Baltika #9 Extra (Strong) | Baltika Breweries

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Baltika #9 Extra (Strong)Baltika #9 Extra (Strong)

Brewed by:
Baltika Breweries
Russian Federation

Style: Euro Strong Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 11-08-2001

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Photo of Ant777uk
1.36/5  rDev -51.1%
look: 1.25 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1.5

Nothing I love more than a beer that is strong.

And this is Russian? Never had a Russian beer before, looking forward :) Will probably go totally crazy though after and start riding motorbikes through traffic jams and suspending myself from skyscrapers...

Nearly no head. Looks like apple juice...

Can't really smell anything. Maybe it's a good or a bad thing, we shall find out shortly.

Taste is seriously not good. Like...something is seriously fucked with the ingredients. Though as it's 8% I'm going to drink it anyway...this cannot be wasted...

It gets some extra marks for being strong. Without this, it would score around 0.

Ok cool my flat is on the 4th floor, balcony there is a full moon...going to steal a motorbike and fight some English and selfie time...woo

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Photo of bbtkd
3.53/5  rDev +27%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Baltika #9 Extra Lager, 8% ABV. Pours thin and pale yellow with a two finger white head that left some lacing. Nose is malty, taste is sweet and malty, with almost no bitterness, but slightly salty close. Great mouthfeel. Overall slightly excellent. I tried their #7 last night and this is similar, but with higher ABV and less carbonation.

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Photo of BlurryVisi0n
3.61/5  rDev +29.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served in a flute glass.

Appearance: Sligjtly cloudy beer coming off an amber color with light to medium bubbles to the frame.

Smell: bland scent which dissipates after a while.

Taste: Sweet alcohol. Might overwhelm the tastes of the malts.

Mouth: Light carbonation but still sticky. Lacks a bit of body but has a raisin finish.

Overall: Descent brew, can't really complain when it's free. Definitely would drink again but wouldn't hunt the world for it. Salud!

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Photo of Mongrel
3.04/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Enjoying(?) this beer somewhat blind. I've seen it around plenty but had no idea what it was aside from an 8% Russian lager that received the "superior taste award" in 2008.. hmm.

Actually thought it was a porter. Couldn't have been more wrong. More like a double bock/malt liquor hybrid. Not terribly bad though. Sweet for sure, but there are actually some hops present that lend some crispness. A little peppery spice. You could do a lot worse if looking for a cheap buzz.

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Photo of NastyNorseman
3.1/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Straw colored with dissipating white head in the medium carbonate brew. Smells of grass, malt, and faint hops. Tastes similar, off balanced with corn and grain, grass, touch of hoppyness. Over sweet flavor. Finishes good but a little flat.

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Photo of Brutaltruth
2.94/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From the bottle in a snifter via a friend from work--Thanks KEVIN!
This decent little lager pours a lightly hazy straw color with a nice
white head of foam that settles to a thick ring and subtle pool with
little lacing. Nose of sweet malts, apples, and light biscuit. Flavors
follow the nose with honey and apple touched breaded notes with a
grassy hop flavor on the rear. Decent moth feel, warming, crisp, and
a sweet finish. Overall a decent brew at a good price. Nothing to hate--
it's better than many mass produced macros out there.


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Photo of sokol_1993
3.25/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Darker yellow, Lively but not that much head or retention. Dissipated quite fast.
Smell and taste is quite malty, with some biscuit and hop taste. Clean. Quite easy to drink despite its high level of alcohol, which is not present.

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Photo of Guppy314
2.12/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

From a bottle, pours a clear yellow with a quickly dispersing white head. Essentially zero aroma. Wow, this beer traveled a really long way to taste so utterly mediocre. It tastes like a Bud Light that someone's dropped a vodka shot into and then stirred to remove most of the carbonation. Sad really.

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Photo of DanLane
2.79/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3

A: pours well with an appealing gold amber color, a 1cm head that quickly disappears.
S: very mild scent of hops but very little else discernable. Not a fragrant brew.
T: surprisingly mild on the palate initially considering the alcohol content, but that malty flavor really lingers in the aftertaste.
F: sharp with a lot of carbonation.
O: 99 cents for a 16oz can didn't give me high expectations, but this is decent considering the price. There's nothing complex about it and it does have that malty aftertaste, but for the money it's a bargain.

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Photo of SaltofOH
2.97/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle dated 21.10.15, BB 21.10.16. DFH Tulip.

A: pours a crystal clear yellow gold with half a finger white head that recedes to a ring of white with some large bubbles on the surface. Very little visible carbonation. Zero lacing.

