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Baltika #6 Porter - Baltika Breweries

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Baltika #6 PorterBaltika #6 Porter

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793 Ratings

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Ratings: 793
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:
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Photo of imperialstout27


3.9/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip.

A: Pours very dark with garnet hues when held up to the window. Beige colored head that leaves a persistant collar.

S: Sweet, mildly roasted malts. Creamy milk chocolate, caramel, light toffee, and only the faintest impressions of alcohol. Very slight off smell that is of the metallic variety.

T: A very nice toasted malt sweetness hits upfront, with notes of candied red fruits emerging on the midpalate. Hints of creamy chocolate, bittersweet chocolate, and caramel. Overall, moderate sweetness balanced by mild bitterness. Toasted bread at the finish.

M: Medium bodied with decent carbonation. I like it.

D: Quite high level of drinkability. I drank one 500ml and, well, I think I'll have another...

Overall, not super complex, but a solid, good tasting porter. Unlike other reviewers, I don't find its sweetness is out of hand. It would score higher if its slight toastiness was closer to a robust roastiness, but I liked this beer, especially considering the price point.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2010 05:59:47 | More by imperialstout27
Photo of Beaver13


3.9/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

16.9 oz bottle. Pours a dark brown with a frothy brown head that quickly dissipates to a thin film that leaves a little lacing.

The aroma is sweet chocolate malts with a little bit of smoke and tar.

The flavor is sweet lactic chocolate with some dark fruits, smoke and a little coffee with a roasted bitter finish. The mouthfeel is medium with some sharp carbonation.

Overall, a nice surprise. This is a well done porter.

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2007 05:51:30 | More by Beaver13
Photo of WeymouthMike


3.9/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled from a 16.9 bottle. Pours a deep black with a chestnut head which disappeards to mere lacing before I finish my first sip. Good nose to this with cocoa and black licorice which both come through in the tongue. Very dry mouthfeel to this with very little aftertaste which improves drinkability. Will try again and glad I received this one in a BIF as I may have never tried this one.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2007 00:15:18 | More by WeymouthMike
Photo of brewQ


3.9/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I am liking Baltika's lne up!
A good value.

This pours deep and black with a thick tan head that stays.
Smells of coffee and some indiscernible spice.

It's a meal that laces the glass nicely.

For $1.99 the half liter this works well and is certainly drinkable- tho at 7% I may not stick with it all evening!

A nice way to support the Russian economy.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2007 01:51:11 | More by brewQ
Photo of BeerSox


3.9/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1PT .9oz bottle into pint glass.

Opaque black with a light brown frothy head that holds well. Settles to a thick cap.

Dark roasty grain with some strong molasses mixed with alcohol.

Deep roasted grain flavor like any porter, but with the volume turned up a little. The feel is smooth and creamy, resulting from the full body and well rounded carbonation. Bittering hops are found in the end toward the back of the mouth. The finish is filled with a sweet chocolate flavor, light creaminess, and a little bit of lingering bitterness. The alcohol is well hidden.

Not a bad example of a Baltic Porter. This is my first one, so I feel I have plenty to look forward to if they are anything like this one, or better. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2007 04:52:59 | More by BeerSox
Photo of RonaldTheriot


3.9/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Baltika no. 6 Porter Beer has a pretty thick, khaki-colored head and a dark, ruby appearance with lots of lacing. The aroma, while faint, does give one a whiff of dark cherries and alcohol before it dissipates. Taste is of dark-roasted malt, dark chocolate, dark coffee, black cherries, and it has a bitter back taste and smokey after taste. Mouthfeel is medium, and Baltika no. 6 Porter Beer finishes refreshing and pleasant. Overall, this is a smooth and very nice beer.


Serving type: bottle

01-04-2012 21:16:55 | More by RonaldTheriot
Photo of VoodooBrew

South Carolina

3.9/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours deep deep blackish-brown with a generous light brown head, but not too much in the way of head retention. Hardly any light shows through this big beer. The nose is dominated by chocolate, but it doesn't offer too much overall. On the front of the palate, roasted flavors mingle with hints of licorice, leading into a robust bitterness that fades into a roasty aftertaste. Some astringent elements linger on the back sides of the tongue, and eventually the alcohol begins to perk up ever so slightly in the gut. Really this beer is pretty good, and a pleasant surprise given the expectations one might have. And it's cheep too!

