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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 cbl2
1.55/5  rDev -55.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

$2.99 16.9 oz. 6.80% No best by date.


Pours a murky brown that is reminiscent of clogged toilet water. An inch of large honeycombed tan head sits on top.


Sweet peat with a corn-like adjunct aroma coupled with some cocoa and a touch of alcohol. Very funky and unappealing.


Mouthfeel is thin and insipid followed by a severely offputting foul chocolate flavor that transforms into a nauseating sweetness as it warms. One sip alone is enough to tell me this is going down the drain.

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Photo of Duffman79
1.55/5  rDev -55.7%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Photo of Folderol
1.82/5  rDev -48%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

Who spiked my Malta? Seriously, is this beer or just a bad soft drink gone bad...der? I couldn't quite place the smell, but from what I can remember, this is what Malta smells like. Doesn't even resemble malt or beer, just a sickly sweet sort of caramel. I took maybe two sips and gave up. Didn't taste like beer, let alone porter, and certainly not like a real Baltic Porter. Waste of $2.

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Photo of Naes
1.86/5  rDev -46.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This porter is much lighter in color than any other porter I have had. It is light brown with hues of red and is quite see through. The head is huge and off white in color. In fact, in the first part of the pour, I got more head than beer.

The aroma is super malty with hints of alcohol present. There is also a bit of nutty aroma as well.

The flavor to this one was more powerful than I imagined. It’s candy sweet in the beginning then begins to mellow a little bit but remains dominated by its malt presence.

This is much too syrupy for my likings and the drinkability is low. This will be the first and the last of this brew that I ever try.

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Photo of NonicPanic
2/5  rDev -42.9%

Photo of stcules
2.03/5  rDev -42%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Mahogany ruby color, beige foam, abundant, average compactness.
At he smell caramel, roasted malt and coffee, and hop (very light).
The taste is roasted, with light liquorice anc chicory. It seems a bit full but indeed the taste slips away quite quickly. Anyway, too much caramel, tending toward notes of caramel sugar.
In the aftertaste too, a bit too sweet. There is a bitter background (chicory), but it is overwhelmed by the rest.

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Photo of mentor
2.07/5  rDev -40.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Bottle obtained at Liquor Mart (Boulder) and consumed the next evening. Pours a two-finger tan/light brown head over a very cloudy dark rust red/orange liquid. Smells sharp clean, like a lager. Caramel and some chocolate, also some green apple and a hint of cinnamon. Tastes caramel and caramel sour. Chocolate is minimal, as I expected from the color (too light for a porter, IMO). There’s little else to this beer. Wow, it’s not often I dump a beer, but this really isn’t worth my time. What a piece of shit beer, save your time (and pocketbook) for something else. Md mouthfeel and moderately carbonated.

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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 cproioi
2.33/5  rDev -33.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a bottle to my pint glass.

A: Whoa not what I was expecting. It poured a dark reddish brown color with a huge tan head that is leaving pretty much no lacing.

S: High malty smell. Almost a little to much. also smell of alcohol is pretty strong. Also another aroma that I can't put my finger on.

T: Slight hints of chocolate, very very sweet.

M: Also leaves my mouth with a very metallic feeling not a pleasant feeling at all. Pretty thinck boarderline syrupy.

D: I cannot see myself ordering one of these at a bar or buying another bottle.

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Photo of CHickman
2.35/5  rDev -32.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours black with a small creamy tan head; smells sweet like smoky molasses, caramel and/or mocha. Tastes very sweet and rich like molasses, syrup, malt and barley with mild carbonation.

The sweetness was too strong and on the bland side. It was too sweet for my liking, and while it's overall an OK porter, just not something I would have again.

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Photo of falloutsnow
2.48/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a body of amber orange-red in color, which is really light for a Baltic porter, if this is really even intended to be of that style. Body is transparent, with visible carbonation throughout. Head is initially about 2cm, but falls fairly quickly to practically nothing remaining in the glass. No lacing. A bit disappointing.

Scent is of black cherries, syrupy sweetness, and spices, particularly cinnamon and fennel, come to mind. Where's the coffee? Where are the smoky and roasted malt notes? Where's the sourness?

Taste opens with syrup and caramel-like malt sweetness, then brings in some noticeable, but murky anise and fennel flavors; in the background there's some dark cherry flavor. Aftertaste is a bit bitter, primarily of the fennel/anise combination. I don't understand why this is called a porter, it's more of a dark ale, of which it would be acceptable, but nowhere near standout.

On the mouth, this feels alright, but still too thin for a stepped-up porter. Medium-bodied with a fitting level of carbonation that keeps the beer moving along the palate. Finish is a little sticky from the sweetness, and not particularly dry.

