Utenos Alus

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Porter - Baltic
Ranked #211
Ranked #45,616
3.54 | pDev: 15.82%
Utenos Alus
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TheLongBeachBum from California

3.75/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: A 500ml brown glass bottle with a stark yet simple presentation. A dark Café au Lait colored label in the shape of a Shield has gold edging and black writing on it. Listed as 6.8% ABV

Appearance: Deep brown chestnut color, lucid when held to the light which also reveals auburn and ruby hues. A solid brown head, which is smooth at first, but it soon, breaks into a clumpy mass after a little time. Little conditioning in the body when swirled, but it leaves some nice light lacing.

Nose: Burnt brown sugar, malts and some dark fruits all wrapped in a creamy caramel envelope.

Taste: Toasted Malts, very toasted at first. The harshness of the brown sugar kick is soon smoothed out by a creamy caramel middle. The center portion of the beer has a dark chocolate taste, with some wood laden whisky warmth in the finish. This is quite a nice beer, not so sure about the Porter moniker by now though but who cares about styles, this is a very nice beer.

Mouthfeel: An above average feel filled with caramel malts and some alcohol warmth. However, the best part of this beer is the fact that the mouth is dominated by the chewy aspects. Nice.

Drinkability: The half-litre bottle was easily emptied and I had no real problems with this Lithuanian offering. The sweetness was never overpowering, but as someone who does not have a likeness for sweetness, it was at times unwelcome and would prevent me from drinking too many of these.

Overall: Not a bad effort, and nowhere near as bad as Baltika say, but whilst this had plenty of toasted malts, it had very little roasted character and very little bitterness, if any. This was nevertheless certainly well worth the excursion for the experience, but probably not the price of $2.50. Now if this was bottle-conditioned it may well have been a different story.

Nov 02, 2003
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Schmidts from Pennsylvania

4.48/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served from a bottle it pours black / Brown with a medium white brown Head.
Smells of Chocolate,coffee, and malt.
Taste is chocolate, with toffee and sweet malt oh so smooth.
Feels very nice in your mouth,sweet and leaves a nice taste that says have another one!
For being 6.8 Abv it is fairly drinkable. I was given this one by my Beer distirbuter,and I will go back tomorrow and get a case of this as it is one of the Best tasting Baltic Porters I have ever drank!
If you can get it go for it! I recomend this one Highly!

Oct 01, 2010
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erosier from Connecticut

3.99/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a nice brown color with a tall medium bodied tan head that leaves little lacing on the glass. It has an aroma of roasted malts, some sweet fruit smell, caramel, and even a cream aroma. It tastes of nice roasted malts followed by a sweet fruity almost apple taste that fades to a caramel flavoring with hints of chocolate, cream, and even a little toffee. The mouthfeel is a nice smooth feel that refreshes all the way down. It is definately drinkable and I would definately recommend this if you don't like hoppy beers.

Feb 24, 2008
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orangemoustache from Illinois

3.95/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-this dusty 500ml bottle pours transparent brown with red highlights,lots of thick tan head,not a lot of lacing

S-smells like caramel topped brownies,lots of malts up front with hints of butterscotch,and vinilla

T-bold malts,caramels,flavored coffees,the sweetness lingers long after the mouth is empty

M-medium to slightly heavy,with a sugary feel throughout,this pallet coating experience is very enjoyable in this brew

D-the medium body makes this very drinkable,as well as the price!

Feb 20, 2008
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djeucalyptus from Oregon

3.15/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

pours a shocking caramel color out of the bottle, ammassing in my goblet to a rich mahogany hue with a solid one-finger bright tan head that dissipates fairly quickly into a decent collar that sticks around leaving some spotty lacing down the glass. An odd opening.

aroma smells sweet and malty without the usual roasty, coffee, cocoa notes. Reminds me more of a good bock than a baltic porter. Sweet caramel, toffee, and donut malt notes backed by some strong fruit notes: raisin, fig, plums, dates, and a hint of cinnamon and pepper spice. There's a touch of smoke and woody notes in the aroma as well. interesting.

