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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

847 Ratings
THE BROS
77
okay

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Ratings: 847
Reviews: 579
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 14.13%
Wants: 11
Gots: 29 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Russian Federation

Style | ABV
Baltic Porter |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 01-28-2003

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Photo of dreadnatty08
4.59/5  rDev +27.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Best before 03/24/08 (one year post production)
Pours a ruby tinged dark brown, slightly translucent with a medium tan head, quite luscious looking. Aromas start off with a bang with tons of licorice and caramel. Medium notes of alcohol carrying lots of dark fruits, finishing nearly port-like. Grain-wise, quite a bit of roasted grain, nothing near burnt aromas, and no hops detected. Overall, a really nice aroma. On the palate, a creamy sweetness hits you first with an overall sherry like feel. Moderate to low carbonation and just truly dextrinous. It finishes with the roasted and highly kilned malts coming through in complexity with quite a bit of warmth at the end. An excellent porter, glad to try this and nice to see it holds up for nearly a year with grace.

Photo of berserker256
3.43/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This looks like a porter that I'll like. Nice almost-black color with a tan head. Thick pouring. It smells really sweet like mollases, prunes, sugar and alcohol. It's got an OK flavor. No hoppyness, heavy on sweet malt and molasses. It's heavy and syrupy and somewhat lactic. I'm a little disappointed. It seems like the appearance was nice and then it all went downhill from there. It doesn't suck but I wouldn't ever go out of my way to get this beer again. There are many other much better porters out there. And if this is what a Baltic Porter is... Then I'll stick with regular porters.

Photo of warmstorage
3.95/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

16.9 oz bottle, states 7.0% ABV.

Pours a deep, deep brown, almost black, into imperial pint with a huge, thick, almost rocky beige head, leaves significant lacing.

Aroma is roasty, sweet, stonefruit, malty sweet alcohol.

Taste is roasty with burnt sugar notes, some steonfruit, a pungent yeasty fruitiness alternating with burnt, creosote-like sugar, and plums and prunes. Thick, the yeastiness is a little too cloying. A small bit of alcohol warmth found, it hides the 7% well.

Slightly thick mouth.

Really very tasty, and I'm pleasantly surprised. I haven't had any other good beer yet from Russia (or former Soviet republics, for that matter.) I'm really quite pleased.

Photo of julian
4.35/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pitch black even when held up to the light. Nothing getting through this obsidian black beast. Big voluptuous brown head, about 1-2 fingers worth. 4.5

S: Mmmm yummerz. My first Baltic Porter was Olfrabikken and that blew my mind! The aroma of this is pleasantly similar. Roast up front mixed with a little coffee, followed by molasses, raisins, and subtle caramel. Excellent. 4.5

T&M: I really do love this style. This is smooth, and creamy on the tongue with a mild bite from the carbonation, but everything is in harmony. I’m getting some molasses, raisiny sweetness, a little bit of roast and coffee, caramel and an almost non-existent hop flavor. 4.5/4

O: Excellent. This is exactly what I was hoping this beer would smell/taste like. From what I know about this style, I love it and I want more. Now that I know I can get this locally, it’s definitely going to be a regular in my fridge. Mmmmm 4

Photo of movingtrain
3.43/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a dark coffee color...light lacing of head around the glass edge. Opaque.

Smells of iron, bitter chocolate, rye, raisins, black cherry. Slightly metallic aroma, as well.

Taste is sweet...vanilla, chocolate. Creamy, malty, brown sugar. The body is quite light for as dark as this beer appears.

This is a good beer...would be good with sausage and caramelized onions...it is drinkable for sure, but is not really a "great" porter by any stretch of the definition. It tastes good, and goes down pretty well.

Photo of acbe
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of GMB
2.75/5  rDev -23.8%

Photo of SetarconeX
3.68/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'll say right up front, I've never been a big porter person, I tend to lean more toward stouts. That said, this one isn't particularly bad. Nice dark color, though perhaps a bit lacking as far as smells go. The nose on this one's actually rather faint and hard to get to, though with a hint of sweetness.

Taste is really nothing special. Tastes like your basic porter, though not a particularly strong one. I'd really like a bit of oomph in this one. Good, but a tad weak. Even so, completely drinkable.

Photo of Dylanjf
3.5/5  rDev -3%

Photo of Ranz
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of dvanhandel
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of TerryB
4/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of kflorence
3.46/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours black with dissipating tan head.

S: Smells of roasted malts, dark fruits, caramel, alcohol and slight metallic tinge.

