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Baltika #6 Porter - Baltika Breweries

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Baltika #6 PorterBaltika #6 Porter

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Reviews: 592
Hads: 886
Avg: 3.62
pDev: 13.81%
Wants: 19
Gots: 45 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Baltika Breweries visit their website
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 vikingmike
2.85/5  rDev -21.3%
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.

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Photo of Rudgers73
2.86/5  rDev -21%
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.

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Photo of waldoiverson
2.86/5  rDev -21%
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.

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Photo of jwhawkins81
2.89/5  rDev -20.2%
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

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Photo of cbn
2.89/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours dark reddish brown, the color of cola, beige head retreats leaving a thin ring .

Aroma, very thin dark roast, faint hint of sea air.

Weak roast malt, touch of molasses and a ripe banana.

Rather thin for the style, a bit sticky after-taste.

Although drinkable, this brew does not satisfy my thirst for a true porter. Not much to see here, move along!

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Photo of afksports
2.89/5  rDev -20.2%
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.

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Photo of MammothTarantula
2.89/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Picked this up at a local liquor store after having it recommended to me by a friend. The bottle is uniquely shaped and looks really cool. Poured it into a Samuel Smith pint glass.

A: A very solid looking beer. Very very dark brown in color, nearly opaque. Towering tan head stuck around for awhile. Moderate lacing.

S: Typical porter scent. Dark roasted malts, hints of coffee. Nothing too special here.

T: Tastes pretty much how it smells. Maybe a little woody elements. As I drank this, it seemed like the flavors were coming together to do something big, but it never materialized. It was frustrating.

M: Really creamy and moderately carbonated. Very enjoyable. Mouthfeel is easily the best aspect of this beer.

O: Average. I'll drink it again, but won't actively seek it. I'd probably recommend it, if not just for the fact that it isn't a bad beer.

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Photo of Lothore
2.89/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A- Upon first look this brew is a deep black, when held up to the light a dark maroon color is seen. Semi-thick brown head which fades quickly leaving little to no lacing

S- Coffee, Sweet Dark fruits... I could swear I smell a hint of grapes.

T- Starts with very little taste finishes strong. Coffee, strange semi sweet fruit taste that doesnt sit very well.

M- very little carbonation, fairly thick.

D- I find this one hard to drink. It doesn't taste particularly strong but just rubs me the wrong way mouthfeel and taste wise.

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Photo of maximum12
2.9/5  rDev -19.9%

Left in my basement by some wag after a summertime tasting; I don’t remember ever seeing this in a store. Maybe I just wasn’t looking in the right place. 500ML bottle split with my wife.

The pour is cast-iron black, slight carbonation. Smell is notes of big chocolate & little roast. Nothing unique, but I wouldn’t kick it out of bed for eating crackers.

Baltika #6 Porter is as bitter as a women asked to get out & push in the middle of an epic snowstorm (long story, but a good one!). Harsh roast defines the taste, with the nose-brash chocolate relegated to a distant memory. Touch of sweetness in the middle. As it warms, it morphs from pretty good to less than desirable due to an odd tang right at the end. If not for that, this would be nice, drinkable porter.

My advice: drink this beer cold, like a Mich Golden Light. Once the tastes all gather around the fire, it’s barely fit for Jaimie Lannister’s table.

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Photo of WJVII
2.91/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass this brew has a dark chocolate color similar to cola and a nice 2 finger milk chocolate head that settles nice to a thin cap leaving minimal lacing. The aroma is yeasty with some slight burnt malts, a little prune and some chocolate. The taste is thin and not very full of flavor. There is some slight dark fruit and a little malt, but nothing of chocolate or or caramel as expected. The body is medium and carbonation is moderate. Not the best example of a porter I have had but maybe a bad bottle?

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Photo of AllenS90
2.91/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle dated 06/13/12

A - muddy brown, black with a quickly dissipating beige head. Not that bad.

S - very metallic, uninviting. Some very faint notes of chocolate.

T - an acerbic chocolate taste up front. Faint caramel throughout. A sweet, sticky finish.

M - decent carbonation, although a tad watery.

O - a very average porter.

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Photo of magictrokini
2.92/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Was unpleasantly surprised with this beer. Looks great, dark with a wee bit of head. But smells like raisins and licorice. Taste is the same. Sickeningly raisin sweet with a caramel back. Body is not porter-like, kind of thin and watery. I'll stick with the other offerings from Baltika.

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Photo of RickS95
2.92/5  rDev -19.3%
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.

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Photo of crossovert
2.92/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Nice looking embossed pint .9 ounce bottle, not a pull top like the other Baltika I've had, just a normal cap. Pours a dark, dark brown with a nice caramel colored sandy looking head that sits for a little while before receding.

Smell is a bit off-putting. Smells exactly like chocolate root beer. It has that citric acidy/metallic smell in there. Very very sweet smelling.

Mouthfeel like a ultra carbonated Guinness, the taste isn't much better than Guinness either. The chocolate flavors remain form the smell, as do the metallic notes. Theres also some coffee in there. Alcohol is highly noticeable and burns the throat. The sweetness isn't too cloying but it doesn't help the overall taste too much.

Drinkablitliy is average, a 12 oz serving would be a lot more suitable for this one though.

