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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

833 Ratings
THE BROS
77
okay

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Ratings: 833
Reviews: 573
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 14.13%
Wants: 12
Gots: 18 | 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 NeroFiddled
4.33/5  rDev +19.9%
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!!!

NeroFiddled, May 23, 2005
Photo of Cylinsier
4.33/5  rDev +19.9%
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.

Cylinsier, Feb 05, 2011
Photo of speter
4.33/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle purchased in Bahetle in Kazan, Russia. Bottle has both a bottling date (03.01.10) and a best-by date (03.01.11).

A: Pours a deep mahogany with an impressive two-finger tan head. Head fades to good lacing.

S: Roast malt, caramel, raisins and burnt sugar.

T: This is one of the better porters I've had, and one of the best Russian beers overall. The taste is on the dry end of the porter range. (I find most porters too sweet.) In spite of the dryness, there's quite a but of fruity esters going on. Raisins, cherries, etc.

M: Beautiful full body without the excessive pinprick carbonation of other Russian beers.

D: I split this half-liter bottle with my wife, but I could easily have one (or two!) by myself. I suspect the alcohol would sneak up eventually.

speter, Jul 18, 2010
Photo of Bighuge
4.33/5  rDev +19.9%
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.

Bighuge, Jun 11, 2003
Photo of endovelico
4.33/5  rDev +19.9%
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.

endovelico, Jan 12, 2012
Photo of Gehrig
4.33/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

i first tried this a year ago and was fairly impressed with it, so I thought I'd try it again. I'm glad I did. #6 presents a finger and a half of light tan froth atop a black body with ruby highlights--very nice. The nose gets better as the beer warms, with lots of caramel, coffee, sweet berry, and some chocolate, and malt. The taste was excellent--chocolate, coffee, caramel, mild berry, moderate malt. While I love porter with a bite, smooth, somewhat sweet porter has its advantages--great texture, subtle complexity, mild but present carbonation. #6 is definitely representative of this style, and in a good way.

#6 is all too easy to down, to enjoy, and to follow up with another of its ilk. Grab, enjoy, and thank yourself later.

Gehrig, Jan 30, 2008
Photo of bark
4.3/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The colour is black (100 EBC), the liquid is clear. The very high warm brown head is compact. It sinks slowly leaving no lacing.

The smell got notes of dark chocolate, figs, clean alcohol, roasted malts (no burned flavours) and some clean bitterness. It is quite smooth and dry.

The taste is semi-sweet with discreet notes of dried fruits, figs and raisins. There are soms quickly passing salty notes that gives the beer flavours some depth. The malts are booth roasted and a bit burned. Light refreshing clean bitter notes, no hop flavours. Medium body. The alcohol slowly grown in the aftertaste as well as a smooth raisin sweetness.

The carbonation is mild to medium, the small bubbles smooth. The liquid is semi-dry.

A fine example of the Baltic Porter style: It is not heavy, and the focus is on the malts.

bark, Jun 10, 2012
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 kmpitz2
4.3/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to clvand0 for sharing this with me.

This one pours a nice black color with 3 finger head that falls to a quarter inch over the beer. The nose is very sweet, with some nice figgy and molasses. I dig it. The flavor is nice as well. A nice combo of fig, chocolate and molasses. I like it. The feel is right there between moderate and thick, with a touch of creamy...a touch thin. This is a really nice beer overall. I like the flavor, nose and feel. Well built. A nice Baltic porter.

kmpitz2, Dec 29, 2004
Photo of Atron67
4.3/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- poured a dark opaque color with a little tan head on top that faded quickly to a thin film.

S- smoky and malty subdued flavor. slightly cherry tart scents that make it pretty nice

T- light in the chocolate porter characteristics. but it grows into a tart cherry and flavorful finish.

M- light body and pretty light carbonation.

D- i think this is a great porter and a good drink for anyone trying to get some tart fruit and chocolate flavors without going to a super heavy RIS

i definitely dont get the metal and astringincy that was so strong in the bro's review. and ill slightly agree with the sweetness, however i think its pretty tasty and not that sweet.

Atron67, Nov 16, 2008
Photo of yesyouam
4.3/5  rDev +19.1%
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.

yesyouam, Jan 05, 2009
Photo of Mosstrooper
4.28/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 1pint .9oz bottle into a big Roanoke College mug.

Appearance: Coffee-black with some brown coming through around the edges. MASSIVE, slowly-dissipating light brown head which leaves some spots of lace.

Smell: Sweet, roasted malt aromas backed up by some hints of sweet alcohol and bread.

Taste: Sweet malts and roasted coffee in the beginning, finishing with a pleasant bittersweet taste. Some hints of alcohol in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with light carbonation and a sticky finish.

Drinkability: This is, to my surprise, quite a good beer. Also, it was only about $2 for the bottle at my local Spec's, so this beer is very good for its price. Definitely worth a try, given the price.

Mosstrooper, May 24, 2010
Photo of BeerManDan
4.28/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a very dark brown, with a fair amount of tan foam that disapated after a short while. The smell of roasted malts with a slight burnt coffee aromoa and a hint of spice. The flavor was of roasted malts, bitter/coffee, sweet/spices and a hint of semi-sweet chocolate. The finish was long and pleasant with a very good aftertaste on the palate. What a pleasant surprise!

