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Baltika #6 Porter - Baltika Breweries

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Baltika #6 PorterBaltika #6 Porter

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Reviews: 587
Hads: 878
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 12.88%
Wants: 14
Gots: 41 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Baltika Breweries visit their website
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 indiapaleale
3.03/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Furthering my attempts to sample Baltic Porters from the region in which they get their name.

Pours a jet black with a thich, tight head made of tiny bubbles. The head on this one has that familiar thickness and look of a pancake that needs to be flipped. Not a bad looking pour.

Smell is sweet, like breakfast pastries almost. Some blackberry smells (or some similar berry)combine with caramel and sweet black coffee. I think I am getting at Baltika 6 smelling pretty sweet.

Taste is rather cloying. Its slightly syrupy and very, very sweet. Its not altogether bad, just wish there was some balance from the dark roasted malt.

The carbonation seems to be spot on, its not like dark beer soda like some baltic porters can be. The sweetness would definitely limit me to one of these. The ABV is hardly noticeable.

My first Russian Baltic Porter, hopefully I'll find some others to compare it to. (899 characters)

Photo of tigg924
3.01/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: 1 inch head, black in color, opaque

Smell: milk chocolate and toasted malt

Taste: sweet toasted malt, small bit of chocolate, grain, caramel, and a touch of smokiness

Mouthfeel: very sweet, light bodied, and moderate to light carbonation

Drinkability: An overly sweet and unbalanced Baltic porter. A beer that I most likely would not turn down, but not the first I would choose either. The alcohol is well hidden. (429 characters)

Photo of kennyo
3.01/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

cheap russian bottles of beer, $2?? at hte Polish butcher shop Pours an opaque dark brown with a nice tan head that dissapate fairly quickly. Not much of an aroma, light malt Malty flavor, dark grains. Fairly light body which makes this 7%er go down real smooth and quick. This isn't a baltic porter in the Okacim style; big malt, syrup thickness but is quite enjoyable (369 characters)

Photo of woemad
3.01/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

My first Russian beer. While I'm not thrilled by it, its not horrible, either. It poured a black that was as dark as the Detroit Tigers recent season. There was a pretty decent tan head at first, but it quickly faded, leaving a tan ring and a sligjhtly foamy film at the top. Smell was a slightly odd mingling of dark toasty malt and a subdued sweetness. Taste was of dark, toasted coffeeish malt and a caramel candybar sweetness. There was no hop taste to speak of. I think this could have been a little more bitter - its just too sweet for my porter tastes. Perhaps Baltika has invented a new style of porter - the candy porter. The mouthfeel of this porter is a little on the thin side. I don't think its sweetness and alcohol content lends itself well to repeated bottles - one is definitely all I need tonight. (815 characters)

Photo of ghebel
3/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Pours clear dark brown with red hue. Head is lacking in size, off-white, and dissipates quickly leaving no lacing on the glass.

S - Sweet dark fruits and molasses. Alcohol becomes more apparent as it warms in the glass.

T - Very sweet, some roasted malts, but dominated by dark fruit and molasses. Finishes with a slight astringent note and mild bitterness.

M - Medium body. Has a "sugary" feel in the mouth and throat.

D - Mildly drinkable.

Overall - Too sweet for me. Not horrible, but I have definitely had better Porters. (534 characters)

Photo of CHickman
3/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured black in color with a 2 inch creamy tan head that stayed for a while. Smelled of malt and coffee. Zero carbonation and smooth with a taste that's a sweet combo of malt, coffee, syrup and chocolate, with a roasted coffee and fruity dry finish. Gives a warming sensation and is easy to drink, but the roasted coffee dominates the end, negating the sweetness and really doesn't make this a quenching beer.

It's a decent porter, but average at best. I drank this on it's own and assume it would have been more enjoyable paired with some food. (Note: the price is right on this beer as it's very cheap.) (607 characters)

Photo of neobassman
3/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I tried this beer on a whim to see what this Russian producer could deliver the way of a porter. This is a very drinkable porter, but I can't say it blew my socks off. Good but unexceptional head, balanced smell, acceptable taste, unremarkable mouthfeel, and an OK finish. A bit too sweet for my taste, and sweetness was the one characteristic that emerged from an otherwise balanced taste. It seems like a beer that is engineered more than crafted. I would enjoy this beer if it were served to me, but I'm not likely to seek it out in the future. Available in a long neck 0.5 L bottle that is different from the one shown on BA, as of this writing. (649 characters)

Photo of birchstick
3/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - pours as black as a baltic night with a white head

S - not too strong on the nose, but picked up some chocolate malts and a bit of vanilla

T - the taste follows the nose - milk chocolates with a touch of toasted and smoky malts dominate the palate. Not much else going on - not uber complex but pretty delicious nonetheless.