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2006 01:41:44 | More by VoodooBrew
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3.9/5  rDev +8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 500ml bottle into Trois Pistoles Goblet

A: Black with dark amber highlights, light brown head fades quickly leaving big bubbles around the edges of the glass.

S: Milk chocolate, caramel, cola, toasted malt, hints of molasses, slight metallic note when cold

T: Cola and brown sugar sweetness up front. Moves nicely into roasted malt and dark chocolate. Touch of bitterness gives the finish a coffee flavor.

M: Thinner than expected up front with lots of carbonation, but the finish is rich and lasting.

D: I was pleasantly surprised by how good this beer is. Especially given the price ($1.99 for 500ml) It had complexity and layers on both the nose and palette. Other than a slight metallic note (which blew off) there where no detectable flaws. Another great porter from the Baltic

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2009 16:57:47 | More by peterjk
Photo of nflmvp


3.9/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16.9 ounce bottle poured very dark brown with a one inch tan head.

Smell was a little sweet, fruity and malty. I didn't notice any alcohol in the nose.

Taste was a bit of roasty malts and cherry with a light alcohol finish.

Mouthfeel was moderate....somewhere between thick and thin.

Drinkability was good enough to wish I had a second bottle!

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2006 00:44:26 | More by nflmvp
Photo of Liquids


3.9/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark but not opaque black color that is more or a reddish hue in the light. A thick creamy dark multi-hued head forms but dwindles after a minute or two, leaving thick lacing atop my oversized pilsner glass. Smells plesantly malty, gentle hops and gentle all around, no detectable alcohol aromas, sweet malts but not so much as to intimidate. Taste is a fairly sweet baltic porter, not overwhelmingly sweet, not as high-fi as others, and not as lager like or off tasting as others I've tried. Darker malts make a fair show here, while the body of the beer seems balanced and not overly pale malt focused, nor overly caramel focused (like some traditional dopplebocks, say). The baltic porter lager yeast characteristic is present here with a slightly sweet flavor and yet slightly drying with a bit of cocoa finish prevails giving it character. Where is the alcohol? None detected. Impressive. Mouthfeel is surprisingly full but certain in the medium bodied catergory, but not light for the style, nor overly carbonated. Wow, this beer impressed me more than other top rated baltic porters, and Baltika is a surprising contended again along with their #4. While I wouldn't choose this beer often as I don't care for the finish and baltic porter characteristics too often, this is the best I've tasted yet of this style. Underrated and delicious.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2006 04:23:25 | More by Liquids
Photo of cerevisiaephilus


3.9/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer is deceptively smooth for 7%abv. Nice, dark, dark brown almost black color with a decent head. Nose wasn't very impressive, some barely perceptible roasty notes. Taste was very very smooth, the roasted toasted notes were subdued. Very nice smooth caramel flavors. Very very drinkable, I will get some more.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2004 18:25:53 | More by cerevisiaephilus
Photo of TheLongBeachBum


3.9/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: A 500ml bottle that looks just like the BA Database Picture.

Appearance: Dark brown body that has a mercuric black appearance. A darkish tan brown pillowy head sits atop this dark ebonyious marvel. No light, no reflections. The creamy head that builds after the pour stays for a long time but leaves some great lacing. Excellent look and some nice conditioning.

Nose: Coffee, dark chocolate, more coffee and some roasted walnuts. Whipped café latte aromas with some dark malt.

Taste: Starts with a coffee malt entrance that builds into a thick malty middle with dark cooking chocolate. Reticent caramel with some light hoppiness and a toffee tingling dry finish. Dry hopped bitter finish licks the edge of the caramel dark malt ending. The lingering ending has an attractive crisp hop bite with a chocolate twist.

Mouthfeel: A porter with a solid mouth that is dominant and most certainly one of the more interesting foreign Porters that I have had in a long time.

Drinkability: Man this sucker is good. I demolished the whole bottle in no time. I can’t believe that I never tried this Baltika offering before now.

Overall: A solid offering, not great, not bad, but certainly way above average. It deserves it legendary status as a very good Ruskie Porter.

