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Saku Estonian Porter | Saku Brewery LTD

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Saku Estonian PorterSaku Estonian Porter

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Saku Brewery LTD

Style: Baltic Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 07-10-2002

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Ratings: 68 |  Reviews: 49
Photo of Imbiber
3.26/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I got this from Eagle Provisions in Brooklyn.

Hmmm... Strange, a Baltic Porter that is nowhere near dark, just deep red-brown. Perfectly clear with little head, carbonation quite low. Aroma is sugary-malty, cloying a bit. The flavour is fairly sweet, little hop character, and slight insinuations of caramel or molasses. Quite smooth. Not bad, but certainly more of a bock or even a sweet brown ale than a porter.

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Photo of CRJMellor
3.4/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a mahogany color with moderate light tan head and some minor lacing.
Aroma of caramel, similar to a Marzen. Hard to believe this is a Porter.
Flavor is light caramel malt and minor note of darker fruits.
Mouthfeel smooth malty and yet a touch of sour also. Tries to be complex but fails trying
Drinkability was average, just didn't really mesh with this beer. Not bad, just much more to offer from the darker and more complex porters available from Estonia.

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Photo of ark57
3.04/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

It is a light reddish-brown in color with a soft tan head. It is much lighter in color than I used to seeing for a porter of any kind. The aroma is sweet and fruity. It is malty, but not too much taste is there. There is slight whiskey finish. I like my Baltic Porters to fuller in body and have more flavor.

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Photo of edchicma
3.85/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not a bad brew...nice appearance...ok head. Smell was very malty. Taste was sweet with an alcohol note. Mouthfeel was medium to heavy with a smooth slightly oily appearance. Tatse was malty and with a definite alcohol presence. Mouthfeel was ok, but a bit too heavy. For the alcohol level, a bit above average.

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Photo of genaro
3.87/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Saku Estonian Porter was a copper/brown color with a good sized light coffee-colored head. The aroma was sweet and chocolatey with some floral bouquet. The taste was comprised of toasted chocolate with caramel overtones. The finish was slightly dry and sweet. Overall it was mellow with some hop bite and a little chewy, but it was almost too sweet for me. The alcohol content was welcome as an offset to the richness.

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Photo of CBFanWish
3.91/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Before you go out and buy this, don't be alarmed. This is the lightest porter I have ever seen, but it is still very much a porter. The colour is a dark amber almost brown. Its not anything like the deep red or brown porters we are used to seeing. It has a light tan head that quockly disapates. Not much to look at. The smell is of caramel and chocolate. The taste of caramel, and chocloate. I also get a hint of A&W cream soda. This is a desert beer. There is no question about that. Very sweet and pleasing to the palate.

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Photo of RoyalT
3.52/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance – Light, almost pale brown in color with very little head.

Smell – This has a very singular aroma of caramel malts much like an Oktoberfest bier. It certainly lacks the depth of other strong porters that I’ve had.

Taste – This has a very light and mellow caramel malty taste to it. I like it, but it is very one-dimensional and doesn’t seem to fit the style. I can’t recite the BJCP guidelines off-hand, but this is lighter and less complex than any other example I’ve had of the style.

Mouthfeel – This one is very creamy and smooth and feels terrific in the mouth.

Drinkability – I enjoyed the Estonian Porter and would certainly buy again, but I just didn’t thick that it fit the bill of a Strong/Baltic Porter.

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Photo of mschofield
3.47/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a red color, I found a little unexpected, dark but lighter red at the edges. Thin head quickly dwindles to a sparse film. Well carbonated.
Cherry/grape aroma, syrupy malt.
Roasted malt taste, caramel, a little bitterness, toasted bread, dark fruit.
Medium feel, a little too thin. Very malty, I thought it was a good beer, but not very true to style, if I didn't see the bottle I would have thought this was a Scotch ale. Of course I suppose an Estonian brewer would have a better idea of what a Baltic porter should be than I.

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Photo of marcobrau
3.17/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Ruby colored. Pours with a brief flurry of foam (my glassware could be tainted.) Starts out with some fruity, caramel notes in the aroma. Dark caramel malt flavors abound. Tawny, almost burnt fruit notes, yet sweet and sugary. Tastes a little more like a double bock to me than a porter, even a Baltic porter. A little too sweet for my tastes.

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Photo of UncleJimbo
3.14/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

25 oz, brown bottle, capped, no date.

This porter poured a hazy, chestnut, red-brown color with tall, creamy, tan foam. The smell was malty with some caramel and yeast, but with a hint of oxidation. The taste was sweet and malty (caramel) but with some medicinal flavors and a hint of cocoa. There was some hop bitterness that lingered on the palate. Alcohol could also be tasted. The mouthfeel was sticky sweet and warming with a lingering flavor. The body was medium and the carbonation medium. This was an OK porter, but a bit too sweet with some harsh flavors.

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Photo of Mustard
3.8/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 17oz. brown bottle with no "bottled on" or "best by" date; $1.69 from the Beverage Warehouse in Culver City.

