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Porteris | Aldaris

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Style: Baltic Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.80%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerBob on 09-12-2002

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Reviews: 140 | Ratings: 197
Photo of DiabolikDUB
2.43/5  rDev -34.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle poured into Pint glass.

Pours a deep brown with reddish edges and big, light-tan head that lasts and leaves light lacing down the glass. The aroma is mostly toffee and caramel. The flavor is sweet caramel and slightly bready. Its medium bodied with a prickly amount of carbonation. I don't think this is a good representation of a Baltic Porter, maybe a brown porter or just a American Brown. Not what I expected and not all that enjoyable.

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Photo of bgildea
4.35/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark brown with a very slight amberish shade. Thick whitish tan head that lingers and leaves decent lacing.

S: Sweet smell with a faint hint of malts.

T: Very nice. Sweet and creamy butterscotch flavor that balances well the the roasted malts. Great flavor composition.

M: Thicker than I expected, which was nice. Has a good amount of chew to it. Thick for it's style.

D: Very drinkable. Tastes good, and it came in a nice large bottle. For only $2 and change.

Overall: Overall I was pleasantly surprised with the beer. I exceeded my expectations and delivered with a nice flavor of butterscotch and malts. Great flavor + large bottle + cheep price = Great drinkin beer.

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Photo of oberon
3.88/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

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Photo of mgbickel
3.93/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 16.9 oz bottle into a Perfect Pint glass. My aggressive pour yielded a large, 3 finger, sandstone head. The foam slowly dissipated leaving behind tons and tons of lace. The body is dark brown with maroon edges.

Hmm...I can detect multiple layers of aromas. Some roasted coffee up front followed by a combo of honey, raisins and vanilla. There seems to be a powerful, sweet caramel malt backbone.

Yep...I was right about the sweet caramel malt! It really dominated the palate. You can pick up tiny bits of roasted characters in the middle before it turns sweet again at the finish.

This may be the thickest, most creamy porter I have ever tried. Small amounts of carbonation present also.

This is a pretty amazing beer, but almost too sweet to be real drinkable. Great for a cold winter night, but not something you want to chug while cutting the grass!!

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Photo of scruffwhor
2.34/5  rDev -36.8%
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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Photo of Tone
3.36/5  rDev -9.2%
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.

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Photo of tone77
3.4/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of hackmann
1.38/5  rDev -62.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

A: Nice black appearance and when the light reflects through you get a little mahogany hue.
Nice head at first.

S: ?Water?

T: Sweet, Sweet and Sweet. opps a little roasty note. Yuck!

M: If you can get pass the sweet it has a watery mouthfeel. Thank god there is no aftertaste.

D: Three mouth fulls and then the rest of the pint went on the grass. I hope the grass does not die. Battery acid is more drinkable.

I think I found a beer worst than Sam Adams Blackberry.

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Photo of drpimento
3.58/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Little over the top on sweetness for this beer. Even for the style. Poured with a huge light tan, foamy, frothy head and some lace. Color is dark mahoganey. Aroma is malty and a little roasty. Flavor is more full and also includes some caramel and dark ripe fruit. Malty sweetness rules here. Body is full and lush with good carbonation. Finish is exactly what you'd expect in this case - same as above. Almost tastes and feels like a milk or cream beer. Bit sweet for a session.

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Photo of Avagadro
1.72/5  rDev -53.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 4 | overall: 1

A: porteris is borderline black with an off-white frothy head. Red highlights are visible when held to the light.

S: aroma is faint, with a sweet/ sour note. I'm not sure that I've ever noticed these aromas in other beers before.

T: at first sip, I questioned whether I had purchased a bad bottle. Only after reading other reviews did I realize that it was supposed to be this sweet. Hops are used for a reason; to prevent beer from tasting like this. Molasses and Caramel dominate the flavor, with a slight sourness that is really just awful.

M: despite the awful flavor of this beer, I have to say that the mouthfeel is fine for a porter. Thick and creamy.

