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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

831 Ratings
THE BROS
77
okay

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Ratings: 831
Reviews: 573
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 14.13%
Wants: 12
Gots: 17 | 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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Photo of jmc44
4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16.9 oz bottle, that is different from the one pictured (this guy's got a round blue label), with a freshness date stamped on the back 07.05.06, which I assume means 6 May 2007. Quick little synopsis of the beer on the back.

Pours a deep brown-black color, with an impressive tan head that quickly recedes to a fine covering atop the beer. A slight lacing is left behind.

A sweet, malty aroma hinting at raisins and chocoloate, with a slightly toasted character.

Taste is initially sweet and fruity, then gradually changes to a roasted bitter finish that puckers the mouth just a bit. Nice balance, the sweetness is a bit much for a porter but it is well done.

The alcohol is masked well until the beer warms quite a bit; it is quite drinkable and medium-bodied, not all to heavy. A few will probably knock you on your butt.

A unique, but solid, porter, well worth a try. Especially for only $1.75 in singles.

jmc44, Apr 12, 2007
Photo of wedge
3.58/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Black fading to a thick caramel hue at the bottom of the glass. Modest head doesn't stay around too long in full form, but lasts as an attractive creamy top. Light, creamy aroma of chocolate and caramel covered fruits. The flavor is sweet and fruity - caramel, sugar, berries, raisins, banana, and cherries - not as dark and malty as one might expect. Nearly like a mild barleywine in character. This could pair well with desert, or it may actually overwhelm it. Medium-bodied and lightly dry, seems to fit the ABV alright.

A very interesting, un-porter-like rendition, and worth a try although, it didn't impress me as much as many Baltic Porters do.

wedge, Apr 06, 2007
Photo of jarmby1711
4.03/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The most impressive thing about the appearance is the persitence of the soft frothy off white head. Right to the end of the glass.
The smell and taste has a real coffee chocolate undertone , with a harder burnt grain touch .
It combines a solid sweetness with a mid range bitterness betwixt which are all thiose wonderful flavours.
A very enjoyable beer

jarmby1711, Apr 03, 2007
Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.22/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I usually can pass on a porter, but this was good!
Special thanks to my Ukrainian friend and co-worker Alex for getting me this sample.

Nice dark almost black color with a touch of head.

Smells like roasted malts

Taste is good... make that a notch above good!

It is smooth, yet rich and has good drinkability qualities, I wish I had more than one.

JoeyBeerBelly, Mar 28, 2007
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.

emerge077, Mar 27, 2007
Photo of auxiliary
4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearance - Large head but then disolves later on. Some lace at the begininng. Later on it looked flat. Maybe I am a slow beer drinker.

smell - Roasted malts and some chocolate hints here.

taste - Roasted malts, hints of coffee and chocolate.

mouthfeel - Thick, not much carbination

drinkability - WOW this was a pretty good beer. I think the label threw people off as a bad beer because I bought it for 99 cents.

auxiliary, Mar 26, 2007
Photo of edmedina
3.9/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got hooked on Baltic Porter after a visit to the Boston Brewing Co. in Boston. They served a Baltic Porter that is not currently released. It was pretty damn good. I gave this one a try to see how it compared. I thought then Boston Brew Co was better however, this one wasn't too bad. It poured a black color. The head on the beer wasn't bad. Smell had a malty smell to it. However, the taste was light. I rather enjoyed this one. It is 7 % ABV so watch out for this one.

edmedina, Mar 17, 2007
Photo of Risser09
3.73/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

16.9oz Bottle - 2006 Vintage - Served at 45 Degrees into a large snifter

Appearance: Charcoal black and completely opaque. Vigorous pour yieds a 3 inch head that is thick and creamy. Caramel colored head with great retention. Generous lace clings to the sidesof the crystal glass.

Smell: Malty with roasted barley aroma. Espresso, toffee, sweet caramel.

Taste: Burnt toast, coffee grounds, charcoal. This beer is intense with deep, dark flavor. Not much sweetness at all. This beast is all malt and no hops. It tastes like a cold, carbonated espresso.

Mouthfeel: Ample viscosity, as a baltic porter should be. Moderate carbonation and smoothe feel. Alcohol content is not apparent.

Drinkability: It's cool to drink baltic porters from their land of origin. I just got done shoveling snow, so this beer is that much more satisfying. This beer is very true to the style, but could use a little bit more sweetness. I think it would do very well with 5-10 years on it. It would probably turn into a robust port-like beer. I like this style and this beer so I will definitely revisit and recommend it for a taste.

Risser09, Mar 17, 2007
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
Photo of RedHaze
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to bditty187 for this bottle.

Pours a deep black with a dense one finger, dark tan, head. The foam settles very slowly to a thick cap, leaving behind a nice sheeting of lace.

