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Baltika #6 Porter | Baltika Breweries

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3.61/5
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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

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 01-28-2003

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#37,190
Reviews:
619
Ratings:
947
pDev:
13.85%
Bros Score:
3.35
 
 
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Ratings: 947 |  Reviews: 619
Photo of Sammy
3.72/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Many thanks to Gary, Old Faithful for picking these up in Louisville. True to its porter/imperial stoutish roots, this pours a dark colour with a mocha head. It has above average carbonation and a drop of sourness, all superceded by great balance. There is mocha and fruit in the nose. A medium mouthfeel. A chocolate finish.

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -10%

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3.5/5  rDev -3%

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3.5/5  rDev -3%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.33/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours an almost opaque crimson red/black with a nice 2 inch tan head that fades to an oily film on the top of the beer. Fair ring lacing on the drink down. Smells like caramel and dark roasted malt. Very sweet caramel and roasted malt taste. Almost an artificial sweetness. There is a very small amount of bitterness after each sip. There is also a pronounced metallic quality in the taste of this beer. This beer is a bit flat and watery in the mouth. Overall, this is a pretty good beer and I believe this is my first Russian beer ever. I might revisit this one in the future, especially for the $1.99 I paid for the bottle.

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3.67/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Interesting new line in an interesting new bottle shape found today at BevMo. I'm not real familiar with Russian beers so I had to buy it and immediately try it. Dark brown with red/orange tints around the edges and a nice thick light tan head.

Big assertive banana and ripe peach nose with hints of cinnamon and a malty nose finish.

Flavors are a big surprise in that there is creamy mouthfeel with big burnt carmel and toffee malt flavors that are pleasant and clean and with hints of spice. Medium bodied - not light/not heavy but very pleasant and appealing.

Finish is a burnt coffee/burnt toast malty character that is medium lasting and pleasant. I find this a bit "more" than perhaps some prior reviewers. Could be a new batch that's improved or perhaps I'm just taken in by the ripe fruit and general "sweet appeal" of this kind of porter. I liked it and it's a bargain and value received at $1.99 a bottle. Drinks like a much more expensive brew.

Note, seems to fade in all aspects in the glass, perhaps a bit faster than most. Otherwise, as stated above.

As always, just my opinion.

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3.5/5  rDev -3%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -10%

Photo of Knapp85
3.83/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured out as a nice dark brown color with a light tan color. The head was creamy and semi-thick looking. The lacing was minimal. The smell of the beer has a decent roasted aroma. The taste of the beer was also smooth roasted and has a good bitterness. The mouthfeel was soft and light carbonated. Overall it's not the best Baltic Porter but it wasn't too bad.

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3.98/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours with good sized fluffy brown head but no retention. Dark red in color, very clear.

Aroma is very sweet and roasted. A touch of alcohol only after warming to room temp.

Flavor is quite sweet, only a little roasty. More along the lines of a traditional porter and not quite the heavy 8% "Baltic" Porters that American brewers have make. This being the first Russian beer I've ever tried (to my knowledge), I can only assume its to style. In any case the flavor is a bit light but very nice none the less. Tastes like a lager too. Alcohol only appears late in the aftertaste but otherwise the beer is well balanced.

The body is thin and for as sweet as this beer is there's a partly dry aftertaste. It could use some more CO2 but I guess it wouldn't be a porter then. Very drinkable, not noticeable that its 7% abv.

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3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of metter98
3.68/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is clear but very dark brown in color. It poured with a finger high dense tan head that quickly died down, leaving a large collar around the edge of the glass.
S: There are light to moderate aromas of licorice in the nose.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and also has some hints of roasted malts.
M: It feels medium-bodied and somewhat thin on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is quite light in body and watery compared to other beers in the style, but this makes it relatively easy to drink. No traces of alcohol are present in the taste.

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3.95/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Surpringly good. Found it very similar to Flag Porter, just not with the creamy body and smoothness, but very close. Very good chocolate, coffee, and roasted grain qualites that are evident in the look, smell, and flavors. A strong nutty flavor persists after the barley malts and dark grains subside. Light hints of vanilla and lactose add complexity and variety. Pretty good beer, just wish it had a bit more gravity.

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3/5  rDev -16.9%

Photo of emerge077
3.76/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A generous amount of foam, sticky lace, sustained for some time.

Smells a little sweet, slightly roasty. There's a hint of plum that's evident, but not real big.

Roasty malt and sweet plum/fig in the taste. Sweetness is at the threshold, but doesn't overpower. A fine example of a Baltic Porter, i'd say above average.

As it warms, the 7% becomes perceptible. Not overpowering, but gives it an edge. One bottle was enough, I continued the Porter session with a Strzelec Porter. At $1.69, it was a great budget buy.

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Photo of zeff80
3.95/5  rDev +9.4%
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.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.5/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle courtesy of Hogtownharry: Poured a dark black color porter with a nice foamy head with good retention. Aroma of light roasted malt and chocolate is very pleasant and enjoyable. Taste is nice mix between roasted malt with some bitterness and some semi-sweet chocolate finish. Body is about average with some adequate carbonation. Very nice for the style overall and some thing I wouldnÂ’t mind trying again.

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4/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of superspak
3.53/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500 ml bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 4/7/2013. Pours pitch black color with a 2 finger dense khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of chocolate, cocoa, caramel, toffee, toast, biscuit, roasted malt, raisin, plum, herbal, light nuttiness, and yeast/toasty earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance of dark/roasted malt and yeast ester notes; with solid strength. Taste of chocolate, cocoa, caramel, toffee, toast, biscuit, roasted malt, light nuttiness, raisin, plum, herbal, and toast/yeast earthiness. Minimal earthy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of chocolate, cocoa, caramel, toffee, toast, biscuit, light nuttiness, raisin, plum, herbal, and yeast earthiness on the finish. Nice balance and solid complexity of dark/roasted malt and yeast ester flavors; with good robustness and no cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth and moderately creamy mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is well hidden with only a light warming present after the finish. Overall this is a good Baltic porter. Good balance and solid complexity of dark/roasted malt and yeast ester flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the ABV. A pleasantly enjoyable offering.

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3.5/5  rDev -3%

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3.5/5  rDev -3%

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.32/5  rDev +19.7%
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!!!

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3.29/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

16.9 OZ BOTTLE produced 16 May 2011 with a "best before" date 16 May 2012. Served in an over-sized Austrian glass mug.

A vigorous pour produced a large, frothy tan head that quickly settled but left a nice thick covering. Decent sticky lacing on the sides of the glass on the way down. Liquid appears a very dark brown during the pour but is nearly opaque and black in the glass, but leaving fine reddish-brown highlights.

Aroma: Floral; sweet malt; some dark roasted malt; alcohol esters

Taste; sweet roasted malt ... a tad too sweet. Roasted malt with no burnt flavors. Limited depth. Full ABV evident.

Past experience has left me with low expectations for this brewery, so this rather mediocre porter was actually better than expected. If you like your porters on the lighter side, taste wise, but with the alcohol showing through, you may like this one.

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Baltika #6 Porter from Baltika Breweries
Beer rating: 3.61 out of 5 with 947 ratings
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