Baltika Brew Collection - Russian Imperial Stout
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Style:
Stout - Russian Imperial
Ranked #791
ABV:
10%
Score:
88
Ranked #22,533
Avg:
3.84 | pDev: 10.16%
Reviews:
51
Ratings:
130
From:
Baltika Breweries
 
Russian Federation
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Rotating/Seasonal
Wants
  6
Gots
  15
SCORE
88
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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Ozzylizard from Pennsylvania

3.06/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On shelf at Spec’s, Schertz, TX. Reviewed 2/29/20.
14.88 oz bottle stamped on back label “Production date 20.10.19 Best before 20.10.20”. Stored at home at 42 degrees and served at 60 degrees in a hand washed and dried Jester King snifter.
Appearance – 4.
First pour – Dark brown, clear.
Body – Dark brown, opaque. When held to direct light, some reddish highlights are noted.
Head – Large (Maximum 4.5 cm, aggressive center pour), khaki, high density, average duration, diminishing to a five mm crown and a heaped partial cap. Head retraction leaves torn curtains.
Lacing – Excellent. As the level of beer drops, the entire inside of the glass is covered with a continuous sheet of tiny bubbles. Only a few larger bubbles destroy the continuity.
Aroma – 3 – Weak toasted malt and a hint of wood.
Flavor – 3. Marked wood and tannic acid, a bit bitter. Some molasses and very weak coffee. No alcohol (10% ABV as marked on the label) flavor or aroma. No diacetyl, no dimethylsulfide.
Palate – 3 – Medium, watery, soft carbonation.
Final impression and summation: 3 - Looks good. Disappointing weak aromas. Body seems a bit thin for the style. The woodiness has a long hangtime, outlasting other real or imagined flavors. This is the second brew I’ve had from this brewery and may well be the last.

Feb 29, 2020
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RacerX5k from Pennsylvania

4.45/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Authentic. Really reminds me of the Courage RIS I had (and paid a premium for) many years ago. Walked in an local distributor I've driven past for many Sundays now and this jumped out at me sitting in the cooler only couple bottles. Been a long time since I bought a beer on looks only. Never heard of the brewery, saw it's Russian, doesn't surprise me being here as this is an highly Rusian Jewish area of Northeast Philly. Found out today this is likely from 2017, and one of the few examples of beer improving with age, as I prefer most everything fresh. I didn't get any vinous notes at all as noted, which I don't care for anyways.

Pop the cap (didn't realize it was twist off) big aroma chocolate, licorice, molasses, marshmallow, even a little butterscotch. Flavor follows the aroma, delicious and very complex. Does get a little palate challenging as we go, that's OK, I enjoy a little challenge. I will return next Sunday and hopefully get the last one or two just sitting there.

Feb 25, 2020
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DrDemento456 from Pennsylvania

4.23/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Quite and exceptionable Russian imperial stout with flavors of dark chocolate licorice and dark fruits. Body is slick but easy going at 10%. Very surprised I haven't found this before but at $3 a pop it is quite a treat

Nov 14, 2019
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puck1225 from Texas

3.99/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Had this in the frog for a while and decided to drink it on Halloween.

Poured from a bottle into a tulip glass. Rich dark brown with a fluffy beige head and nice lacing. Strong chocolate smell and taste. Flavors of dark coffee, licorice,and dark berries. Perhaps a bit thin. It overall a decent imperial stout.

Nov 01, 2019
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BB1313 from Ohio

3.79/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

Jun 13, 2019
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ilikebeer03 from Texas

3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

Jun 02, 2019
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janubio from Spain

3.59/5  rDev -6.5%
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.

Apr 23, 2019
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Brutaltruth from Ohio

4.09/5  rDev +6.5%
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!

Cheers

Feb 14, 2019
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Pegasus from Texas

3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

Dec 24, 2018
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Maxms from Russian Federation

3.72/5  rDev -3.1%
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

Aug 28, 2018
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depechemode1983 from Texas

3.89/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

Aug 20, 2018
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hman43 from North Carolina

4.09/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

Jul 15, 2018
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detgfrsh from Texas

3.62/5  rDev -5.7%
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.

May 29, 2018
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jmbranum from Oklahoma

4.4/5  rDev +14.6%
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.

May 14, 2018
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MonDak_Joe1953 from Minnesota

3.91/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

Mar 17, 2018
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dimwit_flathead from California

3.23/5  rDev -15.9%
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.

Mar 15, 2018
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josanguapo from Spain

3.77/5  rDev -1.8%
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

Feb 21, 2018
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Cthulhusquid from Washington

4.41/5  rDev +14.8%
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.

Nov 04, 2017
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Sammy from Canada

3.46/5  rDev -9.9%
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.

Oct 29, 2017
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andrewh995 from Arizona

3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

Aug 30, 2017
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briandschorr from North Carolina

4.09/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

Aug 28, 2017
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ordybill from Georgia

4.27/5  rDev +11.2%
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.

Jul 01, 2017
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woodychandler from Pennsylvania

4.04/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

Mar 21, 2017
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VoxRationis from New York

4.39/5  rDev +14.3%
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.

Feb 19, 2017
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emincems from Turkey

3.66/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

Feb 04, 2017
Baltika Brew Collection - Russian Imperial Stout from Baltika Breweries
Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 130 ratings