This is not a baltic porter, or a porter, regardless of what the bottle or BA indicates. As a dark beer, this is a passable example, though it's fairly bland even at that.

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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 Hoagie1973
2.59/5  rDev -26%
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.

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Photo of stevoj
2.6/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle from Tres Bonne Cuisine. A bit musty, sweet malt that obliterates any of the roast grain nature, making it closet to a dark lager. Dark brown pour with miniscule head. Mostly sweet malts in aroma and taste, but bottle dating is obscured, so can't tell if it's past shelf life. My gut says possibly....still not horrible, but a disappointing porter.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
2.61/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Pours a hazy reddish to brown in color with a tannish head. In the aroma, a light caramel roast. In the taste, a dry roast, and a sticky sweet caramel malt. A bitter and medium to lighter bodied mouthfeel, with a dry sticky caramel malt and small alcohol note in the aftertaste. Caramel malt stickiness, just ok.

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Photo of biglite351
2.63/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A - medium to dark amber ale looking. Tall off-white thick head.

S - smells like Miller Genuine Draft with some malts, and a little sweet.

T - Sweet malts, molasses and much like the scent, a bit of big box lager in there.

M - medium coating, lots of tingle all over the mouth.

D - i would drink it if that is all that was there, but it is at the low end of the bell curve.

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Photo of albern
2.68/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I'm giving this beer a thumbs down. It was just too boozy, and with an ABV with a reasonable 6.8%, there is no reason that the porter should just have a bourbon like alcohol presence from nose to finish. The beer poured a slightly hazy brown, with some carbonation. The head, lacing, retention were respectable. The nose is loaded up with caramel malts, burnt brown sugars, and lots of ABV. The taste wasn't particularly creamy, interesting, nutty, roasted, or toasted malt; a bit syrupy, and it is cloyingly sweet, but in a liqueur like way. The alcohol predominated and left a throaty burn that I just don't appreciate. I can't recommend this beer and I was hoping for something more interesting.

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Photo of Brent
2.7/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured black with a touch of turbidity. Flavor was pretty unimpressive for a Baltic porter - a bit thin, with a lactic sourness overlapping a wine-like astringency. Alcohol flavor was brusk. Lacked the sturdy, roasted malt flavors I associate with the style.

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Photo of DrJay
2.7/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Clear, coppery chestnut, not even close to opaque or dark brown. It was topped by a thin yellow/beige cap that quickly fell to a collar. There was a bit of lace too, but this didn't look anything like a porter. The aroma was malty and slightly bready with a bit of caramel. Low bitterness, balanced towards malt sweetness, some bread and caramel. Medium bodied with lowish carbonation, smooth, nice texture. Overall it tastes fine, but it's not what I would call a porter. If it was called something else, it would be fairly respectable.

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Photo of warpedrevolution
2.75/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of ChrisBowers
2.75/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This is some wierd stuff. Not sure what to make out of it. It pours a murky cherry-brown with a large beige head. Smell is of vinegar, alcohol, maybe some prunes, bourbon. Definitely strange. This is not like any porter I've yet sampled. Taste is much of the same, bourbon, figs, prunes, alcohol, and a ridiculous sweetness. I was very disappointed in this beer's drinkability. While not as bad as the horrid Black Abbot, its pretty gross as far as sweetness goes. I also had the wierdest dream ever after drinking this, so be warned!

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Photo of illini4x4
2.75/5  rDev -21.4%

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 Guinness4me
2.76/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer poured thickly and was the color of a medium-bodied coffee. The head foamed for a brief moment, quickly disappearing to a light ring.

It had a bitter smell like that of fermented raisins. The taste was surprisingly mild with the flavor of coffee with sugar, no cream. I'm surprised this is considered a porter.

The mouthfeel and drinkability were average and non-offensive. Great starter beer for those wanting to try a darker beer.

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Photo of goschool
2.77/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: This one pours a brown color with a large, yet quickly vanishing foamy tan head.

Smell: The nose has coffee, brown sugar, cocoa, caramel, plum, and black currant. A very promising aroma...

Taste: ...but it doesn't translate well to the flavor profile. I get seltzer right away, followed closely by stale coffee, some more seltzer, dried prunes, dates, and a fizzy, watery seltzer finish.

Briefly, before the beer warms up, additional caramel, brown sugar, and a sweeter, fruitier version of prune, date, plum character are present.

Mouthfeel: It's not really light-bodied, but it is watery and fizzy.

Drinkability: I had greater expectations for this porter.

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