M - medium to thin body with some carbonation

D - pretty good beer here. I don't know what else to compare it to as far as Baltic Porters are concerned, but for the price I would definitely purchase this again. (543 characters)

Photo of forallittook
2.99/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a pint bottle. The smell is murky with a hint of light fruitiness. The beer gives a chocolate, malt taste that is more palatable after a few sips, but the amazingly the burnt taste blends into the aftertaste. Feels highly carbonated on the tongue, but beer slides good down the throat with a slightly heavy weight. Mainly enjoyed the well-balanced burnished taste, but could do without the overall message the beer gives to one's taste buds that it has a manufactured taste. (484 characters)

Photo of mralphabet
2.98/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

22 oz Bomber poured into pint glass

A: Pours a dark black with a hint of red. Big tan colored head with very little retention or lacing to speak of.

S: Not a lot right off the bat.... I am getting sweet malt and a little woodiness. As it warms I'm getting a little more.. Chocolate in the aroma.

T: The taste starts out a lot like the smell.... very little at first, more on the sweet malt side and very little more than that... Then as it warms up I'm getting chocolate, molasses and sweet smokey malt. Need to let this one warm up.... In either case there is little to no hops to balance things out.

M: Little on the watery side... just a little sharpness to the carbonation. Just not very Porter like to me.

D: Not a bad brew but not a very good porter. The ABV is a little high so 1 22oz is enough.

This is my first Russia from Baltika, so I had to they it. I'd give another Baltika style a try but this one this did not make the mark to me. (952 characters)

Photo of MrMcGibblets
2.98/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

pours a deep brown/black with a light brown head. sweet dark roasted malts, chocolate, dark preserved fruit, and barrel-aged rum in the nose. it's strange to notice this much alcohol in the aroma for a 7% beer. the alcohol presence carries through in the taste which is not to my liking. almost cough-syrupy. sweet dark malts and very little hop presence. the roasty flavors help to provide balance. medium to full in body. complex enough, but the alcohol presence brings this down a bit for me as far as drinkability. (518 characters)

Photo of eballard
2.98/5  rDev -18.4%
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. (350 characters)

Photo of atsprings
2.97/5  rDev -18.6%
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. (395 characters)

Photo of stcules
2.97/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Black, brown head. Some mahogany reflexes. Average head.
Roasted malt, hazelnut, light liquorice. Slightl liquer-like, raisins.
At the taste liquorice, malt and dry fruit (hazelnuts and peanuts). Quite delicate roasted, and not invading. Quite dry.
Warming, it become more smooth.
Liquorice in the aftertaste, quite resolute, touch of liquer, dry fruit and raisins. Roasted longstanding.
Medium body. (405 characters)

Photo of bdkucharski
2.96/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Bottle, best before date 03.01.11, so do not take this review to heart unless you're sitting on a past date bottle you're about to crack open.

A - Black/Brown - Garnet around the edges of the glass. The head fades to a little bit of foam after only a few minutes.

S - Nothing.

T - Slightly sweet malt, some fruity esters, soy sauce, and a litte, metallic twang (perhaps from age?). There is a bit more roast character evident than I expected for an imported Baltic Porter. Absolutely no hop bitterness.

M - Somewhat thin, becomes slightly thicker with warmth. Good carbonation.

O - I would certainly drink this again, but not seek it out specifically (perhaps a bottle within it 'best before' range). I'm looking for syrupy with minimal carbonation, and enough malt and sweet to balance that roast. (803 characters)

Photo of scottum
2.96/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a very very dark brown with a tan swiss cheese head. Sweet sweet malts dominate the brew. There are other flavors to offset the sweetness, but none quite go the distance to achieve balance. A burnt and a fruit and a bitter flavor are amoung them. The 7% is not apparent. Mouthfeel is smooth. An ok porter, but nothing special. (332 characters)

Photo of rousee
2.93/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Pours dark brown/black with a small head which holds well. Nice dark malty smell but it does lack depth. Usually beers in this style are a lot more complex smelling. Taste wise its a smooth brown ale--but it really doesnt even seem like a baltic porter at all--more tan malts and sugarry-somewhat thin and lacking complexity. A bit too sticky on the mouthfeel. Average drinkability. (382 characters)

Photo of magictrokini
2.92/5  rDev -20%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Was unpleasantly surprised with this beer. Looks great, dark with a wee bit of head. But smells like raisins and licorice. Taste is the same. Sickeningly raisin sweet with a caramel back. Body is not porter-like, kind of thin and watery. I'll stick with the other offerings from Baltika. (287 characters)

Photo of RickS95
2.92/5  rDev -20%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Dark brown out of the glass, just a bit shy of black with some lighter brown coming out of the edges. The head of off tan but has no retention.