S: some lager yeast, some grain, fairly clean and typical lager smell. A little funky, malt dankness hanging out in the background.

T: arrives a sweet, light tasting, full-on malt attack. I picked this over a brown ale, and apart from the roast and esters, I'm hard pressed to tell the difference. Mid palate that maltiness and frankly sweetness grows. Not a corny, overpowering or cloying sweetness, though; it is restrained by hops-barely. Ending is heavy Pilsner malt sweetness with ever so slight bittering hops. Initially it tastes better than malt liquor, but then becomes cloying.

M: full bodied and perhaps on the lighter side of heavy, maybe just heavy. Not much carbonation for a lager. I can feel this settling in my stomach and it weighs a ton.

O: superficially, this tastes better than the Steel Reserve; but that didn't ever get cloying or feel heavy, and this does. Though this was only 60 cents more expensive, which blows my mind and says something, not sure what. I don't dislike this, but it seems like it is purpose designed to promote unhealthy drinking habits, and is Russian, so this is likely a one-off for me.

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Photo of smbslt
2.32/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Bright, clear yellow with a bright white head that fades quickly. Too little carbonation.
Damp granary smells
Sweetness does not gives way. Once it does fade it is replaced by a faint alcohol taste and sting
Like others tried it because it was a Russian beer. Can't see a reason to ever consider again.

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Photo of BeerWithMike
3.23/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Sampled back on 3/2/16. Bought a single 500ml (16.9 ounce) nicely embossed brown bottle for $2.99. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured in to a 500ml handled-glass stein.

Brew pours a clear golden in color with a decent head. A decent amount of lacing was seen as well. Aroma is of musky grains, malts with some spice. Taste was close to the aroma with a decent amount of sweetness from the malt coming through. Medium+-bodied with just below average carbonation. Overall it was OK. This line of Russian brews are a great value for the money if you can find them. I tried 5 different ones so far.

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Photo of Troy-Hawaii
2.5/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bought 22oz bottle $2.79 from Times Fujiokas
Clear golden color
Musky malt smell
Light mouth feel
Malt taste, Alcohol aftertaste, reminds me of malt liquor
Tried because never had Russian beer before. Would not buy this again

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Photo of Davepoolesque
2.64/5  rDev -5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Sweeter malt than the original #3, thicker body and subdued lager bitterness. Drinks heavy, bordering on syrupy. Very little carb on this. Bit boozy tasting. Eh.

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Photo of Dentist666
2.31/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

0.5l can.
Poured into lager glass.
Pours clear golden with fizzy white head, quick reduction to thin roing of froth.
Smell - malts, paper, honey hues.
Taste - spiritus, malts, sweet.
Full body, low carbonation, soft texture, heavy alcohol.
Boozy and bad.

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Photo of josanguapo
2.84/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

From Hipercor. In Teku glass. Watching Sons of Anarchy 4x03. Alcohol is noticeable but not too much disgusting. However, I'd prefer if it were more hidden

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Photo of stevoj
2.16/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Malty aroma and taste,. Although mouthfeel is fairly heavy, taste is mostly pure malt, but not overbearing. Pours fairly flat. No alcohol burn even though it has a relatively high ABV.

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Photo of spoony
1.97/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.75

From a 16.9 oz can (produced November 3, 2015; best by November 3, 2016) into a nonic.

A-The beer is clear and light yellow in color. An active carbonation keeps the tall, white head well supported. A bit of shiny lace clings to the glass as I drink. It looks alright, but...

S-The aroma is vaguely sweet and suggests cooked vegetables. There is just a slight whiff of hops that come across more as pepper spice than anything else. The beer presents with surprisingly little alcohol; it is pretty subtle. A little metallic.

T-Oof. This stuff is rough. The alcohol is aggressive and suggests cough syrup, drain cleaner, and aspirin. Bitter and syrupy flavors abound. The same cooked corn and carrot sweetness from the smell only serves to amplify the unpleasant alcohol flavors.

M-The body is medium in heft and the carbonation is surprisingly soft and near creamy for this style of beer.

O-I came into this beer expecting to get something akin to an American Malt Liquor, but this beer was hard to drink. The flavors were all over the map and mostly offensive. My other (limited) experiences with Baltika brews have not been my favorite, but this stuff was bad. I will not be buying again.

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Photo of Foyle
2.41/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Sampled in pint glass from 16.9 oz bottle.