Appearance: Pours a clear, coppery brown with a 3/4" head; delicate, web-like lacing; adequate head retention.

Aroma: Roasty chocolate of a somewhat nutty bent.

Taste: Light-to-moderate sweetness upfront; toasted, bread-like malts predominate; finish includes a firm, woody, hop-bitterness; secondary notes of plum and grain. Medium bodied with a lightly chewy mouthfeel.

Notes: A solid beer, to be sure, but hardly a top notch Baltic porter; might not have even pegged this as a porter without the label.

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Photo of hotstuff
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer definitely lacks and needs more character for it to be considered a really good Baltic Porter IMHO. The head was small and tan with fine-small bubbles that quickly diminished. There was no lacing and some carbonation was observed. The body was clear and the hue was reddish-brown. The nose was sweet and chocolate and the flavor was malty and caramel. The mouthfeel was smooth, light and thin.

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Photo of AudioGilz
3.76/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It pours a clear and brilliant dark red color. The head is enormous at first and quickly becomes nothing. It looks more like a maibock or doppelbock than a porter. All I get out of smelling it is some sweetness and a faint caramel maltiness.
Yes, listen to the label and let this beer warm up to almost room temperature. It's very tasty after sitting awhile. Bready malts, faint dark fruits(prune), and an ample bitterness and alcohol in the finish. Definitely an awesome porter here and worth a try for sure.

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Photo of BeerResearcher
4.26/5  rDev +20%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

What other Estonian Porter can you compare this to? The color is an appealing deep dark amber with a ruby hue. The foamy and frothy beige head stays around for a while, then for no apparent reason fades to a thin clothing. The lace holds for a moment then slides down leaving just wispy reminders. An alcohol fume releases in the initial head. Sweet malt, coffee and faint hop aromas fade fast, but it's good while it lasts. The heavy sweetish caramel malt blends well with the citrusy hops and hints of currant and raisins soaked in vodka (the alcohol returns). Hints of chocolate and berries round out this very interesting and complex brew.

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Photo of yen157
4.14/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Huge number of very fast, tiny bubbles rose through the dark reddish-amber and slightly hazy (chill?) beer. Smells very sweet, but not overly so with hints of currants and golden raisins. With the first sip it was obvious that this was a porter, robust even, but certainly on the lighter side of the spectrum. Toasty, bready malt is everywhere, as well as some light brown sugar. Hops provided a simple bitterness for balance and nothing more.

The tiny bubbles really give this a smooth feel in the mouth. I was really surprised that this was 7% ABV because it didn’t really come out until the beer got very warm at the end. This was tasty, I would get this again. It’s too bad I have only seen this at Bierkraft in Brooklyn. I must look harder.

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Photo of goz
3/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured clear reddish-brown - lighter than I expected for a porter. The head was thick and tan, slowly diminishing, leaving almost no lace. Aroma was sweet - caramel, butterscotch, hints of cherries. Flavor starts sweet, with caramel being the main flavor, finishes with a slight roasted malt flavor that lasts for a bit. Body is medium, slightly tingly carbonation on the tongue, and the slightest bit of alchohol in the end.

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

Presentation: 16.9 oz brown bottle, no freshness date. Blurb about the beer on the back label, it also says to serve this beer around 60-65*F.

Appearance: Big brown sugar sweetness of the nose with hazy rummy aromas, light metallic molasses with a touch of burnt raisin and black currant fruity aromas.

Smell: Dark shaded brown with ruby highlights, clarity is still noticeable. Thick foamy head makes a thin tan lace with traces down the glass.

Taste: Medium bodied with an ultra smooth mouth feel, well textured carbonation drops a touch of crispness. Brown bready flavour come to mind, toasted bread is more like it. Malt profile flexes for the taste buds with some brown sugar and toffee, fruitiness comes second with a burnt raisin and black currant flavour ... pretty much a mirror image of the aroma. With the brown sugar flavour and the higher alcohols a mild rummy flavour is perceived. Subdued roasted malt flavour gives suggestions of chicory. Bitterness from the hops is ample though do not get in the way with any kind of harshness or flamboyant flavours. Highly toasted grain flavours and caramel own the finish of this sweet sided brew.

Notes: Still a robust porter to say the least but not as much character or oomph from other Baltic style porters. Without doubt a dessert beer, pumpkin pie would do fine ... so would a slice of pecan pie.

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Photo of jackndan
3.43/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Saku Porter: a reddish beer, with not much of a head. The aroma is clean, and not at all overwhelming. The bottle is a thick brown half liter, which says to drink it north of sixty degrees, I’m south of 50, but I’ll let it warm. The taste has sweet notes of dried fruits (prunes/raisons/apricots) with a smooth creamy mouth feel. The aftertaste is crisp and clean. All in all a fairly nice beer, and I'm no fan of the style. And I only paid $1.29 for it (hell the bottle alone probably had 50 cents worth of glass in it).

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