Baltika Brew Collection - Russian Imperial Stout
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Russian Imperial Stout
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3.83 | pDev: 9.92%
Baltika Breweries
Russian Federation
Very Good
Baltika Brew Collection - Russian Imperial StoutBaltika Brew Collection - Russian Imperial Stout
Notes: This is our modern perusal of the authentic historical style. It absorbed the XIX century atmosphere of St. Petersburg's porter houses, smell of London casks traveling through Baltic sea and a soupcon [sic] of American craft accent. Phenomenal rich and dense with unforgettable vinous tones. It rocked Imperial city already, now it starts kicking around the world.
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Reviews: 47 | Ratings: 122
Photo of BB1313
3.79/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

14.88oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours almost black with a creamy khaki head that falls leaving nice retention and lacing. The aromas are malt forward along with some chocolate. Subtle hints of coconut and vanilla. The flavors basically follow the nose for the most part. More chocolate. Nice blend of milk chocolate, dark chocolate and chocolate syrup. Moderate bitterness. Solid malt backbone. Alcohol basically goes unnoticed for the most part. Mouthfeel is nice. It's full-bodied with moderate carbonation. It's creamy, velvety, fluffy, smooth and dangerously drinkable.

This is a pretty solid Imperial Stout. The craftsmanship is on point. The aromas and flavors might not be "mind blowing", but they're still solid. This one might not be flashy, but it's simply enjoyable and fun to drink. Not bad at all. I like it.

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Photo of ilikebeer03
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours black with a half finger of khaki head. Good retention.
Nose is dark fruit and roasted malt.
Tate is dark roasted malt, light chocolate, coffee, plum, slight bitterness. A touch of alcohol.
Good creamy body. Lingering roasted malt, dark fruit, chocolate.

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Photo of janubio
3.59/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Served at home in a snifter glass. Pours a black colouro, medium head with long retention that finally fades to a thin lace.Small lacing. Aroma of coffee,roasted coffee, burnt malts, notes of bitter chocolate and dark fruits. Medium to full body, creamy texture, normal carbontaion. Bitter finish. Taste of roasted coffee, molasses, bitter chocolate, notes of dark fruit. Good and very bitter.

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Photo of Brutaltruth
4.09/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the 14.88 (???) oz bottle in a snifter. This nice little RIS pours
a murky mahogany highlighted dark brownish black with a decent head of
tan foam that settles to a thick ring, subtle light swirling pool, and displays
some nice sudsy lacing. Nose of dark fruits, coffee, dark bakers cocoa, moderate
char notes, and touches of toffee. Flavors exceed the nose with char touched
toffee dunked in dark coffee and dashed with smoke and prominent bittersweet
bakers cocoa with a touch of anise and dark fruit. Nice mouth feel; medium full
to almost full body, lightly slick, smooth, medium light carbonation that gives
some nice lift, and a bitter malt and cocoa/coffee finish.

A mighty fine Valens-beer for Valentines day from the little lady---awwww!


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Photo of Pegasus
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Deep reddish amber in color, all but opaque. Slight amber highlights are visible before a strong light. A modest tan head is present upon pouring, this soon settles to a dusting of foam on the surface, A thick, unbroken sheet of fine-beaded bubbles coats the glass wall, and a thick ring of foam is present about the glass wall.

Aroma: Notes of dark roasted malt, bitter cocoa, cold coffee, molasses, and mild alcohol dominate the aroma. There are slight hints of dark fruit as well.

Taste: Opens with a strong note of dark roasted malt, soon followed by bitter cocoa, coffee, and restrained dark fruit. As the taste progresses, bitter cocoa vies with molasses, and an undercurrent of mildly sweet, warming alcohol provides a potent counterpoint. Finishes with a moderate, lingering note of charcoal.

Mouth feel: Smooth and full, quite soft and pleasant, with just a slight hint of carbonation.

Drinkability/notes: A very nice, accessible, and affordable example of the style. Recommended.

Presentation: Packaged in a 14.88 (!) fluid ounce brown glass long neck bottle with a twist-off crown (!). Served in a Samuel Adams Boston Lager Sensory glass.

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Photo of Maxms
3.72/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Dark brown, nearly black with moderate head, feels stronger than declared. Smells burned bread. More like Russian kvas (soft drink) mixed with vodka. Nice combination

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Photo of depechemode1983
3.89/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours pitch black with tan head. Retention is somewhat lacking. Lacing is in even rings around the glass.

Lots of dark fruits and booze in the nose. Its very warming. I get lots of plums and raisins. Maybe a hint of chocolate.

Oh yeah plums and raisins with chocolate. The alcohol is very warm on this one. I like it. Might be something great after a year of two in the cellar.

Mouthfeel is thick. Its very silky. Its moderately carbonated and not too sharp.

