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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

792 Ratings
THE BROS
77
okay

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Ratings: 792
Reviews: 568
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 14.13%
Wants: 9
Gots: 10 | 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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Aaron_Ramson

California

2.75/5  rDev -23.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2013 04:23:35 | More by Aaron_Ramson
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DmanGTR

Florida

2.75/5  rDev -23.8%

01-28-2013 18:02:56 | More by DmanGTR
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MikeAllen

Oregon

2.75/5  rDev -23.8%

07-26-2014 04:48:19 | More by MikeAllen
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XmnwildX12

Minnesota

2.75/5  rDev -23.8%

07-20-2014 22:36:54 | More by XmnwildX12
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jwhawkins81

Ohio

2.78/5  rDev -23%
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

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2010 19:22:07 | More by jwhawkins81
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Estarrio

Massachusetts

2.78/5  rDev -23%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2007 02:13:45 | More by Estarrio
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waldoiverson

Texas

2.83/5  rDev -21.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2012 22:46:16 | More by waldoiverson
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smcolw

Massachusetts

2.83/5  rDev -21.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2008 21:09:13 | More by smcolw
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nlmartin

Ohio

2.83/5  rDev -21.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2006 13:06:56 | More by nlmartin
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Lothore

California

2.83/5  rDev -21.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2007 04:30:02 | More by Lothore
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Rudgers73

New York

2.85/5  rDev -21.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2006 19:46:56 | More by Rudgers73
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Popkas

Colorado

2.85/5  rDev -21.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2010 02:45:20 | More by Popkas
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vikingmike

Ontario (Canada)

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2008 09:57:41 | More by vikingmike
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magictrokini

California

2.88/5  rDev -20.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2008 16:49:06 | More by magictrokini
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WJVII

Wisconsin

2.88/5  rDev -20.2%
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?

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2010 00:09:21 | More by WJVII
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cbn

Florida

2.9/5  rDev -19.7%
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!

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2008 15:44:53 | More by cbn
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crossovert

Illinois

2.93/5  rDev -18.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2009 23:42:47 | More by crossovert
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MrMcGibblets

Illinois

2.93/5  rDev -18.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2007 06:28:50 | More by MrMcGibblets
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mnrider

Connecticut

2.93/5  rDev -18.8%
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.

Cheers

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2010 23:41:01 | More by mnrider
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atsprings

North Carolina

2.93/5  rDev -18.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2007 06:46:24 | More by atsprings
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afksports

New York

2.93/5  rDev -18.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2011 01:37:04 | More by afksports
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MammothTarantula

Oklahoma

2.93/5  rDev -18.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2012 19:29:10 | More by MammothTarantula
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AllenS90


2.93/5  rDev -18.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2012 20:41:36 | More by AllenS90
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rousee

Massachusetts

2.93/5  rDev -18.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2006 23:41:12 | More by rousee
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bdkucharski

Michigan

2.95/5  rDev -18.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2011 02:29:18 | More by bdkucharski
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