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Baltika #6 Porter - Baltika Breweries

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BA SCORE
82
good

820 Ratings
THE BROS
77
okay

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Ratings: 820
Reviews: 572
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 14.13%
Wants: 11
Gots: 16 | 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 jglazer75
4.43/5  rDev +22.7%
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.

jglazer75, Sep 26, 2006
Photo of dherling
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

dherling, Sep 26, 2006
Photo of aayooper
3.05/5  rDev -15.5%
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.

aayooper, Sep 25, 2006
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.

skizziks, Sep 24, 2006
Photo of AlexJ
3.55/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

AlexJ, Sep 24, 2006
Photo of AmorousAngel
3.88/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured opaque black with a 2 inch, fluffy tan head.

Smells like coffee and roasted malt. A touch of caramel.

Tastes just like it smells, but with a touch of chocolate toward the end. Sweeter than I expected from a porter at 7% ABV.

Medium-bodied, smooth and a bit sticky-sweet. A bit acidic in the finish.

Lots of flavor. A bit too sweet to drink more than one, but a good starter for an evening.

AmorousAngel, Sep 24, 2006
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.

BEERchitect, Sep 22, 2006
Photo of Byeast
4.1/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Apearance: Pourd a pretty much opaque black , with a tan head of 2 and a half inches that dissipated to a thin tan layer.

Smell: fairly malty and roasty , some slight dairy , chocolate, sweet aroama.

Taste: creamy and rich malt , chocolate , burnt like flavor , sight bit of dark fruit , tad bit of hop in there.

Mouthfeel: slightly creamy

Drinkability: A very drinkable porter , nice and flavorful , not overpowering , smooth.

Byeast, Sep 13, 2006
Photo of goschool
3.9/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The new bottle is 1 pint 9 oz, with an ever so slightly more modern logo.

The pour is black with red highlights and a large off-white head. The aroma has chocolate, caramel malts, and medium to light roasted Sumatra coffee. Dark fruits and a nutty flavor enter the mix in the taste to add to the roasty coca and chocolate and the sweet malts. The mouthfeel is quite thick and the alcohol comes through more than it should for a 7% beer, but I'll let the brewer get away with it in a Baltic porter. Not a bad offering at all.

goschool, Sep 05, 2006
Photo of steinlifter
4.47/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This poured dark as night, almost pitch black...big frothy tan head, that left broken lacing all the way down.
Smell: Was of coffee, and molasses.
Taste: Beautiful,...initial hop presence...mellowing to a slightly bitter coffee flavor...that continues to mellow to a slight molasses-like sweetness...finishes nice and smooth!
Mouthfeel...is bubbly crisp...good creaminess comes in, again, smooth finish.
Drinkability....just wonderful!..way better than I had even hoped for....easily the best beer from this brewery that I have had...a good solid quality Porter!

steinlifter, Sep 03, 2006
Photo of Rudgers73
2.85/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

This is one of those porters that is just so sticky sweet and chocolatey that it's hard to finish. It is sweet and heavy with a molasses that sticks on your tongue and wont come off. The mouthfeel is very thick and creamy, which isn't normally a bad thing but due to the sweetness it could stand to be a bit thinner. It seems to get richer with warmer temperature. I noticed half-way through the drink that it was supposed to be served from 10-20 degrees C and I don't think I would have made it through if it started that warm.

As rich as pecan pie. A little much for my taste.

Rudgers73, Sep 02, 2006
Photo of IntriqKen
4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours motor oil black in a glass with a coffee tan colored head that melts to a decent sticky lacing retaining the ring of bubbles around the outside of the glass.
Aromas of coffee, chocolate and nuts come very faintly to the senses...more so as it warms, but with warmth comes a faint medicinal alcohol as well.
Tastes are sweet coffee with a little bit of nuts and a little dark chocolate. Mouthfeel is only moderately thick...expecting something much chewier from a porter of 7%.
Still...this might very well be a favorite Baltika brew for me and could easily become a regular in my fridge as long as I can find it.
...and at $1.99 for 16 oz, I will definately be on the lookout.

IntriqKen, Aug 30, 2006
Photo of Kulrak
4.05/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep dark brown with a dark tan head. The head is thick and creamy and clings to the sides. Smells of molasses and malt and not much else, but it is a very pleasant aroma. The taste is of lots of dark malt, some coffee and some chocolate. Very true to the style. Not much hoppiness or bitterness, but it still finishes cleanly. A little bit of alcohol burn, but it doesn't detract from the taste. The mouthfeel is very thick and heavy, but not really creamy. Not much carbonation either. Very drinkable, it's a damn tasty brew.

