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Baltika #6 Porter - Baltika Breweries

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Baltika #6 PorterBaltika #6 Porter

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BA SCORE
82
good

858 Ratings
THE BROS
77
okay

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Ratings: 858
Reviews: 583
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 14.13%
Wants: 11
Gots: 37 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Russian Federation

Style | ABV
Baltic Porter |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 01-28-2003

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Ratings: 858 | Reviews: 583
Reviews by basica:
Photo of basica
4.1/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Nice jet black pour into my Samuel Adams globe pint glass with a thick bubbly head finally reducing to a well-retaining finger-thick frothy head. (4)

S - Nose is sweet roasted malts, with hints of coffee and cocoa; quite pleasant and shows improvements as the beer warms. (4)

T - Upfront tastes of sweet roasted malts with a light amount of bitterness showing up in the middle and finally reviewing a coffee-ish finish with some cocoa and dark fruity notes of raisins lasting well into the after taste. Moderately complex and just missing the next notch in rating by a tad! (4)

M - Medium-bodied mouthfeel with just about the right amount of carbonation and goes down watery easy though I would prefer a milky/creamy smoothness for this style. (4)

D - Very drinkable and approachable porter! Moderate complexity tasting with a good mouthfeel; Russian goodness that made my evening. (4.5)

More User Reviews:
Photo of DaPeculierDane
3.52/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This is a desert beer to be sure. It’s super sweet and cola like. Dark mahogany with an immediately dissipating tan head. Smells of figs, coke, and prune juice. Tastes of aforementioned dark fruits charred wood and a bit of coffee. Chewy with only residual bitterness. Alcohol is extremely well concealed making this one quite drinkable. Cheap as hell too. I’m begging to become a fan of the old block.

Photo of oberon
3.28/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured into a .5 liter stein a deep dark brown with a tint of of ruby a 1/2 finger tannish colored head sat nicely atop.Aromas are sweet alot of dark fruit and heavily roasted coffee pretty heavy handed in the sweet dept,flavors are the same intense roast and dark fruit and brown sugar really not any drying base, just to one dimensional.Full moutheel keeps it at least a decent brew but there are alot of domestic style that blow this away.

Photo of RoyalT
3.97/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance – This one was damn near black in color with a nice, moderate retentive head that was actually solid brown.

Smell – The roasted malts here are robust. There’s a light bready character to the nose along with some brown and raw sugar. There is also a big fruity character here. The plums especially are very prominent.

Taste – Boy, this is tasty. The malts are a little less roasty at the taste but are mixed well with the complex sugar profile. The refined, granulated table-type of man-made sugars are blended with strong fruity notes and some light alcohol. The blackberries and plums really stand out here.

Mouthfeel – This one is a solid medium-bodied with a light alcohol sting and a delicate bitterness at the end.

Drinkability – This was a tasty and very smooth example of the style.

Photo of brownbeer
4.15/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Produced on 4-4-09

Pours dark brown with a frothy, sandy brown head.

A robust nose with sweet chocolate, brown sugar, bitter roast, and maple.

Earthy, sweet chocolates on the palate with caramel and other rich malt flavors that are neither roasty, nor overly sweet. Slightly nutty fade and finishes with a faint, drying coffee note. It has a cool, old school quality.

Milky smooth and medium bodied with a richness that makes it seem fuller at times.

Travels well, good craftsmanship. I should drink this more often.

Photo of imperialstout27
3.88/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip.

A: Pours very dark with garnet hues when held up to the window. Beige colored head that leaves a persistant collar.

S: Sweet, mildly roasted malts. Creamy milk chocolate, caramel, light toffee, and only the faintest impressions of alcohol. Very slight off smell that is of the metallic variety.

T: A very nice toasted malt sweetness hits upfront, with notes of candied red fruits emerging on the midpalate. Hints of creamy chocolate, bittersweet chocolate, and caramel. Overall, moderate sweetness balanced by mild bitterness. Toasted bread at the finish.