Flavor has most of the aroma in it, with an opening sweetness packed with dried and dark fruits. Then there's a blast of alcohol. I'm not sure how to verbalize the alcoholic flavors, other than strong. Hints of burbon mixing with dark rum and a bit of cointreau. Kind of offputting. Then there might be a hint of hops at the end, but after the over-sweet malt and the alcoholic fruit & wood kick, I can't really tell. hmm. An interesting one.

Mouthfeel is a bit thin and liquid for a baltic porter. I was hoping for more chewy, creamy and dense. It didn't really deliver the mouthfeel that would have made me less disappointed with the confusing flavors.

Meh. between the unique color, the odd flavors and the mediocre mouthfeel, I find it difficult to recommend this one given the other imported baltic porters out there. Not bad, and not a horrible brew (definitely not drain-pour level) and certainly interesting to try, but really not my cup of tea.

Nov 11, 2008
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roadhouse from Florida

3.74/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 16.9 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Color is mahogany brown - pretty light for a porter if you ask me. One finger head dissipates quickly into thin coating.

Aroma is brown sugar, figs, apple, toffee, and a bit of chocolate. Becomes quite bland though after a few whiffs.

Taste is similar to the aroma. Fruity and sugary at the start with some caramel then a little bit of sweet chocolaty bitterness at the end. Pretty good, but like the aroma it becomes kind of bland after a few sips.

Mouthfeel is a little too thin. Medium bodied. Dry finish.

Pretty good, but a little bland compared to other Baltic Porters that I've tried. Also wondering why it's so light in color. I think it would be better with some more roasted malts.

Jun 24, 2008
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Bung from Michigan

3.22/5  rDev -9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500ml. A very light for a porter mohoghany pour. A thin layer of white head. Looks like an English strong ale.

Smells like an English strong ale. Quite a bit of malty caramel. That lager yeast aroma is quite strong also.

Taste, more caramel, toasted malt, a lot of bread. Pretty much like an English Strong again. Finish with some nuttiness and herbal hops.

To the light side of medium bodied. Ample carbonation keeps it from coating too well for me. Drinks just fine.

Overall this is just fine, but it is no where near to the Baltic Porter style.

Oct 24, 2011
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Gehrig from Illinois

4.35/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of the beers that got me heavily into porter, Utenos is a Lithuanian product in a bright gold label that should attract porter fans. Its deep dark body is quite nice, though it provides little head. Utenos has a sweet taste with caramel and a molasses taste and texture to it, yet oddly enough without a syrupy mouthfeel. Its smooth taste masks the moderately high (6.8 %) alcohol count, and makes it easy to enjoy a couple. I first enjoyed Utenos with barbecued pork chops, and it complemented the meat very well. One of my favorite porters, Utenos goes great with dinner, with dessert, or just relaxing with friends. It's also equally good as a way to beat the heat, or to enjoy on the porch in the dead of winter. Very good porter and well worth trying.

Nov 11, 2007
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HabaJohn from Illinois

3.73/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Jun 16, 2016
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spointon from Illinois

3/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I poured tis one from a 500ml brown bottle into a tulip pint glass.

A= This beer poured a very clear, light copper-cola color that was way too light for the style. With an aggressive pour, the creamy tan head rose about 1/4" and then settled to a sticky cap. One or two spots of lace.

S= Faint aroma at best, with most of the smell comprised of a sweet malt base. Possibly some raisin in there. Some alcohol was present as well.

T= Sweet malts up front with a sticky candied raisin sort of taste. The middle was mildly vinous. Finish was just a hair drier and showed some alcohol.

MF= Thin bodied, inappropriately so for the style. Sort of a high carbonation level...almost fizzy, but that could have been the lack of body giving that impression.

D= I really thought this was just an average beer at best. It certainly didn't meet very many of the style guidelines for a porter, much less a Baltic porter. A good one to avoid.

