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Baltika #6 Porter - Baltika Breweries

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Baltika #6 PorterBaltika #6 Porter

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848 Ratings

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Ratings: 848
Reviews: 580
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 14.13%
Wants: 11
Gots: 29 | FT: 0
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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 EnojysAnyBeer
4.22/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Opaque brown-black with a foamy head that disappears way to quick with no lace

S- Good, sweet, dark malt smells like chocolate, caramel and graham cracker

T- Taste is like the smell but hops appear for a second at the end and dry the tongue

M- Feel is medium body and low carbonation

D- Drinks great with a smooth combination of semi-sweet flavor characteristics and a drying body

Photo of roadhouse
4.23/5  rDev +17.2%
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.

Photo of t0rin0
3.98/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours with good sized fluffy brown head but no retention. Dark red in color, very clear.

Aroma is very sweet and roasted. A touch of alcohol only after warming to room temp.

Flavor is quite sweet, only a little roasty. More along the lines of a traditional porter and not quite the heavy 8% "Baltic" Porters that American brewers have make. This being the first Russian beer I've ever tried (to my knowledge), I can only assume its to style. In any case the flavor is a bit light but very nice none the less. Tastes like a lager too. Alcohol only appears late in the aftertaste but otherwise the beer is well balanced.

The body is thin and for as sweet as this beer is there's a partly dry aftertaste. It could use some more CO2 but I guess it wouldn't be a porter then. Very drinkable, not noticeable that its 7% abv.

Photo of Offa
4.27/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a tasty, yet smooth and very drinkable Baltic porter. Perhaps not as interesting, complex or balanced as some, it is nevertheless still flavourful.

Very dark, almost black, it has a medium light brown head steadily dissipating to a foamy ring and wisps.

The aroma is quite pleasant and interesting with molasses, chocolate, prunes, and toast, with an overall very faint winey quality. It's full, slightly on the sweet side, and smooth.

The taste is similar, pleasant, yet interesting, mostly spicey with chocolate, molasses, and some fruit. The alcohol is barely noticeable and it is highly drinkable and somewhat light for the style.

Photo of vikingmike
2.85/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: A rich ruby/crimson colour when held up to light. At first glance, it looks black. Interesting head in that it had different shades of brown mixing about. It didn't stick around very long, though.

Smell: Caramel. Smoke.

Taste: Quite sweet but not overbearingly so. Kind of a molasses/dark chocolate mix. Definitely not a fan of the aftertaste; very smoky.

Mouthfeel: Thick. "Residuey"

Drinkability: This beer isn't bad but like other Baltika beers it seems like extra sugar was added prior to bottling. Definitely a slow-sipper type drink, I could not handle more than one of these.

Photo of mpyle
3.55/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

App - Very dark, nearly opaque Pours a large tan head with mediocre retention. Minimal lacing

Aroma - some licorice, a bit metallic, a bit of dark fruit (plum). More like candy than malt

Flav - Complex dark malt flavor, a bit of plum, but malt flavor not overly intense. Some alcohol flavors, and finishes with a sweet alcohol flavor. A bit too sweet overall?

MF - Medium body, and low-medium carbonation. No astringency, but style-appropriate alcohol warming.

D'ability - A bit too sweet and alcoholic (in flavor) to be a session beer for me. Not the best Baltic Porter, but not bad for the price (paid $2.29/0.5L)

Photo of khiasmus
3.77/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours black with an ample three fingers of light tan head. Ruby highlights and perfect clarity evident if held to the light. The head dissipates relatively quickly, but laces beautifully, and some stays on top as a decent layer for the entire experience.

The aroma is interesting. Very boozy... smells like far more than 7%. I would have guessed 10. There's also a bit of soy sauce, molasses, and faint espresso... almost like mocha, with a good bit of chocolatey notes, along with some caramel and coffee. A bit reminiscent of a creamy, light espresso mocha. There's also a hint of a port-like dark red wine. Just a hint, but it's definitely there.

