Baltika #6 Porter - Baltika Breweries

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Baltika #6 PorterBaltika #6 Porter

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83
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581 Reviews
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Reviews: 581
Hads: 873
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 13.15%
Wants: 11
Gots: 40 | FT: 0
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Russian Federation

Style | ABV
Baltic Porter |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 01-28-2003

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Photo of Sammy
3.72/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Many thanks to Gary, Old Faithful for picking these up in Louisville. True to its porter/imperial stoutish roots, this pours a dark colour with a mocha head. It has above average carbonation and a drop of sourness, all superceded by great balance. There is mocha and fruit in the nose. A medium mouthfeel. A chocolate finish. (325 characters)

Photo of t0rin0
3.98/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours with good sized fluffy brown head but no retention. Dark red in color, very clear.

Aroma is very sweet and roasted. A touch of alcohol only after warming to room temp.

Flavor is quite sweet, only a little roasty. More along the lines of a traditional porter and not quite the heavy 8% "Baltic" Porters that American brewers have make. This being the first Russian beer I've ever tried (to my knowledge), I can only assume its to style. In any case the flavor is a bit light but very nice none the less. Tastes like a lager too. Alcohol only appears late in the aftertaste but otherwise the beer is well balanced.

The body is thin and for as sweet as this beer is there's a partly dry aftertaste. It could use some more CO2 but I guess it wouldn't be a porter then. Very drinkable, not noticeable that its 7% abv. (822 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.33/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours an almost opaque crimson red/black with a nice 2 inch tan head that fades to an oily film on the top of the beer. Fair ring lacing on the drink down. Smells like caramel and dark roasted malt. Very sweet caramel and roasted malt taste. Almost an artificial sweetness. There is a very small amount of bitterness after each sip. There is also a pronounced metallic quality in the taste of this beer. This beer is a bit flat and watery in the mouth. Overall, this is a pretty good beer and I believe this is my first Russian beer ever. I might revisit this one in the future, especially for the $1.99 I paid for the bottle. (626 characters)

Photo of GRG1313
3.67/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Interesting new line in an interesting new bottle shape found today at BevMo. I'm not real familiar with Russian beers so I had to buy it and immediately try it. Dark brown with red/orange tints around the edges and a nice thick light tan head.

Big assertive banana and ripe peach nose with hints of cinnamon and a malty nose finish.

Flavors are a big surprise in that there is creamy mouthfeel with big burnt carmel and toffee malt flavors that are pleasant and clean and with hints of spice. Medium bodied - not light/not heavy but very pleasant and appealing.

Finish is a burnt coffee/burnt toast malty character that is medium lasting and pleasant. I find this a bit "more" than perhaps some prior reviewers. Could be a new batch that's improved or perhaps I'm just taken in by the ripe fruit and general "sweet appeal" of this kind of porter. I liked it and it's a bargain and value received at $1.99 a bottle. Drinks like a much more expensive brew.

Note, seems to fade in all aspects in the glass, perhaps a bit faster than most. Otherwise, as stated above.

As always, just my opinion. (1,099 characters)

Photo of metter98
3.68/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is clear but very dark brown in color. It poured with a finger high dense tan head that quickly died down, leaving a large collar around the edge of the glass.
S: There are light to moderate aromas of licorice in the nose.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and also has some hints of roasted malts.
M: It feels medium-bodied and somewhat thin on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is quite light in body and watery compared to other beers in the style, but this makes it relatively easy to drink. No traces of alcohol are present in the taste. (586 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
3.95/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Surpringly good. Found it very similar to Flag Porter, just not with the creamy body and smoothness, but very close. Very good chocolate, coffee, and roasted grain qualites that are evident in the look, smell, and flavors. A strong nutty flavor persists after the barley malts and dark grains subside. Light hints of vanilla and lactose add complexity and variety. Pretty good beer, just wish it had a bit more gravity. (419 characters)

Photo of Knapp85
3.83/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured out as a nice dark brown color with a light tan color. The head was creamy and semi-thick looking. The lacing was minimal. The smell of the beer has a decent roasted aroma. The taste of the beer was also smooth roasted and has a good bitterness. The mouthfeel was soft and light carbonated. Overall it's not the best Baltic Porter but it wasn't too bad. (370 characters)

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle courtesy of Hogtownharry: Poured a dark black color porter with a nice foamy head with good retention. Aroma of light roasted malt and chocolate is very pleasant and enjoyable. Taste is nice mix between roasted malt with some bitterness and some semi-sweet chocolate finish. Body is about average with some adequate carbonation. Very nice for the style overall and some thing I wouldn’t mind trying again. (413 characters)

Photo of BuckeyeNation
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Opaque dark chestnut with generous garnet highlights, capped by a large, oatmeal cookie brown head with acceptable density and persistence. The cap remains at three fingers for a while, then slowly settles to a thick disk while the initially abundant lace dissolves with drinking. Roasted barley, coffee with cream and cocoa comprise what is a pleasing porter nose.

