Porteris - Aldaris
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Reviews by Phatz:
4.47/5 rDev +20.5%
Wow! What a surprise. I have never hear of this beer or even had a beer from Latvia before and this one *fantastic* porter.
Appearance: Pours a dark red brown color almost black with a light brown tan head that is thick and sticky.
Smell: The aroma is surprisingly reminiscent of Kalluah.
Taste & Mouthfeel: Chocolate, Dark chocolate malts. Rum, Kalluah, coffee; blended in a silky smooth body. Absolutely delicious.
Drinkability: I only had the opportunity to sample this beer. I am going to need to seek it out to truly enjoy this one again. It is exceptional and went down almost to quickly to document =)
Hope this is helpful.
06-29-2006 08:35:26 | More by Phatz
More User Reviews:
3.9/5 rDev +5.1%
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.
05-02-2010 20:47:46 | More by oberon
3.58/5 rDev -3.5%
Dark chocolate brown, reddish light transmission at the bottom, appears clearish. Very creamy yellow tan head with good clinging lace. Pleasant malty aroma, karob and cocoa influenced. Thick and very lowly carbonated, caramel and chocolate flavors but with a sense of peach brandy flavor and some alcoholic tones. Little hoppiness and lots of coating aftertaste. Some hard roasted bite, but in the long run, not nearly enough. A little thick and sweet overall, an OK drink. Looks like one of my stores is promising more brews from this area of the world in the near future...
08-15-2003 14:31:10 | More by ADR
3.58/5 rDev -3.5%
After rediscovering the joy of Okocim Porter, I've been picking up a lot of Baltic Porters. Living near a large Eastern European population makes it pretty easy.
Sadly most of my local retailers do not have Okocim (at least the porter) so I've tried some good and some bad. Thankfully this is one of the former.
I'm pretty sure this is the first beer I've had from Latvia and it's a good one. The color is a deep dark brown with a well pronounced head lacing about the glass. The aroma provides malt and a slight bit of alcohol. The taste is quite more. Caramel from the malts provide a sweetness followed by an almost brandy finish.
It's smooth in body and relatively easy to drink. One of the better beers from the Baltic countries that I've tried.
02-08-2008 09:05:53 | More by sloejams
3.53/5 rDev -4.9%
16.9 oz. bottle into a pint glass.
Appearance: A darker amber with hints of copper coming through, a billowing Guinness-like head that isn't as uniform, but leaves better lacing and has a nicely dense concentration.
Smell: Sweeter roasted malts, berries, with some chocolate and earthy cocoa aromas.
Taste: Nice balance of roasted malts and coffee sweetness with some earthiness, maybe some toffee, maple, vanilla and sweeter flavors. Finish is a semblance of citrus hops to curb the sweetness.
Mouthfeel: Medium to full-bodied, slightly chewy, and could use a bit more carbonation overall. Still fine enough.
Drinkability: For around $2, it's an awesome deal, especially for the flavor and complexity considering. I'd buy another bottle, and we have another winter month or two to come.
02-20-2009 05:27:08 | More by asabreed
2.95/5 rDev -20.5%
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.
11-10-2010 04:05:26 | More by Magpie14
3.68/5 rDev -0.8%
Dark mahogany with a compacted sandstone crown.
Nose full of chocolate-covered raisins, raw grain, and caramel.
Begins with a nod towards roastedness. Minor bitter chocolate and mocha hues. Steps towards raisins and caramel (which is, by far, the dominant flavor). Turns grainier later. A bit lacto-sour. Ends sweet, with a caramel-drizzled raisin bread continuation. It's well-balanced in its sweet-harsh axis. But it fails to stand out with any true noteworthiness per the style.
Drinks easier than its heft and body suggest.
This is a decent, simplistic, Baltic Porter, and nothing more. Nice enough for the price.
03-24-2004 22:39:09 | More by cokes
3.43/5 rDev -7.5%
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.
07-11-2010 03:08:11 | More by Sammy
3.58/5 rDev -3.5%
A - A big fat solid two finger head charges to the top of the brew and stays put for a long time. The tan head is creamy, solid, and dense. It almost looks like that foamy spray insulation that can be used to coat industrial spaces. There is a white layer of cream on top of the tan foam...thats something that I've never seen before; a two tones head! The brew itself is pitch black with the lightest hints of brown around the edge when held directly to the snow-blinding light outside my sliding door. Lots of sparkling lace sticks to the snifter, and a quick swirl brings the head back to a full two fingers.
