Baltika #6 Porter
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Porter - Baltic
Ranked #209
Ranked #43,300
3.64 | pDev: 13.74%
Baltika Breweries
Russian Federation
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Reviews by BuckeyeNation:
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BuckeyeNation from Iowa

4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Opaque dark chestnut with generous garnet highlights, capped by a large, oatmeal cookie brown head with acceptable density and persistence. The cap remains at three fingers for a while, then slowly settles to a thick disk while the initially abundant lace dissolves with drinking. Roasted barley, coffee with cream and cocoa comprise what is a pleasing porter nose.

Number six has impressive flavor intensity; this is no 'wilting violet' porter. Again, roasted malt is uppermost with accessory flavors of coffee, semi-sweet chocolate and light molasses. The flavor seems concentrated somehow, an effect that is probably accentuated by the medium-full body and the relatively high ABV. I know that 7.0% isn't that high, but it tastes stronger than that in the same way that liqueur 'tastes' stronger than wine.

Baltika Porter may be my first beer from Russia. It's a more than capable effort and I'll be looking for it again. It's also a good starting point for those interested in the Baltic Porter style or in flavorful dark beer in general.

Oct 07, 2004
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DaPeculierDane from Wisconsin

3.52/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This is a desert beer to be sure. It’s super sweet and cola like. Dark mahogany with an immediately dissipating tan head. Smells of figs, coke, and prune juice. Tastes of aforementioned dark fruits charred wood and a bit of coffee. Chewy with only residual bitterness. Alcohol is extremely well concealed making this one quite drinkable. Cheap as hell too. I’m begging to become a fan of the old block.

Feb 28, 2006
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stcules from Italy

2.97/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Black, brown head. Some mahogany reflexes. Average head.
Roasted malt, hazelnut, light liquorice. Slightl liquer-like, raisins.
At the taste liquorice, malt and dry fruit (hazelnuts and peanuts). Quite delicate roasted, and not invading. Quite dry.
Warming, it become more smooth.
Liquorice in the aftertaste, quite resolute, touch of liquer, dry fruit and raisins. Roasted longstanding.
Medium body.

Sep 24, 2005
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palffyfan from Massachusetts

3.98/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours amber black, with average carbonation. Foam looks pretty rich, stays around for a while.

Smell - Smells like a sweet macro with coffee notes, which may not be too bad of a thing. About average in strength.

Taste - Relatively light, just the right amount of bitterness (almost minimal). Roasty taste that is atypical, compared to a stout at least. This one is buffered with a good deal of sweetness. A lot of the previous reviews disliked it for this exact reason, but since I am unfamiliar with porters, I have to give it high marks, because I found it quite enjoyable.

Drinkability - This beer gives you a nice buzz and for $1.66 for a little over a pint, is a good deal in my opinion. I would like to bring some more of these--and I'll certainly be reviewing more Baltika's in the future..

Aug 15, 2006
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jeffjeff1 from California

3.18/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This was an ok beer. I have had better but I have also had worse. Overall not too bad

Appearance- nice head, dark brown almost black color

Smell- interesting aroma of roasted malt

Taste- sweet, bitter aftertaste

Mouthfeel- full bodied, could be better but could be worse

Drinkability- It was an ok beer. I might have another one but it's not one I must have. Average I would say

Jun 09, 2009
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Dylanjf from New York

3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

May 17, 2014
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Dogbrick from Ohio

3.53/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled at From The Vine monthly beer tasting Oct 13th, 2003: Clear dark brown with a thin beige head. Light aroma of coffee and malt. Medium body with a mild roasted coffee/malt flavor and a lightly bitter finish. Not bad but nothing memorable about this one.

Oct 14, 2003
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lonestar4lunch from Texas

3.77/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark black/brown. Very enjoyable even after warming a bit. You can really get the chocolate in the aroma. First brew from Russia so why not start with a Porter. Taste is somewhat grainy and slightly roasted. Very little carbonation to be found. Finsihes VERY smooth. Another taste gets some nuts along with the a small hint of chocolate and coffee.... HIDDEN for sure. Very drinkable and a great brew from Russia. Will for sure pick up again.

