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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

834 Ratings
THE BROS
77
okay

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Ratings: 834
Reviews: 573
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 14.13%
Wants: 12
Gots: 18 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Baltika Breweries visit their website
Russian Federation

Style | ABV
Baltic Porter |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 01-28-2003)
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2/5  rDev -44.6%

Scout11, Jan 07, 2012
Photo of SLeffler27
2.08/5  rDev -42.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A huge, light brown, rocky head settles to three fingers, then gradually diminishes over a dark brown to black beer with red highlights.

What is with the soapy aromas from the former Soviet states? This one has some aromas of dough, powdered chocolate, and only a hint of coffee.

Sweet malts are again accompanied by soap. The finish is truly awful, actually preventing me from taking a second sip and getting it over with.

The mouthfeel is creamy, with fair carbonation, but the sharp astringency and metallic notes are halting.

Far from the rich, inviting experience one would expect from a porter. Skip this one and hope there are better offerings from this brewer.

SLeffler27, Jul 26, 2009
Photo of 5lat5ive
2.25/5  rDev -37.7%

5lat5ive, Jul 24, 2012
Photo of BeerNinja007
2.25/5  rDev -37.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

500mL bottle was $2.49 at Hoosick Beverages in Troy NY. Poured cold into a chilled pint glass.

Head settles over time from a good 1" to a thick and stable mocha-colored cap. The brew is nearly pitch black and the head leaves no lace. Aroma is of molasses, licorice, and dark malts. Taste is much the same, very earthy, with some coffee notes. A bit too sweet. The flavors run together and give it a muddy kind of feel. Mouthfeel is thick but the combination of slight alcohol burn and carbonation gives it some bite.

Thick and heavy, not tasty enough to make it worthwhile. Too sweet and too dominated by licorice (I personally dislike licorice).

BeerNinja007, Jun 25, 2010
Photo of Dentist666
2.35/5  rDev -34.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Black beer with tan monolithic big high-resistent head, poor smell of roasted malt and burnt sugar. Flat, unexpressive taste of malt and chocolate, rather sweet. Well hidden alcohol and medium carbonation. A bit metallic neutral aftertaste. Not recommended!

Dentist666, Jan 13, 2010
Photo of tbern007
2.42/5  rDev -33%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Baltika #6 Porter. 1 pint, 0.9 oz bottle.

A- very dark brown/black with dark red tone in the glass. Thick tan head that lasts a long time. Large carbonation bubbles. Good lacing.
S- light malt.
T- Initially sweet but quickly turns to burnt caramel, woody, molasses. Aftertaste lingers too long is not very good. After several sips there is a sour and skunky taste that reminds me of brussel sprouts. That's a taste I do not want in a beer!
D- this beer is great to look at but not very good to drink. There are definitely worse ones out there but I won't be getting this again.

tbern007, Nov 11, 2010
Photo of tewaris
2.42/5  rDev -33%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

500 ml bottle with a best before date of April 14, 2012 (brewed April 14, 2011) poured into a Surly pint. Poured clear and dark brown with a medium tan colored head with average retention and some lacing.

Smells slightly malty with some caramel and toast lurking underneath. Hint of roast. Off to taste. Starts on an average, maybe even good, note displaying plenty of dark malt character and robustness; but off flavors are soon felt, especially a strongly metallic taste and stale, icky bitterness. I expected this to be a Baltic Porter but it is just a bad attempt at the British/American examples it seems.

The carbonation and the body are alright, but that's about it. Overall I am not impressed.

Appearance 3.5/5; Aroma 3/5; Taste 2/5; Mouthfeel 3.5/5; Overall 2/5

tewaris, Aug 29, 2011
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2.48/5  rDev -31.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Pours a nearly pitch black color with a light tan head. The aroma is pretty faint with some dark roasted malt and a little bit of chocolate. The taste features some roasted malts with a dry bitter finish that is a bit boozy. The mouthfeel is lacking any real depth and is too thin and watery. Overall, I am not a big fan of this porter at all and would not purchase again.

cjgator3, Jun 02, 2007
Photo of grub
2.48/5  rDev -31.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

pours a dark brown colour with no sign of any head or carbonation.

aroma is slightly roasty and really fruity. cherries. i swear it smells like the belle vue kriek that i had earlier today (different glass, so i know i'm not smelling the other beer).

