Baltika #6 Porter - Baltika Breweries

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Baltika #6 PorterBaltika #6 Porter

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BA SCORE
83
good

581 Reviews
THE BROS
77
okay

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Reviews: 581
Hads: 871
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 13.15%
Wants: 11
Gots: 40 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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 Jwale73
3.33/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle served in a standard pint glass. 27.06.11 indicated on the back label. Pours the color and clarity of cola with a 1.5 inch khaki-colored head that sizzles and pops and slowly recedes into a sudsy skim. Nose expresses dark, vinous fruits, lager yeast and a hint of oxidation. Taste follows nose; however, it all comes off a bit watered down with a very assertive German-lager skunk that lingers between quaffs. There's also a trace of toffee and roast mixed into the flavor profile. Mouthfeel is medium-light in body with a pleasant, even carbonation and a slight acidity. Overall, decent and drinkable. Not the best example of the style, but I certainly wouldn't turn one down if offered. I'd like to try this again with a fresher bottle as the label suggests that its best by date is 27.06.12, which is only a few weeks away. (839 characters)

Photo of janubio
3.42/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

500 ml. bottle, pours a dark colour, brown hints when hold to the light, and a big brownish head that fades quickly. Smell of cofee, chocolate and cherries, though it's not really a strong smell. Maybe too light body for the style, taste of caramel and coffee, with hints of cherries. Too sweet. Not bad, but nothing special either. (332 characters)

Photo of MammothTarantula
2.89/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Picked this up at a local liquor store after having it recommended to me by a friend. The bottle is uniquely shaped and looks really cool. Poured it into a Samuel Smith pint glass.

A: A very solid looking beer. Very very dark brown in color, nearly opaque. Towering tan head stuck around for awhile. Moderate lacing.

S: Typical porter scent. Dark roasted malts, hints of coffee. Nothing too special here.

T: Tastes pretty much how it smells. Maybe a little woody elements. As I drank this, it seemed like the flavors were coming together to do something big, but it never materialized. It was frustrating.

M: Really creamy and moderately carbonated. Very enjoyable. Mouthfeel is easily the best aspect of this beer.

O: Average. I'll drink it again, but won't actively seek it. I'd probably recommend it, if not just for the fact that it isn't a bad beer. (859 characters)

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

A - Dark chocolate in color with a large tan creamy and a bit fizzy head. Lacing was good.

S - Chocolates, Coffee, and some oak.

T - Toasted breads, chocolate, and some coffee.

M - A very smooth and creamy porter, that felt good going down. Carbonation was good.

O - Enjoyed very much. (289 characters)

Photo of waldoiverson
2.86/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

bottle into nonic

A: large pillow of a dark brown head, quite black and ample carbonation

S: quite fragrantly sweet, a bit of carob on the nose, lots of CO2

T: laffy taffy sweetness, bit of a burnt sugar taste, a little bit of grassy astringency

M: clean, light body with a bit of CO2 tingle

O: This isn't bad but it also isn't good. it is just too sweet for this guy. (373 characters)

Photo of thekevlarkid
3.65/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Out of a bomber allll the way from Russia this beer was a nearly opaque brown color with one finger of short-lived, tan head. The aroma was of macro grains, toasted malt, a little brown sugar and carmeleized sugars as well as some slightly roasted elements. I instantly thought it an odd beer upon tasting because it seemed to walk that line between a macro brew and a good homebrew. I tasted a strong amount of adjunct grains, corn and rice in particular, but behind that the more complex elements of nuts, toasted and roasted malt, some extra sugars (sucanat? molasses?) and bread. The finish of roasted malt lingered pleasantly upon my tongue. The mouthfeel was so-so, the body medium/full and the carbonation a bit high for my tastes. (738 characters)

Photo of ckollias
4.03/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed this 12oz bottle out of a Belgian tulip glass.

A: Pours a dark black hue with mild amber highlights Has a thick, 4-finger, tan head that slowly dissipates into a solid lace, leaving a nice trail down the glass.

S: Sweet roasted malt aroma with hints of chocolate and mild hops.

