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Baltika #9 Extra (Strong) - Baltika Breweries

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Baltika #9 Extra (Strong)Baltika #9 Extra (Strong)

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BA SCORE
66
poor

596 Ratings
THE BROS
81
good

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Ratings: 596
Reviews: 380
rAvg: 2.81
pDev: 25.98%
Wants: 6
Gots: 42 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Baltika Breweries visit their website
Russian Federation

Style | ABV
Euro Strong Lager |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-08-2001

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Ratings: 596 | Reviews: 380
Photo of AdmiralOzone
3.65/5  rDev +29.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Decent strong lager. Notes of honey.

Photo of Uniobrew31
2.72/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of 5EKF
2.88/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of gabepesce
3.88/5  rDev +38.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

decent brew that packs a punch

Photo of PsilohsaiBiN
2.5/5  rDev -11%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.64/5  rDev +29.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

$4.49 in a pop bottle the size of a football. I couldnt NOT buy it; I mean come on - it's like 3 liters and it's Russian.

Appearances : A very small head, descending to a stark white ring. The body is somewhat Amber gold in color, with a slight haze that makes it about 20% opaque.

Aromas : oh jeez. First thing I think of is malt liquor and Jim beam. It's taking me back to high school. It's so uncanny. If I could place a smell on the post-football game parties, this is it. Anyways it smells much like a strong sticky sweet liquor, with honey and sap...just a real sticky/sweet smell, that's the best I can think of. Some barrel aged woodiness and malts; almost no detectable hop. Major points for being the most creative beer I've nosed.

Tastings : wow this is both horrible and delicious at the same time. It really could go either way. It's indescribable really. The taste is like the smell - saccharine and bourbon-like, and some sour notes like licking a wood floor and chewing on a clover leaf. There's a garbagey hop going on but its faint... I mean this beer is honestly an enigma. I could see how there would be fans and haters. I'll call it the "political beer", as you'll probably be in one party or the other. I haven't decided my side yet, but I'm leaning toward "don't think I'll buy this again".

Mouthfeel : somewhat starchy, sticks to the palate, medium bodied, ends slightly dry.

Overall : I'm going to just Echo what I've heard and that's to just try it yourself. It's unlike any beer I've ever had and that's both a good and a bad thing.

Photo of retry4z
3/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of kaufmaal
3.29/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3

Photo of Shinko
3.6/5  rDev +28.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Typical Russian malt lager. Over here it comes in pop bottles. I detect a faint taste of raisins to go with the alcohol in all honesty. Sounds bad, looks average, but the taste is unique. Worth it to try and see if you like it.

Photo of Nine_Tails
2.5/5  rDev -11%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of brywhite
2.43/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of Cyberkedi
2.57/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Pours a clear golden amber with a typical off-white head. Not impressive, but this is a pale lager. Aroma is crisp and malty, and has a hint of fruit. Flavor is malty, just a touch fruity - not much more. Texture has decent fizz, but body leaves something to be desired. Fair to middlin’, leaning towards fair.

Photo of Norseman
3.07/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Olegophren
3.28/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of mattmarka1
2.29/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

Photo of BoljaBoy52
2.68/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of Forplay678
3.84/5  rDev +36.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

It's a Russian classic that everyone should try once.

Photo of AnitaBrewski
3.25/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Jacob11230
1.09/5  rDev -61.2%
look: 1.25 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1.25

Poor hate tht crap don't buy

Photo of Spikester
2.95/5  rDev +5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Mostly clear gold with two fingers of off white head that lasts about 4 minutes as shows no sign of lace.
Smell is light malt with a hint of apple or grape skins and ethanol.
Taste is like a slightly refined malt liquor. There are a bit of bready malt flavors but the boozy or cheap white wine character kind of pushes them far into the background. Mouthfeel is modest carbonation and has a medium body. There is a tinge of bitterness in the finish if you chew it some. Not sure that would be hops though.
This beer came it a handsome can which led me to believe it would be better than it is. I would probably rate it lower if I were more familiar with Euro Strong Lager style beer.

Photo of Huffs
2.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of jzlyo
3.75/5  rDev +33.5%

Photo of grahuba
3.5/5  rDev +24.6%

Photo of Harrastelija666
3/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of vanderSchorpioen
1/5  rDev -64.4%

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Baltika #9 Extra (Strong) from Baltika Breweries
66 out of 100 based on 596 ratings.