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Baltika #9 Extra (Strong) - Baltika Breweries

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

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495 Ratings

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Ratings: 495
Reviews: 361
rAvg: 2.77
pDev: 25.99%

Brewed by:
Baltika Breweries visit their website
Russian Federation

Style | ABV
Euro Strong Lager |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-08-2001)
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Photo of UCLABrewN84


2.15/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Bottled 6/7/12. Best before 6/7/13.

Pours a clear light orange with a foamy bone colored head that settles to a thin cap on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, and alcohol. Taste is much the same with a slightly fruity flavor on the finish. There is an alcohol kick and a mild bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a low level of carbonation with an almost flat mouthfeel. Overall, this is a poor beer that is strong and pretty much undrinkable.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2012 02:21:17 | More by UCLABrewN84
Photo of BuckeyeNation


2.05/5  rDev -26%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Pale cornmeal yellow with huge bubbles clinging to the bottom and sides of the glass. The cap looks incredible, especially for such a high-ABV beer. It's blindingly bright white and as sticky as all get out. Multiple bridges of foam have formed from head to glass and look like a taffy pull when they break. Quite a bit of lace helps what is already a good looking beer.

#9 Extra smells like an especially rough, raw, alcoholic malt liquor. Grain soaked in grain alcohol pretty much covers it. I have a feeling that words like complex, subtle and refined won't apply from here on out. Offensive? Not quite. Appealing? Not in the least.

It isn't quite as bad on the palate, but then I knew what was coming. As far as the flavor is concerned, I don't know that I'll be able to improve upon the 'rough, raw, alcoholic malt liquor' comment, so I think I'll use it again. It tastes like the brewers wanted to cut corners and just added a copious quantity of rubbing alcohol to Baltika #3.

I can usually get past an overwhelming alcohol presence and delve into the underlying beer, but I'm finding that task especially difficult in this case; mostly because ethanol is such a large part of the flavor profile. I've had a few Euro strong lagers that were decent, so I know it's possible to brew such a beer. Baltika missed the boat with this one though. Some of the better American malt liquors are nectar compared to this stuff.

The finish is sweet and hot. I'm beginning to get hot as well and feel like I've just done a few shots of Stoli. The mouthfeel is indistinguishable from Baltika #2 or #3 (both EPLs), lending credence to my theory that this is simply a higher alcohol version of those beers. Drinkability would be higher if I'd retire this pint glass and break out a shot glass.

Prior to today, my assigning of scores to Baltika products was directly proportional to the number on the label. From #2 and #3 on the low end to #8 (wheat) on the high end. Baltika #9 shoots that relationship all to hell. This is an ethanolic mess of a beer that I can't recommend under any circumstances. Homies in Red Square would be better served by a mass importation of Steel Reserve High Gravity.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2005 15:12:29 | More by BuckeyeNation
Photo of mikesgroove

South Carolina

3.3/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

single bottle picked up at greens today and poured into a pilsner glass after dinner. consumed on 08/25/2010.

nice pour with a medium amber color and smooth, even head that unfortunatly fades out far too quickly. still though not the worst look in the world.

aroma is hints of honey an banana, tons of grains and a touch of some muted earthy hopes. interesting mix i have to say as the flavor mirrors it pretty much exactly. has almost a malt liquor like bite to it before it settles with a light caramel and sweet bread like flavor that has a touch of booze and a light, drying finish.

overall this was an interesting one, definitely different and hard to put my finger on the full profile, i would actually say this may be worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2010 01:10:00 | More by mikesgroove
Photo of womencantsail


1.4/5  rDev -49.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2011 06:07:17 | More by womencantsail
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Quebec (Canada)

2.25/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Bottle: Poured a clear golden color ale with a big bubbly white head with average retention. Aroma of sweet malt with a dose of cough medicine. Taste is more enjoyable then I was expecting with a nice base of sweet malt, limited amount of corn or adjunct is detectable and then cough medicine appears at the end to ruin it all. Could have been worse but could have been a lot better.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2005 19:59:29 | More by Phyl21ca
Photo of BEERchitect


3.6/5  rDev +30%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Perhaps a bit atypical of Euro Lagers. It didn't have a dead skunk in it! Actually the flavors were quite malty and sweet, with a noble hop earthyness and pungentcy. A grain aroma persisted under the heavy malts and (corn) adjuncts, which transpired through to the flavors. The grain 'bitey-ness' was light and overshadowed by pilner malt flavors and textures, and sugary sweetness. Hops were regulated to offsetting the sweetness, and adds an herbal quality to the beer. Tastes dangerously close to a malt-liquor with the residual sweetness and abrasive alcohols.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2006 12:34:07 | More by BEERchitect
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New York

