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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: 196
Photo of goodbyeohio
4.21/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

inspired by my trip to the polish restaurant last night, and said restaurant's disappointingly tapped-dry supply of okocim porter, i picked this bottle up on my way home from work.

very dark beer with a fizzy yellow head. toffee, raisins, and fresh baked brioche notes in the aroma. very inviting but hints at excessive sweetness. body is right on, the first thing i notice is the somewhat-heavy although uber-smooth velvet palate grabbing. definitely dry with the natural sweetness lingering in the back. all the flavors blend nicely, though.. presenting the hybrid fruit character of a belgian quad alongside something more earthy and husky and a finish that reminds me of nutella. at 6.8%, this beer is surprisingly rich and sip-worthy. really one of the more complex baltic porter's i've tried, and deserving of a spot at the grownups table. i believe this was in the $2 range for 500ml, a purchase which i will surely be repeating.

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Photo of Hoagie1973
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was a pleasant surprise. Just picked up a single on a whim, knowing nothing about it.
Poured black with brown edges. Medium foamy head & respectable lacing.
Smells sweet and extremely malty. Not much hops here to speak of, just roasted malt, mocha, & molasses; a hint of alcohol.
Tastes sweet and malty; some caramel and raisins, chocolate, and more molasses. Slight bitterness in the finish comes mostly from the alcohol. Excellent flavor if you like 'em sweet.
Big full body with a creamy, slick mouthfeel. Dangerously close to being syrupy, but not quite. Residual sugars linger on the tongue.
A pretty nice Baltic Porter. Reasonably priced and definitely worth a look.

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Photo of vtfan77
3.68/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It's a rainy, gloomy day here, so I thought it would be appropriate to bust out a couple authentic Baltic Porters. Here's the first one, from... ooh, Latvia! How exotic!

A- Dark reddish brown with an ample beige head thanks to a vigorous pour.

S- Roasted malt and dark fruits predominate, with an aroma reminiscent of burnt raisins (not that I've ever burned raisins before, but, you know...). Hints of cocoa and molasses are also in the mix.

T- Taste is like the aroma, with raisins and chocolate being the predominant flavors. It finishes with a touch of coffee and a sort of metallic flavor. Not much bitterness at all here.

M- Medium to full-bodied and very rich. Not a lot of carbonation, though.

D- Not too high in alcohol for the style, but it's very rich and filling. I think one in a sitting is plenty.

Quite good. This is a nice beer that has a lot of flavor and would be a good choice if you're ever in the mood for a big porter. Plus, it's usually pretty cheap, too. If you're a fan of the style, I say give it a try. Recommended.

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Photo of DmanGTR
3.82/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured dark brown/garnet color with a fluffy 2.5 inch head. Good lacing.

S - complex bitterness, chocolatey and somewhat fruity with dark fruits (raisins and plums), and a touch of molasses.

T - Strong maltiness followed by sweet and fruity waves and leaves a sweet alcoholic aftertaste

M - medium bodied, medium/light carbonation

D - Decent drinkability, alcohol is well hidden and the carbonation is just right.

Overall - I thought it was an interesting beer. The smell and taste is definitely different from the average porter. Well worth a try.

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

Another brew from the blind sampling of baltic porters.
Poured at cellar temp into a snifter the beer pours a dark cocoa brown with ruby highlights.
Aroma is caramel and some bready yeast with hints of brown sugar. First sip is very fizzy with tingly carbonation average body and slightly sticky texture. Flavor is molasses and dark fruit with brown sugar. no hints of ABV. The beer lingers with some nice roasted malt character. Easy drinker and fairly good beer.

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Photo of CharlieMopps
3.35/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A Latvian Baltic Porter, this one pours out dark and forboding, a heavy black hue with only a small glint of ruby light getting in toward the bottom of the glass. Four and a half fingers of head surge up, rising just above the lip of my nonic pint, then settle after a few minutes. A trail of lace clings to the sides, with wide gaps in between. Much like my foray in Baltic Porters a while back, this one has all the characteristics: roasted, chocolate malt aroma, although more subtle than your average Porter, with a clean lager scent. However, this one had a touch of something else, something more like oil, actually.