T: Dark roasted malt aroma which is much more sweet than bitter. Hints of chocolate and mild coffee in the background.

M: Medium body and medium carbonation. Pretty strong but masked nicely

O: This was really good porter. Very smooth, well balanced, and tasty. Lots of alcohol but went down easy. (587 characters)

Photo of Immortale25
3.1/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a snifter. Label says production date 14.04.11 and best before 14.04.12. Just in the nick of time.

A- Pours a solidly opaque black color with a 1/2 inch off-white head bearing little retention before dropping to a thin ring around the edge of the glass and a large patch of foam in the center of the surface. Spackled lacing.

S- Quite boozy and glassy. Some roasted malt finds its way through to the nose but is bland and uninspired. Maybe the flavor will put things into perspective.

T- Nope. Not as boozy as the aroma and there's more malt present but still pretty average. Hints of oxidation and skunking here and there (which isn't surprising since it's in a clear glass bottle) make for a wet cardboard taste. Not bad, just very standard especially for an import.

M- Slightly creamy, but not really. Full body with medium carbonation.

O- I bought this expecting to get the feel for what a true Baltic Porter is. Obviously, I was mistaken. (961 characters)

Photo of smakawhat
3.52/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass.

A real snapping cola sounding head off the pour. Head is a nice faint milk coffee brown and chocolate, but settles very quickly. Body is incredibly dark and very black, there is zero lacing with this beer, it settles into nothing.

Faint banana bread on the nose, and a powder chocolate, fairly simple but alright for a whiff and smell.

Taste is very fleeting in the palate. A sense of rich malt seems to come with it's darkness, bringing banana like character, but then manages to disappear rather quickly. Finish seems to have a good char angle, even perhaps a tinge of hop. Body seems to give a good backbone here all things considered.

Still overall though it doesn't seem to be that desirable to me in terms of others of the style, or just other beers available. It's certainly not that bad and you could do a lot worse. In a worse case of also ran beers in your typical establishment, if I had this as a choice I would have it. (984 characters)

Photo of hustlesworth
3.92/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- deep dark reddish brownish black with a nice dense creamy well retained lace dropping khaki colored head.

S- roasted, chicory coffee, cocoa, slight fruity tartness. Full and roasty aroma with some milk chocolate sweetness. Notes of soil, stone, pipe tobacco, leather, vanilla and cedar.

T- a bit cardboardy right off the bat. Chocolate and coffee move right in with some brown sugar and milk chocolate sweetness. Cardboard sticks around however. Balance leans heavy on the roasted sweet side with little to no detectable hop flavor. Earthy vanilla and raisin on the back side. Sweet roasted grain in the finish.

MF- nicely full and chalky with perfect carbonation and a slight cooling menthol feel. Roasted residue on the cheeks feels like roasted vegetables.

D- decent porter, aside from the stale malt flavor which could be from any number of things. Alcohol is imperceptible. (889 characters)

Photo of mjurney
3.38/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance:
Dark brown to black color. Thick creamy head.

Aroma:
Mostly molasses and sugarcane.

Taste:
Sweetness up front, molasses, sour green apples, toasted malts, hint of black licorice, dry nutty aftertaste.

Body:
Medium-heavy bodied. Dry palate. Very light on carbonation. (281 characters)

Photo of GONZALOYANNA
3.48/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle.Pint glass.Enjoyed on mar´12.Very dark amber in color,ruby to the light.Creamy froth,beige in color.Medium bubbles.Some spots & lacing rings.Earthy hops,toasted malts,hints of chocolate & dark fruits to the nose.Licorice touches,grassy aromas.Intense toasted malty upfront. Smooth toasted malty palate.Full body,medium carbonation.Dry & malty ,slightly vinous with choco notes,finish.Apple skin,soft warming aftertaste.Not suggested as a session beer,ABV is felt.Eventhough shows a good drinkability. (514 characters)

Photo of thecheapies
3.45/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Very, very dark brown. Opaque and almost black. A big head receded to a centimeter.

Roasty and salty aroma. Musty with saltwater, whole-grain cereal, and malt sweetness. Hint of watery coffee.

