Carls Porter | Carlsberg Danmark A/S

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Carlsberg Danmark A/S

Style: Baltic Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.80%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Carls Porter maintains the principles and qualities of the original porter, with a sweet, spicy flavour and a characteristic, coal black colour. The porter has been brewed by Carlsberg since 1895 and poured for as long as people have enjoyed spoiling themselves.

Described as a Baltic Porter by Calrsberg.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 06-15-2002

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3.51/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Not sure if this is the right listing but couldn't find one that matched exactly and saw another review for the same bottle. This bottle is supposedly from 1985 and says in brown and white print "imperial stout" and "Copenhagen" around the edges of the label and "Gl. Carlsberg Porter" across the middle.

A- Bottle cap is slightly rusty and hard to pry off, actually bends my metal bottle opener, prys off with a nice hiss though. Under the cap is a hardened thick black sludge that has developed with age. Beer pours a very dark brown and pours pitch black in the glass. A slight mocha brown head forms that leaves spotty lacing clinging to the sides of the glass. Surprising amount of carbonation for a beer that is almost 30 years old. Overall a 4 based on how this held up an astonishingly long time with the only off-putting appearance being the black sludge on the bottom of the cap and a little bit more at the bottom of the bottle.

S- At first aromas of chocolate malts and a little bit of ash come out and smells fairly nice without too much age coming through. As it is allowed to warm up the ash takes over and the aroma is quite pungent and almost hurts the nostrils. Overall though not much oxidation comes through and you can kind of get an idea of how this beer originally smelled.

T- Chocolate malts come out more then in the aroma without as much pungent ash, slight cardboard oxidation but surprisingly not a significant amount considering the almost 30 years of age. Finishes with more chocolate malts, a slight chalkiness, and a little bit of acidity probably attributed to the age.

M- Fairly light for the style, nice carbonation, alcohol not very noticeable.

O- I've had a few beers that have been around as old as this including some that have been older. Appearance-wise this beer still looked phenomenal, smell-wise it was okay but had gone down hill significantly and wasn't overly pleasant, and taste-wise it was better then expected showing fairly little oxidation and still retaining some of the original flavors. By no means would I suggest aging this beer anywhere even close to this long but it was definitely interesting to try a few sips of (no way I could finish a full bottle).

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3.5/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Very dark chestnut, small light-brown head, dissipates quickly

Aroma: Roasted grain; faint licorice

Taste: Malty sweet on start; creamy in the middle; bitter roasted coffee on the finish

Remarks: Did not score A, T, S, M at that time; disregard those scores

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3.58/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Aroma: Roasty with a hint of chocolate, pleasant but not too complex. Appearance: Almost black liquid with a light brown head, looks beautiful. Taste: A light sweet and bitter taste, pleasant to the tongue and easy to appreciate. Palate: Quite light body for a porter with a creamy texture and a fairy long finish. Overall: For at beer that costs only $2 it is perfect and it really shows that even Carlsberg can make real quality beer. A decent everyday brew.

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Photo of ricke
3.73/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Hard to tell what style this one belongs to. According to the label, it's an imperial stout, but the name says porter. I'll treat it as a Baltic porter in this review.

A: Almost black with a big cappuccino-colored creamy head that stays around for a while before settling into a thin lid of foam leaving some lacings.

S: Pleasant but somewhat light smell, especially considering the style. Coffee and roasted malts dominate. Some chocolate, dark fruits and alcohol as well.

T: Plenty of coffee and roasted malts at first. Some tannins. I actually think it gets slightly acidic in some sips. Faint smoky aromas. Notes of chocolate and dark fruits, and a decent malty sweetness. Soy sauce and a slight salinity in the middle. The finish is surprisingly bitter with a bit too prominent taste of warming alcohol, and faint spices.

M: Moderate body, pretty smooth texture, medium carbonation. Would have liked a fuller body.

D: This is a very good porter, and considering the brewery it's really good. But it's a bit too simple and it lacks some complexity. Good have been more balanced as well, especially the taste of alcohol is somewhat to prominent.

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Photo of rallison
4.03/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1970s era bottle brought by yours truly to the Sea Of Floydster tasting - been waiting a couple of years for the right occasion to crack this beauty.

Amazingly, there was almost no oxidation in this beer, despite the age. Also, interestingly, called both a porter and an imperial stout on the label, and apparently a Baltic Porter by the brewery itself. I'm guessing Baltic Porter was not a recognized style in the 70s. Anyway, moving on.

Originally, I was under the impression that this was supposed to be an imperial stout. As such, I found it thin by current standards. Of course, no reason to mark down this beer for that - wouldn't be fair.

