Baltika #9 Extra (Strong) - Baltika Breweries
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1.03/5 rDev -63.1%
Ok first off, this came in a PLASTIC bottle, dead giveaway that its gonna be hairy. By "extra strong", I'm assuming it meant extra malt. The aroma was acrid. Imagine malt vinegar you put on boardwalk fries, but on crack&steroids. Yes, its THAT overpowering. The appearance was that of malt vinegar. I could barely get over the disgusting smell before I took a swig. After I swallowed it, the fumes were just too much&it came right back out. I don't mean to bash this product, this is just my firsthand experience when I drank it. Judging by the bottle itself, I'm assuming this is the Russian equivalent to a 40 oz of malt liquor here in the States. To wrap this up, if you wanna say "I drank a Russian 40" and are feeling frisky, by all means try it. If not, its no loss. Just an oddity more or less.
02-26-2014 02:19:07 | More by Caveworm
1.05/5 rDev -62.4%
Purchased a relatively fresh can from a Russian Supermarket.
Immediately upon opening, a chemical smell wafted from the can. I have never smelled this in a beer.
The first taste magnified the chemical overtones. Absolutely no malt character. Can only taste the alcohol. Perhaps it's added alcohol that gives this such a bad smell and taste.
This is easily the worst beer I have had in decades/
10-08-2013 11:35:25 | More by geoffpm
1.13/5 rDev -59.5%
1 liter bottle poured into a tulip. Thanks to BeerFMAndy for sharing this one?
(A)- Pours a clear pale orange color. Not much head to speak of, but some white bubbles.
(S)- A dry, literally sugary sweet sugar water aroma.
(T)- Same as the smell. Its like drinking sugar water; and alot of sugar at that.
(M)- A low carbonation level. Only flavor that I can detect in this is sugar and alot of it at that.
(D)- Again, its like drinking an alcohol driven, dry sugar water. Almost flavorless and downright almost undrinkable for me.
04-08-2011 00:21:56 | More by sweemzander
United Kingdom (England)
1.13/5 rDev -59.5%
Appearance: Pale champagne-straw. Fizzy white head breaks down into a cratered, quivering froth, and then into nothing.
Smell: Rock candy, sweet corn. Muffled whisper of dandelion. Mild skunky and sulfuric aromas poke through the sweetness. Slight rubbing alcohol character emerges as it warms.
Taste: Oh my god, who put vodka in my MGD?
Mouthfeel: Sharp, watery, numbing, and abrasive.
Drinkability: This beer is nightmarish. Maybe it would be passable if you drink it ice cold, but otherwise... ugh!
06-06-2006 03:16:17 | More by soulgrowl
1.15/5 rDev -58.8%
Malt Liquor at its worst, an awful beer that gained a vast popularity in the skid rows all over Old World. Generally, it's possible to brew a really strong pale lager, and there are some very successful examples of the style. In St. Petersburg the brewers (or, more likely, managers) were busy only with packing their product with alcohol. Well, they succeeded and offered us a horrible brew. Thanx, no!
06-05-2006 17:38:07 | More by ernie
1.15/5 rDev -58.8%
I bought a huge PLASTIC bottle of this for 99 cents as a goof.
The label reads "Extra Strong Lager" in huge letters and also the word "ale" in small print in the upper right hand corner.
Took this over to my friend's house. Bear in mind, either one of us would have been perfectly happy with ice cold PBR.
Wow, this beer is fuckin' disgusting. Smells like witch hazel. Taste is putrid... kinda like bud light mixed with gasoline and cough syrup. We took 2 sips each and flushed the rest down the toilet.
03-14-2008 18:29:10 | More by turdburglar
1.2/5 rDev -57%
I have to say that this beer does make for a good presentation in my lager glass. It's straw in color, but not as pale as I had feared it would be. The head is impressive, billowing out to a good 2.5 inches and rising above the glass rim. It's slightly off-white and has the look of marshmallow...not right from the package but from when you scorch the crap out of it over a campfire and then pull off the burnt part. The stuff still stuck to the stick...that's what it looked like before it went bye bye. At least it was nice enough to leave behind a bit of lacing.
