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Porteris - Aldaris

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Ratings: 180
Reviews: 141
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 14.36%
Wants: 5
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Baltic Porter |  6.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerBob on 09-12-2002

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Photo of CRJMellor
3.62/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of Gueuzedude
3.55/5  rDev -3.8%
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 TastyTaste
4.55/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Extremely dark brown colorthick off-white head. Smells of roasted malt, alcohol, and something that I would call vinous. Taste is very full annd smooth, sith the alcohol and hops providing an interesting finish. Coffee and raisins are present in the taste. Mouthfeel is ful and creamy. Delicious Porter, probably the best one I have had.

Photo of Globetrotter
3.93/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Hand-delivered from Riga, mine is a tall brown half liter bottle with a green and gold label of nothing more than words, most of them in English on the front (despite being for domestic consumptino). The back label was in Latvian, so I have little clue what info is provided. I couldn't find an ingredients list. Best before 9/10/04, I opened it on 4/19/04.

Lovely clear dark burgundy under a sand colored 2.5 finger head that settle fairly quickly but left good lace on the top half of the glass. Very mild nose, with just a hint of caramel. The mouth is fairly flat, and heavy with malt and sweetness. The taste is very nice: caramel and raisins up front, backed by some roasted hoppy bitterness with just a touch of coffee complementing the chocolate. The aftertaste is more sweet than bitter, but this is a treat.

Photo of JohnnyDuvel
4.2/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another excellent baltic porter. Taste reminiscent of coffee, some bitterness, but nowhere near as much as a beer like Fuller's. Not as strong or rich as Ocokim. Dark as night, nice foamy head with good lacing and retention. Terrific balance. This is a very drinkable porter. Not as strong as some baltics, but a real treat, and one I will revisit.

Photo of cokes
3.68/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of nomad
3.26/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Into a nice tulip glass, this dark beer quickly shows a big, fluffy off-white head. Plenty of lace on each tip.

Smells of soft chocolate and dark malt with cocoa powder notes sprinkled on top. Also, a soft and indistinct fruitiness. Very soft, like I'm struggling to kick up to my nose what I perceived.

Taste is impeccably smooth and creamy, having plenty of mocha flavor popping about. Unfortunately this beer doesn't progress to show much more than a muddle roastiness and a soda-like small fruitiness. Finishes with a chalky dryness without much of a payoff.

A smooth, abundantly creamy, and almost chocolatey Baltic porter, though there are better examples of smooth, creamy, and chocolatey beers out there. Not terribly flavorful, and quite soft on the nose, but nicely quaffable. There are much better beers of this style out there - not in the league of complexity of its more vaunted peers. Yet it is smooth and thus not a bad beer to be stuck with in Latvia.

Photo of beergeek279
3.67/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in the 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass. The color is a dark amber with a wispy head. The smell is a caramel malt. The taste is a very sweet malt start, with some porter character coming through as the beer warms in the mouth. Mouthfeel is average. As for drinkability, maybe a couple.

Not a bad beer, but seems more like a dopplebock than a porter. Very sweet, if that's your thing. Though I probably wouldn't actively seek this one, I'd have it again if I saw it around.

Photo of Reidrover
3.93/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bought in the 1pt .09 oz brown bottle..classy old fashioned style gold and black label.
Lovelly looking Baltic porter..appears garnet held to the light..with a large frothy creme coloured head.
Smell is mostly of malts but its sort of subdued compared to other Baltics I have had.
Surprisingly creamy taste to start..but the malts are well noticed, sort of smokey even, then some hints of black cherry, liquorice and a slight bitterness in the after taste..alcohol is detected as the beer glides down the throat.
Very excellent mouthfeel..creamy and smooth as butter.
Nice drinkable Baltic..though no where near Zywiec or Okocim.

Photo of daledeee
4.16/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a beautiful beer. Pours very dark brown with a foamy white head. Way more head than any porter I have had. Actually this beer tastes like a cream stout. Very smooth, nice sweet malt profile with a hint of chocolate. Some hops thrown in for good measure. A nice alchohol content for a nice kick. Some will say this does not have a strong enough taste(smoke, chocolate, coffee) This is an exceptional beer.

Photo of alexgash
3.98/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark red-tinged brown with a creamy tan head. Smells of light roastiness, faint soapy sweetness, but not overly aromatic. Taste is sweet, caramelly whiskey malt. Velvety smooth, creamy, medium-bodied. Roasty, slightly bitter, butter finish. Low carbonation and goes down very easy.