Sweet dark grains, light syrup, red apple skins, and a near absence of hops. Very cereal in taste, as well. Not bad.

Light on carbonation, medium on body. Certainly drinkable. Decent feel.

Solid example of the style, if not a little too sweet. Enjoyed revisiting, but I don't ever have to have this again. (502 characters)

Photo of videofrog
3.44/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a 1pt .9oz bottle into a Chimay goblet. Production date is 30Sept11 with a Best Before of 30Sept12.

A: Dark brown, nearly black with a nice 2 finger tan head. Dark reddish hue on the edges; beautiful pour. Little lacing to speak of.

S: Not a whole lot going on here: Sweet malts, but nothing I can discern. Vague roastiness.

T: Roasted malts and cocoa up front; hops in the middle and finish, which were a tad more pronounced than most porters. Dark fruits in the aftertaste.

M: Very crisp and refreshing for a porter. Easy to drink and smooth. Body is a bit light.

O: Didn't find it quite as sweet as most; I consider this one to be better than average for the style and definitely worth trying. (708 characters)

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

Appearance: Pours a brown brew with foamy dark tan head that holds well. Theres some lacing but unperceived effervescence. Different reddish hues as you swirl.

Aroma: The aroma is a bold medium-high aroma of chocolate, honey and some vegetable character from the hops. Cocoa on the back. Theres a fresh and clean quality to this brew that is intense, refreshing and interesting.

Taste: Medium high intensity. Chocolate, cocoa and coffee aswell as some ash from the black patent. No hop flavour. Develops caramel and fig notes as it warms up. Fits the guidelines and is very tasty despite not being truly unique.

Palate: Low carbonation. Watery finish. Medium heavy body. Medium low bitterness. Low astringency from the black patent.

Overall. Fits the style guidelines and while not the best Porter i've had its still a great traditional style Porter. Can't understand the relatively low scores to be honest, since it has alot of soul and quality (to style and subjectively speaking.) I think the fact it comes from a pretty mediocre brewery makes for a strong power of suggestion effect. (1,091 characters)

Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.88/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Baltika no. 6 Porter Beer has a pretty thick, khaki-colored head and a dark, ruby appearance with lots of lacing. The aroma, while faint, does give one a whiff of dark cherries and alcohol before it dissipates. Taste is of dark-roasted malt, dark chocolate, dark coffee, black cherries, and it has a bitter back taste and smokey after taste. Mouthfeel is medium, and Baltika no. 6 Porter Beer finishes refreshing and pleasant. Overall, this is a smooth and very nice beer.

RJT (478 characters)

Photo of gtermi
3.53/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours an extremely dark brown, with a nice dark tan head. Looks pretty good.

S: I am getting a lot of chocolate and a slight earthy smell. It almost smells like a chocolate bock.

T: Has a typical porter taste. Has roasted malt, coffee and chocolate.

M: The beer is very smooth and drinkable. Really not much crispness or carbonation.

O: This is a pretty decent porter,nothing special, but above average. (411 characters)

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

Darkest brown with reddish undertones. Nice creamy brown espresso head with light lacing.

Flavor of cocoa and molasses with vanilla port wine and slight licorice. Damp earthy.

Thick syrupy and slightly dry. I enjoy this beer and it's ridiculously cheap. Pair with chocolate. (278 characters)

Photo of Nerudamann
3.6/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Look - jet black with about two fingers' worth of frothy tan-colored foam that dissipates somewhat slowly.

Smell - thick and malty, with very subtle hints of caramel and maybe even a whiskey barrel type of aging?

Taste - malty and yet bitter at the same time, but to be fair the bitterness comes later and toward the middle of the tasting. Still, there's a little more of a hop presence in the aftertaste. But the true aftertaste has a lot of caramel in it.

Mouthfeel - as typical of porters, it's less creamy than you'd think, but this one does lean a little more toward creamy than I'd normally expect from a porter.

