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


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RATINGS: 581   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.41/5   EST. CALORIES: 204   ABV: 6.8%
This porter is brewed according to tradition for a rich caramel malt flavour and aroma.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
wxman (1613) - O’Fallon, Illinois, USA - MAR 15, 2005
Kind of a clean malty, anise like aroma. Small, pale amber head that is gone from the start. Some lacing. Very dark reddish color, but not opaque. The somewhat thin, crispness of the licorice taste tells me this is not an ale, but a dark eastern European lager in the brewed in the Porter style. Quite good, but there are better examples for the same price from Poland.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Kivitatti (6) - FINLAND - FEB 28, 2005 does not count
Astonishingly like Coke, in nearly every respect: Sweet; dark reddish brown colour; sweet; a lot of carbonation; sweet; some caffeine-like bitterness, but not much; and again, sweet. The taste of alcohol is hidden quite successfully. Some nice fruitiness in the aroma.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
kms399 (267) - plymouth, Minnesota, USA - FEB 25, 2005
picture perfect pour.black with a frothy tan head that went right to the rim of my 22 oz glass. sadly the head dissipated quickly. taste is sweet almoast to sweet. smells of malt and caramel thick and creamy. great beer only draw back is sweetness.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
noelcb (271) - Toledo, Ohio, USA - FEB 25, 2005
Black color, good but short-lived head. Visible bubbles. Aroma of earth, malt, herbs, toffee and caramel. Straightforward taste with notes of butterscotch, coffee syrup, and peat. Mouthfeel is wonderful -- thick, chewy, bubbly and volatile. I was impressed at how good a Latvian porter could taste. More like a dark lager, maybe, but Bravo! Altaris, this is good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
DocLock (8798) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 20, 2005
Thanks to Buck Dich for this. Pours deep ruby (dark brown through ambient light), with huge tan head. Aroma is malt, some nuts, chocoff, cabernet. Tastes extremelt rich, with a firm malt backbone backed up with prunes, chocoff, nuts, and a lactosy, oaty finish. Extremely smooth and rich. Very nice porter. In fact, let’s go ahead and dub this an elite Baltic porter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
eczematic (1323) - Adelaide, AUSTRALIA - FEB 5, 2005
a bottle with a best before of a year and a half ago - thanks selga. tasted to me like more of a doppelbock than a porter but then i havent had too many baltics. definitely more on the thick malty side of things than the sharp roasty side. smell is nicely ryebready with a whiff of deep dark fruits. once you get it inside your mouth it tastes like Salvator - a pleasant but not particularly exciting sweet, thick, round bock. some interesting brown sugar/molasses touches. quite smooth and drinkable. I LIKED IT

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Hildigöltur (5104) - København, DENMARK - FEB 1, 2005
Dark brown coloured. Roasty aroma. Liquorice and some coffee. It has some pleasant herbal notes.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Crosling (1864) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JAN 25, 2005
Dark crimson with a malt accented nose that gives hints of caramel, toffee and coffee. Very, very sweet with very low carbonation and syrupy (not creamy) body. Light coffee, nougat, caramel, toffee malt flavor with a minimal amount of hop bitterness and flavor. Rough stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
humulus (339) - Salem, Missouri, USA - JAN 23, 2005
Sweet and malty to the extreme max. Very much like the unfermented carbonated malt beverages that are drank like soda in africa and south america. But beyond the malt is a dopplebock grapyness and a grapefruit cereal quality (which is malted cereal). Very different than other baltics I’ve tried. Virtually no hops detected and little carbonation. Lighter than most porters. Anyway, very interesting and quite good. Give yourself a few days without sugar, to recover.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Padron4KM (737) - Chandler, Arizona, USA - JAN 23, 2005
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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