Kulrak, Aug 27, 2006
Photo of Liquids
3.9/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark but not opaque black color that is more or a reddish hue in the light. A thick creamy dark multi-hued head forms but dwindles after a minute or two, leaving thick lacing atop my oversized pilsner glass. Smells plesantly malty, gentle hops and gentle all around, no detectable alcohol aromas, sweet malts but not so much as to intimidate. Taste is a fairly sweet baltic porter, not overwhelmingly sweet, not as high-fi as others, and not as lager like or off tasting as others I've tried. Darker malts make a fair show here, while the body of the beer seems balanced and not overly pale malt focused, nor overly caramel focused (like some traditional dopplebocks, say). The baltic porter lager yeast characteristic is present here with a slightly sweet flavor and yet slightly drying with a bit of cocoa finish prevails giving it character. Where is the alcohol? None detected. Impressive. Mouthfeel is surprisingly full but certain in the medium bodied catergory, but not light for the style, nor overly carbonated. Wow, this beer impressed me more than other top rated baltic porters, and Baltika is a surprising contended again along with their #4. While I wouldn't choose this beer often as I don't care for the finish and baltic porter characteristics too often, this is the best I've tasted yet of this style. Underrated and delicious.

Liquids, Aug 22, 2006
Photo of palffyfan
3.98/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours amber black, with average carbonation. Foam looks pretty rich, stays around for a while.

Smell - Smells like a sweet macro with coffee notes, which may not be too bad of a thing. About average in strength.

Taste - Relatively light, just the right amount of bitterness (almost minimal). Roasty taste that is atypical, compared to a stout at least. This one is buffered with a good deal of sweetness. A lot of the previous reviews disliked it for this exact reason, but since I am unfamiliar with porters, I have to give it high marks, because I found it quite enjoyable.

Drinkability - This beer gives you a nice buzz and for $1.66 for a little over a pint, is a good deal in my opinion. I would like to bring some more of these--and I'll certainly be reviewing more Baltika's in the future..

palffyfan, Aug 15, 2006
Photo of grub
2.48/5  rDev -31.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

pours a dark brown colour with no sign of any head or carbonation.

aroma is slightly roasty and really fruity. cherries. i swear it smells like the belle vue kriek that i had earlier today (different glass, so i know i'm not smelling the other beer).

taste is nice. roasty, and not a trace of the cherry i was getting in the nose. nice bready malt. i find the complete lack of carbonation distracting. the whole beer is just coming across flat, and i feel like it'd be so much better when carbonated. there's just not much else there.

mouthfeel is all wrong due to the lack of carbonation. i can see the potential, but it's just not there.

drinkability isn't great. i'm sure it'd be better if carbonated. the malt that does come through is balancing the alcohol fairly well.

slightly disappointed in this one. i can see that it could be better with carbonation.

grub, Aug 14, 2006
Photo of UberWasser
3.18/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

500ml bottle served in a snifter.

Pours a deep, dark crude oil brown (not quite black, with just hints of reddish brown on the edges) with a thick, fluffy tan head building right up to the rim of the glass. It slowly recedes to leave a bubbly ring around the edge of the beer. Very nice looking.

The smell of this beer comes across as very subtle to me. I can sense depth there, with some very mild hints of sugar, coffee, chocolate and some spices but it's all so faint. I would miss it if I didn't swirl vigorously and breath deeply. Kind of disappointing.

Taste, well, it's different...I'm used to a bit of brash roasted malt bitterness with these Baltic Porters but there is nothing like that here. What I do get is a slight molasses sweetness at the front of my tongue that picks up some savory saltiness at the middle with some slight roasted flavors coming out, and the finish is subtle with sweet chocolate and slight coffee flavors coming out. The taste left in my mouth after swallowing reminds me of the aftertaste of chocolate milk. Mouthfeel is somewhat syrupy at first, with a tingly carbonation, and it all ends being quite dry, so that is more along the lines of what I was expecting.

Overall, though, this beer leaves me feeling uninspired. It's as if they wanted to make a Baltic Porter to match some of the best but just kind of had a brain fart and stopped before it was finished. Not sure, but I wouldn't find myself drinking much of this. Again, though, it does look nice...

