good Baltic.

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.7/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured two and half fingers on a pitch black body. The head was quickly gone though.
The aroma is faint: roasted and black malt.
The taste is darkness with a sweet touch. Burnt and roasted malt with a sweet finish.
The texture is smooth with low carbonation.
It's lacking in the smell area but the taste is nice.

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3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of JoshatTownHall
4.06/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

On Tap at Hellhunt Pub in Tallin, Estonia. Exceptional example of a Baltic Porter done right. As with all Saku and A Le Coq. brands this is the reason why Estonia is an awesome spot for beer snobs. Great beer for €2. It is hard to find a rendition of the Baltic Porter that sets the bar this high in the U.S. without paying $10 for an import. I miss Estonia!

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4/5  rDev +12.7%

Photo of duracell
3.35/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500mL bottle shared with my father and poured into a goblet. Bought in Narva, Estonia. 6.9% ABV.

A - Pours a walnut color with red hues. A medium-size, off-white, head is formed and disappears quickly. 3/5

S - Aroma is a blend of malt (caramel and raisins) and a bit of hop (mainly herbal). 3/5

T - Malty taste with noes of toasted and caramelized grain. Hop is discrete, pourly aromatic but leaving a contributing to the bitterness. 3.5/5

M - Medium body with a rather smooth feeling. This beer is quite alcoholic leaving a semi-dry finish. 3.5/5

O - Without featuring a lot of complexity this Porter is quite pleasant and rather to style. Worth seeking it out! 3.5/5

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Photo of woodychandler
4.32/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was another of my local trader's, tone77, many bottles to keep me from going off the deep end with CANs. I am always anxious to see what he has brought for me as he never disappoints.

From the bottle: "Dark Estonian Beer"; "Saku Porter is a full-bodied ultra smooth dark beer, brewed of pale, caramel and coffee malts, hops and Saku's own yeast. Aged to reach full taste. An ideal companion to a long winter night."

My pour created just over a finger of bubbly light-brown head with modest retention. Color was a deep dark-brown with caramel highlights at the edges, but otherwise not allowing light to penetrate. Nose was rich with dried dark fruits, molasses, tobacco, tar and even some alcohol heat. Phew! Mouthfeel was full, very carbonated, and the taste was very much of dried dark fruits, dark chocolate, coffee and molasses on the tongue. Finish was semi-sweet with all of the flavors just lingering like exhaling while smoking a cigar. If you are not going to drink this in the wintertime as the label seems to suggest, I would recommend it with a dark cigar, like a Maduro. Good stuff!

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Saku Estonian Porter from Saku Brewery LTD
Beer rating: 3.55 out of 5 with 68 ratings
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