Baltika #6 Porter - Baltika Breweries
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5/5 rDev +38.5%
The picture, with the red foil and label, is how I will always remember this beer. With # 9, I said that I felt that they make better products and this one is the prime example. When I was in school in PGH, we used to frequent the Bloomfield Bridge Tavern and this was one of the best bargains in the cooler. Many a Baltika # 9 was purchased for take-away.
It poured with a finger's worth of thick, deep-tan head with decent retention. The color was a deep, dark brown with ruby highlights. The nose had a cocoa, chocolate, roasty aspect to it, making my mouth water in anticipation. The mouthfeel was medium with a boatload of chocolate and dried fruit flavors, like raisins and prunes on the palate. The finish was pleasantly sweet, chocolaty, raisiny, and downright delicious. Given its price, this is a true bargain and one that is worth seeking out. More, more, more!
02-06-2008 22:36:11 | More by woodychandler
4.85/5 rDev +34.3%
Gotta give it to the Ruskies man, they can make a nasty(in the good sence) brew! The color was a black color, noth letting any light what so ever through it, kind of like a black hole. The head was tan, thick and frothy in the beginning and lasted the whole drink. The head did trail off a little towards the end, but was still a solid covering. The smell was not alcoholy at all. It was more geared towards plums, grapes, and other "dark" fruits. The taste was very similar, but a little heavier on the malt side. It has a nice sweet taste to it, but nothing too sweet, just right. I would say this is one well balanced out beer. Overall a great beer to explore. Every temperature change in the brew ushers in new tastes.
01-14-2004 03:02:11 | More by JISurfer
4.7/5 rDev +30.2%
A - A monstrous four finger brown head rises above a dark, dark brown (almost, but not quite black) brew. This head is solid, creamy, heavy, and very beautiful. It shows excellent retention...it never fell below a solid fat finger of heavy brown whipping cream. A swirl leaves thick sheets of foam on the glass that slide down and leave a nice web-work of brown lace behind. Awesome.
S - Dark chocolate is what I smell initially, followed by some lightly roasted grains and a big fresh black-bread bakery aroma. Raisinette chocolate covered raisin candy, and thick fresh chocolate chip cookies.
T - The aroma is nice, but I wasn't prepared for the stunning flavors presented here! Gooey warm chocolate chip cookies, chocolate ice-cream lightly drizzled in chocolate syrup and caramel. Behind the fresh bakery and confectionery flavors, there are some nice roasty notes that suggest coffee and campfire smoke, and more dark fruits come out as it warms. Some grassy hops provide a bit of balance and keep the abundance of sugary flavors from becoming cloying. The finish is all port and brandy. Lush, warming, a bit grapey, and very comforting.
M - Full bodied, lush, lightly carbonated, and sugar-coated. I can feel a lot of residual sugars coating my mouth, but the slight twinge of alcohol and a very green-grassy hop note keep it lively.
D - Although it's not cloying, it's not a session beer. I could drink one of these with some chocolates or a cigar. I also think that it could stand up to a burger or steak, but this is one that I would like to savor on it's own. A chocolate lover's dream.
09-10-2007 15:56:26 | More by pmcadamis
4.68/5 rDev +29.6%
Bottled March 24 '07, so I'm just a month shy of the Best Before date. Produces a two-finger head off a normal pour, fluffy with a firm surface of what looks like the moon's surface. Body is a deep dark brown veering toward black, exhibiting ruby hues. Lace clings thick and tight as the head minimizes slowly.
Aroma is of brownies, cocoa and pumpernickel bread. A clean, lager-y vibe.
This is a sweet porter from the get-go, but not unbalanced or unpleasantly so. Despite a sensible ABV (7%), the alcohol rolls in to play a part in the flavor, accenting the following: mild black licorice, cocoa/chocolate, dark pumpernickel, cream, black cherry, other dark fruits, latte. This is incredible. Wave after wave of flavor keeps coming, twisting the noted flavors in different combos every time.
Feels lean and slick, carbonation just barely there, not getting in the way at all. It's creamy, but not big and sticky as some creamier textures can be. Leaves a long cherry/chocolate liqueur-like finish.
Chocolate milk for grownups. This is simply outstanding, a fantastic example of the style (as I know the style so far). The perfection in flavor and feel tips this one over the edge into world-class territory.