Overall, its a pretty dry and not so desirable baltic porter. It was pretty cheap but still wasn't quite worth it. Baltic porter is a style I'm normally very in tune with, and considering the name of this brand, this is a large miss in this category. Love Baltika 7 and 9 unfortuneately not this one.

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Photo of mnrider
2.92/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Large brown bottle. Pint Glass

A: Dark brown, almost black. Two finger tan head, very fizzy and does not last. No lacing at all.

S: Very sweet, light chocolate and funky caramel.

T/M: Smooth and creamy, with hints of chocolate and caramel. Tastes burnt and unappealing. Hops are small. Alcohol is hidden well. Finishes sweet and bitter.

D: It's a good brew. I'm not a huge porter person. This one is not very drinkable to me. Too sweet, but I'm still happy I tried it.


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Photo of rousee
2.93/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Pours dark brown/black with a small head which holds well. Nice dark malty smell but it does lack depth. Usually beers in this style are a lot more complex smelling. Taste wise its a smooth brown ale--but it really doesnt even seem like a baltic porter at all--more tan malts and sugarry-somewhat thin and lacking complexity. A bit too sticky on the mouthfeel. Average drinkability.

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Photo of bdkucharski
2.96/5  rDev -18.2%
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.

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Photo of scottum
2.96/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a very very dark brown with a tan swiss cheese head. Sweet sweet malts dominate the brew. There are other flavors to offset the sweetness, but none quite go the distance to achieve balance. A burnt and a fruit and a bitter flavor are amoung them. The 7% is not apparent. Mouthfeel is smooth. An ok porter, but nothing special.

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Photo of atsprings
2.97/5  rDev -18%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a 0.5 liter Spaten glass. VERY dark beer topped with a frothy two finger head, excellent lacing. Almost looked like cappuccino. Smell was very malty. Something off about it that I couldn't quite put my finger on. The taste was actually rather bland. It really doesn't even taste like a porter. Alcohol was barely noticeable. Somewhat drinkable, but I'll shy away from it from now on.

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Photo of stcules
2.97/5  rDev -18%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Black, brown head. Some mahogany reflexes. Average head.
Roasted malt, hazelnut, light liquorice. Slightl liquer-like, raisins.
At the taste liquorice, malt and dry fruit (hazelnuts and peanuts). Quite delicate roasted, and not invading. Quite dry.
Warming, it become more smooth.
Liquorice in the aftertaste, quite resolute, touch of liquer, dry fruit and raisins. Roasted longstanding.
Medium body.

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Photo of mralphabet
2.98/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

22 oz Bomber poured into pint glass

A: Pours a dark black with a hint of red. Big tan colored head with very little retention or lacing to speak of.

S: Not a lot right off the bat.... I am getting sweet malt and a little woodiness. As it warms I'm getting a little more.. Chocolate in the aroma.

T: The taste starts out a lot like the smell.... very little at first, more on the sweet malt side and very little more than that... Then as it warms up I'm getting chocolate, molasses and sweet smokey malt. Need to let this one warm up.... In either case there is little to no hops to balance things out.

M: Little on the watery side... just a little sharpness to the carbonation. Just not very Porter like to me.

D: Not a bad brew but not a very good porter. The ABV is a little high so 1 22oz is enough.

This is my first Russia from Baltika, so I had to they it. I'd give another Baltika style a try but this one this did not make the mark to me.

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Photo of MrMcGibblets
2.98/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

pours a deep brown/black with a light brown head. sweet dark roasted malts, chocolate, dark preserved fruit, and barrel-aged rum in the nose. it's strange to notice this much alcohol in the aroma for a 7% beer. the alcohol presence carries through in the taste which is not to my liking. almost cough-syrupy. sweet dark malts and very little hop presence. the roasty flavors help to provide balance. medium to full in body. complex enough, but the alcohol presence brings this down a bit for me as far as drinkability.

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Photo of eballard
2.98/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This beer poured a dark black with a light brown head. It has a good look with a nice lacing as you drink. It has a dark roasted malt smell with a bit of a bite. The taste is sweet it a little bit of a burnt chocolate taste to its finish. A sharp crisp feel with a lingering aftertaste. It’s an ok porter and drinkable but not the best of its style.

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Photo of forallittook
2.99/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a pint bottle. The smell is murky with a hint of light fruitiness. The beer gives a chocolate, malt taste that is more palatable after a few sips, but the amazingly the burnt taste blends into the aftertaste. Feels highly carbonated on the tongue, but beer slides good down the throat with a slightly heavy weight. Mainly enjoyed the well-balanced burnished taste, but could do without the overall message the beer gives to one's taste buds that it has a manufactured taste.

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Photo of ghebel
3/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Pours clear dark brown with red hue. Head is lacking in size, off-white, and dissipates quickly leaving no lacing on the glass.

S - Sweet dark fruits and molasses. Alcohol becomes more apparent as it warms in the glass.

T - Very sweet, some roasted malts, but dominated by dark fruit and molasses. Finishes with a slight astringent note and mild bitterness.

M - Medium body. Has a "sugary" feel in the mouth and throat.

D - Mildly drinkable.

Overall - Too sweet for me. Not horrible, but I have definitely had better Porters.

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Baltika #6 Porter from Baltika Breweries
82 out of 100 based on 592 ratings.