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Baltika #6 Porter - Baltika Breweries

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Baltika #6 PorterBaltika #6 Porter

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833 Ratings

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Ratings: 833
Reviews: 573
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 14.13%
Wants: 12
Gots: 18 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Russian Federation

Style | ABV
Baltic Porter |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 01-28-2003)
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Photo of animal69
3.83/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

this one from Baltika had 13.07.07 as the use by date; pours about as black as it gets w/ a creamy tan head which dissapates quickly & leaves decent lacing; strong sweet caramely mallt aroma, underlying spicy hop & fruitish smell; dark roasty malt followed by sweetness, very robust flavor, more "congac" type of flavor, lots of alcohols on the palate combine w/ a raisin type flavor; a rich full bodied, low co2 mouthfeel, not dry like your usual porter at all; this one tastes fabulous, but is a little too sweet for me ( although it is an excellent style example), i could prob. only fit 1 in my session...

animal69, Oct 19, 2007
Photo of biegaman
3.83/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Baltika 6 appears cold, black and, frankly, a little daunting, much like the black sea itself. The fact that scarcely a hue of ruby can survive in its deep, unrelenting darkness leaves me to believe that drinkers are at risk of drowning in it if sips aren't taken cautiously. Be aware too that there is no foamy filter to act as bumper between liquid and lips.

The difference between Baltic porters and typical porters is as striking as the difference between sea water and fresh water. And I don't mean that entirely metaphorically: Baltic porters tend to smell almost brackish and have a stiff, loosely briny character that, I imagine, might resemble that of a jar of pickled dark fruits and licorice.

Add to the dark fruit and licorice preserves half a pot of stale, weak coffee, a splash of fig balsamic and a wee dram of Russia's beloved vodka and you'd have something considerably close to the taste. Of course, without the addition of debittered chocolate malts it'd be a poor substitute, and be missing the most flavourful piece of the whole puzzle.

Despite its tall, heavy bottle, sizable alcohol content and opaque appearance, Baltika 6 isn't something to be intimidated by. Actually, it drinks rather light and with a clean, neutral lager quality that voids nearly all textures and heavily diminishes most flavours' impacts on the palate. There's no trace of alcohol. Even its carbonation hardly makes a squeak.

As you may well already know from trying one yourself - or from what you should know, it having been conveyed in this review - Baltic porters are a very distinct style. And I'm glad that despite the size of their operations and the need for mass market sales, Baltika still brews theirs that way. If you want a real taste of the Baltic - and you're not really in the mood for pickled herring or stewed cabbage - then do explore what Baltika 6 has to offer.

biegaman, Dec 29, 2010
Photo of jimdkc
3.83/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours from the 22 oz. bomber a very dark brown. Some reddish highlights are visible only if held up to the light. About 1 finger of thick brown foam head that settles down to a foam ring and bubbly film.

Aroma is intense roasty malt. A bit of sweetness and breadiness are apparent also. Occasional hints of alcohol. I like this aroma a lot!

Taste is initially sweet on the tongue, but that soon yields to dryness. The dark malts are the star here. At first roasty... then some coffee... a hint of licorice... then smooth dark chocolate. As the beer warms, it changes, revealing a sequence of flavors. Finish is surprisingly clean with just a hint of lingering sourness.

Medium body with just-right carbonation. Very smooth mouthfeel. Satisfying to drink.

I find this a very drinkable porter. The 7% alcohol is pretty well hidden... I only became aware of it after nearly completing a bomber! A very nice beer!

jimdkc, Jul 21, 2007
Photo of middletonman2001
3.83/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

A: Dark coffee like color, with the right amount of head, that dissipates to a layer 1/6 of an inch of lace.

S: Very malty and grainy smell to it, which is not surprising for a porter.

T: Malty, not to strong for 7%, fairly smooth, not bad, but not the best tasting porter i've had.
M: Thick but not to thick.

