Baltika #6 Porter | Baltika Breweries

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Baltika #6 PorterBaltika #6 Porter
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Baltika Breweries
Russian Federation
baltika.ru

Style: Baltic Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 01-28-2003

BEER STATS
Ratings:
942
Reviews:
615
Avg:
3.63
pDev:
13.77%
 
 
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25
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64
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Photo of cdub70085
3.96/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Nolster
3.56/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of iamthen0ise
1.7/5  rDev -53.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.75

Photo of WickedBeer
3.69/5  rDev +1.7%
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. SurprI fly 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.

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Photo of pat61
4/5  rDev +10.2%
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.

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Photo of elle_belles17
3.4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of DegenErik
3.65/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Dzu
3.62/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Mazarbul
3.84/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Photo of Greasy
3.81/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Jodio
3.92/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Dewsby
3.52/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of DissentFatsquirrel
4.25/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of PlutonowyManiek
4.03/5  rDev +11%
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.

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Photo of KLHBB
3.7/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

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Photo of AgentMunky
3.96/5  rDev +9.1%
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).
4.25/3.75/4.25/3.5/3.75
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.

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Photo of NastyNorseman
3.34/5  rDev -8%
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.

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Photo of tykechandler
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.78/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Fremont small snifter. Pours a very dark mahogany brown, appearing nearly black in the glass, with a half finger dark khaki head that dissipates to patches with light lacing. Aroma dominated by fresh and dried plums with mild dark toasted malt, hints of cherry and caramel. Flavor is smooth dark malt with light roast, plums and a hint of cherry, lightly nutty, with a mild sweetness. Medium bodied with a light creaminess. A more fruit forward take on a Baltic porter, and although the malt is not intensely roasty, it supports the fruit flavors nicely. A bit different than domestically produced Baltic porters, and a little subdued in flavor, but very pleasant and well balanced. I liked the hints of tart cherry that added a little interest, but not any sourness that I dislike in stouts. Nicely done. I remember buying this decades ago and being pleasantly surprised by it, I'm glad that I still find it fun to drink.

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Photo of TheBen5
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of RBassSFHOPit2ME
3.86/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Production date 11/02/2016
Best before date 11/02/2017
Must be somewhat fresh I'm assuming....

Surprisingly not bad. Not quite black but close. Black cherry color that holds a decent head. We're off to a good start here.

Smells of dark fruits. Biggest on sweet plumbs. Raisins in there too and some grains. There is a hint of alcohol in there too, along with a lager yeast note. This isn't overwhelming by any means, but there.

Taste mirrors the nose. There's a black licorice liquor flavor that compliments what I described in the nose with some cherry as it gets closer to room temp.

Mouthfeel is pretty damn good. Truth be told, I came into this with low expectations, and am very pleasantly surprised. A little boozy for the ABV, but its Russian!!! And I can appreciate that.

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Photo of ddibella84
3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of allenson21
3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of rodbeermunch
2.21/5  rDev -39.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pours an impressive black color with just some brown edges to it. The aroma was harsh alcohol and dark fruit.

Taste just kept hitting waves of overripe dark fruit bitterness and hot alcohol. Even though it looked big ass, it was actually a little thin and couldn't sustain all that heavy alcohol and dark fruit yeast.

I just can't get into this beer.

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Photo of sokol_1993
3.54/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown, almost black. Little head that dissipated quickly.
Smell and taste were predominantly roastiness that comes from the roasted malt. A little bit of bitterness from it too, but much lighter than Guinness' level.
Surprisingly, when it got warmer and nearly to the end, it was really fruity. A lot of dark fruit character, plum, raisin; maybe it's the alcohol making an appearance.
It's quite a nice brew, defeating all the macrobrew the US has to offer out there. Just too high level of alcohol to be drinking it constantly, like a true Russian. But will be happy to have it again.

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Baltika #6 Porter from Baltika Breweries
3.63 out of 5 based on 942 ratings.
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