Porter | Utenos Alus

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Utenos Alus

Style: Baltic Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.80%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 07-09-2002

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Photo of BrewMaster
2.14/5  rDev -38.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Poured from a 500 ml brown bottle. Nice, thick head taht thins very slowly. color looks like a creamy and velvet brown. up to the light it has some amber hues as well.

Unique smell that reminds me of black olives and molasses. It really doesn't make the beer apealing since I don't like black olives and I certainly don't like them with my beers.

Taste is very soft given the aroma. Sour cherries, brown sugar, and sweet malt. Also some bready flavor much like a pumpernickle bread and some pumpkin flavor. The ending is mostly sweet. I can't say I've had a porter like this, for better or for worse. I had to come back and edit this review because originally I liked the flavor, but as I got half way through the pint of beer, it started to make me sick. It is just too damn sweet. It is an unbalanced and unchecked sweetness. Overkill on the sweetness without any other complex flavors to give it depth and enjoyment.

Mouthfeel is a bit dry and uninteresting. The sweetness sits on the top of your mouth.

Although I like the flavor in having one pint, the drinkability is not so great. I can only have one bottle. I don't want a second and I think I might get sick if I have another. Must be the black olives in the aroma that turn me off to drinking any more than one pint.

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Photo of oberon
3.13/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured into an imperial pint glass a medium brown with amber tint atight 1/2 finger light brown head atop.Raisin and dark chocolate mainly in the nose with some mild roastiness,flavors are two ones sided in the sweet department,big riaisn and molasses flavors melding with some chocolate after awhile it starts to become cloying.The hefty sweetness takes the overall drinkability down,one dimensional and to sweet at that.

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Photo of RoyalT
3.24/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance – Brown in color with an out-of-control head that went down too quickly for all the trouble it caused.

Smell – This one smells more like a bock with fruit than a Porter. This one is extremely bock-like in nature. The caramel-laden malts dominate, followed by some dark fruits and a prominent brown sugar kick.

Taste – I drank this one warm and the flavors just gushed out. You can almost chew the thick caramel taste. The toasted malts are present as well, along with some apricots and maybe peaches. All this would be great if it wasn’t for the grain downer.

Mouthfeel – Very smooth but surprisingly thin for a Porter with so many big flavors.

Drinkability – I’d give this a “4” if it wasn’t for the sorry grain killjoy hidden in the depths of this sweet ale.

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Photo of TuckerCarlson
3.55/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a) clear, dark ruby-amber; 1-inch tan head that disappears quickly; little to no lacing

s) sugar & alcohol; a little fruity

t) nice dark flavors to balance out the intense sweetness; some dark, fruity flavors up front that lead to burnt sugar and coffee tastes and combine with the drying sensation from the alcohol to form a fairly clean finish for such a big, sweet beer

m) viscous, as can be expected

d) it's no Okicim, but I'd drink it again

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Photo of bulldogg915
3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of fdrich29
3.95/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Purchased at Downtown Wine and Spirits in Davis Square, Somerville, Massachusetts.

Poured an amber/raspberry color. Big head quickly cut itself in half then took its time dwindling down to near nothingness.

Sweet chocolately smell and taste. Smooth and creamy, goes down very easy. A tasty bargain at $2.45 for 1 Pt. 0.9 Fl. Oz.

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Photo of tigg924
3.73/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours hazy, reddish-brown in color with 1/4 inch head. Taste is cocoa, milk chocolate, and light mineral. Very malt forward. Tasty, good porter that I am glad I purchased. I would get this one again.

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Photo of Snyder18
3.44/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance - Light red mahogany in color. No haze. Creamy tan head about 2 inches thick hangs on for a few minutes before falling to a thin translucent layer that eventually disappears entirely.

Smell - sweet, toasty, caramel, alcohol. Port-like aromas. No noticeable hop aroma.

Taste - sweet, roasty, lots of caramel. Alcohol is a big player, warming the tongue and throat. Sweet port or brandy-like finish.

Mouthfeel - medium body. Low in carbonation. Smooth and creamy.

Drinkability - fairly easy to drink considering the alcohol(pushing 7%), however, you'll want to drink it slow to enjoy the toasty, creamy, caramel sweetness without fatiquing the taste buds too quickly.

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Photo of wattoclone
4.5/5  rDev +28.6%

Photo of far333
3.55/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Reddish caramel colored with a full inch of frothy dimpled foam that sits and waits.

Aroma of light brown sugar, a bit resinous, some caramel malt.

