Glouglouburp (5883) - Montreal, Quebec, - JUN 20, 2012
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
In short: A 7% porter that is only enjoyable in small doses. Too rich, sweet, heavy and sticky for me.
How: Bottle 500ml. Shared with a few friends in hotel lost in Lithuania
The look: Black body topped by a beige ring of foam
In long: This beer smells ‘big’ with plenty of burnt toffee upfront and other sweetness related aromas. Taste is rich and heavy, thick toffee, burnt caramel, sweet raisins. This beer feels disproportionately sweet and sticky for a such a relatively small porter. So rich and heavy that it would probably get a lot of love if it was made by an American brewery. Probably well made, but this is just not my style of beer. At that point in the tasting I was getting pretty hammered. No doubt that my regular drinking partners have seen me do some pretty shameful stuff over the years but that’s nothing compared to what my computer screen has seen me do.
bierkoning (9582) - La Tropica, NETHERLANDS - DEC 19, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Almost black. Apple strip and à hint of roast in the aroma. Roasty sweetish, slightly salty flavor with licorice and plums. Medium bodied. Tasty, maybe à bit simple porter
jmgreenuk (2680) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - DEC 6, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Beers of Europe. Poured a deep mahogany with a frothy light tan head. The aroma is rich creamy caramel roasted malt with some liqourice hop. The flavour is moderate sweet light bitter malt liqourice palate. Medium to full bodied with average carbonation. I need to spend more time in Riga!
jjsint (279) - Bedford, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - NOV 22, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Dark brown, more or less opaque. Noticeable tan head which dissipates quickly. Medium carbonation. The aroma is strong on the liquorice with full alcohol on the nose. Subtler notes of chocolate and raspberries. Sweet and smooth throughout, absolutely sublime. An unexpected find from the corner shop.
Beergeek23322 (1730) - Chesapeake, Virginia, USA - NOV 15, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
1/26/2012. From bottle. Pours dark brown with a tan head. Aromas of dark malt, licorice, chocolate and caramel. Robust and rich with a bitter finish. Not bad at all.
olliejobbins (619) - Surrey, ENGLAND - NOV 6, 2013
2.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
500ml bottle. pours black with tanned head, no lacing. aroma was alright. malts, maybe some caramel, bitter with coffee. but i didn’t like the taste at all. far too bitter. tasted like soy sauce. poor after taste. not good.
RihardsF (32) - LATVIA - OCT 30, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Very nice porter. Best beer from Aldaris :) Nice coffee, chocolate aroma. Nice foamy head. Kinda sweet, goes well with dessert. Wife likes it also. Overall nice, easy drinking beer with moderate body complexity.
Melnis (49) - LATVIA - OCT 30, 2013
3.1 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Smokin hot. Aroma could be better, taste is ok. Sweet. Rimi beter then maxima :). My gf likes the taste
Cousin_Larry (191) - - OCT 24, 2013
3.1 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: OCT 27, 2013 A really unique Baltic porter. Very little carbonation. Flavor is black licorice, coffee, and whipped cream. Good in small doses.
rauchbier (3503) - Isle Of Beer, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - OCT 19, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle, from an ethnic food store in Scunthorpe. Jet black, fluffy but shortlived coffee brown head and gentle condition. Low burnt toffee, blackcurrant, liquorice and a slight beefstock note in the nose, quite full and sweet in the mouth with a pleasanty figgy note, slight peppery spiciness and a low earthy bitterness, figgy finish with a slight yeasty bitterness and a warming retronasal alcohol note
Cantabrian (680) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - OCT 9, 2013
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very very different Baltic Porter. The aromas are all around an odd base of Root Beer – the Ginger Beer type. Yes, there’s caramels and prunes, but it’s that damn soft drink base. The beer pours like see-thorugh American coffee, but it hangs dark brown in the glass, with an average cream-coloured head. Flavours of root beer, molasses, caramels, peat, Karo, bourbon, Bockbier… but in the end it tastes like some kind of miracle tonic that a quack would sell out of a coach. Cloying and herbal, and with not much bitterness to be found, it has a medium body and it just stands out as an oddity. My positive rating is for the uniqueness of Aldaris Porteris. Still, I’d love to have an extra bottle to keep for a year or more before opening. I’m sure the root beerness would go away and we’d have a rounder, less herbal, but more fruitier brew.