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Brewed by:
Utenos Alus
Lithuania
utenosalus.lt

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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211
Avg:
3.5
pDev:
17.14%
 
 
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Photo of Bouleboubier
3.52/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Hmmm. Interesting beer. "Porter" is not the first style that comes to mind when tasting this. It looks like a German weizenbock or eisbock (a la Aventinus) and tastes like a mix between a bock and a Belgian Christmas ale (a la Corsendonk).

A decent, lively head forms out of the pour but quickly fades, leaving no trace of bubbles on the surface (could this have been infected?). Deep red-purple-brown color, thick cloudy, and weighty appearance. A tiny touch of alcohol pokes through a vinous (estery), malty aroma. Much like a dunkelweizen/dark bock. Old, round, fruity flavors - plum, fig and port. Medium-full malty base and feel. Some late caramel and a nip of chocolate. Ultra smooth, slick viscous mouthfeel.

Scratching my head as to how this is supposed to be a porter. Right from the pour, this clearly doesn't have the classic dark brown/black color of a porter, nor were there any stale, roasty, or lightly sour flavors going on. Confusing yet moderately enjoyable. I'd try this again at some point.

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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 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 Jips
3.67/5  rDev +4.9%
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

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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 connecticutpoet
3.7/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not sure what to expect from Lithuania, but this is my first Baltic porter from a Baltic state. On the pour, I got a two finger, tan head comprised of small bubbles. This topped a clear brown body in my pint glass.

Aroma was of deep rich malt, with some sweet dark fruits thrown in. It was a little estery, but not overpowering.

Taste was full rich malt, tending toward the dark side but only slightly roasted. There was a hint of chocolate in there as well. In all, a good dark beer. Bitterness was low as well.

Mouthfeel was full, and not overly heavy. Not chewy either. This would have been thin for a stout, but pretty good for a Baltic porter.

Not the best porter I've ever had, but a fine example of the style. I'll have to start putting a little more trust in some of the darker beers with the funny writing on the labels.

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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 mmager
2.98/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: On the light end for a porter. Ruby highlights, good overall clarity. On the low end for head.

S: Pretty malty. None of the roast, or coffee that I'd normally associate with a porter. Maybe just a hint of chocolate, but it's mostly dominated by malt. It actually smells a lot like wort. Definitely no hop character.

T: Sweet malt dominates. Maybe a bit underattenuated? Not much in the way of complexity. Bready, like I would expect from a belgian. It's a little unusual for a porter. The finish is unremarkable, pretty much more of the same.

M: Sits a bit heavy in the mouth. The carbonation is perhaps on the low side, although not unusual for the style.

D: Quite good, actually. It goes down easily, maybe in part because it's fairly unremarkable.

Overall, it's fine. Totally drinkable. But there's nothing you'll really remember about this beer. If it's around, go right ahead. But don't go out of your way.

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Photo of rtepiak
3.35/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

a lean helping of a baltic with a dark amber nearly brown color and about a finger an a half of head that had enough retention to tell me that the beer had a boat load of sugar but not much malt backbone. nose is sweet and syrupy. palate is brown sugar toasty and coconut. has the density of a poorly carbonated doppelbock. much much sweet and one dimensional at that.

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Photo of cpetrone84
3.65/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A-pours a dark rusty brown color with a tight, bubbly tan head that fizzles away with no lace.

S-the nose is huge bringing notes of charred malts, lots of dark chocolate, hint of smoke and coffee, notes of cherries and booze in the back.

T-very solid tasting beer, a charry smoked campire note to it, notes of coffee, rich dark chocolate covered cherries.

M-this is extremely smooth and creamy on the palate. it is a little thin and there seems to be a real lack of carbonation but the finish is a little dry and harsh.

D-this is a tasty beer but the feel is a little lacking.

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

Pours a chestnut brown color with a small tan head that settles into a very light ring. The aroma is of caramel, light chocolate, and soy/raisin. Big soy flavor, meaty, caramel, light red wine and dark chocolate. There is a strange metallic bitterness, a bit unpleasant. Moderate body with fizzy carbonation; finishes with a roasty bitterness. A decent porter, I have a bit of a mixed reaction. It had an odd bitter flavor at first but seems to mellow as the beer warmed. Not very heavy for baltic porter but that is fine with me. I like my porters to be different than my stouts.

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Photo of crossovert
3.9/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brownish red with a thick foamy tan head.

It smells fantastic, like a dessert, with hints of cinnamon roll, chocolate frosting, spices, dark fruits, and a lot of syrupy sweetness.

The taste follows the smell, just a decadent chocolaty, molasessy, desertlike flavor. The alcohol is there but it melds beautifully with the flavor. It is sweet, but not cloying. The moutchfeel is thick, but right on for this style.

This one is pretty good, I like most of the baltic porters out there, this one is unique in a way, but I don't think it is the best example, but it is a good worthy one.

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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 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 WJVII
3.17/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass this brew has a deeper brown color with a thick light brown cap that left nice lacing on the glass. The aroma is faint, but there are noticeable toffee and dark chocolate hints. The taste is a little more bitter than I would expect from a porter and it was a little lighter bodied. The carbonation was a little much as well. There was a nice creamy finish that was the best part of the brew. Decent, but not sure it is worth the $2.50 single price tag for a half liter.

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Photo of Snyder18
3.44/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance - Light red mahogany in color. No haze. Creamy tan head about 2 inches thick hangs on for a few minutes before falling to a thin translucent layer that eventually disappears entirely.

Smell - sweet, toasty, caramel, alcohol. Port-like aromas. No noticeable hop aroma.

Taste - sweet, roasty, lots of caramel. Alcohol is a big player, warming the tongue and throat. Sweet port or brandy-like finish.

Mouthfeel - medium body. Low in carbonation. Smooth and creamy.

Drinkability - fairly easy to drink considering the alcohol(pushing 7%), however, you'll want to drink it slow to enjoy the toasty, creamy, caramel sweetness without fatiquing the taste buds too quickly.

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Photo of joeysmokedporter
3.77/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served from a 375 ml bottle into a sam adams glass.

A: pours mahogany with ruby highlights; clear. 3 finger tan head that quickly dissipates, otherwise great appearance.

S: grape, raisin, fig. some caramel sweet aromas as well.

T: starts with grape, raisin, sweet honey/malt flavor, fig, slight hint of pear that mixes in with a slight alcohol flavor. finishes with a dry bitterness that lingers a little, then the remnants of the sweet flavors appear again late in the aftertaste.

M: fairly light, a little syrupy. not much carbonation.

D: not a bad drinker; fairly nice complexity that does well on its own, although its subtleties don't stand up to food.

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Photo of SLeffler27
3.75/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

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Photo of tr4nc3d
3.83/5  rDev +9.4%
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.

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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 jminsc76
3.54/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

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Photo of FleeVT
3.24/5  rDev -7.4%
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.

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Photo of spointon
3/5  rDev -14.3%
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.

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Photo of Rayek
3.9/5  rDev +11.4%
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.

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Porter from Utenos Alus
3.5 out of 5 based on 211 ratings.
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