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Baltika #6 Porter - Baltika Breweries

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Baltika #6 PorterBaltika #6 Porter

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BA SCORE
82
good

811 Ratings
THE BROS
77
okay

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Ratings: 811
Reviews: 570
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 14.13%
Wants: 11
Gots: 14 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Baltika Breweries visit their website
Russian Federation

Style | ABV
Baltic Porter |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 01-28-2003)
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Photo of JamesS
2.63/5  rDev -27.1%

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.

JamesS, Jan 12, 2008
Photo of Mitchster
2.65/5  rDev -26.6%

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.

Mitchster, Nov 12, 2003
Photo of LucienDeRubempre
2.68/5  rDev -25.8%

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.

LucienDeRubempre, Mar 10, 2010
Photo of IRONRakkasan
2.74/5  rDev -24.1%

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.

IRONRakkasan, May 06, 2009
Photo of connecticutpoet
2.75/5  rDev -23.8%

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.

connecticutpoet, Jul 21, 2004
Photo of sblanton83
2.75/5  rDev -23.8%

sblanton83, Mar 14, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -23.8%

crobinso, Jun 04, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -23.8%

kevintaraross, Sep 01, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -23.8%

Aleks_P, Jun 17, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -23.8%

ShakaShakaShaka, Oct 18, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -23.8%

OldTime, Apr 08, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -23.8%

GMB, Sep 09, 2012
Photo of Aaron_Ramson
2.75/5  rDev -23.8%

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.

Aaron_Ramson, Aug 09, 2013
Photo of DmanGTR
2.75/5  rDev -23.8%

DmanGTR, Jan 28, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -23.8%

MikeAllen, Jul 26, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -23.8%

XmnwildX12, Jul 20, 2014
Photo of jwhawkins81
2.78/5  rDev -23%

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

jwhawkins81, Apr 17, 2010
Photo of Estarrio
2.78/5  rDev -23%

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.

Estarrio, Dec 19, 2007
Photo of waldoiverson
2.83/5  rDev -21.6%

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.

waldoiverson, Apr 10, 2012
Photo of smcolw
2.83/5  rDev -21.6%

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.

smcolw, Apr 20, 2008
Photo of nlmartin
2.83/5  rDev -21.6%

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.

nlmartin, Apr 22, 2006
Photo of Lothore
2.83/5  rDev -21.6%

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.

Lothore, Jul 08, 2007
Photo of Rudgers73
2.85/5  rDev -21.1%

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.

Rudgers73, Sep 02, 2006
Photo of Popkas
2.85/5  rDev -21.1%

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.

Popkas, Apr 02, 2010
Photo of vikingmike
2.85/5  rDev -21.1%

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.

vikingmike, Oct 20, 2008
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