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Baltic Porter
Ranked #186
Ranked #29,607
3.76 | pDev: 13.56%
Very Good
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Reviews by Asgeirr:
Photo of Asgeirr
4.27/5  rDev +13.6%
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.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Beertracker
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of brentk56
3.4/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: Deep dark brown color with a long-lasting tan head and a fair amount of a lacing

Smell: Caramel and dried fruit on the nose

Taste: Initial sweetness overwhelmed by a sour, burnt nuts taste that was quite surprising

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with low-medium carbonation

Drinkability: While you would expect a bit bitterness in a Baltic Porter, the sourness of this brew is a bit over the top and makes it unbalanced

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Photo of kmpitz2
4.27/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours deep deep brown color with slight ruby hues to let me know its not black. A finger of ivory head falls quickly to a patchy coat over top. Nose is big fruity fig and light chocolate. Wow. I am digging on it...exactly where I want a Baltic porter to be. Flavor is more chocolate than the nose, but moves to a sweet figgy fruityness on the finish. Incredible flavor. Reminds me of the first time I had the Okocim porter. Feel is moderate with a light carbonation. I would like it to be a touch more chewy. Drinkability is good. Its not something I can sit down and drink a lot of, as the flavors are not something I can handle a lot of as a rule, though they are good. Overall, this is an awesome brew. I really enjoy the balance in flavor and aroma. I'm really glad I tried it.

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Photo of DrJay
4.05/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Clear, deep brown with ruby, almost purple, highlights. Dense, light tan head with solid sheets of bubbles that stick to the glass. Grainy malt aroma, kind of biscuity, with a distinctive raisin character. A little nutty too. Mild to moderate bitterness with a lot of dried, sweet fruit and sweet grain. Very light dark grain character (dry cocoa, burnt) that grows as it warms. Well-integrated, lowish carbonation with a refined, creamy texture. A little fuller than medium bodied, but still with a bit of dryness in the finish. Faint alcohol warmth. This isn't bad at all. It seems like they're using special B rather than other roasted malts - that would explain the raisin and lack of strong chocolate, burnt and/or roast. I'd definitely try it again.

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Photo of drpimento
3.58/5  rDev -4.8%
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 goodbyeohio
4.21/5  rDev +12%
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 satowns
3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
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 morebeergood
3.53/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ncbrewerbun
3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
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 sloejams
3.56/5  rDev -5.3%
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 Noelito76
3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

Photo of macpapi
3.97/5  rDev +5.6%
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 InsolublePancake
3.68/5  rDev -2.1%
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 Vancer
3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hmm, Baltic porter, eh? Well, this one certainly fits the bill. A black/burgundy pour, small tan head, light lacing. Enticing caramel and malt aroma, taste included a touch of anise. The high ABV really stands out in this one, quite slick and syrupy. Almost tasted like it had a touch of brandy tossed in the pint bottle. This would work fairly well in the winter, along with the cherry jubilee for desert – after a porter house.

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Photo of beercollector
3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pour dark like a stout. Very deep and no light shows through. It has a dark brown thick head that stays a while.

You get a malty nose with very light chocolate.

It has a deep malty flavor with a very sweet chocolate finish. A bit of a tickle from the fizz and creamy mouthfeel. This lingers.

This is a very drinkable beer. It is a beer tot drink winter or summer. It is light and not overpowering.

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Photo of FtownThrowDown
2.98/5  rDev -20.7%
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 droomyster
4.3/5  rDev +14.4%
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 klewis
3.55/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a dark brown with a small, but thick head. Moderate lacing.

S: Sweet smell of caramel malt and raisins.

T: Very sweet taste with caramel, toffee, and molasses flavors.

M: Full body with light carbonation and a smooth and sticky mouthfeel.

D: This is my first baltic, so I'm not sure that I can rate this in accordance with style. As far as I can tell, this is quite different from what the style guidelines suggest it should be, but it is still a good beer nonetheless, especially for the $1.99 price tag. The jury is still out whether I will buy this one again, but it is definitely worth a try.

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Photo of scruffwhor
2.34/5  rDev -37.8%
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 emerge077
4.03/5  rDev +7.2%
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 russpowell
4.21/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

I loves me some blatic porters, so this was a pleasant one to stumble into!

Pours reep ruby red going towards mahogany with a 3 fingers deep light tan head. Crazy lacing & good head retention

S: Slight licorice & choclate notes, probably this beers only weak point

T: Chocolate, alcohol & licorice up front. Rich warming rum notes followed by oakyness & vanilla beans. Finishes fruitty, warming & fruitty/dry

MF: Rich, perfectly balanced& exellent carbonation

What's not to love? All this goodness drinks easier than it's 6.8 abv has a right to! Well worth seeking out

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Photo of battlekow
3.17/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to weeare138 for this bottle.

Reviewing this simultaenously with the Black Boss Porter. This looks like black water, almost no head, brown at the bottom where the light shows through. Smells fruity, but not nearly as much as the Black Boss. Tastes kind of like a rum & coke. Again, as with the Black Boss, no comfortable porter elements such as roasted or chocolate flavors. Mostly just tastes sweet in a gross way. Mouthfeel is very thick and syrupy but dead.

Apparently Baltic porters aren't my thing; I'll stick with the American and English ones from now on. However, if they're you're thing, the Black Boss is definitely more distinctive and has more character than the Porteris.

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Photo of Phatz
4.45/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Wow! What a surprise. I have never hear of this beer or even had a beer from Latvia before and this one *fantastic* porter.

Appearance: Pours a dark red brown color almost black with a light brown tan head that is thick and sticky.

Smell: The aroma is surprisingly reminiscent of Kalluah.

Taste & Mouthfeel: Chocolate, Dark chocolate malts. Rum, Kalluah, coffee; blended in a silky smooth body. Absolutely delicious.

Drinkability: I only had the opportunity to sample this beer. I am going to need to seek it out to truly enjoy this one again. It is exceptional and went down almost to quickly to document =)

Hope this is helpful.

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Photo of Naes
2.05/5  rDev -45.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

This porter pours black with hints of red around the edges. The head is a frothy bone color and disappears quickly.

The smell is quite bitter for a porter, yet gives hints of a semi-sweet chocolate.

This beer is overly sweet in my opinion. It’s like a chocolate milkshake followed by a bit of an alcohol flavor mixed with hops.

The mouth feel is syrupy and thick.

It’s just too much for me, not drinkable by my standards.

If you like very chocolaty and sweet beers, this is the one for you. I was quite deceived by its aroma.

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