Smell; dark roasted malts with a little chocolate and coffee. Some dark fruits are present as well, with figs and plums. There's a bit of a nutty aroma present as this gets a bit warmer.

Taste; the roasted malts and coffee flavors are there, but they're a bit subdued compared to the nose. Some chocolate and sweet cream meld pretty nicely with figs and plums, and almost make this a bit to sweet for my tastes. I don't get any of the nuttiness that I picked up in the aroma, which is to bad.

Mouthfeel is a bit on the thinner side for a Baltic Porter, but it may actually help out the drinkability, which is pretty damn good.

I believe this is the first Russian beer that I've ever had, and it's pretty darn good. If it's ever available in my area, I'll definitely pick some up on occasion.

RedHaze, Mar 14, 2007
Photo of gmfessen
4.03/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, beer is a very deep brown; practically black with a huge, tan, foamy head that leaves webs of lacing as the foam subsides. Smell is very malty sweet, mostly toasted grains, maybe a bit of burnt chocolate or coffee. Taste also is primarily roasted grain; I also get the sensation of marshmallows and chocolate. The alcohol is barely noticeable and the beer has a dry finish. The beer is medium bodied with a foamy consistency. This is very drinkable and I will definitely attempt to obtain it again.

gmfessen, Feb 19, 2007
Photo of FtownThrowDown
3.95/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a very dark, almost black. Very good head. Took a couple minutes to complete the pour. Plenty of frothy head is left after first drink.
Smell is dark roasted malts. There is some roastiness coming through as well as some alcohol.
Taste is pretty much the same as the nose. However, I'm finding what I think is some kind of candied sugar in the taste. This tastes really good.
Mouthfeel is thick and creamy. Soft and not a lot of carbonation to be found.
Even at 7% this is highly sessionable. I could drink this all day without a problem. I really like this baltic porter.

FtownThrowDown, Feb 16, 2007
Photo of eballard
2.98/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This beer poured a dark black with a light brown head. It has a good look with a nice lacing as you drink. It has a dark roasted malt smell with a bit of a bite. The taste is sweet it a little bit of a burnt chocolate taste to its finish. A sharp crisp feel with a lingering aftertaste. It’s an ok porter and drinkable but not the best of its style.

eballard, Feb 15, 2007
Photo of bodybyadam
3.15/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thank you Anajelika for bringing this one to the house.
A: Served in a 22 oz bottle that pours a dark black color with the consistency of a flat cola. There is a 1/4 inch head that quickly dissipates.

S: The nose has strong notes of sweet malts that are very inviting.

T: The malts are present but subtle to the roast dark burnt flavor that comes as most porters. Then the sweeter malts sneak out in a sip once in a while to add a nice balance.

M: This is a mild to medium bodied beer, no really it is.

D: I gave it a shot and will drink it again. This porter may just surprise you.

Elbows Up,
Adam

bodybyadam, Feb 12, 2007
Photo of atsprings
2.93/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a 0.5 liter Spaten glass. VERY dark beer topped with a frothy two finger head, excellent lacing. Almost looked like cappuccino. Smell was very malty. Something off about it that I couldn't quite put my finger on. The taste was actually rather bland. It really doesn't even taste like a porter. Alcohol was barely noticeable. Somewhat drinkable, but I'll shy away from it from now on.

atsprings, Feb 02, 2007
Photo of BeerSox
3.9/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1PT .9oz bottle into pint glass.

Opaque black with a light brown frothy head that holds well. Settles to a thick cap.

Dark roasty grain with some strong molasses mixed with alcohol.

Deep roasted grain flavor like any porter, but with the volume turned up a little. The feel is smooth and creamy, resulting from the full body and well rounded carbonation. Bittering hops are found in the end toward the back of the mouth. The finish is filled with a sweet chocolate flavor, light creaminess, and a little bit of lingering bitterness. The alcohol is well hidden.

Not a bad example of a Baltic Porter. This is my first one, so I feel I have plenty to look forward to if they are anything like this one, or better. Recommended.

BeerSox, Jan 29, 2007
Photo of yeastpuppet
3.13/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours spectacular , pint glass , nice , foamy three finger head , almost as dark as the ace 'o' spades . Ok lacing , nothing fancy .

Aroma of prunes and molasses , ....Hmmm .????

Taste ?. less intense than I expected .Thin ..lacking in complexity .

Much too easy to drink , I keep expecting more flavors to show . Slightly sweet , fruityness is more apparent as it warms above 55%., a little more molasses comes up front . .. I'd give this to Aunt Betty to try . If your a Lite beer drinker you might like this .


Eh , Okay but not on my list .,

Buddy

yeastpuppet, Jan 29, 2007
Photo of phisig137
3.5/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a fairly deep black, letting in only a tiny bit of light ,with a dense 2 finger head. Great retention leaves behind abundant creamy lacing, and a thick blanket of foam on top of the glass. Looks great.