This Review is dedicated to the greatest educated Comedian the USA has ever produced, bar none. Bill Hicks. Bill sadly passed away 10 years ago this week (2/26/94). Can it be? I guess so. Incredibly he made his name (and living) outside of the USA, thanks to the conservative gagging media in the Land of the Free!! Most notably he was extremely popular in England, where he was allowed to dispense his awesome humor unattentuated on terrestrial UK TV. A true comedic genius whose native country shunned him. Well, here’s to you Bill, I reckon you would find the fact that I raise a Russian Porter in your honor an ironic laugh! You’re sadly missed.

“Some of you may remember me as a drinker. I was a weekend drinker, started on Saturday, end on Friday."
Bill Hicks. 12/16/61 - 2/26/94 R.I.P.

Serving type: bottle

02-29-2004 07:58:52 | More by TheLongBeachBum
Photo of SykDoc


3.9/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a snifter. It pours a dark brown with a light brown head that reduces to a nice lacing. It is opaque and black when held to the light, except at the corners.

The smell was a bit underwhelming initially and I ranked it lower but then moved it up as the aroma improved with warmth. There are nice notes of roasted malts and dark fruits. Minimal hops and coffee.

The taste was a nice combination of malts, alcohol and a cherry-like sweetness. The sweetness lingers on the palate. There is again, a small amount of hops and bitter coffee hidden in the taste.

The mouthfeel is a medium/full bodied beer. A certain level of bitter/sweetness sits on the palate as a finish and almost leaves a dry feeling. The carbonation is sharp initially but compliments the flavor well with a creaminess.

Overall, this is a fairly good porter. I've had better but I certainly would not turn down an opportunity to have another. I think the feel and taste are the best part, but the aroma could have been a bit stiffer. A good beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2009 01:44:37 | More by SykDoc
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North Carolina

3.9/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep brownish black color with a thick russet colored head and a huge amount of lacing. Smells of roasted malts with subdued coffee notes. Tastes a little rancid to start, but after that is a little of the following well balanced together: coffee, dark chocolate, roasted malts, and smokiness. Mouthfeel is thick and creamy. Drinkability is high.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2010 04:49:14 | More by TheKingofWichita
Photo of beergod1


3.9/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A. Pours a dark mahogany with a beige head....holds nicely.

S. Aroma is not too strong, sweet, slightly woody, touch of smoke, and maybe dark fruit?

T. Tastes as it smells, I guess, light smoke finish, raisin, sweetness of molasses, roasted malt and dusty cocoa. Hmmm, hint of hops.

M. Smooth Porter...just the right mouthfeel, not too smoky or bitter, although those aren't always bad things.

D. Very drinkable, first beer I had from Baltika, makes me want to try something else from them.

C. It's a very nice Surprising beer that doesn't try to be too much.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2009 00:12:51 | More by beergod1
Photo of keithmurray

New York

3.9/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

appearance - dark brown/eggplant color with some brown head

smell - this one is faint, picking up hints of coffee, cocoa

taste - wow, this is good, these flavors really burst, i'm picking up dark chocolate, a bit of expresso and hazelnut

mouthfeel - this is smooth and creamy, high amount of carbonation, medium to full bodied, flavors really linger on the palate in the aftertaste, no hint of booze at all

Drinkability - this is going down nice on a chilly night, for $1.89 a 500ml bottle, this is really good value. I'm glad I tried it and wouldn't hesitate to get another

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2010 04:13:18 | More by keithmurray
Photo of chaduvel


3.9/5  rDev +8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark thick black with a nice sized tan head, very nice. Smell is sweet and bitter dark chocolate with a metallic twang. Taste is similar to smell, starts off syrupy sweet, then follows with bitter chocolate and finishes with a steel/metal flavor. Not bad, but not the best Baltic porter that I have tried. Cool bottle and description all the way from Russia.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2003 15:16:49 | More by chaduvel
Photo of goschool


3.9/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The new bottle is 1 pint 9 oz, with an ever so slightly more modern logo.

The pour is black with red highlights and a large off-white head. The aroma has chocolate, caramel malts, and medium to light roasted Sumatra coffee. Dark fruits and a nutty flavor enter the mix in the taste to add to the roasty coca and chocolate and the sweet malts. The mouthfeel is quite thick and the alcohol comes through more than it should for a 7% beer, but I'll let the brewer get away with it in a Baltic porter. Not a bad offering at all.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2006 07:39:03 | More by goschool
Photo of joe1510


3.9/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

500ml. Bottle

Different bottle than in picture. Blue and black label with a long neck.