Mar 31, 2009
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Jips from Illinois

3.67/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

-smells of sweet dried out alcohol (esters) and plum
-pours a thin white-brown head (in mm)
-amber brown in color
-Feel: smooth watery mouthfeel, fairly heavy and sugary going down the throat, some carbonation, easy drinking
-sweet malty flavor, little to no initial taste but...
-chocolate, dominant molasses, toffee, plum, and alchy aftertaste

-Overall: meh, prefer my porters a little drier and less sweet but a nice change of pace to what I'm accustomed

Sep 04, 2010
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enelson from Illinois

3.91/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Feb 22, 2015
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Vixie from Illinois

3.74/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured a nice looking reddish brown color with a 3/4 inch tan head. Really nice looking beer.

Smells nice, there's hints of smoke, coffee, chocolate, and toffee.

The taste stars out with a sweetness that reminded me of candy, but it is a restrained sweet, not overpowering. There's also caramel, toffee, dried fruit, and a hint of coffee.

Tingles a lot going down, and feels fairly solid.

While not quite the best porter I have had, it's once of the better ones. Good amount of flavor and balance, definitely worth a try.

Nov 27, 2013
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beerthulhu from New Jersey

3.45/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a dark ruby red color with a cherry tan head.

S: some dry chocolate and a earthy hoppiness.

T: Some dark roasted malt and character are present with moderate carbonation per style. Flavor is sweet caramel with a somewhat creamy mouthful but otherwise is a tad light per style. Theres some chocolate hints in the finish.

M: a tad light per style but overall not a bad beer considering its from Lithuania and their other beers ive had by this country.

D: A moderately passably good beer with extra consideration given its country of origin.

Jan 06, 2009
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Rayek from Colorado

3.9/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Deep sienna color isn't nearly as dark as most Porters. Active carbonation from tiny bubbles support a dense and rocky cream top. Head retention is most excellent and substantial lace is left behind. A couple of shades darker, and this beer would be worthy of a top appearance rating.

S: On the sweet side, with a healthy dose of raisins and molasses. A pepper bite balances the sweet, as does a bit of vinous alcohol.

T: Toffee, raisins and molasses start the proceedings. The raisin flavor bolsters the vinous quality from the nose. A spicy pepper bitterness adds balance. A moderate alcohol presence makes the beer seem stronger than it is. Finishes with a lingering bittersweet toffee flavor and a mild alcohol warmth.

M: Medium body is dry and chalky, with a bit too much fizz.

D: I really liked this one. It's not the greatest example of the style, but stands well on its own. I'm glad I picked it up.

Mar 10, 2009
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Hoagie1973 from New York

2.59/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pours very cloudy dark chestnut brown. Appearance is more like a darker Brown Ale than the expected black of a good Porter. 1 finger head reduces to a light froth pretty fast.

Smells like molasses and honey. Sweetness is heavy and asserts itself before even reaching your nose.

Tastes like sweet brown sugar, raisins, toasted malts and rum-like boozy alcohol. Alcohol seems higher than 6.8%.

Mouthfeel is light and a bit watery. Not very hearty.

Not terrible, but more of an over-sweet boozy Brown Ale than a robust Baltic Porter. I won't look for this one again.

Mar 11, 2011
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FleeVT from Florida

3.24/5  rDev -8.5%
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.

Jun 01, 2009
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SLeffler27 from New York

3.75/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This one is dark brown and clear with garnet red highlights when put to the light. Lots of carbonation builds a creamy, almond head, quickly filling the top half of the glass. The head just as quickly retreats, setting rings of lace before I take the first sip from this flute glass.

A strong suggestion of nuts and burnt sugar are accompanied by dried fig and tones of brandy. The uniqueness of this aroma profile is a major plus.

The flavors are well balanced following the nose, however, without the sugar. Prunes begin to show up as it warms. Acidity is rather pronounced, especially in the finish.

This porter is exceedingly dry and smooth, with a medium body and noticeable alcohol.

As a sipper, this is fairly easy to consume, however, unlike most porters, Utenos is probably best on its own. A pleasant surprise for me, this is a fine match for a cold and rainy, wintery day.

Jul 26, 2009
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chinchill from South Carolina

3.61/5  rDev +2%
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.