Number six has impressive flavor intensity; this is no 'wilting violet' porter. Again, roasted malt is uppermost with accessory flavors of coffee, semi-sweet chocolate and light molasses. The flavor seems concentrated somehow, an effect that is probably accentuated by the medium-full body and the relatively high ABV. I know that 7.0% isn't that high, but it tastes stronger than that in the same way that liqueur 'tastes' stronger than wine.

Baltika Porter may be my first beer from Russia. It's a more than capable effort and I'll be looking for it again. It's also a good starting point for those interested in the Baltic Porter style or in flavorful dark beer in general. (1,044 characters)

Photo of emerge077
3.76/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A generous amount of foam, sticky lace, sustained for some time.

Smells a little sweet, slightly roasty. There's a hint of plum that's evident, but not real big.

Roasty malt and sweet plum/fig in the taste. Sweetness is at the threshold, but doesn't overpower. A fine example of a Baltic Porter, i'd say above average.

As it warms, the 7% becomes perceptible. Not overpowering, but gives it an edge. One bottle was enough, I continued the Porter session with a Strzelec Porter. At $1.69, it was a great budget buy. (526 characters)

Photo of zeff80
3.95/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a dark brown, almost black color with a caramel colored, bubbly, two-finger head that left sticky rings of white lace.

S - It smelled of tons of chocolate and some caramel. It had a nice floral aroma, too.

T - It tasted of bitter hops with a subtle hint of citrus. Nice caramel and chocolate flavors balance out the hop bite.

M - It was fairly soft and smooth. A medium-bodied beer with an understated bite.

D - This is a good baltic porter. I am really starting to love this style. (501 characters)

Photo of oberon
3.28/5  rDev -10.1%
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. (442 characters)

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a dark brown body with a thin, beige head.

Smell: Sweetish aroma of molasses, a bit of roast, and a cup of simple syrup.

Taste: Dark malts with a taste of molasses with a bit more sugar added. Some roastiness. Never much in the way of hops or bitterness. Just a touch of astringency in the lightly roasty finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Not the best baltic porter I've gulped down, but, for me, it was definitely the best stop on the trip through Baltika Land. (518 characters)

Photo of nickfl
3.82/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Small, medium brown head with little retention and a bit of lace. Black body with minor, ruby-brown highlights.

S - Malty and bready, with some light chocolate and roasted aromas. Sweet and slightly fruity.

T - Lots of sweetness up front with dark, fruity flavors of plums, raisins, and dark caramel. Notes of licorice and and some chocolate. The finish is sweet and malty with coffee in the aftertaste.

M - Moderately thick body with somewhat low carbonation and a sweet finish.

D - Reasonably drinkable, but suffers towards the end from the significant sweetness. The nice, dark fruit character is quite pleasant, though overall it could be a bit more complex. (670 characters)

Photo of TMoney2591
4.1/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a Dogfish Head shaped pint glass.

Pours a nearly opaque dark brown with garnet highlights and about a finger's worth of foamy ecru head. The nose is molasses, pine, maple syrup, spruce, brown sugar, and dark malts. Some very faint floral notes are also lurking somewhere in the distance. The taste emphasizes the pine and spruce and really brings the florals out from the shadows. The darker aspects are still there, with the molasses and brown sugar leading the way, but they are much more balanced with the other elements than in the nose. The body is a firm medium, with a healthy dose of carbonation and a smooth feel, all leading to a very high drinkability. (674 characters)

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.32/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Baltika's # 6 pours a clear, very dark mahogany body beneath a full head of creamy tan froth. The head retention is quite good, and it leaves some nice lace at the outset of the glass. The nose is caramelish with some darker malt tones and a touch of dark fruit (plum/prune, non-tart berry). It's delicately crisp in the mouth with a fine-bubbled standard carbonation that's somewhat subdued by its medium-full body... gently tingling I might call it. The flavor is more fruity than the nose suggests, and it's loaded with caramel and toasted brown sugar as opposed to chocolate; and, unfortunately, it's hindered by a touch of alcohol that wasn't really noticeable in the nose. It's balanced towards sweetness, and its bitterness only becomes apparent in the finish, lingering gently with some previously unseen herbal hops and dried, dark fruit skins. Baltika's best beer?... perhaps! Enjoyable and certainly worth trying!!! (926 characters)

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.65/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 16.9oz bottle into a US tumbler glass.