D: never again. I don't understand how this beer has such a high rating. avoid.

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Photo of EgadBananas
3.2/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours nice and dark with dark tan head, two.five fingers worth.

Smells sweet and roasty. Very malty.

Maybe its just me but this is uber sweet... good, but the sweetness kinda takes away from it for me.

Its one of the thickest, and chewiest porters ive hard. Not a bad thing per say...

For me, I couldnt have more than one...

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Photo of neobassman
3.84/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

As a fan of porters, I snagged a bottle of this on my last trip to my favorite local store. The pour from the pint+ (16.9 oz.) bottle produced a strong and persistent light tan head. Dark, almost black pour with gold (as opposed to red) highlights. The smell and taste reminded me more of stout than porter, with significant roasted barley in both the nose and the mouth. I did not find this to be an unpleasant porter, but it is definitely toward the darker, more roasted barley end of the spectrum and not a lot of pleasurable malty sweetness. The bite of the roasted flavors is quite persistent, lingering on the tongue long after the swallow. Flavor notes include raisins, currants, brown sugar, and a hint of coffee. Mouthfeel is, I would say, average for porters - substantial but perhaps a bit less substantial than the taste would suggest. Not watery, but not as fully satisfying as the best baltic porters (for example, I prefer Southhampton's offering over this Aldaris, even though I gave them both a "B"). Still, a satisfying brew and worthy of consideration, especially given it's good value.

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Photo of Hometownboy
4.21/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Grabbed this due to its novelty factor - Hey, a Lithuanian beer! But it was an excellent choice, and a good buy to boot at less than two bucks for a 25-ouncer.

This Baltic Porter generates a thick two-finger head over a deep brown base. The mouthfeel is a bit thin, but there's a coffee ice cream/bitter chocolate/malt combination taste going that more than makes up for it.

At 6.8 percent ABV (or 6,8 as the bottle shows in European style) this is a comfortable pour for a nice evening. With such intense flavor, it would work best as an after-dinner beer, but it could stand up to the strongest meats with dinner as well.

I'll watch for this in the future.

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Photo of SLeffler27
3.66/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

My friendly Otter Creek Pint Glass hosts a dark, walnut beer that passes the light with red highlights under four fingers of a creamy, coffee ice cream head with brown drops ultimately leaving patches of lace.

Soap dominates the aroma, fortunately, there is sufficient coffee and bitter chocolate to make this modestly appetizing.

The flavor profile returns to the coffee ice cream motif with bitterness and a hint of kahlua, probably due to the alcohol.

Soft carbonation and high alcohol define this full bodied and creamy smooth beer.

This is a fine beer, suitable for a nightcap. However, the soapiness holds it away from any possibility of accompanying a dessert.

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Photo of Flightoficarus
4.3/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Serving type: Half liter (16.9 fl. oz) bottle

Appearance - Very dark brown, almost black color, with a slightly brown foam head.

Smell - Very malty and sweet, notes of caramel and licorice

Taste - As the smell would suggest, quite sweet. Lots of malt and caramel flavor, with licorice, and perhaps some coffee or chocolate notes in there as well. Hidden alcohol.

Mouthfeel - Medium/Medium thick, and syrupy body, with light carbonation.

Drinkability - Not a session beer, but pretty drinkable for it's ABV.

I've only tried a few Baltic Porters, but so far, this one remains my favorite. A great beer I definitely recommend to any fan of dark, sweet beers. Also, not very expensive, so a great deal too.

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Photo of NewGeneric
3.92/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Had this during the poker game last night. Poured a deep brown, almost black color with plenty of tan head and lacing. Smelled very malty with a little pinch of hops. Tasted malty and sweet, with caramel and toffee undertones and a roasty finish. Very, very smooth. This is easily my favorite lager thus far and I could drink a bunch of em.

