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Porteris - Aldaris

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BA SCORE
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163 Ratings
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Ratings: 163
Reviews: 136
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 14.52%


Brewed by:
Aldaris visit their website
Latvia

Style | ABV
Baltic Porter |  6.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerBob on 09-12-2002)
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flyingpig

United Kingdom (Scotland)

3.01/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

500ml Bottle from Beers of Europe website (£2.69):
Dark brown that is opaque and topped off with a centimetre tall, bubbly head that is a light brown colour. Retention is good & there is some nice lacing too.

Sweet dark malts with some sugar and roasted notes along with a mix of darker fruits and some vanilla too. The smell isn't as in your face as I was expecting from a 6.8% Baltic porter but at the same time this wasn't exactly week either. There was some raisin, liquorice and touches of alcohol too.

Sweet with dark fruits, a lot of sugar and slightly more alcohol than I would have liked. There is a few roasted malts and a rich, malty flavour that is rounded off with some light chocolate that lingers at the end.

Sweet with a medium to light medium body and some grain. The mouthfeel was fairly smooth and quite rich but the balance was pretty terrible with the flavours coming in all over the place.

Almost like a foreign export stout in places, especially when the roasted malts and chocolate made itself known alongside the sweetness that ran all the way through the drink. The beer was drinkable but not all that enjoyable with the alcohol coming across a little harsh and no of the flavours really working well with the others.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2014 22:41:51 | More by flyingpig
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DaveBlack

Virginia

3.8/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Dark brown brew, maybe a 1/2 finger of tan head with moderate retention.

S: Dark roasted malts, a slight whiff of coffee. Smells roasty, but not very sweet. Not an overly complex smelling beer, but pleasant.

T: Taste brings a lot more to the table than I expected from the aroma. Roasted malts bring a fair amount of sweetness, there is a deep breadiness to the beer as well. Some dark fruit/raisin flavors combine with the breadiness to make this beer reminiscent of a Dubbel. The finish is dry and slightly woody.

M: Moderate body, slightly sticky with a crisp amount of carbonation.

O: A good, solid beer. I could easily drink a six-pack of these. It goes down really smooth, and brings a nice punch of roasty flavors.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2013 22:01:42 | More by DaveBlack
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VictorWisc

Massachusetts

4.11/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A little history before the taste test. Like Russian Baltika and Lithuanian Švyturys breweries, Latvian Aldaris is owned by the Carlsberg Group through its Baltic Beverage Holdings subsidiary. Since acquisition in 2008, the Aldaris brewery has been modernized and upgraded. As a result, the beer you see today may not be the same one you might have found only a couple of years ago. The historic black-and-gold label pictured above has also been updated to match the rest of the brewery's line-up, although "Porteris" still dominates the label. The label is where it gets interesting. The Latvian label merely says "Porteris Alus". "Alus" is both a generic term for beer and what one would expect it to represent -- ale. So the Latvian label merely says "Porter Beer" or "Porter Ale". The English version is weird. The collar reads "Porteris Lager". The main label is "Porteris Lager Ale", which is a complete oxymoron. Yet, the contents represents the traditional Baltic porter that Aldaris has been making for quite some time.

Porteris comes in a half-liter dark amber bottle. The Aldaris site suggest serving temperature of 10-14°C (50-55°F). I poured mine at a warmish 58°F into a Russian half-liter mug from IKEA.

The color is dark, nearly black. On tilt, it shows a gradient from dark amber (matching the color of the bottle) to deep maroon to dark chocolate. There is a lot of initial light, tan-colored head that quickly dissipates into a thin lacing layer that gradually disappears. Mild carbonation with very fine bubble structure that has soft, creamy feel on the tongue, closely resembling a milk stout.

Smell is faint but malty. In fact, it's hard to discern any smell other than malt and a slight wine-like tingle from the yeast.