Aroma is sweet, grainy, malty, caramel, toffee, raisins, figs, and a bit of adjuncts. Slight chocolate aroma makes this smell just a little bit like whoppers.

Flavor is malty sweet up front, with huge raisin and fig flavors, A bit of alcohol is present, and the finish is slightly dry. Tastes completely devoid of hops, and almost like raw, unfermented wort. Finish lingers for some time. Mouthfeel is a bit thin, and drinkability is decent.

Overall, not a bad beer. But for a Baltic porter, coming from Russia, I would have expected more. There are much better Baltic porters out there, and though this one is worth a try... I won't be rushing back to it.

phisig137, Jan 23, 2007
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.

Phyl21ca, Jan 16, 2007
Photo of Cresant
3.2/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured this 16.9 oz. brown bottle into a nonic glass. Best by: 24.05.07. Body was a very dark brown/black color with cola highlights. Large head faded to a cap with lacy sides.

Smell was a common metallic presentation which faded to grains and a strong note of fruits, cherries. Dried nuts.

Taste was mildy sweet and the alcohol was well hidden. Mild zestiness from the hops. Faint medicinal qualities and a long linger.

Mouthfeel was smoooth. Medium body. I will enjoy this one again in the future.

Cresant, Jan 13, 2007
Photo of jaxon53
3.35/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served slightly chilled in a pint glass. Poured a deep brown that turned to jet black in the glass. Left about a finger of thick brown colored head that had decent retention and left some lace. Smelled sweet. Dark chocolates , coffee and brown sugar. Tasted of roasted coffee beans, chocolate and and burnt charcoal smoked taste. Not too bad. Little carbonation and no alcohol presence. Had a thick full feel in the mouth. Drinkability was about average but would try this beer again.

jaxon53, Jan 07, 2007
Photo of Domingo
4.3/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

You know, I really like this beer a lot. I've been drinking it for years but recently had a lot of it on New Years ('06-'07). Baltika makes some so-so beers, but this one and #4, the Munich Dunkel, are both really good.
Pours a dark brown color with a pretty light head. It really doesn't keep the head for long, and is really this beer's only weakness.
Smell is chocolate and raisins. Dark dried fruits and a lot of sweetness.
Flavor adds caramel smoothness and a dark chocolate bitterness in the finish. There's also a hint of red wine. The flavor reminds me a little of another favorite beer of mine, Celebrator. I think it's the maltiness that really takes over in both.
While the head dissipates quickly, the beer retains a thickness that really maintains a lot of flavor without being thin. Reminds me of the texture of a heavier stout more than a typical porter, although this is the only Baltic Porter I've had, so that might be a style thing.
For a beer at 7% ABV, this goes down like a beer that's 1/2 that strength. I've had 3 of these in one sitting and could've had more easily.
Definitely an underrated favorite of mine.

Domingo, Jan 02, 2007
Photo of TrouserSneeze
3.5/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16.9 oz bottle. Four finger head with 3 fingers of lacing remaining.

Almost black in color, no light comes thru even when holding glass next to a lamp. A little carbonation, but you can't see it.

Not much aroma; a surprise considering the intense flavor. Slightly bitter, lots of malt. Thick at first taste, mouthfeel got thinner the more I drank. Aftertaste slightly alcoholic - it should be since it's 14 proof.

A very nice porter. I'll buy it again.

TrouserSneeze, Jan 01, 2007
Photo of warmstorage
3.95/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

16.9 oz bottle, states 7.0% ABV.

Pours a deep, deep brown, almost black, into imperial pint with a huge, thick, almost rocky beige head, leaves significant lacing.

Aroma is roasty, sweet, stonefruit, malty sweet alcohol.

Taste is roasty with burnt sugar notes, some steonfruit, a pungent yeasty fruitiness alternating with burnt, creosote-like sugar, and plums and prunes. Thick, the yeastiness is a little too cloying. A small bit of alcohol warmth found, it hides the 7% well.

Slightly thick mouth.

Really very tasty, and I'm pleasantly surprised. I haven't had any other good beer yet from Russia (or former Soviet republics, for that matter.) I'm really quite pleased.

warmstorage, Dec 20, 2006
Photo of drseamus
4.4/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beer was poured from a 22oz bottle. There was no reassuring psst when the cap was opened.

The body of the beer was dark brown with a very thin tan head that disappeared quickly.

The aroma smelled of roasted malts and was pleasingly sweet.

The taste was heavy of roasted malts with hints of dark fruits and dark chocolate with a very sweet and malty aftertaste.

The beer is of medium to heavy body initially but tends toward the thin side as it sits in you mouth.

Overall, the drinkability is excellent. I would have this again whenever it is offered although at 7% ABV, moderation might be considered.

drseamus, Dec 06, 2006
Baltika #6 Porter from Baltika Breweries
82 out of 100 based on 831 ratings.