Baltika #4 Original (Dark) - Baltika Breweries
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Reviews by 49degrees:
British Columbia (Canada)
3.43/5 rDev +1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
I've run across a variety of Russian brews in recent weeks and finally decided to grab one for a closer look. Russia is not exactly known as a source for beer, their vast exportation of vodka and caviar certainly helps keep everyone's attention peaked in other areas. However, if my first experience with a Russian brew is any indication, grabbing a Russian brew shall do you no harm -- in fact, it may even bring you a little surprising pleasure.
Sold in gold foiled toped 16.9 fluid oz bottled with foil labels on both front and backside. My bottle was freshness dated Best Before 13.01.02 and was purchased on 10.03.03. Despite being past its stated prime, this was still a very enjoyable brew and has suffered no obvious character loss.
Poured a deep amber color with a slight hazy appearance. The head was minimal and feature large clear bubbles, almost soda like consistency, which quickly disappeared. No head was apparent after a mere 30 seconds, no collar, and no lacing could be found on the glass while drinking.
Aroma wise, Baltika Dark presents a very interesting combination of both sweet and sour smells, heavy caramel, aged fruit, and malty characteristics. The sugary sweet aroma reminded me of an Oudenaard but considerably lighter in all manners.
Taste-wise, this is an interesting item that is almost overwhelmingly sweet, particular on a palette that drinks its fair share of IPAs. A real cornucopia of flavors including a dark rye bread, heavy caramel, sugary sweet ripe fruit, hearty malts and even a subtle hop kick that pairs well with the rather carbonated characteristic of the brew. There's a lot going on, but thankfully, its a rather light tasting brew and as such, this truckload doesn't overwhelm your taste buds. But it will make your taste buds stand up and take notice of what you're feeding it.
Overall, a very interesting brew, not amazing, but definitely something worth checking out if you have the opportunity. As a very affordably priced import brew that dishes up plenty of unique characteristics I'm sure I'll tackle this one again from time to time. I think I'll even try checking out their other 10 different brews if/when the opportunity arises.
[ STATS:>> 16.9 oz bottle / ABV: 5.6% abv / PRICE: $2.29 USD ]
Serving type: bottle
03-13-2003 19:03:15 | More by 49degrees
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3.19/5 rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
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.
Serving type: bottle
07-25-2014 02:31:21 | More by wethorseblanket
3.63/5 rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
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.
Serving type: bottle
06-08-2014 04:42:42 | More by BeerDocT
Baltika #4 Original (Dark) from Baltika Breweries
77 out of 100 based on 367 ratings.