Baltika #7 Export - Baltika Breweries
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2.58/5 rDev -15.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2
The green bottle should have warned me that this would end up being Russia's version of Rolling Rock.... my bartender jokingly referred to it as "a fine vintage." It pours a very light jaundiced yellow (and I use that color generously), almost like the color of sun straining to squeak through during a white-out Vladivostok blizzard. There was a somewhat appealing two-finger foamy head, but that dissipated pretty quickly and left little in the way of lacing. The nose has a minute amount of hops, but it's mostly a strange and almost skunky odor, reminiscent of my hard time in the gulag. Nonetheless, while it is hard to notice, there is actually some flowery sweetness in there, and finding that scent is like stumbling upon the lone rose growing in the Siberian tundra. The taste is quite bitter, and not in a pleasant "from the hops" way, but more of an acrid bite. The carbonation also becomes overpowering, but is sometimes a welcome respite from the overgraininess. A rough acidic aftertaste in the back of the throat, but nothing that triggers the gag reflex.
FourthBeer potential: NYET, COMRADE! I don't like wasting beer, and halfway through I was struggling to enjoy this, but it's not like a Keystone that I'd openly dump out in the backyard. And while it's more expensive, I'd choose this over Keystone because, while the taste isn't great, at least it has a taste, and does put hair on your chest (figuratively, at least I hope). That, and drinking this beer allowed me to write a review of it with over-the-top Cold War-era metaphors. You're welcome.
Serving type: bottle
01-25-2011 08:50:22 | More by kinupanda
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Baltika #7 Export from Baltika Breweries
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