Baltika #6 Porter | Baltika Breweries

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Baltika #6 PorterBaltika #6 Porter

Brewed by:
Baltika Breweries
Russian Federation

Style: Baltic Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 01-28-2003

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Reviews by paulys55:
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3.5/5  rDev -3%

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Photo of DaPeculierDane
3.52/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4/5  rDev +10.8%
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.

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Photo of oberon
3.28/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured into a .5 liter stein a deep dark brown with a tint of of ruby a 1/2 finger tannish colored head sat nicely atop.Aromas are sweet alot of dark fruit and heavily roasted coffee pretty heavy handed in the sweet dept,flavors are the same intense roast and dark fruit and brown sugar really not any drying base, just to one dimensional.Full moutheel keeps it at least a decent brew but there are alot of domestic style that blow this away.

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Photo of RoyalT
3.97/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance – This one was damn near black in color with a nice, moderate retentive head that was actually solid brown.

Smell – The roasted malts here are robust. There’s a light bready character to the nose along with some brown and raw sugar. There is also a big fruity character here. The plums especially are very prominent.

Taste – Boy, this is tasty. The malts are a little less roasty at the taste but are mixed well with the complex sugar profile. The refined, granulated table-type of man-made sugars are blended with strong fruity notes and some light alcohol. The blackberries and plums really stand out here.

Mouthfeel – This one is a solid medium-bodied with a light alcohol sting and a delicate bitterness at the end.

Drinkability – This was a tasty and very smooth example of the style.

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Photo of brownbeer
4.15/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Produced on 4-4-09

Pours dark brown with a frothy, sandy brown head.

A robust nose with sweet chocolate, brown sugar, bitter roast, and maple.

Earthy, sweet chocolates on the palate with caramel and other rich malt flavors that are neither roasty, nor overly sweet. Slightly nutty fade and finishes with a faint, drying coffee note. It has a cool, old school quality.

Milky smooth and medium bodied with a richness that makes it seem fuller at times.

Travels well, good craftsmanship. I should drink this more often.

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Photo of imperialstout27
3.88/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip.

A: Pours very dark with garnet hues when held up to the window. Beige colored head that leaves a persistant collar.

S: Sweet, mildly roasted malts. Creamy milk chocolate, caramel, light toffee, and only the faintest impressions of alcohol. Very slight off smell that is of the metallic variety.

T: A very nice toasted malt sweetness hits upfront, with notes of candied red fruits emerging on the midpalate. Hints of creamy chocolate, bittersweet chocolate, and caramel. Overall, moderate sweetness balanced by mild bitterness. Toasted bread at the finish.

M: Medium bodied with decent carbonation. I like it.

D: Quite high level of drinkability. I drank one 500ml and, well, I think I'll have another...

Overall, not super complex, but a solid, good tasting porter. Unlike other reviewers, I don't find its sweetness is out of hand. It would score higher if its slight toastiness was closer to a robust roastiness, but I liked this beer, especially considering the price point.

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Photo of tohe9384
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

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

Review from BeerAdvocate magazine Vol. II Issue VIII:

Three fingers of light brown head crackle to a thick lacing that holds to the glass well. Nearly black with garnet on the edges, dark and inviting. Aromas of cocoa powder, vague cinnamon, light-roasted coffee and a hint of dried plums. Nice smoothness with a semi-slick medium body. Pleasant malt sweetness gives off suggestions of brown sugar and chocolate. Beneath the sweetness is a slight charred grain flavor with some dark fruitiness from the alcohol. Modest hopping lets the malt really shine. The alcohol does have some sharpness to it with a quick bite of hop bitterness that fades quickly. Finishes with a burnt sugar sweetness and spicy alcohol flare.

Not half bad, it sits in the middle of the pack. A little complex, yet a whole bottle is almost too much; share it with a friend, and sip. All of that said, it is certainly worth a try.

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Photo of bdkucharski
2.96/5  rDev -18%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Bottle, best before date 03.01.11, so do not take this review to heart unless you're sitting on a past date bottle you're about to crack open.

A - Black/Brown - Garnet around the edges of the glass. The head fades to a little bit of foam after only a few minutes.

S - Nothing.

T - Slightly sweet malt, some fruity esters, soy sauce, and a litte, metallic twang (perhaps from age?). There is a bit more roast character evident than I expected for an imported Baltic Porter. Absolutely no hop bitterness.

M - Somewhat thin, becomes slightly thicker with warmth. Good carbonation.

O - I would certainly drink this again, but not seek it out specifically (perhaps a bottle within it 'best before' range). I'm looking for syrupy with minimal carbonation, and enough malt and sweet to balance that roast.

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Photo of bulldogg915
4.5/5  rDev +24.7%

Photo of BeerDreadz
3.25/5  rDev -10%

Photo of Beaver13
3.9/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

16.9 oz bottle. Pours a dark brown with a frothy brown head that quickly dissipates to a thin film that leaves a little lacing.