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Photo of BradLikesBrew
3.71/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark caramel body resembles a coca-cola with a light tan head resting on top. Muted aroma of malt sweetness. On the palate, this beer reminds me of an English barleywine. Malty, slightly sweet and nutty. Notes of brown sugar and licorice with just a hint of hop bitterness in the finish. This is more like an Imperial Dunkel Lager than a Baltic Porter. Enjoyable Latvian lager, worth your time and $.

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Photo of ClockworkOrange
3.83/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A half liter bottle poured into a nonic Imperial pint glass. This porter appears a clear dark crimson brown color with about a finger of fluffy ecru foam. Taste and aromas of rich roasted bitter grains, semi-sweet chocolate, coffee beans, slightly sour and fruity. Medium in both body and carbonation. A tasty baltic that all fans of the style should not miss.

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Photo of Rayek
3.8/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Ultra deep mahogany, with a foamy tan cap. Head retention is above average, and bits and pieces of lace are left behind.

S: Molasses, licorice, grass and lemon are nicely woven together. Initially, there was an off putting sour aroma that quickly disappeared.

T: Licorice and molasses from the nose transition well into the flavor. They're joined by a bit of brown sugar. Bitterness comes along with a distinct pepper bite that is supported by a fair amount of alcohol. Finishes with a lingering molasses sweetness.

M: Thick and chewy body is marred by too much harsh carbonation.

D: Not the best Baltic I've had, but a decent beer overall. I'm glad I picked it up.

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Photo of clayrock81
3.93/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark leather brown with tow-finger tan head that dies slowly and left some lace patches. The smell was a little subdued, and while I picked up some caramel and chocolate for a sweet smell along w/ hints of roast malts they were all very minor. Smooth and creamy, buttery, is how I'd describe the medium-body's texture. Caramel and cocoa make it a sweet beer, really sweet at some points, and there are fruit flavors as well thanks to minor hopiness (for some reason I picked up this weird cherry vanilla taste and some butterscotch and maple syrup). ABV hidden well as this is one of the sweetest porters I had and very enjoyable.

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

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.

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Photo of droomyster
4.3/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I took this out of the refrigerator about 45 minutes ago to let it warm up a bit. Half-litre bottle pours a dark chestnut, nearly black, with a big brown head that smells strongly of toffee and big malts with a burnt component. Very full body (I don't know why some are calling this medium or medium light), this beer is big and round, with very sweet malts backed less by bitterness than an interesting sourness. Who doesn't love a sweet & sour combination? Very fascinating. I highly recommend this intriguing beer, and recommend letting it warm for a while before pouring it. I'm a huge fan of Baltic porters and consider this one the best I've had so far. It's slightly lower in alcohol than most in its class, yet twice as complex.

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Photo of atis
3.92/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500 ml from Riga. Although I live in Latvia and have heard only good things about this Porter I had never tried it. I guess I was afraid it will be bad and then I would have to think that the largest brewery Aldaris is not capable of producing even one decent beer.

Pours dark brown, almost black with brown head. Aroma is mild sweetish and fruity with some roasted coffee in the back. Taste is sweetish malt with chocolate and raisins and mild pleasantly bittery roasted coffe in the finish; sometimes hints of alcohol could be felt. Long lasting bittery aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is around medium and medium/light carbonation.

Overall, I am quite satisfied. It was good, although a bit more on the sweet side.

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Photo of yesyouam
3.64/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Aldaris Porteris is a clear, dark red beer with a dense beige head that shows nice retention and leaves excellent lacing. It has a sweet, malty aroma that has some roastiness to it. It has a smooth medium body with a syrupy finish. It is sweet, malty and roasty; a little sour and a little bitter. It's pretty well balanced. This was a pleasant surprise. I got this for 93 cents!
(rated 9/21/2008)

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Photo of nick76
3.12/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The aroma is sweet with molasses, multi-grain bread, chocolate, toasted malt, and prunes. The appearance is dark brown with a moderate head. The flavor is like the aroma with an emphasis on the sweet dark malt and fruity elements. The palate is a little thin. Overall a drinkable, interesting beer that is not great.

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