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Baltika Brew Collection - Russian Imperial StoutBaltika Brew Collection - Russian Imperial Stout

Brewed by:
Baltika Breweries
Russian Federation

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by TongoRad on 03-04-2015

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Reviews by TheRougeBastard:
Photo of TheRougeBastard
4.19/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

More User Reviews:
Photo of gory4d
3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Best before a couple of weeks ago, according to the bottle. Dark brown with bubbly tan head. Smell is lots of roasted grain and some herbs. Taste is very bitter, with some char at the back. A little too gritty. All in all a decent beer.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
2.23/5  rDev -41.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

this is appallingly bad, i mean, truly one of the worst beers i can recall, and just a sad sad case. that said, my bottle expired in february of this year, so it either was bad to begin with, or falls way off a cliff wylie coyote style as soon as its time is up, but at ten percent, it should hold up okay right? well, it looks okay, murky dark brown chocolate colored with some sediment and a decent looking tan colored head on it, nothing to suspect its this bad. it doesnt even smell too bad, dried fruits, maybe rotting or almost rotting fruits, lots of sugars, but not off aromas just yet, save a little oxidation. does a twist top have anything to do with this? not a lot of craft beers with twist offs these days. the flavor, oh man the flavor, i tried so hard to like this. first impression was pencils, like when you miss a bad putt on the putt putt course, and you chew the little golf pencil they give you too hard and it has that graphite metallic tinge to it, and the chemical treated wood with that paint on it. thats what i taste here. sure some superficial roast and some booze, but i cant get past the pencil lead. i took a second sip and it turned my stomach, a third sip and it might have come back up, so i dumped it down a sink that i now feel a little sorry for. i always hate to be mean to a beer, but this is such a poor interpretation of the style. not many russian made russian imperials out there, at least in this market, so i was keen to try it, but it just didnt work out. i have also never seen this for sale in colorado except one store, so i dont know its story very well, maybe something was off, others seemed to like it, but my experience was a complete and utter disaster.

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Photo of Ego
4.07/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

from russia with love...
finally a Russian Imperial Stout from ... er ... Russia! (how novel)

best by date does say 2.12.15 but that seems arbitrary

pitch black with brown edges, 2 fingers of cocoa micro bubble foam, some carbonation seen around the glass, lacing is superb as well as head retention, the lacing lays down an absolute curtain of uniform bubbles - damn sweet looking, this is almost good enough looking to make you forget about how bad the Russian character was in the last Indiana Jones movie - almost...

dry dark cocoa, grainy, European chocolate, underlying sweetness of faint molasses, this is practically a dark chocolate bar in aroma form, nice

taste etc...
velvety smooth, chalky, big kick of alcohol in the stomach, bitter up front with very little sweetness, has an almost ashen finish, this has some heft but not motor oil level (the carbonation is pretty damn subtle), this almost teeters closer to a baltic porter in
flavor but the touch of sweetness kind of keeps it from there.

The ABV let's you know it is there but this is very drinkable. Smooth as hell with a pretty bitter profile (but not over hopped). I mean they should know how to brew their own style ... right ? That said Old Rasputin is still the king imo but check this one out if you see it. good brew.

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Photo of chinchill
3.78/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

440 ml bottle with a July 2015 production date and a BB date of July 2016 - a short shelf life for a 10% ABV RIS. (BA rating #4000).

A very disappointing brewery so far, but let's see how they fair with a version of a favorite style. ... It looks OK, clear, very dark reddish-brown body, but the head is small and weak.

Aroma: boozy; lots of toffee and brown sugar.

Flavor: better and more complex, with dark dried fruits mixing with the toffee and faint coffee. Slightly sweet (although the graphics on the label indicate this has the highest level of bitterness?).

Near full body; good carbonation; surprisingly dry.

O: easily the best Baltika I've tried (out of 8 so far). Good value given the price point here.

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Photo of tappangordo
3.65/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of PatrickG
3.76/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of samtrillo
4.18/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Sammy
3.46/5  rDev -9.2%
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 augustgarage
3.58/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

Bottled 17.0715 - best before 17.07.16...poured from a 440mL bottle into my Portsmouth tulip.