O: Bottom line Its a good porter, and at 7% it doesn't tastes strong, its malty and yummy.

middletonman2001, Aug 02, 2013
Photo of BryanCarey
3.83/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Baltika Number 6 Porter is very dark brown in color and it offers a hefty head of tan- colored foam that lasts and lasts. The nose on this beer isn't very pronounced, but if you search, you will find scents of malt, a touch of chocolate, and some roasted notes.

The taste of this porter combines sweet malt with a little bit of chocolate malt and some roasted notes, with some plum flavor in the background. The presence of alcohol is there, but it doesn't produce a bitter sensation. The contributions from the dark, sweet malts make this beer sweet and pleasant. This porter also offers flavors of plums/raisins, chocolate, and some alcohol. There is plenty of complexity with this porter, and it continues to intrigue as you drink.

One of the surprises with this porter is its alcohol level. The alcohol content of this porter is greater than most beer, but even at seven percent, the alcohol taste isn't as pronounced as I expected. It is a warming alcohol flavor, not a biting alcohol flavor. It makes for a nice combination of taste sensations and it makes Baltika a very tasty, complex glass of beer.

BryanCarey, Jul 12, 2008
Photo of BeerLover99
3.83/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - thick foamy tan /creme head dark brown body.

S - smokey, nutty, peat, cocoa, little spice.

T - sweet mixed with mild spicy/bitter.

M - solid medium body, goes down rather easy.

D - Fine baltic porter, high drinkability and the large Russian population here in N. suburbs of Chicago, this beer is quite easy to pick up.

BeerLover99, Dec 02, 2010
Photo of peensteen
3.83/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark brown, near black, ruby in the light, slight off white/tan head. Smell is of deep malt, light alcohol, touch of coffee, leather and roasted bitter notes. Taste is roasted malt, bittersweet chocolate, coffee notes, dark cherry and light alcohol. Thin to medium mouthfeel, typical of porter, creamy, medium carbonation. Really good, very enjoyable and probably the best thing out of this brewery.

peensteen, May 05, 2011
Photo of nickfl
3.83/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Small, medium brown head with little retention and a bit of lace. Black body with minor, ruby-brown highlights.

S - Malty and bready, with some light chocolate and roasted aromas. Sweet and slightly fruity.

T - Lots of sweetness up front with dark, fruity flavors of plums, raisins, and dark caramel. Notes of licorice and and some chocolate. The finish is sweet and malty with coffee in the aftertaste.

M - Moderately thick body with somewhat low carbonation and a sweet finish.

D - Reasonably drinkable, but suffers towards the end from the significant sweetness. The nice, dark fruit character is quite pleasant, though overall it could be a bit more complex.

nickfl, May 01, 2008
Photo of kinger
3.83/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Been looking for this one for a while now so when I came across one I quickly grabbed it. Deep dark ruby pour with a thick tan head and some nice lacing. The aroma is very malty with a good sweetness to it. Great smoky flavor with a nice roasted quality. Licorice, coffee, and a touch of chocolate complete a tasty brew. Mouthfeel could be a touch thicker but it works. Overall a good porter.

kinger, Aug 05, 2008
Photo of puboflyons
3.85/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is sampled on September 9, 2010 from the 25 fl. oz. bottle marked 30.08.09-30.08.10w. It pours a mahogany-brown color with ruby red highlights and a decent, thick but soft tan head that leaves a good amount of lacing. It lingers for awhile. The aroma mixes and matches yeast, dark malts, vague hops and something that really reminded me of cream corn(!). A good medium body. Dark, burnt cocoa, chocolate fudge, caramel malts, and molasses syrup stand out in the taste. This porter does not have a smoky character like many but it has a likeable character of its own.

puboflyons, Sep 10, 2010
Photo of tvv375ia
3.85/5  rDev +6.6%
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

tvv375ia, Sep 20, 2011
Photo of WanderingFool
3.85/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Baltika porter pours near black into the glass. Ruby highlights are seen around the edges. On top, a big foamy tan head forms and quickly falls to a ring around the surface. A nice netted pattern of lace clings to the glass.