The palate consists of sweet chocolate and minimal roasted coffee flavors, followed by a relatively mellow finish. There is a sugary element to this beer that tastes a little overdone, almost like imitation fruit sucrose in a sense, which detracts from its clean and well-meaning nature.

While the carbonation and body feel spot on, hovering right in between syrupy and refreshingly bubbly, the flavors seem to be a bit skewed. I truly want to love this beer, but am reminded with each sip why I don't. A decent enough offering, but I'd prefer to meet its cousins.

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Photo of pmcadamis
3.62/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - A big fat solid two finger head charges to the top of the brew and stays put for a long time. The tan head is creamy, solid, and dense. It almost looks like that foamy spray insulation that can be used to coat industrial spaces. There is a white layer of cream on top of the tan foam...thats something that I've never seen before; a two tones head! The brew itself is pitch black with the lightest hints of brown around the edge when held directly to the snow-blinding light outside my sliding door. Lots of sparkling lace sticks to the snifter, and a quick swirl brings the head back to a full two fingers.

S - Sweet creamy milk chocolate, gooey nougat filling that you might find in chocolate coated candy, sweet Welch's grape juice, Laffy Taffy assorted flavors, and plums. This is ridiculously complex...I'm getting some pureed plum or prune baby food, hints of mashed bananas, and a tiny whiff of brandy.

T - Again, mashed overripe fruit like you might taste in a little jar of baby food. There is also a very obvious alcohol component that is an integrated part of the flavor. This one is a bit to sweet IMO, and it would do better with more massive hops and a bit less sugar.

M - Full bodied and viscous. This has the feeling of mashed baby food in the mouth. Carbonation is graciously understated, and some alcohol warmth is apparent. Creamy initially, the feel fades to a nice warm touch of booze before finishing on the sweeter side. Lots of sugars coat the mouth here.

D - Not the best Baltic Porter ever, but it's not bad. Could be a great dessert beer, but it's just to damn sweet for regular drinking. I like the nose, but the flavors are far less complex and fail to deliver the variety of notes that I smell.

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Photo of sloejams
3.56/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

After rediscovering the joy of Okocim Porter, I've been picking up a lot of Baltic Porters. Living near a large Eastern European population makes it pretty easy.

Sadly most of my local retailers do not have Okocim (at least the porter) so I've tried some good and some bad. Thankfully this is one of the former.

I'm pretty sure this is the first beer I've had from Latvia and it's a good one. The color is a deep dark brown with a well pronounced head lacing about the glass. The aroma provides malt and a slight bit of alcohol. The taste is quite more. Caramel from the malts provide a sweetness followed by an almost brandy finish.

It's smooth in body and relatively easy to drink. One of the better beers from the Baltic countries that I've tried.

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Photo of satowns
3.88/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

"Batch Nr." On the back label reads 01.12.06. Could this Latvian Porter be just over two years old?

Porteris pours on the border of black although there is opaquness to the beer. Quick fading head of tiny bubbles. What's left of the head, a non descript ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass, leaves plenty of lacing as you work your way through the beer.

Toffee predominates the aroma with the sweetness of dried or candied figs. Mild oxidative staleness finishes in the nose.

Pretty big mouthfeel with lots of residual sugars creating very nice body. The initial flavor is a dose of light brown sugar and caramel followed by a mild dark chocolate taste. I'm not getting the black licorice that Michael Jackson had described of this beer.

Alcohol tips in at just under 7%, but you would never know it. It is totally concealed in the aroma and flavor. This is a great drinking beer and great introduction Baltic-styled porters.

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Photo of AlXalone
3.4/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.5

A: This Baltic Porter has a lovely organic looking strong
head that settles down slowly to form a pleasent coating. The appearance is clear and somewhat opaque.

S: Smell is quite standard with a sweet slightly buttery scent.

T: The taste is quite full with some hints of raisin and mead, a pleasent amount of alcohol, and a medium rostiness. Strong-ish hops, taste is bitter especially at the middle. Aftertaste is sweet for a porter, almost too sweet for my tastes. I'm more used to a slightly burned, dryer porter (eg. Sinebrychoff Porter).

M: The best part of this porter is its lovely chewy and soft mouthfeel.

D: Althought I managed quite nicely through one bottle I was in no cravin' for another. The strong chewyness and sweet aftertaste of this 23 EBU porter make it quite heavy to be consumed in quantity. If possible, I suggest sharing a bottle with a friend.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4.18/5  rDev +13%
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.