The aroma is sweet chocolate malts with a little bit of smoke and tar.

The flavor is sweet lactic chocolate with some dark fruits, smoke and a little coffee with a roasted bitter finish. The mouthfeel is medium with some sharp carbonation.

Overall, a nice surprise. This is a well done porter.

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Photo of Hrgomar
3.9/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Jason
3.2/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Presentation: 16.9 oz bottle with a freshness date on the back label, a little blurb about the beer on the back to.

Appearance: Fast foam to thin ring of lace, the snap and crakle of the head was too quick for me. A shade or two lighter than black, it pours a little like motor oil in the mug.

Smell: Vague chocolate, major steely caramel and lots of sweetness in the aroma. A bit too sweet for my liking.

Taste & Mouthfeel: A palatable creamy smoothness within the full body. Lots of sweet malt, on the dark side of course with rich caramel donning a metallic flavour. Slight burnt and chocolate flavours middle to end, hops are docile with a one way bitterness. Finishes with a light cloying sweetness. The hidden alcohol provides a dark fruitiness which is the most interesting thing about the beer.

Notes: The alcohol is a bit deceiving at 7.0% abv, as I said before a bit too sweet for me which took away from the drinkablity. A small glass of this with a chocolate dessert would be nice.

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Photo of tjthresh
4.01/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

16.9 Fl. Oz.
Best Before 26.09.05

Appearance: Awesome. Poured with a nice long lasting beige head. Started at about an inch then faded to 1/4 in. Clung to the sides of the glass. Dark brown with garnet highlights.

Smell: Dark chocolate, rasins, and caramel. No hops. All malt baby. Alcohol.

Taste: Reminds me a lot of one of the Reisen candys. Subtle sweetness, with some dark chocolate and coffee. Some hop bitterness. Very easy to drink.

Mouthfeel: Med-full body. Carbonation level give a very 'mouth-fillng sensation.

Drinkability: Outstanding nightcap. I think I may start keeping a couple of these around the house. At 7%, its just enought to enjoy the full pint and give you that sleepy feeling.

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Photo of tigg924
3.01/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: 1 inch head, black in color, opaque

Smell: milk chocolate and toasted malt

Taste: sweet toasted malt, small bit of chocolate, grain, caramel, and a touch of smokiness

Mouthfeel: very sweet, light bodied, and moderate to light carbonation

Drinkability: An overly sweet and unbalanced Baltic porter. A beer that I most likely would not turn down, but not the first I would choose either. The alcohol is well hidden.

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Photo of Mora2000
3.8/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown with a beige head. The aroma is mainly roasted malt with some coffee. The flavor is heavy on the roasted malt. Not as much coffee or chocolate in the flavor as I was expecting. The alcohol is well hidden. Medium mouthfeel and carbonation. Fairly cream finish.

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Photo of donunrue
4/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of JohnnyBarman
4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a nonic glass.

Deep chestnut brown, with hints of ruby and light brown around the edges. The pour, while not overly aggressive on my part, still produced a good inch and a half of taupe-coloured head. Holds itself well as a thick ring, lots of lacing. A solid-looking porter.

Nose is roasted malt, dark fruit, a tart salty scent, cream, nuts, perhaps a bit of whisky or other amber restorative.

Smooth, easy to drink, yet flavorful. Notes of nuts, wine, dark chocolate and coffee (only mild), finishes with a nice creamy whisky kick. Slight metallic character, but otherwise, this is pretty good stuff.

A bit thin, but ridiculously easy to quaff, which isn't something I was expecting from a robust brew like this. Carbonation and alcohol burn are both timid.

Enjoyable, worth picking up now and again. Certainly among Baltika's better offerings. A good representation for the style - the fruity tart tones and softer coffee/chocolate notes definitely help distinguish this from English porter fare. Though it doesn't hold up to be as hearty and burly as one might expect from a Russian porter, it still does the trick for me on a rainy New Years Eve. Cheers all!

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Photo of Meyers1023
3.25/5  rDev -10%

Photo of Byeast
4.07/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Apearance: Pourd a pretty much opaque black , with a tan head of 2 and a half inches that dissipated to a thin tan layer.

Smell: fairly malty and roasty , some slight dairy , chocolate, sweet aroama.

Taste: creamy and rich malt , chocolate , burnt like flavor , sight bit of dark fruit , tad bit of hop in there.

Mouthfeel: slightly creamy

Drinkability: A very drinkable porter , nice and flavorful , not overpowering , smooth.

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Photo of DJ-Hophead
3.68/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

500ml bottle, European Food Stores, Bristol - Pours dark brown with medium tan head which quickly dissapates. No lacing. Medium carbonation Smell - Light coffee, malts and dark fruits. Taste - Coffee and slight dark fruits. Feel the alcohol in the finish. Decentish Baltic Porter which would drink again.

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Photo of Happy_Camper
4/5  rDev +10.8%

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