Baltika #4 Original (Dark) | Baltika Breweries

Baltika #4 Original (Dark)Baltika #4 Original (Dark)
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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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Ratings: 442 |  Reviews: 286
Photo of rjimlad
3.58/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A beautiful deep copper colour with sweet molasses notes in the aroma. Head is not persistent but overall impressions were promising. Flavour is sweet malt/treacle and bread offset with a moderate carbonation and enough hop to prevent cloying. Quite enjoyable but the sweetness reduces the drinkability a little. It kind of reminds me of Barons Black Wattle though they are different beers. Hmm.

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Photo of skrib09
3.44/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured a cloudy dark red or maroon. tan head that rose and fell quickly.

smell is a bit wheaty and sweet. sugar or caramel maybe amongst raisins.

taste is intensly prune-like. almost a sugary sweetness on my lips like i was eating a candy. overall clean flavors i suppose.

relatively light mouthfeel. crispy toward the end. maybe a bit flat in the carbonation. good drinkability.

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Photo of plaid75
3.5/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a murky dark amber hue with a two finger caramel head. There was decent retention and lacing.

The smell featured a heavy cereal grain and some molasses.

The taste lightly sweet, grainy and slightly herbal. Similar in fact to a maerzen.

The mouthfeel was toward the fuller side of the style with a residual sweetness.

Overall a tasty dark lager.

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Photo of FleeVT
3.35/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

16.9oz brown bottle with production and best before dates.

A: Pours a glowing crimson, copper, burnt orange with a full two finger head. The head dies down quickly to a thin lacing.

S: Euro malts, you know the kind, not too sweet. Trends towards butterscotch with hint of alcohol.

T/M: Light body, lacking punch until the very end. It is water-like until it hits the back of the tongue, then the carbonation comes through. Same buttery malts from the nose are present on the palate. A faint hint of hops balances out the caramel and butterscotch malts. Finally a touch of banana finishes her off in the aftertaste.

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Photo of jsh420
4.05/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bottled 12-1-07
best before 12-1-08

pours deep amber with a small head that leave spotted lacing

smell is dark fruity malt and alcohol

taste - wow - very nutty and strong sweet dark fruit malts

mouthfeel is light with good carbonation that leaves a creamy and crisp finish

overall/drinkability - good - i can see buying this again - reminds of brown ales and better then alot - the best baltika i have had yet! and a few months past its prime???

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Photo of Psilo707
3.35/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Ruby red in appearance with little lacing and almost no head to speak of. Aroma is one of hoppy nuts and pine.

Tastes a bit better than the regular Baltika Lager, and especially better than the import. Very malty and nutty with a little bit of raisin presence.

Mouthfeel is the best aspect of the brew, semi-creamy and goes down well. Drinkability is average.

Overall, it's the best Baltika I've had, but that's only out of 4. I will have to try more from this Russian brewery asap.

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Photo of Monsteruss
3.63/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The foam was med. wheat in color, semi thick and dissapated rather quickly. The color was dark ruby red, amber highlights with a mahogany undertone. The smell was hoppy and dark fruity undertones. It has a deep lager taste with a hint of carmel. Mouthfeel - med. to full-bodied - a good throwdown. Drinkability - deep and smooth - a good session.

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Photo of SetarconeX
3.43/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I have something of a soft spot for this lager. Something about a company that sells its brews by the number. Even so, from any objective viewpoint, it's a little rough around the edges.

Looks red and perfectly clear. Smells almost syrupy malty, which it is. Tastes of oodles of pure malt, with just a hint of odd metallic astringency holding it back. A no frills, straightforward, uncomplicated lager.

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Photo of morebeergood
3.48/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a bottle for $2.25 at Blanchard's in Allston. Poured into a tall lager glass. Tons of carbonation, with bubbles coating most sides of the glass. Sunset red color. Fluffy white head that remained afloat for a lot longer than expected. Smell was of faint traces of cherry and licorice. Taste was dominated by malt. That pretty much took over the beer from there. This beer was also a bit more watery than I would at guessed after my first glance. No really harsh aftertaste or anything, combined with a decent abv, makes this beer fairly drinkable. This was my first Baltika from what I can remember, and it was a pleasant surprise.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.28/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Absolutely beautiful cherry red body, with a slightly filmy head of yellowish foam, riddled with pancake bubbles. Dissipates to a film with some lacing. The colour is quite beautiful though.

Very strong malty nose - lots of unprocessed molasses, malted grain, a hint of barnyard organics and a surprising note of coconut. Very rich, sweet and heavy. Possibly one of the most full on malt noses I've yet tried.

Also, just malt, malt, malt on the palate. Lightly roasted, but extremely sweet and heavy, almost to the point of insanity. There's no balance here - it's just sweet, thick, gooey, sugary, unrefined madness. Mouthfeel at least fits with the syrupy goop.