Appearance: pours a 2" sudsy white head that drops slowly with mild lacing. Color is clear light gold with moderate streaming bubbles.

Aroma: strong grain husks and lightly toasted barley with some grassy hops.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied, crisp, with a dry, somewhat astringent finish.

Flavor: strong sweet barley malt (almost cloying), grain husks, some grape like flavor, grassy hops.

Overall: too strong for my tastes, but has no off flavors. Recommended for those that like the style.

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Photo of Gajo74
2.97/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Look- straw golden color, modest head quickly disapates and leaves no lace.
Smell- sweet, green apples, hint of honey and some grain. Later, the alcohol kicks in.
Taste- at first, it was kind of pleasant. The sweetness from the aroma, particularly the green apples, was reflected in the taste. A malt forward drink with only slight hops buttering. The finish was also sweet. The spicy alcohol flavor balanced it out, yet, this became the problem. As the drink warmed, the alcohol tracted from the flavor. It's not that it was overly boozy, it's just that it felt like a malt liquor with a hint of cheap booze. Also, it became apparent that there were adjunct flavors that were off puting.
Feel- medium bodied and semi crisp at first. However, the alcohol and the cough medicine feel made it hard to get through.
Overall- Although I'm glad I tried this and it wasn't horrible, it was not good either. I will probably not revisit this one.

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Photo of Myotus
2.06/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Poured from a 500ml bottle (best by date 25Feb16) into a pilsner glass.
LOOK: Pours with a finger's worth of white foam that dissipates into a quarter's worth after 1 minute. Straw yellow in color. Ascending bubbles are medium in sized and moderate in quantity. Lacing is thin and moderate.
SMELL: Has mild aromas of sugar (sweet, quite literally!) that mix with subtle barley aromas and hints of spicy hops and metal.
TASTE: Initial taste is of mild sugar and barley flavors. Mild metal and subtle flavors of neutral-scented hand soap enter immediately after. As all flavors persist, except for soap which grows slightly stonger, subtle spicy hops enter the palate.
FEEL: Light-bodied and moderately carbonated. Goes down rough and finishes crisp.
NOTE: This was pretty bad. No beer should taste like soapy metal.

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Photo of DoctorZombies
2.61/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pale gold pour (4) with thin white head that disappeared quickly; no cap or lace; good clarity and carbonation. Sweet corn and a slightly floral nose. Super sweet corn flavor. Watery mouthfeel and gummy tongue coating. Off putting sweet flavor - I could not finish.

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Photo of Kubishark
1.73/5  rDev -37.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

You might think at first that this could be a interesting beer to have every once in awhile. Good price, pretty good alcohol percentage. You open it up and everything seems to be going well. It looks ok, and it smells decent, but then you taste it. Oh no. The flavor can best be described as cough syrup. And it lingers in the back of your throat. It doesn't go away. There is no escape. I'm still interested in trying Baltika's other offerings but I will surely never be having this one ever again.

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Photo of blackcompg
2.25/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Appearance - pours 2 quick fingers of white eggshell foam, body is a transparent pale yellow, no carb in the body, and very sporadic spots of lace.

Smell - sweet light fruits like white grape and pear and apple, and very faint white bread.

Taste - just like the nose, starts with sweet light fruits of white grape, pear and apple, quickly joined by sour light fruit skins and peels, then some adjunct and warming alcohol finishes things off.

Mouthfeel - almost medium, very juicy and sweet with some alcohol heat, carb is lower side of medium and very smooth, a few edges along the sides of the tongue. But with no scrub or bittering hops the mouth finishes with both a sweet and sour heat, somewhat unpleasant.

Overall - if you like the thought of carbonated Apple and white grape juice spiked with alcohol then you'll love this. But I'm guessing most of you don't, and neither do I. Okay for a cheap buzz, otherwise I can't recommend this beer.

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Photo of tillmac62
3.25/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

BBD 5/24/15. Clear golden pour. Poor head volume, lacing and retention.

The nose is similar to standard BMC adjunct offerings coupled with a higher level of alcohol noted.

Light body with a touch of smoothness. Normal carbonation with a bit of effervescence in a middle and a nice finish.

Unlike BMC, this offering actually has some flavor. It is reasonably intense, lacks complexity and is poorly balanced. A mild alcohol astringency dominates throughout, with a distinct grain alcohol character. A semisweet corn character arrives in the middle where a very subtle hop presence is also noted. Approaching the finish, a light biscuit is detected. The finish begins with the arrival of alcoholic heat and the astringency lingers.

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