The smell is horrid. It smells of the kind of plastic that action figures are made of. You also get some corn and Saaz hops (I think, it's hard to tell). I certainly hope this tastes better than it smells. It doesn't...if at all possible it tastes worse. Take the above and add rubbing alcohol (or acetone) and you'll get the taste. The mouthfeel is even bad...oily with a chemical astringency tearing at the back of your throat. I cannot finish this...it may be only the second or third beer ever that I've poured. I fear that if I do finish this that it will be a sign of alcoholism and that I'll be standing up in the backroom of a church introducing myself. No thank you.
07-22-2011 22:44:51 | More by Naugros
1.2/5 rDev -57%
Medium sized capped bottle poured into a pint.
Pale yellow, voluminous white head that drops quite quickly, leaving no lacing. It starts looking great, but dissipates rather quickly warning of what is coming.
It smells and tastes like sweetened alcohol; something like very cheap vodka with some sort of soda. Very difficult to qualify any better.
Absolutely horrible, a straight drainpour.
11-14-2008 01:01:47 | More by brdc
1.2/5 rDev -57%
A- 2 inch white foamy head, dissipates slowly. No lacing, golden straw color. Very clear, champaign like appearance. Well carbonated beer, not very attractive overall.
S- very unappealing aroma, smells like your typical college drinking beer, colors, bud light, miller light, some malt and corn characteristics come out, very plain.
T- very very disappointing. I didn't have high expectations for this brew but was hoping for something slightly enjoyable. Metallic aftertaste, slight bitterness, lingering metallic taste after every sip, slight malt flavor stands out. Alcohol is very resent for only being 8% abc.
M- light mouthfeel, very sticky, terrible metallic aftertaste.
O- well what can I say, first beer in 9 months and it has to be one of the worst beers I've ever had, if not the worst. Metallic aftertaste that lingers. This is a beer that I will never drink again.
07-05-2013 14:03:41 | More by Chriscrundwell12
1.21/5 rDev -56.6%
Looks like ___, smells like ____.
Tastes like sugar, chalk, flour, ginseng root.
I would rather drink Olde English, not sure about this being better than any 40oz.
I was like hmm 1.99, in with the bombers, maybe they know something cool on the cheap...
Can't even pretend to be cool with this one.
I just take the loss, full responsibility, I need a BMC to bring my taste buds back.
03-26-2013 01:29:29 | More by braugon
1.23/5 rDev -55.9%
A: Crystal clear yellow. Almost no head at all.
S: Grain, very mild overall. Hard to get a good sniff with so little carbonation going on.
T: Dry cardboard, with a harsh whiskey finish. Did they just brew weak beer and mix in some cheap whiskey to make it stronger? That's exactly what it tastes like.
M: Almost no carbonation. Mouth is numbing like I've been having shots of whiskey. After just a few sips I already feel a hangover coming on.
O: If you like beer mixed with whiskey, give this a shot. Otherwise, just go have a lot more fun doing shots.
10-01-2011 03:33:33 | More by bluHatter
1.25/5 rDev -55.2%
I bought this beer in a 51 ounce plastic bottle mostly because I had never seen such a creature and partially because I wanted to reuse the bottle to bottle homebrew. It's got a hazy yellow-brown appearance with barely any head at all. It smells weird. It smells like old peaches and hay. Or perhaps an 11-year-old Jolly Rancher that nobody wanted to eat because it was apricot. It tastes sickeningly sweet and coats my tounge with an unpleasant chemical-like fruity, dry, hatred. Uuhhhh... I don't know how I'm going to finish this crap...
01-19-2008 23:57:37 | More by berserker256
1.27/5 rDev -54.5%
I wish I could say thanks to my buddy Jeff for sharing this one the other night, but this is quite possibly the worst beer I've ever had in my mouth. I've never had to spit a beer back out, but there is a first time for everything, and this is it for me. Review is from notes taken on 7/31/2010 and poured from the bottle to a tulip.