The aroma is malty with notes of smoke, roasted malt and ripe fruit like plum or prune. Each sip of this medium to full bodied beer is very smooth with a mild fizz on the tip of the tongue.

The flavor is rich malt with some nuttiness and hops. It starts with chocolate, smoke and roasted malt. In the middle there's a touch of ripe fruit (raisin?). It finishes with a mild flowery hop bitterness. Once gone some of the chocolate and hop notes linger on the palate.

This is a tasty well balanced beer that's a little thin in body. It's easy to drink and a great example of the style.

WanderingFool, Dec 06, 2009
Photo of nerow
3.85/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep, rich chocolate color into a pint glass. Head is a small milk chocolate with minimal lacing and retention. The smell is underwhelming. I was not aware that a beer could taste so...distinctly...Russian. Overtones of Chocolate, spices, and coffee. A very warming beer.

Silky mouthfeel, slightly oily. This beer coats my mouth with flavor. Good drinkablility, if the alcohol wasn't so damn high I might have found my new favorite beer to drink in copious amounts. Instead, it's just a pleasant repast on a chilly evening.

nerow, Nov 01, 2009
Photo of paceyourself
3.85/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This 500ml bottle poured a very dark brown in color with a beige head. After having a few other baltic porters today, Baltika felt thin and just a little lacking in taste. The coffee and sweet maple aromas are light. Tastes are sweet but not overly sweet and is missing any defining bitterness. A previous review astutely mentioned a cola syrup aroma and a sweet cola aftertaste. Finishes a little dry but overall it's very drinkable.

paceyourself, Mar 04, 2003
Photo of Knapp85
3.85/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

Knapp85, Jul 19, 2011
Photo of PopeJonPaul
3.85/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark brown color with some cherry red highlights and a solid tan head, color was about the same as a Coca Cola. A light nutty smell, which gave way to a nutty caramel taste, a chewy mouthfeel and a sort of peanutty aftertaste. Fairly mild, the alcohol was not so present. All in all pretty darn good.

PopeJonPaul, Jul 07, 2004
Photo of Duxx
3.85/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Very dark black, almost opaque with a 2 finger dark tan head.

S: A little metallic with a toasty background and a sweet caramel nose.

T: Definitely sweet along with pungent dark roast malt. No real trace of the high alcohol. No noticeable hop character. This beer reminds me a lot of Sam Adams Cream Stout but much sweeter. This is my first encounter with a Baltic porter so I don't have a great base for comparison.

M: Thick and creamy. The sweetness limits the drinkability for me.

Duxx, Jan 08, 2010
Photo of mintjellie
3.88/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Part of the Baltika gift set. Poured into the branded glass it comes with.

Three fingers of tight mocha head rests atop a deep black body. When held to the light, only the slightest highlight of ruby shows through. Very little lacing. Dark fruit aromas with coffee and dark chocolate; a hint of brown sugar. Coffee and dark chocolate character is complemented nicely by plum, raisin, and other dark/dried fruit flavours. There's even a hint of cherry. Alcohol provides a boozy kick. Bittersweet and slightly acidic. Roasted malt bitterness gives a drying finish and lingers in the back of the mouth. Medium bodied with low carbonation. Slick and oily, coating the inside of your mouth. A delicious afternoon tipple on a cool, grey autumn day.

mintjellie, Oct 31, 2009
Photo of fitzy84
3.88/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Slick black appearance with lacing circled around the glass. Patchy clouds for a head. Molasses, cocoa, coffee, toffee, caramel wrapped around a woody, burnt exterior. Creamy and sweet, a good milky aspect gives it flavor and weight. As said before, creamy with a silky texture while being relatively light. A good dessert/sweet drink in my opinion.

fitzy84, Feb 20, 2009
Photo of AmorousAngel
3.88/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured opaque black with a 2 inch, fluffy tan head.