S - Sweet creamy milk chocolate, gooey nougat filling that you might find in chocolate coated candy, sweet Welch's grape juice, Laffy Taffy assorted flavors, and plums. This is ridiculously complex...I'm getting some pureed plum or prune baby food, hints of mashed bananas, and a tiny whiff of brandy.
T - Again, mashed overripe fruit like you might taste in a little jar of baby food. There is also a very obvious alcohol component that is an integrated part of the flavor. This one is a bit to sweet IMO, and it would do better with more massive hops and a bit less sugar.
M - Full bodied and viscous. This has the feeling of mashed baby food in the mouth. Carbonation is graciously understated, and some alcohol warmth is apparent. Creamy initially, the feel fades to a nice warm touch of booze before finishing on the sweeter side. Lots of sugars coat the mouth here.
D - Not the best Baltic Porter ever, but it's not bad. Could be a great dessert beer, but it's just to damn sweet for regular drinking. I like the nose, but the flavors are far less complex and fail to deliver the variety of notes that I smell.
03-06-2008 16:37:07 | More by pmcadamis
4.28/5 rDev +15.4%
A true Baltic Porter, brewed by Latvia's biggest brewery Aldaris, which is owned by Baltic Beverages Holdings. Additionally, this porter appears to be the only one brewed in the small country of Latvia.
A clear, deep ruby stained mahogany body is capped by a creamy lid of light tan foam. It's retention is good, and it maintains a thin surface covering throughout the first half of the glass. Some limited spotty lace also adds to the appearance. The nose is pleasantly sweet with notes of toffee and raisins. The body is firm and the carbonation is very fine and soft; leaving it quite silky in the mouth with an almost liqueur-like feel that's probably due in part to it's 6.8% alcohol by volume. The flavor is richly malty, and tempered with a clear note of alcohol that helps to thin it and leaves a mild pepperiness in the finish. It's fruity (raisin, fig) although it's probably a lager; and delivers a solid note of burnt brown sugar. It's not roasty, nor is it chocolatey - but it's quite caramelish and toffee-like. It finishes with a lingering note of dark sugar and some peppery alcohol. Quite interesting; highly enjoyable; and with a good level of drinkability even at 6.8%! Certainly worth trying.
04-20-2003 18:09:22 | More by NeroFiddled
3.93/5 rDev +5.9%
16.9oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours a dark brownish black with a fizzy tan head. The aroma is malt and sweet caramel. The taste is on the sweet side and malty much like the aroma. Overall, this is a pretty good porter that is certainly worth a try. Recommended.
08-01-2007 02:46:17 | More by cjgator3
3.1/5 rDev -16.4%
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.
02-01-2012 02:56:03 | More by tempest
4.25/5 rDev +14.6%
I loves me some blatic porters, so this was a pleasant one to stumble into!
Pours reep ruby red going towards mahogany with a 3 fingers deep light tan head. Crazy lacing & good head retention
S: Slight licorice & choclate notes, probably this beers only weak point
T: Chocolate, alcohol & licorice up front. Rich warming rum notes followed by oakyness & vanilla beans. Finishes fruitty, warming & fruitty/dry
MF: Rich, perfectly balanced& exellent carbonation
What's not to love? All this goodness drinks easier than it's 6.8 abv has a right to! Well worth seeking out
07-02-2006 04:01:37 | More by russpowell
4.08/5 rDev +10%
Deep ruby red, looks almost black when not in a strong light. Not much aroma, a bit of malt and alcohol. Flavour is mainly malt with an underlying sweetness: caramel and a hint of molasses. Aftertaste is malty and quite sweet, not overbearing but about the right level; this is a nice beer, dangerously smooth and easy to drink - though a bit more balancing bitterness or roast character wouldn't go amiss.
01-16-2004 16:22:20 | More by Imbiber
4.45/5 rDev +19.9%
Ya know . . . lately, I've just been craving Baltic Porters. Maybe I'm just getting in touch with my Eastern European ancestry, I don't know. But I do know that I love-love-love the style.
