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Porteris - Aldaris


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

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Style | ABV
Baltic Porter |  6.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerBob on 09-12-2002)
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North Carolina

3.35/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: Deep dark brown color with a long-lasting tan head and a fair amount of a lacing

Smell: Caramel and dried fruit on the nose

Taste: Initial sweetness overwhelmed by a sour, burnt nuts taste that was quite surprising

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with low-medium carbonation

Drinkability: While you would expect a bit bitterness in a Baltic Porter, the sourness of this brew is a bit over the top and makes it unbalanced

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2004 20:41:53 | More by brentk56
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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Porteris from Aldaris
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