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Baltika #6 Porter - Baltika Breweries

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Baltika #6 PorterBaltika #6 Porter

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841 Ratings

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Ratings: 841
Reviews: 577
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 14.13%
Wants: 11
Gots: 26 | 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 yeastpuppet
3.18/5  rDev -11.9%
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 .,


Photo of phisig137
3.51/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

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.

Photo of Cresant
3.21/5  rDev -11.1%
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.

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.

Photo of Domingo
4.27/5  rDev +18.3%
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.

Photo of TrouserSneeze
3.42/5  rDev -5.3%
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.

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.

Photo of drseamus
4.39/5  rDev +21.6%
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.

Photo of Boneheadmx
4.03/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured out of a bottle to a beautiful dark color. The head is foamy and brown. Really a beautiful beer.

The smell is of malts and is rather sweet.

The taste is very nice; it's sweet and syrupy though the hops do shine through. Reminds me of a nice coffee. The taste is a little too sweet for me, but it's still very tasty.

The mouthfeel is thick and syrupy, although a little too much so.

Because of the texture and the strong taste, it's hard to drink, but it is a very good beer. I will get this again,

Photo of MuenchenerKindl
4.23/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a Big Bottle to a pint glass. The liquid is dark almost black and thick Coats the glass, with good carbonation.The head is good or better, 2 fingers dark tan and leaves nice lace.

The smell is of dark roasted almost burnt Malt, some alcohol.

The taste is good, very nice dark roasted malt. Quite complex, Dark espresso, chocolate notes, dark fruits, and a very nutty presents in the finish. Alcohol is strong tasteing, nice if you like that.

The mouthfeel is good quite thick and coating. Good cleansing carbonation, full body and a great after taste.

The drinkability is quite high, this brew is underrated in MHO. I'll but more and send some to friends. MK

Photo of dgallina
3.68/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1 pint, 9 fluid ounce black bottle. Labeled brewed-on 4/28/06 and best-before 4/28/07. Sampled 11/11/06.

Pours opaque black with a small rich tan head that resolves to a film and excellent lace. Sweet aroma composed of roasted coffee malt, raisins, alcohol spice. Flavor is nice but somewhat superficial. Starts with vague sweet malts, builds good coffee and toasted bread notes in the center. Finish is abrupt and borders on unpleasant due to lactic sourness. Oily body with a good mix of cream and carbonation. Quite drinkable overall.

Photo of brewcrew76
3.72/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a light black ruby with a thin creamy brown head.

S - Dark fruits and prunes with a hint of sweet chocolate.

T - Dark fruits, slight taste of chocolate with a hint of chocolate. Maybe even a bit of dark cherry on the finish.

M - Medium bodied but a bit on the thin and watery side.

D - A solid beer that is very easy to drink.

Photo of aforbes10
3.73/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this was my "winner" from the Baltika Challenge (although i knew it would be going into the thing). pours dark but not opaque. brown with a fairly light head. roasty, earthy and malty odors come off of it as it warms up. tastes like a good Baltic Porter should...nice roasted malts, delicate hops, some alcohol evident too...nice bitterness. coffee dry-ness. good mouthfeel and easy to drink. the only Baltika i'll probably be buying again.

Photo of Manosbeeroffate
3.44/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Another beer from IntriqKen. Pours nearly black, can't really see through it. Smells like halloween candy. Taste is very sweet like prunes and raisins, slightly burnt malt and a little bit of alcohol in the background. Overall not the greatest porter but it is pretty good, worth trying at least once and definetly for anyone who is afraid of dark beers, you'll like this one.

Photo of shivtim
3.66/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

One of the best Baltikas. Pours a dense black with brown highlights. Not quite opaque, but pretty darn close. Has a small brown head and some lacing. Nose is sweet roasted malts. Taste is lots of roasted malts, and some coffee grounds. Other people didn't taste the coffee, but I'm pretty darn sure it was there. Then again, I'm not a coffee drinker. There's a hint of bitter hops in the aftertaste. Mouthfeel is nice, with a good level of carbonation. Drinkability is slightly above average.

Photo of tempest
3.79/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got a bottle straight from Russia, basically just making the label even more unreadable.

Pours black red (like Guinness) with a nice tan head and lacing. At 7% it's lighter than the other Baltics I've tried. Reminds me more of a ballsy Schwarzbier, but in a good way. Smells of a tangy cocoa. Tastes of more chocolate, not too heavy. It's a little dry and there's is a slight (very minor) sour fruit edge that makes it interesting. Very smooth and easy to drink, not to mention tasty. Makes a great dessert drink.

Photo of Pooba001
4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark almost black color, the only thing keeping me from mistaking this for a stout is the reddish brown tint around the edges and through the rest of the beer when held to light. Head was initially thick, a dark off-white color, and faded leaving a lace throughout the rest of the beer when drank. Sweet, toasty malt aromas hit the nose first, some alcohol is present as is raisin, chocolate, a hint of currant and a slightly vinuous smell.