Initial taste is pure malt, seems to be a combination of chocolate and caramel malt. No trace of bitterness or hops, but a mild citrus note that turns into black cherry after a few seconds. Very faint licorice note on initial pour, but see note below. The porter seems sweet, but that seems largely due to lack of bitterness and flowery hop flavors than to residual sugars. The taste remains consistent and fades gradually, without any significant change in profile.

Medium body with moderate alcohol level (6.8%) which is, nonetheless, the strongest beer in Aldaris lineup. Feels lighter than most in this category.

This is a very good representative of the Baltic Porter style (I had it a day after Victory's Baltic Thunder and actually liked it more). Unlike some porters, this one is very easy drinking, not particularly complex, but needs to be near room temperature to show flavor (Latvians drink it cold as a summer thirst-quencher, of all things!). At about $2 for 1/2-L, it's also inexpensive, so the buying choice is fairly easy. Not something I would save for a special occasion, but can be a good everyday alternative to the lighter ales.

It does get a bit more interesting. I had to leave only having finished a bit more than half the mug and came back in 1 hour. By then, the beer was completely flat and slightly warmer. No noticeable nose change, but the taste was radically altered. It showed more licorice-like sweetness and the initial acidity was completely replaced with dark-fruit flavor (stronger cherry notes). If it weren't for the body, the taste almost approached that of a good coffee stout. It's no Bourbon County, but still more interesting than expected.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2013 06:07:30 | More by VictorWisc
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keith_wayne

Ohio

4.06/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16.9 oz bottle into a Lagunitas mason jar glass.

Appearance: dark brown to black. Shined a 600 lumen bike light through it and it had a burgundy to maroon shade. Not a lot of head and minimal lacing.

Smell: Lots of malts and a little fruit (cherry).

Taste: Malts dominate this brew. A little cherry. Not much hops. Sweet but in a good way. I get no taste of alcohol. Very smooth and pleasant.

Mouthfeel: Solid medium body.

I like this beer. I asked the beer guy at the store for a good malty porter and he suggested this. It was a home-run. Sweeter than most of the Baltic Porters I have had, but this is a solid beer. I bought 3 of these and had one last week and liked it. Just opened the second tonight and feel the same way. I sipped it over the course of an hour. Taste is pretty constant from cold to room temp. This is not a complex beer (mainly malt favor) but is a beer I will keep on hand. Price was $1.89 for a 16.9 oz bottle.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2013 01:49:38 | More by keith_wayne
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flagmantho

Washington

4.05/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 500mL bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: deep, rich brown with ruby hints. Head poured a finger of creamy tan foam which leaves a good lace as it dissipates. I like it.

Smell: rich malt aroma of dark fruit; raisins, tobacco, cherry and dates. It smells kind of like a super-imperial kvass. A lovely combo, in my opinion.

Taste: deep, rich malt flavor with that same dusty dark fruit character from the aroma. Finish is quite clean with a low bitterness. Quite tasty in my book.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a good carbonation and a great creaminess with a really silky smooth texture. It is really working for me!

Overall: a tasty and drinkable Baltic porter. I think this is my first Latvian beer, and I'm not disappointed.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2012 05:31:33 | More by flagmantho
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jmdrpi

Pennsylvania

3.23/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

500mL bottle, no date.

appears a very dark brown, almost black. thin off-white head that fades. a bit of milk chocolate and caramel in the aroma. taste is fairly homogeneous, slightly roasted malt, a bit sweet. a sorta boozy aftertaste. smooth carbonation, medium body. easy to drink.

overalll - seems like a solid example of the style. Baltic Porter, from the actual Baltic region!