2.7/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: The beer is clear light yellow in color and has a moderate to high amount of carbonation. It poured with a thin bright white head that quickly died down and left a big patch of bubbles on the surface and a ring around the edge of the glass; these never completely faded away.
S: There are light to moderate aromas of apple juice in the nose along with notes of alcohol.
T: The initial taste has sweet flavors of corn—this abruptly changes to harsh flavors of malt liquor. The alcohol in the finish leaves your tongue tingling like bad cough medicine.
M: It feels a bit more than medium-bodied on the palate and has hints of syrup-like consistency.
O: I’m glad I found this beer in a tall boy can because it was much easier to drink compared to a large plastic soda bottle of this. The drinkability isn’t that good due to the alcohol in the finish.

Serving type: can

04-08-2012 01:15:38 | More by metter98
Photo of ChainGangGuy


2/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

16.9 ounce bottle - $2.29 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Crystalline, yellow body with a large, rather bubbly, white head.

Smell: Sweetish, lightly cereal-scented notes behind stronger scents of soap and ethanol. Yick. I totally understand why I’ve put this Baltika off for so very long.

Taste: A little dash of sweet powdered corn sugar paired with some very lightly malted barley. Soap suds and a burn of alcohol instantly wipe the smile from your face. Low-grade lemon cough drop. Things just quickly fall apart at the finish with the harsh tastes taking over.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Moderate carbonation.

Overall: I eventually noticed that each mouthful was getting progressively smaller till they became teensy pained sips. That’s when I decided to call it quits with Baltika 9 and swap to a tall glass of water.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2012 18:31:36 | More by ChainGangGuy
Photo of TMoney2591


2.91/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served in a Dogfish Head shaped pint glass.

How can I have extra when I haven't had any to begin with? Dammit, Smalls... Anyway, this stuff pours a clear golden-straw topped by a finger of white foam. The nose comprises sweet corn, light flowers, light grass, very light white bread, and hard water. The taste brings in more of the same, with a vague sweetness hanging pall-like over the proceedings. The body is a rather lithe medium, with a light moderate carbonation, a slick feel, and a drying finish. Overall, I think of this stuff as a Russian version of an approachable malt liquor, like an Earthquake. It's boring, it'll get ya drunk. 'Nuff said.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2013 17:58:05 | More by TMoney2591
Photo of NeroFiddled


3.48/5  rDev +25.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From a fresh bottle that's just a few months old. It pours a hazy yellowish (and almost green-tinted) body that's capped by a foamy bright-white head which holds well and maintains a thin surface covering throughout most of the glass. unfortunately, it leaves only minor lace. The nose expresses sweet malt that's grainy and bready alongside some limited grassy hops. It's surprisingly nice compared with most strong Russian Lagers which incorporate high levels of adjunct! However, in typical Russian-style, the medium body is coupled with a fine-bubbled but moderate carbonation that leaves it more smooth & creamy than crisp. Still, it's fairly nice and doesn't work against the beer. The flavor is mainly of sweet grainy malt with a light touch of hop flavor and a supportive bitterness. The alcohol is almost completely hidden and it finishes clean, but only semi-dry with some lingering sweet malt. It's well done and surprisingly drinkable considering its strength.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2003 20:08:10 | More by NeroFiddled
Photo of feloniousmonk


1.7/5  rDev -38.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Appearance: clear, pale yellow color, utterly transparent and shallow, but blessed with a full and frothy pure white head.
Aroma: ill. Corny, flat, typical of most pale lagers, but with no redeeming qualities, sticky sweet, too, almost painfully so...
Taste: NONE!!! Clean, empty, but potent in the strength. A panther in pajamas, silky, but strong, and ultimately very thinly bodied, and utterly flavorless.
As has been noted previously, a basic Baltic malt likka...who needs it...learn from my sad experience...avoid like the bubonic plague!!!

