Baltika #6 Porter - Baltika Breweries

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Baltika #6 PorterBaltika #6 Porter

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BA SCORE
82
good

868 Ratings
THE BROS
77
okay

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Ratings: 868
Reviews: 590
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 14.13%
Wants: 11
Gots: 39 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Russian Federation

Style | ABV
Baltic Porter |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 01-28-2003

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

A: Pours an extremely dark brown, with a nice dark tan head. Looks pretty good.

S: I am getting a lot of chocolate and a slight earthy smell. It almost smells like a chocolate bock.

T: Has a typical porter taste. Has roasted malt, coffee and chocolate.

M: The beer is very smooth and drinkable. Really not much crispness or carbonation.

O: This is a pretty decent porter,nothing special, but above average.

Photo of BerkeleyBeerMan
3.67/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Darkest brown with reddish undertones. Nice creamy brown espresso head with light lacing.

Flavor of cocoa and molasses with vanilla port wine and slight licorice. Damp earthy.

Thick syrupy and slightly dry. I enjoy this beer and it's ridiculously cheap. Pair with chocolate.

Photo of Nerudamann
3.6/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Look - jet black with about two fingers' worth of frothy tan-colored foam that dissipates somewhat slowly.

Smell - thick and malty, with very subtle hints of caramel and maybe even a whiskey barrel type of aging?

Taste - malty and yet bitter at the same time, but to be fair the bitterness comes later and toward the middle of the tasting. Still, there's a little more of a hop presence in the aftertaste. But the true aftertaste has a lot of caramel in it.

Mouthfeel - as typical of porters, it's less creamy than you'd think, but this one does lean a little more toward creamy than I'd normally expect from a porter.

Overall - not a bad tasting brew at all, and fairly interesting to think about.

Photo of chinchill
3.29/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

16.9 OZ BOTTLE produced 16 May 2011 with a "best before" date 16 May 2012. Served in an over-sized Austrian glass mug.

A vigorous pour produced a large, frothy tan head that quickly settled but left a nice thick covering. Decent sticky lacing on the sides of the glass on the way down. Liquid appears a very dark brown during the pour but is nearly opaque and black in the glass, but leaving fine reddish-brown highlights.

Aroma: Floral; sweet malt; some dark roasted malt; alcohol esters

Taste; sweet roasted malt ... a tad too sweet. Roasted malt with no burnt flavors. Limited depth. Full ABV evident.

Past experience has left me with low expectations for this brewery, so this rather mediocre porter was actually better than expected. If you like your porters on the lighter side, taste wise, but with the alcohol showing through, you may like this one.

Photo of Bookseeb
3.47/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance has a very dark brown rich color with a fair head that dissapates leaving spotty lace. Smell of lightly sweet roasted malts and dark fruits and molassas. Taste is faded in compexity, but still has lightly sweet roasted malts, coffee and a dark fruit note. Mouthfeel is medium-light with good carbonation. Not a bad porter, but needs a little more complexity and body.

Photo of kemoarps
3.33/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a dark brown, but not quite the almost black that I've grown accustomed to with porters. Initially there was a maaassive head (probably a bad pour on my part), that faded into a pillowy almond coloured froth.
There is something a little strange about the nose. I can't quite put my finger on it (there's some joke in there about alcohol and putting fingers on noses, but I"m too lazy to go searching for it). It's not necessarily problematic, but it does seem... odd.
Luckily, the nose was not particularly indicative of my flavour experience with this brew. Where the nose was weird, the flavour is burnt grains and bakers chocolate. There's almost a dark fruity undertone to it as well, raisins or figs or something. It's a little different, but I like it. It's got a faint hoppy finish, but only just.
That pillowy head got me excited for a thick and creamy beverage, but it didn't really continue in that vein. I wouldn't necessarily describe it as thin, but it certainly doesn't have the big body I had anticipated.
Overall I had NO IDEA what to expect going in. I had never seen Baltika before, and had not had a Baltic Porter prior to this bottle, it just happened to be pretty cheap at the liquor store around the corner, so I figured I'd check it out. I would consider drinking it again (especially as it is one of the cheaper non-shitty beers at that location that comes in this size bottle), but wouldn't necessarily make a trip just for it. Check it out if you come across it, but you don't need to go out of your way.

Photo of bdkucharski
2.96/5  rDev -18%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Bottle, best before date 03.01.11, so do not take this review to heart unless you're sitting on a past date bottle you're about to crack open.

A - Black/Brown - Garnet around the edges of the glass. The head fades to a little bit of foam after only a few minutes.

S - Nothing.

T - Slightly sweet malt, some fruity esters, soy sauce, and a litte, metallic twang (perhaps from age?). There is a bit more roast character evident than I expected for an imported Baltic Porter. Absolutely no hop bitterness.

M - Somewhat thin, becomes slightly thicker with warmth. Good carbonation.

O - I would certainly drink this again, but not seek it out specifically (perhaps a bottle within it 'best before' range). I'm looking for syrupy with minimal carbonation, and enough malt and sweet to balance that roast.

Photo of hiku7
3.8/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was my first Baltic Porter, so bear that in mind. According to BJCP, this is a classic representation of the style. That said, I enjoyed this beer. Sweeter than a regular porter, less hoppy, but more esters bringing out deep fruity flavors that I enjoyed.

Pours a deep dark brown to black, with reddish hues. Foamy tan head that persisted well.

The initial dominating scent was licorice, followed by plum and cherry esters. As it warmed a caramel, somewhat chocolatey, toffee malt came more into play, with noticeable coffee roastiness.

The taste was initially sweet, followed by the deep fruity esters of cherry, plums, prunes and raisins. No noticeable hop flavor, but a quick sharp bitterness in the finish that was probably alcohol and hop derived.

Body was medium, with a surprisingly smooth mouthfeel. The finish retained some sweetness. Not much carbonation in the finish.

Overall, this was a decent beer that makes me want to explore the style a bit. Getting to the bottom of it was a bit slow going though, probably due to the sweetness.

Photo of tvv375ia
3.83/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

poured from 500ml bottle into imperial pint glass

A-dark sienna witha a 2 finger tan head that faded quickly without much lacing

S-chocolate with a little coffee and carmel

T-light chocolate flavors with some carmel malts follwed up with a hint of alcohol

M-kind of thin but otherwise well carbonated

O-had a brewed on date of 9-2-11 so it is fresh and good flavors I might get a few of these to keep on hand

Photo of Hoppedup616
3.25/5  rDev -10%
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.

Photo of Cyberkedi
3.43/5  rDev -5%
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.

Photo of GallowsThief
3.88/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

Photo of julian
4.35/5  rDev +20.5%
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

Photo of tewaris
2.48/5  rDev -31.3%
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

Photo of afksports
2.89/5  rDev -19.9%
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.

Photo of Brunite
3.77/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

Photo of srandycarter
3.5/5  rDev -3%
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.

Photo of engagechad
3.53/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

Photo of treque
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%
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

Photo of awmiller
3.3/5  rDev -8.6%
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.

Photo of Knapp85
3.83/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

Photo of mactrail
3.11/5  rDev -13.9%
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.

Photo of RickS95
2.92/5  rDev -19.1%
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.

Photo of comfortablynumb1
3.35/5  rDev -7.2%
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...

Photo of NilsFrisk
3.3/5  rDev -8.6%
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

Overall:
A milder porter with more laidback tastes, if you don't want a really strong porter, this would be a good option.

Baltika #6 Porter from Baltika Breweries
82 out of 100 based on 868 ratings.