Taupe liquid, nearly opaque yet clear, supports an active buff cap which recedes to a lasting collar and a smattering of surface foam. Delicate lacing is outlined by clear shimmering legs. Decent retention.

Toasty aromatics with hints of cheap tobacco and stale cocoa. Some dark fruits and esters emerge as well. Somewhat muted if not drab.

Flavor out-paces the nose, with a potent kick of dark malt, treacle, coffee, bitter chocolate, and burnt sugar. Very well balanced, though the alcohol makes itself known in the finish.

Somewhat lacking in body for the style - it feels more like a soda or a kvass than a proper RIS.

A surprisingly effective offering from Baltika - by far the best of their line-up that I've sampled, even if it is maybe closer to a Baltic Porter than a RIS despite its origins. Worth revisiting on occasion for the price (especially as I can't seem to get Zywiec Porter regularly any more).

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Photo of VoxRationis
4.39/5  rDev +15.2%
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 ordybill
4.27/5  rDev +12.1%
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 Blast80
5/5  rDev +31.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A great balanced stout, smooth taste strong body

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Photo of dvmin98
3.73/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of tone77
3.56/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 14.9 oz. bottle. Has a black color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of chocolate, some coffee. Taste is smokey, coffee, some alcohol and bitterness, none of the chocolate detected in the smell. Feels medium/full bodied in the mouth and overall a solid beer.

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Photo of emerge077
4.02/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

BBD: 17.07.16

Brownish mahoghany color, creamy tan foam, rings of delicate lacing in the glass.

Aroma is roasty with a touch of sweetness, carob, figs, and prunes.
Taste is rich and roasty, bitter dark chocolate, molasses, dried figs.
Body is medium to full, smooth and creamy with a light bitterness in the dry finish.
This is not a sweet stout, quite dry in fact. ABV is well hidden.

Overall this is a great Russian Imperial Stout, hats off to Baltika for staying true to tradition.

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Photo of LittleMurphyDog
4.27/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of pinyin
4.11/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

So this is the archetype for all of the American RIS based clones.

Ground zero, served from the 14.88 ounce bottle at 38F into a 12 ounce snifter.

Malts, come on strong, marris otter, chocolate and possibly some other local Russian malts that add to texture and mouthfeel.

Make no doubt about it, this is the Russian Imperial Stout Starchild. Stone, Oskar Blues, Spring House, Southern Tier, Founders, Bell's and Alesmith all to some extent have cloned this imperial stout, and then added their subtle nuances.

All around a well balanced stout. Not too sweet, too malty or too hoppy, and it hides the 10.0%ABV very well.

Certainly try this is you can find it. It is a staple in the diet of the typical high testosterone russian american male.

All of the other stouts that you see listed to right of this review are simply clones. Some are better, but this is the original. And it's pretty damn good.

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Photo of emincems
3.66/5  rDev -3.9%
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 enelson
4.11/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.32/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Bottle purchased at Beers of the World in Henrietta, NY.

This one pours a deep, dark, oily looking black, with a quarter inch mocha head and a little bit of lacing.

This one smells really quite roasty, a bit of smoke, some bitter dark chocolate, and roasted coffee.

This is as charred as a stout gets- ashy, bitter, roasty, and, honestly, wonderful. It's nice to see a stout of this ABV that can eschew most sweetness. There's a slightly acidic note here (to style), with tons of roast, char, and a hint of black smoke. It's a bit grainy, you really get the feel that a lot of malt is in this one.

This is medium bodied, not quite as thick as I like my RIS to be, but still, it's thicker than I would've expected a Baltika stout to be. This has a pretty dry, but slightly creamy mouthfeel, with a moderate level of carbonation.

This was quite the nice surprise from Baltika. One of the better European made stouts I've had.

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Photo of user785335
3.29/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Photo of tommy5
3.74/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of andrewh995
3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
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 metter98
3.89/5  rDev +2.1%
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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