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2012 03:43:55 | More by jmdrpi
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tempest

Pennsylvania

3.1/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Picked up a 500ml bottle for $2 at Euro Market. I'd like more roast in this beer, instead it's too sweet, with a slight cola. There's a chocolate edge to it, but overall the beer isn't that pleasant. It reminds me of the Caribbean's sugary export stouts, but it's as tasty. The body is appropriately thick for a 6.8% porter, and the body is dark brown with red highlights. Not expensive, but not really worth a try unless you love the style.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2012 02:56:03 | More by tempest
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thekevlarkid

Maryland

3.95/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Out of a bottle this beer was a dark cola-like color with lots of rising carbonation and a tan head. The retention of the cap and then the collar was good and it left lacing in sliding curtains. The aroma was of roasted malt, booze, light hops and whole wheat bread. The flavors were good, starting with a sweet note of caramel and toffee but augmented by the darker elements of bittersweet chocolate, molasses, coffee, rye bread and a hint of hops. The mouthfeel was average, the body full and the carbonation appropriate. An inexpensive, tasty offering from far-flung Latvia. BTW, one of my favorite things about this beer is that the label lists it as a “Lager Ale.” What in the f? Luvit.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2012 17:14:26 | More by thekevlarkid
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FDNYemt

New York

4.28/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The beer had a lovely dark color with a sizable head that dissipated quickly. the beer ribboned nicely and had a sweet full bodied stout taste. Overall a nice porter and a good deal for the price. A definite must taste if you a fan of porters. The bottle design is also very attractive.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2011 22:51:43 | More by FDNYemt
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puboflyons

New Hampshire

3.65/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From the 25 fl. oz. bottle marked Batch no. 811. Sampled on November 19, 2011.The pour is dark brown to nearly black with a whole lot of silky head and lacing. Malts head up the aroma on the nose with a sweet and yeasty back end. The body is medium and pleasantly silky on my tongue. The taste has a plentiful malty character with a bitterness and moderate hop bite at the finale. The short review is that this is malty and pungent.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2011 01:51:34 | More by puboflyons
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MNJR

Illinois

3.45/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep root beer color with a fantastic tan head (you could float more than one bottle cap I'm sure). Smells of faint licorice, rainy woods, sweetish malt, and somy crispy spice. Taste is sweeter than expected, with a sugary, grainy mouthfeel. The flavors are good: the licorice comes through nicely as does the spice and some cola taste. A little thick going down and syrupy on the finish, but otherwise quite good. For $1.79 a 16.9 oz. bottle, well worth it.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2011 21:44:01 | More by MNJR
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Bookseeb

Washington

2.63/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance is very dark in color having a thick off brown head that dissapates fairly quickly. Smell is rich and creamy with the dark malts. Taste is sweet, real sweet of dark rich fruits that carries through from start to finish. Alchohol is tasted with mellow hops in the back. Mouthfeel is light with moderate carbonation. To rich for the palate and a little light for the style.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2011 01:27:55 | More by Bookseeb
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metter98

New York

3.68/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is clear and very dark amber in color and has a light to moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high frothy tan head that has very good retention properties and consistently left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface.
S: There are light aromas of roasted malts in the nose.
T: The flavors in the taste are stronger than the smell and are dominated by dark malts with some hints of roasted malts and bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied, smooth, slightly creamy and a bit thin with a moderate to high amount of carbonation.
O: The beer is very easy to drink compared to other beers in the style because it’s not very full-bodied and has a lower alcohol content, although the taste is a little weak.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2011 01:39:04 | More by metter98
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samie85

Illinois

3.55/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours a cola black color with three fingers of cappucino foam head.

S-Dark stone fruit (plum) with clean roasted flavors and barely there chocolate notes with a bit of vanilla.

T-Follows the nose with plum followed by some slight, and sweet roasted notes.

M-Very creamy and sticky feel with medium body and low carbonation.

D-Pretty easy drinking and a solid example of a Baltic Porter; pairs very well with a spicy carnitas burrito.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2011 01:43:05 | More by samie85
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jlb502

California

3.9/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

$2.29 for 500ml. Batch number on the back says 1.12.06. Assuming that's the brew date, this beer is now more than five years old.

Looks great. Pours a somewhat syrupy blackish brown.

