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
1.5/5 rDev -46.2%
Baltika # 9 had the taste of malt vinegar. A real strong taste real bitter. The color was a dark brown. Mouth Feel was the same as the taste. I was not impressed with this brew. I will not be buying this brew any more. This had to be the roughest brew I ever had. If you like your brew with a ton of malt this is for you. I is not for me overall I give it a 2.
02-16-2014 04:10:36 | More by nicholas2121
3.56/5 rDev +27.6%
The nose is very pleasant. A warm, nutty overture with grassy textures. Complex but not overpowering. The appearance in the glass is very nice. A darker, richer, yellow colour with well adjusted head. Not a large head, but thick, creamy and firm. The taste is at first a fruity, earthy combination of sour and tart. Very mild and tender though, with a slight sweetness reminiscent of honey for a nice balance. As it travels over the tongue it becomes milder, feeling almost watery with a slight grassy, tart flavour as if it were tea. The finish is bold but now overpowering. Nutty, sweet and savory with the honey backing it. The flavours don't necessarily harmonize but do compliment one another well. This a well adjusted, flavorful lager. Though not the cream of the crop in terms of flavour and texture it does deserve respect and a solid 3.5.
02-14-2014 00:39:28 | More by complexnomenclature
3.25/5 rDev +16.5%
Strongly alcoholic, perhaps, or a strong beer using lots (?) of pale malts, its appearance is more to the unlearned that of a weaker style. It's a pale yellow, not quite gold but very clear and bright with just more than a wispy white head that has some structure and leaves spotting in moderation.
It's highly ethanolic, but hops show up with grass and earthy greenery in the nose, grains underlying with a fruity edge to the ethanol. There's a certain metallic note, as expected from most European derived beers. The earth has the slightest hint of funk, almost wet clippings. It's odd, but it is what it is and that's not bad.
The flavor has a bit more of an astringent, medicinal note over fruits, buttered biscuits, grass and leaf under alcoholic heat, bitterness actually here but in a flavor a bit marred by harsher notes.
It's actually crisp and for all the alcohol and the fairly light body, it's not too thin and fairly smooth, not perfectly clean but more than expected. It fights the fusel slickness by giving slight powdery dryness into the finish.
01-10-2014 18:35:32 | More by Brenden
3.28/5 rDev +17.6%
App: Clean and clear golden color. A frothy egg-white head with nice retention and nice spotted lacing.
Nose: Grain, clean rice, medicinal.
Taste: Nice mouthfeel, lingering maltiness, cheap malt but not too strong, banana.
Notes: This is proof that "fizzy yellow beers" from pretty much anywhere else in the world are at least decent. This is not bad beer, it's an example of cheap international beer.
01-04-2014 03:22:12 | More by travolta
2.55/5 rDev -8.6%
Appearance: Dark golden color with a small white head.
Aroma: Sweet fruity smell.
Flavor: Has a sweet apricot flavor up front, with a slight alcohol bitter finish. Bold bodied, smooth carbonation.
Overall: This is not your light lager. It starts slightly sweet. The alcohol comes out toward the finish. Place this beer in the freezer and serve very cold. With its high percent ABV, you don't have worry about it freezing
01-02-2014 06:16:01 | More by Mike_Moe
3.58/5 rDev +28.3%
Appearance: Good color. Too much head but strangely not enough carbonation.
Smell: A bit metallic. Can be a bit offputting for most people, though I didnt mind it so much.
Taste: Sweet. Maybe a bit too sweet for the standard American beer palate. Not much body to the beer, which is strange, because the beer is STRONG and I LOVED that about it. I dont mean to sound sexist but it is an almost "feminine" taste but with a "masculine" kick. And I dont mind this one bit.
Mouthfeel: Flat, perhaps because of the low carbonation, and this is what I liked least about this beer.
Decent beer overall. If I were in Russia and this was cheap, I would buy it more often. But otherwise, you can get better beers for the money.
11-07-2013 06:38:50 | More by KhanC
Baltika #9 Extra (Strong) from Baltika Breweries
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