Baltika #6 Porter - Baltika Breweries
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Reviews by dacrza1:
4.13/5 rDev +14.4%
Situation: continuing the snow day #4 celebration while watching the Cavs beat up the Celtics...
Glassware: Baltika glass (courtesy the gift pack I bought myself)...
Appearance: intimidating mahogany black body with a brownish gray head that dimples like the snow outside--wet and thick; tracings are consistent and noteably etched as the glass drains...
Aroma: big, burnt caramel pervades the nostrils--otherwise, a clean portering cultivation of hops...
Palate: smooth, creamy and a buzz of alcohol at the warming finish; a BIG body that resembles a barleywine...
Taste: lactic cream early with a sting of malt late; sweet toffee and caramel are alluring...
Overall: fat as flat cola, strong and silent in its fortitude, this porter runs smoother (and more dangerously) than its English namesake--a pleasure to drink in the company of winter...
06-25-2010 02:39:23 | More by dacrza1
More User Reviews:
3.53/5 rDev -2.2%
This is a desert beer to be sure. Its 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. Im begging to become a fan of the old block.
02-28-2006 04:45:54 | More by DaPeculierDane
3.25/5 rDev -10%
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.
05-31-2008 12:58:58 | More by oberon
3.98/5 rDev +10.2%
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. Theres 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.
04-14-2005 01:47:49 | More by RoyalT
4.15/5 rDev +15%
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.
12-03-2009 02:45:17 | More by brownbeer
3.9/5 rDev +8%
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.
05-04-2010 05:59:47 | More by imperialstout27
3.5/5 rDev -3%
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.
09-13-2010 20:46:57 | More by BeerAdvocate
2.95/5 rDev -18.3%
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.
10-10-2011 02:29:18 | More by bdkucharski
3.9/5 rDev +8%
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.
09-10-2007 05:51:30 | More by Beaver13
3.23/5 rDev -10.5%
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.
08-11-2003 02:20:30 | More by Jason
4/5 rDev +10.8%
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.
04-24-2005 16:49:56 | More by tjthresh
3.03/5 rDev -16.1%
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.
03-30-2010 12:37:06 | More by tigg924
3.78/5 rDev +4.7%
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.
01-01-2010 17:55:56 | More by Mora2000
4/5 rDev +10.8%
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!
12-31-2010 22:50:27 | More by JohnnyBarman
4.1/5 rDev +13.6%
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.
09-13-2006 05:25:57 | More by Byeast
2.88/5 rDev -20.2%
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.
12-05-2008 16:49:06 | More by magictrokini
3.9/5 rDev +8%
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.
08-02-2007 00:15:18 | More by WeymouthMike
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