This is a pretty extreme beer as far as I'm concerned. I can't even notice any hops, just very, very sweet and malty - it clogs the throat with its insanity. Too much for more than a sip, or a drizzle over a rich and heavy dessert.

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Photo of laituegonflable
3.72/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a reddy bronze kind of colour, transparent with a very slight bead. Head is decent but doesn't really stick around. Produces very nice lacing. A very appealing-looking drop, but I wouldn't exactly call it 'dark'.

Very sticky and jammy on the nose, with a strong raisin undertone and hints of oak and blackcurrant. Virtually one aroma, although there is a modest, very modest hop hit at the back, but it's more malty than anything else.

Surprisingly refreshing although there is that deep, sticky flavour of spicy raisins on the mid-palate. I think it's just too cold. Waiting for it to warm up now... Still waiting.... Okay, slightly sour on the front, very fruity, with overtones of burnt toffee throughout. Hint of artificial lemon flavour towards the back, like those lemon sherbet lollies (without the sherbet). The dominant flavour though, is that toffee, raisin character. Very heavy for breakfast. Very sweet and heavy, but very good in the mouthfeel. I'd rather have this in my mouth than Saddam's cock. Not all that drinkable this early in the morning, but that's my fucking fault for drinking it this early in the morning.

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Photo of ghebel
3/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Pours a medium brown with orange hues in the light, mild turbidity. Head is abundant and approx 1 1/2 inches, light brown and appears creamy intially, but it dissipates quickly, loosing it's creaminess and leaves no lacing.

S - Some roasted malt and sweet molasses, but a pungent (almost sour) fruity smell dominates the foreground with alcohol in the background.

T - Gives an astringent, sour note in the mouth. Once you get past that, there are flavors of roasted malts and dark fruits like plum. Starts sweet and ends with a mild bitterness.

M - Thin to moderate body, biting.

D - Average at best. Would not drink a bunch of them.

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Photo of droomyster
3.45/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very attractive ruby hue with a tan head that dissipates quickly. Smells of toasty and fruity malts that promise a lot of sweet flavors to come. It is definitely sweet, but not overwhelmingly so. Maraschino cherry-like taste, with lots of toasty and carmelly malts; it has a distinct spiciness that is hard to describe but makes it more interesting. It could definitely use some more hops to give it a nice roundness but it is quite good nonetheless. I would rate its taste higher if not for a small but pesky taste of alchol that should not be detectable in a beer with this abv level. Along with the hefeweizen and porter, this is one of my favorite Baltikas.

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Photo of Metal4Breakfast
2.58/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

$2.50 at ABC Liquors in Ocala, FL for the 16.9 Fl. Oz. bottle. Production date: 24-04-08. Best before: 24-04-09.
A: Poured a slightly cloudy, red-hued amber into a Sam Adams glass. One finger head of large bubbles dies down quickly and then disappears completely. I am left with what could pass for a dark iced tea.
S: Very sweet... a lot less of fruits and a lot more of sweet honey. Like honey used in recipe as it warm and starts to caramelize
T: The sweet honey is there in the front but, it turns very tart going down. Something like tart apples. Maybe a cider of some type.
D: This one is a lot sweeter than I expected. Nothing wrong with a cold sweet iced tea but, this is not really what I want from a "dark lager".

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Photo of toolbrew
3.65/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a 22oz pilsner glass. Pours a mahogany color with a thin 1/4" light tan head.

Nice fruity bouquet with a sweet malty backbone. Some granny smith apple type scents.

Malty taste up front which gives hints of the apple scent. Leaves a nice malty coating in the mouth.

Goes down well and mostly the back of the tongue picks up the malt.

Light and easily drinkable. I could certainly revisit this beer or have a couple bottles per sitting.

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Photo of JEdmund
3.97/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Handsome tan leather color with a quick-to-drop head; no carbonation visible

Sweet malts, like a doppelbock almost, with strong notes of raisins and caramel

Taste & Mouthfeel
Taste follows nose closely with the sweet malts dominating the flavor profile; leaves a pleasant aftertaste; avoids being cloying with a slightly dry, bready component; little to no bitterness; full body that has a good, airy texture

Pretty tasty dark lager and by far the most flavorful I've had from Baltika.

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Photo of bowersdm
4.03/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

500mL bottle poured into a mug.

A - dark ruby color with a stiff 2cm head

S - caramel malt with a slight chocolate hint; pronounced fruity aroma: apples, cherries. a very sweet smelling beer.

T - strong caramel malt with that same roasted chocolate like flavor. strong fruit flavor and a very pronounced sweetness, very pronounced.

M - good. I don't drink many lagers, so I haven't yet figured out what a good mouthfeel for one would be.

