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Baltika #6 Porter - Baltika Breweries

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Baltika #6 PorterBaltika #6 Porter

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Reviews: 592
Hads: 886
Avg: 3.62
pDev: 13.81%
Wants: 19
Gots: 45 | 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 Viking
4.45/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown (almost black) body with garnet-hued highlights. Head is thick, sticky, and light brown. Head retention is solid, leaving small trails and patches of lace. Smell of roasted barley, with notes of chocolate, coffe, and some not-quite-discernable fruit aroma. Strong flavor of roasted barley. Notes of chocolate and that mysterious fruit also present. Noticeable alcohol flavor in the bittersweet chocolatey/fruity aftertaste. Mouthfeel is smooth, but rather lighter and less viscous than I'd like to have in a big bad porter. Overall this beer, simply put, is outstanding.

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Photo of steinlifter
4.45/5  rDev +22.9%
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!

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Photo of Mooslerfitness
4.44/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Not sure what I'm missing this was a $1.99 and a phenomenal porter smell and taste of dark fruit dipped in a hot chocolate bath so smooth a little thin but very well done keep giving it a low rating will keep price low for me cheers

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Photo of jglazer75
4.42/5  rDev +22.1%
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.

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Photo of jsp2
4.4/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very dark brown poured into the glass, yet light can faintly get through held up to direct source. Rich and foamy slightly brown head that leaves lace up the sides. Aroma of sweet coffee, and raisins. Taste is sweet, buttery, and roasty, with a sweet delicious aftertaste. Full of flavor yet still drinkable. The flavor is absolutely superb and has notes of vanilla as well. Light enough to put away many.

Absolutely delicious, a great example of a very enjoyable style. The flavor of this one has a rich butter vanilla element that really sets it apart.

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Photo of drseamus
4.39/5  rDev +21.3%
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.

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Photo of xvoltronx
4.38/5  rDev +21%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

APPEARANCE - Black. So much so that not even direct light seems to penetrate. Smooth pour with a thin, beige head. Light carbonation.

SMELL - Full. Rich with a distinctly "roasted", slightly bitter aroma.

MOUTH FEEL- Exquisite. Smooth, yet robust, with a warm and slightly nutty start. Smooth, tart finish with a hint of hoppy bitterness. One of the smoothest tasting beers I have ever encountered, as it is smooth and approachable from start to finish. A bold beer with abundant character, yet refined and tastefully subdued.

OVERALL - This is what craft beer is supposed to incite in drinkers; a wonderful flavor and an obvious earmark of careful consideration, expertise and pride in craftsmanship on the part of the brewer. I highly recommend Baltika #6 as both an excellent starting point for those who are interested in trying dark beers and as a new staple in the routine samplings of dark beer lovers.

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Photo of Globetrotter
4.38/5  rDev +21%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My favorite Russian beer - and I live in Russia. The beer comes out of the bottle smoothly, with a nice dark reddish-brown hue and a healthy reddish-tan head that dissipates neither fast nor slow into a very nice lace most of the way down the glass. The aroma is full, with a touch of nut. The taste is full-bodied and smooth - cherries, nuts. a touch of chocolate. All of this with nice hoppy undertones. It's strong, but not overpowering, and the alcohol comes naturally, rather than being suger induced like most Russian "strong" beers. Just don't have more than two. In an ocean of bad Russian beers, Baltika #6 is a most welcome oasis.

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Photo of TheBungyo
4.38/5  rDev +21%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours almost completely opaque black. A nice inch and a half head caps it off like a crown. Nose is full of sugary fruits, and a bit of roastiness. I find it very inviting! The taste is at first plum-like, then a bit of coffee, followed by a finish that brought to mind burnt chocolate chip cookies. If there was just a bit of bitterness the taste would be perfect in my opinion. Either way though, its still a lovely porter. Mouth is light on carbonation, and a little slick. I could definitely have another and will buy this again. I think I have a new favorite porter!