Jun 13, 2007
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jballeng from Florida

4.14/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

1 pint bottle. Poured a dark brown, nearly black, with a thick, relatively short lived, light brown head. Aroma of brown sugar, hickory, malt, alcohol, and peaches. Smooth mouthfeel with a distinctive coffee bitterness. Accents of brown sugar prevalent with malt, red apple, and peaches subtly hinting. I also get a distinct wheatgrass aftertaste. Truly an interesting Russian porter with more than a few levels of flavor.

Jun 11, 2009
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Hockey_Fan from Maryland

3.68/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Mar 25, 2018
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NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania

4.32/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Baltika's # 6 pours a clear, very dark mahogany body beneath a full head of creamy tan froth. The head retention is quite good, and it leaves some nice lace at the outset of the glass. The nose is caramelish with some darker malt tones and a touch of dark fruit (plum/prune, non-tart berry). It's delicately crisp in the mouth with a fine-bubbled standard carbonation that's somewhat subdued by its medium-full body... gently tingling I might call it. The flavor is more fruity than the nose suggests, and it's loaded with caramel and toasted brown sugar as opposed to chocolate; and, unfortunately, it's hindered by a touch of alcohol that wasn't really noticeable in the nose. It's balanced towards sweetness, and its bitterness only becomes apparent in the finish, lingering gently with some previously unseen herbal hops and dried, dark fruit skins. Baltika's best beer?... perhaps! Enjoyable and certainly worth trying!!!

May 23, 2005
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zeff80 from Missouri

3.95/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a dark brown, almost black color with a caramel colored, bubbly, two-finger head that left sticky rings of white lace.

S - It smelled of tons of chocolate and some caramel. It had a nice floral aroma, too.

T - It tasted of bitter hops with a subtle hint of citrus. Nice caramel and chocolate flavors balance out the hop bite.

M - It was fairly soft and smooth. A medium-bodied beer with an understated bite.

D - This is a good baltic porter. I am really starting to love this style.

Nov 07, 2008
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tewaris from Minnesota

2.48/5  rDev -31.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

500 ml bottle with a best before date of April 14, 2012 (brewed April 14, 2011) poured into a Surly pint. Poured clear and dark brown with a medium tan colored head with average retention and some lacing.

Smells slightly malty with some caramel and toast lurking underneath. Hint of roast. Off to taste. Starts on an average, maybe even good, note displaying plenty of dark malt character and robustness; but off flavors are soon felt, especially a strongly metallic taste and stale, icky bitterness. I expected this to be a Baltic Porter but it is just a bad attempt at the British/American examples it seems.

The carbonation and the body are alright, but that's about it. Overall I am not impressed.

Appearance 3.5/5; Aroma 3/5; Taste 2/5; Mouthfeel 3.5/5; Overall 2/5

Aug 29, 2011
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Scooter131313 from Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev +3%

Oct 01, 2013
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Bstrickler from Kentucky

4.63/5  rDev +27.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Dec 16, 2019
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edchicma from Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A good brew whose taste belied its 7.0 abv. Appaerance was a nice dark brown, almost black with a nice very pronounced malt aroma. Taste was smooth with a nice dry, crisp finish. Once again, malt presence with a hint of alcohol was evident. Mouthfeel was medium in nature, with a very nice dry, crisp finish. Drinkability was nice, especially for a higher abv brew. Would definitely have more than one.

Jan 19, 2004
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jaxon53 from Connecticut

3.35/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served slightly chilled in a pint glass. Poured a deep brown that turned to jet black in the glass. Left about a finger of thick brown colored head that had decent retention and left some lace. Smelled sweet. Dark chocolates , coffee and brown sugar. Tasted of roasted coffee beans, chocolate and and burnt charcoal smoked taste. Not too bad. Little carbonation and no alcohol presence. Had a thick full feel in the mouth. Drinkability was about average but would try this beer again.

Jan 07, 2007
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FreshmanPour77 from Minnesota

4/5  rDev +9.9%

Nov 30, 2011
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JMS1512 from New Jersey

3.58/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Jul 13, 2015
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WanderingFool from Massachusetts

3.83/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Baltika porter pours near black into the glass. Ruby highlights are seen around the edges. On top, a big foamy tan head forms and quickly falls to a ring around the surface. A nice netted pattern of lace clings to the glass.

