atalus (16) - Riga, LATVIA - FEB 3, 2006
If You like dark beers with caramel aroma - this is the best choise. Try it and You never stop dreaming about do it one more time. Made with passion and love to all women in the World. cathcacr (647) - Oregon, USA - MAR 3, 2007
Pffft. The consensus is a philistinic ass! You put this stuff in a bottle that says "Ayinger Celebrator" on it, the consensus won’t know the difference, and it’ll rate a 4.1+! Wow. Just wow. <shakes head>
mviljamaa (180) - Jyväskylä, FINLAND - MAY 12, 2017
It’s a dead ringer for the Celebrator, I swear on any future children that I have, it’s the absolute truth. Even the head and retention rate is an exact match.
Pours with an okay head. Color is typical porter color, that is, coffee-like. Aroma is again typical porter: plums, dates, other dark fruits, burnt notes, coffee, mämmi, dark chocolate. A little bit of alcohol, but it’s not too distinct. Nothing surprising here, but the aroma is still very good. Palate is balanced and has both dry and oily parts. A surprisingly good palate that I’ve used to in porters. Taste is light compared to other porters I’ve had and its not overwhelmingly "portery", but rather has the sweetness and oversweet malt notes more compromised, which leads to a lighter and less "heavy" expression of the porter style. The beer is thus rather easily drinkable and one doesn’t get that "full feeling" that one gets with very rich porters, where just 2 dl might be enough to make you satisfied. This beer can be enjoyed in larger quantities without feeling full of it, so it’s in some sense similar to Guinness-style stouts. So the taste has typical porter flavours, but in addition few interesting notes like honey and vanilla. A very interesting porter that I would buy again just because of the lighter expression of the porter style, which enables one to enjoy this beer in 0.5l to 1 liter or more quantities, rather than 0.2 dl. 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. ordybill (1759) - Douglasville, Georgia, USA - JUN 1, 2016
Poured from a 500 ML bottle into a pint glass at the World of Beer in Savannah, GA. The appearance is a dark brown color with a giant tan colored head. The aroma was really great, it was full of chocolate and roasted malt. The taste matched the aroma with some coffee tossed in for good measure.
TheBeerGod (6224) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - JUN 6, 2004
Pours a deep brown with red around the edges. TALL foamy brown head. Lovely sweetened chocolate aroma. Brown sugar, caramel, and hints of coffee in there as well. Well formulated porter. Sweet taste with some coffee-ish bitterness towards the end. Taste is definite chocolate, some roasted malt, caramel, and a bit of a nutty flavor. Very smooth feeling in the mouth. Slides down you gullet. Finish is, well, sweet. Damn good beer! Wish I had more! Nice way to get Latvia out of the way. 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. TheBeerLover (1027) - DC Metro Area, USA - APR 19, 2007
1/2 liter bottle. This beer pours to a beautiful, bright, deep, deep, ruby red color, with a thick, creamy, tan head, and a moderate carbonation. The nose on this beer is wonderful, with rich, sweet, aromas of carmel malt, toast, nuts, and cocca. The palate is slightly slick on the tongue, with really delicious flavors of sweet malt, caramel, light toast, nutty malt. mild coffee, and cocca flavor. The body is very round and polished. This beer finishes with more excellent sweet malty and toasty flavors up front, then ends with some grassy hop bitterness to cut the cloying edge, with flavors of sweet malt, cocca, and caramel that lingers. A very malty, very delicious Baltic porter, this beer is quite similar to a good German dopplebock. This one might be a bit too cloying for some. I love malty beers, and this beer is a beautiful show case of malt. It has a chocolate malted milk ball thing going on that is just so delicious. Impressive beer. philbertk (1873) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUN 21, 2010
Aldaris Latvia Daritava Alus Riga--Aldaris Porteris--Batch Nr. 01.12.06--2007 16.9 oz. Bottle. 6.80% ABV. 35 IBU’s? (4.5 / 5.0) Baltic Porter. 3 @ $2.49 Each. Rich lacy tan head. Clear opaque mahogany brown red color. Rich malt hop chocolate front. Creamy mild sweet rich doughy toffee chocolate biscuit black cherry hint slightly tangy body. Cloying malt balanced hop spice rich end. Big Smooth Porter. Sampled 8/1/2008. Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - APR 14, 2004
Color: a fine, though still clear dark brown. Head: huge, towering, lacey, creamy tan. Aroma: soft and earthy, a touch of toffee, but largely dry and absent of too many flavors.
On the palate, nothing but smooth, rich, creamy, delicious. Very little hops, and quite a nice contribution from the malt side of things, lush and full and delicious! Tasty, sweet, substantial,...a real meal in a bottle, and the dessert, too!
One excellent porter! I could drink this over and over again! Yum! Have I finally found that Latvian porter I've been dreaming of, all along?