taste is nice. roasty, and not a trace of the cherry i was getting in the nose. nice bready malt. i find the complete lack of carbonation distracting. the whole beer is just coming across flat, and i feel like it'd be so much better when carbonated. there's just not much else there.

mouthfeel is all wrong due to the lack of carbonation. i can see the potential, but it's just not there.

drinkability isn't great. i'm sure it'd be better if carbonated. the malt that does come through is balancing the alcohol fairly well.

slightly disappointed in this one. i can see that it could be better with carbonation.

grub, Aug 14, 2006
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2.48/5  rDev -31.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pours dark brown, almost black with thick, tan head. I picked up heavy malt aroma, with licorice, coffee and hint of toffee. Taste was more heavily coffee at the start, with alcohol becoming more evident at mid bottle. Finish left an aftertaste of charcoal and alcohol. Possibly if I was eating the right foods with this I could enjoy more, but for just a smooth sipping, tasty beer, this did not cut it with me.

kimcgolf, Jul 12, 2006
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2.5/5  rDev -30.7%

mdcajun, Aug 25, 2014
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2.5/5  rDev -30.7%

Troville1990, Mar 06, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -30.7%

AnotherBeerGeek, Jul 06, 2013
Photo of stereosforgeeks
2.55/5  rDev -29.4%
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.

stereosforgeeks, Mar 16, 2007
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2.55/5  rDev -29.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Production date: 04 04 09. Best before: 04 04 10

Very dark brown pour with a large-bubbled, frothy beige head. Smell is sweet lactose and a little caramel and roasted malts. Flavor is a shallow roasted dark malt. A little stale coffee, a little ashiness, and a distinctive metallic quality. Finish is very abrupt for the style. Mouthfeel has about the right body and carbonation level for the style, maybe just a touch on the bubbly side.

The flavor of this beer was just not very good. Either this guy is not adequately built for the voyage, or it is just a sub-par beer. Did not enjoy this.

GeezLynn, Jan 16, 2010
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2.55/5  rDev -29.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Pretty solid here. A nearly black body with a good sized head and a little bit of lacing.

Smell: A malty sweetness accompanied by some alcohol. The alcohol aroma becomes more prevalent in the last half of the glass.

Taste: Good at first but this did not last long. It initially gave me this strong Samuel Smith vibe, like a Nut Brown mixed with a Taddy Porter. The nutty flavor was very noticeable, but this soon gave way to a taste of strong alcohol that was biting in the aftertaste. The nuttiness remains but is dominated by the alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Kind of thin with a bit of acidity on the tongue.

Drinkability: I'll finish this one, but...well let's just say I'm not upset that I didn't buy another.

Beef Notes: It wouldn't take much to make this an above average brew. Some of that alcohol taste just needs to go away. I still don't understand why it tastes so much like alcohol when it's only 7%. I won't be returning to this one until someone tells me they've changed the recipe.

BeefyMee, Feb 24, 2004
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2.55/5  rDev -29.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance - Dark tan head. Jet black opaque body.
Smell - Eastern European dark bread aroma with molasses and coffee notes.
Taste - tastes like burnt cola. I do not even like cola when it is not burnt. Also tastes slightly of Hershey’s chocolate, I do not like Hershey’s chocolate.
Mouthfeel - Very light body.
Drinkability - despite being served at room temperature, this might have been served too cold, but my heating went out and unless I was going to put it in the microwave or heat it on my stove it was going to be served at a very chilly room temperature.

Naerhu, Jan 25, 2004
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2.6/5  rDev -28%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

It has a real dark used motor oil black color. Very little if any light shines through. The light that does make it through has a red tint to it. The head is a light frothy tan color. The nose has a nice rich chocolate to it but absolutely nothing else. The taste is very similar. I can't tell if it is really soft or just thin. It's difficult to differentiate between the two. Some of the chocolate notes come through on the tongue but not much. The second sip shows that this beer is just really thin and more watered down. I don't get much of a finish. It's kind of a boring beer but not terrible.

claybeer, Nov 05, 2010
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2.6/5  rDev -28%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Shaded eggplant in color with a head that is initially large, but goes almost completely flat. Slight peaks and valleys of lace stick to the vessel.

