Brewed by Aldaris (Carlsberg)
Style: Baltic Porter
Riga, Latvia


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RATINGS: 529   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.41   EST. CALORIES: 204   ABV: 6.8%
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This porter is brewed according to tradition for a rich caramel malt flavour and aroma.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
MilkmanDan (1943) - Eagan, Minnesota, USA - APR 11, 2004
Deep red, puffy mocha colored head. Nose roasty and smoky, mildly earthy. Malty and sweet, some molasses richness, roasts are a bit overpowered by the sweetness. Not a huge fan of the finish, has an overtly noticeable alcohol note which is odd in a beer that's under 7%.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TBone (12548) - Pori, FINLAND - APR 2, 2004
Very dark ruby brown. Brown creamy head, nice lace. So classic porter outlook. Aroma is not very strong: alcoholic and roasted malt. Quite medium-bodied: sweet caramel and malty palate. Good example of baltic porters.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
5000 (6300) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - MAR 17, 2004
Bottle pours black with dark brown highlights.   Head is of cream colored, decent sized, very good lacing.   Aroma is sweet, and of and slightly roasted malts.   Taste is roasty, but suprisingly sweet.   This is a very unique Porter.   Smooth, milky, and VERY sweet.   Cant say I have had anything like this one.   Smooth, very enjoyable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
IPFreely (1470) - Sanborn, New York, USA - MAR 12, 2004
Poured very dark, ruby highlights, moderate tan head. Aroma is quite malty, a little sweet, some dark fruit undertones. Flavor is malty again, a little smoky. A little lighter palate for the style but was dangerously drinkable. It's no sinebrychoff, but it's good anyway.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Reid (1900) - Salem, Oregon, USA - MAR 6, 2004
Bought in the 1pt .09 oz brown bottle..classy old fashioned style gold and black label. Lovelly looking Baltic porter..appears garnet held to the light..with a large frothy creme coloured head. Smell is mostly of malts but its sort of subdued compared to other Baltics I have had. Surprisingly creamy taste to start..but the malts are well noticed, sort of smokey even, then some hints of black cherry, liquorice and a slight bitterness in the after taste..alcohol is detected as the beer glides down the throat. Very excellent mouthfeel..creamy and smooth as butter. Nice drinkable Baltic..though no where near Zywiec or Okocim.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
sayravai (4674) - Helsinki, FINLAND - MAR 2, 2004
UPDATED: SEP 25, 2004 Dark, deep red color, medium, tanned, lasting head. Quite mild, roasted-malty aroma with coffee and dark chocolate - some alcohol, too. Very sweet, extremely caramel-malty and fruity flavor, that turns into drier, chalky, bitter finish. Aftertaste is sweet, syrupy and sticky. Medium to full-bodied, syrupy, slicky smooth palate. Makes a reasonably nice dessert, but don't try this for thirst!

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Gromit (479) - Port Orchard, Washington, USA - FEB 28, 2004
Pours a very dark brown with a small head and very little lacing. Smells, well, interesting. There's something very sweet I can't quite identify. Very malty, thought, with plenty of fruit esters, as in apricots and raisins. Tastes mostly like dates with other fruits infused. Caramel and coffee are present. Very complex. Mouthfeel is very nice with a good mineral thing going on. Drinkability is pretty good as well. Not the best porter I've had, but a unique one that is worth seeking out.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
clutchrogers (90) - Broussard, Louisiana, USA - FEB 23, 2004
poors black with ruby highlights and a thin head. aromas of burned syrup, and malty sweetness. flavor of syrup chocolate, smoking pecan wood (smoke, caromel and pecan). drier than the aroma infers. hops minimal. the beer is a bit syrupy sweet for my taste, but the smoked pecan flavor was a pleasant suprise.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - FEB 21, 2004
Dark ruby with a massive foamy tan head that looks very pleasing to the eye. Lacing is fairly good. The aroma is quite nice: caramel, nuts (pecan mainly), bitter chocolate and a little bit of smoke. The flavor is an explosion of smoke, raisins, dark red wine, chocolate and toffee. The body is medium with a creamy soft feel that is quite luxurious on the palate. The finish is that of a smoky porter, alcohol is never noticed. A real surprise overall. I bought this beer to tick Latvia off of my country list, but I am surprised as to its overall qualities and drinkability.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
guzzler67 (1503) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - FEB 16, 2004
Dark, garnet appearance with a short lived head. Rich, roasted, chocolate malt aroma. Cloying, sweet malt taste with little indication of hops. Smooth, somewhat fruity finish.

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