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Baltika #6 Porter - Baltika Breweries

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Baltika #6 PorterBaltika #6 Porter

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592 Reviews

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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 connecticutpoet
2.8/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

After drinking Baltika Extra, my hopes for this beer went down, but I thought that being a porter, it would have more body and potentially be better.

This beer is a dark brown in color, with a short tan head that fades away to a light foam. Not too bad.

The aroma is of dark chocolate malts and lightly roasted coffee. Again, not too bad.

Then for the taste... bitter foretaste, lightly roasted and highly carbonated, bitter aftertaste, and a trace of medicinal tastes much like the Extra.

Mouthfeel was very thin for a Porter.

Not a good example of the style.

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Photo of beerluvr
3.78/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Tight and light brown head slowly fades over clear deep brown liquid. Loads of sweet and roasty malt in the nose. Taste is solid maltiness with some burnt barley and chocolate tones, then a good deal of hop come thru. Light alcohol heat felt too. Finishes nice and flavorful, long and satisfying. A well done Baltic Porter.

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Photo of PopeJonPaul
3.83/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark brown color with some cherry red highlights and a solid tan head, color was about the same as a Coca Cola. A light nutty smell, which gave way to a nutty caramel taste, a chewy mouthfeel and a sort of peanutty aftertaste. Fairly mild, the alcohol was not so present. All in all pretty darn good.

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Photo of mattcrill
4.05/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours like a stout. Very brown to black in color. It is definitely syrupy in presentation. A nice, tan, foamy head erupts but it does sneak out of there quite quickly. I smell malts and coffee (which can't be a bad thing...very inviting). Tasty carmelized and complex in character. I thought it was a bit drier than other porters but my friends did not agree. So maybe somewhere in the middle of sweet to dry is where this finely crafted brew lies. Overall, a nice porter.

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Photo of Hex92
3.91/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very dark with maybe a hint of reddish color. Big foamy head that disappeared quickly. Nice lacing on the glass. Smooth mouthfeel. Good flavor. Got the beer from someone else so don't have a clue as to how much it costs so I can't doa cost benefit analysis. The Russians make some pretty good beer.

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Photo of tjd25
3.28/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The beer poured a very dark brown color, with a small fast disappearing brownish head. Nothing relevant in the smell, just a very common aroma.

The taste is roasted coffee, with the impression of a big alcohol kick, although the beer isn't that strong. Some caramel smoothness too. Then, a chewy hoppy and slightly citric aftertaste leave a thick and long lasting mouthfeel. Nothing exceptional...

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Photo of cerevisiaephilus
3.86/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer is deceptively smooth for 7%abv. Nice, dark, dark brown almost black color with a decent head. Nose wasn't very impressive, some barely perceptible roasty notes. Taste was very very smooth, the roasted toasted notes were subdued. Very nice smooth caramel flavors. Very very drinkable, I will get some more.

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Photo of Andreji
4.2/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Oh goody. Been looking a long time for a porter around paris- i drank it all the time in colombia- and I come accross this russian gem.

Black, completely opaque and carbonation-less. Slight head, like a little layer, and a ring around.

The smell is a battle between sweet and sour, proper for the style I guess, blending the malts with the hops, giving off a fantastic feeling. This is certainly (and happily) reexperienced in the mouth as part of the taste. Its rich body and faint carbonation give it a pleasing mouthfeel.

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Photo of sulldaddy
3.98/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pour a room temp bottle into a snifter and get a very tightly packed fluffy tan head to foam up very easily. Aroma is malt, with molasses and caramel dominating. The color is a very dark brown with faint tints of red at the bottom of the glass when held to the light. The head fades gradually to a nice surface layer.

First sip reveals, a soft carbonation that is pillowy in my mouth, texture is nice and creamy with fairly thick body. The flavor is very tasty but a little light. I get a hit of sweet caramel up front which moves to a rather empty middle and then a roasted sugar flavor on the finish that lingers nicely in my mouth. I get a nice alcohol warming down my throat after I swallow.

This beer is very tasty and easy to drink. I got the bottle for less that $2 and I think it is one of my new steal deals at the store. Give this one a shot if you like malty brews!

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Photo of ark57
3.73/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer is dark black, but it is not as thick as it looks. The aroma smells of dark fruits and some chocolate. The medium body has hints of raisin and fig along with some sweet chocolate. It finishes with some whiskey notes. It is smooth and sweet. I expected it to be a little thicker and less sweet. It is a good beer, just not my favorite.