M: Medium bodied with decent carbonation. I like it.

D: Quite high level of drinkability. I drank one 500ml and, well, I think I'll have another...

Overall, not super complex, but a solid, good tasting porter. Unlike other reviewers, I don't find its sweetness is out of hand. It would score higher if its slight toastiness was closer to a robust roastiness, but I liked this beer, especially considering the price point.

Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.5/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Review from BeerAdvocate magazine Vol. II Issue VIII:

Three fingers of light brown head crackle to a thick lacing that holds to the glass well. Nearly black with garnet on the edges, dark and inviting. Aromas of cocoa powder, vague cinnamon, light-roasted coffee and a hint of dried plums. Nice smoothness with a semi-slick medium body. Pleasant malt sweetness gives off suggestions of brown sugar and chocolate. Beneath the sweetness is a slight charred grain flavor with some dark fruitiness from the alcohol. Modest hopping lets the malt really shine. The alcohol does have some sharpness to it with a quick bite of hop bitterness that fades quickly. Finishes with a burnt sugar sweetness and spicy alcohol flare.

Not half bad, it sits in the middle of the pack. A little complex, yet a whole bottle is almost too much; share it with a friend, and sip. All of that said, it is certainly worth a try.

Photo of bdkucharski
2.96/5  rDev -18%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Bottle, best before date 03.01.11, so do not take this review to heart unless you're sitting on a past date bottle you're about to crack open.

A - Black/Brown - Garnet around the edges of the glass. The head fades to a little bit of foam after only a few minutes.

S - Nothing.

T - Slightly sweet malt, some fruity esters, soy sauce, and a litte, metallic twang (perhaps from age?). There is a bit more roast character evident than I expected for an imported Baltic Porter. Absolutely no hop bitterness.

M - Somewhat thin, becomes slightly thicker with warmth. Good carbonation.

O - I would certainly drink this again, but not seek it out specifically (perhaps a bottle within it 'best before' range). I'm looking for syrupy with minimal carbonation, and enough malt and sweet to balance that roast.

Photo of Beaver13
3.9/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

16.9 oz bottle. Pours a dark brown with a frothy brown head that quickly dissipates to a thin film that leaves a little lacing.

The aroma is sweet chocolate malts with a little bit of smoke and tar.

The flavor is sweet lactic chocolate with some dark fruits, smoke and a little coffee with a roasted bitter finish. The mouthfeel is medium with some sharp carbonation.

Overall, a nice surprise. This is a well done porter.

Photo of Jason
3.2/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Presentation: 16.9 oz bottle with a freshness date on the back label, a little blurb about the beer on the back to.

Appearance: Fast foam to thin ring of lace, the snap and crakle of the head was too quick for me. A shade or two lighter than black, it pours a little like motor oil in the mug.

Smell: Vague chocolate, major steely caramel and lots of sweetness in the aroma. A bit too sweet for my liking.

Taste & Mouthfeel: A palatable creamy smoothness within the full body. Lots of sweet malt, on the dark side of course with rich caramel donning a metallic flavour. Slight burnt and chocolate flavours middle to end, hops are docile with a one way bitterness. Finishes with a light cloying sweetness. The hidden alcohol provides a dark fruitiness which is the most interesting thing about the beer.

Notes: The alcohol is a bit deceiving at 7.0% abv, as I said before a bit too sweet for me which took away from the drinkablity. A small glass of this with a chocolate dessert would be nice.

Photo of tjthresh
4.01/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

16.9 Fl. Oz.
Best Before 26.09.05

Appearance: Awesome. Poured with a nice long lasting beige head. Started at about an inch then faded to 1/4 in. Clung to the sides of the glass. Dark brown with garnet highlights.

Smell: Dark chocolate, rasins, and caramel. No hops. All malt baby. Alcohol.