A: The beer is a deep dark reddish brown color, with a short beige head that fades slowly and leaves a spotty on the glass.

S: The aroma contains roasted malts, dark fruit, coffee and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of coffee, dark fruit, honey and chocolate. There's a mild but complementary hops presence. The malt character is hearty but a little thin for the style and brings a decent balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth but a little slick, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of style, but one of the beers that I've had in the style but it's still solid enough to drink for a while. (804 characters)

Photo of mactrail
3.11/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Slight sourish hint. Rather bitter after a few tastes. Highly roasted malt, not much trace of sweetness. Big head, lots of coarse carbonation. Nicely watery and refreshing mouthfeel. Typical dark brown color. Nose is more like wet cardboard. Drinkable but not much pleasure in it. (280 characters)

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.91/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours clear but extremely dark brown with a thick tan head. Nose is okay. Nothing crazy. Just some mild malt tones. Hmmm. Unusual. I can't remember the last time a flavor profile made me stop and think so much about what I was drinking. It's nice and robust, yes. There are nice thick tar-ry tones. Strong sweet side that is almost like brown sugar in a way. Thick malty presence. But at first I get an almost cola It's nice. A bit too sweet, but good. Feel is smooth, but at first there was a real odd carbonation. Calms down over time. I like this style and I like this one. It's a bit too sweet, but I can still hang. I'd session this. (638 characters)

Photo of Jason
3.2/5  rDev -12.3%
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. (1,005 characters)

Photo of russpowell
3.64/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Head drops off fast, but I like the tan head, not much carbination,so that lets malt and fruit, especially raisuns and dates come through. Color is brownish,purple??? to black what I want to see in this sort of beer ?? I smell alcohol, malt & iron. This really hits the back of the tounge & throat nicely. The abv is deceptive, could almost drink this a a session beer. Probably the best beer I've had from the baltics. (419 characters)

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.13/5  rDev -14.2%
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. (557 characters)

Photo of smcolw
2.79/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

I'm not sure what a "Baltic" porter is supposed to taste like; but this one is quite different from most porters I've had. Nice near-black color, good lasting beige head. Surprisingly, little lasting lace.

Sweet molasses aroma that is greater than any chocolate or mocha that might be found. A strong level of metal present also.

Sweet, almost like brandy. Some warming alcohol. Reminds me far more of a double bock than a porter. I cannot detect any hops at all.

Too sweet for me, making it more one-dimensional without any complexity. (540 characters)

Photo of feloniousmonk
4.35/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Color is dark as dark can be, beneath a big, bubbly, crackling tan head. Aroma is full of cocoa, nuts, and sweet candyish flavors. Medium body, light in texture, but really tasty, rich, satisfying. The ABV is 7%, but I didn't feel it in the least. Wait a minute...okay, now I do! Very tasty, and a welcome surprise, an excellent porter, an enjoyable beer! (355 characters)

Photo of superspak
3.58/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

500 ml bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 4/7/2013. Pours pitch black color with a 2 finger dense khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of chocolate, cocoa, caramel, toffee, toast, biscuit, roasted malt, raisin, plum, herbal, light nuttiness, and yeast/toasty earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance of dark/roasted malt and yeast ester notes; with solid strength. Taste of chocolate, cocoa, caramel, toffee, toast, biscuit, roasted malt, light nuttiness, raisin, plum, herbal, and toast/yeast earthiness. Minimal earthy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of chocolate, cocoa, caramel, toffee, toast, biscuit, light nuttiness, raisin, plum, herbal, and yeast earthiness on the finish. Nice balance and solid complexity of dark/roasted malt and yeast ester flavors; with good robustness and no cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth and moderately creamy mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is well hidden with only a light warming present after the finish. Overall this is a good Baltic porter. Good balance and solid complexity of dark/roasted malt and yeast ester flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the ABV. A pleasantly enjoyable offering. (1,341 characters)

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