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2003 08:27:06 | More by feloniousmonk
Photo of TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

2/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured from a 16.9oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a pale yellow color, with a large white head that fades very quickly and leaves a thin and spotty lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is faint but contains adjuncts, light malts, some alcohol, some lager yeast and a faint touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out with a light malt sweetness followed by bready flavors of grain, adjuncts and lager yeast. A bit of alcohol creeps in which is to be expected for this kind of beer as is the very mild hops presence and lack of balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: A little crisp and not very smooth, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Not very tasty, goes down ok, not too filling, strong kick, good representation of style which is not much of a compliment, flat out just not a good beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2011 02:16:50 | More by TheManiacalOne
Photo of russpowell


2.73/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours straw colored with a white bubbly head that settles in at 1/4" head. Average head retention/some lacing

Smell: Sweetness, alcohol and some grainy notes

Taste: Intense sweetnes up front with dryness frutiness & alcohol in the finish

MF: Chewy, grainy and needing more hops and less carbonation& pricklyness

Worth a try drinkable for the the heft. Not sure I'd stay for more than one

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2006 05:55:45 | More by russpowell
Photo of WesWes

New York

3.75/5  rDev +35.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a golden color with a bone white lacey head. The aroma is quite plain, but maintains all the traditional lager qualities. The taste is really good. I'm not usually a fan of lagers, but this one is smooth and refreshing. Also the elevated abv. (8%) is not noticable. There is very little bitterness and the taste, although plain, is good. The mouthfeel is a little rough. There is way too much carbonation. The beer is light bodied and a pleasure to drink.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2003 20:57:04 | More by WesWes
Photo of drabmuh


3.9/5  rDev +40.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer poured froma bottle into an imperial pint glass. Beer is yellow and has a slight haze to it. Forms a thick white head of medium and small bubbles and the head falls away leaving some lacing on the glass. Carbonation is steady but overall weak. Made up of large bubbles that rise quickly through the beer.

Aroma is slightly sweet but overall weak. It smells fine, at least there isn't any hint of sulfur.

Hmmm...this is way better tasting than I expected. It is sweet (kind of) and has some fruitiness to it. Beer is medium bodied and finishes nicely with almost no aftertaste. Drinkability high. Second taste, slightly bitter this time. This beer is really good. Very enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2010 21:48:28 | More by drabmuh
Photo of Mora2000


3/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer pours a clear straw yellow color with a white head. The aroma is grassy, bready malt and a lot of grain. The flavor is grass, grain, sweet malt and alcohol. The sweetness is the predominant flavor component. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Not a great beer, but for the style, it is not bad.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2010 04:01:30 | More by Mora2000
Photo of zeff80


2.9/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Poured out straw yellow color with a good deal of carbonation. It had a three-finger white head that did not leave much lace.

S - It smelled of corn, grains and light malt.

T - The first sip was bittersweet and high on the alcohol flavor. But as the beer warmed it became sweeter and malty. Almost like a barleywine.

M - It was crisp and smooth. A medium to heavy-bodied beer.

D - This is better than I expected. The main drawback is that it seemed to become increasingly heavy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2008 18:37:50 | More by zeff80
Photo of jwc215


3.5/5  rDev +26.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours golden yellow with a white head that become a slowly disappearing patch.

The smell is of sweet grain. It's fairly clean with some raw alcohol.

The taste is of sweet grain and a touch of caramel. Alcohol lends a fruity character. There is some hop bitterness though it remains sweet. Warming finish.

Medium bodied and surprisingly smooth. Alcohol lingers in a warming way.

Not bad - certainly "strong". There's enough to make it easy enough to drink one of these, but I wouldn't go for a second. Cleaner and crisper than some others I've had within this style.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2007 13:39:24 | More by jwc215
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United Kingdom (England)

2.75/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Brown 500ml bottle obtained in Antwerp.

Poured on Saturday 5th June 2010, best before 8th August 2010 into a Corsendonk badged stemmed tulip glass.

Is this the sweetest lager on earth?

The colour was very pale yellow and the head white as driven snow. The head produced some impressive lacing as the beer sank.

The aroma was so, so sweet, alcoholic icing sugar and baked apples with brown sugar came to mind.

Drop the apples and you have the taste, exceedingly sweet with a front (and back) of alcohol.

I actually found it easy to drink, I must have a sweeter tooth than I thought. There was very little about the beer, depth or flavour wise, just too sweet for normal people.

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2010 15:50:11 | More by BlackHaddock
Photo of Gavage

New Jersey

3.28/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear yellow with large carbonation bubbles and a thick creamy head. The aroma is weak, some sweetness and grass are detected. There is a sweet and creamy mouthfeel. The malt is the strongest towards flavor and only a hint of hops is detected. Very smooth aftertaste. Not terrible, but not too exciting either.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2003 01:03:50 | More by Gavage
Photo of Halcyondays


2.83/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

500 mL bottle,

A: Pours a clear golden colour, good head retention, nice lace.

