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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 czellmer
5/5  rDev +42.9%

Photo of PorterLambic
4.85/5  rDev +38.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A dark reddish brown with a huge, tan head ala Guinness, that collapses slowly to 1/2"- 1" then breaks down to "islands".
Smell is smoke, coffee and malt in nice balance.
Taste is straight from the nose, smoky, coffee, malt. A extremely well-balanced and complex beer.
Mouthfeel is full-bodied, very smooth and nicely creamy.
I could drink this all day long, with or w/o food. Absolutely one of the best porters ever.

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Photo of RedDiamond
4.54/5  rDev +29.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I’m surprised my fellow BAs have not come to appreciate the artistry and refinement of this unique Baltic porter. This is a fantastic beer.

Utenos is very clear with a wide spread of streamers rising to a tall tan head. It has an awesome malty nose with plenty of sweet dark fruit. The smell is fabulous. And the taste is pure heaven – malty, toasty, royal and compelling. It grows just slightly thin towards the end. The body could be just a tad fuller. And the bitterness has just a slightly blunted edge. But I’m being real picky here. On the whole this brew is an absolute treasure. It is rich in taste and profound in aroma – a masterful representation of the style.

Sure it’s not too hoppy. But it doesn’t have to be, does it?

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Photo of wattoclone
4.5/5  rDev +28.6%

Photo of ynnpar
4.5/5  rDev +28.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up on a day of curiosity at Eagle Provisions in Park Slope, Brooklyn. It pours a bit lighter in color than I'd hoped for a porter, and the head and lacing are a bit thin. But man does it taste good! If you see it, get it and you won't be disappointed.

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Photo of Schmidts
4.48/5  rDev +28%
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!

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Photo of TripelJ
4.45/5  rDev +27.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Stereotypes are wrong, but when I think porter, I think DARK.. This is the second time I've seen a porter that poured like a brown ale...(1st was the belgian 'Poorter' from the Sterkens brewery, but thats another tale...) my guard is up and I'm definitely not expecting the pleasingly balanced roasted flavor that entices my taste buds from the very first sip. The smell is sweet and the taste is a sweet malty start with a slightly bitter hoppy finish. Mild flavors of dark chocolate and toffee are present making this beer and excellent finisher for the evening. While it may be not as 'robust' as some of the other baltic porters, it is definitely worth trying. Kudos to Lithuania on this one!

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Photo of Gehrig
4.35/5  rDev +24.3%
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.

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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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4.3/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer shows amazing carbonation as I get almost four fingers of rich tan head with large hollow bubbles. Body is a blackish brown with ruby highlights when held to light. Very inviting nose has rich dark raisen and plum notes with sweet malt and a noticeable maple feel. On first sip let me just say the balance of this beer is amazing. Smooth dark fruit notes are all over the palate. Very malty with underlined sweetness throughout the palate. Hints of anise and maple are present also. A slight soured feel develops on the finish as the beer warms. Makes a nice winter warmer.

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Photo of yesyouam
4.26/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Utenos Porter is a sparkling, dense, dark red beer with a dense, fluffy, mocha colored head that has outstanding retention and leaves great lacing. It has a huge, sweet, malty aroma. There are notes of caramel and berries in the nose. It is medium-full bodied. It's very soft and smooth with a tidy finish. It tastes sweet and a little roasty. There are notes of chocolate and licorice... maybe strawberry. There is just enough bitterness to keep it balanced. This is kind of a showcase for caramel malt. It makes for some tasty sipping!

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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 StevieW
4.2/5  rDev +20%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

As the others mentioned, this baltic porter pours out much lighter in color than what most of us are used to. Kinda like a bock or light dopplebock. Has a rusty, burnt amber to brown color. Nearly opaque. Once you get past the color you notice some other differences as well. The aroma is sweet creamy carmels, and slighty toasted malt. Taste is sweet, malty, and lack the bitterness and roasted flavors, indeed a completely different style of beer. Toasted and sweet carmel candy taste, with a hint of alcohol heat. Faint chocolate tastes, or did I just talk myself into that. Smooth and mellow, not roasted or bitterness. Definitly worth a try and unique. I liked it, just get out of your head porter, or read up baltic porters before trying them.

