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Baltika #4 Original (Dark) - Baltika Breweries

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Baltika #4 Original (Dark)Baltika #4 Original (Dark)

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BA SCORE
77
okay

394 Ratings
THE BROS
75
okay

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Ratings: 394
Reviews: 270
rAvg: 3.37
pDev: 14.84%
Wants: 9
Gots: 20 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Baltika Breweries visit their website
Russian Federation

Style | ABV
Euro Dark Lager |  5.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-13-2002

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Photo of Jdiddy
1.12/5  rDev -66.8%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Very rarely am I so rough on a beer but this stuff is god awful. It smelled like metal so bad that I could barely get past that. There was NO substance to the beer. Very flat and no taste. If anything, it tastes like it smelled. BAD!!! It did have a decent color though.

Photo of JIMTRK16
1.75/5  rDev -48.1%

Photo of tigg924
1.78/5  rDev -47.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Appearance: 1/2 inch head, amber in color, hazy

Smell: minerals, toffee, and grain

Taste: sweet toasted malt, grain, toffee, and tea

Mouthfeel: very sweet, light bodied, and moderate carbonation

Drinkability: I find this beer to be cloyingly sweet and too malty. One is enough as the combination just does not work for me.

Photo of dacrza1
1.78/5  rDev -47.2%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

DATE TASTED: February 7, 2015... GLASSWARE: Baltika stange... OCCASION: A pinewood derby/violin recital/quiz bowl triple play--quite a day!... APPEARANCE: this beer is heard before it is seen, with a sizzling fizzle that quiets to an iced tea head of inconsistent bubbles; dark amber translucent body that holds steady effervescent; weak, spotty lacing... AROMA: caramel syrup is clearly present; pitchy, sweet malts are unbalanced by any hop aromas... PALATE: rather thin, watery mouthfeel that moves swiftly to the throat--akin to a sugarless iced tea...TASTE: mildly sweet, with faint caramel; a pungent finish, with awkward, cloying unbalanced corn maltiness--were are the hops? ...OVERALL: a slightly alcoholic, corny, malty, syrupy attempt at a dunkel...what’s not to like? not much...slightly enjoyable ...

Photo of B967ierhunter177
1.98/5  rDev -41.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Poured from a bottle into lager glass and served at approximately 48 degrees.

A: poured a nice reddish brown color with half inch head, rapidly disappeared and left no lace

S: not sure what to think, some bready aroma and sme other notes, can't exactly tell what

T: hops, pine, plum, and a strong bitter aftertaste

M: good medium mouthfeel, along with appearance it's this beer's strong point

D: felt like it had a higher alcohol percentage than what it does, lingering finish

Not a beer to be recommended, but some may like it.

Photo of slimntubbs
2/5  rDev -40.7%

Photo of AlexAfonin
2/5  rDev -40.7%

Photo of ernie
2.01/5  rDev -40.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

It used to be a very pleasant dark beer with substantial notes of rye, reminding to some of us home-made black bread... Sadly to say, quality has diminished in last two or three years and now No. 4 is another example of highly publicized crap from former USSR. There is an unpleasant tone in aroma, even more unpleasant sourness in the palate and quite a low-grade aftertaste. Stopped buying it. Not worth a try, definitely

Photo of JohnFatAss
2.1/5  rDev -37.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.75

#9 comes in an interesting shaped bottle and that is the best thing about this beer.
It is a dark, iced tea color beer. The head faded fast and no lacing on the glass.

The smell is of toasted malts, but not that pleasant.

Taste- Overly sweet toasted malts with a some dull hops in the finish.

Little carbonation and almost flat mouth.

Overall, this stuff is dreadful. I had a rough time of it finishing the 16.9 ounce bottle.

Makes me glad I do not live in Russia.

Photo of brother_rebus
2.13/5  rDev -36.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.75

Nothing good comes from a plastic liter bottle.

Photo of BeerNinja007
2.14/5  rDev -36.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

500mL bottle for $2.49 at Hoosick Beverages in Troy NY. Best before 27.02.10 (guess I held on to this one a bit long). Served cold in a chilled pint glass.

Medium brown brew reveals red highlights against a light. 1" of light tan head settles quickly to virtually nothing. Nose is overpowering with sweet burnt caramel. Taste is exactly the same and that's about it. Very simple and boring, pretty terrible. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied, rather smooth, light carbonation. Finishes with the same burnt caramel with a bit of licorice.