02-20-2008 23:42:00 | More by Metalmonk
4.6/5 rDev +27.4%
This is one of the best porters I have ever had. I would stack this up against any other porter out there.
Taste: Very complex and smooth. Coffee, chocolate, malt and brown sugar all combine to make an enjoyable beer drinking experience.
Please pick this up if you see it in the store. This is what a porter should be...
03-23-2006 23:02:37 | More by maddamish
District of Columbia
4.58/5 rDev +26.9%
Best before 03/24/08 (one year post production)
Pours a ruby tinged dark brown, slightly translucent with a medium tan head, quite luscious looking. Aromas start off with a bang with tons of licorice and caramel. Medium notes of alcohol carrying lots of dark fruits, finishing nearly port-like. Grain-wise, quite a bit of roasted grain, nothing near burnt aromas, and no hops detected. Overall, a really nice aroma. On the palate, a creamy sweetness hits you first with an overall sherry like feel. Moderate to low carbonation and just truly dextrinous. It finishes with the roasted and highly kilned malts coming through in complexity with quite a bit of warmth at the end. An excellent porter, glad to try this and nice to see it holds up for nearly a year with grace.
02-26-2008 15:55:20 | More by dreadnatty08
4.5/5 rDev +24.7%
Pours a black color with a light tan head. The aroma is of roasted malt, nuts, and cream. The taste is similar to the aroma. The mouthfeel is a little less than full bodied with low carbonation. Overall, this is really good beer. It has a nice relaxing quality to it.
07-25-2005 21:17:33 | More by KarlHungus
4.47/5 rDev +23.8%
I'm really liking these Baltic Porters...this is another dandy,,,black in color with a nice tan head...good nose...I get some mild molasses, sweet cocoa, and sweet sugars....also a tich of alcohol is present on the nose...mouthfeel is creamy, smooth and pretty thick....some alcohol emerges on the taste as it develops almost a slight doppelbock like flavor profile....a lot of Molasses and sugars on the flavor....highly drinkable... a hell of a beer....would definitely drink again and seek out...
02-25-2003 21:16:12 | More by ZAP
4.47/5 rDev +23.8%
This poured dark as night, almost pitch black...big frothy tan head, that left broken lacing all the way down.
Smell: Was of coffee, and molasses.
Taste: Beautiful,...initial hop presence...mellowing to a slightly bitter coffee flavor...that continues to mellow to a slight molasses-like sweetness...finishes nice and smooth!
Mouthfeel...is bubbly crisp...good creaminess comes in, again, smooth finish.
Drinkability....just wonderful!..way better than I had even hoped for....easily the best beer from this brewery that I have had...a good solid quality Porter!
09-02-2006 23:05:00 | More by steinlifter
4.45/5 rDev +23.3%
Very dark brown poured into the glass, yet light can faintly get through held up to direct source. Rich and foamy slightly brown head that leaves lace up the sides. Aroma of sweet coffee, and raisins. Taste is sweet, buttery, and roasty, with a sweet delicious aftertaste. Full of flavor yet still drinkable. The flavor is absolutely superb and has notes of vanilla as well. Light enough to put away many.
Absolutely delicious, a great example of a very enjoyable style. The flavor of this one has a rich butter vanilla element that really sets it apart.
02-15-2009 23:45:39 | More by jsp2
4.45/5 rDev +23.3%
Color pours dark syrupy brown turning blackish as it levels into the glass, head is a supernatural light brown, much like that of parchment paper, so sad to see it go so fast. Leaves huge sheets of lace; nice. Smell is gorgeous with dark fruits, I detect cherry, melon, star fruit, and for sure bananas, hardly anything else, but who cares, this is awesome, its like a frickin fruit salad, super enchanting and pleasing nose. Tastes like no other I've had, mostly up front of banana and light, sweet roasted malt, very unusual and interestingly yummy. A bit like candied fruits but no sugary stuff, just the fruit, dark and rich. The feel is medium and quite full, very smooth and easy - no tricks to this creation. One fine porter with a bit of a different approach then most, and kudos to that. Loved this stuff!
