Baltika #6 Porter - Baltika Breweries

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Baltika #6 PorterBaltika #6 Porter

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Reviews: 581
Hads: 873
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 13.15%
Wants: 11
Gots: 40 | 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 Hoppedup616
3.25/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Been in Kyrgyzstan for a few months now, this is the main brewery offered in the country, so it's everywhere. Pours dark, with hints of mahagony. Decent tannish head that hangs around for a good amount of time, not too much lacing. The coffee smell isn't as apparent as I would like, but still present. Slightly smoking, and a hint of chocolate. Taste is a little better than the smell. Strong smokey feature, choclate, wood, coffee, and a little grainy. Decent carbonation, but would have liked it to be a little more full than it is. Overall it's an average beer, if youre into Baltika, this one would be my favorite out of all of them. (638 characters)

Photo of Cyberkedi
3.43/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Smoky aroma has a strong tone of molasses, as well as a woody hint, and a fair amount of sweetness. It pours a deep opaque sable with a thick tan head that vanishes rather quickly. Flavor has tones of smoked wood, coffee and molasses. Body is on the thin side, and the fizz is only slight, so it is more like soda pop than beer. Still, an acceptable porter. (357 characters)

Photo of GallowsThief
3.88/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured out of a 1 pt 9 oz bottle into my tulip.

A – Poured out a deep rich brown with one finger of tan head that receded quickly. Lacing sticks around throughout.

S – Milk chocolate, cocoa, vanilla and caramel.

T – Light chocolate taste to start out with definite vanilla hints. Coffee flavor comes next but its faint and not overpowering. Fairly sweet brew and this is noticeable at the end. Leaves a faint sweetness on the palate. Just a touch of bitterness.

M – Medium bodied with lively carbonation. Crisp and tingly.

O – Really solid Baltic here. Has a nice array of flavor and is surprisingly drinkable even at its ABV. No complaints here I will be having more of these. (695 characters)

Photo of julian
4.35/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pitch black even when held up to the light. Nothing getting through this obsidian black beast. Big voluptuous brown head, about 1-2 fingers worth. 4.5

S: Mmmm yummerz. My first Baltic Porter was Olfrabikken and that blew my mind! The aroma of this is pleasantly similar. Roast up front mixed with a little coffee, followed by molasses, raisins, and subtle caramel. Excellent. 4.5

T&M: I really do love this style. This is smooth, and creamy on the tongue with a mild bite from the carbonation, but everything is in harmony. I’m getting some molasses, raisiny sweetness, a little bit of roast and coffee, caramel and an almost non-existent hop flavor. 4.5/4

O: Excellent. This is exactly what I was hoping this beer would smell/taste like. From what I know about this style, I love it and I want more. Now that I know I can get this locally, it’s definitely going to be a regular in my fridge. Mmmmm 4 (910 characters)

Photo of tewaris
2.48/5  rDev -32.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

500 ml bottle with a best before date of April 14, 2012 (brewed April 14, 2011) poured into a Surly pint. Poured clear and dark brown with a medium tan colored head with average retention and some lacing.

Smells slightly malty with some caramel and toast lurking underneath. Hint of roast. Off to taste. Starts on an average, maybe even good, note displaying plenty of dark malt character and robustness; but off flavors are soon felt, especially a strongly metallic taste and stale, icky bitterness. I expected this to be a Baltic Porter but it is just a bad attempt at the British/American examples it seems.

The carbonation and the body are alright, but that's about it. Overall I am not impressed.

Appearance 3.5/5; Aroma 3/5; Taste 2/5; Mouthfeel 3.5/5; Overall 2/5 (775 characters)

Photo of afksports
2.89/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

So there's a style called Baltic Porter named for porters that have a higher than expected alcohol by volume. I figure, it was probably named after this beer, because this beer is named freakin' "Baltika Porter #6". Don't ask me what happened to the first five, but they're probably dead because this beer is freakin' Russian.

It's been a year since I received this from a friend who told me that Russian beers were exceptional. I was like "heh, and you mean to give this to me as an example? I've got a fancy beer website that says it's only average!" (Actually I said thank you).

Anyway - let's open this freakin' thing. It's been sitting around too long. *crack*

It pours in the glass from its 500ml glass container a rich dark brown with off-white head. It leaves lace on the glass nicely, and the head stays around. I smell it and it smells boring. Water and... maybe some sweet and roasty malts?

I sip.

Womp womp. Slash "meh". Boring. Starts with water and some milk chocolate, finishes with water - so at least it's clean - and with some sugared chocolate at the back of the palate. But not much else. Not much going on with this beer. The mouthfeel is mostly watery, light to medium body, mild carbonation, and a little milky feel. It's ... drinkable, though not full of flavor.