Nose is somewhat offputting, filled with suggestions of grape, DMS/corn, cereal grains, and light cocoa-drenched caramel.

Taste is again rather grape-like, then becomes infused with a dingy bitterness and cloying sugar-boosted sweetness. Odd cheap-vodka burn in there too, surprise surprise. Odd insta-buzz in the head is also noticed from the first few sips.

Smooth on the mouth, this one reminds me all in all of the similarly misnamed AB Amber-bock. I guess this was $1.18 for a reason...

GreenWBush, Jun 07, 2006
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2.63/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance -- Pours a dark brown with ruby highlights. Massive sudsy tan head. Pretty much what I come to expect in a true Baltic Porter.

Smell -- Red grapes are most apparent at first, then faint molasses and cocoa powder. Not a whole lot going on in the aroma department.

Taste -- Quite sweet. Lots of raisin and prune, faint roast malt bitterness, cocoa, and a little bit of herbal hoppiness in the finish.

Mouthfeel -- Light in body with moderate fluffy carbonation.

Drinkability -- Meh. A bit of a letdown. Very simple, very sweet. I don't necessarily mind sweet beers, but there wasn't much of anything going on with this one. Was hoping for this to be a bit of a sleeper, but to no avail. C'est La Vie...

yeahnatenelson, Aug 28, 2010
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2.63/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured a great dark brown/black with nice light tan head and good lacing. Odd scent, not really a porter (no darkness, coffee, or burnt hints). It had more of a lager scent. Not much of a porter taste, either, but was more like a chocolate amber. Decent chocolate tones, but not very good with the other usual porter tastes at all. Went down fine as far as mouthfeel, but I'll never get another batch of these.

JamesS, Jan 12, 2008
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2.65/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours out to a clear "very dark-brown, almost black" with a hint of dark brown at the edges, forming a thick tan head atop fine bubbles. Medium carbonation. Retention and lacing are excellent. Aroma is somewhat mild with black walnut, vanilla, a suggestion of dark bananas, molasses and caramel. Medium-dense body with a smooth mouthfeel. Taste is much the same with a metallic note in the middle and finish, as well as perceptable taste of alcohol and black walnut. Finish has an odd cola tang. There is the taste of rum in the middle. Little discernable hop flavor or aroma, with a chemical "hop extract" character.

By any account, this is a stout, but not a very good one at that. The perceptable flavor of alcohol, hop extract and metal limits it's drinkability, akin to a Sheaf Stout or Ceres Royal Stout. Vastly inferior to Sinebrychoff or Okocim in my book. Not a bad beer, but I'll pass on having this one again. Throughly unimpressed.

Mitchster, Nov 12, 2003
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2.68/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Poured from a pint bottle into a clean pub glass.

Strong pour produces a fluffy head that looks like the foam on the shallows of the Ohio river, stiff and silty-brown with nuclear waste bubbles and an oily sheen. The nose strikes a balance between over-roasted malt and macro-lager rice stench. What really disappoints is the taste; a bad dark beer with all the worst parts of a bad light beer. Really similar to kvass, unsurprisingly. Creepy weird aftertaste and a weak mouthfeel, nothing like the robustness of a good porter.

LucienDeRubempre, Mar 10, 2010
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2.74/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

An almost pitch black offering. The head quickly disappeared. The aroma was mostly malt, and not very intense either. I initially liked the flavor right off the bat with it's slightly tangy malty sweetness. Bitterness was minimal. Mouthfeel was thick. The thing that ruined it was the odd aftertaste. I wish I could describe it effectively other then it was not pleasant.

IRONRakkasan, May 06, 2009
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2.75/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

After drinking Baltika Extra, my hopes for this beer went down, but I thought that being a porter, it would have more body and potentially be better.

This beer is a dark brown in color, with a short tan head that fades away to a light foam. Not too bad.

The aroma is of dark chocolate malts and lightly roasted coffee. Again, not too bad.

Then for the taste... bitter foretaste, lightly roasted and highly carbonated, bitter aftertaste, and a trace of medicinal tastes much like the Extra.

Mouthfeel was very thin for a Porter.

Not a good example of the style.

connecticutpoet, Jul 21, 2004
Baltika #6 Porter from Baltika Breweries
82 out of 100 based on 834 ratings.