Photo of giblet
2.21/5  rDev -34.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

poured a nice dark amber color. 3/8" of head that settled quickly. nice steady carbonation. caramel and metalic smell. taste was not that great. kind of a metalic feel in my mouth. i was expecting a decent taste but it did not deliver.

i would pass on this one for there are many better ones to choose from.

giblet

Photo of TheLongBeachBum
2.25/5  rDev -33.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Presentation: Picked up a Bottle of the Baltika #4 along with #3 and #9 offerings and decided to give them all a whirl recently. After having had the #3 yesterday I am not expecting much from the #4. But here goes:

A metric sized half-litre (500ml) brown glass bottle, labeled as 16.9 fluid ounces for the US market. Metallic gold, black and red label, with a similarly colored foil covered crown capped top third. Labeled across the middle of the label as БAЛTИKA, whilst the English wording states “Baltika Original” above, whilst “#4 – Alc. 5.6% vol. Dark Beer” is below.

Appearance: Murky dark brown color, the semblance of the tan colored head that forms during the pour, soon gets sent packing to a cold Siberian Wasteland. Not much carbonation, it soon looks like a 2 day old malt extract homebrew when it settles. No head or lacing whatsoever. Awful.

Nose: Sweet toffee, caramel and some toasted malts. Not much else!

Taste: Tastes are pretty much simple; malts, toffee, caramel. An average, rather basic profile. Reminded me of swallowing your own saliva after you eaten a couple of particularly sticky chewy home-made Toffees.

Mouthfeel: Average body no doubt helped aided by the alcohol levels and high dissolved sugars – but hindered by the lack of carbonation.

Drinkability: The rather flat, sweet, sickly doughy bread feel lends a massive off-putting dimension to the beer for me. I struggled to finish the bottle I had.

Overall: It’s very easy and not very constructive to knock a beer you don’t like – but this is just plain awful. The lack of a freshness date on the Bottle even robbed me of a chance to offer an explanation for its one-dimensional flat body and appearance. $1.69 for the Bottle, worth spending to remind me not to waste my money again.

It’s not even on the Ќяїѕтмдѕ Lїѕт for my worst enemy.

Photo of jwc215
2.37/5  rDev -29.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Tasted the day before the "best before" date.
Poured orange/amber with an off-white head that became an uneven, spotted lacing. The color was not bad - but inconsistent - It became lighter around the edges. The head/lacing had odd, uneven bumps.
The smell was thin - some caramel over a chemical-tasting aroma.
The taste was also thin - some caramel tried to find its way past the uneven butter and water. Not well-balanced. It was very malty - no hop presence. The only saving part was the hint of caramel.
Buttery caramel mixed with water was left in the mouthfeel. A bit of the alcohol came through, as the flavor was not enough to mask it.
Despite its blandness and lack of anything special, it was somewhat drinkable, but that was due more to its water qualities than beer qualities.

Photo of BeerSox
2.43/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Bottle into pint glass.

Cloudy brown hue with a one finger tan head that slowly settles to a thin cap.

The only aroma that sticks out is smooth molasses.

Plain nutty flavor with some earthy yeast flavors. There is a bitter off-flavor, hard to put my finger on it. The finish is slowly fading light walnut flavor.

Not very enjoyable. The light flavors allowed the imperfections to stick out.

Photo of Billolick
2.45/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Largish bottle, pours dull cloudy brown, unsightly largish bubble quickly deoparting head, next to no nose picked up. Pretty boring beer, sweetness picked up but minimal hops and flavor notes. Not worth the $1.49 I paid, I spilled 1/2 of this down the drain..not worth loosing the brain cells and adding girth to my belly

Photo of javlin624
2.5/5  rDev -25.8%

Photo of pin
2.5/5  rDev -25.8%

Photo of Danny1217
2.5/5  rDev -25.8%

Photo of billyrenfroe
2.5/5  rDev -25.8%

Photo of jibjib513
2.5/5  rDev -25.8%

Photo of rangr514
2.5/5  rDev -25.8%

Photo of OldTime
2.5/5  rDev -25.8%

Photo of djrn2
2.5/5  rDev -25.8%

Photo of BlackHaddock
2.53/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Another Russian beer obtained on a trip to Antwerp. Best before 7th July 2010, drank 19th May 2010. The brown 500ml bottle was poured into a Westmalle Chalice and a La Chouffe tulip.

Clear red/brown colour, white head, thinning quicker than most and leaving a collar only.

Sweet molasses, toffee and caramel came to mind when smelling this beer, a litle too sweet for me.

The flavours were very close to the smells, molasses, toffee and caramel, again too sweet in my eyes.

I thought the body a bit weak and a little like a sugar water because of the sweetness encounted from the first impression the beer gave.

Didn't really enjoy the experience, should of spend my Euro's on a Belgian beer.

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Baltika #4 Original (Dark) from Baltika Breweries
77 out of 100 based on 394 ratings.