D - the flavor and aroma are not anything amazing, but I would consider picking up a few of these if I wanted to drink heavily. It's very easy drinking and it by no measure tastes bad, to me at least.

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Photo of billybob
3.91/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a cloudy tea in color with a small beige colored head and no lace to speak of. smell is much better with caramel and candy and strong tea aromas present. taste is same with flavors melding together nicely. mouthfeel and carbonation good. russian beers keep surprising me. i would buy this beer again any time.

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Photo of jujubeast6000
3/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed 1/31/2009 (bottle):

Pours a clear reddish brown colored body with an off-white head, big and lasting. Has an aroma of roasted and chocolate notes. A malty grainy nose too. Some strawberry fruitiness too. Fruity grainy roasted taste. Strawberry and some chocolate too, creaminess too. Some hotness. Lagery tasting. Not bad tasting. Somewhat refreshing.

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Photo of fitzy84
3.72/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A reddish tint to this drink with no head or lacing. Mocha, cocoa flavors mixed in a burnt malt aroma. Great taste with a slight cherry flavor mixed with the generally malty ingredient. A good mouthfeel makes it light, slightly creamy with a good carbonation. Overall, one of the best I had in the series.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.36/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a reddish-brown body with great clarity and a large, expansive, off-white head.

Smell: A bit of an oddball nose, smelling of charred sugar, toasted grains, a Sugar Daddy (the candy, you knuckleheads), and a vague, background fruitiness.

Taste: Bread maltiness coming across as flavors of nutty, burnt sugar and (again) Sugar Daddy candies. Hint of raisin fruitiness. Splash of cola. Indistinct hop character with a light bitterness at first, but, upon warming, it exhibits some spiciness. The finish begins sweet but dries out and has a peculiar aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Medium-plus carbonation.

Drinkability: Not the most elegant, graceful beer around, but it's a reasonably tasty Eastern Europe brew and one of the standouts in the rogues gallery that is the Baltika line.

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Photo of atis
3.14/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

500 ml bottle from Riga

Pours clear dark amber with soft and slightly fizzy head that soon dissipates to a small layer, almost no lacing. Aroma is burnt caramel malt, some apples, it is quite weird. Taste is similar, light sweet with some dark fruit, some smoke, roasted malt and slightly bittery aftertaste.

Moutheel felt rather thin. Overall, I did not enjoy it too much, the beer is not bad, but it is quite unusual and did not appeal to my taste.

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Photo of BWH3
2.99/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Hazy brown with hints of orange. Pours big tan bubbly head that fades quick. Looks like a dunkel not a dark lager. The clarity is just all wrong.

S: Simple combination of carmel and toasted bread. Not much hops in aroma. Not too complex and not all that bold but pleasing.

T: Taste similar but has somewhat of a sweet tea taste in that the tanins from the grain or are detectable and dry the palate with the mineral like bittering hops.

M: A bit too little carbonation and head retention. Density of body is medium.

D: I think this works better as a dunkel but still would have some faults even in this category especially with regards to aroma and taste. However if you are looking for a Russian beer at an affordable price this is a good beer for you.

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Photo of PatrickJR
3.67/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 16.9 oz bottle into nonic pint glass.

A - Murky, rust colored brown. About an inch of off white head rises and falls quickly, leaving nothing. No lace.

S - Interesting stuff going on here. Caramel malt and dark bread jump out immediately, but there's a hint of fruit and a really weird burnt smell. Not the normal char I often encounter, but something different like grease or oil that has smoldered. Strange indeed.

T - Very unique, and full of flavor. Sweetness comes on with brown sugar and hints of raisins and figs. Dried fruit in general comes to mind. Mid palate the sweetness tapers off a bit and a strange chalky flavor leads into the strange burnt notes from the nose. Burnt dark bread with a little bit of charcoal and ash. Quick metallic flavor with earthy, burnt bitterness wraps up the taste.

M - On the high end of light bodied. Carbonation is moderate to high. Thicker may have been a bit better.

D - Good stuff overall. Unique enough to stand apart but tame enough to make for an easy drinking brew. Full of flavor and character, a pleasure to drink.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
2.74/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A dark ruby color with a nice 1 finger creamy tan head. Foam sticks to the glass with ease.

Not a very appealing nose-burnt raisins come to mind. Slightly sweet toast aroma. A pretty strong smelling lager, but not so delectable.

Overly sweet and toasty taste for me. Kind of acrid and cardboard-y. Some hoodlum unfermented sugars crept up and stole the rims of this civic. Not very tasty, but certainly not a drain pour either. I like the other 3 Baltikas I've had better (8,9 and 6). The dark fruitiness is too prevalent for a lager, IMO. Get rid of some of that sweetness and they may have something.

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Baltika #4 Original (Dark) from Baltika Breweries
Beer rating: 23.8% out of 100 with 442 ratings
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