Smells like coffee and roasted malt. A touch of caramel.

Tastes just like it smells, but with a touch of chocolate toward the end. Sweeter than I expected from a porter at 7% ABV.

Medium-bodied, smooth and a bit sticky-sweet. A bit acidic in the finish.

Lots of flavor. A bit too sweet to drink more than one, but a good starter for an evening.

AmorousAngel, Sep 24, 2006
Photo of hustlesworth
3.88/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- deep dark reddish brownish black with a nice dense creamy well retained lace dropping khaki colored head.

S- roasted, chicory coffee, cocoa, slight fruity tartness. Full and roasty aroma with some milk chocolate sweetness. Notes of soil, stone, pipe tobacco, leather, vanilla and cedar.

T- a bit cardboardy right off the bat. Chocolate and coffee move right in with some brown sugar and milk chocolate sweetness. Cardboard sticks around however. Balance leans heavy on the roasted sweet side with little to no detectable hop flavor. Earthy vanilla and raisin on the back side. Sweet roasted grain in the finish.

MF- nicely full and chalky with perfect carbonation and a slight cooling menthol feel. Roasted residue on the cheeks feels like roasted vegetables.

D- decent porter, aside from the stale malt flavor which could be from any number of things. Alcohol is imperceptible.

hustlesworth, Mar 26, 2012
Photo of Redrover
3.88/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

16.9 oz heavy brown bottle with foil wrapped neck.

The beer pours a nice black with a fluffy tan head. Sticky lacing adds to the attractiveness.

I expected a bit more aroma. I get some roasted malts and a whiff of alcohol. Perhaps a bit of molasses as well.

Nice roasted malts and a bit of coffee are my initial impressions. Slightly sweet with a bit of hard candy and bakers chocolate. Best served at the proper temperature as it brings out the best in this beer. No real indication of the 7% alcohol in the flavor.

The mouth is a bit thinner than I would like, but this is very easy drinking beer. Great to savor in these colder winter months.

Redrover, Dec 24, 2005
Photo of hunteraw
3.88/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Very dark, opaque, good head, retention and some lacing.

Smell: Roast, coffee, chocolate - very typical porter profile, nothing in the way of smoke.

Taste: Lacks the hint of smokiness I expect in a Baltic porter. Fairly typical profile: coffee, chocolate, roast, hints of fruit & caramel.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, good carbonation.

Drinkability: Wouldn't be bad as an introductory porter, though I yearn for a hint of smokiness... Solid for what it is, though.

hunteraw, May 14, 2007
Photo of Hoagie1973
3.88/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours black with only a hint of light getting through when held to a strong source. One finger of tan head retains fairly well, leaving small dots and light strings of lacing.

Not a ton of complexity in the nose; mostly malty, mild and balanced.

Flavor is very chocolatey with a moderate roastiness, a touch of graininess and a hint of alcohol. Nicely balanced; not as sweet as many Baltic Porters. Could use a little more complexity maybe.

Mouthfeel is good; decent carbonation levels and medium body.

Nothing particularly unique or noteworthy about this beer, but it's solid all around, no off flavors and it's incredibly drinkable. Cool bottle too.

Hoagie1973, Mar 14, 2011
Photo of pwsoldier
3.88/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a deep mahogany, almost black, with a decent creamy off-white head that lingers for a minute or two before disappearing, leaving small traces of lacing on the glass.

S - Caramel, toasted marshmallows, and toffee.

T - Very similar to the aroma. Lots of sweetness from the roasted malts, but not overly done. A faint trace of bitterness comes through in the finish to provide some balance.

M - Full-bodied, semi-dry finish, and the carbonation is just about right. Not much of an aftertaste.

D - A very exceptional porter. This one's very smooth, tasty, and easy to drink. I would definately recommend grabbing a bottle before we embargo Russia.

pwsoldier, Aug 15, 2008
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