T: The taste reminds me of an imperial stout (albeit, a much lighter version) with its dark fruit and licorice flavor up front. It finishes with a strong flavor of roasted malts, molasses and dark fruits. There is definitely a slight alcohol kick in the final notes. The lingering flavor seems to be a mix of dark fruits, caramel, alcohol and licorice.

M: Mouthfeel is smooth and rather light for a beer this dark; the beer has good carbonation and isn't all that sticky.

D: Pretty decent brew for my first baltic porter. I could've used a bit more malt presence, but overall pretty tasty.

Photo of ohyayitstrey
3.5/5  rDev -3%

Photo of WetCoaster
4.02/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: Deep brown with garnet highlights. Coffee with cream colored head, thick with moderate duration. Mild, fine carbonation. No real lacing to speak of.

Smell: Holy crap! BOOMING vinous nose, with big Zin notes up front. Strong cherry follows, with wonderful chocolate and caramel malt notes underneath. A hint of coffee. Roastiness is all that's missing--near perfect.

Taste/Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is oddly thin and the carbonation, while crisp up front, is weak at best--that's not good. The flavor starts off with strong notes of chocolate, sweetened coffee and toasted malt. It sweetens tremendously with a (too?) intense blast of candied dark fruit. The finish is fairly dry and clean, with perhaps a touch of diacetyl. There's also... something else, a faint sulphur/medicine flavor, but it's very mild. It's good, but it's a bit tepid overall.

Drinkability: It's very tasty, "only" about 7% and smells better than almost any beer I've ever sampled. It may not be the best Baltic around (I've never had one before, going by BJCP guidelines), but it's a damn tasty beer and hilariously Wal-Mart cheap. I'm stocking up.

Photo of pwsoldier
3.85/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

Photo of comfortablynumb1
3.35/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 500ml into a Southern Tier Brewing pint glass...

A - Pours a deep brown with a one finger tan head that dissipates at fairly quick pace. No lace to be had here...

S - Sweet malts, dark roasted malts, and a hint of chocolate...

T - Dark fruit and some chocolate notes. Ends with some dark roated malts and some lingering dark fruit. Pretty smooth. Abv is well hidden...

M - Nice and creamy with a moderate amount of carbonation. Medium bodied...

O - Interesting taste profile on this one. Enjoyed the dark fruits being the prominate taste over roasted malts. Price is definitely right. Can see myself picking this one up again...

Cheers...

Photo of JohnfromDublin
3.97/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasted on 18 Feb 06. My Russian is non existant so I am presuming that the 2 dates listed are production date and best-by date (11/05/05 and 11/05/06).

Poured a classic dark brown (almost black) brew with tan head. Head retention reasonable.
Smell was roast malts with a sweetness (not chocolate).
Tasted very nice, some interesting flavours again with a sweetness that made the brew quite easy to drink. Alcohol well masked.
Mouthfeel fairly smooth, drinkability quite good.
A nice drinkable porter

Photo of rallyr32
2/5  rDev -44.6%

Photo of AnthemOfTheSun
4/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of ForWhatAlesYou
3.98/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

1 pint .9 fl oz bottle into a pint glass

A: Inky pitch black. Huge sudsy brown head. Good lace.

S: A little smoke, coffee and a hop tinge.

T: Initial flavors of chocolate, fig, coffee, leather and blackberry. Other notes of tobacco and oats finish with a slight metallic bitter. Alcohol sits nicely amongst the melange of flavors.

M: Crisp yet chewy. A little dry.

D: Overall a nice porter and one of Baltika's better brews.

Photo of TheConnMan
4/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of Steve_Trick
3.5/5  rDev -3%

Photo of Byeast
4.07/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Apearance: Pourd a pretty much opaque black , with a tan head of 2 and a half inches that dissipated to a thin tan layer.

Smell: fairly malty and roasty , some slight dairy , chocolate, sweet aroama.

Taste: creamy and rich malt , chocolate , burnt like flavor , sight bit of dark fruit , tad bit of hop in there.

Mouthfeel: slightly creamy

Drinkability: A very drinkable porter , nice and flavorful , not overpowering , smooth.

Photo of ernie
1.86/5  rDev -48.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A favourite of many, but not mine. It's simply unbalanced, and alcohol is too obvious both in the air and in the mouth. It makes you warm but leaves you disappointed. Buying porter, we do not want to drink dark lager with a twist of white spirit. But that's what #6 is. If you can live with it, good like. I'll opt for something more conventional.

Baltika #6 Porter from Baltika Breweries
82 out of 100 based on 847 ratings.