Photo of Imbiber
4.06/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of garymuchow
3.85/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma was a sweet caramelly malt with a roast quality.
Pours with an excessive head that settles down but still is 3-4 inches. Dark brown to black. Lacing.
A porter that pushes a malty sweetness more than any I've had so far. Almost too cloy. Lacks strong roast character. Fruitiness presents as warms. Little to no bitterness.
Maybe because of the huge head it's quite flat. Smooth and a medium/heavy feel.
This is interesting and good, but I'm not sure it's a great porter.

Photo of tavernjef
3.88/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown color with rusty orange edges, thin to medium sized dark kaikee speckly head of firm bubbley froth, settles down to a murky thin haze on top and globs of patchy lacing. Smell is abit subdued but it has a favorable sweet dark fruityness of raisin, plum, and prune, very deep and dark with some flashes of roastyness within and some twingy molasses and vinegar notes. Taste is darkened sweet fruits and malty, good roasty tone mixing with the dark rummy raisins and some plummish, prune-like notes, quite dark overall and fairly thick. Creamy with some lighter sided toffee and molasses and lingers with dulled sweetness and becomes a bit bittered very late. A nice finish thats lingers with some complexity to it. Feel is solid in a medium body with a creamy front, solid middle, and finishes nice with light dryness and lingering sweetness and mild roastyness. Pretty nice baltic porter, it got better as it went along, not bad, just good enough to keep it interesting, the finish is what helped me like it a bit more.

Photo of Gusler
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%
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 woemad
4.27/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

1 pt.9 oz.bottle purchased at Jim's Homebrew in Spokane for $2.84. This was my first Latvian beer. Poured a super dark brown with a moderate off-white head. Had a rather "winey" smell, like cognac that recently emerged from an oak cask. Strong red-wine grapes are what most comes to my mind when sniffing this. There are also notes of caramel The taste begins with a dark, sweet maltiness reminiscent of red wine with a very oakey aftertaste. After the taste there is a slight warming sensation - a low-yield version of the sensation one gets after gulping down a swallow of cognac - and is more than I expected from an abv of 6.8% It has a rather oily mouthfeel, though not as thick as I'd expected. This is a nice beer to have after a good meal, and would probably be tasty with a rich, chocolatey dessert. Someday, I need to get myself to Riga. I once knew a woman from there when I was studying in Germany. With women like her around and beers like this available, the place should be worth visiting!

Photo of crookedhalo
3.58/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Translucent dark brown color with a light brown thick head that left an impressive lace in the pint glass. Smells very malty and minerally, with some notes of dark fruits. Tastes thick and malty, with a slight saltiness in the background. Prune and molasses, with no apparent hops anywhere. Syrupy and thick, good for a Baltic porter. Similiar to Baltika #6 in some ways. Can't say I could drink many of these back-to-back, it's just too thick. However I did enjoy this one on a singular level...

Photo of BeerBuilder
4.05/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Deep dark brown in color with a light brown head. The aroma is chocolatey and roasty. The flavor is also chocolatey with a roasted finish. It has a bit of roasted bitterness, but not too much. The texture is like a Samuel Smith’s, very creamy and oily. It is a medium-full bodied brew, smooth, silky and easy drinking. A very tasty porter.

Photo of ADR
3.6/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 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...

Photo of hotstuff
3.6/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of granger10
4.3/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

It's basically fermented chocolate malt combined with fresh ground roasted coffee. I can really taste the chocolate and the coffee brings an intensity I rarely taste in a beer. Porteris also has a creaminess to it that complements the chocolate/coffee mixture very well. This was a very, very filling beer and one that I could not drink all night with. Personally this is a great beer to have right before I go to bed.

Photo of andyj
4.04/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer had a lovely dark complexion with a tinge of red, so it wasn't opague. It had a wonderful roasty sort of aroma. This and the slightly bitter taste are from the use of chocolate malt. Very silky mouthfeel coupled with a blend of caramel and bitter chocolate flavors on the palate. Another tasty porter from the baltic region.

Photo of TheDM
3.8/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew poured a medium head of fine to medium sized light brown bubbles and a semi-opaque dark brown slightly carbonated body. It has a very nice strong malt aroma and a smooth slightly alcoholic flavor with notes of coffee and roasted caramel. A very nice smooth Baltic Porter. Not as good as the Sinebrychoff but still very nice. This is a good tasting bre that I would try again and again.

Photo of feloniousmonk
4.23/5  rDev +14.6%
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 NeroFiddled
4.23/5  rDev +14.6%
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.

Porteris from Aldaris
83 out of 100 based on 180 ratings.