Chocolate and vanilla notes, some leather and a light astringency are present. All in all, a not overly complex beer that is still tasting quite good and has held up remarkably well. I had no high hopes for this beer, so I was pleasantly surprised. Nice.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
3.06/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Green 33cl bottle brought back from Denmark while visiting the 1st European beer fest, in Copenhagen. Best before 17 Apr 09, drank 23 Jan 09.

Poured into a Gordons Thistle shapped glass.

Lovely deep ruby red when held up to the light, otherwise it looks jet black, on top sat a deep foaming tan coloured head.

Burnt malts dominate the aroma, mushrooms maybe?

The burnt malts take over the taste too, rich and fairly creamy but with an overpowering dryness that masks any sweetness that I feel should be there.

Not the greatest Porter in the world, but not the worst.

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3.5/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle acquired as part of the Mystery Beer Swap v2 from kramer17801 (thanks!). Bottle labeled 22.05.07 (I'm assuming this is a best before date).

Poured a dark, dark brown with a red tint and a larger sized off white head. Aromas of roast, chocolate, smoke and tobacco. Tastes of smoke, roast, very light chocolate, and a trace of dark fruits (but I'm reaching there). Lots of smoke and tobacco all the way around.

Notes from: 2/7/07

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3.15/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle courtesy of Thewolf: Poured a deep clear black color ale with a medium foamy head with some good retention and some lacing. Aroma of light roasted notes is the most dominant notes. Taste is a mix between some roasted notes with a touch of sweetness. Medium body with some good carbonation. Easily drinkable but nothing is remarkable in this beer.

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3.81/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Two finger head with lacing. Dark black in color.
S: Smells as a nut porter might smell but is not overwhelming.
T: Very nice taste. It is not a sweet beer, but it is also not bitter. It is also balanced well as it is not so rich that it overwhelms.
M: Smooth in the mouth. Nothing discernibly wrong with the feel. Medium bodied.
D: For 7.8% ABV this is a very easy beer to drink, but I did not like the film that was left on the tongue. I found my self wanting to spit a lot.

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Photo of jtslay
4.26/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very dark black pour with somewhat sweet but pleasing aroma of roasted malt with overtones of chocolate. This is a very thick and smooth porter that never tastes dry until the aftertaste which gives it a cleaner edges and makes this beer more drinkable. This is a typical Imperial Stout at 7.8% ABV. Very pleasant experience.

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Photo of bark
3.98/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The colour is pitch black (the liquid seem clear however). The impressive compact brown-beige foam is three fingers high.

The smell is lighter than expected. There are roasted notes of nuts and coffee, cocoa and chocolate cake. There are some lightly bitter notes.

The taste is roasted and sweet. There are notes of black coffee, sweet chocolate milk and some liquorice. The body must be described as “full”. The aftertaste got a long, almost sour bitter note with some heavily roasted hazel nuts. In the finish, there is a growing alcoholic mouthfeel.

The carbonation is rather strong: small bubbles tickle the mouth. Apart from that, the beer is creamy.

A enjoyable imperial stout, despite the “porter” name.

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Photo of Andreji
3.63/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Carls porter is the only product that got my approval while touring the downtown of the danish capital.

The pour is dark and opaque with a scarce tannish head that's fizzier than it is consistent.

The smell is full of coffee and dry grains, making it a very positive contrast when it comes to the taste which in turn is much sweeter while still retaining a smokey character and the coffee-ish feel. the mouthfeel is pleasant and rich but not overwhelming, which makes it considerably drinkable. nice one there for Carlsberg.

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

Aroma is somewhat smoky and dry. Lots of roasted malt. Body is a deep black and he head is nearly three fingers thick, mocha colored and lasting. Lots of dark sweet malts. Big licorice notes, mild smoky flavors., stewed prunes and raisins. Head is amazingly resilient and has stayed tight and firm through most of the beer. Nothing macro or adjunct tasting about this. Very solid.

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Photo of ToolHead
3.98/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

33 cl bottle, served in generic tulip beer glass.
Near-black w/ creamy, brown head. Aroma is dominated by coffee and dark chocolate backed up by a crisp bitterness. Taste is more pronounced; firm, finely balanced, and w/ an impressive, assertive finish. Easy to drink, the alcohol being very well hidden.
A very solid, enjoyable imperial stout that's far better than most mainstream Carlsberg products.

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Photo of rastaman
3.53/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very sweet at the start, lots of chocolate and roastiness, a bit sweeter than i like, but very good especially from carlsberg, Its OK.

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Carls Porter from Carlsberg Danmark A/S
Beer rating: 3.74 out of 5 with 23 ratings