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Baltika #6 Porter - Baltika Breweries

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BA SCORE
82
good

821 Ratings
THE BROS
77
okay

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Ratings: 821
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 vtfan77
3.53/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Another Baltic Porter, this one from Russia!

A- Very dark brown, close to black, but light does get through. Nice coffee-colored head and good retention.

S- A touch of molasses, some dark fruits, and some caramel. Decent, but could be stronger.

T- Raisins backed by sweet, husky grains that are actually a bit harsh. Not much in the way of roasted flavors, but there is a hint of hop bitterness on the finish.

M- The body is kind of thin, but the carbonation level is good.

D- The alcohol isn't very noticeable and the body is fairly thin, but due to the sweet flavor and touch of harsh graininess, I wouldn't want more than one in a sitting.

Not bad. It's similar to the Aldaris I just had. The tastes and aromas are very similar, with some subtle differences. If I had to choose one, I'd go with the Aldaris over this, but they're both pretty solid. This one's certainly worth a try. Recommended for fans of the style.

vtfan77, May 19, 2008
Photo of nickfl
3.83/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Small, medium brown head with little retention and a bit of lace. Black body with minor, ruby-brown highlights.

S - Malty and bready, with some light chocolate and roasted aromas. Sweet and slightly fruity.

T - Lots of sweetness up front with dark, fruity flavors of plums, raisins, and dark caramel. Notes of licorice and and some chocolate. The finish is sweet and malty with coffee in the aftertaste.

M - Moderately thick body with somewhat low carbonation and a sweet finish.

D - Reasonably drinkable, but suffers towards the end from the significant sweetness. The nice, dark fruit character is quite pleasant, though overall it could be a bit more complex.

nickfl, May 01, 2008
Photo of Atlas1
3.58/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

The Baltika 6 porter bottle seems to have changed; mine is a different bottle and label (no longer red) than the one in the BA photo. I wonder if this is an import issue, or if the brewery has changed things up a bit.

A vigorous pour from the bottle to a barrel pint yields a good looking dark brown ale with a healthy tan head. Some shades of red shine through when held up to the light. Good lace. The nose is a pleasant blend of dark fruity scents and sweet malt with some coffee thrown in for good measure. The sweetness is dense, and has a distinct cocoa character to it. Quite nice; not overly strong. Whoa. The taste is a bit sweeter than I expected. Not bad, but really sweet. Lots of sugary cherry and strawberry in there. Candied malts. The mouthfeel is smooth and silky.

This is not a bad porter, and to be honest I'm new to the Baltic style. But it's a bit sweet for my liking, and makes me think that this is what a porter/malt liquor blend would resemble, although that may be a bit off. I don't think this is a terrible beer, but I can't see myself revisiting this anytime soon.

Atlas1, May 01, 2008
Photo of Portertime
4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was my first Baltic porter and I enjoyed it a lot. I had it slightly chilled in my Warsteiner mug. Poured a dark, baker's chocolate brown with a tan head. Smelled of roasted malts, some bittersweet chocolate, and a touch of black roasated coffee. Tasted of mildly smokey malts, some rich dark chocolate and a kiss of black coffee. Overall a good brew.

Portertime, Apr 26, 2008
Photo of smcolw
2.83/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

I'm not sure what a "Baltic" porter is supposed to taste like; but this one is quite different from most porters I've had. Nice near-black color, good lasting beige head. Surprisingly, little lasting lace.

Sweet molasses aroma that is greater than any chocolate or mocha that might be found. A strong level of metal present also.

Sweet, almost like brandy. Some warming alcohol. Reminds me far more of a double bock than a porter. I cannot detect any hops at all.

Too sweet for me, making it more one-dimensional without any complexity.

smcolw, Apr 20, 2008
Photo of Stinkypuss
4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A. Poured into a tasting glass. Appears dark with a off white head.

