Baltika #6 Porter - Baltika Breweries

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Baltika #6 PorterBaltika #6 Porter

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Reviews: 581
Hads: 871
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 13.15%
Wants: 11
Gots: 39 | 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 Reidrover
4.15/5  rDev +13.7%
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 favourite style after all. (568 characters)

Photo of TheLongBeachBum
3.88/5  rDev +6.3%
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. (2,096 characters)

Photo of steorn
3.8/5  rDev +4.1%
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. (609 characters)

Photo of BeefyMee
2.63/5  rDev -27.9%
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. (1,014 characters)

Photo of Sixpack595
3.98/5  rDev +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. (396 characters)

Photo of jackndan
3.35/5  rDev -8.2%
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. (660 characters)

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.13/5  rDev -14.2%
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. (557 characters)

Photo of Naerhu
2.63/5  rDev -27.9%
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. (571 characters)

Photo of stoutman
4.05/5  rDev +11%
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. (541 characters)

Photo of SetarconeX
3.68/5  rDev +0.8%
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. (507 characters)

Photo of edchicma
4/5  rDev +9.6%
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. (402 characters)

Photo of jtw5877
3.88/5  rDev +6.3%
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. (283 characters)

Photo of JISurfer
4.83/5  rDev +32.3%
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. (722 characters)

Photo of pio
3.98/5  rDev +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. (834 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 ngandhi
3.1/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Thin and uninspired, Baltika Porter is a major let down for any dark beer lover. Yes, if you long for winter nights huddled at a bar with a pint of Expedition or Storm King, you'll be as dissapointed as I was with this brew. And odds are, if that's what you consider quality, you haven't had many Baltic porters -- this is my first. As American imperial stouts lean heavily on wild, often chastising hop profiles, so too does this beer rest on the shoulders of its malt. Except, it isn't the thick, burnt, toasty kind -- it's the plummy, raisiny, Munich kind. But that's a good thing. Stay with me.

The nose opens well enough -- roasted malt, raisins, a light porter.

Baltika Porter, as much as I can't stand it, is a pretty outstanding show of malt. It's dark as night and medium bodied with the characteristic dissipating head of oily imperial stouts. Yet, its flavor is sweet, complex, and united. Prunes give way to other dark ripe fruit -- a rotten berriness -- and we seem lined up for any number of styles from porter to alt to (especially) schwarzbier. Some might get light bittersweet chocolate and an unexpected creamy finish. The tang from the hops is merely acknowledgeable.

At 7abv, Baltika has no notes of alcohol.

This brew is an overeducated grad student with no people skills. It enchants, enlightens, and insults the palette with its confident balance and faceless cowardice. Save this for your meanest desserts; it could use the help.

Relax, relax.
ng (1,488 characters)

Photo of mschofield
3.53/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours almost black - just a bit of ruby at the bottom of the glass where the light can shine in, a head the color of lightened coffee. Head starts bubbly but dissipated quickly, lacing also faded quickly on me, too bad as I really liked the color.
Came across as a chocolate and expresso aroma. Chocolate, burnt caramel, a bit of raisin and then almost a cola taste. Acidic at first but turns to a creamy feel.
One is very drinkable, but I don't think I'd go for more than one in a sitting - maybe good with a chocolate dessert to end dinner. (544 characters)

Photo of GCBrewingCo
3.44/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This black beer pours with a large brown head that lasts and lasts. I sniffed and sniffed and could hardly detect any aroma at all. What is there is a slight roasted/chocolate aroma. The falvor is dark rich coffee and chocolate with of all things, bananas. Also present is a banana/chocolate aftertaste. The chocolate and coffee roasted flavors last well after the banana flavor is gone. The body is medium to medium full.

Bottle opened so effortlessly I expected the beer to be flat. Luckily it was not. (507 characters)

Photo of Mitchster
2.69/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours out to a clear "very dark-brown, almost black" with a hint of dark brown at the edges, forming a thick tan head atop fine bubbles. Medium carbonation. Retention and lacing are excellent. Aroma is somewhat mild with black walnut, vanilla, a suggestion of dark bananas, molasses and caramel. Medium-dense body with a smooth mouthfeel. Taste is much the same with a metallic note in the middle and finish, as well as perceptable taste of alcohol and black walnut. Finish has an odd cola tang. There is the taste of rum in the middle. Little discernable hop flavor or aroma, with a chemical "hop extract" character.

By any account, this is a stout, but not a very good one at that. The perceptable flavor of alcohol, hop extract and metal limits it's drinkability, akin to a Sheaf Stout or Ceres Royal Stout. Vastly inferior to Sinebrychoff or Okocim in my book. Not a bad beer, but I'll pass on having this one again. Throughly unimpressed. (947 characters)

Photo of garymuchow
4.03/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma is sweet light malt initially, with only slight bit of dark malt later. Little grassy.
Black, clear, mahogany hues, larger full tan head that was slow settling.
Not as robust as I'd like. Alcohol notable with dark malt flavor, slight dryness, slight sourness, as warms takes on more fruity quality. Bitter coffee like flavors.
Medium body, some softness and some ale smoothness.
Only slightly better than average. Alcohol flavor too high and complex enough.

Had another sample not recalling that I had done the original sample. Liked it better the 2nd time around. Found the appearance outstanding. Also found the aroma more satisfying with a fresh hop presence with some flowery components. The taste is the weakest aspect. I liked the feel better this time around, that being heavy and almost chewy.
Overall bumped the score up a notch or two. (869 characters)

Photo of chaduvel
3.91/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark thick black with a nice sized tan head, very nice. Smell is sweet and bitter dark chocolate with a metallic twang. Taste is similar to smell, starts off syrupy sweet, then follows with bitter chocolate and finishes with a steel/metal flavor. Not bad, but not the best Baltic porter that I have tried. Cool bottle and description all the way from Russia. (358 characters)

Photo of Dogbrick
3.53/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled at From The Vine monthly beer tasting Oct 13th, 2003: Clear dark brown with a thin beige head. Light aroma of coffee and malt. Medium body with a mild roasted coffee/malt flavor and a lightly bitter finish. Not bad but nothing memorable about this one. (260 characters)

Photo of jdhilt
3.65/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours with a five-fingered light brown head that fades slowly and leaves some lace. Good carbonation. Black as midnight. Nose is clearly a sweet, roasted coffee. Starts smooth, malty and strong coffee flavor, finishes with a little hoppiness and bitterness. A very good porter. (277 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 BeerResearcher
3.08/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This Baltic Porter is a bit of a disappointment. It pours a roofing tar black with a fast rising and equally fast dissipating head and some trailing lace. The aroma is of mild malt and a slightly smoky odor. The sweet malt body is doughy and a little pasty. Dark chocolate and coffee notes come through loud and clear. The hop flavor is difficult to define as it is masked within the strength of the roasted malt and noticeable alcohol. I think I taste a bit of lemony citrus and mild spiciness. It could use a more acidic hop attack, an essence of pine and a tad more burnt caramel flavor common in quality Baltic Porters. (623 characters)

Baltika #6 Porter from Baltika Breweries
83 out of 100 based on 581 ratings.