Flavor includes many of the same elements as the nose... the molasses is there, as well as the chocolate and coffee. There's almost a sourness, like fermented grapes, in the very middle... hm. A bit of bitter grain takes over towards the finish, mingling with the strong alcohol notes.... maybe even some higher fusels in there. Interesting... I wonder if this is peculiar to Russian interpretations of the style? It's decent, but different than any other baltic porters I've had before, and while interesting, not necessarily better than a simply good baltic porter. A good bit of sweetness dominates most of the flavor until the lightly bitter and boozy finish.

Mouthfeel is also interesting.... very creamy and a little chewy, with medium-low carbonation and a warming, almost stinging, lightly dry finish.

Overall, this beer is certainly one to try. A slightly strange interpretation, but it could end up being your favorite. The complexity makes this one interesting, but the booze and light sourness in the finish make it not overly drinkable, at least for my tastes.

Photo of Voonder
3.34/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got this bottle from Russia, so I can be sure that it is authentic russian porter. The bottle has new design and actually really nice looking.
Pours deep dark dark brown, pretty much black, with thick caramel colour head. Good looking beer.
Smell - roasty, chocolaty.
Tastes pretty much the same, very rich taste, but only dissapointing thing it's doesn't seem to be balanced, you can really taste that alcohol in there. So I guess you can't really call it "smooth", but it has really nice texture, it pretty much chewy.
Drinkability - well I wish it was balanced, it could be very drinkable.
It worth a try though and it's not that bad though. I would give it another chance.

Photo of beerthulhu
3.58/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a dark mahogany red color with a dense, foamy tan head that was moderately lasting.

S: sweet roasted malt, rich chocolate, dark sugars, and dried fruit.

T: Initial flavor starts out sweet with roasted malt, sweet chocolate which then proceeds to some coffee notes. The beer finishes with a rich, sweet dark roasted fade, and some fresh coffee.

M: full bodied, lightly carbonated with a smooth texture with a light creaminess.

D: A little sweet going down, ok drinkability.

Photo of GilGarp
3.26/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

First of all, I think the numbering system is brilliantly simple. Numbers are the universal language. This is #6.

Second, I like that it has the 'Produced on date' (Oct. 25, 2007) and the 'Best before date' (Oct. 25, 2008). More breweries need to have this basic information on their labels.

Pours from a half liter bottle into a pint glass. It's very dark brown with good clarity. Huge head settles quickly leaving little behind.

Aroma is roasty and sweet. It's a little like a port wine with roasted character.

Flavor is surprisingly sweet with lots of fruit. Cherries, raspberries, and cranberries all seem to come through. The sweetness is very much like a port as the aroma suggested. There's also a roastiness to it but it's fairly subtle compared with the fruit.

Mouthfeel is good, very smooth, easy on the carbonation, and coats the mouth like a syrup.

Drinkability is decent but it's too sweet and too strong to have more than one bottle.

It's not great but it's not all bad. I wonder what it would taste like fresh (hopefully not so sweet) but I'm just not curious enough to seek one out.

Photo of berserker256
3.43/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This looks like a porter that I'll like. Nice almost-black color with a tan head. Thick pouring. It smells really sweet like mollases, prunes, sugar and alcohol. It's got an OK flavor. No hoppyness, heavy on sweet malt and molasses. It's heavy and syrupy and somewhat lactic. I'm a little disappointed. It seems like the appearance was nice and then it all went downhill from there. It doesn't suck but I wouldn't ever go out of my way to get this beer again. There are many other much better porters out there. And if this is what a Baltic Porter is... Then I'll stick with regular porters.

Photo of Bobo77
3.18/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.5

Found bombers of this at Global Foods in Kirkwood, MO the other day. Picked it up along with an Okocim Porter (will review that one later.) I have been curious about this style since reading BA's article on Baltic Porters.

I didn't want it to be too cold so I took it out of the fridge and let it sit for 20 minutes before opening. After the wait I poured it into my glass and observed a dark coffee brown liquid with a very thick creamy brown head.

The smell was of toffee and cocoa, very sweet smelling.

Had a very rich, creamy mouthfeel, thicker than most stouts I can remember.

The taste was a super sweet maltiness, reminiscent of a double bock. Dark chocolate, molasses, and coffee liqueur could be found here. Did not seem to have much hop flavor at all. Sting of alcohol in the back.

