Old Port Ale | UAB Švyturys - Utenos alus

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Old Port AleOld Port Ale

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UAB Švyturys - Utenos alus

Style: Scottish Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.60%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by safaricook on 02-15-2014

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3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

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look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle. A Scottish Ale from Lithuania - gotta love that Euro Union sensibility!

This beer pours a clear, medium bronzed amber hue, with three fingers of puffy, bubbly, and averagely foamy off-white head, which leaves a few instances of dried cow skull lace around the glass as it evenly subsides.

It smells of bready, lightly crackery and faintly roasted caramel malt, well bruised apples and pears, a hard water metallic flintiness, earthy yeast, and weedy, dead leafy hops. The taste is slightly toasted bready caramel malt, more overripe drupe fruitiness, yeasty sourdough, an indistinct low-level spiciness, and earthy, leafy, and weedy hops.

The carbonation is fairly soft and innocuous, barely a frothy note to be found, the body medium-light in weight, especially for the style, and generally quite smooth, the fruitiness aiding and abetting here. It finishes on the sweet side, the caramel malt gaining a few toffee-leaning friends, while the hops start to return from whence they came (i.e. across the Baltic and North Seas).

Not a bad rendition of the style, but nothing really worthy of tilting my imaginary kilt, as it were. Easy to drink, sweet, like it should be, but lacking a certain something, an offset that tells you - it'll be all right, me son, have at 'er, 'til ye can't have no more. Or something to that effect.

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Photo of tone77
3.49/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 16.9 oz. bottle. Has an auburn color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is sweet, caramel malts. Taste is nothing like the aroma. Apples, malts, no sweetness, hints of vinegar at the finish. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a pretty good beer.

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3.33/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A Lithuanian Scottish Ale, that's definitely a first.
Found this one at Old Vilnius Cafe.

Copper amber color, bright and fully saturated, rising carb trails moving rapidly upwards. Initial finger of parchment colored foam, pretty good lasting coverage and some spotty lace occasionally.

Aroma is mainly malt sweetness with a little bit of dried fruit and nuttiness from the yeast esters.

Taste is also lightly sweet and malty, slightly papery and oxidized but not overly distracting. Better at a cool temperature. Vague nuttiness, sweet fruit, and a light astringency. Light bodied and well carbonated. Sort of odd, but I can admire the effort to do something vaguely different from the norm.

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3.9/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.42/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a MacAndrew's thistle glass. Pours a hazy red orange with a half finger off-white head with good retention and light lacing. Aroma of caramel and bready malt, apple and pear, light stone fruit and toffee. Flavor starts with caramel malt, apple skins, brown bread; drops off quickly in the finish with residual mild hops and a tiny hint of smoke. Light to medium bodied. Good caramel and bready malt flavors and the fruit balances well, but all a bit attenuated. The finish is abrupt and uninteresting, with hints of Scottish ale components that might have redeemed this if they had been more robust. A meh Scottish ale. No flaws except tasting a bit watered down. Nice looking bottle.

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3.75/5  rDev +10.3%

Photo of safaricook
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

crystal clear, amber body, white head with coarse and fine bubbles, reducing fast to a rim
aroma is medium roasted malt and its typical metallic accent that is not unpleasant here, floral hops are noticeable.
taste is malt sweet, fruity esters, little lager sourness and some hop bitterness
refreshing, medium body, pleasant fine carbonation
Would prefer this anytime over a bland lager, however I am also not overly impressed by the beer which is my first of this style.

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3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

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3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

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3.93/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

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3.5/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle poured into pint glass 15/6/14

A clear light copper with plenty of bubbles of all sizes feeding a short lived finger of tan foam that leaves no lace

S hard toffee, hay, some apple, a little spice I can't place, lots of dark bread, not bad

T a little nutty, lots of fruit, some earthy notes, not really sure what's "Scottish" about this one but its decent

M lighter side of medium, not quite creamy, slick on the palate, earthy, herbal finish

O better then I was expecting but that being said I'd take this over a bland euro lager any day of the week

Not exactly a Scottish Ale but its drinkable, not something I'd look for again but no reason not to try it

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.59/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

The Scottish Ale is an interesting route to take after so many pale ales. So how about a Scottish Ale from....Lithuania? Their hefeweizen was okay, so I'm not ready to expect a lame duck from this lovely 500 ml bowling pin bottle. On to the beer:

Who likes the sight of a toasted orange body with amber hues? If you do, get your camera ready when you pour this. Visible carbonation bubbles run from bottom to top, and on top rests a somewhat creamy head. The aroma is light with the intensity, but offers light notes kilned malt and vague grass. In other words, more good than bad.

Old Port Ale is sweet as expected, and it even keeps the other characters of the stereotypical Scottish Ale. A drizzle of caramel with minerals hit the palate first. Kilned malt, vague fruity esters, more caramel contribute to a Scottish Ale that is not only tasty but also easy to drink. The beer is lighter/medium bodied and it leaves a sweet and kilned aftertaste.

Svyturys has a sleeper in their portfolio in Old Port Ale. This is a pleasure the drink, and actually cheaper than the authentic imported Scottish Ales. Now if Innis & Gunn could lend them some oak barrels!

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look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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2.83/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Bottle from Tres Bonne Cuisine. Pours out true to color for the style, head is a bit weak. Caramel and peat on the nose. Taste is sweet, slightly earthy, but mostly sugary. Very abrupt finish

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3.75/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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