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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Reviews: 184 | Ratings: 211
Photo of jwinship83
3.69/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle

A- a lot lighter in color than i would have expected. almost like a dark dark ruby red colored body with a creepy looking blotchy looking cream colored head thats a little more than a mere crown, but doesnt quite cover the entire top of the glass.

S- this one smells faintly of roasted malts and lots of caramel. i get alot of milk chocolate out of this one as well. something sort of smoky and some licorice as well.

T- the smokiness comes out strong but isnt overpowering. lots of roasted malt and caramel. not nearly the chocolate i picked up in the nose, but the moderate amount of licorice is still there. whats odd, is the alcohol burn in something on the lower end of the spectrum for ABV.

M- meh. light feeling and kind of watery. overly carbonated.

D- for this price this is a fantastic beer. it was only $1.49 for the 500ml bottle. its pretty tasty and goes down easily. ill probably check this one out again, and with some regularity.

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Photo of MillySox
3.79/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a half litre brown bottle with some sort of date code. (which i could not decode)Pours dark brown without much carbonation and with a thin but creamy looking off white head that dissapate rather quickly. Nice toasty carmel aroma. Very floral for a lager. Medium bodied and smooth to start with quick burnt, malty, chocalaty punch. The burnt flavor lingers for a little while with the bitternes. A tasty and unique brew.

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Photo of lackenhauser
3.9/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Very nice, deep coppery sort of color. No head and little carbonation. Good, strong malty aroma. Quite the caramel tinge to it with a faint smokiness to it. Full malty flavor. Again a heavy caramel presence. A slight burnt sugar flavor comes thru. Slight hop bite and a touch of alcohol. Body is rather thin. A good beer and quite enjoyable. More of a doppelbock to me then a Baltic Porter but still quite tasty and moderately priced. Nice treat.

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

Pours a medium brown with some reddish/auburn hues. Head is a finger and a half of foamy off-white frothiness.

Smells of strong malt, some sour cherry?, molasses, caramel, brown sugar. It also has a rather hard to define character, sort of licorice and smoke. Not overly appealing to be honest.

Taste is caramel, brown sugar and dark wheat toast. Not a lot of other characteristics come to my tongue, just a lot of sweetness. I wish it had the sharp, roasted taste to back it up but sadly it does not.

Carbonation is rather low and it does have a creamy sort of mouthfeel. This one may grow on me as it warms and my palet adjusts.

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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 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 beerthulhu
3.45/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a dark ruby red color with a cherry tan head.

S: some dry chocolate and a earthy hoppiness.

T: Some dark roasted malt and character are present with moderate carbonation per style. Flavor is sweet caramel with a somewhat creamy mouthful but otherwise is a tad light per style. Theres some chocolate hints in the finish.

M: a tad light per style but overall not a bad beer considering its from Lithuania and their other beers ive had by this country.

D: A moderately passably good beer with extra consideration given its country of origin.

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

Lithuanian beer! I bought a bottle at Manchester in Hartford, I don't recall seeing it in Michigan or Ohio. The beer was dark reddish-brown with a very thin head. The smell is deep malts, somewhere between a dark lager and a baltic porter. Actually closer to the baltic porter category, with evident ethanol. The taste is blatic porter, but I didn't appreciate it as much as Okocim. Still, it had dark fruits (plums, raisins) and sweetness. The body is about right, fairly thick, and drinkability is so-so (as I can smell and taste ethanol). Not a good ambassador for Lithuania.

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

pours a shocking caramel color out of the bottle, ammassing in my goblet to a rich mahogany hue with a solid one-finger bright tan head that dissipates fairly quickly into a decent collar that sticks around leaving some spotty lacing down the glass. An odd opening.

aroma smells sweet and malty without the usual roasty, coffee, cocoa notes. Reminds me more of a good bock than a baltic porter. Sweet caramel, toffee, and donut malt notes backed by some strong fruit notes: raisin, fig, plums, dates, and a hint of cinnamon and pepper spice. There's a touch of smoke and woody notes in the aroma as well. interesting.

Flavor has most of the aroma in it, with an opening sweetness packed with dried and dark fruits. Then there's a blast of alcohol. I'm not sure how to verbalize the alcoholic flavors, other than strong. Hints of burbon mixing with dark rum and a bit of cointreau. Kind of offputting. Then there might be a hint of hops at the end, but after the over-sweet malt and the alcoholic fruit & wood kick, I can't really tell. hmm. An interesting one.

Mouthfeel is a bit thin and liquid for a baltic porter. I was hoping for more chewy, creamy and dense. It didn't really deliver the mouthfeel that would have made me less disappointed with the confusing flavors.

