Baltika #6 Porter - Baltika Breweries

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Baltika #6 PorterBaltika #6 Porter

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BA SCORE
82
good

867 Ratings
THE BROS
77
okay

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Ratings: 867
Reviews: 589
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 cjgator3
2.49/5  rDev -31%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Pours a nearly pitch black color with a light tan head. The aroma is pretty faint with some dark roasted malt and a little bit of chocolate. The taste features some roasted malts with a dry bitter finish that is a bit boozy. The mouthfeel is lacking any real depth and is too thin and watery. Overall, I am not a big fan of this porter at all and would not purchase again.

Photo of grub
2.5/5  rDev -30.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

pours a dark brown colour with no sign of any head or carbonation.

aroma is slightly roasty and really fruity. cherries. i swear it smells like the belle vue kriek that i had earlier today (different glass, so i know i'm not smelling the other beer).

taste is nice. roasty, and not a trace of the cherry i was getting in the nose. nice bready malt. i find the complete lack of carbonation distracting. the whole beer is just coming across flat, and i feel like it'd be so much better when carbonated. there's just not much else there.

mouthfeel is all wrong due to the lack of carbonation. i can see the potential, but it's just not there.

drinkability isn't great. i'm sure it'd be better if carbonated. the malt that does come through is balancing the alcohol fairly well.

slightly disappointed in this one. i can see that it could be better with carbonation.

Photo of Uniobrew31
2.53/5  rDev -29.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Middle of the road porter. Many better options out there for the price. 2.5's are proper.

Photo of stereosforgeeks
2.56/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance - The hue is black and red. There was a thin creamy brown head.

Smell - Dark malts with some prunes, chocolate and anise.

Taste - The malts, prunes, sweet chocolate all mix well. However, the anise is a bit overpowering. As anise is not one of my favorite flavors I found it a bit off putting.

Mouthfeel - Smooth but a little thin.

Drinkability - The anise will keep me away from drinking more, but I can see how others could be a fan.

Photo of claybeer
2.61/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

It has a real dark used motor oil black color. Very little if any light shines through. The light that does make it through has a red tint to it. The head is a light frothy tan color. The nose has a nice rich chocolate to it but absolutely nothing else. The taste is very similar. I can't tell if it is really soft or just thin. It's difficult to differentiate between the two. Some of the chocolate notes come through on the tongue but not much. The second sip shows that this beer is just really thin and more watered down. I don't get much of a finish. It's kind of a boring beer but not terrible.

Photo of GeezLynn
2.63/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Production date: 04 04 09. Best before: 04 04 10

Very dark brown pour with a large-bubbled, frothy beige head. Smell is sweet lactose and a little caramel and roasted malts. Flavor is a shallow roasted dark malt. A little stale coffee, a little ashiness, and a distinctive metallic quality. Finish is very abrupt for the style. Mouthfeel has about the right body and carbonation level for the style, maybe just a touch on the bubbly side.

The flavor of this beer was just not very good. Either this guy is not adequately built for the voyage, or it is just a sub-par beer. Did not enjoy this.

Photo of GreenWBush
2.63/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Shaded eggplant in color with a head that is initially large, but goes almost completely flat. Slight peaks and valleys of lace stick to the vessel.

Nose is somewhat offputting, filled with suggestions of grape, DMS/corn, cereal grains, and light cocoa-drenched caramel.

Taste is again rather grape-like, then becomes infused with a dingy bitterness and cloying sugar-boosted sweetness. Odd cheap-vodka burn in there too, surprise surprise. Odd insta-buzz in the head is also noticed from the first few sips.

Smooth on the mouth, this one reminds me all in all of the similarly misnamed AB Amber-bock. I guess this was $1.18 for a reason...

Photo of BeefyMee
2.63/5  rDev -27.1%
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.

Photo of Naerhu
2.63/5  rDev -27.1%
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.