As this is the first Baltic Porter that I have tried, I don't know if this is typical of the style but my initial reaction is that this beer lacks balance. Not bad, but not something I would probably ever drink on a regular basis. Would go good with some dark chocolate I imagine. I am still going to try and remain open minded with this style and hold off judgement on it until I have tried several beers representative of it.

Photo of AKBelgianBeast
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Purchased at brown jug.

Pours a good looking deep brown with ruby highlights. Nose is all grain and lager. Taste follows with some weak roastiness, graininess and some slight chocolate. Mouthfeel is a little bit thin here, but ok, and drinkability is pretty good. Overall an ok brew, but really didn't make a lasting impression. I recommend trying it, as it would be good to session on, but really not what Im looking for as far as flavor intensity in a baltic porter.

Photo of Jordan1985rec
3.57/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Presentation: Pint bottle, Cyrillic and English lettering. Poured into an Imperial pint glass.
Appearance: Dark black with ruby highlights when tilted into the light.
Smell: Like others have said, aroma of chocolate and caramel, perhaps a bit of alcohol and sweet malt.
Taste & Mouth-feel: Good body, smooth and rich are the first words that come to mind. Nothing too outstanding compared to other Porters, but very decent, especially for the price ($2.00 at a local market). Definite hints of chocolate and caramel, overall drinkable. I do agree with others who say it's a bit too sweet, the pint is a bit much. I would prefer to share this with somebody as a desert before whiskey! Worth the money and does warrant a second try at some point.

Photo of nickss
3.93/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a pitch black with a faint ruby hue around the edge. The head starts off as about a 1" beige beauty, but quickly fades to just a cap.

Aromas of caramel and roasted malts float off of this one. Barely perceptible chocolate as it warms. What I can smell is nice, but it needs more oomph.

Chocolate, nuttiness, caramel, and fig. Much bigger flavor than the aroma would lead you to believe. Quite delicious.

Big and thick with a tight finish. Perhaps a bit much on the carbonation, but really a small complaint.... pretty much spot on.

One of the more drinkable baltic porters I have come across... makes me long for the days of Perkuno's Thunder.

All in all a very solid brew, and one I would certainly not mind purchasing again... especially for the price.... definitely a steal.

Photo of pwsoldier
3.85/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a deep mahogany, almost black, with a decent creamy off-white head that lingers for a minute or two before disappearing, leaving small traces of lacing on the glass.

S - Caramel, toasted marshmallows, and toffee.

T - Very similar to the aroma. Lots of sweetness from the roasted malts, but not overly done. A faint trace of bitterness comes through in the finish to provide some balance.

M - Full-bodied, semi-dry finish, and the carbonation is just about right. Not much of an aftertaste.

D - A very exceptional porter. This one's very smooth, tasty, and easy to drink. I would definately recommend grabbing a bottle before we embargo Russia.

Photo of kinger
3.8/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Been looking for this one for a while now so when I came across one I quickly grabbed it. Deep dark ruby pour with a thick tan head and some nice lacing. The aroma is very malty with a good sweetness to it. Great smoky flavor with a nice roasted quality. Licorice, coffee, and a touch of chocolate complete a tasty brew. Mouthfeel could be a touch thicker but it works. Overall a good porter.

Photo of BryanCarey
3.79/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Baltika Number 6 Porter is very dark brown in color and it offers a hefty head of tan- colored foam that lasts and lasts. The nose on this beer isn't very pronounced, but if you search, you will find scents of malt, a touch of chocolate, and some roasted notes.

The taste of this porter combines sweet malt with a little bit of chocolate malt and some roasted notes, with some plum flavor in the background. The presence of alcohol is there, but it doesn't produce a bitter sensation. The contributions from the dark, sweet malts make this beer sweet and pleasant. This porter also offers flavors of plums/raisins, chocolate, and some alcohol. There is plenty of complexity with this porter, and it continues to intrigue as you drink.

One of the surprises with this porter is its alcohol level. The alcohol content of this porter is greater than most beer, but even at seven percent, the alcohol taste isn't as pronounced as I expected. It is a warming alcohol flavor, not a biting alcohol flavor. It makes for a nice combination of taste sensations and it makes Baltika a very tasty, complex glass of beer.

Photo of cbn
2.89/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours dark reddish brown, the color of cola, beige head retreats leaving a thin ring .

