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Baltika #6 Porter - Baltika Breweries

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Baltika #6 PorterBaltika #6 Porter

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821 Ratings

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Ratings: 821
Reviews: 572
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 14.13%
Wants: 11
Gots: 16 | 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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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 01-28-2003)
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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
Photo of barczar
3.89/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours an opaque brown black with a frothy dense tan head that lingers.

Aroma is extremely nutty and toasty, with hints of dark fruit, chocolate, and alcohol. Notes of plums and dates are masked a bit by alcohol esters.

Flavor is equally nutty, with rich caramel malt becoming a touch bitter at the finish. There's a hint of roast, and an underlying smoky character. Rum-soaked fruits, dark cherries and plums, add intrigue. Notes of tar and dark chocolate emerge as it warms.

Body is smooth and full, with low carbonation and high alcohol warmth.

A bit over the top in alcohol flavor and aroma, but nice, rich malt character. The esters are slightly overwhelming, and chocolate flavor is lacking. Not a bad brew, though. May lay one down a couple years to see what happens.

barczar, Jul 20, 2013
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.

imperialstout27, May 04, 2010
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.

Beaver13, Sep 10, 2007
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.

WeymouthMike, Aug 02, 2007
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.

brewQ, May 17, 2007
Photo of EagleTalon
3.9/5  rDev +8%

Pours out to a tremendous tawny head and very dark brown color. Aroma is smoky, roasty and malty. Flavor is a lagery, steely-clean yet roasty mix with a mocha finish. Mouthfeel is medium-full and creamy. Very good porter.


EagleTalon, Aug 30, 2014
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.

BeerSox, Jan 29, 2007
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.


RonaldTheriot, Jan 04, 2012
Photo of VoodooBrew
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!

VoodooBrew, Apr 07, 2006
Photo of peterjk
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

peterjk, Dec 08, 2009
Baltika #6 Porter from Baltika Breweries
82 out of 100 based on 821 ratings.