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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:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 01-28-2003)
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Photo of tbeckett

Ontario (Canada)

3.53/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2011 18:57:06 | More by tbeckett
Photo of inthebeeraisle


3.15/5  rDev -13%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2011 23:58:16 | More by inthebeeraisle
Photo of rtepiak


3.75/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2011 06:35:35 | More by rtepiak
Photo of peensteen

Ontario (Canada)

3.83/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2011 14:01:01 | More by peensteen
Photo of n2185

North Carolina

3.55/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2011 20:31:17 | More by n2185
Photo of secondtooth


3.45/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2011 03:05:00 | More by secondtooth
Photo of PicoPapa


3.13/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

1 pint .9oz bottle. Pours a very dark brown with light brown hues and a big frothy head. Decent amount of lacing. Aromas of roasted malts, molasses, and alcohol. Slightly sour. Flavor is of molasses, dark fruits, and booze. Sour dark fruit aftertaste with more of that warming alcohol. A bit light and thin. This beer is alright. It was right around $2 and packs a decent punch. Overall it's worth grabbing every so often but if I never had it again I wouldn't be upset.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2011 01:43:11 | More by PicoPapa
Photo of Reinheitsgebot71

Ontario (Canada)

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

A: The body dark ruby nearly black with a thick clumpy light brown mocha head. The retention is decent as is the lacing.

S: Lots of amber and dark malt aromas here; caramel, butterscotch, brown sugar, molasses and dried fruit. There is an interesting sour note reminiscent of very ripe cherries.

T: The flavour is all malt; coffee, toffee raisins, dates, roasted malt character and a slight sour note fading to a dry finish. Hops are here only in thought.
The body smooth and creamy with a medium low carbonation.
A nice beer and my first of the style.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2011 19:51:14 | More by Reinheitsgebot71
Photo of samie85


3.13/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A-Pours a pitch black with three fingers of light brown foam that leaves thick lacing behind.

S-Smells mainly of dry, dark chocolate with some coffee notes and clean earthy hops.

T-Roasted coffee and cocoa notes with a dry, bitter dark chocolate finish.

M-A little thin and watery in the mouth with very low carbonation.

D-A decent attempt at the style, but the mouthfeel was very disappointing and the flavor profile was average at best.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2011 02:02:47 | More by samie85
Photo of bump8628


3.58/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark, cocoa brown with a fizzle of head that lasts for awhile but eventually burns out. Rough, roasted grain, bitter cocoa, and diner coffee mingle with burnt sugar, toffee, and raisin. Powerful in terms of strength and a bit coarse (not necessarily a bad thing on bitterly cold night). Fruitiness from the yeast goes slightly unchecked while hops seem rustic and mostly just lend a firm bitterness. A touch of sourness trails at the end. I'm guessing this a fairly authentic example. Certainly not an elegant brew, but still pretty tasty.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2011 20:51:06 | More by bump8628
Photo of Shaw


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

Pours almost black, with a hint of brown around the edges of the glass, with a short brown head.

Nice aroma of roasted malt.

Very malty flavor, with notes of chocolate, coffee and roasted malt. The roasted flavors are secondary to the sweet malt notes, which in some ways remind me of a double bock. This is a fairly sweet beer with some nice roasted flavors thrown in.

Good body, light but not watery.

Overall this is a fine beer and a nice change of pace from the hoppy and bitter brews I've been drinking.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2011 00:32:35 | More by Shaw
Photo of xvoltronx


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

APPEARANCE - Black. So much so that not even direct light seems to penetrate. Smooth pour with a thin, beige head. Light carbonation.

SMELL - Full. Rich with a distinctly "roasted", slightly bitter aroma.

MOUTH FEEL- Exquisite. Smooth, yet robust, with a warm and slightly nutty start. Smooth, tart finish with a hint of hoppy bitterness. One of the smoothest tasting beers I have ever encountered, as it is smooth and approachable from start to finish. A bold beer with abundant character, yet refined and tastefully subdued.

OVERALL - This is what craft beer is supposed to incite in drinkers; a wonderful flavor and an obvious earmark of careful consideration, expertise and pride in craftsmanship on the part of the brewer. I highly recommend Baltika #6 as both an excellent starting point for those who are interested in trying dark beers and as a new staple in the routine samplings of dark beer lovers.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2011 17:16:17 | More by xvoltronx
Photo of UCLABrewN84


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

Pours an almost opaque crimson red/black with a nice 2 inch tan head that fades to an oily film on the top of the beer. Fair ring lacing on the drink down. Smells like caramel and dark roasted malt. Very sweet caramel and roasted malt taste. Almost an artificial sweetness. There is a very small amount of bitterness after each sip. There is also a pronounced metallic quality in the taste of this beer. This beer is a bit flat and watery in the mouth. Overall, this is a pretty good beer and I believe this is my first Russian beer ever. I might revisit this one in the future, especially for the $1.99 I paid for the bottle.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2011 04:33:13 | More by UCLABrewN84
Photo of Wegomlegging


4.18/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured thin black with a white & tan head. Aromas of hard water, licorice, roasted malt and dirt. Flavor was excellent, black licorice being the dominant factor here. Also nice hop bitterness and maltiness. Finished nice, with average carbonation and a very slight alcohol warming. Solid beer, benchmark style.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2011 00:03:56 | More by Wegomlegging
Photo of Hoagie1973

New York

3.88/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours black with only a hint of light getting through when held to a strong source. One finger of tan head retains fairly well, leaving small dots and light strings of lacing.

Not a ton of complexity in the nose; mostly malty, mild and balanced.