Aroma, very thin dark roast, faint hint of sea air.

Weak roast malt, touch of molasses and a ripe banana.

Rather thin for the style, a bit sticky after-taste.

Although drinkable, this brew does not satisfy my thirst for a true porter. Not much to see here, move along!

Photo of armock
3.73/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured a very dark brown collor with a light brown head that leaves some lacing

S - Is of roasted malt with coffee scents

T - This is a pretty decent beer sweet roasted malts with a coffee finish

M - The mouthfeel is creamy smooth bit a little thin with medium carbonation to it

D - This beer is pretty easy to drink its creamy smooth with a good taste to it and its cheap a dirt for a pretty decent beer its worth getting if you see it

Photo of Wetpaperbag
4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Very dark dark brown, close to black. Small pool of head remains, no lacing.

S- Raisins and dates are apparent in the smell. A thick malty smell comes though as well.

T- The moment of truth, I haven't had much luck with Russian beers so here we go. Wow, nice malty, coffee, vanilla tastes come and swirl about on the tongue. I'm very suppressed on how well this beer tastes. It definitely went above my expectations.

M- Thin foamy feel when you drink it. But it isn't bad.

D- Great brew I think it was good all around.

Photo of soupyman10
3.53/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This one might be better classified as a strong beer in my mind, if just because it doesn't really carry a lot of the characteristics that are common to the Porter style. It's thick, but strongly, strongly fruity and sweet, with a sharp alcohol buzz and spiciness across the whole proceedings. I tasted a lot of dried fruit, swirling right into the alcohol that kind of ran throughout. Hugely sweet, potentially to help cover up the alcohol. Not bad, and actually one of the better brews I've had of the Baltika label, although not really a good representation of the style.

Photo of oberon
3.28/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured into a .5 liter stein a deep dark brown with a tint of of ruby a 1/2 finger tannish colored head sat nicely atop.Aromas are sweet alot of dark fruit and heavily roasted coffee pretty heavy handed in the sweet dept,flavors are the same intense roast and dark fruit and brown sugar really not any drying base, just to one dimensional.Full moutheel keeps it at least a decent brew but there are alot of domestic style that blow this away.

Photo of loosey
1.83/5  rDev -49.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

16.9 oz bottle, served at KGB bar in NYC

barman offered me no glass, he was not a bad person despite his smugness and the plush red curtains

smell of burnt coffee dregs, wort, and molasses

taste was overwhelmingly sweet, malted, bakers chocolate, the last sip of coffee with all the sugar in it, i flinched .. so did everyone i passed it to

thick, syrup, sticky, it was dripping down my throat

well, i finished it.. too sweet and malty, i imagined drinking a stout in early fermentation (or recollected i should say, we've all had weak moments). i am a fan of dark beers, strong beers, and high ABV, something here was just shudder inducing. maybe i caught a bad one

i would say try it in an espresso cup with toast the morning after you accidentally sleep with your cousin at a ski slope

Photo of DoubleJ
3.3/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Let's finish off the Second Unorganized Invitational with Baltika Porter, and after this review, I will present the winner of this competition. On to the beer:

Opaque body with ruby red hues on the side and a light tan head that forms nicely, but quickly begins to drop. The nose is subtle for the size of this beer, but does have a nice touch of alcohol and chocolate with esters on the side. Some smokiness gets noticed as well. Enough with the foreplay, moving on...

Ack! The carbonation up front is harsh and uncalled for, but when it clears, it becomes an extremely sweet treat. The beer is medium-heavy bodied with a moderate carbonation, but one that is a little too much for this style. Smoked chocolatety malts are the most dominating flavor. Now I feel the alcohol in my throat. Boy, this is a really sweet strong beer, but I'm having some fun with it as long as I sip with respect. The carbonation has mellowed out, making the experience a little better. Still, I've had better Baltic Porters.

The review is complete, so now it's time to reward the winner of the Second Unorganized Invitational, and that is:

Hacker-Pschorr Weiss!

Another interesting invtational as the second lightest beer of the six wins it all. We'll be back again around this time next year for the Third Unorganized Invitational, so mark your calendars. Good night everyone!

Baltika #6 Porter from Baltika Breweries
82 out of 100 based on 848 ratings.