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Photo of cokes
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark cherry-stained brown with sufficent tan suds.
Roasted caramel nose mixed with prunes and raisins. Plenty malty and dopplebock-leaning.
Enters roasty and sweet in unison. Burnt chocolate hues are joined with, again, prunes and dark raisins. Lingering earth and smoke. Loses heft midway, and turns fizzier with accented mocha and caramel traits. Gentle alcohol ebbs. An upswell of charred wood and dark fruits completes things.
Begins substanciated and coating in the mouth, but gradually disintergrates.
All told, it's a good, drinkable, yet seemingly basic version of the style. Many surpass it in overall enjoyability, though it is certainly a decent rendition.

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Photo of Reidrover
4.15/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Comes in a very attractive 500ml bottle, nice packaging.
Quite a handsome beer to look at deepest ,darkest garnet..nice tan head..that goes quite fast..leaves beautiful lacing down the glass.
The aroma is mostly of toasted malts..with a nice alcohol undertow.
Taste is sweet for a mega second after it hits the tongue..then a nice treacle like semi-bitterness..almost liquorice like..then a different bitter after taste ( hops?)..nice alcohol warming.
Very nice in the mouth, invigorating.
I found this to be a very drinkable Baltic..my favourite style after all.

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
3.88/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: A 500ml bottle that looks just like the BA Database Picture.

Appearance: Dark brown body that has a mercuric black appearance. A darkish tan brown pillowy head sits atop this dark ebonyious marvel. No light, no reflections. The creamy head that builds after the pour stays for a long time but leaves some great lacing. Excellent look and some nice conditioning.

Nose: Coffee, dark chocolate, more coffee and some roasted walnuts. Whipped café latte aromas with some dark malt.

Taste: Starts with a coffee malt entrance that builds into a thick malty middle with dark cooking chocolate. Reticent caramel with some light hoppiness and a toffee tingling dry finish. Dry hopped bitter finish licks the edge of the caramel dark malt ending. The lingering ending has an attractive crisp hop bite with a chocolate twist.

Mouthfeel: A porter with a solid mouth that is dominant and most certainly one of the more interesting foreign Porters that I have had in a long time.

Drinkability: Man this sucker is good. I demolished the whole bottle in no time. I can’t believe that I never tried this Baltika offering before now.

Overall: A solid offering, not great, not bad, but certainly way above average. It deserves it legendary status as a very good Ruskie Porter.

This Review is dedicated to the greatest educated Comedian the USA has ever produced, bar none. Bill Hicks. Bill sadly passed away 10 years ago this week (2/26/94). Can it be? I guess so. Incredibly he made his name (and living) outside of the USA, thanks to the conservative gagging media in the Land of the Free!! Most notably he was extremely popular in England, where he was allowed to dispense his awesome humor unattentuated on terrestrial UK TV. A true comedic genius whose native country shunned him. Well, here’s to you Bill, I reckon you would find the fact that I raise a Russian Porter in your honor an ironic laugh! You’re sadly missed.

“Some of you may remember me as a drinker. I was a weekend drinker, started on Saturday, end on Friday."
Bill Hicks. 12/16/61 - 2/26/94 R.I.P.

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Photo of steorn
3.8/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A beer I have enjoyed in the past. I pour. Its black with some red highlights when held up to the sun.A thick two finger tan head that settles quickly to a single finger(not the middle one).
Smells very stouty to me,sweet and rosted malt,my kind of beer for winter. Drink up.Starts out sweet,some fruitiness,then a nicebalanced malt. Pretty quick finish,roasty with a gentle touch of hops and some alcohol.I would like a little longer finish but this is so easy to drink.A 7 percent session beer? Just a real nice russian beer.According to the label they brewed it specially for me.
How nice and thank you.

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Photo of BeefyMee
2.63/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Pretty solid here. A nearly black body with a good sized head and a little bit of lacing.

Smell: A malty sweetness accompanied by some alcohol. The alcohol aroma becomes more prevalent in the last half of the glass.

Taste: Good at first but this did not last long. It initially gave me this strong Samuel Smith vibe, like a Nut Brown mixed with a Taddy Porter. The nutty flavor was very noticeable, but this soon gave way to a taste of strong alcohol that was biting in the aftertaste. The nuttiness remains but is dominated by the alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Kind of thin with a bit of acidity on the tongue.

Drinkability: I'll finish this one, but...well let's just say I'm not upset that I didn't buy another.

Beef Notes: It wouldn't take much to make this an above average brew. Some of that alcohol taste just needs to go away. I still don't understand why it tastes so much like alcohol when it's only 7%. I won't be returning to this one until someone tells me they've changed the recipe.

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Photo of Sixpack595
3.98/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours an opaque black with a full tan head. Aroma of dark fruits, roasty and coffee-like. Medium mouthfeel and light carbonation. Taste is of bittersweet chocolate, slightly fruity without being cloying. Overall a good, drinkable beer. My only real complaint is that it could stand to be a bit more robust. A bit more aroma, a bit more mouthfeel, and a bit stronger taste. Not much, just a touch.