And this is a great example of it. Pleasantly nutty, a definate smokey 'rauchbier'-like presence, coupled with plum pudding and milk chocolate with maple syrup.
Damn, there is a lot of great stuff going on with this beer.
Really freakin' good.
I gotta say, I am very much in love with the present cold-spell that Indy is having. These beers won't be as good come summer.
04-07-2007 02:45:14 | More by shbobdb
3.25/5 rDev -12.4%
Poured from a bottle to a pint glass the liquid is dark with good carbonation. The head is tan 1 finger thick and fades fast leaving some lace.
The smell is sweet and roasty, a hint of molasses.
The taste is molasses and chocolate, quite sweet, too few hops to be balanced.
The mouthfeel is good, nice body creamy with good carbonation.
The drinkability is sub prime, too sweet for me. MK
08-13-2007 05:48:31 | More by MuenchenerKindl
3.63/5 rDev -2.2%
When poured into my glass, this beer poured a medium tan head of fine-small sized bubbles. The lacing was next to nothing on the sides of my glass. The hue of this beer was brown. The aroma was that of licorice and chocolate. This porter had a smooth and sweet taste to it and not a bad porter in my opinion.
07-16-2003 00:47:19 | More by hotstuff
3.4/5 rDev -8.4%
Poured from a brown 16.9 oz. bottle. Has a black color with a 1 inch head. Smell is of malts and coffee. Taste is sweet, malts and coffee, finishing slightly bitter. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and has average drinkability. Overall this makes for a quality beer.
02-05-2010 15:02:30 | More by tone77
3.65/5 rDev -1.6%
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.
11-20-2011 01:51:34 | More by puboflyons
4.05/5 rDev +9.2%
Basic aroma of sweet wort, vague banana ester, and slightly metallic. Dusty cocoa sweetness as it warms up. Not especially exciting, but I soon discover that this is a big contrast from the taste and it's other aspects. It pours very dark, nearly black, with a deep ruby highlight in the light.
Gingerbread, raisin, and chocolatey flavors. Big and malty, slight stickiness. Licorice and even black olive in the aftertaste. Excellent creamy mouthfeel, athough it's a bit sweet overall. Lingering sweetness on the palate. It's smoothness and hidden abv make it a breeze to drink. I'm enjoying this more than Okocim, but that's my least favorite Porter.
12-12-2007 02:52:52 | More by emerge077
4/5 rDev +7.8%
Served in the "new" Samuel Adams pint glass, bottle is batch # 1B110858. Bought at Keg Liquors in Clarksville, IN. The beer pours dark brown with about an inch off-white head. Lacing is pretty good. It smells like caramel, raisins, plums, roasted malt and chocolate. It's a very sweet smelling brew. The taste is pretty similar to how it smells, but there's also a nutty taste to the beer. The taste is mostly sweet with a slight bitter aftertaste. Mouthfeel is medium, and it's smooth with just the right amount of carbonation. Drinkability is pretty good too, but because of the sweetness I'm not sure if I could drink more than a couple of these at time. I like this beer a lot, I'm sorry I just bought one bottle of this. I'd definitely buy it again.
05-19-2007 00:16:30 | More by bluejacket74
3.28/5 rDev -11.6%
16.9 oz bottle.
Pours a rich brown, almost black, with ruby hues throughout.
Big fluffy tan head. Spotty lacing.
Aroma is sweet,malty, mediciny, roasty, toast, caramel and alcohol.
Flavor is ultra sweet, syrupy, chocolate milk,sweet coffee,prunes. underlying bitterness. Finish is short and sweet.
Goes down easy. I could drink several in a sitting, but worry that the sweetness might hurt my brain tomorrow.
01-23-2005 07:58:09 | More by Padron4KM
3.6/5 rDev -3%
Pours a deep brown/ black hue with a relatively think creamy darker tan head.
Aroma has lots of chocolate malt some nutty hints a dose of phenol alcohols and a hint of of darker fruits
Flavor is chocolate and coffee with some roasted notes coming through.
Mouthfeeel beer is slightly unbalanced to the sweet side of the spectrum with the solid roasted notes struggling to get through the haze of sweetness, some points for being unbalanced
Drinkability is decent, actually better when colder as the sweetness is a little bit more subdued at the lower temp.
08-20-2004 16:40:28 | More by CRJMellor
Porteris from Aldaris
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