Meh. between the unique color, the odd flavors and the mediocre mouthfeel, I find it difficult to recommend this one given the other imported baltic porters out there. Not bad, and not a horrible brew (definitely not drain-pour level) and certainly interesting to try, but really not my cup of tea.

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Photo of bilyboy65
3.65/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is from a bottle and poured into a pilsner style glass.

Not much about this beer is recognizable by other fellow porters. This has a red-brown color with a tan, short-lived head. Lots of carbonation though. Their is a very powerful scent that is detectable as soon as it starts to be poured. Right out of the gate this one wants to make a mark. The sweet malts start to take over the air. As you look from the bottle to what you poured in disbelief that it came from the same bottle, a strange curiosity comes over you to try this concoction. The taste is a little more familiar to a porter and you start to relax a little. Once you can find the bitter tasting hops under the sweet, almost chocolate like malts. You realize that after the first mouthful there isn't much of a trail left in your mouth, for this is a lighter bodied porter. Before you know it the glass is half gone. Well might as well prep another one for the rest of your review.

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Photo of DefenCorps
3.01/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Yay for Lithuanian beer. In honor of this beer that I might not drink again, I shall review it from the POV of the beer. Into my Duvel tulip.

A: Porter? Ha! I'm going to confuse you by being a deep ruby brown, my friend. Just as you contemplate docking points for not being to style, I'll throw out my big and gorgeous light brown head to mess with you. While she may not last as long, she's got some nice carbonation to her. Come on, be nice, give her a worthy score.

S: I know what you're thinking. Despite having just poured this beer, probably colder than ideal, you can smell me from where you are. And it's a smell you probably won't like. Sweet. Malty sweet. Intrigued, I draw you in. You will smell me in all my nougat and butterscotch goodness. Try hard enough and you just might get some chocolate (white, of course - what self respecting beer with a ruby red color would have dark chocolate?) You better like 'em sweet, honey, 'cos that's what your getting. Dontcha wish your beer was sweet like me?

T: I'm the answer to all those folks who don't like dark beers, 'cos i flummox them. I manage to retain a light and watery profile to start with, highlighting my artificially malty sweetness that could be perceived as sickening but isn't really. Once you get past the watery sweetness and the strangely metallic mid-palate, you'll notice a rather plum-like sweetness before a thin, watery finish.

M: Bollocks to trve kvlt Baltic porters, I'm my own. Thin, carbonated and sweet. I don't care if you like me.

D: Please don't, I implore you, not down the dreaded drain, PLEASE! Give me a second chance, you sonuva.... glug glug glug


Edit: R.I.P.? Ha! Like the Blob, you can contain me but you can't kill me. Try masking me with a shot of bourbon and you will have hell to pay. But why am i even telling you - you know already, don't you, sweetheart?

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Photo of sraimondi
3.48/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured this one into a nonic pint glass.

Nice 1" tan head dissipates to about 1/8" throughout glass. Some spot lacing. A very deep mahogany color, quite attractive.

Smell is mostly of plum/raisan with some bread/malty sweetness.

Taste is quite solid for the style; malt sweetness dominates, but is not quite cloying. I definitely pick up the plum/raisan caught in the nose, but not very strong. Some unexpected drying character at the very finish of the swallow.

MF is a bit thin for the style, but nonetheless nice.

Overall drinkability is ok. A fuller MF would have elevated this one's rating, as it would have yielded the "big beer" profile which is on style.

A nice baltic porter, and quite inexpensive to boot. I have been generally pleased with Lithuanian brews, and was not disappointed with this one. Try this one if you like baltics.

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

pours a somewhat clear brown with a ruby tint, medium size tan head, and good lacing.

smell is light on the cocoa, weak on the coffee, with a touch of roasted nuts.

taste is creamy, roasted nuts, bakers chocolate, coffee, and malt, ends on the bitter side with some smoke.

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Photo of sbe1
4.03/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very fine Baltic Porter from Lithuania. Bought from an Auchan supermarket in Gdansk, Poland.

Appearance: clear dark rubyish beer with a thick brown foamy head.

Smell: rich sweet caramel and roasted malt with hints of coffee.

Taste: Sweet, creamy, and smooth with a touch of roasted malt bitterness, clean and smooth finish.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied, creamy yet a clean finish.

Drinkability: excellent, I could definitely drink a few of these without complaint. Could be a great session beer.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
3.92/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy brown with a fairly light head and some sloppy lacing. Smells quite malty sweet and even a bit winey with additional aromas of cocoa and prunes. Pretty nice. The taste is similar, and also very malty, but perhaps a little less fruity. Nice cocoa finish. Smooth, perhaps a tad sticky in the mouth, but overall quite drinkable.