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Photo of hman43
4.09/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Look: It pours very dark brown with a brown head. Head retention is low.

Smell: There are smells of roasted grains and plums and prunes. There are background elements of dark chocolate.

Taste: There is an initial balance of roasted elements and dark fruits of plums and prunes. There are low background notes of dark chocolate and bread. The plum notes become more aggressive as the beer warms.

Feel: It has a full body with a velvet texture and smooth alcohol warming. It is a touch syrupy, but it does not inhibit the overall experience.

Overall: This is an imperial stout that is balance towards the dark fruits and roast together which I enjoy, but others may find a bit much.

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Photo of detgfrsh
3.62/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From a 14oz bottle brewed 17.07.15. Black with a small amount of tan head. Smells of molasses. Medium feel, a little slick. Tastes of brandy and molasses, some hop bitterness on the finish. A decent take on the style, but it's a little too sweet and the alcohol is very noticeable.

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Photo of jmbranum
4.4/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My last experience with a Russian-made beer wasn't good, but I thought I would give the country another shot and I'm glad I did.

Poured from a 14.88 oz. bottle into a glass. Inky black brew with a tan head. Rich sweet aroma. Thick and smooth mouthfeel. Flavor is rich, fairly sweet, some toastyness but I wish it had more. Definitely some red wine and brandy notes, a little bit of dark chocolate, maybe some raisins and pumpernickel bread. Definitely nice amount of alcohol, very noticable but not overpowering.

Overall, I like this. Best of all, the price was good ($2.79 at a local liquor store in Oklahoma City). I would love to see them do a bourbon barrel aged version of this one.

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Photo of MonDak_Joe1953
3.91/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 14.88 fl. oz. bottle into glass. Label has production date as '08.05.17 01:56' and the best before date as '08.15.18 5 W'.
Clear, dark brown colored body, with brown/reddish highlights when presented to light. Three finger dirty, off white colored head, which settles to puffy cap. Strings and webs of lacing.
Aroma is dark roasted malts, black licorice, toffee, tobacco, and a hint of dark fruit.
Taste is quite strong, with the dark malts, toffee, molasses, dark fruit, very dark chocolate, black licorice, bitter coffee, and woody. Dry finish.
Thin to medium mouth feel.
A robust and complex tasting Russian made stout, with a bitter, dry finish.

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Photo of dimwit_flathead
3.23/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

A light chocolatey appearance that looks like a good root beer. No noticeable smell other than perhaps a light woody one reminiscent of a whiskey. No overpowering taste but a nice balance of flavors and a light alcohol taste. Some warmth as it goes down your throat. Potent stuff in a screw cap.

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Photo of josanguapo
3.77/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From Decervecitas. In Teku glass. Playing Oceanhorn. Abv well hidden. Light dark fruits notes, leaving you wishing for stronger ones. Somee metal and licorice. Strongly bitter and dry for style

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Photo of Cthulhusquid
4.41/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Look: 1 finger brown head, brown/black body.

Smell: Same as below.

Taste: Toffee, dark fruits, roasted nuts, mild coffee.

Feel: Medium body and carbonation. No sign of the alcohol, which is amazing. A hint of sweetness upfront with a very dry finish.

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Photo of Sammy
3.46/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

decent stout. radek's bottle. rather dry and on thin side. drinkable stuff. radek's bottle. A passable stout and the first Russian beer I have had in a long while.

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Photo of andrewh995
3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dark reddish brown with a tan head. Smells of licorice, brown sugar, caramel, and roasted malts. Tastes of bourbon, caramel, roasted malts, licorice, and sweet brown sugar, maybe some chocolate. Medium-heavy body and medium carbonation. Overall a sub par RIS, but still pretty decent.

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Photo of briandschorr
4.09/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I found this beer at Noni Bacca in Wilmington, NC. Yeah, this is a good beer. For my fellow Stout lovers... the color is almost black. I got a one finger brown head with strong lacing. casks traveling through Baltic sea and a soupcon [sic] of American craft accent. Phenomenal rich and dense with unforgettable vinous tones. The nose is more complex than I was expecting. Dark malts and casks come to mind. The taste follows the nose but I got a very subtle licorice element with roasted malts. The mouthfeel is full-bodied with mild carbonation and a dry finish. This is a solid example of the style and I am glad that I found this. Stout lovers, find this and try it.

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Photo of ordybill
4.27/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 16 OZ bottle into a pint glass. The appearance is a dark reddish-brown color with a large tan head. The aroma is malt, toffee and a strong scent of alcohol. The taste is toffee, black licorice and some coffee with a noticeable alcohol bite.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.04/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

My local, in-person trader, tone77, dropped this off for me a while back. I have no idea where he scored it, but I am really excited to drink it! That and it also reduces the Bottle Backlog here at Chez Woody by one.