The aroma is malty with notes of smoke, roasted malt and ripe fruit like plum or prune. Each sip of this medium to full bodied beer is very smooth with a mild fizz on the tip of the tongue.

The flavor is rich malt with some nuttiness and hops. It starts with chocolate, smoke and roasted malt. In the middle there's a touch of ripe fruit (raisin?). It finishes with a mild flowery hop bitterness. Once gone some of the chocolate and hop notes linger on the palate.

This is a tasty well balanced beer that's a little thin in body. It's easy to drink and a great example of the style.

Dec 06, 2009
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nickfl from Florida

3.82/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Small, medium brown head with little retention and a bit of lace. Black body with minor, ruby-brown highlights.

S - Malty and bready, with some light chocolate and roasted aromas. Sweet and slightly fruity.

T - Lots of sweetness up front with dark, fruity flavors of plums, raisins, and dark caramel. Notes of licorice and and some chocolate. The finish is sweet and malty with coffee in the aftertaste.

M - Moderately thick body with somewhat low carbonation and a sweet finish.

D - Reasonably drinkable, but suffers towards the end from the significant sweetness. The nice, dark fruit character is quite pleasant, though overall it could be a bit more complex.

May 01, 2008
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LuthersMug from Virginia

3.67/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Dark chocolate in color with a large tan creamy and a bit fizzy head. Lacing was good.

S - Chocolates, Coffee, and some oak.

T - Toasted breads, chocolate, and some coffee.

M - A very smooth and creamy porter, that felt good going down. Carbonation was good.

O - Enjoyed very much.

Apr 12, 2012
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Therisse from California

3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

Feb 26, 2013
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TheLongBeachBum from California

3.88/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: A 500ml bottle that looks just like the BA Database Picture.

Appearance: Dark brown body that has a mercuric black appearance. A darkish tan brown pillowy head sits atop this dark ebonyious marvel. No light, no reflections. The creamy head that builds after the pour stays for a long time but leaves some great lacing. Excellent look and some nice conditioning.

Nose: Coffee, dark chocolate, more coffee and some roasted walnuts. Whipped café latte aromas with some dark malt.

Taste: Starts with a coffee malt entrance that builds into a thick malty middle with dark cooking chocolate. Reticent caramel with some light hoppiness and a toffee tingling dry finish. Dry hopped bitter finish licks the edge of the caramel dark malt ending. The lingering ending has an attractive crisp hop bite with a chocolate twist.

Mouthfeel: A porter with a solid mouth that is dominant and most certainly one of the more interesting foreign Porters that I have had in a long time.

Drinkability: Man this sucker is good. I demolished the whole bottle in no time. I can’t believe that I never tried this Baltika offering before now.

Overall: A solid offering, not great, not bad, but certainly way above average. It deserves it legendary status as a very good Ruskie Porter.

This Review is dedicated to the greatest educated Comedian the USA has ever produced, bar none. Bill Hicks. Bill sadly passed away 10 years ago this week (2/26/94). Can it be? I guess so. Incredibly he made his name (and living) outside of the USA, thanks to the conservative gagging media in the Land of the Free!! Most notably he was extremely popular in England, where he was allowed to dispense his awesome humor unattentuated on terrestrial UK TV. A true comedic genius whose native country shunned him. Well, here’s to you Bill, I reckon you would find the fact that I raise a Russian Porter in your honor an ironic laugh! You’re sadly missed.

“Some of you may remember me as a drinker. I was a weekend drinker, started on Saturday, end on Friday."
Bill Hicks. 12/16/61 - 2/26/94 R.I.P.

Feb 29, 2004
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flexabull from California

3.71/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cool looking bottle (different than the photo here) and my first Russian beer.

Nice looking pour. Very dark, almost black, with a nice big off white head.

Aromas are a little dusty, with roasted nuts, and mineral like hops.

Taste is clean with some cream, chocolate, and roasted nuts. Flavors are subtle but nice. Light cola notes on the finish, and a hint of mineral hops.

Mouthfeel is pretty good, smooth, and nicely carbonated.

Drinkability is nice. Subtle but tasty easy drinking porter, goes down much easier than the 7% ABV suggests.

Oct 31, 2010
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