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Photo of emerge077
4/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled this at a traditional Lithuanian restaurant, Grand Dukes in Summit, IL.

Served in a cylindrical mug branded Kalnapilis, that looked like a half-liter. The pour was a transparent dark chestnut tone, once in the glass it was closer to black. Tan foam had a light, creamy texture.

Slightly sweet malty aroma, fairly mild. The glass was chilled, so I won't fault the beer for not being extra aromatic.

Caramel toffee malt flavors, a pleasant nutty finish, with a hint of coffee roast and chocolate sweetness. It's medium bodied, not as extreme as Okocim Porter, which is a good thing. This beer would pair well with food, especially Lithuanian dishes such as mushroom soup, potato sausage, and pork dishes.

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Photo of oberon
3.13/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured into an imperial pint glass a medium brown with amber tint atight 1/2 finger light brown head atop.Raisin and dark chocolate mainly in the nose with some mild roastiness,flavors are two ones sided in the sweet department,big riaisn and molasses flavors melding with some chocolate after awhile it starts to become cloying.The hefty sweetness takes the overall drinkability down,one dimensional and to sweet at that.

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Photo of roadhouse
3.74/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 16.9 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Color is mahogany brown - pretty light for a porter if you ask me. One finger head dissipates quickly into thin coating.

Aroma is brown sugar, figs, apple, toffee, and a bit of chocolate. Becomes quite bland though after a few whiffs.

Taste is similar to the aroma. Fruity and sugary at the start with some caramel then a little bit of sweet chocolaty bitterness at the end. Pretty good, but like the aroma it becomes kind of bland after a few sips.

Mouthfeel is a little too thin. Medium bodied. Dry finish.

Pretty good, but a little bland compared to other Baltic Porters that I've tried. Also wondering why it's so light in color. I think it would be better with some more roasted malts.

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Photo of TuckerCarlson
3.55/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a) clear, dark ruby-amber; 1-inch tan head that disappears quickly; little to no lacing

s) sugar & alcohol; a little fruity

t) nice dark flavors to balance out the intense sweetness; some dark, fruity flavors up front that lead to burnt sugar and coffee tastes and combine with the drying sensation from the alcohol to form a fairly clean finish for such a big, sweet beer

m) viscous, as can be expected

d) it's no Okicim, but I'd drink it again

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Photo of morimech
3.6/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This porter has a different tint to it than other porters I have sampled. It is dark brown with a red tint instead of the customary black appearance. A nice head that has good retention sits atop this beer.

Smells like chocolate ice cream.

The taste is rather one dimensional. A mild cocoa flavor is about all I can taste. Finishes extremely dry.

The body is a little thin for a Baltic Porter.

Not difficult to drink with a low ABV but it is a rather uninspired Baltic Porter.

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Photo of gabemasiulis
3.64/5  rDev +4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A) This beer pours a medium brown color, with a decent size tan head, but little retention. It seems to be fairly translucent in color.
S) The smell comes on quite malty and sweet smelling, nice, but definitely sweeter smelling than most Baltic Porters I've had.
T) The taste comes on caramelly and malty, quite sweet, but definitely pleasing. Not a very complex beer, with different stages, but simplicity is an art all to it's self, and this beer seems to pull that off, with a sweeter, yet balanced taste.
M) Thin for a Porter, with a little more of a drier, fizzy taste. Does a good job of cleansing the palate, another plus for drinkability.
D) Very easy drinking and versatile as it seems like it would be good in summer months as well as winter.

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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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Photo of erosier
3.99/5  rDev +14%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a nice brown color with a tall medium bodied tan head that leaves little lacing on the glass. It has an aroma of roasted malts, some sweet fruit smell, caramel, and even a cream aroma. It tastes of nice roasted malts followed by a sweet fruity almost apple taste that fades to a caramel flavoring with hints of chocolate, cream, and even a little toffee. The mouthfeel is a nice smooth feel that refreshes all the way down. It is definately drinkable and I would definately recommend this if you don't like hoppy beers.

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Photo of orangemoustache
3.95/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-this dusty 500ml bottle pours transparent brown with red highlights,lots of thick tan head,not a lot of lacing

S-smells like caramel topped brownies,lots of malts up front with hints of butterscotch,and vinilla

T-bold malts,caramels,flavored coffees,the sweetness lingers long after the mouth is empty

M-medium to slightly heavy,with a sugary feel throughout,this pallet coating experience is very enjoyable in this brew

D-the medium body makes this very drinkable,as well as the price!

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