Flavor is very chocolatey with a moderate roastiness, a touch of graininess and a hint of alcohol. Nicely balanced; not as sweet as many Baltic Porters. Could use a little more complexity maybe.

Mouthfeel is good; decent carbonation levels and medium body.

Nothing particularly unique or noteworthy about this beer, but it's solid all around, no off flavors and it's incredibly drinkable. Cool bottle too.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2011 22:33:39 | More by Hoagie1973
Photo of kwjd

Ontario (Canada)

3.6/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to peensteen for getting this for me so I didn't have to buy the other 2 beers in the gift pack!

Pours a dark brown colour with creamy tan head that dissipates fairly quickly without much lacing. Smells of chocolate and roasted malt, quite nice. Sweet chocolate flavour, with hints of a fruitiness in the aftertaste. Mouthfeel is slightly thin, but it still is nice enough. I'm surprised how nice this beer is given how bad the rest of the Baltika beers I've had were.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2011 02:55:44 | More by kwjd
Photo of rudzud


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

Bought on a whim from KJ Baarons in Worcester. Hey, it was $1.70!

A - Poured into my Duvel tulip a dark brown almost black pour with a light light tan two finger head that slowly faded to leave a thin halo and small little cloud.

S - Typical porter aromas here, just a bit maltier and darker. Smells almost like a bock. A weizenbock.

T - This stuff tastes like a weizenbock too! Whats this, not really getting any porter flavours here. Instead, gettign lots of dark fruits. Not sure where the porter aspects are, no chocolate and such, just dark fruits.

M - Nice carbonation for this, sligtly higher than usual. Feels really nice in the mouth.

D - Is this really a porter? Sure doesnt seem like it. Definately drinks like a Weizenbock. Not sure if its like this due to age or what.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2011 07:45:01 | More by rudzud
Photo of thegodfather2701

North Carolina

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

A-Pours black with auburn hues. It has a tan two finger thick head that is thick and billowy.

S-Chocolate, dark fruits, hint of roasted malts and a slight nutty note to it. It smells very sweet.

T-Chocolate, with hints of coffee and toffee, and a nutty finish. It is sweet like the nose suggests. It tastes really good.

M-Thick and creamy with a nice carbonation.

D-It has a nice drinkability even though it has a slightly above average abv. It tastes great and one could consume a few pints in a session.

Overall, this is a very good beer. I purchased a 16.9 ounce bottle for $1.99 at Total Wine and will definitely be purchasing this again.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2011 21:47:17 | More by thegodfather2701
Photo of tone77


3.2/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a brown 16.9 oz. bottle. Has a black color with a 1 inch head. Smell is of roasted malts. Taste is also big on roasted malts, not much else going on, not very complex. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and has average drinkability. Overall this is a decent beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2011 15:22:08 | More by tone77
Photo of ForWhatAlesYou


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

1 pint .9 fl oz bottle into a pint glass

A: Inky pitch black. Huge sudsy brown head. Good lace.

S: A little smoke, coffee and a hop tinge.

T: Initial flavors of chocolate, fig, coffee, leather and blackberry. Other notes of tobacco and oats finish with a slight metallic bitter. Alcohol sits nicely amongst the melange of flavors.

M: Crisp yet chewy. A little dry.

D: Overall a nice porter and one of Baltika's better brews.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2011 17:54:37 | More by ForWhatAlesYou
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New Jersey

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

Poured from 500ml #6 bottle into a pint glass.

Pours dark brown with thick cascading brown foam. One thick inch of foam remains. Roasted smell, dark chocolate. Some coffee. Smooth (very) taste. Cocoa powder dark taste. Lots of coffee. Very light carbonation. Supremely drinkable. Outstanding porter.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2011 12:19:18 | More by KTCamm
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3.78/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pitch black with a nice, off-color head that dissipates to a thin film. Very nutty smell and taste. A little sweet but not overwhelmingly so. very drinkable and refreshing for a porter.

in general a pretty good find. A little sweet for my taste but has a very good mouthfeel and is very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2011 18:42:06 | More by RedBeerHead
Photo of Cylinsier


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

From the bottle.

Pours pitch black, minimal tan head dissipates quickly.

Smells of dark unsweet chocolate, toasted bread and molasses.

The taste follows the scent and is potent. Dark semi-sweet/bitter chocolate notes with toasty elements and a rich molasses tinge.

Feels full and chewy with minimal carbonation, although what is there leaves a sharp tingle on the tongue.

Very good, too rich to drink a lot of though. Feels stronger than it is. But well worth trying.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2011 00:55:58 | More by Cylinsier
Photo of evanlarkin

District of Columbia

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

Poured from bottle into a mason jar. Yes, classy.

A dark brown, possibly black color. Very opaque. No way of seeing through this one. Not much head, but I was trying to avoid it.

Sweet and malty. No hops to speak of, but a very pleasing molasses aroma accompanies the malt.

Molasses suspicions have been confirmed. It's sweet and caramel-y and not at all bitter. A slight toasty taste, but hidden behind the sweetness.

Full-bodied, very smooth. Chewy and satisfying.

Drinkability: Good, but I probably wouldn't have a whole lot in one sitting just because of the very strong flavors. That being said, I think it's delicious.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2011 17:06:34 | More by evanlarkin
Photo of JDFish


4.1/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured very dark, even for Porter standards. Nice 3/4" foam that disappeared fairly quickly. Very light lacing, practically none at all. Rich malty smell and roasted coffee, pleasant to whaff at. Mouthfeel a little on the light side, taste is wonderful, very easy to drink. Has a molasses kick at the end. The highpoints are a great taste and very drinkable. The low points is that its not all that complex and kinda thin...but thats ok by me.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2011 01:30:26 | More by JDFish
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