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Photo of jackndan
3.35/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Baltika Porter: Pours a deep black, light cannot penetrate the glass. Nice tannish head, a vigorous pour leaves a good two inches, but it dissipates down to a thin skin after a few moments. Thick lacing on the sides of the glass. The aroma is nice, somewhat clean, and a little bit of mocha coffee. The taste is nice and rich, very heavily malts, with flavors of coffee and a bit of dark chocolate. Nice rich aftertaste, with rich roasted malts. Very lightly hopped to avoid any cloying malt taste. Rich and pleasant smooth mouthfeel. Easy to drink, although its got a fairly heavy 7 percent alcohol by volume bite. Nice, and a great buy at $1.45 a half liter.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.13/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Deep ruby plum in color with a nice sized tan head leaves a good amount of lacing not a bad look to it. Aroma: Thick layer of toasted malts with fruit and alcohol tinging around the edges. Taste: Sweeter up fron some plum and raisin like tones with chocolate and a mild coffee finish not bad compared to other Baltika products I have had. Mouthfeel: A bit thin for a big baltic porter medium to light in body with steady carbonation, not too impressed by anything. Drinkability: Decent not a warmer like I was expecting a bit of a disapointment.

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Photo of Naerhu
2.63/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance - Dark tan head. Jet black opaque body.
Smell - Eastern European dark bread aroma with molasses and coffee notes.
Taste - tastes like burnt cola. I do not even like cola when it is not burnt. Also tastes slightly of Hershey’s chocolate, I do not like Hershey’s chocolate.
Mouthfeel - Very light body.
Drinkability - despite being served at room temperature, this might have been served too cold, but my heating went out and unless I was going to put it in the microwave or heat it on my stove it was going to be served at a very chilly room temperature.

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Photo of stoutman
4.05/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark black with a nice tan head that hangs around for a while, only departing in the way of leaving a beautiful lace down the side of your glass. Smells good, NICE roasted malt flavor and a hint of coffee. Tastes awesome. This beer exemplifies a porter; malty with just the right amount of hops to keep it from being sweet with hardly any bitterness. Full mouthfeel without being chewy. If this beer lacked anything, it could have been just a tad bit more like the motor oil I'm accustomed to, but not by much. Drinkability is great.

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Photo of SetarconeX
3.68/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'll say right up front, I've never been a big porter person, I tend to lean more toward stouts. That said, this one isn't particularly bad. Nice dark color, though perhaps a bit lacking as far as smells go. The nose on this one's actually rather faint and hard to get to, though with a hint of sweetness.

Taste is really nothing special. Tastes like your basic porter, though not a particularly strong one. I'd really like a bit of oomph in this one. Good, but a tad weak. Even so, completely drinkable.

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Photo of edchicma
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A good brew whose taste belied its 7.0 abv. Appaerance was a nice dark brown, almost black with a nice very pronounced malt aroma. Taste was smooth with a nice dry, crisp finish. Once again, malt presence with a hint of alcohol was evident. Mouthfeel was medium in nature, with a very nice dry, crisp finish. Drinkability was nice, especially for a higher abv brew. Would definitely have more than one.

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Photo of jtw5877
3.88/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep brownish black hue with a slightly tan quickly dimminishing head, slight smell of black licorice. Slightly smokey and a few tones of coffee. By no means overpowering a decent abv that is not very apparent. A decent beer, my first Baltic Porter and certainly not my last.

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Photo of JISurfer
4.83/5  rDev +33.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Gotta give it to the Ruskies man, they can make a nasty(in the good sence) brew! The color was a black color, noth letting any light what so ever through it, kind of like a black hole. The head was tan, thick and frothy in the beginning and lasted the whole drink. The head did trail off a little towards the end, but was still a solid covering. The smell was not alcoholy at all. It was more geared towards plums, grapes, and other "dark" fruits. The taste was very similar, but a little heavier on the malt side. It has a nice sweet taste to it, but nothing too sweet, just right. I would say this is one well balanced out beer. Overall a great beer to explore. Every temperature change in the brew ushers in new tastes.

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Photo of pio
3.98/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

opaque black liquid, i mean opaque. light brown/tan foamy head lies in a thick covering. thick clingy lace.
an odd smelling hop with a malted coffee note and just a hint of cocoa. faint alcohol also noted.
dry with an unidentifible (to me) hop profile, not a complex profile but alluring just the same. a host of woody and nutty tones help keep this stout bitter on the finish. the start is just a bit sweet (lactose) in a milky way (mmhmm) then the bitter dries this up nicely. the alcohol is just evident, not unplesant, it warms the belly though.
the mouthfeel is smooth with creamy body and smooth carbonation. leaves the palate dry and pretty clean. not sticky at all.
going to became a new regular for me.
it seems like a stout more than a porter to me. there's no complaints here. is this an imperial stout? i feel regal.

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