Taste: Reminds me a lot of one of the Reisen candys. Subtle sweetness, with some dark chocolate and coffee. Some hop bitterness. Very easy to drink.

Mouthfeel: Med-full body. Carbonation level give a very 'mouth-fillng sensation.

Drinkability: Outstanding nightcap. I think I may start keeping a couple of these around the house. At 7%, its just enought to enjoy the full pint and give you that sleepy feeling.

Photo of tigg924
3.01/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: 1 inch head, black in color, opaque

Smell: milk chocolate and toasted malt

Taste: sweet toasted malt, small bit of chocolate, grain, caramel, and a touch of smokiness

Mouthfeel: very sweet, light bodied, and moderate to light carbonation

Drinkability: An overly sweet and unbalanced Baltic porter. A beer that I most likely would not turn down, but not the first I would choose either. The alcohol is well hidden.

Photo of Mora2000
3.8/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown with a beige head. The aroma is mainly roasted malt with some coffee. The flavor is heavy on the roasted malt. Not as much coffee or chocolate in the flavor as I was expecting. The alcohol is well hidden. Medium mouthfeel and carbonation. Fairly cream finish.

Photo of JohnnyBarman
4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a nonic glass.

Deep chestnut brown, with hints of ruby and light brown around the edges. The pour, while not overly aggressive on my part, still produced a good inch and a half of taupe-coloured head. Holds itself well as a thick ring, lots of lacing. A solid-looking porter.

Nose is roasted malt, dark fruit, a tart salty scent, cream, nuts, perhaps a bit of whisky or other amber restorative.

Smooth, easy to drink, yet flavorful. Notes of nuts, wine, dark chocolate and coffee (only mild), finishes with a nice creamy whisky kick. Slight metallic character, but otherwise, this is pretty good stuff.

A bit thin, but ridiculously easy to quaff, which isn't something I was expecting from a robust brew like this. Carbonation and alcohol burn are both timid.

Enjoyable, worth picking up now and again. Certainly among Baltika's better offerings. A good representation for the style - the fruity tart tones and softer coffee/chocolate notes definitely help distinguish this from English porter fare. Though it doesn't hold up to be as hearty and burly as one might expect from a Russian porter, it still does the trick for me on a rainy New Years Eve. Cheers all!

Photo of Byeast
4.07/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Apearance: Pourd a pretty much opaque black , with a tan head of 2 and a half inches that dissipated to a thin tan layer.

Smell: fairly malty and roasty , some slight dairy , chocolate, sweet aroama.

Taste: creamy and rich malt , chocolate , burnt like flavor , sight bit of dark fruit , tad bit of hop in there.

Mouthfeel: slightly creamy

Drinkability: A very drinkable porter , nice and flavorful , not overpowering , smooth.

Photo of magictrokini
2.92/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Was unpleasantly surprised with this beer. Looks great, dark with a wee bit of head. But smells like raisins and licorice. Taste is the same. Sickeningly raisin sweet with a caramel back. Body is not porter-like, kind of thin and watery. I'll stick with the other offerings from Baltika.

Photo of WeymouthMike
3.88/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled from a 16.9 bottle. Pours a deep black with a chestnut head which disappeards to mere lacing before I finish my first sip. Good nose to this with cocoa and black licorice which both come through in the tongue. Very dry mouthfeel to this with very little aftertaste which improves drinkability. Will try again and glad I received this one in a BIF as I may have never tried this one.

Photo of far333
4.23/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Almost black, but when held up to the light, a deep dark ruby color shows through. The light brown head is thick and foamy, and settles to about a half-inch high, with bumps and grooves like an ungroomed snow field. Shortly afterward, the head disappears, leaving very slight lacing, which slides down the glass behind the beer. The aroma is of dark roasted malt and a bit of chocolate, followed by very slight hops. Flavor is rich, with distinct chocolate and coffee, and a malty finish. The finish evolves into molasses. A bit of hop bitter hangs in the back of the throat. Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy, with a crisp finish. Very drinkable. I have the sudden urge to stand in a bread line for hours in the freezing cold.