Initial smell is prunes, prunes, prunes but it really smoothes out after a minute or two and reveals some woody, musty notes. There's definitely some oxidation (cardboard) but it's actually pleasant and adds to the complexity.

Initial taste is super-sweet, creamy prune juice. Sugary sweet like a three or four sugar coffee. Not that it tastes like coffee at all (there's no roast, it's not that kind of porter) but that's how I would characterize the sweet character.

It's hard to tell with some beers, but either I got used to the sweetness after a few sips or it became less sweet after sitting and breathing. Don't get me wrong, it's still definitely a sweet beer but I was able to enjoy it.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2011 03:01:39 | More by jlb502
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jammetti

Latvia

4.05/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

brown, creamy caramelle looking 2 to 3 finger head and leaves a wonderful lacing on the glass. Color is almost fully black (like Coca-cola). The smell is very specific and pleasant - smells something between chocolate, vine and malt. Taste is good but I don't recommend to drink it with big sips cause then it will become very bitter. Also you can't feel alcohol too much which is great cause the beer is 6,8% ABV

But overall it's a great porter stout and it is worth to try !

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2011 12:50:04 | More by jammetti
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Asgeirr

Sweden

4.25/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Aldaris Porteris pours a devastatingly dark burgundy colour along with a crown of light brown tone, consisting of bubbles in various sizes (like that of a type of polystyrene). It's very thick and it sure takes its time to diminish. As the "abdication" takes place the heritage of the Foamy Monarchy is that of a dense lacing. No bubbles are visible through this, rather, turbid brew.

Smell: Chocolate, closely followed by a stingy acidity, a touch of dark fruit is next in line, fading back into a more flower-like cacao. Continually, cherries arise giving the beer in question a depth and nuance in the sour parts now appearing more sweet-sour. Lastly, wrapped in a mild sawdust scent.

Taste: First off there is the sweetness of honey, then a more coarse tone of molasses 'n' cacao emerge and slides in and firmly places itself in the epicentre. The aforementioned cacao evolves its more acid 'n' acrid aspects harmoniously synchronized with the remaining sweetness of the mellifluous honey and molasses. A Flatbread-like maltiness bounces forth towards the end finishing of this tasting-experience with pleasant results.

Mouthfeel: Medium full, round and creamy but with sharp edges, the longer it remains, the coarser it seems to get towards the palate.

Drinkability: Outstanding, will do excellent as a complement to rustic Swedish husmanskost and obviously it does very well on its own.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2011 15:57:11 | More by Asgeirr
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gopens44

Virginia

4.15/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Thick foamy generous head at pour that dies out to gentle lacing very soon. Very much dark.

S - Malty, dark fruits and a tad sour on the nose

T - Rich plummy taste with a slight boozy touch.

M - Fairly high carbonation yet a touch creamy.

Nice enough beverage. Gotta admit, I picked this up because Latvian reference from the episode of Seinfeld where George converts to Latvian Orthodox Church, and proclaims that he most admires their hats. I'm glad that a cheeky reference led me to trying this one out, as it is actually pretty intriguing.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2010 00:46:27 | More by gopens44
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Magpie14

Michigan

2.95/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: predominantly a soft dark wood hue. Not transparent but the edges do have a light golden brown glow when held up to a light source. Lacing is a random spattering of cramped blobs all around, rather nice. All in all, nothing to fancy just run of the mill and in a good way

S: bread and yeast-like smells with caramel and malts. Overall it has that typical dextrose maltiness wallowing about. It contains sugar, yeast, and a few dark fruits

T: mostly burnt caramel and lightly roasted malts, if any. Building on this dyad of flavors is a minuscule addition of sour astringency, stale coffee grounds, and a hint of medicinal notes lingering. To be honest, I find this kinda lame overall

M: close to creamy and finishes decent. The body is medium in weight with some dull clammy features staining the tongue (coffee grounds, sour earthy notes)

D: decent, hardly worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2010 04:05:26 | More by Magpie14
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Lauthaha

Michigan

3.88/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a half-liter bottle into a half-liter beer mug.