Appearance: Pour is actually the color of urine (I'm not being snarky or overly sarcastic here -- it's the first thing that came to my mind when I saw it and it was all down hill from here); starts with a 1/2 finger of white head that fades to a full, but uneven, skim; body is clear and shows tons of sick looking sediment floating throughout.
Smell: Light graininess and some barley, but it's sickly sweet as well and it is very cloying, even in the nose.
Taste/mouthfeel/drinkability: OK, this is pretty much the end of this one -- it literally tastes like perfume and hay... I couldn't keep this in my mouth. I'd continue on to talk about the mouthfeel, but the taste was so bad I couldn't keep it in long enough to make any strong determinations about this. Based upon everything else about this beer, the drinkability is awful. I never want to be near this drink again.
08-01-2010 20:53:48 | More by bamadog
1.33/5 rDev -52.3%
A - Clear yellow with a decent head. doesn't appear to be much really
S - like dry malt sweetness but not much
T - Holy atrocious beer batman... this seriously tastes like a cheap malt mixed with popov or some other cheap vodka. horrible horrible taste
M - to be honest I couldn't keep it in long enough to figure this out. bubbly...
D - put it this way... i feel bad for my sink because I have to dump 49 of the original 51oz down the drain because this is so terrible. If you like vodka and would for some reason like the taste of it mixed with a cheap malt liquor then be my guest, but I will use this only to pull pranks on others... just plain horrible
07-04-2008 03:48:51 | More by tab021
1.35/5 rDev -51.6%
Very light gold color. Small head. Aroma is slightly malty and sweet. Its very sweet, lots of corn added?. The corn flavor is balanced by a strong alcohol flavor. No hops to speak of, yet there is some bitterness whose origin I don't really want to know. This stuff is really awful. Mouthfeel is full. Finish is clean. Aftertaste is chemical and bitter.
06-20-2003 17:01:10 | More by beerguy101
1.4/5 rDev -49.8%
A: The pour is a very pale straw/yellow color with a thin layer of white foam.
S: Smells damp and moldy with some possible fecal notes. Rotting vegetables and a bit time corn aroma. Sickly sweet and cloying. Lots of butter, because we couldn't have a truly excellent beer without that.
T: Cloying sugar and corn sugar. Oh goodness is this bad. Grape juice, cooked vegetables, butter, just awful. Some definite booze flavors, too.
M: Pretty heavy, unnecessarily so, with a moderate level of carbonation.
D: Jesus Christ.
02-18-2011 06:07:17 | More by womencantsail
1.4/5 rDev -49.8%
Pours out pale straw and stis light, bright gold in the glass with a large white head, fading fast to a light skim, moving to the sides.
Aroma is pure malt and grass. Dried, decaying banana peel, and soft, bruised apples. Leafy hops dangle in the background, mildly spicy.
Tastes faintly sweet, almost sickeningly so when combined with its rather harsh, dry spicing, and alcoholic warmth. Like sucking on a twig that's been drenched in vodka. Destroys all sense of taste...and that's the best thing it has to offer; relief.
Light, watery and suitably carbonated. No reason to keep it in your mouth for very long, swallow and get it over with.
This beer has it's niche in the market of those who enjoy drinking swillish beers that look more sophisticated than Budweiser or Coors. I personally couldn't tell the difference and would rather have kept this one in the bottle.
01-25-2005 21:13:06 | More by Skidz
1.43/5 rDev -48.7%
Holy crap, no wonder the USSR collapsed. This stuff could bring down an empire. Best part was the fizzy yellow pour, just a touch of white head. Only a slight malt aroma, but wow, its like doing shots of grassy vodka in every quaff. Very mediciney with a nasty, burning finish.
Well, I made it through the entire 500ml bottle, no drain pour for me! Well, only paid $2 for it (plus shipping), so not much of a loss. Now if I can keep it down past an hour without batching, Ill be OK.
08-09-2005 12:38:44 | More by Vancer
Baltika #9 Extra (Strong) from Baltika Breweries
66 out of 100 based on 537 ratings.