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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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Photo of Boto
3.62/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml. bottle: This one poured a clear, lighter brown color. There was a fairly substantial tan head to it that dropped off fairly quickly. I wasn’t expecting the aroma that I got. It had very nice notes of toffee and caramel, without being overly sweet. Maybe a hint of fruits also. Medium bodied taste with some caramel malt sweetness. Slightly chocolate notes and hints of bitterness. This was good!

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Photo of aracauna
3.58/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This is definitely not one of the darker Baltic Porters. It pours a handsome mahogany brown body, with maybe a slight haze. The head builds easily, but is short-lived. The aroma is malty with a slight touch of prunes. The flavor has a bit of cocoa and a caramelized flour taste similar to the breading on fried chicken. The finish lingers with a slight dried pear sweetness and a bit of bitterness almost covered by the sweetness. The body is a little thin for my taste.

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Photo of hungryghost
3.41/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pouring a dark reddish brown, it is not as dark as I normally expect a porter to be. The head is light brown and foamy but does not linger in the glass, neither does the lacing.
The aroma of molasses and a bit of caramelization is faint.
Initial taste is fairly sweet and malty. Roasted malt, but only slightly, sort of a fruity feel but not so much...If I read that I would look again and say 'what?'.
Mouthfeel is ok,this beer is not as thin as it looks.

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Photo of TastyTaste
3.06/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Huge tan head after a normal pour, looks very nice. Dark brown, slightly red color that is crystal clear. Smell is of espresso beans, slightly sweet, with traces of acidity. Not as flavorful as the appearance would make you believe. Alcohol is dominant in the flavor, with the musty coffee flavor in the background from start to finish. Not bad, but could've been better.

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Photo of Citadel82
3.82/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy milky brown, not the dark brown I was expecting. Short lived tan head leaves behind sparse lacing. It has nice malty sweet aroma like one would expect for the style. Taste is sweet malt with a very short lived but pleasantly bitter aftertaste. The pricing on this beer is fair and I will have to pick up some more for the larder.

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Photo of horndecker
3.15/5  rDev -10%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I had this a few years ago and had pleasant memories but my impressions this evening are not what I expected.
A large (375ml) bottle looks inviting. The beer pours a reddish brown walnut color, lighter than one would expect for this style. It had a cereal nose, bread, almost toasty, and the taste is of burnt sugar, alcohol and roasted malts. It does develop a bit over time and temperature, but there's little payoff in the end and the alcohol is apparent and poorly hidden. And although most porters will fool you and are actually a bit less full-bodied than one thinks, this one is just too light for my taste. It's not terrible, but there are too many other great inexpensive beers in this style that are readily available.

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Photo of Rastacouere
2.93/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Orange to copper with reddish tones, decent off-white head lasts a bunch of minutes. Big syrupy smell, concentrated malt, star anise, sweet berry fruitiness. It reminds me of a baby samichlaus. Highly carbonated surprisingly. Alcohol is very obvious, especially for a beer not topping 7%. Leaves a burn on the back of the tongue. Very sweet flavor profile, a bit too much for me ultimately. Big caramel candy alone could be a pleasure for fans of sweet beers, but combined with the intense alcohol, I don’t see how anyone could finish a whole bottle.

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

Pours a reddish amber with a nice sized creamy tan head. The lightest Porter I've ever seen.
Smells real sweet. Roasted malt, chocolate, caramel and ripe fruits of all colors.
Taste is pretty close to the smell with the addition of a bit of nuttiness. Mild tangy hop bitterness and a cola flavor in the finish.
Medium bodied with a full rich mouthfeel and good carbonation. Finishes slightly sticky and sweet.
This is too sweet for a Porter, lacks the deep roastiness and coffee hints. It's not a bad beer but it's a lot closer in flavor profile and body to a Doppelbock than a Porter. That being said, it's a decent Doppelbock but only a so-so Porter.

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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 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 brewdlyhooked13
3.61/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - a murky amber, on the lighter side for a porter. Large fluffy mocha head that slowly recedes.

Aroma - fruity, slightly smoky, coffee smell. Simple, not much to it.

Taste - pretty sweet, tasting mostly of fig. Turns a little malty on the swallow, a touch of roastiness, but the presiding impression I keep getting is that this is an adult style fig bar, in convenient liquid form. Alcohol warmth lays like a light, warm blanket over the proceedings. Another flavor or two in there I can't quite place, most elusive. An intriguing beer, somewhat out of style, but intriguing just the same.