May 11, 2013
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gabemasiulis from Minnesota

3.64/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A) This beer pours a medium brown color, with a decent size tan head, but little retention. It seems to be fairly translucent in color.
S) The smell comes on quite malty and sweet smelling, nice, but definitely sweeter smelling than most Baltic Porters I've had.
T) The taste comes on caramelly and malty, quite sweet, but definitely pleasing. Not a very complex beer, with different stages, but simplicity is an art all to it's self, and this beer seems to pull that off, with a sweeter, yet balanced taste.
M) Thin for a Porter, with a little more of a drier, fizzy taste. Does a good job of cleansing the palate, another plus for drinkability.
D) Very easy drinking and versatile as it seems like it would be good in summer months as well as winter.

May 08, 2008
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tigg924 from Massachusetts

3.73/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

Apr 07, 2016
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jminsc76 from Texas

3.54/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured this into an Allagash tulip. Exhibits a decent head that dissipates very quickly atop a mahogany body. Decent visuals.

Aromas of candy, caramel, and very light malts. Very pleasant. The nose has some artificial hints, though, as if I am smelling coloring or flavor additives. Can't put my finger on it. Almost smells like I'm hanging out at a candy store. The bouquet intensifies nicely upon agitation. Taking half a point off for the slightly plastic, artificial tinge in the smell.

The flavors do not reflect the aromas. Not a lot of sweetness, and much mellower than the bouquet. A sip yields slight caramel and malts, a quaff just a little more of the same. It's not smooth, however, and definitely not refined. Almost plastic. Also a bit too much heat for an ABV of 6.8%.

All of that said, it's not too bad. There is something here that I wouldn't mind trying again. The finish is actually pretty good, and perhaps it's the pleasant conclusion that's influencing me not to can this one altogether.

Jun 18, 2009
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jwinship83 from Illinois

3.69/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle

A- a lot lighter in color than i would have expected. almost like a dark dark ruby red colored body with a creepy looking blotchy looking cream colored head thats a little more than a mere crown, but doesnt quite cover the entire top of the glass.

S- this one smells faintly of roasted malts and lots of caramel. i get alot of milk chocolate out of this one as well. something sort of smoky and some licorice as well.

T- the smokiness comes out strong but isnt overpowering. lots of roasted malt and caramel. not nearly the chocolate i picked up in the nose, but the moderate amount of licorice is still there. whats odd, is the alcohol burn in something on the lower end of the spectrum for ABV.

M- meh. light feeling and kind of watery. overly carbonated.

D- for this price this is a fantastic beer. it was only $1.49 for the 500ml bottle. its pretty tasty and goes down easily. ill probably check this one out again, and with some regularity.

Feb 25, 2009
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MillySox from Illinois

3.79/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a half litre brown bottle with some sort of date code. (which i could not decode)Pours dark brown without much carbonation and with a thin but creamy looking off white head that dissapate rather quickly. Nice toasty carmel aroma. Very floral for a lager. Medium bodied and smooth to start with quick burnt, malty, chocalaty punch. The burnt flavor lingers for a little while with the bitternes. A tasty and unique brew.

Feb 06, 2009
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tr4nc3d from Kansas

3.83/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a 500ml bottle into my duvel tulip

Pours a black color and when held to the light slight red hues show. Massive lightly tan 4inch monster head. Good head retention that stays and then slowly subdues but leaving a slight scattered laying on top of the beer and edges. Minimal lacing sticks to the sides of my glass.

Huge Roasted malt smell, cocoa nibs, dark chocolate, vanilla, raisins, and a slight alcohol heat to it. Smells wonderful!!!

Roasted malts come upfront with a mix of cocoa and a slight vanilla flavor creeps through. Very little bitter hops in the end, almost unnoticeable. Only thing wrong is I wish the flavor holds through a little longer.

Very smooth beer is the first thing that comes to mind. Second is the way it just flows through you mouth and sticks to your tongue. Very oily beer, reminds me the feel of wax actually to put it in better perspective. Weird, I know?

I have never had this kind of mouth feel before and its actually pretty weird but in a good way. I recommend trying this beer if you can find it.

Jul 18, 2009
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Beer rating: 81 out of 100 with 212 ratings