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Baltika #6 Porter - Baltika Breweries

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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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3.5/5  rDev -3%

Texasfan549, Feb 02, 2012
Photo of kjkinsey
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

kjkinsey, Apr 06, 2013
Photo of GRG1313
3.65/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Interesting new line in an interesting new bottle shape found today at BevMo. I'm not real familiar with Russian beers so I had to buy it and immediately try it. Dark brown with red/orange tints around the edges and a nice thick light tan head.

Big assertive banana and ripe peach nose with hints of cinnamon and a malty nose finish.

Flavors are a big surprise in that there is creamy mouthfeel with big burnt carmel and toffee malt flavors that are pleasant and clean and with hints of spice. Medium bodied - not light/not heavy but very pleasant and appealing.

Finish is a burnt coffee/burnt toast malty character that is medium lasting and pleasant. I find this a bit "more" than perhaps some prior reviewers. Could be a new batch that's improved or perhaps I'm just taken in by the ripe fruit and general "sweet appeal" of this kind of porter. I liked it and it's a bargain and value received at $1.99 a bottle. Drinks like a much more expensive brew.

Note, seems to fade in all aspects in the glass, perhaps a bit faster than most. Otherwise, as stated above.

As always, just my opinion.

GRG1313, May 25, 2009
Photo of ygtbsm94
3/5  rDev -16.9%

ygtbsm94, Aug 04, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -3%

spycow, Mar 10, 2013
Photo of kylehay2004
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

kylehay2004, Jul 05, 2014
Photo of jaydoc
3.5/5  rDev -3%

jaydoc, Oct 26, 2013
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.5/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a dark brown body with a thin, beige head.

Smell: Sweetish aroma of molasses, a bit of roast, and a cup of simple syrup.

Taste: Dark malts with a taste of molasses with a bit more sugar added. Some roastiness. Never much in the way of hops or bitterness. Just a touch of astringency in the lightly roasty finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Not the best baltic porter I've gulped down, but, for me, it was definitely the best stop on the trip through Baltika Land.

ChainGangGuy, Apr 09, 2008
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 oberon
3.25/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured into a .5 liter stein a deep dark brown with a tint of of ruby a 1/2 finger tannish colored head sat nicely atop.Aromas are sweet alot of dark fruit and heavily roasted coffee pretty heavy handed in the sweet dept,flavors are the same intense roast and dark fruit and brown sugar really not any drying base, just to one dimensional.Full moutheel keeps it at least a decent brew but there are alot of domestic style that blow this away.

oberon, May 31, 2008
Photo of TMoney2591
4.1/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a Dogfish Head shaped pint glass.

Pours a nearly opaque dark brown with garnet highlights and about a finger's worth of foamy ecru head. The nose is molasses, pine, maple syrup, spruce, brown sugar, and dark malts. Some very faint floral notes are also lurking somewhere in the distance. The taste emphasizes the pine and spruce and really brings the florals out from the shadows. The darker aspects are still there, with the molasses and brown sugar leading the way, but they are much more balanced with the other elements than in the nose. The body is a firm medium, with a healthy dose of carbonation and a smooth feel, all leading to a very high drinkability.

TMoney2591, Mar 22, 2010
Photo of emerge077
3.78/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A generous amount of foam, sticky lace, sustained for some time.

Smells a little sweet, slightly roasty. There's a hint of plum that's evident, but not real big.

Roasty malt and sweet plum/fig in the taste. Sweetness is at the threshold, but doesn't overpower. A fine example of a Baltic Porter, i'd say above average.

As it warms, the 7% becomes perceptible. Not overpowering, but gives it an edge. One bottle was enough, I continued the Porter session with a Strzelec Porter. At $1.69, it was a great budget buy.

emerge077, Mar 27, 2007
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3.95/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a dark brown, almost black color with a caramel colored, bubbly, two-finger head that left sticky rings of white lace.

S - It smelled of tons of chocolate and some caramel. It had a nice floral aroma, too.

T - It tasted of bitter hops with a subtle hint of citrus. Nice caramel and chocolate flavors balance out the hop bite.

M - It was fairly soft and smooth. A medium-bodied beer with an understated bite.

D - This is a good baltic porter. I am really starting to love this style.

zeff80, Nov 07, 2008
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4.33/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Baltika's # 6 pours a clear, very dark mahogany body beneath a full head of creamy tan froth. The head retention is quite good, and it leaves some nice lace at the outset of the glass. The nose is caramelish with some darker malt tones and a touch of dark fruit (plum/prune, non-tart berry). It's delicately crisp in the mouth with a fine-bubbled standard carbonation that's somewhat subdued by its medium-full body... gently tingling I might call it. The flavor is more fruity than the nose suggests, and it's loaded with caramel and toasted brown sugar as opposed to chocolate; and, unfortunately, it's hindered by a touch of alcohol that wasn't really noticeable in the nose. It's balanced towards sweetness, and its bitterness only becomes apparent in the finish, lingering gently with some previously unseen herbal hops and dried, dark fruit skins. Baltika's best beer?... perhaps! Enjoyable and certainly worth trying!!!