S: Grainy cereal malt and booze, not particularly appetizing, but pleasant enough.

T: Has that grainy husky malt taste with a bit of sweetness/sugar syrup type flavour. Booze is clearly evident, it doesn't have the intensity of flavours to hide. Not fusely though, smooth solvent taste, but it can get to be too much.

M: Too much carbonation off the bat. Once that's taken care of, has a nice smooth feel from the ethanol.

D: Not a bad malt liquor type beer, certainly better than a lot of the American ones that I have had. Good price as all the Baltika beers have.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2009 17:36:50 | More by Halcyondays
Photo of mdfb79

New York

1.93/5  rDev -30.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

From 12/24/11 notes. Picked this one up at Stateline in MD a few days before as I've never had a Euro Dark Lager. Style #101 of 104; closing in on all 104. Poured from a 500ml bottle into my Duvel tulip.

a - Pours a somewhat murky bright yellow color with one finger of fluffy white head and moderate carbonation evident. No head retention at all and light, spotty lacing on the glass.

s - Smells of corn, wheat, grains, and biscuit malts. Not too bad, though bland and nothing really going on in the nose. Way better than the taste as it wasn't offensive.

t - Tastes of corn, musty, earthy cardboard ntoes, grains, wheat, and biscuit. Something very weird here in the taste, and pretty bad.

m - Medium body and moderate to high carbonation. Overcarbonated which hurts it.

o - Overall just a bad beer. Overcarbonated, doesn't look very good, and the taste is pretty bad; couldn't finish the botte. The nose isn't too bad but based on everything else, I wouldn't buy this one again.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2011 18:38:29 | More by mdfb79
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3.75/5  rDev +35.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A foil-wrapped 500 mL bottle from State Line.

A: The lager is pale yellow, a shade or two below the Totally Naked that I had earlier. Lots of lace on this one, coating the sides of the glass.

S: The nose is sweet malts, perhaps some sugar or corn adjuncts added in. The strength of the malts do betray more alcohol than normal.

T: The alcohol jumps out at you immediately, warming with a rather strong kick. Underneath the alcohol are very sweet malts, fresh, green fruity flavors that have a bready undertone. Not much in the hops department, but the high alcohol seems to be a sufficient preservative. The boozy sweetness lingers for a long time.

M: The sweetness is a touch too much, especially because it leads straight to alcohol. The aftertaste is decent though.

D: The flavors are strong and the alcohol is heavy. One bottle is more than enough.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2008 01:41:53 | More by akorsak
Photo of rhoadsrage


2.33/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

(Served in a strange)

A- This beer pour a very thin pale yellow body that has almost no color. The head is a web of huge bubbles with a thin white film on the top of that. There is a really strong carbonation of medium bubbles.

S- A very light aroma with a hint of noble hops is all it has to offer.

T- This beer has a light crisp flavor with faint hints of slightly sweet pale malt and a noble hop hint of bitterness at the end.

M- This has a light mouthfeel with a light watery texture. No sign of alcohol.

D- This beer is too light and there is really no taste and aroma only faint hints of malt and hops. It is interesting that they can hide 8% abv in this beer with little flavor.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2006 04:12:46 | More by rhoadsrage
Photo of Jason


3.55/5  rDev +28.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 16.9 oz brown bottle with a foil wrap around the cap and neck, "best before" date on the back label. Thin film of sediment on the bottom of the bottle.

Appearance: Pale slightly hazy straw golden colour, decent little powdery white lace that clings here and there.

Smell: Very clean higher alcohols at play in the aroma with suggestions of distilled grain spirits. Mild flowery hop and some hay in the nose to show that there is some solid beer character there.

Taste: Crisp biting carbonation that runs towards coarse, the brazen spicy sweet alcohol attacks the palate with a distilled spirit like prickle. Malt sweetness is very pale with some cereal grain characteristics, grain and husk that flow like fresh cut hay. Hops dangle a medium bitterness that tags along for the ride with the strong armed alcohol. Alcohol is a touch fusel though mostly clean and is quick to warm the mouth, throat and body. Sweet finish that runs semi-clean.

Notes: Do they sell this one in 40’s down in their hood? Spot on for the American Malt Liquor Style though this is probably not what they were going for. Careful with this one meaning don’t make this one of your last beers of the night.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2002 11:04:56 | More by Jason
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Baltika #9 Extra (Strong) from Baltika Breweries
65 out of 100 based on 495 ratings.