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Brewed by:
Utenos Alus
Lithuania | website

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 nomad
3.76/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured impossibly deep red - hold it to the light and tell me it is not the heaviest crimson color. Had lightning fast carbonation but barely a head, and not much else.

Smelled of a warming sweetish malt, caramel but not really, cherry-like, with some shades of thick maple sugar. Grainy notes through out, and spicy wood notes as well, it built up to definite butterscotch notes with a tiny touch of alcohol. Some milk chocolate scents as well - overall, somewhat similar to a good scottish beer, and a complex one at that.

Taste was sweetish like a Scottish Wee Heavy, with some grainy and roasty touches through out, especially rooty flavors through the middle. Small but present enough touches of greeny hops, and a touch of alcohol helped make this beer brandy-like in character. Thin mouthfeel, but still nice and drinkable.

Very different from most any other porter you’ll have but good enough in its own right.

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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 brakspear
3.8/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A decent Baltic-style porter, which tend to be a completely different a varied breed of porter than the ones typically available in the U.S.

The beer pours a dark brown body with ruby highlights under a normal light. The head is creamy and tan with limited lacing.

The aroma has alcohol notes along with slight roasted undercurrents, followed by a sweet maltiness.

The flavor is not complex, but it is still satisfying. Roasted maltiness upfront, with fading sweetness and alcohol bite in the finish. The body seems a bit light for the style. Overall a decent representation of the style.

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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 JohnnyDuvel
3.97/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I only knock the appearance down due to the fact that it doesn't resemble a porter. Lighter in color. However, if this was listed as a doppelbock, I would be quite pleased. Reminds me of a Moretti LaRossa. Sweet, smooth, and creamy. Nice taste. Nice head, good retention. Some lacing. Smells of sweet carmel, some alcohol. Really a cross between a porter and a bock. Whatever the category, this is an enjoyable beer that I will try again.

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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 dwarbi
3.55/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer does not look like a porter at all! It's dark amber and semi-transparent. You can see some sediment in it... interesting. Pours a thick, foamy head. Looks great, but the head does not last long. Smells sweet and fruity. Tastes sweet, too. Just a little smoky. Some hints of honey in there, too. Pretty good mouthfeel. Very interesting taste, leaves you with a lot to think about, such as, "what the hell is going on in my mouth right now?"

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Photo of Gusler
3.3/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The color deep ruby red on the pour, the head monstrous in size, frothy in its texture, the lace a nice clinging sheet to seal off the glass. Lightly toasted grains, sweet like caramel candy, quite pleasant to the nose, the start quite sweet and malt laden, top is middling in feel. Finish has a pertinent hop spicy bite, the carbonation moderate and the aftertaste dry and long lasting, a decent porter, not great, but quite drinkable nonetheless.

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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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Porter from Utenos Alus
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