BeerManDan, Dec 20, 2010
Photo of rkhaze
4.28/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep mahogany color with a creamy dark tan head.
Sweet roasted malt smells. Coffee, chocolate, a smidge of red fruit and a slightly zingy hop aroma.
Nice dark roasted sweet malt flavor. Rich creamy chocolate, coffee, lightly charred red plums in the middle and finishes dry with a tangy hop bitterness and a wisp of smoke. Good job!
Medium bodied with a rich creamy mouthfeel and soft carbonation.
Perhaps a little subtle for a Baltic Porter but a damn tasty beer anyway. The rich, sweet, creamy elements hurt the drinkability a bit. It would make a good dessert beer.

rkhaze, Dec 10, 2004
Photo of SilentSabre
4.28/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I must say I was indeed quite impressed with this one. It poured a pitch black with a tan coloured foamy head the receded in about 45 seconds or so. Almost looked like Coca-Cola. The smell was pretty good. Had a sweetness to it. A little bit of dark chocolate and a tiny bit of hops. Some coffee and roasted malt. Par for the course as with most porters. The taste was really good! I thought so, anyway. Very malty with a little bit of a burnt chocolate aftertaste you almost have to me looking for to detect. There is a tiny bit too much carbonation for my personal taste here. Note that I said a tiny bit. It isn't like Sprite or anything, it's just enough for me to say "3.5" rather than "4.0". The body is a lot lighter than many other brews of this style. Sinebrychoff Porter of Finland, North Coast's "Old Rasputin"....two of either of those in a sitting is almost more than plenty. They're absolutley delicious brews, but extremley filling, thick, and heavy. This stuff I could knock out by the dozens! And at 7%abv, that's saying something. They do a nice job concealing the 7% in this stuff. All in all, I this one is fantastic and will certainly buy again! If you like porters/stouts, I would recommend this one.

SilentSabre, Sep 10, 2004
Photo of far333
4.25/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Almost black, but when held up to the light, a deep dark ruby color shows through. The light brown head is thick and foamy, and settles to about a half-inch high, with bumps and grooves like an ungroomed snow field. Shortly afterward, the head disappears, leaving very slight lacing, which slides down the glass behind the beer. The aroma is of dark roasted malt and a bit of chocolate, followed by very slight hops. Flavor is rich, with distinct chocolate and coffee, and a malty finish. The finish evolves into molasses. A bit of hop bitter hangs in the back of the throat. Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy, with a crisp finish. Very drinkable. I have the sudden urge to stand in a bread line for hours in the freezing cold.

far333, Jun 20, 2003
Photo of BrewMaven
4.25/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured very dark, near black opaque with a fairly thick tan head that lasted halfway through with lacing all down the glass. Had a spicy, nutty nose and noisy carbonation after an aggressive pour. Coffee caramel and malt flavors with a slightly dry, bitter finish that was less noticeable after the first few sips. The liquid equivalent of a good cigar.

Quite good. After having it a few more times, it's one of my favorites.

BrewMaven, Jun 02, 2005
Photo of MuenchenerKindl
4.25/5  rDev +17.7%
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

MuenchenerKindl, Nov 14, 2006
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4.25/5  rDev +17.7%

wilsonbaron, Oct 07, 2014
Photo of mtnbikerpa
4.25/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 16.9 ounce bottle. Poured almost black with a quickly disappearing head. Huge amounts of flavor. Very sweet dark chocolate flavors, heavy malts along with a slight burnt/roasted malts flavor at the end. Alcohol is pretty well hidden. Some barleywine scents in the nose of the beer. Mouthfeel is smooth. Pretty drinkable in my mind. I am enjoying this far more than I thought I would. So far the best of the Baltika beers that I have tried.

mtnbikerpa, Mar 28, 2010
Photo of jjm2503
4.25/5  rDev +17.7%

jjm2503, Jun 01, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +17.7%

xungmound98, Jan 21, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +17.7%

BanrionMAB, Nov 07, 2012
Photo of roadhouse
4.25/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16.9 oz. bottle that was bottled on 06/23/07 into a pint glass.

Appears a very dark brown, almost black but when held to the light it's showing mahogany highlights. One and a half inch light tan head leaves some very nice lacing.

Aroma is sweet and chocolatey with notes of raisins, brown sugar, and figs.

The taste begins with a big creamy sweet chocolate flavor followed by some dark fruits and more sweetness. It's almost too much sweetness but it stops just short and ends up being very tasty.

Mouthfeel is medium-full, soft and creamy. Like a Baltic Porter should be.

Wow, this one is highly underrated. Delicious Baltic Porter.

roadhouse, Nov 02, 2008
Photo of Lauthaha
4.25/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a half-liter bottle into a half-liter beer glass.

Appearance: Slightly viscous, it pours a nearly-opaque cola color. Two-finger caramel colored head recedes very slowly, leaving pretty heavy lacing on the glass as it does so. Really great head retention.

Smell: Medium-thick bready scent accented with licorice, coriander maybe. Buttery and bitter notes dot the fragrance; some dark chocolate could be the culprit there.

Taste/Mouthfeel: This beer is slightly oily, with a very limited carbonation. The head adds a nice dimension to the beer, and gives it a little more character. Definitely some bitter chocolate in the mix. It tastes amazing, but that oiliness is just a little tough to get used to.

Drinkability: Aesthetically pleasing and also pleasing on the palate. I could drink one of these every night during the colder months.

I like Porters, and this is a good example.

Lauthaha, Oct 24, 2010
Baltika #6 Porter from Baltika Breweries
82 out of 100 based on 833 ratings.