Baltika #6 Porter
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Porter - Baltic
Ranked #215
Ranked #43,031
3.65 | pDev: 13.97%
Baltika Breweries
Russian Federation
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Sigmund from Norway

3.62/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500 ml bottle, from Løvbjerg, Ikast. ABV is 7.0%. Black colour, ruby in the highlights. Large beige head. The aroma is bready and moderately roasty, some fruity hints too. Pleasant and smooth flavour of moderately roasted malts, black bread, mild coffee, chocolate and caramel, but not too sweet. Very moderate hops. A beer I might well buy again.

Apr 19, 2021
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mikeinportc from New York

4.09/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very dark brown, with no light leaking through. 2+ fingers of finely-textured tan head.

Smell is brownie batter, but slightly less sweet, a little cola, and some roasty malt aroma.

Taste is roasted nuts, cola, brown bread, and slight earthy char. Light , pleasant bitterness. A slight woody note as it warms.

Feel is light-side of-medium, with light, very fine carbonation tingle. Drying finish.

Overall, a good, basic Baltic porter . I wish it had slightly more carbonation, but that's a minor point. Best By date is 6/20/20 , but it's still good.(Bottling date : 6/20/19) If I think to look at it, I'd definitely try it again, younger. It's held up well , even though it wasn't refrigerated at the store.

Apr 19, 2021
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jkblr from Indiana

3.75/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

15.89 oz bottle PRODUCTION DATE 16.02.20 BEST BEFORE 16.02.21 poured into a tulip pint glass at fridge temp 7% ABV. The beer pours very dark brown with chocolate tan colored head. The head recedes to a thin cap. No lacing. The aroma is mild in strength and offers roasted malt with hints of caramel and dark fruit. The taste is semisweet tangy roasted malt with more dark fruit and dark chocolate. The finish reveals a little caramel and closes with mild bitterness. The mouthfeel is watery, although it approaches medium body, with average carbonation and a mostly dry finish. Overall, good. The watery taste & feel are a disadvantage for this beer. It does come together somewhat as it warms.

Nov 28, 2020
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Greywulfken from New York

4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best by of 2/15/21 - solid Baltic porter and very drinkable - the best of the three Baltika beers I've had so far - and also just the most solid for the style... Dark roasts are mildly bittersweet with a hint of anise... Very nice...

Oct 10, 2020
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gvickery from Texas

4.5/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look. Dark brown to black, medium khaki head.
Smell. Dark roasted malt, dark dried fruit, raisin, prune, etc.
Taste. Sweet, brown sugar, molasses, brine, licorice, toasted bread, slight acrid bitterness on the backend.
Mouthfeel. Slightly thick, oily, (in a good way).
Overall. Such a good example of the style. I wish all of their beers were put on n the dark brown bottles. Price-wise this is a steal at $2.39 a bottle. Very nice.

Jun 13, 2020
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Darkmagus82 from Texas

3.83/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a pint bottle into a snifter glass
Appearance – The beer pours a deep brown color with a one finger head of off-white foam. The head has a decent level of retention, fading over time to leave a small amount of streaky and foamy lace on the sides of the glass.
Smell – The aroma of the brew is very strong of a roasted malt mixed with a good deal of caramel sweetness and a little bit of a char aroma. Along with these smells comes some lighter notes of cocoa and a touch of vanilla.
Taste – The taste begins with a very malty roasty taste that has a little bit of a caramel and vanilla sweetness upfront. As the taste advances the roastiness stays very strong, while the sweet fades a bit. At the same time there is a woody and earthy flavor that begin to develop with a touch of a molasses joining in as well recovering a bit of the caramel and vanilla loss. At the very end a hint of alcohol and a decent hit of char hits the taste buds, leaving one with a nice dark and roasty taste to linger on the tongue.
Mouthfeel – The body of the brew is somewhat on the thinner side in terms of thickness and chewiness for a 7.0 % abv porter, with a carbonation level that is rather average. A tad more thickness and a bit less carbonation may have been slightly more appropriate for the style and the roasty/slightly boozy/drier toasted tastes of the brew, but overall rather decent.
Overall – A nice example of a very roasty and somewhat drier finishing porter. Not over the top of chocolate and caramel/molasses like may porters. Quite balanced and easy drinking.