NeroFiddled, May 23, 2005
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3.23/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Presentation: 16.9 oz bottle with a freshness date on the back label, a little blurb about the beer on the back to.

Appearance: Fast foam to thin ring of lace, the snap and crakle of the head was too quick for me. A shade or two lighter than black, it pours a little like motor oil in the mug.

Smell: Vague chocolate, major steely caramel and lots of sweetness in the aroma. A bit too sweet for my liking.

Taste & Mouthfeel: A palatable creamy smoothness within the full body. Lots of sweet malt, on the dark side of course with rich caramel donning a metallic flavour. Slight burnt and chocolate flavours middle to end, hops are docile with a one way bitterness. Finishes with a light cloying sweetness. The hidden alcohol provides a dark fruitiness which is the most interesting thing about the beer.

Notes: The alcohol is a bit deceiving at 7.0% abv, as I said before a bit too sweet for me which took away from the drinkablity. A small glass of this with a chocolate dessert would be nice.

Jason, Aug 11, 2003
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3.63/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 16.9oz bottle into a US tumbler glass.

A: The beer is a deep dark reddish brown color, with a short beige head that fades slowly and leaves a spotty on the glass.

S: The aroma contains roasted malts, dark fruit, coffee and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of coffee, dark fruit, honey and chocolate. There's a mild but complementary hops presence. The malt character is hearty but a little thin for the style and brings a decent balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth but a little slick, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of style, but one of the beers that I've had in the style but it's still solid enough to drink for a while.

TheManiacalOne, Aug 30, 2010
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3.1/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Deep ruby plum in color with a nice sized tan head leaves a good amount of lacing not a bad look to it. Aroma: Thick layer of toasted malts with fruit and alcohol tinging around the edges. Taste: Sweeter up fron some plum and raisin like tones with chocolate and a mild coffee finish not bad compared to other Baltika products I have had. Mouthfeel: A bit thin for a big baltic porter medium to light in body with steady carbonation, not too impressed by anything. Drinkability: Decent not a warmer like I was expecting a bit of a disapointment.

WVbeergeek, Feb 02, 2004
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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.

RblWthACoz, Mar 14, 2008
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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
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3.7/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Head drops off fast, but I like the tan head, not much carbination,so that lets malt and fruit, especially raisuns and dates come through. Color is brownish,purple??? to black what I want to see in this sort of beer ?? I smell alcohol, malt & iron. This really hits the back of the tounge & throat nicely. The abv is deceptive, could almost drink this a a session beer. Probably the best beer I've had from the baltics.

russpowell, Aug 15, 2005
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4.35/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Color is dark as dark can be, beneath a big, bubbly, crackling tan head. Aroma is full of cocoa, nuts, and sweet candyish flavors. Medium body, light in texture, but really tasty, rich, satisfying. The ABV is 7%, but I didn't feel it in the least. Wait a minute...okay, now I do! Very tasty, and a welcome surprise, an excellent porter, an enjoyable beer!

feloniousmonk, Feb 02, 2003
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3.1/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Slight sourish hint. Rather bitter after a few tastes. Highly roasted malt, not much trace of sweetness. Big head, lots of coarse carbonation. Nicely watery and refreshing mouthfeel. Typical dark brown color. Nose is more like wet cardboard. Drinkable but not much pleasure in it.

mactrail, Jul 18, 2011
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4.35/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a deep dark black color with a thick frothy tan head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a nice rich malty scent that seems a bit dry, but full of caramel and black malts. It has a roasted, toastey aroma. The taste is great. It has an extremely smooth and creamy flavor that is full of sweet crystal and black malts. It goes down easy and hides the elevated abv. . The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a damn good beer and a bit of a surprise. It is a great drinker.

WesWes, Dec 01, 2004
Photo of Mora2000
3.78/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown with a beige head. The aroma is mainly roasted malt with some coffee. The flavor is heavy on the roasted malt. Not as much coffee or chocolate in the flavor as I was expecting. The alcohol is well hidden. Medium mouthfeel and carbonation. Fairly cream finish.

Mora2000, Jan 01, 2010
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3.35/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Best before July 5, 2006 - reviewed a few weeks before that date.
Poured almost black with ruby highlights towards the bottom.
The aroma was of sweet chocolate - To me it almost had a smell of sour milk mixed in.
The taste - IMO - was more reminiscent of a sweet stout than a baltic porter. There were some chocolate notes, but it was not very complex. At first, the alcohol taste was hidden, but became apparent towards the end. The taste wasn't bad - but a bit too covered by sweetness to pick up on anything more than some chocolate and a hint of caramel.
The sweetness lingered on the tongue, but there was a thinness that evened it out.
Overall, it's not bad - an average baltic porter, but nothing to go out of the way for.

jwc215, Jun 07, 2006
Baltika #6 Porter from Baltika Breweries
82 out of 100 based on 811 ratings.