I give it this: it's non-offensive. And I expected it to be. So... cheers to Russia. You've made a passable beer. In much the same way that Ana Kournikova is a passable tennis player. (Is she Russian?)

Truthfully, giving this a "C" may be going easy on it. I'm going to pour out my glass. I just am interested in trying another beer, and I'm not interested in finishing this one. (1,673 characters)

Photo of Brunite
3.77/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Super black with a think head of dark tan color. Decent carbonation. Minimal lace.

S: Molasses! Brown sugar...dark fruit...some tanginess noted.

T: Chocolate...sweetness from the malt. There is a definite twangy/sourish flavor as there is suggested in the profile. Nice flavor overall...sweet....dark raisin...chocolate dominate.

M: A bit more thin than the head suggested. Creaminess is gone after 1 swirl.

O: A decent porter. Not in the same class as Founders or Fullers...despite the style difference. OK...but not a regular rotation worthy beer. (557 characters)

Photo of srandycarter
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Again, not going to break it down. I found this to be a very boring porter. Thin, watery flavors. Just not very interesting. It's not bad, and I would welcome one on a hot day if nothing else was available, but there are tons of porters out there that are much better, in my opinion. (283 characters)

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

Purchased as a single from Wine and Beer Westpark in Glen Allen, VA - tulip

Pours a very dark mahoghany brown with a little red light on the edges. Massive head and decent lacing. Smells of brown sugar and cookies, but a little funky. Taste is nice and smooth but finishes thin and stingy.

Overall this is a good beer however not really a beer that I would seek out again. (374 characters)

Photo of treque
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: a deep amber, brownish in color, semi traslucent, medium body, some carb persistent head, the head is creamy and sand color

S: some caramel and toast aromas, a little of hops and aromatic alcohol

T: was expecting something thicker, tiny sweet notes at first, then the toast takes full strenght, bitterness, long tasting end (328 characters)

Photo of awmiller
3.3/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

What an amazing Russian brew!! This bad boy pours up a deep dark brown (almost black) body sporting a huge four-finger tan frothy head. Head retention was a good as it stayed with the brew as it reduced down to about a one-finger head. The smell was just as amazing with wisps of dark chocolate, cocoa powder, and something akin to roasted hazelnuts. The flavors just add to the symphony of delight; dark chocolate, cocoa powder (like taking cocoa powder and adding just a tad bit of water to make a paste and eating it!), caramel, warm bread, plums, raisins, a twinge of hops, cloves, and more! This brew is full bodied (but not too thick) and no real detection of alcohol. Definitely not a session brew as this one is made to be savored very slowly as I found the tastes and smells just amassed as the brew slowly warmed up. Something that could easily be enjoyed all year long, I can see this one being especially comforting on those wintry days spent by the fireside. (971 characters)

Photo of Knapp85
3.83/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured out as a nice dark brown color with a light tan color. The head was creamy and semi-thick looking. The lacing was minimal. The smell of the beer has a decent roasted aroma. The taste of the beer was also smooth roasted and has a good bitterness. The mouthfeel was soft and light carbonated. Overall it's not the best Baltic Porter but it wasn't too bad. (370 characters)

Photo of mactrail
3.11/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Slight sourish hint. Rather bitter after a few tastes. Highly roasted malt, not much trace of sweetness. Big head, lots of coarse carbonation. Nicely watery and refreshing mouthfeel. Typical dark brown color. Nose is more like wet cardboard. Drinkable but not much pleasure in it. (280 characters)

Photo of RickS95
2.92/5  rDev -20%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Dark brown out of the glass, just a bit shy of black with some lighter brown coming out of the edges. The head of off tan but has no retention.

I'll be honest, I didn't smell anything. It smells like an empty glass. I can't pick up a thing.

There's little taste. Maybe some dark malts, but nothing stands out.

It's very creamy and goes down easy. There's little of anything to note until the finish when some bitterness starts to come out, but by then it's a little too late.

I'm really disappointed with this. I've liked most porters I've had and I recently read this was voted the best porter in the world (don't recall where I read that) but this beer provided little of anything that would make me think that. (717 characters)

Photo of comfortablynumb1
3.35/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 500ml into a Southern Tier Brewing pint glass...

A - Pours a deep brown with a one finger tan head that dissipates at fairly quick pace. No lace to be had here...

S - Sweet malts, dark roasted malts, and a hint of chocolate...

T - Dark fruit and some chocolate notes. Ends with some dark roated malts and some lingering dark fruit. Pretty smooth. Abv is well hidden...

M - Nice and creamy with a moderate amount of carbonation. Medium bodied...

O - Interesting taste profile on this one. Enjoyed the dark fruits being the prominate taste over roasted malts. Price is definitely right. Can see myself picking this one up again...