May 07, 2020
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RichardLeahy from Australia

4.06/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From 470 ml bottle into pint glass. Also had one straight from the bottle. L. Impressive black, very dark brown with khaki head to about 1 cm that doesn't last long. S. There is something, but my nose doesn't pick up much. Slightly fruity, maybe a touch of sweetness. T. Subdued, but some malty, fruit sweetness and finishing dry. Tastes less than it looks. F. A touch of tingly carbonation but generally smooth. O. The impressive looking bottle and look in the glass out perform smell and taste. I will drink again, because such a great looking beer, but a little underwhelming.
P.S. As I have drunk through the carton I have enjoyed this more and more. Rich, deep, sweet flavour, maybe molasses/treacle but not cloying. Will definitely drink again. Have upped my rating a notch.

Feb 12, 2020
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EMV from Pennsylvania

3.73/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a tall bottle into a Dogfish Head tulip

L: Nearly clear dark, dark brown pour... nearly black with 2 fingers of off-white head. Lasts awhile... nice lacing.

S: Sweet and roasty. Dark sugars and toasted grains.

T.F: Big and sweet up front... toasted grains, molasses and dark sugars, plus a bit of cocoa and marshmallow. Fairly simple... needs a bit more balance. Lighter than expected... well carbonated. More cocoa, sweets, and roast at the finish.

O: A better-than-expected Baltic Porter. Big and sweet as per the style... as noted could use more balance, but for the price point (aka cheap) beer this is actually pretty flavorful. Definitely one for dessert.

Jun 06, 2019
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Mark-Leggett from Missouri

3.97/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours dark with a white head that doesn't last long. Smells of roasted malt and dark fruit. Tastes of dark fruit, malt and chocolate. Smooth and a sweet finish. Nice.

May 31, 2019
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Jonesc700 from Texas

4.18/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Dark brown not much foam or carbonation but not smooth like a stout. Definite hints of caramel, cocoa, coffee but not sweet or overpowering at all. Really good overall and doesn’t lose much flavor even after sitting for a while.

May 26, 2019
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Sabtos from Ohio

3.44/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dull Guinness black at full pour, but more clear cola brown in light, with a lumpy khaki foam head, this beer has notes of raisin, brown toast, licorice, cocoa and cigar and is overall sweet with a bubbly froth through a slick light body that finishes semi-dry.

Mar 26, 2019
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Azdirtmover from Arizona

3.52/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Started sampling Baltika a few years normally don’t think of Russia and beer in the same thought.Above average in all types I’ve had and pretty cheap to boot.

Nov 18, 2018
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jlindros from Massachusetts

3.37/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Purchased at a Russian supermarket in Berlin
Decent fizzy head fades semi quickly, little lacing, dark brown almost black color
Nose sweet caramel and cola syrup, candy sugar little toffee and chocolate, biscuity thing
Taste like cola, sugary sweet candy, syrupy, cola syrup like dr pepper or something, little biscuity toffee, almost Smokey syrup, chocolate note, little bitterness, bit of alcohol
Mouth is med bod syrupy sweet sticky, decent carb
Overall eh

Jun 27, 2018
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detgfrsh from Texas

3.68/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From a bottle brewed 11.02.16. Pours black with a half finger of tan head that dissipates quickly. Roasted malt and brown sugar smell. Medium feel. Taste is malty sweetness with a touch of bitterness. A good porter that hits all the main points of the style.

May 26, 2018
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Nass from Florida

4.23/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

I am drink mine at almost a month past the expiration date but a 7% porter should hold up really well unlike like your light lager sand light pale ales. I am partial to this style. I like how the dark fruit notes are not too overpowering. Porters are my favorite year round availability style of beer and this one is up there with the best of them. Cheers! A-

Mar 02, 2018
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Suds from Missouri

3.02/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

This brew pours dark in color...deep brown with reddish highlights. Slim chocolate-milk colored head. The aroma is malty...think pale and dark dry malt extract. Not much complexity beyond that. The taste is sweet and malty. Not much depth...lots of light roasted notes and more than enough sweetness. Worse as it warmed. Full in body. Not a great beer.

Dec 30, 2017
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Thomas_Wikman from Texas

4.09/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I believe it is the first time I am having a Baltic Porter so I cannot compare with how they are supposed to taste like, but I really liked this one.

Look: Dark brown with a one inch mocca colored head

Aroma: chocolate, hint of dark fruits

Taste: Mild roasted malts, caramel, chocolate, dark fruits such as figs maybe raisins. Alcohol barely noticeable.

