Baltika #4 Original (Dark) - Baltika Breweries
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3.68/5 rDev +8.9%
500 ml bottle into lager glass, best before 6/25/2014. Pours fairly crystal clear deep reddish copper color with a 1 finger dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of big caramel, molasses, toffee, toast, brown bread, light chocolate, raisin, plum, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/bready malt, fruity yeast ester, and light hop notes; with solid strength. Taste of caramel, brown sugar, toast, toffee, brown bread, light chocolate, raisin, plum, herbal, grass, light pepper, and yeast earthiness. Light earthy/peppery bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, brown sugar, toast, toffee, brown bread, light chocolate, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Nice complexity and balance of dark/bready malt, fruity yeast, and light earthy hop flavors; with very good robustness and no cloying flavors after the finish. Very clean lager flavors as well. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, fairly crisp, and lightly creamy/bready mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a nice dunkel lager style. All around good robustness, balance, and complexity of dark/bready malt, fruity yeast ester, and light earthy hop flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A nicely enjoyable offering.
08-14-2014 21:32:17 | More by superspak
3.19/5 rDev -5.6%
500 ml brown bottle. Production date: 7/12/2013. Best before date: 7/12/2014 (oh, oh).
A: Pours a clear dark amber/light brown with a half-inch thick white head which fades to the rim and leaves splotchy lace.
N: Caramel malts, slight roast, earthy and yeasty.
T: Dried raisins and figs, light caramel, mildly sweet malts, aged wood.
M: Semi-moderate body and semi-medium carbonation. Finishes with caramel malts and yeast.
O: Won't be having this again. Although I did drink this after the best before date.
07-25-2014 02:31:21 | More by wethorseblanket
3.63/5 rDev +7.4%
Bought at Assi Plaza in Atlanta, GA.
Appearance 3.5: Poured out a lovely, translucent, dark brown. Nice, inch-high head faded to a thin but sturdy head that lasted the entire session. Decent lacing.
Smell 3.75: Very nice bouquet. Smells of deep malt, barley and a slight smokiness. Also, nice hints of marshmallow and caramel.
Taste 3.5: Front is slightly sweet, but balanced. Middle is somewhat dry, but is balanced by very pleasant and semi-sweet waves of barley malt and hints of caramel. Finish is smooth, light and refreshing with tastes of dark brown sugar, grains and a very slight hoppiness. Aftertaste is very nice: dry, balanced with a final taste of barley.
Mouthfeel 3.75: Clean, balanced...great complement to the brew.
Overall 3.75: A surprise and a good beer. Would be a great complement to almost any food. While a bit on the sweet side, it is smooth and balanced. Definitely worth a try if you find it.
06-08-2014 04:42:42 | More by BeerDocT
Baltika #4 Original (Dark) from Baltika Breweries
77 out of 100 based on 370 ratings.