Baltika #9 Extra (Strong) - Baltika Breweries
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4.43/5 rDev +58.8%
Before I get to the actual review, allow me a personal comment: Honestly, I'm a big fan of a sweeter beer (Now that doesn't mean I like my beer to taste like koolaid, but I like it to have that note of sweetness to balance the hoppy bitterness), and this one was right up my alley. It definitely wasn't perfect, and it needed a few more hops to get a 5/5, but overall I think it was an excellent representative of the Strong Lager family of beers. That said, lets get to the review.
Serving type was a bottle (1 liter bottle, cheaply priced at $2).
Appearance: clean golden yellow with obvious effervescence. 4/5
Smell: malty, sweet, reminds me of cornbread... or Hawaiian sweet bread. Definitely an inviting smell. 4/5
Taste: This is where it scored big points in my opinion. The taste is thick and sweet and again reminds me of either a good cornbread or maybe a Hawaiian sweet bread. Now the only reason it missed out getting a perfect 5/5 is the distinct lack of hops. I'm not a huge fan of ultra bitter beer, but this lacks even the faintest trace of sharpness to balance out the sweetness. 4.5/5
Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is perfect. Thick, somewhat sticky and extremely smooth with just enough effervescence to compliment the flavor without taking away from it. 5/5
Drinkability: It's definitely a very drinkable beer. Smooth, thick, and delicious. However, I don't think I could drink a whole lot of it in one sitting. 4.5/5
Overall: It's an excellent strong ale. It's not perfect, but no beer is. There are better ales out there, but for the price, I really can't complain at all. 4.5/5
01-02-2011 05:49:25 | More by Fatheranderson
4.22/5 rDev +51.3%
I was very surprised to find a Russian beer that was tasty as this. It's a clean, dry lager, but it's a very strong beer. It goes down fairly easy, but I had a 16 oz bottle, so it's not for the weak of heart. The beer has a nice golden color, and a reasonably good smell. It's not too bad once you get some in your mouth either. Definately worth a try.
07-15-2007 08:16:49 | More by dkoehler42
4.15/5 rDev +48.7%
Pured a slightly hazy strawish golden color with very little head. Smell was a little weak but there was hints of hops and alchol. Tasted nice clean and crisp. It had hints of very sweet hops and malts. Slightly bitter and its higher alchol content makes it a very strong beer. Personally I enjoyed it and would reccomend it highly.
07-18-2005 21:22:22 | More by ryantupy
4.13/5 rDev +48%
Baltika #9 Extra has a unimpressive yellow colour and a decent head that subsides into good lacing. The smell is of honey and some piney hops. Like a tree. The taste is very interesting and mostly of honey and piney hops. The alcohol is noticable at the end. In the mouth it is medium bodied. This is a very nice beer.
11-25-2010 03:32:48 | More by vandemonian
4.05/5 rDev +45.2%
Sampler from brew club
A - Light yellow in color, little head, dissipates quickly.
S - Honey, caramel, and malts.
T - Honey, caramel, very sweet. Sugar cane too.
M - Super sweet and syrupy with a slight carbonation.
D - Very sweet, great dessert beer to enjoy with some bitter cheese. Too sweet to sip and enjoy several beers.
08-16-2008 22:23:13 | More by MisterClean
4/5 rDev +43.4%
overall this is "good"...
thanks again to Alex for this sample.
Pours amber/brownish with a short fast dissolving white/tan head.
Smells mostly of malt, roasted malt.
It has a good taste, hence the 4 rating.
It doesn't bite and the 8% abv pretty much goes un-noticed.
I only had 1 bottle as a sample, but if I had another I would have drank it!
03-28-2007 02:14:19 | More by JoeyBeerBelly
Baltika #9 Extra (Strong) from Baltika Breweries
66 out of 100 based on 540 ratings.