Mouthfeel - smooth, low carbonation, really allows you to feel the full alcohol warmth.

Drinkability - this isn't like a regular porter, but I think I'd buy it again. Doppelbock, even a darker than average Maibock seems to be a more accurate classification, though.

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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 woemad
3.15/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

500 ml bomber purchased at Jim's Homebrew in Spokane for $2.84. A Baltic porter from a Baltic nation. Mmm.

This poured the palest color I've ever seen from a porter. This was a dark rubyish amber color, with a big fluffy light tan head that dropped right away. No lacing.

Smell was redolent with dark fruit flavors and sweet molasses. No roasty smell. I didn't notice the absence at first, since the fruit and molasses smell is so dominant.

The taste of this was odd for a Baltic Porter. While there was all of the figgy, dark cherries and mollasses flavor i sensed in the smell, I realized there was very little roasted malt flavor. This could have really used more of a coffee, dark chocolate bitterness to balance out the sweetness and fruitiness. There is also a noticeable alcohol taste, and a slight grapefruity sourness in the finish. Other reviewers have stated this beer is closer to a doppelbock than a Baltic porter - I agree wholeheartedly.

Mouthfeel was fairly thick, but not as thick as one expects from a Baltic Porter - even one that tastes like a doppelbock.

This is ok for one pint, but the sweetness is a bit much for repeated downing. I was rather disappointed in this, as I had been looking forward to a Baltic porter all day. Aldaris, from nearby Latvia, is head and shoulders above this.

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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 BierReise
3.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear and reddish tan with a thick orangish brown head. Big doughy malt aroma with notes of caramel, licorice and molasses. Medium bodied, soft and smooth. Flavor is really sweet like a Doppelbock in my opinion. Roasted malt with licorice and noticable alcohol in the finish. Overall an average Baltic Porter.

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

16.9 oz brown bottle. I find it strange that they export their returnable bottles to the US.

Beer poured a coco brown with a massive (and I mean massive) tan/orange head. Not a ton of lacing.

The beer had a malty nose with clear whiffs of chocolate and coffee.

The first thing I noticed when tasting the beer is an alcohol which is not hidden at all. I also got a lot of roasted malt and some molasses taste as well. As I worked through the beer, I also got some smoke type taste and the beer turned a little sour. The alcohol taste never really diminished.

Nice carbonation per style. I enjoyed this beer, but with the heavy alcohol taste, I would only have one per sitting. Interesting interpretation of style from Lithuania.

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

This porter comes in a completely undistinguished-looking 500 ml. bottle: brown bottle with a flat gold label and black lettering. Oh well, Lithuania has never been known as a flash country. The color is surprisingly light for a porter; in fact, the lightest porter I've seen. It looks more like Old Crustacean than Anchor Porter. The head is nothing more than a memory almost immediately, leaving behind what looks like a glass-full of bittersweet chocolate. Although the smell of roasted malt is present, it's on the light side. The most assertive flavor is a fairly strong chocolate. Hops are barely noticeable. All in all, a decent effort, but I'm really looking forward to the Carnegie Stark Porter that's sitting in the fridge.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.19/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a brown black color and is topped by a prodigious light brown head. It is extremely clear and a deep garnet color when held up to the light, a visually perfect beer.

Candied dark malt aromas accompanied by perhaps some notes of oxidation, though perhaps this is just thick malty aromas.

Fairly sweet taste up front, with a corresponding medium body. Lightly bitter in the finish with notes of chocolate, a hint of roast malt and a finish of alcohol. This beer is perhaps a bit too sweet for me, this tastes like it might be intentionally sweetened at bottling time. The sweetness seems a bit one dimensional and the body of this beer needs to be thicker to pull it off. Interesting, though only 6.8% the alcohol is quite evident in this beer.

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Photo of sulldaddy
3.77/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer is served in a 500 ml bottle. It pours with a creamy tan head with some larger bubbles mixed in with the small ones. When held to the light the brew appears mahogany with reddish tints. I was expecting a darker brown for the color.
The aroma is malty and actually some chocolate milk, but with hints of a grassy scent as well. the head dissipates fairly quickly. First sip, very sweet! similar to molasses in flavor with an almost tangy flavor evident. The carbonation is average, but the flavor is definitely dominated by malt sweetness. The brew is moderately thick in body and I am noticing the alcohol warming in my throat and belly.
This is a tasty beverage and if you can handle a rather sweet beer than this is one for you to try.

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Porter from Utenos Alus
Beer rating: 3.5 out of 5 with 212 ratings
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