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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Photo of Caveworm
1.03/5  rDev -62.9%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Ok first off, this came in a PLASTIC bottle, dead giveaway that its gonna be hairy. By "extra strong", I'm assuming it meant extra malt. The aroma was acrid. Imagine malt vinegar you put on boardwalk fries, but on crack&steroids. Yes, its THAT overpowering. The appearance was that of malt vinegar. I could barely get over the disgusting smell before I took a swig. After I swallowed it, the fumes were just too much&it came right back out. I don't mean to bash this product, this is just my firsthand experience when I drank it. Judging by the bottle itself, I'm assuming this is the Russian equivalent to a 40 oz of malt liquor here in the States. To wrap this up, if you wanna say "I drank a Russian 40" and are feeling frisky, by all means try it. If not, its no loss. Just an oddity more or less.

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Photo of geoffpm
1.06/5  rDev -61.9%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Purchased a relatively fresh can from a Russian Supermarket.

Immediately upon opening, a chemical smell wafted from the can. I have never smelled this in a beer.

The first taste magnified the chemical overtones. Absolutely no malt character. Can only taste the alcohol. Perhaps it's added alcohol that gives this such a bad smell and taste.

This is easily the worst beer I have had in decades/

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Photo of sweemzander
1.14/5  rDev -59%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

1 liter bottle poured into a tulip. Thanks to BeerFMAndy for sharing this one?

(A)- Pours a clear pale orange color. Not much head to speak of, but some white bubbles.

(S)- A dry, literally sugary sweet sugar water aroma.

(T)- Same as the smell. Its like drinking sugar water; and alot of sugar at that.

(M)- A low carbonation level. Only flavor that I can detect in this is sugar and alot of it at that.

(D)- Again, its like drinking an alcohol driven, dry sugar water. Almost flavorless and downright almost undrinkable for me.

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Photo of soulgrowl
1.15/5  rDev -58.6%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Appearance: Pale champagne-straw. Fizzy white head breaks down into a cratered, quivering froth, and then into nothing.

Smell: Rock candy, sweet corn. Muffled whisper of dandelion. Mild skunky and sulfuric aromas poke through the sweetness. Slight rubbing alcohol character emerges as it warms.

Taste: Oh my god, who put vodka in my MGD?

Mouthfeel: Sharp, watery, numbing, and abrasive.

Drinkability: This beer is nightmarish. Maybe it would be passable if you drink it ice cold, but otherwise... ugh!

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Photo of turdburglar
1.16/5  rDev -58.3%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

I bought a huge PLASTIC bottle of this for 99 cents as a goof.

The label reads "Extra Strong Lager" in huge letters and also the word "ale" in small print in the upper right hand corner.

Took this over to my friend's house. Bear in mind, either one of us would have been perfectly happy with ice cold PBR.

Wow, this beer is fuckin' disgusting. Smells like witch hazel. Taste is putrid... kinda like bud light mixed with gasoline and cough syrup. We took 2 sips each and flushed the rest down the toilet.


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Photo of ernie
1.18/5  rDev -57.6%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Malt Liquor at its worst, an awful beer that gained a vast popularity in the skid rows all over Old World. Generally, it's possible to brew a really strong pale lager, and there are some very successful examples of the style. In St. Petersburg the brewers (or, more likely, managers) were busy only with packing their product with alcohol. Well, they succeeded and offered us a horrible brew. Thanx, no!

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Photo of braugon
1.2/5  rDev -56.8%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Looks like ___, smells like ____.

Tastes like sugar, chalk, flour, ginseng root.

I would rather drink Olde English, not sure about this being better than any 40oz.

I was like hmm 1.99, in with the bombers, maybe they know something cool on the cheap...

Can't even pretend to be cool with this one.

I just take the loss, full responsibility, I need a BMC to bring my taste buds back.

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Photo of brdc
1.22/5  rDev -56.1%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Medium sized capped bottle poured into a pint.

Pale yellow, voluminous white head that drops quite quickly, leaving no lacing. It starts looking great, but dissipates rather quickly warning of what is coming.
It smells and tastes like sweetened alcohol; something like very cheap vodka with some sort of soda. Very difficult to qualify any better.
Absolutely horrible, a straight drainpour.

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Photo of Chriscrundwell12
1.22/5  rDev -56.1%
look: 2 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

A- 2 inch white foamy head, dissipates slowly. No lacing, golden straw color. Very clear, champaign like appearance. Well carbonated beer, not very attractive overall.
S- very unappealing aroma, smells like your typical college drinking beer, colors, bud light, miller light, some malt and corn characteristics come out, very plain.
T- very very disappointing. I didn't have high expectations for this brew but was hoping for something slightly enjoyable. Metallic aftertaste, slight bitterness, lingering metallic taste after every sip, slight malt flavor stands out. Alcohol is very resent for only being 8% abc.
M- light mouthfeel, very sticky, terrible metallic aftertaste.
O- well what can I say, first beer in 9 months and it has to be one of the worst beers I've ever had, if not the worst. Metallic aftertaste that lingers. This is a beer that I will never drink again.

