Porteris - Aldaris
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3.78/5 rDev +1.6%
Bottle purchased at Beers of the World in Henrietta, NY.
Pours a black-ish dark brown, with a creamy and frothy looking off-white head, and a good amount of lacing down the glass.
Smells like caramel, roasted malt, and sugar.
This is a quite sweet baltic. It's very caramelly, this one seems quite heavy-handed in the use of caramel malt. Quite sweet, with some burnt sugar and molasses flavors, plus a decent amount of chocolate. Tastes more like a sweet milk stout than a baltic porter, to be honest. As it warms, the sweetness becomes more bearable, and the beer becomes pretty pleasant.
Medium bodied, almost cloyingly sweet mouthfeel, a slow sipper due to this. Medium carbonation.
If they cut down the sweetness with some additional roasted malt, this would be much better. As it is now, it's just an average but still fairly tasty porter.
06-10-2014 01:22:48 | More by GreesyFizeek
3.68/5 rDev -1.1%
500 ml bottle into snifter, no bottle dating. Pours nearly opaque dark brown color with a 2 finger fairly dense khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of caramel, toast, raisin, plum, dark bread, brown sugar, light chocolate/roast, and yeast earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance of dark/bready malt and yeast ester fruitiness; with solid strength. Taste of caramel, toast, raisin, plum, dark bread, brown sugar, light chocolate/roast, and yeast earthiness. Minimal bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, toast, raisin, plum, dark bread, brown sugar, light chocolate/roast, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Nice robustness and solid complexity of dark/bready malt and yeast ester flavors; with a great malt/yeast flavor balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth, moderately creamy, and slightly chalky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a nice Baltic porter style. Good balance and robustness of dark/bready malt and yeast ester flavors; and very smooth to drink. A nicely enjoyable offering.
05-17-2014 04:40:16 | More by superspak
4.5/5 rDev +21%
Sampling right now on 4/25/14. Comes in a nice 500ml (16.9 ounce) bottle and is different than the one in the picture. Paid $2.99 for this single bottle at Spirit World in Omaha last week. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured into a vintage "Schlitz" glass goblet.
Pours actually a pitch black in color with a small beige head that settles down to a very thin layer on top with most around the sides of the glass. Some spotty lacing is seen. The aroma is of roasted malts and brown sugar. Very nice! The taste ia about the same with a hint of dark fruits coming through at the end along with the brown sugar. A really tasty brew with no bitter or harsh aftertaste at all with perfect carbonation for this type of brew style. Never had a Baltic Porter let alone from Latvia.
04-25-2014 21:55:54 | More by BeerWithMike
United Kingdom (Scotland)
3.01/5 rDev -19.1%
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.
01-12-2014 22:41:51 | More by flyingpig
3.8/5 rDev +2.2%
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.
06-17-2013 22:01:42 | More by DaveBlack
4.11/5 rDev +10.5%
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.
06-11-2013 06:07:30 | More by VictorWisc
4.06/5 rDev +9.1%
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.
04-17-2013 01:49:38 | More by keith_wayne
Porteris from Aldaris
84 out of 100 based on 173 ratings.