S. Toasted with muted fruits.

T. Surprisingly sweet with some roasted coffee aftertaste.

M. Prickly like most russian brew. Coats the palate well with a earthy aftertaste.

D. Very drinkable.

Stinkypuss, Apr 19, 2008
Photo of champ103
4.15/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark brown, almost black color with some ruby highlights toward the bottom of the glass. A large beige head forms, but fades fast. A thin ring of lace sticks to the glass after every drink.
S: Rich dark fruits (raisins, dates, figs, ect.) with dark chocolate, malt and coffee. A very enjoyable aroma that works well with the style.
T: Roasted chocolate malt and coffee. A light hop bitterness that is welcome.
M/D: Light to medium body. Crisp in the mouth, but not what I am looking for in a porter. Smooth drinkable and a session beer. Very easy to drink and quaff.

This is my first Baltic Porter and this compares very well with some of my favorite English and American versions. A good treat and gem that I happened to come across.

champ103, Apr 10, 2008
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.5/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a dark brown body with a thin, beige head.

Smell: Sweetish aroma of molasses, a bit of roast, and a cup of simple syrup.

Taste: Dark malts with a taste of molasses with a bit more sugar added. Some roastiness. Never much in the way of hops or bitterness. Just a touch of astringency in the lightly roasty finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Not the best baltic porter I've gulped down, but, for me, it was definitely the best stop on the trip through Baltika Land.

ChainGangGuy, Apr 09, 2008
Photo of Bierguy5
3.38/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

1 pt., .9 oz., 7% ABV. Pours a very dark brown, nearly black. No highlights at all. Tan frothy head. Very nice retention.

A bit of roasty malt in the nose, subtle chocolate, and vinous notes. Maybe some earthy hops in the background.

Very sweet up front. A bit of roasty malt, some chocolate and a bit of stale coffee. Hint of vanilla perhaps? Slight lactic sourness. Some earthy hops balance things a bit, but this is malt heavy, and very sweet.

Lower carbonation, medium body. A bit warming after a while. Not bad, but a bit too sweet for my tastes.

Bierguy5, Apr 01, 2008
Photo of PlaywrightSam
3.18/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

16.9 oz bottle into tulip glass.

Pours a pretty thick black, minimal head with some amount of lacing. The smell is a little bland, some chocolate, lots of sweet. The taste is much the same. Very, very sweet--kind of hard to distinguish much beyond the sugary sweetness. Doesn't do much else on the finish, but the 7.0abv I have to say is pretty well hidden.

Picked this up just because I've never had any of the Baltikas and I've always been curious about them. I was expecting it to be a trainwreck, but it actually wasn't all that bad. Not something I'd immediately pick up again, but I wouldn't necessarily refuse one. It's too sweet, and the sugar sort of gets old after half the bottle is gone, but it's not all that bad.

PlaywrightSam, Mar 28, 2008
Photo of Pencible
3.65/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Here is another Baltika that I tried straight out of the bottle, so there's no review of the appearance. However, based on the taste of it, this was just a good, basic porter. The texture was thinner than a stout, but it still had most of the coffee flavor. It had moderate bitterness, but the real distinguishing feature was that it had an aftertaste of prunes. This and the 3 were my favorite Baltikas.

Pencible, Mar 27, 2008
Photo of Natural510
3.68/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark black from bottle with a thick, retaining head and nice lacing on the glass.
Scents of dark roasted malts & chocolate.
Malty sweet. Nutty & chocolaty flavors complement the malts with a fairly noticeable hop bite.
Tangy & jumps around a bit on the tongue, leaves a dry finish.
Well balanced, if not particularly outstanding; all the elements are there. Alcohol masked well, leaving a very drinkable porter.

Natural510, Mar 27, 2008
Photo of illidurit
3.15/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a nonic. Color is as close to black as it can get while still being visibly brown. Strong light evidences this by revealing umber hues at the bottom of the glass. The one finger head dissipates rather quickly, leaving no lace.

Aroma is strongly chocolaty, with a hint of alcohol. There's also a little bit of sweetened coffee.

Taste is a let down after the nice aroma. Roasty cold coffee with maybe a smidgeon of bitter chocolate and metallicness. I'm surprised I don't taste any alcohol here because there really isn't much for it to hide behind.

