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Porteris - Aldaris

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177 Ratings
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Ratings: 177
Reviews: 141
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 14.86%
Wants: 5
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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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Photo of Sammy
3.43/5  rDev -7.3%
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.

Photo of metter98
3.68/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Photo of olradetbalder
3/5  rDev -18.9%

Photo of brentk56
3.35/5  rDev -9.5%
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

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.1/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Dark cola brown with cherry-orange highlights when sitting on my desktop, dusky dark ruby when backlit. A wonderfully large, creamy head of toasted ecru froth is currently occupying the upper half of the glass. Since it's in no hurry to depart, I'm left looking at languidly popping bubbles on a slightly rumpled surface. I'm guessing some pretty attractive lace will be forthcoming (note: wrong again).

The nose is disappointing as Baltic porters go. The biggest problem is that there isn't enough potency for the style. I pick up very little in the way of roasted malt, chocolate, etc. There is some amount of dark fruitiness, but it can't carry the aroma all by its lonesome. I hope the flavor doesn't follow suit or this porter will be Baltic in the geographic sense only.

Slightly better on the palate. It's still a letdown of sorts, in part because there isn't a huge amount of flavor. Frankly, Porteris tastes like an overly sweet, overly weak milk porter to me (as in the porter equivalent of a milk stout). Again, almost no semblance of toasted or roasted malt comes through on the palate. There's a little bit of molasses flavor, but it tastes artificial.

The beer is slightly sour and is almost cloyingly sweet. The high sugar load contributes a great deal of viscosity, although it isn't an enjoyable sort of viscosity for some unexplainable reason. It's also bubble-deficient, which adds to the less than compelling mouth presence.

Aldaris Porteris is an unqualified disappointment. I think I have a pretty fair understanding of the Baltic porter style and this beer doesn't come within light years of that template. It may be authentically Baltic geography-wise, but it's a pretender as far as I'm concerned.

Photo of ygtbsm94
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of oberon
3.9/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

Photo of emerge077
4.05/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.28/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of RblWthACoz
4.22/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a near opaque black with a tan head. Light on the nose with a touch of malts and not much else really going on. Flavor is thick with character. Starts off nice and hearty with a touch of roasted quality to it, but it does not last long. If it lasted longer, or maybe even grew into a more complex brew, I might give even more points. Feel is nice and thick with a lot of body there and a decent carbonation. Definitely drinkable. I am surprised by this one and found it very easy to drink and actually worth going back to.

Photo of russpowell
4.25/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

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

Photo of feloniousmonk
4.28/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Color: a fine, though still clear dark brown. Head: huge, towering, lacey, creamy tan. Aroma: soft and earthy, a touch of toffee, but largely dry and absent of too many flavors.
On the palate, nothing but smooth, rich, creamy, delicious. Very little hops, and quite a nice contribution from the malt side of things, lush and full and delicious! Tasty, sweet, substantial,...a real meal in a bottle, and the dessert, too!
One excellent porter! I could drink this over and over again! Yum! Have I finally found that Latvian porter I've been dreaming of, all along?

Photo of Gueuzedude
3.53/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a deep brown almost black color and topped by a creamy tan head. The aroma is quite chewy and malty with notes reminiscent of a good bock. I get notes of alcohol, raisins, and a subdued notes of roasted malts. The beer is sweet and slightly on the thick side. There is a bit of roast character that peeps out from under the up front sweetness. This is a tad too sweet and there is not enough bring roast character to balance it out. This is a pretty decent beer, but it really is just a bit too sweet and a bit too unbalanced.

Photo of wrightst
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of superspak
3.68/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of tempest
3.1/5  rDev -16.2%
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.

Photo of dmorgan310
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of atrocity
3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

Photo of Latarnik
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of Tone
3.33/5  rDev -10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a black color with an amber along the bottom of the glass. 1/2 inc head of a tan color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of sweet malt, hops, pale malt, yeast, and slight caramel. Barley fits the style of a Baltic Porter. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp with an average carbonation level. Tastes of alcohol, hops, sweet malt, hint of smoke, pale malt, and yeast. Overall, missing that acidity of a Baltic, but has a nice body and blend. Almost more of a Doppelbock. Also, the sweetness level is really high.

Photo of Bighuge
4.5/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer is a dark ruby. The brown head recedes to an edging in seconds. Lacing is truncated. The aroma is milky sweet and bittersweet at the same time. The roasted and chocolate flavors are really subdued in this porter. I want to knock it because the roastiness level isn't where I'd like, but this just tastes too damn good to knock it. To me, it almost tastes more like a Milk Stout/ Porter Hybrid....and a damn good one at that. There's a sweet aspect to this beer that would probably seem out of place in other porters, but really accentuates this one nicely. Milk sugar and brown sugar come to mind. Lactic sweetness. The carbonation level of this beer is just right to lend a high drinkability factor. Body is about medium-full.

Thank you Brother Zap for the nice little Imperial Porter.

Photo of DrJay
4.05/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Clear, deep brown with ruby, almost purple, highlights. Dense, light tan head with solid sheets of bubbles that stick to the glass. Grainy malt aroma, kind of biscuity, with a distinctive raisin character. A little nutty too. Mild to moderate bitterness with a lot of dried, sweet fruit and sweet grain. Very light dark grain character (dry cocoa, burnt) that grows as it warms. Well-integrated, lowish carbonation with a refined, creamy texture. A little fuller than medium bodied, but still with a bit of dryness in the finish. Faint alcohol warmth. This isn't bad at all. It seems like they're using special B rather than other roasted malts - that would explain the raisin and lack of strong chocolate, burnt and/or roast. I'd definitely try it again.

Photo of flagmantho
4.05/5  rDev +9.5%
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.

Photo of Gusler
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a deep sanguineous color with a modest light brown head that is frothy in texture and the surviving lace a rather thin sheet. Nose is caramel, lightly toasted grains and somewhat sweet as is the nicely malted start, top is light to middling in feel. Finish is mild in its carbonation with the hops pleasantly spicy, quite dry aftertaste, a rather average porter, drinkable, but certainly no Alpha Klaus, but few beers are.

Photo of scruffwhor
2.3/5  rDev -37.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Cola brown in color with litte to no head, but good bubbling.

The aroma is a sugary sweet roasted and just a little smokey malt. Maybe a ittle peety, I'm not sure. But lets no forget the Kvass like bread sweetness mixed in with that. Almost a little too bready sweet.

Starts with lots of bready, heavily toasted sugar flavors. The front of my palate is telling me there's some DR.Pepper in there. The middle takes a more bread sweet and notmolasses sweet taste to it. A little reminiscent of my first Kvass. The finish is lightly roasted bread with a light molasses spread and a metallic twang.

This beer is nothing special other than saying you tried a Latvian beer. Unless you Like Kvass or really bready sweet beers.

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Porteris from Aldaris
84 out of 100 based on 177 ratings.