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Photo of jeranbrews
4.37/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - thick foamy creamy beige head dark rich soy sauce color

S - wow. Like an old oak ship. Peaty and smokey.  Bottle smells of peppermint and cinnamon. Brown sugar.

T - sweet coco and maple syrup along with tanned leather and raw Hyde. Bitter from meaty hops and from roasted malt
Initially sweet then progressively bitter and rich then finally smooth with warmth.  Aftertaste umami and sweetness

M - some nice alcohol warmth but no burn. Smooth creamy rich silky slides down the throat.  

D - fantastic really fantastic I want this on a cold night. Wrapped in a blanket minus twenty outside and me with this beer.

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Photo of fretlessman71
4.36/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

APPEARANCE: Clear Dr. Pepper brown with a HUGE tan head. Terrific lacing.

AROMA: Not as strong as I’d expected. Faint malt, maybe a little bit of metallic, some esters, alcohol a teeny bit.

FLAVOR: Oh, THAT’S better! (Maybe my nose is defective.) Rich semi-roasted chocolate malt, touch of vanilla, dark fruit, and a bit of alcohol. Just enough to let you know that it’s there and that this is a sipper. Good warming feeling from the alcohol. As the beer warms a little bit of coffee flavor pushes through. Maybe a touch of licorice. Wonderful!

MOUTHFEEL: Big. Smooth. Luxuriant. Big carbonation. Good stuff.

DRINKABILITY: Not bad at all for a Baltic – the 7% ABV is a little on the low side, and if I could see myself having a second big beer in an evening, I’d certainly not object to having a second one of these.

OVERALL COMMENTS: Oh, if only it were cold enough to have a fire going… this is the kind of beer that would taste best with a ski lodge around it. Definitely worth a repeat purchase!

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Photo of weeare138
4.35/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up for $2.29 at Surf Beverage in Murrells Inlet, SC.
Appears a dark brown with auburn toned edges when held to the light. A 2 finger, tan head slowly fades into a foamy clump of bubbles. Scattered rings of marshmallow-like protein sticks along the glass.
Smell is of caramel, cocoa, raisins, vanilla, nougat, cashews, and cool cucumber.
Taste is of teh same aromas with smooth caramel, vanilla, cocoa, and cashews resonating. Pretty nice stuff.
Mouthfeel is medium-full bodied, smooth, cocoa-like, airy, and fluffy during the finish.
Did I have a different beer than most others that reviewed this? I thought it was well done and it was a bargain.

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Photo of MurphyKieran
4.35/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

500ml bottle.

This is about the only Baltic Porter/Imperial Stout I've tasted (boy I need some new beer to taste!) but I find it an amazingly tasty and drinkable beer even with my limited experience of that particular style.

It pours with quite a nice head but in my experience has a tendency to settle down to nothing. But what the heck, it still tastes delicious and has a wonderful sweet tang that means that it's a great match for rich desserts like Christmas pudding or rich chocolate cake or similar.

For a beer with a relatively high ABV, it's amazing how smoothly it goes down by the pint glass. I could suck down a few pints of this in a night easilt compared with something like Guinness Foreign Extra Stout which has a similar ABV but which is a lot bitterer and heavy tasting (despite being a fine beer in it's own right).


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Photo of BeerWithMike
4.35/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Sampled tonight on 5/22/14 and had this one once before about 15 months ago. Comes in a single 500ml (16.9 oz.) bottle for $2.99. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured into a 12 ounce glass 'boot'.

Pours a dark hazy very deep brown, almost black in color, with a tan 1+-finger head that dissipates fast that leaves close to 1/2 finger tan head with nice lacing when sipped. Aroma is of chocolate and coffee. Taste about the same as the aroma and is very smooth actually with a nice sweet finish. Goes down easy with no bitterness at all! Really liked this one.