Overall - not a bad tasting brew at all, and fairly interesting to think about. (744 characters)

Photo of chinchill
3.29/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

16.9 OZ BOTTLE produced 16 May 2011 with a "best before" date 16 May 2012. Served in an over-sized Austrian glass mug.

A vigorous pour produced a large, frothy tan head that quickly settled but left a nice thick covering. Decent sticky lacing on the sides of the glass on the way down. Liquid appears a very dark brown during the pour but is nearly opaque and black in the glass, but leaving fine reddish-brown highlights.

Aroma: Floral; sweet malt; some dark roasted malt; alcohol esters

Taste; sweet roasted malt ... a tad too sweet. Roasted malt with no burnt flavors. Limited depth. Full ABV evident.

Past experience has left me with low expectations for this brewery, so this rather mediocre porter was actually better than expected. If you like your porters on the lighter side, taste wise, but with the alcohol showing through, you may like this one. (864 characters)

Photo of Bookseeb
3.47/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance has a very dark brown rich color with a fair head that dissapates leaving spotty lace. Smell of lightly sweet roasted malts and dark fruits and molassas. Taste is faded in compexity, but still has lightly sweet roasted malts, coffee and a dark fruit note. Mouthfeel is medium-light with good carbonation. Not a bad porter, but needs a little more complexity and body. (378 characters)

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

Poured a dark brown, but not quite the almost black that I've grown accustomed to with porters. Initially there was a maaassive head (probably a bad pour on my part), that faded into a pillowy almond coloured froth.
There is something a little strange about the nose. I can't quite put my finger on it (there's some joke in there about alcohol and putting fingers on noses, but I"m too lazy to go searching for it). It's not necessarily problematic, but it does seem... odd.
Luckily, the nose was not particularly indicative of my flavour experience with this brew. Where the nose was weird, the flavour is burnt grains and bakers chocolate. There's almost a dark fruity undertone to it as well, raisins or figs or something. It's a little different, but I like it. It's got a faint hoppy finish, but only just.
That pillowy head got me excited for a thick and creamy beverage, but it didn't really continue in that vein. I wouldn't necessarily describe it as thin, but it certainly doesn't have the big body I had anticipated.
Overall I had NO IDEA what to expect going in. I had never seen Baltika before, and had not had a Baltic Porter prior to this bottle, it just happened to be pretty cheap at the liquor store around the corner, so I figured I'd check it out. I would consider drinking it again (especially as it is one of the cheaper non-shitty beers at that location that comes in this size bottle), but wouldn't necessarily make a trip just for it. Check it out if you come across it, but you don't need to go out of your way. (1,540 characters)

Photo of bdkucharski
2.96/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 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. (803 characters)

Photo of hiku7
3.8/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was my first Baltic Porter, so bear that in mind. According to BJCP, this is a classic representation of the style. That said, I enjoyed this beer. Sweeter than a regular porter, less hoppy, but more esters bringing out deep fruity flavors that I enjoyed.

Pours a deep dark brown to black, with reddish hues. Foamy tan head that persisted well.

The initial dominating scent was licorice, followed by plum and cherry esters. As it warmed a caramel, somewhat chocolatey, toffee malt came more into play, with noticeable coffee roastiness.

The taste was initially sweet, followed by the deep fruity esters of cherry, plums, prunes and raisins. No noticeable hop flavor, but a quick sharp bitterness in the finish that was probably alcohol and hop derived.

Body was medium, with a surprisingly smooth mouthfeel. The finish retained some sweetness. Not much carbonation in the finish.

Overall, this was a decent beer that makes me want to explore the style a bit. Getting to the bottom of it was a bit slow going though, probably due to the sweetness. (1,056 characters)

Photo of tvv375ia
3.83/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

poured from 500ml bottle into imperial pint glass

A-dark sienna witha a 2 finger tan head that faded quickly without much lacing

S-chocolate with a little coffee and carmel

T-light chocolate flavors with some carmel malts follwed up with a hint of alcohol

M-kind of thin but otherwise well carbonated

O-had a brewed on date of 9-2-11 so it is fresh and good flavors I might get a few of these to keep on hand (413 characters)

Baltika #6 Porter from Baltika Breweries
83 out of 100 based on 581 ratings.