Feel: medium body, easy drinking

Nov 08, 2017
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patre_tim from Thailand

3.99/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dark brown with a ruby tinge when held to the light. Opaque. Topped with 3 fingers of beige, foamy head.

Smells of vanilla, chocolate, and cherries. Slightly fruity.

The taste is initially of chocolate and cherries, then turns into long lasting black liquorice, slightly sweet, toasted notes, but no abrasive charring.

Medium, slightly bready body, moderate to low carbonation. Hidden ABV.

Got this in Chiang Mai, drinking it here Oct 4th, 2017. Really drinkable, smooth, good beer. Excellent rep for the style as far as drinkability.

Oct 04, 2017
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ordybill from Georgia

4.25/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the 16 OZ bottle into a pint glass. The appearance is a dark black color with a medium sized tan head. The aroma is black licorice and malt. The taste is malt and black licorice. a very nice porter.

Jun 29, 2017
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WickedBeer from Alabama

3.69/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Just a quick review of my first beer from Baltika (Балтика). Poured into a standard pint glass from a 1 pint, .9oz bottle.

Look: very dark brown, almost black. Very small head of off white foam. Quickly dissipating lace.
Smell: Molasses and caramel malt dominate the smell. Slight nuttiness / breadiness in the finish.
Taste: Dominant molasses again, even balance of caramel malt. Very similar to the non-alcoholic beverage Malta Goya, which is brewed with barley and hops like beer, but with a very recognizable caramel flavor profile balanced by molasses. Surprisingly fruity flavors linger, similar to dried apricots.
Feel: light body, medium carbonation, slightly sticky but smooth.

Overall a pretty good porter! I think my perception is slightly skewed by that Malta agota beverage that I drank so much as a kid. Not the best, but a very drinkable porter.

Apr 02, 2017
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pat61 from Minnesota

4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

S: molasses, chocolate, nut, toffee, low alcohol and moderate ester aromas that suggest stone fruit. No harsh or burnt, sour or tart aromas.

L: pours dark brown with ruby highlights as streams of small bubbles rush to the surface. The 1/2" foam cap is cream to light tan with moderate retention.

T: palate starts nutty, malty sweet with dark dried fruit and soft alcohol. As it warms, figs come out more with light toffee notes and a hint of plum. Hop flavor and bitterness are medium low. There is nothing harsh or burnt. The balance is to the malt.

F: The beer is smooth with a medium full to full body and mild soft alcohol warming. Carbonation is medium.

O: This is a very drinkable beer with no harsh flavors.

Mar 22, 2017
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PlutonowyManiek from Belgium

4.03/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Colour black, dark brown slightly shines through. The foam does not exist. The aroma of fruit and liqueur, roasted mixed with fried fruits, chocolates and peanut notes. Baltika 6 has an oily texture but not heavy, is incredibly smooth, velvety taste as above, but roasted is like fried fruits. Notes of chocolate, bitter like chocolates filled, background accents are a peanut. At the finish delicate burnt bitterness. Saturation low fit.

Dec 14, 2016
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KLHBB from Colorado

3.7/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

At a Russian restaurant, poured from a bottle -- the bottle is heavy and gorgeous. I should have asked to keep it. Anyway, dark. The restaurant was also dark so I don't know what the color is. Malty, dark fruits, without the annoying coffee taste of American porters. Thick but not sticky or chewy, this is my first taste of this style and I like it.

Dec 07, 2016
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AgentMunky from New York

3.96/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 50cL bottle. Best by 24 March 2017 (bottled a year prior).
A: Mahogany red and clearish, with brownish head.
S: Sticky caramel with hints of roasted fruit.
T: Mm, 'tis the season for Baltic porters. Black currant, molasses, plums. Bready malts and sticky, beery finish.
M: Sticky, but not quite robust. Almost seems like a lager yeast at times.
O: A solid beer. No complaints. Would drink again.

Nov 19, 2016
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NastyNorseman from New York

3.34/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

This dark brown tan headed porter is heavy on the toasted malts, but also carries alcohol in its taste and metal in the after taste. I was looking forward to tasting a Russian take on porter but this off-balance one makes me understand why the czars preferred English imports. Fruits carry the weight and the malt didn't bring it like I hoped. Finished a light as well. Not my brew of choice to warm my soul this winter that is for sure.

Oct 22, 2016
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