Baltika #4 Original (Dark) - Baltika Breweries
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Reviews by rickyleepotts:
3.55/5 rDev +5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4
I've had a few beers from Baltika, and I have yet to be impressed. They are large bottles, some offering a big ABV… but nothing is worth writing home about. I am curious if this one is any different
In the Glass: It has a nice ruby red color to it. I keep thinking about pennies. I keep thinking about pennies because the beer I was drinking before this tasted like pennies! I am serious… liquid pennies. But that beer isn't on the list, and was on sale the other night at Total Wine. I wonder why! When I swirl it around in the glass, it has a week head and a mediocre lace.
Nose: This is a Euro pale lager. I have had several beers from this portfolio, and nothing has been worth writing home about. Maybe this one will change my mind. With a $1.99 price point, I doubt it. But anyway, the beer has a decent aroma to it. It smells like a good pale lager should. Based on what it smells like, I am expecting some carbonation in the mouthfeel. Let's see!
Flavor: The flavor is incredible. It has a smoothness to start, then a subtle sweetness sets in and literally covers the tongue. The sweetness is just enough that I don't want the flavor to end. Of course, with a low ABV and an affordable price point, you can afford to chug these all night long. OK, maybe not all night long. But you get the idea. It has a nice, sweet burp to it, as well.
Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is boring. It's almost flat. But that's OK, because as the sweetness sets in, I don't care what it feels like. I am focused on the taste. I bet this beer will get better as it heats up, too. The sweetness, even in the few minutes it has sat in the glass, begins to open up and the flavors are really exploding on the palate.
Aftertaste: I am getting a ton of sweetness. Not candy sweet, but a nice molasses sweetness to it. It's thick, creamy, and I just love the overall flavor profile here. I just can't get over the price… $1.99 for such big bottle. Compared to the penny beer I was just drinking, this one is a BIG improvement. I am going to give this puppy a big rating, if nothing else but the sweetness.
I have never been to Russia, but I love the name and I love the culture. What I know of it, anyway. I know when I was in Poland, they drank more vodka than we do water. Maybe in Russia they drink more Baltika than water! If I lived there, I know I would!
Serving type: bottle
10-27-2012 05:49:22 | More by rickyleepotts
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3.54/5 rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5
Pours out to a nice buff, creamy head that falls to a creamy ring that persists. no significant lacing. Color is reddish dark brown and filtered clarity. Aroma is caramelized malts, molasses, honey graham crackers with a slight wisp of spicy hops. Flavor is malty and sweet but not as sweet as the nose implies. No discernible hops on the tongue. Mouthfeel is thin and sticky. Overall, a decent quaff that is worthy of repeating.
Serving type: bottle
09-27-2013 22:30:59 | More by EagleTalon
Baltika #4 Original (Dark) from Baltika Breweries
77 out of 100 based on 347 ratings.