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Baltika #6 Porter - Baltika Breweries

Baltika #6 PorterBaltika #6 Porter

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759 Ratings

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Ratings: 759
Reviews: 562
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 14.09%

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 garymuchow


4.03/5  rDev +11.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2003 02:54:08 | More by garymuchow
Photo of chaduvel


3.9/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2003 15:16:49 | More by chaduvel
Photo of Dogbrick


3.53/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2003 15:14:29 | More by Dogbrick
Photo of jdhilt

New Hampshire

3.63/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2003 23:21:59 | More by jdhilt
Photo of woemad


3/5  rDev -17.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2003 04:03:44 | More by woemad
Photo of BeerResearcher


3.08/5  rDev -14.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2003 03:18:53 | More by BeerResearcher
Photo of Gusler


3.25/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

On the poor ebony in color, the head monstrous in size, spumous in texture, the color a light chocolate, after it erodes a thick and glutinous sheet of lace clings mightily to the glass. Mostly malt in the lightly sweet nose, fresh and clean, the start sweet and malt-laden top is skeletal in feel. Finish is mildly carbonated, hops pleasant in their spiciness, very dry, some what tart, and a drinkable beer, but not really anything to scream about.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2003 23:06:58 | More by Gusler
Photo of Jason


3.23/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Presentation: 16.9 oz bottle with a freshness date on the back label, a little blurb about the beer on the back to.

Appearance: Fast foam to thin ring of lace, the snap and crakle of the head was too quick for me. A shade or two lighter than black, it pours a little like motor oil in the mug.

Smell: Vague chocolate, major steely caramel and lots of sweetness in the aroma. A bit too sweet for my liking.

Taste & Mouthfeel: A palatable creamy smoothness within the full body. Lots of sweet malt, on the dark side of course with rich caramel donning a metallic flavour. Slight burnt and chocolate flavours middle to end, hops are docile with a one way bitterness. Finishes with a light cloying sweetness. The hidden alcohol provides a dark fruitiness which is the most interesting thing about the beer.

Notes: The alcohol is a bit deceiving at 7.0% abv, as I said before a bit too sweet for me which took away from the drinkablity. A small glass of this with a chocolate dessert would be nice.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2003 02:20:30 | More by Jason
Photo of granger10


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

Pours a dark brown color that's on the cusp of turning black. Tan head rises and falls, kinda like the USSR. Smells of sweet brown sugar with some roasted coffee and a hint of alcohol. First taste is of roasted coffee combined with strong alcohol flavor (vodka?). But that doesn't dominate the palate. This is a very sweet beer and the main flavors seem to be molasses and english toffee. Bitter hops waver in and out and never seem to settle. Finishes with more malty sweetness. A complex brew that warms the body.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2003 00:53:18 | More by granger10
Photo of JohnnyDuvel


3.25/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I have to say, after reading the reviews (along with a couple of good recommendations), I'm quite disappointed in this beer. There is something about the taste and mouthfeel that is off to some degree. It's a little thin, and there is a strange taste I can't describe. Not to say that this is a bad beer, just not as good as I thought it would be. I'll have to try it again some time. Appearance is as expected, alcohol not noticed in taste. IMO, can't compare to Fuller's (or Samuel Smith and Liberty, for that matter).

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2003 23:10:25 | More by JohnnyDuvel
Photo of far333


4.25/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Almost black, but when held up to the light, a deep dark ruby color shows through. The light brown head is thick and foamy, and settles to about a half-inch high, with bumps and grooves like an ungroomed snow field. Shortly afterward, the head disappears, leaving very slight lacing, which slides down the glass behind the beer. The aroma is of dark roasted malt and a bit of chocolate, followed by very slight hops. Flavor is rich, with distinct chocolate and coffee, and a malty finish. The finish evolves into molasses. A bit of hop bitter hangs in the back of the throat. Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy, with a crisp finish. Very drinkable. I have the sudden urge to stand in a bread line for hours in the freezing cold.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2003 19:18:05 | More by far333
Photo of Bighuge


4.33/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is a deep garnet in color. Seems to be pretty clear. A nice, big creamy brown head graces the top of this beer. The aroma is pleasing. Roasted malts, vanilla bean, chocolate and smoke. The taste is even better. Burnt malt, raisin, toffee, bitter hops, baker's chocolate, tobacco, smoke and brown sugar. Damn near a 5 in taste. The feel in the mouth is good. Lightly carbonated and somewhat creamy. Firm body as well.

Easily, the best Russian beer that has graced my palete.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2003 20:09:32 | More by Bighuge
Photo of beergeek279


4.22/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served from a bottle into a pint glass. The beer poured almost black, and thick, but not as much as an imperial stout. The smell was of coffee, and a generally malty sense. The taste was fairly dry, with taste of coffee to it. Mouthfeel was somewhat heavy, with a bit of alcohol streaming through. I could probably have a couple pints of this one, but probably not too much more. All in all, an excellent porter, and at $3.50 for a 16.9 oz. bottle, an amazing deal!!