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Photo of Naugros
1.23/5  rDev -55.8%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

I have to say that this beer does make for a good presentation in my lager glass. It's straw in color, but not as pale as I had feared it would be. The head is impressive, billowing out to a good 2.5 inches and rising above the glass rim. It's slightly off-white and has the look of marshmallow...not right from the package but from when you scorch the crap out of it over a campfire and then pull off the burnt part. The stuff still stuck to the stick...that's what it looked like before it went bye bye. At least it was nice enough to leave behind a bit of lacing.

The smell is horrid. It smells of the kind of plastic that action figures are made of. You also get some corn and Saaz hops (I think, it's hard to tell). I certainly hope this tastes better than it smells. It doesn't...if at all possible it tastes worse. Take the above and add rubbing alcohol (or acetone) and you'll get the taste. The mouthfeel is even bad...oily with a chemical astringency tearing at the back of your throat. I cannot finish may be only the second or third beer ever that I've poured. I fear that if I do finish this that it will be a sign of alcoholism and that I'll be standing up in the backroom of a church introducing myself. No thank you.

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Photo of bluHatter
1.25/5  rDev -55%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Date: 24.12.11

A: Crystal clear yellow. Almost no head at all.

S: Grain, very mild overall. Hard to get a good sniff with so little carbonation going on.

T: Dry cardboard, with a harsh whiskey finish. Did they just brew weak beer and mix in some cheap whiskey to make it stronger? That's exactly what it tastes like.

M: Almost no carbonation. Mouth is numbing like I've been having shots of whiskey. After just a few sips I already feel a hangover coming on.

O: If you like beer mixed with whiskey, give this a shot. Otherwise, just go have a lot more fun doing shots.

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Photo of berserker256
1.28/5  rDev -54%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

I bought this beer in a 51 ounce plastic bottle mostly because I had never seen such a creature and partially because I wanted to reuse the bottle to bottle homebrew. It's got a hazy yellow-brown appearance with barely any head at all. It smells weird. It smells like old peaches and hay. Or perhaps an 11-year-old Jolly Rancher that nobody wanted to eat because it was apricot. It tastes sickeningly sweet and coats my tounge with an unpleasant chemical-like fruity, dry, hatred. Uuhhhh... I don't know how I'm going to finish this crap...

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Photo of bamadog
1.33/5  rDev -52.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

I wish I could say thanks to my buddy Jeff for sharing this one the other night, but this is quite possibly the worst beer I've ever had in my mouth. I've never had to spit a beer back out, but there is a first time for everything, and this is it for me. Review is from notes taken on 7/31/2010 and poured from the bottle to a tulip.

Appearance: Pour is actually the color of urine (I'm not being snarky or overly sarcastic here -- it's the first thing that came to my mind when I saw it and it was all down hill from here); starts with a 1/2 finger of white head that fades to a full, but uneven, skim; body is clear and shows tons of sick looking sediment floating throughout.

Smell: Light graininess and some barley, but it's sickly sweet as well and it is very cloying, even in the nose.

Taste/mouthfeel/drinkability: OK, this is pretty much the end of this one -- it literally tastes like perfume and hay... I couldn't keep this in my mouth. I'd continue on to talk about the mouthfeel, but the taste was so bad I couldn't keep it in long enough to make any strong determinations about this. Based upon everything else about this beer, the drinkability is awful. I never want to be near this drink again.

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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 tab021
1.38/5  rDev -50.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

A - Clear yellow with a decent head. doesn't appear to be much really

S - like dry malt sweetness but not much

T - Holy atrocious beer batman... this seriously tastes like a cheap malt mixed with popov or some other cheap vodka. horrible horrible taste

M - to be honest I couldn't keep it in long enough to figure this out. bubbly...

D - put it this way... i feel bad for my sink because I have to dump 49 of the original 51oz down the drain because this is so terrible. If you like vodka and would for some reason like the taste of it mixed with a cheap malt liquor then be my guest, but I will use this only to pull pranks on others... just plain horrible

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Photo of beerguy101
1.38/5  rDev -50.4%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Very light gold color. Small head. Aroma is slightly malty and sweet. Its very sweet, lots of corn added?. The corn flavor is balanced by a strong alcohol flavor. No hops to speak of, yet there is some bitterness whose origin I don't really want to know. This stuff is really awful. Mouthfeel is full. Finish is clean. Aftertaste is chemical and bitter.

