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Porteris - Aldaris

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BA SCORE
84
good

171 Ratings
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Ratings: 171
Reviews: 139
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 14.56%
Wants: 4
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
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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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jammetti

Latvia

4.05/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

brown, creamy caramelle looking 2 to 3 finger head and leaves a wonderful lacing on the glass. Color is almost fully black (like Coca-cola). The smell is very specific and pleasant - smells something between chocolate, vine and malt. Taste is good but I don't recommend to drink it with big sips cause then it will become very bitter. Also you can't feel alcohol too much which is great cause the beer is 6,8% ABV

But overall it's a great porter stout and it is worth to try !

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2011 12:50:04 | More by jammetti
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Asgeirr

Svalbard & Jan Mayen Islands

4.25/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Aldaris Porteris pours a devastatingly dark burgundy colour along with a crown of light brown tone, consisting of bubbles in various sizes (like that of a type of polystyrene). It's very thick and it sure takes its time to diminish. As the "abdication" takes place the heritage of the Foamy Monarchy is that of a dense lacing. No bubbles are visible through this, rather, turbid brew.

Smell: Chocolate, closely followed by a stingy acidity, a touch of dark fruit is next in line, fading back into a more flower-like cacao. Continually, cherries arise giving the beer in question a depth and nuance in the sour parts now appearing more sweet-sour. Lastly, wrapped in a mild sawdust scent.

Taste: First off there is the sweetness of honey, then a more coarse tone of molasses 'n' cacao emerge and slides in and firmly places itself in the epicentre. The aforementioned cacao evolves its more acid 'n' acrid aspects harmoniously synchronized with the remaining sweetness of the mellifluous honey and molasses. A Flatbread-like maltiness bounces forth towards the end finishing of this tasting-experience with pleasant results.

Mouthfeel: Medium full, round and creamy but with sharp edges, the longer it remains, the coarser it seems to get towards the palate.

Drinkability: Outstanding, will do excellent as a complement to rustic Swedish husmanskost and obviously it does very well on its own.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2011 15:57:11 | More by Asgeirr
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gopens44

Virginia

4.15/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Thick foamy generous head at pour that dies out to gentle lacing very soon. Very much dark.

S - Malty, dark fruits and a tad sour on the nose

T - Rich plummy taste with a slight boozy touch.

M - Fairly high carbonation yet a touch creamy.

Nice enough beverage. Gotta admit, I picked this up because Latvian reference from the episode of Seinfeld where George converts to Latvian Orthodox Church, and proclaims that he most admires their hats. I'm glad that a cheeky reference led me to trying this one out, as it is actually pretty intriguing.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2010 00:46:27 | More by gopens44
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Magpie14

Michigan

2.95/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: predominantly a soft dark wood hue. Not transparent but the edges do have a light golden brown glow when held up to a light source. Lacing is a random spattering of cramped blobs all around, rather nice. All in all, nothing to fancy just run of the mill and in a good way

S: bread and yeast-like smells with caramel and malts. Overall it has that typical dextrose maltiness wallowing about. It contains sugar, yeast, and a few dark fruits

T: mostly burnt caramel and lightly roasted malts, if any. Building on this dyad of flavors is a minuscule addition of sour astringency, stale coffee grounds, and a hint of medicinal notes lingering. To be honest, I find this kinda lame overall

M: close to creamy and finishes decent. The body is medium in weight with some dull clammy features staining the tongue (coffee grounds, sour earthy notes)

D: decent, hardly worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2010 04:05:26 | More by Magpie14
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Lauthaha

Michigan

3.88/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a half-liter bottle into a half-liter beer mug.

Appearance: Pours a very dark mahogany with ruby accents. Tan head is quite thick and leaves heavy lacing as it recedes. After about five minutes, at least a whole finger head remains. Looks gorgeous.

Smell: Malty and slightly sweet. A banana-bread or apple-pie kind of scent. A touch pruney perhaps.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Almost no carbonation on the tongue, it has a very oily consistency. Very round flavor to it, there's nothing that jumps right out at you, save for the mellow maltiness. Caramel and/or butterscotch are possibilities. The alcohol is only noticeable in the aftertaste.

Drinkability: I would definitely buy this again, but not before I try some other Baltic Porters (or porters in general for that matter).

I really like this one, and at about $2.50/500mL, it's a great deal. Check this as a win for Aldaris.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2010 04:16:21 | More by Lauthaha
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.43/5  rDev -7.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2010 03:08:11 | More by Sammy
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DiabolikDUB

Oregon

2.4/5  rDev -35.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2010 20:32:02 | More by DiabolikDUB
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bgildea

Virginia

4.38/5  rDev +18.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2010 23:24:22 | More by bgildea
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oberon

North Carolina

3.9/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2010 20:47:46 | More by oberon
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mgbickel

Pennsylvania

3.93/5  rDev +5.9%
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!!

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2010 20:29:35 | More by mgbickel
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scruffwhor

Illinois

2.3/5  rDev -38%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2010 04:47:11 | More by scruffwhor
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Tone

Missouri

3.33/5  rDev -10.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2010 04:07:49 | More by Tone
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tone77

Pennsylvania

3.4/5  rDev -8.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2010 15:02:30 | More by tone77
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hackmann

Michigan

1.33/5  rDev -64.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2010 02:13:28 | More by hackmann
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drpimento

Wisconsin

3.58/5  rDev -3.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2009 22:58:30 | More by drpimento
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Avagadro

New Jersey

1.65/5  rDev -55.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2009 03:25:16 | More by Avagadro
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EgadBananas

Louisiana

3.15/5  rDev -15.1%
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...

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2009 00:02:37 | More by EgadBananas
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neobassman

Maryland

3.85/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2009 21:52:24 | More by neobassman
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Hometownboy

Oregon

4.25/5  rDev +14.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2009 03:01:42 | More by Hometownboy
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SLeffler27

New York

3.7/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2009 02:28:11 | More by SLeffler27
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Flightoficarus

Washington

4.3/5  rDev +15.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2009 11:12:47 | More by Flightoficarus
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NewGeneric

California

3.95/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2009 22:20:24 | More by NewGeneric
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BradLikesBrew

Missouri

3.75/5  rDev +1.1%
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 $.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2009 20:26:06 | More by BradLikesBrew
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ClockworkOrange

Pennsylvania

3.85/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2009 02:57:36 | More by ClockworkOrange
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Rayek

Colorado

3.83/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2009 03:31:15 | More by Rayek
Porteris from Aldaris
84 out of 100 based on 171 ratings.