Baltika 6 poured black with a 1+ finger tan creamy head. Opaque except when held to the light there are some mahogany highlights around the sides and bottom of the glass.

Smell is a lot different than I thought it was going to be for whatever reason. It smells of molasses, dark fruits (plum) and some dark roasted malts. The molasses comes through the strongest. Smells pretty good.

The taste is good. I thought it may have been to sweet from the smell but it's not. The taste comes through as dark fruits up front gollowed by roasted malts. A touch of sweetness follows at the end with a nice aftertaste. Slight bitterness even things out nicely. The sweetness increases as the beer warms.

Mouthfeel is good on here as well. It's got a medium-heavy body that coats nicely. Slick feeling as I sip. Coats my throat. Smooth.

Drinkability is above average. It would be a little higher except for the sweetness. A couple of these would be more than enough.

Overall Baltika 6 is a good porter. Good flavors with a good mouthfeel. Good drink to warm up with. I'll be drinking again in the future.


Serving type: bottle

10-08-2006 02:00:49 | More by joe1510
Photo of GallowsThief


3.9/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured out of a 1 pt 9 oz bottle into my tulip.

A – Poured out a deep rich brown with one finger of tan head that receded quickly. Lacing sticks around throughout.

S – Milk chocolate, cocoa, vanilla and caramel.

T – Light chocolate taste to start out with definite vanilla hints. Coffee flavor comes next but its faint and not overpowering. Fairly sweet brew and this is noticeable at the end. Leaves a faint sweetness on the palate. Just a touch of bitterness.

M – Medium bodied with lively carbonation. Crisp and tingly.

O – Really solid Baltic here. Has a nice array of flavor and is surprisingly drinkable even at its ABV. No complaints here I will be having more of these.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2011 00:01:28 | More by GallowsThief
Photo of edmedina


3.9/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got hooked on Baltic Porter after a visit to the Boston Brewing Co. in Boston. They served a Baltic Porter that is not currently released. It was pretty damn good. I gave this one a try to see how it compared. I thought then Boston Brew Co was better however, this one wasn't too bad. It poured a black color. The head on the beer wasn't bad. Smell had a malty smell to it. However, the taste was light. I rather enjoyed this one. It is 7 % ABV so watch out for this one.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2007 04:53:44 | More by edmedina
Photo of jtw5877


3.9/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep brownish black hue with a slightly tan quickly dimminishing head, slight smell of black licorice. Slightly smokey and a few tones of coffee. By no means overpowering a decent abv that is not very apparent. A decent beer, my first Baltic Porter and certainly not my last.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2004 00:57:17 | More by jtw5877
Photo of monkeybeer


3.93/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Black with a quick disappearing tan head and sticky lacing.

S- Very light and sweet with a slight hint of chocolate and fruits

T/M- Taste is very much like the smelt sweet with a hint of fruits and chocolate very pleasant moth feel carbonation is a bit high but not bad.

D- Very drinkable porter. I have not been disappointed in anything from this brewery. This is a porter that you could easily have more than one of in a night

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2008 04:11:19 | More by monkeybeer
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3.93/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours clear but extremely dark brown with a thick tan head. Nose is okay. Nothing crazy. Just some mild malt tones. Hmmm. Unusual. I can't remember the last time a flavor profile made me stop and think so much about what I was drinking. It's nice and robust, yes. There are nice thick tar-ry tones. Strong sweet side that is almost like brown sugar in a way. Thick malty presence. But at first I get an almost cola It's nice. A bit too sweet, but good. Feel is smooth, but at first there was a real odd carbonation. Calms down over time. I like this style and I like this one. It's a bit too sweet, but I can still hang. I'd session this.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2008 03:50:05 | More by RblWthACoz
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3.93/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very dark with maybe a hint of reddish color. Big foamy head that disappeared quickly. Nice lacing on the glass. Smooth mouthfeel. Good flavor. Got the beer from someone else so don't have a clue as to how much it costs so I can't doa cost benefit analysis. The Russians make some pretty good beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2004 04:23:28 | More by Hex92
Baltika #6 Porter from Baltika Breweries
82 out of 100 based on 793 ratings.