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Photo of julian
4.35/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pitch black even when held up to the light. Nothing getting through this obsidian black beast. Big voluptuous brown head, about 1-2 fingers worth. 4.5

S: Mmmm yummerz. My first Baltic Porter was Olfrabikken and that blew my mind! The aroma of this is pleasantly similar. Roast up front mixed with a little coffee, followed by molasses, raisins, and subtle caramel. Excellent. 4.5

T&M: I really do love this style. This is smooth, and creamy on the tongue with a mild bite from the carbonation, but everything is in harmony. I’m getting some molasses, raisiny sweetness, a little bit of roast and coffee, caramel and an almost non-existent hop flavor. 4.5/4

O: Excellent. This is exactly what I was hoping this beer would smell/taste like. From what I know about this style, I love it and I want more. Now that I know I can get this locally, it’s definitely going to be a regular in my fridge. Mmmmm 4

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.35/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Color is dark as dark can be, beneath a big, bubbly, crackling tan head. Aroma is full of cocoa, nuts, and sweet candyish flavors. Medium body, light in texture, but really tasty, rich, satisfying. The ABV is 7%, but I didn't feel it in the least. Wait a minute...okay, now I do! Very tasty, and a welcome surprise, an excellent porter, an enjoyable beer!

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Photo of KTCamm
4.33/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 500ml #6 bottle into a pint glass.

Pours dark brown with thick cascading brown foam. One thick inch of foam remains. Roasted smell, dark chocolate. Some coffee. Smooth (very) taste. Cocoa powder dark taste. Lots of coffee. Very light carbonation. Supremely drinkable. Outstanding porter.

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Photo of WesWes
4.33/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a deep dark black color with a thick frothy tan head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a nice rich malty scent that seems a bit dry, but full of caramel and black malts. It has a roasted, toastey aroma. The taste is great. It has an extremely smooth and creamy flavor that is full of sweet crystal and black malts. It goes down easy and hides the elevated abv. . The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a damn good beer and a bit of a surprise. It is a great drinker.

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Photo of yesyouam
4.33/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Baltika 6 Porter is a very dark red ale that borders on black. It has a dense, mocha colored head that thins out but stays and leaves nice lacing. The aroma is dark, roasty and sweet. There is a strong note of licorice. It is medium-full bodied, smooth and slick. The finish is a little sticky. It tastes sweet and roasty like the aroma. There are notes of caramel, chocolate-covered cherries and licorice. I like that this isn't as sweet as some other Baltic porters. It's balanced more toward a roasty bitterness. It's a great example of the style. This is the best Russian beer I've had yet.

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Photo of tastybeer
4.32/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Color is very close to black with a creamy tan/brown head. Looks very nice. Aroma is sweet and soft. Thick creamy caramel soaked raspberries, currants and sweet dark apples. Taste is similar and appealing. Kind of a weird baltic porter but very enjoyable. Smooth, velvety, creamy mouthfeel and really surprisingly drinkable. I'm surprised at how much I like this. Tastes like some sort of raspberry liquor with dark chocolate and caramel melted over it.

Good for the getting.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.32/5  rDev +19.3%
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!!!

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Photo of Ellbert
4.32/5  rDev +19.3%
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.

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Photo of Cylinsier
4.32/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the bottle.

Pours pitch black, minimal tan head dissipates quickly.

Smells of dark unsweet chocolate, toasted bread and molasses.

The taste follows the scent and is potent. Dark semi-sweet/bitter chocolate notes with toasty elements and a rich molasses tinge.

Feels full and chewy with minimal carbonation, although what is there leaves a sharp tingle on the tongue.

Very good, too rich to drink a lot of though. Feels stronger than it is. But well worth trying.

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Photo of Bighuge
4.32/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is a deep garnet in color. Seems to be pretty clear. A nice, big creamy brown head graces the top of this beer. The aroma is pleasing. Roasted malts, vanilla bean, chocolate and smoke. The taste is even better. Burnt malt, raisin, toffee, bitter hops, baker's chocolate, tobacco, smoke and brown sugar. Damn near a 5 in taste. The feel in the mouth is good. Lightly carbonated and somewhat creamy. Firm body as well.

Easily, the best Russian beer that has graced my palete.

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Photo of endovelico
4.32/5  rDev +19.3%
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.

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Baltika #6 Porter from Baltika Breweries
82 out of 100 based on 592 ratings.