Porteris | Aldaris

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Style: Baltic Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.80%

Availability: Year-round

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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 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 Naes
2.05/5  rDev -44.6%
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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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 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 Gruntlumber
2.55/5  rDev -31.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Maybe I'm not a fan of Baltic porters, as this was my first. Has many of the typical characteristics of other porters; this displays notes of earthiness, licorice, burnt malt, slightly sweet. In my opinion it doesn't add up to a very enjoyable beer. It isn't horrible, but compared to other very similar brews this would be low on my list. While drinking the first half of the glass I was trying to decide what I thought of it, but before finishing the second half I decided this is very uninspiring; the history behind this style of beer is much more interesting.

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Photo of kennyo
2.61/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Think Okacim Porter Lite. Dark brown in color with a light tan head,

Aroma - sweet malt, raisins,

Taste - malty, sweet, grainy bitterness, something wierd on the aftertaste, kind of green alcohol

Not the best of the slavic porters, worth a try but not much else

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Photo of jimdkc
2.72/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Having only tried one Baltic Porter so far (the amazing Perkuno's Hammer!) I jumped at the chance to try one that was actually brewed in a Baltic state!

Pours dark brown with about 1 finger of tan foam. Looks a lot like a root beer... except the head isn't as big and doesn't last very long. The head disappears quickly, leaving no trace that it ever existed!

Extremely malty, caramel aroma. Not bad actually.

Taste was extremely sweet! Cloyingly so! Caramel and malt. A bit of licorice and chocolate. A hint of smoke. No sign of any hops. For a only moderately high alcohol beer (6.8%) alcohol flavor was right out front,

For such a sweet beer, you'd expect a heavy syrupy body, but this was surprisingly thin. Light carbonation, which is fine for the style.

The drinkability suffers due to the extreme sweetness.

I'm happy to have tried this (not often you get a chance to try a Latvian beer!), but I won't be purchasing it again! (I wish I had a Perkuno's Hammer, now!)


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Photo of Bookseeb
2.72/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance is very dark in color having a thick off brown head that dissapates fairly quickly. Smell is rich and creamy with the dark malts. Taste is sweet, real sweet of dark rich fruits that carries through from start to finish. Alchohol is tasted with mellow hops in the back. Mouthfeel is light with moderate carbonation. To rich for the palate and a little light for the style.

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Photo of Magpie14
2.96/5  rDev -20%
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.

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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 flyingpig
3.03/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

500ml Bottle from Beers of Europe website (£2.69):
Dark brown that is opaque and topped off with a centimetre tall, bubbly head that is a light brown colour. Retention is good & there is some nice lacing too.

Sweet dark malts with some sugar and roasted notes along with a mix of darker fruits and some vanilla too. The smell isn't as in your face as I was expecting from a 6.8% Baltic porter but at the same time this wasn't exactly week either. There was some raisin, liquorice and touches of alcohol too.

Sweet with dark fruits, a lot of sugar and slightly more alcohol than I would have liked. There is a few roasted malts and a rich, malty flavour that is rounded off with some light chocolate that lingers at the end.

Sweet with a medium to light medium body and some grain. The mouthfeel was fairly smooth and quite rich but the balance was pretty terrible with the flavours coming in all over the place.

Almost like a foreign export stout in places, especially when the roasted malts and chocolate made itself known alongside the sweetness that ran all the way through the drink. The beer was drinkable but not all that enjoyable with the alcohol coming across a little harsh and no of the flavours really working well with the others.

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Photo of tempest
3.11/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Picked up a 500ml bottle for $2 at Euro Market. I'd like more roast in this beer, instead it's too sweet, with a slight cola. There's a chocolate edge to it, but overall the beer isn't that pleasant. It reminds me of the Caribbean's sugary export stouts, but it's as tasty. The body is appropriately thick for a 6.8% porter, and the body is dark brown with red highlights. Not expensive, but not really worth a try unless you love the style.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.11/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Dark cola brown with cherry-orange highlights when sitting on my desktop, dusky dark ruby when backlit. A wonderfully large, creamy head of toasted ecru froth is currently occupying the upper half of the glass. Since it's in no hurry to depart, I'm left looking at languidly popping bubbles on a slightly rumpled surface. I'm guessing some pretty attractive lace will be forthcoming (note: wrong again).

The nose is disappointing as Baltic porters go. The biggest problem is that there isn't enough potency for the style. I pick up very little in the way of roasted malt, chocolate, etc. There is some amount of dark fruitiness, but it can't carry the aroma all by its lonesome. I hope the flavor doesn't follow suit or this porter will be Baltic in the geographic sense only.

Slightly better on the palate. It's still a letdown of sorts, in part because there isn't a huge amount of flavor. Frankly, Porteris tastes like an overly sweet, overly weak milk porter to me (as in the porter equivalent of a milk stout). Again, almost no semblance of toasted or roasted malt comes through on the palate. There's a little bit of molasses flavor, but it tastes artificial.

The beer is slightly sour and is almost cloyingly sweet. The high sugar load contributes a great deal of viscosity, although it isn't an enjoyable sort of viscosity for some unexplainable reason. It's also bubble-deficient, which adds to the less than compelling mouth presence.

Aldaris Porteris is an unqualified disappointment. I think I have a pretty fair understanding of the Baltic porter style and this beer doesn't come within light years of that template. It may be authentically Baltic geography-wise, but it's a pretender as far as I'm concerned.

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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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Photo of battlekow
3.17/5  rDev -14.3%
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 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 cerevisiaephilus
3.22/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Very nice head. About 10mm 2 minutes after pouring. Nice beige color. But the beer itself is not he right color for a Baltic porter. Held up to the light it reveals itself as a deep garnet transparent red. Not black. Not brown. You can see right through the thing for christ sake.

Wonderful nose although I don't think its right for the style. There is no chocolate malt at all. Let alone any more intense roasty notes. Very nice caramel-y munich malt notes, very intense and rich. I like it a lot. Almost smells like a belgian dubbel minus the spicy yeast notes. Some kind of off kind of plasticy notes too. Kind of fruity but I think that's the malts.

Well...get a little chocolate in the taste but not much. What I get is mainly a very sweet beer. Big caramel and munich malts. too sweet really. Need some more hops or roast to balance that sweetness out. Very low hop bitterness and flavor. Definately some fruityness, esters, banana kinda thing going on. Not right for the style I don't think. Also a kind of soapy aftertaste. Not horrible...but not right either.

Really smells and tastes like something I've had before but I can't remember what.

Mouthfeel is good if a little on teh thick side.

Pretty cloying. I couldn't drink too many of these. I was expecting something a lot different.

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Photo of jmdrpi
3.25/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

500mL bottle, no date.

appears a very dark brown, almost black. thin off-white head that fades. a bit of milk chocolate and caramel in the aroma. taste is fairly homogeneous, slightly roasted malt, a bit sweet. a sorta boozy aftertaste. smooth carbonation, medium body. easy to drink.

overalll - seems like a solid example of the style. Baltic Porter, from the actual Baltic region!

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Photo of nomad
3.26/5  rDev -11.9%
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.

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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 Padron4KM
3.3/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

16.9 oz bottle.
Pours a rich brown, almost black, with ruby hues throughout.
Big fluffy tan head. Spotty lacing.
Aroma is sweet,malty, mediciny, roasty, toast, caramel and alcohol.
Flavor is ultra sweet, syrupy, chocolate milk,sweet coffee,prunes. underlying bitterness. Finish is short and sweet.
Goes down easy. I could drink several in a sitting, but worry that the sweetness might hurt my brain tomorrow.

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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 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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