I'll be honest, I didn't smell anything. It smells like an empty glass. I can't pick up a thing.

There's little taste. Maybe some dark malts, but nothing stands out.

It's very creamy and goes down easy. There's little of anything to note until the finish when some bitterness starts to come out, but by then it's a little too late.

I'm really disappointed with this. I've liked most porters I've had and I recently read this was voted the best porter in the world (don't recall where I read that) but this beer provided little of anything that would make me think that. (717 characters)

Photo of crossovert
2.92/5  rDev -20%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Nice looking embossed pint .9 ounce bottle, not a pull top like the other Baltika I've had, just a normal cap. Pours a dark, dark brown with a nice caramel colored sandy looking head that sits for a little while before receding.

Smell is a bit off-putting. Smells exactly like chocolate root beer. It has that citric acidy/metallic smell in there. Very very sweet smelling.

Mouthfeel like a ultra carbonated Guinness, the taste isn't much better than Guinness either. The chocolate flavors remain form the smell, as do the metallic notes. Theres also some coffee in there. Alcohol is highly noticeable and burns the throat. The sweetness isn't too cloying but it doesn't help the overall taste too much.

Drinkablitliy is average, a 12 oz serving would be a lot more suitable for this one though.

Overall, its a pretty dry and not so desirable baltic porter. It was pretty cheap but still wasn't quite worth it. Baltic porter is a style I'm normally very in tune with, and considering the name of this brand, this is a large miss in this category. Love Baltika 7 and 9 unfortuneately not this one. (1,100 characters)

Photo of mnrider
2.92/5  rDev -20%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Large brown bottle. Pint Glass

A: Dark brown, almost black. Two finger tan head, very fizzy and does not last. No lacing at all.

S: Very sweet, light chocolate and funky caramel.

T/M: Smooth and creamy, with hints of chocolate and caramel. Tastes burnt and unappealing. Hops are small. Alcohol is hidden well. Finishes sweet and bitter.

D: It's a good brew. I'm not a huge porter person. This one is not very drinkable to me. Too sweet, but I'm still happy I tried it.

Cheers (481 characters)

Photo of WJVII
2.91/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass this brew has a dark chocolate color similar to cola and a nice 2 finger milk chocolate head that settles nice to a thin cap leaving minimal lacing. The aroma is yeasty with some slight burnt malts, a little prune and some chocolate. The taste is thin and not very full of flavor. There is some slight dark fruit and a little malt, but nothing of chocolate or or caramel as expected. The body is medium and carbonation is moderate. Not the best example of a porter I have had but maybe a bad bottle? (524 characters)

Photo of AllenS90
2.91/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle dated 06/13/12

A - muddy brown, black with a quickly dissipating beige head. Not that bad.

S - very metallic, uninviting. Some very faint notes of chocolate.

T - an acerbic chocolate taste up front. Faint caramel throughout. A sweet, sticky finish.

M - decent carbonation, although a tad watery.

O - a very average porter. (350 characters)

Photo of maximum12
2.9/5  rDev -20.5%

Left in my basement by some wag after a summertime tasting; I don’t remember ever seeing this in a store. Maybe I just wasn’t looking in the right place. 500ML bottle split with my wife.

The pour is cast-iron black, slight carbonation. Smell is notes of big chocolate & little roast. Nothing unique, but I wouldn’t kick it out of bed for eating crackers.

Baltika #6 Porter is as bitter as a women asked to get out & push in the middle of an epic snowstorm (long story, but a good one!). Harsh roast defines the taste, with the nose-brash chocolate relegated to a distant memory. Touch of sweetness in the middle. As it warms, it morphs from pretty good to less than desirable due to an odd tang right at the end. If not for that, this would be nice, drinkable porter.

My advice: drink this beer cold, like a Mich Golden Light. Once the tastes all gather around the fire, it’s barely fit for Jaimie Lannister’s table. (931 characters)

Photo of jwhawkins81
2.89/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Bottled on 4/24/2009 tasted on 2/19/2010

Aroma - Slight roast with a dark fruit sweetness. This is a very good and complex aroma.

Appearance - Dark with a very big light brown head.

Taste - Sweet and slightly earthy. Noticeable absence of roasted malt flavors. Too sweet to be enjoyable really.

Notes - Medium mouthfeel (323 characters)

Baltika #6 Porter from Baltika Breweries
83 out of 100 based on 587 ratings.