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Photo of hopsgirl35
4.18/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Has a dark pour with a reddish tint to it when you hold it up to the light, little to no head.

Aroma: Remindes me of a roasted coffee bean,caramel sweetness with maybe a hint of sweet dark chocolate.

Taste: Mostly roasted malts with a hint of bitter sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Heavybodied with a warm bitter finish.

Overall: A nice fall beer.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.15/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear, bright crimson color...not the brown to black I want to see in a true porter, with a fizzy, over-active, cola-colored head. I'm skeptical already, though I went in with open mind.
Nose: dark fruit, plums, grape, berries, a genuine brandy-ish feel, a really wicked snootful, dark, and overly sweet...again, not too porterish.
I will now officially, before tasting, stop comparing this Lithuanian dark brew with any true-to-form porters I know and love, despite the fact that Eastern Europe/Russia/Scandanavia make some darned good ones...let me commence the review anew with mind wide open...
Taste: big, bold and boozy, bursting with sweetness, bright cherries, rich and indulgent, this is a luxurious sipper...this is really a barleywine, but the Lithuanians didn't know what to call it...alcoholic strength, though not staggering, is felt, and the fruity flavors wash over all edges of the palate and claim a certain domain for quite some time...medium to full bodied, medium finish, ever-fruity.
What comes to your mind when they say "Lithuanian porter"? Well, this wouldn't easily climb aboard my mind in connection, either, chum, but it's nice, nonetheless.
It's raining now, and this is just the brew to ruminate with, as I am wont to do when the rain falls...pour it in the snifter, gaze out the window at the rainfall, and swirl it in a snifter, reflect on matters metaphysical, heirarchal, interstellar, echumanical, and utterly nonsensical.

thanks to JohnnyDuvel for the oppurtunity to try it out!

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Photo of NuclearDolphin
4.14/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Dark yet clear brown with a brown soapy head. Reminds me a bit of a brown ale.

Smell - Chocolate, Caramel, burnt malts and yeast. It doesn't have a very overwhelming "Burn" smell that I see in most porters, but one can still tell it is very much a porter.

Taste - Chocolate, nutmeg, caramel, toffee, and bubblegum. Very unusual for a porter for it to be this sweet tasting, let alone with the bubblegum taste. You can tell it has a very solid malty backbone here.

Mouthfeel - Light bodied with some moderate carbonation that gives it a refreshing feel to it. Does lack the smooth feel that many porters usually have though.

Overall - I was pleasantly surprised by this beer. Having picked it up for $1.99, I was expecting it to be so-so at the most, but this actually ended up being a really good porter that does it's flavor just a bit differently.

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Photo of Beginner2
4.09/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This actually is my idea of a porter. Malty and can taste the caramel.
There is just enough hops to prevent any cloying syrup.
I have bought this several times and hope to do so again.

This beer is listed in one of three books comprising my classical beer education.
"1001 Beers To Taste Before You Die", page 834.
( Michael Jackson 1999 "Pocket Edition" did not review this beer, but talked about the brewer; a sign that the Beer-Hunter was even active in the former Soviet Union.)

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Photo of Zorro
4.07/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear reddish brown beer, the lightest colored porter I have ever seen. Tan head disappears quickly.

Smell is fruit and grains. Scents of nuts, banana, raisins, wheat, Candied fruit and Alcohol. Smells like a FRUITCAKE!

Taste is strongly of nuts, raisins and brown sugar. Very sweet flavors of apples, banana, and chocolate. Fair level of hop bitterness in the finish. Strange flavors for a porter but I do like it. If you had put this in a glass and not told me what it was I would have guessed Weizenbock.

Mouthfeel is thick.

Highly drinkable to me. I am a hardcore Weizenbock fan and that is what this tastes like. A Porter fan would expect a much drier and roasted flavor. The sweet banana bread or fruitcake flavors are what you expect in a Weizenbock and this beer has that in spades.