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Photo of emerge077
4.03/5  rDev +8.9%
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.

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Photo of jmalex
4.41/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My first experience with a Baltic Porter came about a year ago with this very beer. I've had many other examples of the style since then, but this will be the first time I return to the Aldaris.

APPEARANCE: Pours a deep brown into a becker glass with slight reddish-brown highlights. The head is massive and creamy and tan in color. When it finally drops, it stabilizes as a thick full coating with tons of lacing. Gorgeous!

SMELL: I only recently became aware that a Baltic Porter is traditionally a lager. And this beer smells like it's just that. It's fairly clean with the smell of lager yeast. Otherwise the aromas are not too intense, but some dark chocolate and dark berry-type fruit come through unmistakably. As the beer warms, the aromas intensify considerably and a mild roasty character comes through.

TASTE: The flavors in this beer are absolutely massive. Chocolate and roasted coffee-like flavors dominate but make way for a significant licorice and dark fruit element. The finish is fairly clean and again reminiscent of a lager, but a slightly harsh roasted flavor peeks out just a bit, as does a hint of alcohol.

MOUTHFEEL: The reason to drink Baltic Porters. Massively thick and chewy yet silky smooth. Carbonation level is appropriately low.

DRINKABILITY: I could drink this forever. For such a milkshake-thick beer, it goes quick, and the ABV is low enough not to get in the way.

Just a wonderful example of a delicious style. I'm thrilled I was able to revisit this and plan on doing so again in the future.

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Photo of HardTarget
4.15/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Old notes from my BJCP study group I forgot to enter. I've lost where I got this gem.

Aroma: Rich toasty malt, dark and seductive.

Appearance: A ruby brown glass shows good clarity and fails to hold a short lived tan head.

Flavor: Heavy black bread, nourishing and fresh. Simple, but good.

Mouthfeel: Smooth texture, medium heavy body and a firm carbonation.

Overall Impression: Really good beer! Rich and tasty, a meal in a glass. Would love to get some more!

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Photo of ChuckMartel37
3.72/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I've never had a Latvian beer before, so i thought this was a good chance to try it.

It has a nice dark cola look to it, pours with a decent amount of foam that settles into a thin lacing. It smells of sweet maltiness, an almost cherrylike aroma. There's a definite alcohol bite in the smell...
Porteris has a medium bodied mouthfeel, not too overpowering. It's almost more like a dopplebock than a porter, but it's got enough body to make me happy (I hate thinned out porters). Very smooth taste, with hints of sweet malt, chocolate, cherry, and a bit of spiciness at the end. A slight nutty flavor as well. Overall, a very decent Baltic porter, definitely worth trying.

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Photo of MuenchenerKindl
3.28/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle to a pint glass the liquid is dark with good carbonation. The head is tan 1 finger thick and fades fast leaving some lace.

The smell is sweet and roasty, a hint of molasses.

The taste is molasses and chocolate, quite sweet, too few hops to be balanced.

The mouthfeel is good, nice body creamy with good carbonation.

The drinkability is sub prime, too sweet for me. MK

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Photo of ncbrewerbun
3.85/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A 0.5 liter bottle bought and tested in Riga, Latvia. I was really worried that I had rated this beer last year, based on my first experience with a Latvian beer -- i.e., drinking a Latvian beer in NC. Very glad I didn't. This beer consumed fresh right in Riga, when it is made, was sooo much better. The trip over here must not do it justice.

Anyway, this beer pours a dark brown with some dark red highlights. Creamy off-white head.

Aroma is malt, date/raisin, and a hint of alcohol.

Taste is malt dominant -- sweet (but not the cloying sweetness of the well traveled bottle), carmely, a dark brown sugar character.

Medium to medium heavy mouthfeel.

Overall a very good baltic porter.

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Photo of 86sportster883
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Aldaris Porteris is another fine example of the Baltic porter style. It is reddish dark maple syrup brown in color with a short tan head that fades quickly to a thin cover. It has a smooth medium body with moderately low carbonation. The flavor is mostly a rich roasted maltiness balanced by alcohol and finishing slightly dry, moderately bitter and with a hint of black licorice. Overall, I found this to be a very good representation of the Baltic style, although lacking some of the complexity found in other porters from the region.