05-04-2003 16:10:16 | More by tavernjef
4.45/5 rDev +23.3%
Dark brown (almost black) body with garnet-hued highlights. Head is thick, sticky, and light brown. Head retention is solid, leaving small trails and patches of lace. Smell of roasted barley, with notes of chocolate, coffe, and some not-quite-discernable fruit aroma. Strong flavor of roasted barley. Notes of chocolate and that mysterious fruit also present. Noticeable alcohol flavor in the bittersweet chocolatey/fruity aftertaste. Mouthfeel is smooth, but rather lighter and less viscous than I'd like to have in a big bad porter. Overall this beer, simply put, is outstanding.
05-13-2003 08:44:25 | More by Viking
4.43/5 rDev +22.7%
APPEARANCE: Clear Dr. Pepper brown with a HUGE tan head. Terrific lacing.
AROMA: Not as strong as Id expected. Faint malt, maybe a little bit of metallic, some esters, alcohol a teeny bit.
FLAVOR: Oh, THATS better! (Maybe my nose is defective.) Rich semi-roasted chocolate malt, touch of vanilla, dark fruit, and a bit of alcohol. Just enough to let you know that its there and that this is a sipper. Good warming feeling from the alcohol. As the beer warms a little bit of coffee flavor pushes through. Maybe a touch of licorice. Wonderful!
MOUTHFEEL: Big. Smooth. Luxuriant. Big carbonation. Good stuff.
DRINKABILITY: Not bad at all for a Baltic the 7% ABV is a little on the low side, and if I could see myself having a second big beer in an evening, Id certainly not object to having a second one of these.
OVERALL COMMENTS: Oh, if only it were cold enough to have a fire going this is the kind of beer that would taste best with a ski lodge around it. Definitely worth a repeat purchase!
10-07-2005 19:08:30 | More by fretlessman71
4.43/5 rDev +22.7%
In my neck of the woods, we don't see a whole lot of Russian beers, let alone Russian porters. Since I've been on a bit of a porter kick lately, I thought I'd give it a shot.
First, the bottle looks a little different from the one pictured - instead of a red label, mine had a black label - though it was the same in most other respects.
It pours a dark black with a big cream/light brown head that laces decently. When I say dark, I mean dark - it is not translucent in the slightest. Holding it up to sunlight is of no use, you can't see through the thing. It has a huge nose, smelling of malt and bread and coffee. There is no sweetness or hoppiness to the smell whatsoever. It tastes, more or less, exactly as it looks and smells. Big malt and coffee flavor that coats your mouth, though not in a medicinal way. A slightly bitter aftertaste that comes from the roasted grains. It has a slight carbonation that keeps it light enough to be drinkable, though at 7% abv, you probably can't drink too many of them.
As far as porters go, this is one of my favorites.
09-26-2006 19:56:23 | More by jglazer75
4.4/5 rDev +21.9%
APPEARANCE - Black. So much so that not even direct light seems to penetrate. Smooth pour with a thin, beige head. Light carbonation.
SMELL - Full. Rich with a distinctly "roasted", slightly bitter aroma.
MOUTH FEEL- Exquisite. Smooth, yet robust, with a warm and slightly nutty start. Smooth, tart finish with a hint of hoppy bitterness. One of the smoothest tasting beers I have ever encountered, as it is smooth and approachable from start to finish. A bold beer with abundant character, yet refined and tastefully subdued.
OVERALL - This is what craft beer is supposed to incite in drinkers; a wonderful flavor and an obvious earmark of careful consideration, expertise and pride in craftsmanship on the part of the brewer. I highly recommend Baltika #6 as both an excellent starting point for those who are interested in trying dark beers and as a new staple in the routine samplings of dark beer lovers.
03-30-2011 17:16:17 | More by xvoltronx
4.4/5 rDev +21.9%
My favorite Russian beer - and I live in Russia. The beer comes out of the bottle smoothly, with a nice dark reddish-brown hue and a healthy reddish-tan head that dissipates neither fast nor slow into a very nice lace most of the way down the glass. The aroma is full, with a touch of nut. The taste is full-bodied and smooth - cherries, nuts. a touch of chocolate. All of this with nice hoppy undertones. It's strong, but not overpowering, and the alcohol comes naturally, rather than being suger induced like most Russian "strong" beers. Just don't have more than two. In an ocean of bad Russian beers, Baltika #6 is a most welcome oasis.
04-05-2003 09:15:57 | More by Globetrotter
Baltika #6 Porter from Baltika Breweries
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