Mouthfeel is a little overcarbonated, but very clean and dry. Body is too thin for a baltic porter. This is pretty easy to drink but it's not a great beer.

illidurit, Mar 16, 2008
Photo of RblWthACoz
3.93/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours clear but extremely dark brown with a thick tan head. Nose is okay. Nothing crazy. Just some mild malt tones. Hmmm. Unusual. I can't remember the last time a flavor profile made me stop and think so much about what I was drinking. It's nice and robust, yes. There are nice thick tar-ry tones. Strong sweet side that is almost like brown sugar in a way. Thick malty presence. But at first I get an almost cola It's nice. A bit too sweet, but good. Feel is smooth, but at first there was a real odd carbonation. Calms down over time. I like this style and I like this one. It's a bit too sweet, but I can still hang. I'd session this.

RblWthACoz, Mar 14, 2008
Photo of dreadnatty08
4.58/5  rDev +26.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Best before 03/24/08 (one year post production)
Pours a ruby tinged dark brown, slightly translucent with a medium tan head, quite luscious looking. Aromas start off with a bang with tons of licorice and caramel. Medium notes of alcohol carrying lots of dark fruits, finishing nearly port-like. Grain-wise, quite a bit of roasted grain, nothing near burnt aromas, and no hops detected. Overall, a really nice aroma. On the palate, a creamy sweetness hits you first with an overall sherry like feel. Moderate to low carbonation and just truly dextrinous. It finishes with the roasted and highly kilned malts coming through in complexity with quite a bit of warmth at the end. An excellent porter, glad to try this and nice to see it holds up for nearly a year with grace.

dreadnatty08, Feb 26, 2008
Photo of Metalmonk
4.68/5  rDev +29.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled March 24 '07, so I'm just a month shy of the Best Before date. Produces a two-finger head off a normal pour, fluffy with a firm surface of what looks like the moon's surface. Body is a deep dark brown veering toward black, exhibiting ruby hues. Lace clings thick and tight as the head minimizes slowly.

Aroma is of brownies, cocoa and pumpernickel bread. A clean, lager-y vibe.

This is a sweet porter from the get-go, but not unbalanced or unpleasantly so. Despite a sensible ABV (7%), the alcohol rolls in to play a part in the flavor, accenting the following: mild black licorice, cocoa/chocolate, dark pumpernickel, cream, black cherry, other dark fruits, latte. This is incredible. Wave after wave of flavor keeps coming, twisting the noted flavors in different combos every time.

Feels lean and slick, carbonation just barely there, not getting in the way at all. It's creamy, but not big and sticky as some creamier textures can be. Leaves a long cherry/chocolate liqueur-like finish.

Chocolate milk for grownups. This is simply outstanding, a fantastic example of the style (as I know the style so far). The perfection in flavor and feel tips this one over the edge into world-class territory.

Metalmonk, Feb 20, 2008
Photo of joedon
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From a 500ml bottle poured into a mug. Rich dark brown, almost black color and a thick,sticky tan head.

Aroma not pronounced with a bit of caramel and molasses.

Nice porter flavor. Could be more hoppy but has a good malt base with a lot of dark sugar, licorice, coffee and molasses. Just a slightly tangy aftertaste.

Good mouthfeel. Not thick and syrupy but has sturdy body and is easy to drink.

joedon, Feb 20, 2008
Photo of littleshamrocks
4.08/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

16.9 oz brown bottle with a best before date stamped on the back of the label. Served in a Samuel Adams specialty pint glass.

Pours a very dark brown with some mahogany around the edges, with a large, creamy, tan head. Quite a dense looking beer. The head settles slowly, leaving behind patches of lacing. I get plenty of roasted malt and dark fruit aromas initially, but upon further inspection I find some dark chocolate and caramel notes and hints of an earthy yeast character. The taste is dominated by the roasted malts, with plenty of rich, dark chocolate and coffee flavor to go along. I also picked up some dark fruit, maybe plums or prunes, along with some peppery spiciness and a little bit of earthy tones as well. Mouthfeel is medium-full to full bodied with a mostly smooth texture and lively carbonation.