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Photo of cjgator3
3.92/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

16.9oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours a dark brownish black with a fizzy tan head. The aroma is malt and sweet caramel. The taste is on the sweet side and malty much like the aroma. Overall, this is a pretty good porter that is certainly worth a try. Recommended.

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Photo of macpapi
3.97/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased in a 16.9 oz. bottle from the local beer store. No freshness date.

Pours an almost black color with a medium-sized tannish head. Pretty good lacing.

Smell is nice and full. A very strong, sweet and bold malty aroma. Alcohol and hops are present with a sharp pull on the nose. Chocolate and toffee smell is somewhat muted by other aromas. Very sweet and sharp aroma.

Taste is dominated by chocolate and roasted malt presence. Relatively high a.b.v. is also notable. A bit of toffee and the presence of hops are also there. Good balance.

Mouthfeel is full, sharp and bitter. Alcohol makes this potent on the palate.

Overall this is a nice Baltic Porter. Sharp and tasty. A nice beer to sample a couple of with dinner or othewise.

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Photo of bluejacket74
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in the "new" Samuel Adams pint glass, bottle is batch # 1B110858. Bought at Keg Liquors in Clarksville, IN. The beer pours dark brown with about an inch off-white head. Lacing is pretty good. It smells like caramel, raisins, plums, roasted malt and chocolate. It's a very sweet smelling brew. The taste is pretty similar to how it smells, but there's also a nutty taste to the beer. The taste is mostly sweet with a slight bitter aftertaste. Mouthfeel is medium, and it's smooth with just the right amount of carbonation. Drinkability is pretty good too, but because of the sweetness I'm not sure if I could drink more than a couple of these at time. I like this beer a lot, I'm sorry I just bought one bottle of this. I'd definitely buy it again.

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Photo of FtownThrowDown
2.98/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours very dark brown/black with minimal head. This is extremely roasty and "ashy". The mouthfeel is medium bodied and lightly carbonated. This is a decent baltic porter that is as pure a representation of the style that you can find. A good beer.

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Photo of sbe1
4.18/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I picked this up at a place called Brighton Bazaar in Brighton Beach, Brooklyn (1007 Brighton Beach Ave. @ Coney Island Ave.), which is a Russian/Polish (general Eastern Euro and Baltic region) grocery store. I purchased this and two other beers that I have reviewed.

No freshness date, though it did have a batch number of 01/12/06.

I had never heard of this beer before so I bought it on a whim, curious to see how Latvians would do Porter--I did not know, until I checked BA, that there was an actual "Baltic Porter" style of beer.

This is a very good beer! It poured a thick creamy brown head that lasted for a good while. The beer is a very dark coffee color, the smell is nicely sweet and bready with a hint of hop to tickle the nose ever so slightly. The taste is a nice mix of sweetish smoothness (caramel and cream) mingled with a nice subtle hop bite. The mouth feel is substantial, full-bodied, vaugely stout-like.

Overall, a very good beer. Highly Recommended.

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Photo of shbobdb
4.42/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Ya know . . . lately, I've just been craving Baltic Porters. Maybe I'm just getting in touch with my Eastern European ancestry, I don't know. But I do know that I love-love-love the style.

And this is a great example of it. Pleasantly nutty, a definate smokey 'rauchbier'-like presence, coupled with plum pudding and milk chocolate with maple syrup.

Damn, there is a lot of great stuff going on with this beer.

Really freakin' good.

I gotta say, I am very much in love with the present cold-spell that Indy is having. These beers won't be as good come summer.

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

Dark hazelnut with some dim light coming through in the middle, and a tan head. First smell was cola, as in coke/ soda etc. then evolving into roasted sweet caramel. Flavor is on the sweet side - like a doppel bock, but more roast. This is like an English porter meets a doppelbock. It's good, but a little cloying as I get half-way through my glass. Finish is reminding me of the cola on the aroma. Any less hops and I couldn't go any further, which is to say that I can't detect any hops except to know that it would be a heck of a lot sweeter without them. This is good, but maybe I should split it with a friend, or maybe just have it all as the only beer for the night with braised cabbage and fennel with potatoes and lamb. Geez, I'm done.

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Porteris from Aldaris
84 out of 100 based on 140 ratings.