I will buy this again.

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Photo of Phatz
4.07/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a deep bronze brown color with a big head and little lacing

Smell: Brown sugar, dark fruits and malts caramel, molasses and alcohol build a rich sweet sweet aroma for this brew. I like it.

Taste: Caramel caramel caramel. This beer smells like taste like it and after a few sips I swear it started to look like it. Burnt malts and chocolate too. But the is a toasty caramel porter with a few other fruits apricot and prunes. Overall it is straightforward, rich and tasty. Way to go Lithuania Porter. =)

Mouthfeel: A bit thick and chewy rich in flavor but the body give way to a lighter weight with a swirl or two; still, it is smooth with decent carbonation.

Drinkability: This is a beer to do one at a time. It is light enough in the mouth but too sweet to go crazy with.

Hope this is helpful.

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Photo of jdhilt
4.07/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours with a five-finger light tan head that fades quickly leaving hardly any lace. Deep amber color. Light carbonation and heavy bodied. Nose is malt/alcohol. Starts sweet, the alcohol is there but also burnt raisins, finish is smooth. Good value - $2.25 for a 500ml bottle from Colonial Spirits Acton, Ma.

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Photo of edchicma
4.06/5  rDev +16%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A pleasnat surprise dicovered on my weekly package store visit today. Beaytutiful dark amber copper color with a cloudy pillow like head. Smell was sweet, malty with a raisin aroma. Taste was initially sweet with fruity and aclohol undertones. Mouthfeel was smooth enough for the style and finished in a light bitterness. Very drinkable, especially as it warmed...smooth qualities. Additionally, it reminded me of a brandy...very nice. Worth a try (don't drink ice cold)

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Photo of cosmicevan
4.04/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

One of my local spots had these on the counter for $1 so I figued I'd give it a whirl. Not very porter like to me, but certainly a lot going on with the flavor.

Poured from bottle to tulip glass.

A - Poured a rich thick syrup with a brownish tint on the edges and a thin bubbly head. The lacing clings to the glass as you drink the beer.

S - Fruits...grape, plum, fig, candy. Really tickles my sweet tooth senses. Smells nice.

T - Dark fruits, nuts, malty, very tasty if you like complex flavors (think belgian strong dark ales), which I love.

M - A bit more carbonated that I'm used to for a Porter, but a nice cooling after taste. My mouth feels refreshed and a bit bready.

D - To me, it was a cross of Mad Elf and Flyingdog's Collaborator with a touch of strong dark belgian ale...not really like most Porters I've had. Pretty enjoyable, but don't expect your classic Porter.

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Photo of Halcyondays
4.04/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500 mL bottle,

A: Pours a dark red brown. Very light colour for a porter, looks like a dunkel. Mild off-white head.

S: Sweet caramel/brown sugar/malt. The malt dominates. Very nice nose, again smells like a dunkel.

T: Straight up toffee and caramel flavours. Sweet, but not over the top; it's pretty well attenuated for how sugary it smells. Hopping is light.

M: Medium-bodied, smooth lager feel. Off-dry finish. Some minerality.

D: This is a tasty beer, but really nothing like I'd expect when I see the term baltic porter. This is basically an Imperial Dunkel, take it for that and enjoy a well made brew. The value is great $1.95/500 mL.

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Photo of tjd112
4.03/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured this into a Sam Smith nonic. Body was black with tan head with little retention and lacing. Chocolatey malts dominate the nose, and there is the same in the taste, very little bitterness, some toffee and coffee mixed in as well. Mouthfeel was medium and creamy and this is one of the best Baltic porters out there.

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Photo of Theheroguy
4.03/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Raisin caramel molasses It taste almost exactly like it smells except there is a minor discernible hop bitterness and flavor. The malts are the superstar of this beer and they are fantastic. It is medium bodied but the creamy texture almost makes it seem heavier. For such a rich beer it goes down very easily. IN some ways this reminds me of a dunkel. Roasted flavors are non existent as are fruity ale flavors. This may be bottom fermented. I high recommend this, it is sweet and delicious.

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