Photo of yeahnatenelson
2.64/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance -- Pours a dark brown with ruby highlights. Massive sudsy tan head. Pretty much what I come to expect in a true Baltic Porter.

Smell -- Red grapes are most apparent at first, then faint molasses and cocoa powder. Not a whole lot going on in the aroma department.

Taste -- Quite sweet. Lots of raisin and prune, faint roast malt bitterness, cocoa, and a little bit of herbal hoppiness in the finish.

Mouthfeel -- Light in body with moderate fluffy carbonation.

Drinkability -- Meh. A bit of a letdown. Very simple, very sweet. I don't necessarily mind sweet beers, but there wasn't much of anything going on with this one. Was hoping for this to be a bit of a sleeper, but to no avail. C'est La Vie...

Photo of JamesS
2.64/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured a great dark brown/black with nice light tan head and good lacing. Odd scent, not really a porter (no darkness, coffee, or burnt hints). It had more of a lager scent. Not much of a porter taste, either, but was more like a chocolate amber. Decent chocolate tones, but not very good with the other usual porter tastes at all. Went down fine as far as mouthfeel, but I'll never get another batch of these.

Photo of Mitchster
2.69/5  rDev -25.5%
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.

Photo of LucienDeRubempre
2.7/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Poured from a pint bottle into a clean pub glass.

Strong pour produces a fluffy head that looks like the foam on the shallows of the Ohio river, stiff and silty-brown with nuclear waste bubbles and an oily sheen. The nose strikes a balance between over-roasted malt and macro-lager rice stench. What really disappoints is the taste; a bad dark beer with all the worst parts of a bad light beer. Really similar to kvass, unsurprisingly. Creepy weird aftertaste and a weak mouthfeel, nothing like the robustness of a good porter.

Photo of travolta
2.76/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Appearance: Jet black with a light brown head that has no retention or lacing.

Nose: Malty, slight carmel, tiny bit of dark fruit.

Taste: Syrupy and sweet with mild carbonation. Smooth and easy to drink. More dark fruits and coffee acidity in the middle. The sweetness stays the whole sip.

Notes: Something new to try, but don't think this will blow you away.

Photo of smcolw
2.79/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

I'm not sure what a "Baltic" porter is supposed to taste like; but this one is quite different from most porters I've had. Nice near-black color, good lasting beige head. Surprisingly, little lasting lace.

Sweet molasses aroma that is greater than any chocolate or mocha that might be found. A strong level of metal present also.

Sweet, almost like brandy. Some warming alcohol. Reminds me far more of a double bock than a porter. I cannot detect any hops at all.

Too sweet for me, making it more one-dimensional without any complexity.

Photo of Aaron_Ramson
2.79/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Pours a dark reddish black with no lacing and a 2 finger head that flattens immediately. The nose is booze, dark roast acidity, molasses,raisins, some leather. The taste is a big letdown with booze and burnt coffee dominating the flavors. The aftertaste is astringent and bitter like tea bags. Dry and unpleasant. The mouthfeel is very thin and feels over carbonated. Not at all impressed with this porter and I will not be having it again.

Photo of IRONRakkasan
2.79/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

An almost pitch black offering. The head quickly disappeared. The aroma was mostly malt, and not very intense either. I initially liked the flavor right off the bat with it's slightly tangy malty sweetness. Bitterness was minimal. Mouthfeel was thick. The thing that ruined it was the odd aftertaste. I wish I could describe it effectively other then it was not pleasant.

Photo of connecticutpoet
2.8/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

After drinking Baltika Extra, my hopes for this beer went down, but I thought that being a porter, it would have more body and potentially be better.

This beer is a dark brown in color, with a short tan head that fades away to a light foam. Not too bad.

The aroma is of dark chocolate malts and lightly roasted coffee. Again, not too bad.

Then for the taste... bitter foretaste, lightly roasted and highly carbonated, bitter aftertaste, and a trace of medicinal tastes much like the Extra.

Mouthfeel was very thin for a Porter.

