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 cmbeddoe7997
3.22/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of spoony
1.97/5  rDev -29.4%
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 Jcarriglio
3.27/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Foyle
2.41/5  rDev -13.6%
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 +6.5%
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 zestd
3.07/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of socon67
3.46/5  rDev +24%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of coastiebob
3.23/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of HopsAreDaMan
3.75/5  rDev +34.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

(review a week later) 500ml, no date on bottle. I shared this at the beer club, and I remember the little bit I had was good; they also liked it.

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Photo of Myotus
2.06/5  rDev -26.2%
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 BrewskiBrandon
2.75/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of 123321123321
2.93/5  rDev +5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of hophugger
2.46/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Photo of DoctorZombies
2.61/5  rDev -6.5%
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 -38%
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 papat444
2.75/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Flashback #389

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Photo of bdanysh
4/5  rDev +43.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of blackcompg
2.25/5  rDev -19.4%
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 jpuetz
1/5  rDev -64.2%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Photo of tillmac62
3.25/5  rDev +16.5%
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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Photo of Mike_Aguirre
4.49/5  rDev +60.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Looks very dull, like the usual pale lager or adjunct lager, low carbonation, nothing special. Smell is very mild and hard to perceive. But taste is absolutely awesome, it´s the best lager I´ve tried so far, wood notes, herbal hopps, alcohol, sweetness of the grain. It´s very good.

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Photo of McMatt7
3.42/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

I didn't think it was that bad.

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Photo of BranfordBound
1.43/5  rDev -48.7%
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 Sorcerer-Msk
2.1/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Tested this beer almost 12 years ago.

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Photo of 303beer
2.43/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Pours a dark yellow. Small head. Little sweet to taste.

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Baltika #9 Extra (Strong) from Baltika Breweries
2.79 out of 5 based on 682 ratings.
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