Taste isn't quite what the scent would suggest, the alcohol is well masked, even when warm, and the sweet caramel, roasted malt flavors and bite are definitely up front, but they don't dominate. Its dry on the palate, with notes of currant and dark fruit.

Mouthfeel and drinkability are both good. I feel like this beer is barely hanging on to 4.0 ratings in all categories, I can't justify giving it a 3.5 in any individual category, but if asked to rate this beer overall on a 1-5 scale I'd give it about a 3.77 not a flat 4.0.

Photo of joe1510
3.9/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

500ml. Bottle

Different bottle than in picture. Blue and black label with a long neck.

Baltika 6 poured black with a 1+ finger tan creamy head. Opaque except when held to the light there are some mahogany highlights around the sides and bottom of the glass.

Smell is a lot different than I thought it was going to be for whatever reason. It smells of molasses, dark fruits (plum) and some dark roasted malts. The molasses comes through the strongest. Smells pretty good.

The taste is good. I thought it may have been to sweet from the smell but it's not. The taste comes through as dark fruits up front gollowed by roasted malts. A touch of sweetness follows at the end with a nice aftertaste. Slight bitterness even things out nicely. The sweetness increases as the beer warms.

Mouthfeel is good on here as well. It's got a medium-heavy body that coats nicely. Slick feeling as I sip. Coats my throat. Smooth.

Drinkability is above average. It would be a little higher except for the sweetness. A couple of these would be more than enough.

Overall Baltika 6 is a good porter. Good flavors with a good mouthfeel. Good drink to warm up with. I'll be drinking again in the future.


Photo of Derek
3.98/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Best before 4/4/7.

A: Black & dark ruby; fluffy tan head; good retention & lace.

S: Floral, slightly soapy hops; dark bread, chocolate, nut, molases.

T: Dark bread, black-strap molases, dark (almost burnt) caramel, dark raisin. Malty bitterness, warming alcohol in finish.

M: Moderate to full body is well attenuated & finishes relatively dry. Moderate carbonation.

D: A little too warming to session (even for the style).

Photo of jglazer75
4.42/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

In my neck of the woods, we don't see a whole lot of Russian beers, let alone Russian porters. Since I've been on a bit of a porter kick lately, I thought I'd give it a shot.

First, the bottle looks a little different from the one pictured - instead of a red label, mine had a black label - though it was the same in most other respects.

It pours a dark black with a big cream/light brown head that laces decently. When I say dark, I mean dark - it is not translucent in the slightest. Holding it up to sunlight is of no use, you can't see through the thing. It has a huge nose, smelling of malt and bread and coffee. There is no sweetness or hoppiness to the smell whatsoever. It tastes, more or less, exactly as it looks and smells. Big malt and coffee flavor that coats your mouth, though not in a medicinal way. A slightly bitter aftertaste that comes from the roasted grains. It has a slight carbonation that keeps it light enough to be drinkable, though at 7% abv, you probably can't drink too many of them.

As far as porters go, this is one of my favorites.

Photo of dherling
3.76/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Super dark brown beer, with a luscious light coffee head. Lots of malt, roasted coffee, and brown sugar in the nose. Mouthfeel is super dry lots of grainy bitterness, over roasted coffee, burnt chocolate, mollasses, burnt toast. Dry finish, with a sweet and bitter aftertaste, lingering malt. No hops whatsoever, all the bitterness is coming from the grain.

Photo of aayooper
3.04/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle. Good dark/black apperance. A surprising smell of bread - odd for a porter. Good brown head. Taste - slight coffee, very mild, smooth porter for 7% abv. Taste improves as it warms. Feel - average to weak. Drinkability is above average, but not high. This is a decent porter for the price. I have had it several times now, and will come back to it as a good beer to have as a single when you want a bit of a relaxing kick, but not as strong as an imperial stout.

Photo of skizziks
3.58/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle into a Duvel tulip. 3" thick tan head with great retention over a dark brown body with mahogany highlights.

Smell is reminiscent of port with roast malt, dark fruit, and alcohol.

Flavor is rich with roasted malt and bittersweet chocolate. Finishes a little sweet with lingering cocoa and alcohol.

Medium body, medium carbonation. Rich and creamy in the mouth. A somewhat syrupy finish cuts drinkability. Nice and rich but still a little light for a baltic porter.

Photo of AlexJ
3.57/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Oily black pour with a tight cap of khaki that holds nicely and leaves only the slightest trails of lace.

Aroma is sweet and rich, with plenty of chocolate mocha, stewed raisins, figs, and scorched molasses. There's a hint of woodsy, almost papery dryness that comes out as the elixer warms.

Flavor holds up to the nose's promise, mostly. A somewhat sweet chocolate malt entry of dark cacao, molasses, sugared black coffee, and maple syrup is partially rounded out by notes of grassy hops, dusty leather, and dry wood. Would be great if not for the excessive sweetness.

Body is very big as expected, with a oily, slippery mouthfeel and soft, creamy texture. Great mouthfeel, but limited drinkability due to the fear of diabetic shock.

Baltika #6 Porter from Baltika Breweries
82 out of 100 based on 841 ratings.