I really enjoyed this beer. I think it would pair very well with a rich chocolate-y dessert. I was a little surprised to find that this was more like a porter and less like a RIS, especially since this is a product of Russia, than some of the other baltic porters that I have tried. The alcohol is gently warming, but for the most part well hidden and the flavors are rich and full. I find this to be a strong example of the style and would look forward to having another.

littleshamrocks, Feb 10, 2008
Photo of woodychandler
5/5  rDev +38.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The picture, with the red foil and label, is how I will always remember this beer. With # 9, I said that I felt that they make better products and this one is the prime example. When I was in school in PGH, we used to frequent the Bloomfield Bridge Tavern and this was one of the best bargains in the cooler. Many a Baltika # 9 was purchased for take-away.

It poured with a finger's worth of thick, deep-tan head with decent retention. The color was a deep, dark brown with ruby highlights. The nose had a cocoa, chocolate, roasty aspect to it, making my mouth water in anticipation. The mouthfeel was medium with a boatload of chocolate and dried fruit flavors, like raisins and prunes on the palate. The finish was pleasantly sweet, chocolaty, raisiny, and downright delicious. Given its price, this is a true bargain and one that is worth seeking out. More, more, more!

woodychandler, Feb 06, 2008
Photo of iceball585
4.22/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pitch black color, non-transparent, one finger tan fluffy head that lowered slowly

S- Milk chocolate, dark malts, creamy, coffee, sweet caramel smell

T- Chocolate, smokey, caramel, roasted, vanilla, sweet malts, creamy, coffee beans, hint of berries

M- Medium/heavy body, medium carbonation, smooth, milky, slight oily finish

D- Good session beer

Good full flavor porter w/ flavors resembling a milk stout. Also I would not have guessed that this beer is 7% ABV because it hides the alcohol well.

iceball585, Jan 31, 2008
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 jbphoto88
3.5/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark brown almost black with some reds in the highlights. A fast forming small head that goes away faster then it formed.

Smell is malts and some scorched sweet chocolates. A very thin aroma that is not very impressive.

Taste is mildly sweet, almost syrup like on the pallet. Slightly scorched malts and a chocolate undertone that starts and finishes the beer. Hardly discernible hop flavor.

Mouthfeel is very soft. It is a smooth porter that evenly coats your mouth with its sweetness. Not a bad feeling but not one I prefer for a long durations. This is a decent dessert beer but not one I would want to drink all night.

jbphoto88, Jan 28, 2008
Photo of tgbljb
4.13/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a deep brown color with some reddish highlights. Sparse tannish head which quickly fell to a thin ring. No lacing.
Smell shows some light notes of roasted malt, but very subtle.
Taste is not subtle. Strong tones of roasted malt, chocolate, bitter coffee, and dark fruit prevail. A nice sweetness is very refreshing.
Leaves a pleasant taste in the mouth with good taste retention.
A very enjoyable beer. Alcohol is completely hidden (at least in the taste)

tgbljb, Jan 26, 2008
Photo of pwoods
3.5/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Floydster for this brew.

16.9oz brown bottle poured into a pint.

A: Pours a very deep brown, nearly black with next to no visibility. A bit of 1 finger of light caramel head forms and dies to a thick fluffy skim. Some wisps of lacing.

S: Milk chocolate is very evident with a bit of strong black coffee in the back. A splash of flat cola.

T/M: A good mixture of sweet milk chocolate and bitter coffee. Some unripened banana and a bit of sweet n low over does the sweetness and gives a bit of a chalky texture. Hops are a bit strong adding a sizable dose of bitterness toward the end.

D: Not a bad porter and easy to drink.

pwoods, Jan 25, 2008
Photo of drperm
3.63/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

’m discovering that Baltic/Eastern European porters and stouts seem to be either a hit or a miss. This one was a clear hit.

Most noteworthy is the palate/mouthfeel and finish, which indeed sets it off from its more harsh cousins. It goes down smooth like silk. It's incredibly easy drinking (especially for its darkness and strength) and enjoyable to partake. It's no Old Rasputin, but I'd gladly have it again.

A great dessert beer.

drperm, Jan 23, 2008
Baltika #6 Porter from Baltika Breweries
82 out of 100 based on 821 ratings.