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Porteris - Aldaris

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175 Ratings
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Ratings: 175
Reviews: 141
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 14.56%
Wants: 4
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
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Latvia

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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Photo of cokes
3.68/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

cokes, Mar 24, 2004
Photo of nomad
3.25/5  rDev -12.4%
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.

nomad, Mar 15, 2004
Photo of beergeek279
3.65/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

beergeek279, Mar 10, 2004
Photo of Reidrover
3.95/5  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.

Reidrover, Mar 06, 2004
Photo of daledeee
4.15/5  rDev +11.9%
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.

daledeee, Feb 17, 2004
Photo of alexgash
4/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

alexgash, Feb 14, 2004
Photo of Imbiber
4.08/5  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.

Imbiber, Jan 16, 2004
Photo of garymuchow
3.88/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

garymuchow, Jan 08, 2004
Photo of tavernjef
3.9/5  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.

tavernjef, Jan 05, 2004
Photo of Gusler
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%
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.

Gusler, Dec 14, 2003
Photo of woemad
4.28/5  rDev +15.4%
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!

woemad, Dec 08, 2003
Photo of crookedhalo
3.58/5  rDev -3.5%
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...

crookedhalo, Nov 11, 2003
Photo of BeerBuilder
4.05/5  rDev +9.2%
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.

BeerBuilder, Aug 15, 2003
Photo of ADR
3.58/5  rDev -3.5%
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...

ADR, Aug 15, 2003
Photo of hotstuff
3.63/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

hotstuff, Jul 16, 2003
Photo of granger10
4.3/5  rDev +15.9%
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.

granger10, Jul 06, 2003
Photo of andyj
4.03/5  rDev +8.6%
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.

andyj, Jun 30, 2003
Photo of TheDM
3.78/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

TheDM, Jun 06, 2003
Photo of feloniousmonk
4.28/5  rDev +15.4%
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?

feloniousmonk, May 04, 2003
Photo of NeroFiddled
4.28/5  rDev +15.4%
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.

NeroFiddled, Apr 20, 2003
Photo of Sigmund
3.55/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Dark ruby colour. Good light tan head. Interesting vinous aroma of raisins, blackberries, ensilage, seaweed and some coffee. Full, rich and smooth flavour - but unfortunately too sweet. Like a good cup of coffee with too much sugar. Syrup battles with a nice roastiness in the aftertaste. Still, an interesting Latvian aquaintance - well worth sampling.

Sigmund, Mar 22, 2003
Photo of Bighuge
4.5/5  rDev +21.3%
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.

Bighuge, Feb 25, 2003
Photo of ZAP
4.72/5  rDev +27.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Wow was this a pleasant surprise....is there a category for "Milk/Sweet" Porters...Thought this was more of an imperial porter and at 6.8% it should be but there is not a smidgeon of alcohol flavor in this...rather it is deliciously sweet...almost like a milk shake..Drinkability???.I had to start up my computer and really had to control myself to keep some in the glass to review by the time I got things booted up...I love this Porter....It has a wonderful sweet caramel.milk shake like flavor....If you're looking for a dry Porter with some hopping look elsewhere....The mouthfeel is thick and creamy.....maybe a tad oversweet for some...

A beer that fits my favor profile to a tee....thick...sweet....creamy..tasty.....high abv....it has it all for me....if you can find this I highly suggest you try it, particularly if you're a fan of sweet stouts like Watneys or Mackesons....This seems to be the Porter version of those...

ZAP, Feb 24, 2003
Photo of Viking
4.28/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Body is a deep, dark reddish brown with no carbonation visible. The brownish head is initially thick and creamy, but fades rather quckly to a nice bubbly lace. Nice sweet roasted malt aroma with hints of fruit - plums perhaps? Flavor is smooth, with roasted malt, hints of chocolate, and a nice bitterness that is most prominent in the finish. Very creamy and smooth mouthfeel, and a damn good brew all around.

Viking, Nov 06, 2002
Photo of BeerBob
4.53/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Porteris pours jet black from a 11.2 fl oz bottle. Big tan head forms with small dense bubbles. This is really a deep deep red upon closer examination, but for the casual glance, its black.

Nose is big caramel malt, licorice, figs, and prune. Palate is licorice, figs, sweet caramel malt, and alcohol. After taste is licorice, sweet caramel malt, and drying hops with the warmth of alcohol flowing from the palate to the stomach.

Complex and very tasty with a nice warming after glow. Aldaris Porteris from Riga Latvia is among one of the better porters, flavorful and will not disappoint.

BeerBob, Sep 12, 2002
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Porteris from Aldaris
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