Baltika #6 Porter - Baltika Breweries

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Baltika #6 PorterBaltika #6 Porter

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BA SCORE
82
good

838 Ratings
THE BROS
77
okay

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Ratings: 838
Reviews: 575
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 14.13%
Wants: 10
Gots: 21 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Russian Federation

Style | ABV
Baltic Porter |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 01-28-2003)
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Photo of Sammy
3.7/5  rDev +2.5%
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 It has above average carbonation and a drop of sourness, all superceded by great balance.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.

Photo of t0rin0
4/5  rDev +10.8%
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.

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3.5/5  rDev -3%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.35/5  rDev -7.2%
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.

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3.25/5  rDev -10%

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3.5/5  rDev -3%

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3.25/5  rDev -10%

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3.5/5  rDev -3%

Photo of GRG1313
3.65/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

Photo of metter98
3.7/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

Photo of kjkinsey
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of BEERchitect
3.95/5  rDev +9.4%
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.

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.5/5  rDev -3%
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.

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3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of BuckeyeNation
4/5  rDev +10.8%
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.

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3.5/5  rDev -3%

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3/5  rDev -16.9%

Photo of Knapp85
3.85/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.5/5  rDev -3%
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.

Photo of oberon
3.25/5  rDev -10%
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 emerge077
3.78/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

Photo of TMoney2591
4.1/5  rDev +13.6%
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.

Photo of zeff80
3.95/5  rDev +9.4%
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.

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.33/5  rDev +19.9%
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!!!

Photo of Jason
3.23/5  rDev -10.5%
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.

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