Photo of monkeybeer
3.92/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Black with a quick disappearing tan head and sticky lacing.

S- Very light and sweet with a slight hint of chocolate and fruits

T/M- Taste is very much like the smelt sweet with a hint of fruits and chocolate very pleasant moth feel carbonation is a bit high but not bad.

D- Very drinkable porter. I have not been disappointed in anything from this brewery. This is a porter that you could easily have more than one of in a night

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.01/5  rDev -44.3%
look: 4 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Big and bold in appearance, jet black mixed in with brown. Rough alcohol smell and not much else.

Taste, slick rubbing alcohol was the first thing that came to mind. Much thinner body than expected. No hops. Lots of alcohol. Tries to have some chocolate come across, but just alcohol.

Its just a rough trip all around, make sure you have some others to help you split it, or a drain pour could happen.

Photo of ADR
3.65/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark dullish brown, clear. Nice frothy head on a hard pour, builds to almost an inch of latte-like bubbles. Lacing is pretty good at first, thick looping rings that thin as the beer is consumed. Aroma of bittersweet chocolate, just a slight astringent fruitiness. Carbonation is medium to low, mouthfeel pretty nice and creamy. Flavor is easy-going, milky with cocoa tones that glide easily past the tongue. Hops are non-players of any note in the profile. Drinkable and pleasant overall, if there's anything missing it might be a little more complexity to write about. As is, an easy drinker and one that hides its 7.0% ABV pretty well and has a nice texture.

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.13/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Deep ruby plum in color with a nice sized tan head leaves a good amount of lacing not a bad look to it. Aroma: Thick layer of toasted malts with fruit and alcohol tinging around the edges. Taste: Sweeter up fron some plum and raisin like tones with chocolate and a mild coffee finish not bad compared to other Baltika products I have had. Mouthfeel: A bit thin for a big baltic porter medium to light in body with steady carbonation, not too impressed by anything. Drinkability: Decent not a warmer like I was expecting a bit of a disapointment.

Photo of chinchill
3.29/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

16.9 OZ BOTTLE produced 16 May 2011 with a "best before" date 16 May 2012. Served in an over-sized Austrian glass mug.

A vigorous pour produced a large, frothy tan head that quickly settled but left a nice thick covering. Decent sticky lacing on the sides of the glass on the way down. Liquid appears a very dark brown during the pour but is nearly opaque and black in the glass, but leaving fine reddish-brown highlights.

Aroma: Floral; sweet malt; some dark roasted malt; alcohol esters

Taste; sweet roasted malt ... a tad too sweet. Roasted malt with no burnt flavors. Limited depth. Full ABV evident.

Past experience has left me with low expectations for this brewery, so this rather mediocre porter was actually better than expected. If you like your porters on the lighter side, taste wise, but with the alcohol showing through, you may like this one.

Photo of stereosforgeeks
2.56/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance - The hue is black and red. There was a thin creamy brown head.

Smell - Dark malts with some prunes, chocolate and anise.

Taste - The malts, prunes, sweet chocolate all mix well. However, the anise is a bit overpowering. As anise is not one of my favorite flavors I found it a bit off putting.

Mouthfeel - Smooth but a little thin.

Drinkability - The anise will keep me away from drinking more, but I can see how others could be a fan.

Photo of ByTor2112
3.35/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into my Austrian stein to carve pumpkins!
Very dark color with a nice mocha colored head.
Aroma- sugar, cocoa, caramel, bready.
Mouthfeel- On the sweeter side, the roasted and or darker malts taste great without too much of a burnt taste. A good dark somewhat robust porter with a very nice sweet balance. A good froth releases some of the alcohol and at 7% this Porter hits just right. best Baltika I've tried to date.

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