Flavors are a bit muted, lots of doughey malt, some caramel, but none of the typical roasted flavors you'd expect from a porter. It's more like a brown ale. A bit sugary, some pruney flavor, and a burnt malt aftertaste.

Even mouthfeel, moderately carbed, but would expect less viscosity, more thickness. Average drinkability.

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Photo of chinchill
3.61/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

.5L bottle served in a snifter at a temperature of about 50-55F.

Appearance: Pours a clear garnet-brown color; a bit lighter than average although the tan head is not. Leaves some sticky lacing.

Smell: Figs and other dark fruits with dark bread and a hint of brandy: nicely appealing.

Taste: Sweet all the way thru, bordering on cloying. Good mix of figs and dates in the fruity flavor but a bit lacking in roasted malts.

Mouthfeel: Light-medium body and light but adequate carbonation.

O: The sweet flavor has some appeal but would be improved with a bit more dark malt in the mix, as well as a touch more bittering hops.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
2.9/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

(Served in an Imperial pint glass)

A- This beer has a clear mahogany brown body that is pretty transparent. The thick tan head does last a good while and the tiny carbonation is very slow working its way to the surface.

S- The sweet light smell of toasted malt and pale malt has a faint honey and caramel malt note and the finish is pretty clean without hops.

T- The taste is light pale malt with a hint of caramel. There is no alcohol note or hops anywhere. The finish is as clean as the smell.

M- The mouthfeel is light and a bit watery with a soft fizz in the finish.

D- This beer is smooth light and crisp. Did they put the right beer in here? There are little qualities of a porter.

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Photo of FleeVT
3.24/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

500mL brown bottle into a pint glass.

A: Mahogany, not a deep mahogany, with light brown edges. Pours a quick thick head that fizzles quickly to nothing.

S: Sweet, sweet, sweet. Caramel, berries, maple syrup, and bananas foster. Not much in the way of bittering agents.

T: Sweet and smokey on the front of the tongue. Raisins and currants dominate with a hint of spice, both clove and black pepper. Alcohol comes through in the back. Just a bit to rich and sweet for my taste.

M: Light bodied with mild to medium carbonation. Virtually no head retention speaks to the body.

D: Probably will not go back to this. Nice for a taste.

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Photo of Skabiski
3.1/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of Magpie14
2.76/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: an impressive orange ecru head formed as reddish golden bubbles rushed to the top after a vigorous pour, too bad the cap left so soon. The overall color within is a cloudy brown. But when held up to a light source its true colors are ruby red, orange, and a lighter shade of burnt sienna

S: smells meld together dark caramel, dried leafy tobacco, a sweet tinge of sugary dark fruits. A soft muskiness pervades, things are not looking so good

T: well, you can't win them all. First and foremost, the palate is drenched with a watery sugary-raisin dark fruit flavor with some toffee-ish notes. Maltiness is at a minimal balance and lends a handful of staleness to the mix. This staleness permeates within most of the flavors and really latches onto the dried herbaceous notes I smelled earlier. It does not stop there. I took a momentary lapse during my drinking session to attend to something else and found a lingering earthy funk at the back of tongue. Slow warming breathes some new life to the flavors, as well as alcohol. I still say it's a miss in my book of porters

M: probably where things are the best is in the feel (that is not saying much). Soft stickiness and light carbonation makes for a quick drinker. The body is medium in caliber

D: the best way to describe this beer is it's "nice." I was intrigued by a Lithuanian beer and gave it a go, you should do the same. However, I doubt this will be in my fridge ever again

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Photo of BamfBacon
3.5/5  rDev 0%

Photo of cokes
3.72/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Slightly smoky in transparency, and the color rests between dark ruby and blackened orange. Palest baltic porter I've seen. The head is gigantic and tan.
Nose full of plums, liquorice, chocolate and butterscotch.
Starts with the liquorice, infused with molasses. Then along come the standard dark-fruit forebearers; plums and raisins. Slightly toasty, with some cocoa hues. Caramel appears later, and lingers throughout the remainder. Roasted hues are largely MIA.
This screams "bock" (not doppelbock, just bock). Touches of a brandy-ish alcoholic closure, but its girth is generally well-hidden. Hopping is negligible.
This is an easy drinking, sweetish, version. Somewhat underwhelming and nowhere near the hallmarks of the style as it's missing a crucial element with the absent roastedness. Nevertheless, it's entirely pleasant.

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Photo of Sammy
3.63/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

OK porter. Rich yet not all that dark, looks and can pass as a brown. Good head, carmel with bitterness felt along with sugar and on the overdone side. Tabacco and old coffee grinds. Drinkable, not all that complex,medium mouthfeel. Worth experiencing to get a range of baltic porters but I would not say the most representative and wouldn't seek it out again.