Cheers... (658 characters)

Photo of NilsFrisk
3.3/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: black with red highlights, tanned head that disappears quickly
Smell: Roasted grains and dark malts, alcoholic liqorice and a little bit of chocolate.
Taste: Malty, roasty and carbonated, not as strong taste as other porters.
moutfeel: Mostly just carbonation

A milder porter with more laidback tastes, if you don't want a really strong porter, this would be a good option. (395 characters)

Photo of tjsdomer2
3.55/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: No foam to speak of. Very dark brown. Definitely a heavy look to it that seems right for this style.

Smell: Very minerally at first. Chocolate and fruit notes pick up. As does alcohol.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Taste similar to smell. Almost identical. Mouthfeel has nice combination of smoothness and carbonation.

Drinkability: Pretty pleasant overall.

Overall: A nice change of pace porter. (399 characters)

Photo of MrVonzipper
3.59/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark brown to black with a very nice, thick tan head with good lacing.

Dark malt, bitter chocolate and a semi unpleasant sourness on the nose.

Nice roasted malty flavor along with notes of nuttiness and chocolatey-bisquit or cookie. Definitely more of a euro malt flavor.

Rich, yet crisp. A little dry. Smooth and creamy with medium carbonation.

Great beer for the money. An easy drinking beer. Good Euro-china representation of the beer although this is where this style got it's name. Definitely different from an English or American porter. (564 characters)

Photo of MichaelEllis
4.12/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer seemed more like a German-style dark lager than a porter. It actually reminded me of Paulaner Salvator.
Overall a very enjoyable beer with a fuitcake-like aroma and a rich mouthfeel. I paid $2 for the half liter bottle, and I considered it to be a great value. (270 characters)

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

Bottle from Alko in Helsinki. From notes.

A - Poured a very dark red colour with strong carbonation. Bright. Creamy khaki head of one finger with good retention and ok lacing.

S - Chocolate is pretty strong. Roasty malts and some licorice.

T - Chocolate, coffee, licorice, and vanilla. Not overly sweet and not overly strong but nice.

M - Medium carbonation and a medium body with a lingering sweet finish.

O/D - Good flavour but a tad mild. Nothing wrong but nothing exciting, just a slightly above average Baltic Porter. (527 characters)

Photo of inthebeeraisle
3.18/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Happy to try a Baltic Porter from Russia. Bottle says 1 Pint .9 FL. OZ. I think that is 500ml. Production date 29/09/10, Best Before 29/09/11.

A: Nice very dark color with several fingers of tan foamy head. Lacing is right in the middle, not heavy but present.

S: Smells of bitter chocolate, figs, and slight alcohol too.

T: A bit of licorice to go with chocolate cake flavor. On the sweet side although not overbearing.

M: Thinner then I thought. Nice carbonation level with a touch of lingering alcohol.

O: I liked the beer. True to style. I'd like to do a side by side with Black Boss. Nice desert accompaniment. Just didn't knock my socks off. (652 characters)

Photo of rtepiak
3.77/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a very standard and legitimit form that lacks in one dimensional malting. Looks the part with some subdued carbonation. Smooth... Too simple... And subtle sweet more so then anything. Easy drink. And a proper smoky note. Lacks the acidic note of toasted leather saddle of hint of aging. Candy in the baltic porter world. (320 characters)

Photo of peensteen
3.8/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark brown, near black, ruby in the light, slight off white/tan head. Smell is of deep malt, light alcohol, touch of coffee, leather and roasted bitter notes. Taste is roasted malt, bittersweet chocolate, coffee notes, dark cherry and light alcohol. Thin to medium mouthfeel, typical of porter, creamy, medium carbonation. Really good, very enjoyable and probably the best thing out of this brewery. (399 characters)

Photo of n2185
3.57/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a very dark brown with a finger of light tan head that recedes into a thin layer with little lacing.

S: Roasted malts up front with aromas of dry cocoa and sweet, creamy coffee following behind. The finish is of slightly bitter chocolate.

T: Roasted malts again play the major role here with touches of semi-sweet chocolate and coffee flavors. The finish is of lightly roasted coffee with a touch of bitterness from the hops.

M: Medium body and carbonation, this beer finishes a bit on the watery side but the carbonation provides a little bite.

O: A pretty decent Baltic porter, especially for the very low price. I wish it were a bit more full-bodied and that the flavor had as much complexity as the nose. (721 characters)

Photo of secondtooth
3.45/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Deep black, with a thick head of tan foam. Good loopy lacing.

Aroma is malty, caramel-nutty.

Seems a bit light-bodied, but the flavor profile is somewhat unique. Drinks silky-smooth, with a slight hint of fruit. I get some alcohol, too. Seems very overly sweet, almost in line with a doppelbock. Not bad, but not one I'd pursue again, given there are much more complex porters out there. (389 characters)

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