UberWasser, Aug 03, 2006
Photo of Ellbert
4.35/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: The appearance is very dark black, almost a stout. The head left something to be desired.

S: Very roasted and sweet in the nose.

T: A lot of burn caramel and alcohol spice. Very good and balance. A nice sweetness works its way in the taste.

M: A little slick and full.

A great beer.

Ellbert, Jul 30, 2006
Photo of macpapi
3.23/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Picked up a large bottle of this brew at a local store. Has two best by dates, one slightly past, the other still a way off. Not sure what that means. Didn't taste skunked, so I'll assume it wasn't.

Pours a dark brown, almost black color. Has a full tannish colored head. Opaque with decent lacing.

Smells very deep and sweet. Roasted malt, caramel, chocolate and coffee are all represented. Alcohol's presence is also there along with a slight hop pull.

Taste is malty and bitter--think this is an alcoholic bitterness. Chocolate and coffee taste are pretty muted. Not terribly balanced.

Mouthfeel is full and bitter and a bit astringent.

Overall, this is not a bad porter. Very bitter and not terribly smooth though. Nothing terribly special here.

macpapi, Jul 28, 2006
Photo of kimcgolf
2.48/5  rDev -31.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pours dark brown, almost black with thick, tan head. I picked up heavy malt aroma, with licorice, coffee and hint of toffee. Taste was more heavily coffee at the start, with alcohol becoming more evident at mid bottle. Finish left an aftertaste of charcoal and alcohol. Possibly if I was eating the right foods with this I could enjoy more, but for just a smooth sipping, tasty beer, this did not cut it with me.

kimcgolf, Jul 12, 2006
Photo of Viggo
3.4/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown/red, big tan head forms, some nice lacing and good retention. Smell is malty, sweet cherry, toffee, roast, chocolate and coffee. Taste is sweet, roasty, some floral, oxidized dates, caramel, not too bad. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation, pretty smooth. Not the best Baltic porter but servicable.

Viggo, Jul 08, 2006
Photo of geexploitation
4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours thick and black with a big brown foamy head that dissipates to a ring. Smells of treacle, burnt chocolate, dates and sweet cream. Very smooth over the tongue, with a silky, creamy texture that signals sweetness. Sweet chocolates and a hint of caramel announce themselves first, followed by nicely bitter roasted malts that linger for a while, morphing into a nicely balanced, sweet-and-bitter finish. Overall, very well done. Not the best baltic porter ever, but certainly a solid one.

geexploitation, Jun 28, 2006
Photo of jwc215
3.35/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Best before July 5, 2006 - reviewed a few weeks before that date.
Poured almost black with ruby highlights towards the bottom.
The aroma was of sweet chocolate - To me it almost had a smell of sour milk mixed in.
The taste - IMO - was more reminiscent of a sweet stout than a baltic porter. There were some chocolate notes, but it was not very complex. At first, the alcohol taste was hidden, but became apparent towards the end. The taste wasn't bad - but a bit too covered by sweetness to pick up on anything more than some chocolate and a hint of caramel.
The sweetness lingered on the tongue, but there was a thinness that evened it out.
Overall, it's not bad - an average baltic porter, but nothing to go out of the way for.

jwc215, Jun 07, 2006
Photo of GreenWBush
2.6/5  rDev -28%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Shaded eggplant in color with a head that is initially large, but goes almost completely flat. Slight peaks and valleys of lace stick to the vessel.

Nose is somewhat offputting, filled with suggestions of grape, DMS/corn, cereal grains, and light cocoa-drenched caramel.

Taste is again rather grape-like, then becomes infused with a dingy bitterness and cloying sugar-boosted sweetness. Odd cheap-vodka burn in there too, surprise surprise. Odd insta-buzz in the head is also noticed from the first few sips.

Smooth on the mouth, this one reminds me all in all of the similarly misnamed AB Amber-bock. I guess this was $1.18 for a reason...

GreenWBush, Jun 07, 2006
Photo of ernie
1.83/5  rDev -49.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A favourite of many, but not mine. It's simply unbalanced, and alcohol is too obvious both in the air and in the mouth. It makes you warm but leaves you disappointed. Buying porter, we do not want to drink dark lager with a twist of white spirit. But that's what #6 is. If you can live with it, good like. I'll opt for something more conventional.

ernie, Jun 05, 2006
Baltika #6 Porter from Baltika Breweries
82 out of 100 based on 820 ratings.