Not a good example of the style.

Photo of Estarrio
2.81/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

I purchased this at the suggestion of a local beer store...

Dark, motor oil pour with a thin smoky head...this looks like a porter to be sure!

Again, typical porter smells; chocolate, coffee astringency and...what's this? Sweet, raspberry soda. Cloyingly sweet. Am I drinking a malternative? The strong raspberry and dark fruit esters are unexpected but I'm intrigued and up to try something new.

The flavor is overpowered by the sweetness. The taste is reminiscent of one of my under-attenuated homebrew failures. The chocolate malt is engulfed by the sweetness with hints of raspberry soda to give this a pop-like character. At first it grabs my attention but with each sip I'm put off more and more...

If you are looking for something different and can get past the sweetness, then this is worth a try. It is certainly a unique beer, just not for me.

Photo of nlmartin
2.81/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

This bottle was served in a pub glass.

Appearance The beer poured black with ruby opaqueness to light. The beers head was thin creamed coffee coloration. There was no retention noted on the head.

Smell: The beer has a lightly roasted coffee. There was dark fruity soy sauce present in the smell. This one frankly smelled very boozy.

Taste: The beer has a up front peppery bitterness. There is a lightly roasted coffee taste. This is all coupled with a prune juice flavor that mixes with a bit of soy sauce.

Mouthfeel/ Drinkability: This beer seemed to be a bit on the watery thin side. The taste doesnt linger and is a bit thin. The alcohol is major present in the taste. This is just not a beer to go out of your way for.

Photo of Popkas
2.84/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Pours reminds me of a pour from a 2 liter Dr. Pepper bottle that was opened a week ago. It's dark, flat black. Nose is better than the appearance with some decent roasted maltiness and a little hidden smoke. The taste is undewhelming until the very end where there is a nice bit of roasted malt flavor. Mouth feel is meh. A fun beer to drink with friends, but not overly enjoyable.

Photo of vikingmike
2.85/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: A rich ruby/crimson colour when held up to light. At first glance, it looks black. Interesting head in that it had different shades of brown mixing about. It didn't stick around very long, though.

Smell: Caramel. Smoke.

Taste: Quite sweet but not overbearingly so. Kind of a molasses/dark chocolate mix. Definitely not a fan of the aftertaste; very smoky.

Mouthfeel: Thick. "Residuey"

Drinkability: This beer isn't bad but like other Baltika beers it seems like extra sugar was added prior to bottling. Definitely a slow-sipper type drink, I could not handle more than one of these.

Photo of Rudgers73
2.86/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

This is one of those porters that is just so sticky sweet and chocolatey that it's hard to finish. It is sweet and heavy with a molasses that sticks on your tongue and wont come off. The mouthfeel is very thick and creamy, which isn't normally a bad thing but due to the sweetness it could stand to be a bit thinner. It seems to get richer with warmer temperature. I noticed half-way through the drink that it was supposed to be served from 10-20 degrees C and I don't think I would have made it through if it started that warm.

As rich as pecan pie. A little much for my taste.

Photo of waldoiverson
2.86/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

bottle into nonic

A: large pillow of a dark brown head, quite black and ample carbonation

S: quite fragrantly sweet, a bit of carob on the nose, lots of CO2

T: laffy taffy sweetness, bit of a burnt sugar taste, a little bit of grassy astringency

M: clean, light body with a bit of CO2 tingle

O: This isn't bad but it also isn't good. it is just too sweet for this guy.

Photo of jwhawkins81
2.89/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Bottled on 4/24/2009 tasted on 2/19/2010

Aroma - Slight roast with a dark fruit sweetness. This is a very good and complex aroma.

Appearance - Dark with a very big light brown head.

Taste - Sweet and slightly earthy. Noticeable absence of roasted malt flavors. Too sweet to be enjoyable really.

Notes - Medium mouthfeel

Baltika #6 Porter from Baltika Breweries
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