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Photo of pmcadamis
4.33/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - This pours a ruddy brown from it's simple but slick bottle, and displays a deep rusty red glow when held to the light. The head is solidly creamy and well over three fingers, and it leaves a good deal of beautifully creamy lace on the glass. I wasn't expecting a red tint in a Baltic porter, but this is really beautiful. The head in particular is very appetizing...it looks like tan whipped cream.

S - This smells like a big chocolate cake malt bomb! I smell heavy whipping cream, cream cheese, and loads of really dense chocolate cake batter. I'm reminded of those swirled combinations of ice cream and cake...I think it's called wedding or honeymoon cake. Anyhow, this smells exactly like that wonderful dessert. I want to give this a five, but the only thing keeping it from perfection is it's slightly one-dimensional nature...i mean, this really smells exactly like chocolate cake and ice cream.

T - More chocolate cake goodness. Hershey's syrup, that wedding cake I wrote about above, Toostie Rolls, and Tootsie Pop chocolate flavored suckers. More hops come through, but they don't hold a candle to the massive malt monster that lurks beneath the pretty head of this brew.

M - Medium bodied and sugar coated. This is slick and sugary initially, with some hops and alcohol coming through at the end, but they still don't quite clean up all of he cake batter chunky malt and sugar.

D - This is a beautiful looking brew that would be great with assorted chocolate or fondue, but it suffers from an overabundance of sugar that kills the drinkability a bit. This is a really fine brew for those who love chocolate and heavily malted beers like doppelbocks. This one is highly underrated on this site.

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Photo of cjgator3
3.2/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

500ml bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours a dark brown color with an initially large tan head that quickly diminishes into a thin lace. The aroma is very sweet with some dark fruit and malt. The taste is very sweet malt up front with a mildly bitter finish that helps to balance the sweetness somewhat. The taste is a little too sweet for me and could use some more hops to help balance. Overall, this is a rather average Porter that merely blends in with all the others. It does not posses anything that stands out and makes me want to purchase again.

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Photo of beerluvr
3.58/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This poued into the glass with an attractive rocky, long-lived cream colored head. Settles to a deep ruby-brown, very lightly carbonated brew. There was liquorice and molasses in the nose, along with a nice amount of malt. The taste started sweet with more molasses and a herbal hop bitterness that fades quickly, followed by a hint of alcoholic warmth. Finishes sweet and long, with a slight drying bitterness at the end.

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Photo of jackndan
2.58/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Porter, from Lithuania: In a thick brown half liter bottle. “A premium dark beer.” A very deep ruby color when held up to light, that is surprisingly clear. The head is a coffee with cream color, and the head dissipated very quickly. The aroma is clean and not overwhelming. The taste is malt at the beginning, and chocolate/burnt malts toward the end with a very clean finish. Slight alcohol warmth. Nothing special.

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Photo of Imbiber
3.6/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Deep ruby red in colour, very slightly hazy. Not too much aroma, alcohol foremost but faint. Malty taste, noticeably sweet with little balancing bitterness. More of a bock (doppel- or trippel-) than a porter (Baltic or otherwise) due to the sweetness, or could even pass for a strong, sweet brown ale at a push. Nice though and easy to drink, but it seems like they forgot to add the hops. Not much aftertaste.

A nice enough beer but not what I was expecting.

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Photo of aluskungs
4.22/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours very heavy, almost like motor oil. A head of fine bubbles arises and leaves after a few minutes, so the beer looks flat. It's color is a very dark brown amber.

Smells a bit like Jagermeister, that herbal caramel smell. Smells good though with a slight alcohol burn.

Big big taste! LIke drinking cold velvet. This beer is 6.8% alc. but you can't tell. I believe that this is a Baltic Porter, not a traditional porter. Chewy but flows over you tongue easily but would be hard to drink these all night! Lots of flavors, to many to describe, I cannot pin any down.

I can see drinking this in a Baltic winter with only 4 hours of daylight and this is needed to keep you warm.

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Photo of Gmann
3.47/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a chestnut brown color with a small tan head that settles into a very light ring. The aroma is of caramel, light chocolate, and soy/raisin. Big soy flavor, meaty, caramel, light red wine and dark chocolate. There is a strange metallic bitterness, a bit unpleasant. Moderate body with fizzy carbonation; finishes with a roasty bitterness. A decent porter, I have a bit of a mixed reaction. It had an odd bitter flavor at first but seems to mellow as the beer warmed. Not very heavy for baltic porter but that is fine with me. I like my porters to be different than my stouts.

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