Appearance: Pours a very dark mahogany with ruby accents. Tan head is quite thick and leaves heavy lacing as it recedes. After about five minutes, at least a whole finger head remains. Looks gorgeous.

Smell: Malty and slightly sweet. A banana-bread or apple-pie kind of scent. A touch pruney perhaps.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Almost no carbonation on the tongue, it has a very oily consistency. Very round flavor to it, there's nothing that jumps right out at you, save for the mellow maltiness. Caramel and/or butterscotch are possibilities. The alcohol is only noticeable in the aftertaste.

Drinkability: I would definitely buy this again, but not before I try some other Baltic Porters (or porters in general for that matter).

I really like this one, and at about $2.50/500mL, it's a great deal. Check this as a win for Aldaris.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2010 04:16:21 | More by Lauthaha
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.43/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle from Beers of the World. Pours black with white topping head. Some decent roast aroma. Taste is very licorice and mollasses,some cinammon and spices, toasted malt. Average mouthfeel. Drinkable, but not very, 500 ml. is a lot. Nothing unusually good here.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2010 03:08:11 | More by Sammy
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DiabolikDUB

Oregon

2.4/5  rDev -35.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle poured into Pint glass.

Pours a deep brown with reddish edges and big, light-tan head that lasts and leaves light lacing down the glass. The aroma is mostly toffee and caramel. The flavor is sweet caramel and slightly bready. Its medium bodied with a prickly amount of carbonation. I don't think this is a good representation of a Baltic Porter, maybe a brown porter or just a American Brown. Not what I expected and not all that enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2010 20:32:02 | More by DiabolikDUB
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bgildea

Virginia

4.38/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark brown with a very slight amberish shade. Thick whitish tan head that lingers and leaves decent lacing.

S: Sweet smell with a faint hint of malts.

T: Very nice. Sweet and creamy butterscotch flavor that balances well the the roasted malts. Great flavor composition.

M: Thicker than I expected, which was nice. Has a good amount of chew to it. Thick for it's style.

D: Very drinkable. Tastes good, and it came in a nice large bottle. For only $2 and change.

Overall: Overall I was pleasantly surprised with the beer. I exceeded my expectations and delivered with a nice flavor of butterscotch and malts. Great flavor + large bottle + cheep price = Great drinkin beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2010 23:24:22 | More by bgildea
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oberon

North Carolina

3.9/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a deep dark brown with some ruby tint when held to the light, athinner but well sustained off white head atop.Mainly roast and earth in the nose,there is a bit of a dark fruit not but its rather faint.Flavors are roasted with a passing smokey whiff,sweetness comes from a caramel and dark fruit component,pretty well rounded with with the roast being most prevelent.A well rounded Baltic porter,good roast with decent sweetness.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2010 20:47:46 | More by oberon
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mgbickel

Pennsylvania

3.93/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 16.9 oz bottle into a Perfect Pint glass. My aggressive pour yielded a large, 3 finger, sandstone head. The foam slowly dissipated leaving behind tons and tons of lace. The body is dark brown with maroon edges.

Hmm...I can detect multiple layers of aromas. Some roasted coffee up front followed by a combo of honey, raisins and vanilla. There seems to be a powerful, sweet caramel malt backbone.

Yep...I was right about the sweet caramel malt! It really dominated the palate. You can pick up tiny bits of roasted characters in the middle before it turns sweet again at the finish.

This may be the thickest, most creamy porter I have ever tried. Small amounts of carbonation present also.

This is a pretty amazing beer, but almost too sweet to be real drinkable. Great for a cold winter night, but not something you want to chug while cutting the grass!!

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2010 20:29:35 | More by mgbickel
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Porteris from Aldaris
84 out of 100 based on 163 ratings.