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Baltika #4 Original (Dark) | Baltika Breweries

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Baltika #4 Original (Dark)Baltika #4 Original (Dark)

Brewed by:
Baltika Breweries
Russian Federation

Style: Euro Dark Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.60%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 04-13-2002

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Photo of marc77
2.98/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The bumpy, rocky, well retained head sits atop a garnet hued crystal clear brew. The overall mellow aroma is comprised of herbal hops, dark caramel sweetness, and a hint of chocolate malt. Malt sweetness persists at a high level from start to finish in this brew tapered only slightly by meager hop and roasted malt bitterness. Depth of malt character is lacking, w/ notes of dark Munich malt overshadowed by the strong sweetness. That being said, sweetness never becomes cloying, and this brew retains decent drinkability. Lightly bodied, w/ an underattenuated, sugary mouthfeel that lends an artificial fullness. Finishes expectedly sweet, w/ light toasty malt on the back of the tongue. Baltika dark, although lacking all around in character for a Dunkel, is a unique brew in itself. Although it grew on me as I drank it, the sweetness is a touch overbearing.

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Photo of Suds
2.93/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

An attractive beer: reddish-brown with a big tan head. There is a noticeable metallic and astringent flaw in the beer, but it is drinkable. Sweet, molasses and malt nose. Not a lot of bitterness, and sometimes cloying. Alcohol is pronounced for the concentration. I didn’t know what to expect (I bought the bottle simply because I’d never had a Russian beer before.)

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Photo of Bierman9
3.66/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My first Russian....bier. Does have an attractive brown color. Poured a small head, diminishes to a fine layer quickly. Very, very mild malt nose. Body/tongue combined to present a decent mouthfeel. Flavors are quite subtle; some grainy malt, a hint of caramel and touch of hops. Too subtle, actually, though it did improve as the bier warmed. Granted, this bier doesn't turn me off, but it needs to be more bold, to have more "oomph".

overall: 3.65
appearance: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | mouthfeel: 4 | drinkability: 4.5


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Photo of WilliamPhilaPa
3.05/5  rDev -10%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a dark brown / amber in color. The aroma's were of fruit and caramel malt. The same on the palate (didn't really enjoy it). I may of had a bad bottle, I'm not sure, I did not inspect it well...I was sitting on the stoop with the neighbors. In any sense, I will have to re-review it.

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Photo of Jason
3.25/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 16.9 oz brown bottle with a foil wrap around the cap and neck, no freshness date to be found.

Appearance: Mild haze within the deep reddish amber colored brew, patchy big bubble lace is thin and soda like.

Smell: Caramel and candied fruit in the nose with vague ghost like fusel and buttery diacetyl aromas.

Taste: Slick and creamy mouth feel with a sharp biting carbonation, malt sweetness almost goes over the top. Caramel and ripe fruit are forced on the taste buds. The sweetness is then slammed to the ground hard by a devious mix of esters and astringency, hops are used up and astringently lost in the chaotic blend of flavours. Spicy alcohol and hop bitterness with some astringent grain to add to it gives the whole picture of this brew an ale like character. Finishes with an almost metallic flavour with some astringency and hints of dried date sugar.

Notes: Quite and interesting brew, an oddity to enjoy perhaps. Not whole heartedly bad but not what one would expect in a beer in the traditional sense.

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Photo of Jdiddy
1.12/5  rDev -67%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Very rarely am I so rough on a beer but this stuff is god awful. It smelled like metal so bad that I could barely get past that. There was NO substance to the beer. Very flat and no taste. If anything, it tastes like it smelled. BAD!!! It did have a decent color though.

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Baltika #4 Original (Dark) from Baltika Breweries
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