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Photo of womencantsail
1.39/5  rDev -50%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

A: The pour is a very pale straw/yellow color with a thin layer of white foam.

S: Smells damp and moldy with some possible fecal notes. Rotting vegetables and a bit time corn aroma. Sickly sweet and cloying. Lots of butter, because we couldn't have a truly excellent beer without that.

T: Cloying sugar and corn sugar. Oh goodness is this bad. Grape juice, cooked vegetables, butter, just awful. Some definite booze flavors, too.

M: Pretty heavy, unnecessarily so, with a moderate level of carbonation.

D: Jesus Christ.

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Photo of BranfordBound
1.43/5  rDev -48.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Pretty much the worst beer I've ever had in my life. Not sure what they even call this garbage, but it's awful. Simply unpalatable. The malts have a weird, medicinal aftertaste and the alcohol comes through too much.

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Photo of Vancer
1.43/5  rDev -48.6%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Holy crap, no wonder the USSR collapsed. This stuff could bring down an empire. Best part was the fizzy yellow pour, just a touch of white head. Only a slight malt aroma, but wow, it’s like doing shots of grassy vodka in every quaff. Very mediciney with a nasty, burning finish.

Well, I made it through the entire 500ml bottle, no drain pour for me! Well, only paid $2 for it (plus shipping), so not much of a loss. Now if I can keep it down past an hour without batching, I’ll be OK.

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Photo of Skidz
1.46/5  rDev -47.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Pours out pale straw and stis light, bright gold in the glass with a large white head, fading fast to a light skim, moving to the sides.

Aroma is pure malt and grass. Dried, decaying banana peel, and soft, bruised apples. Leafy hops dangle in the background, mildly spicy.

Tastes faintly sweet, almost sickeningly so when combined with its rather harsh, dry spicing, and alcoholic warmth. Like sucking on a twig that's been drenched in vodka. Destroys all sense of taste...and that's the best thing it has to offer; relief.

Light, watery and suitably carbonated. No reason to keep it in your mouth for very long, swallow and get it over with.

This beer has it's niche in the market of those who enjoy drinking swillish beers that look more sophisticated than Budweiser or Coors. I personally couldn't tell the difference and would rather have kept this one in the bottle.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
1.48/5  rDev -46.8%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Pours gold with a small head leaving some lacing.
Nose show sweet corn and rich with white wine characters. Somehow cloying.
More corn and rice as flavours along with cereal. Very sweet. Noticeable alcohol. Sickening.
Carbonation is pretty high.
I only got through about a quarter of this bottle, which has never happened before.

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Photo of sixerofelixir
1.51/5  rDev -45.7%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1.5

51 oz(!) *plastic* bottle. 8% brew. Damn. Yes, there is freshness info..

Pour starts out with a head, then it disappears *completely.* Looks lite-golden, very clear, and innocent. Smell is heavy white sugar and green apple, kinda like my first batch of Mr. Beer - on 'roids. Also, a rather pleasant, toasty malt scent. But then some rubbing alcohol has to come spoil the party. Taste is a lot of phenols and bitterness. A good deal of those malts, but with bitter-beer face to follow. Possibly alcohol-face as well. Finishes strong, like a punch to the liver. A sickeningly sweet aftertaste that you just have to wash down with more Baltika #9. Speaking of, will this pass Magic Hat in the beer lexicon popularity of said number? I doubt it. And I don't think there's any damn way I can finish this behemoth mutant of a bottle on my own..

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Photo of JDV
1.51/5  rDev -45.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Light medium gold yellow pour with little white head. Smell is an odd mix of Alcohol, yeastiness, and a chemically smell, so in other words, not great. Taste was similar with a bit of bitterness, sort of malty sweetness I guess, and a cheap, hot alcoholic. Not very good, and wouldn't get again.

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Photo of nicholas2121
1.56/5  rDev -43.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

Baltika # 9 had the taste of malt vinegar. A real strong taste real bitter. The color was a dark brown. Mouth Feel was the same as the taste. I was not impressed with this brew. I will not be buying this brew any more. This had to be the roughest brew I ever had. If you like your brew with a ton of malt this is for you. I is not for me overall I give it a 2.

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Photo of Brent
1.56/5  rDev -43.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

Ghastly. Essentially, this is imported bad malt liquor. Cidery malt, with an overwhelming fusel alcohol presence. Phenolic medicinal notes. A strong lager can be done well, or, as this demonstrates, very, very badly. I've had a couple of beers from this brewery that weren't too bad, so I wonder how they can crank this stuff out - perhaps this works with the local taste.

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