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2003 17:40:34 | More by beergeek279
Photo of Viking


4.45/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown (almost black) body with garnet-hued highlights. Head is thick, sticky, and light brown. Head retention is solid, leaving small trails and patches of lace. Smell of roasted barley, with notes of chocolate, coffe, and some not-quite-discernable fruit aroma. Strong flavor of roasted barley. Notes of chocolate and that mysterious fruit also present. Noticeable alcohol flavor in the bittersweet chocolatey/fruity aftertaste. Mouthfeel is smooth, but rather lighter and less viscous than I'd like to have in a big bad porter. Overall this beer, simply put, is outstanding.

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2003 08:44:25 | More by Viking
Photo of tavernjef


4.45/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Color pours dark syrupy brown turning blackish as it levels into the glass, head is a supernatural light brown, much like that of parchment paper, so sad to see it go so fast. Leaves huge sheets of lace; nice. Smell is gorgeous with dark fruits, I detect cherry, melon, star fruit, and for sure bananas, hardly anything else, but who cares, this is awesome, its like a frickin fruit salad, super enchanting and pleasing nose. Tastes like no other I've had, mostly up front of banana and light, sweet roasted malt, very unusual and interestingly yummy. A bit like candied fruits but no sugary stuff, just the fruit, dark and rich. The feel is medium and quite full, very smooth and easy - no tricks to this creation. One fine porter with a bit of a different approach then most, and kudos to that. Loved this stuff!

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2003 16:10:16 | More by tavernjef
Photo of BeerBuilder


3.15/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours to a deep dark brown color with ruby highlights when held to light. The head is thick and light brown. It leaves a nice lacing when sipped down. The aroma is fruity, with a bit of roastiness and chocolate notes. The flavor is malty with a bit of roastiness. It has a dryness throughout; the type the sticks with you after each sip. This one was okay, but I wasn’t overly impressed.

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2003 07:54:54 | More by BeerBuilder
Photo of Globetrotter


4.4/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My favorite Russian beer - and I live in Russia. The beer comes out of the bottle smoothly, with a nice dark reddish-brown hue and a healthy reddish-tan head that dissipates neither fast nor slow into a very nice lace most of the way down the glass. The aroma is full, with a touch of nut. The taste is full-bodied and smooth - cherries, nuts. a touch of chocolate. All of this with nice hoppy undertones. It's strong, but not overpowering, and the alcohol comes naturally, rather than being suger induced like most Russian "strong" beers. Just don't have more than two. In an ocean of bad Russian beers, Baltika #6 is a most welcome oasis.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2003 09:15:57 | More by Globetrotter
Photo of inebrius


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

Pours a ruby-edged pitch under a thin ring of khaki foam. Mild dark chocolate, black cherry ice cream and late summer dust form the nose. Starts chewy roasted malt covered in honey to finish espresso with just a drop of cherry syrup. Moderately sweet. Lingers well until morphing unfavorably into a mustier version of coffee and syrup. Still quite tasty, though.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2003 15:12:20 | More by inebrius
Photo of zerk


4.25/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours black, almost opaque, with a thing tan head that leaves patches of lace. Makes you think of a stout, although, I honestly don't know what separates a Baltic Porter from an Imperial Stout. Aroma is rich and impressive, toasted malt, molasses, coffee, chocolate and cherries. Flavor is quite bold, beginning with some sweet malt and dried fruits, then becoming more bitter, with flavors of coffee and chocolate. Has a full, smooth body, with low to medium carbonation. Finishes dry and crisp. This is an very good beer... complex and quite drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2003 21:22:46 | More by zerk
Photo of paceyourself


3.85/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This 500ml bottle poured a very dark brown in color with a beige head. After having a few other baltic porters today, Baltika felt thin and just a little lacking in taste. The coffee and sweet maple aromas are light. Tastes are sweet but not overly sweet and is missing any defining bitterness. A previous review astutely mentioned a cola syrup aroma and a sweet cola aftertaste. Finishes a little dry but overall it's very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2003 17:58:28 | More by paceyourself
Photo of ZAP


4.47/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I'm really liking these Baltic Porters...this is another dandy,,,black in color with a nice tan head...good nose...I get some mild molasses, sweet cocoa, and sweet sugars....also a tich of alcohol is present on the nose...mouthfeel is creamy, smooth and pretty thick....some alcohol emerges on the taste as it develops almost a slight doppelbock like flavor profile....a lot of Molasses and sugars on the flavor....highly drinkable... a hell of a beer....would definitely drink again and seek out...

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2003 21:16:12 | More by ZAP
Photo of feloniousmonk


4.35/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Color is dark as dark can be, beneath a big, bubbly, crackling tan head. Aroma is full of cocoa, nuts, and sweet candyish flavors. Medium body, light in texture, but really tasty, rich, satisfying. The ABV is 7%, but I didn't feel it in the least. Wait a minute...okay, now I do! Very tasty, and a welcome surprise, an excellent porter, an enjoyable beer!

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2003 22:40:17 | More by feloniousmonk
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