From the bottle: "Original by Tradition[;] Created by our Board of Brewers [undersigned] Yuri Katunin Brewmaster, Baltika Brew, Saint Petersburg"; "This is our modern perusal of the authentic historical style. It absorbed the XIX century atmosphere of St. Petersburg's porter houses, smell of London casks traveling through Baltic sea and a soupcon [sic] of American craft accent. Phenomenal rich and dense with unforgettable vinous tones. It rocked Imperial city already, now it starts kicking around the world."; Russian Craft Ale".

I Pop!ped the cap, only to realize to my dismay that it was a screwed-up screw-top! Grr. I really wanted to dump it into my awaiting glass, but cooler heads (mine) prevailed & I gave it a very gentle pour, instead. Color was Very Dark Brown to Black/Opaque (SRM = > 34, < 44), allowing for light penetration, mahogany highlights and the perception of NE-quality clarity. Nose smelled of licorice/anise, treacle, dark chocolate, coffee, light smoke & light caramel. Mmmm. Mouthfeel was medium, but kind of on the thin side for the style. The taste had an interestingly odd spiciness, reminiscent of a recent Porter with cumin. I was really digging the way that this one melded so many flavors - dark chocolate, light smoke, coffee & treacle and then overlaid the spiciness to make a really drinkable beer. Finish was dry, more as a construct of the spiciness, but very pleasant.

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Photo of VoxRationis
4.39/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Was surprised I was able to obtain this as I see it is retired; no "best by" date evident on the bottle or label.

Decanted into a standard conical pint glass with a light and rapidly resolving tan head, although lacing evident during the process of consuming it.

Espresso/cola colored; chocolate, toffee, and malt nose. Really a rich, sweet maltiness that complements the bitterness without one overwhelming the other; distinct mocha notes. Reminds me of dark chocolate.

Enjoyed this one; hope reports of its discontinuation are premature.

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Photo of emincems
3.66/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

full bodied, strong stout. needs more retention. taste is roasted barley, caramel, toffee and wood. Abv is not hidden and it affects mouthfeel badly. overly warming finish. winter beer.

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Photo of NastyNorseman
3.69/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours almost black with a quickly dissipating head that leaves little remnance along the rim. Darker malts here bringing deep, rich, and bitter flavor. Dried fruits, figs, prune, leavening a licorice like aftertaste. Warms your core with the alcohol content which is pleasantly hidden in this brew. Goes down smooth and silky, coating your palette with oil-like texture.

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Photo of WynnO
2.89/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Twist off cap. What's this tell you? Had I not let it sit for a year it would have been drinkable I'm sure, but who in their right mind puts twist offs on a Russian Imperial?

Answer: Russia :-)

Drain pour.

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Photo of metter98
3.89/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is very close to being jet black in color—when held up to a bright light slight traces of reddish brown are visible near the corners of the glass. It poured with a quarter finger high tan head that quickly died down, leaving lacing on the surface and a narrow collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of dark malts and licorice are present in the nose, the latter of which becomes stronger as the beer warms up.
T: The taste follows the smell, but has stronger flavors of licorice and hints of burnt and roasted malts. As in the smell, the burnt and roasted flavors become stronger as the beer warms up.
M: It feels medium- to full-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. The burnt and roasted malts lend some dryness to the finish.
O: This is a very good representation of the style, as you would expect from a Russian Imperial Stout from Russia. I enjoyed the flavors of burnt and roasted malts. It also did a very good job at hiding the alcohol from the taste.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of mfnmbvp
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

14.88 fl oz. bottle, production date 07.17.15, best by 07.17.16.

Poured to a clear balloon snifter.

A - Dark pitch black, just a shade away from opaque, with some hues of brown showing near the surface. Finger or so of light khaki-mocha head that doesn't stay long. Minor spotty lacing.

S - Aroma does have a bit more complexities to it than expected, based on some of the other beers in the Baltika portfolio. Aroma is musty, oaky, woodsy, with mild notes of alcohol fumes, chocolate, vanilla, cream,

T - Taste follows the nose: big flavors of milk chocolate, vanilla, cream. "Vinous" in the way of indistinct dark fruits - raisin, fig, plum. A bit sweet & sticky; not overly roasty / burnt / bitter.

M - Feel is smooth & creamy. Almost silky in the mouthfeel, with adequate carbonation. Medium-full in body, very drinkable for the high 10.00% abv. Only very minor trace of the high alcohol content is noticeable.

Overall, a very nice Russian Imperial Stout from Baltika; very impressive stuff. Would be interested to see what a bit more age would do to some of these bottles.

Baltika Brew Collection Russian Imperial Stout -----4/5.

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