Baltika #6 Porter | Baltika Breweries

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Baltika #6 PorterBaltika #6 Porter

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Baltika Breweries
Russian Federation

Style: Baltic Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of HattedClassic
3.63/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

The beer pours a nice creamy brown head that seems to dissipate fairly quickly. The beer itself is an opaque black that isn't half bad to look at. It reminds me a bit of Guinness.

The smell is decent for a Baltic Porter. It has the acidic smell that is expected of the style among other notes. The other note consist of a barley note and fruity malt note. There is a bit of roast but not much and it strongly resembles an export stout. There is definitely some hoppiness there but its bitterness is in strong contrast to the maltiness.

The taste is similar to the smell except for a few differences. The taste has a bit more barley and malt notes with a slight chocolate note. The alcohol is certainly noticeable and makes it a bit difficult to drink. The hop bitterness is still there but the malts are what steal the show.

The feel is medium bodied with a little carbonation to give it some texture. It's nice and smooth through out but feels like it's missing something.

Overall, I'm pretty surprised at how drinkable this beer was. While it isn't the best Baltic Porter in the world, the price I paid for it made it a nice bargain and still fairly drinkable. That being said, I think this beer falls in the same category as Guinness; not the greatest but good enough when there isn't anything better.

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Photo of cjgiant
3.39/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Bottle dated 10/31/14, BB 10/31/15:
Pours a deep dark brown -edges show some color through while the body appears black. Head is creamy but with some medium bubbles intermixed. This fades to a thin Pangea on the surface surrounded by a medium whitish-tan ring.

Nose actually reminds me of an old ale-cola and root beer notes, maybe some ginger, dark spice - and some hints of molasses. Maybe just a touch of smoke.

Taste similarly reminds me of an old ale, including the sensations from the nose paired with some dark fruit fig, a little licorice, and even a hit of dark cherry on some sips. Definitely on the sweet side, but I got used to it and it didn't seem as much as the first sips.

Feel is almost like a somewhat flat soda - pretty thin and the flavor washes away quickly. Little slickness while the beer leaves the tongue.

Eh- got it for a country tick, and seeing the ratings, not surprised. It did seem like a "macro old ale" to me more that other Baltic porters I've had. Not bad, really, just easily forgettable.

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Photo of DJ-Hophead
3.68/5  rDev +1.4%
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 mfnmbvp
3.35/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500 ml bottle, Production date 07/31/2014 and best by 07/31/2015. Brewed in Russia, my second beer from Baltika.

Poured into a Guinness St. James's Gate Dublin mug.

A - Pours a slight watery cola brown-black. Some light shows through near the surface. Not opaque. One finger of quickly fading khaki cola bubbles for a head that audibly fizzles away like a Pepsi cola. No lacing.

S - Some weak watery coffee in the aroma. Light weak roasted malts, notes of soy sauce, and dark fruits ( raisins, dates, figs, etc).

T - Taste brings more of the same: roasted malts, soy sauce, cold watery coffee, cream, & dark fruits: raisins, dates, prunes. Not huge on duration of flavor or intensity, but it grows on me the more I drink it.

M - Feel is smooth, lightly for the style, but easy-drinking and light-bodied, especially for the 7.00% abv. A bit thin per style, but decent enough.

Overall, I like it more and more as I drink it. Definitely worth the $1.99 that these typically go for. Worth a shot for a cheap Russian import porter. I look forward to trying more from Baltika.

Baltika #6 Porter -----3.5/5

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Photo of blackcompg
3.73/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - pours 2 fingers of lite brown foam, color is a transparent deep garnet to mahogany, a few broken lace rings after a few quaffs.

Smell - roasted malt, dark soy sauce, dark fruits, molasses.

Taste - much like the nose, mostly dark fruits and a very mild roast flavor like weak coffee, a touch of soy and molasses, and then in the finish I pick up some lite minerals, and a very herbal anise flavor, finishing with black licorice.

Mouthfeel - almost medium, carb is definitely lighter and silky smooth, making each sip feel almost soft, no scrub at all, which causes the flavors to build as you sip - not a bad thing here, as the flavors are pretty well balanced.

Overall - really a pretty darned good Porter! I've had a few other Baltika offerings that were average at best, but this one I'd purchase again. I say you give this one a try.

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Photo of Auraan
3.96/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a deep brown, almost black, though the more traditional deep reddish brown was apparent when held to light. Head formed to two fingers quickly and receded even quicker. Overall impression of appearance is of a good bodied Baltic Porter with poor head formation. Scents of soy sauce, dark fruit, with notes of raisin, cherry and prune, caramel, light alcohol in the background, hints of licorice, a malt character of toast, dark chocolate and coffee is also present. Overall impression of aroma is of a surprisingly complex bouquet. There is a great deal going on in the aroma and it blends harmoniously to make a very nice Baltic Porter aroma. Very well done. Flavor begins malty sweet with notes of toast, caramel and light amounts of licorice, with light fruity flavors of dried cherry, raisin and prune. Middle increases in bitterness, adding notes of bittersweet chocolate and hints of coffee to dried fruit flavors of cherry, raisin and prune. Finish is lightly dry with notes of bittersweet chocolate, coffee and licorice joining flavors of toast, molasses and warming alcohol and a light presence of dried fruit. Aftertaste is of toast and dark coffee. Overall impression of flavor follows aroma, rich, malty, and quite complex. It hits the notes for a Baltic Porter wonderfully. Mouthfeel is full bodied and smooth feeling, yet not heavy due to high carbonation. Overall impression of mouthfeel is of a true to style Baltic Porter. Overall this is a surprisingly fantastic beer. Given its price I was not expecting a great deal from it, yet it exceeded my expectations and is an amazing example of the style. It has a rich malty complexity in aroma and flavor that is wonderfully executed and the full bodied yet smooth and crisp feel of the body are fantastic. Give this one a try.

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Photo of J_Chavez15
4.49/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I get the chocolate, fruit, and malts. Taste kind of like Iced Coffee. Thick head that quickly dissipates. I don't know if its just me but i get some Hefe notes. Really good porter. Cheers!!

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Photo of Mike_Aguirre
3.79/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This is a nice porter with a strong metallic note. Pours deep brown almost black with a brownish foam head with nice retention. Smell is right for the style, chocolate, coffee, dark malts, some minerals.

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Photo of Mooslerfitness
4.44/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Not sure what I'm missing this was a $1.99 and a phenomenal porter smell and taste of dark fruit dipped in a hot chocolate bath so smooth a little thin but very well done keep giving it a low rating will keep price low for me cheers

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Photo of KYGunner
3.62/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Baltika is not known as the Russian River of Russia but don't let their other poor entries keep you away from trying this. At $2.50 a pint this is a relatively high quality and complex Baltic Porter. Strong chocolate malt and dark fruit, this finishes with dry coffee and licorice.

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Photo of mooseisloose
3.48/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Detente and other subsequent relations we have Russian brewskis. This one come in a shapely half liter bottle, let's give it a whirl. Popping the top I get a waft of molasses and black licorice. This brew pours to a opaque motor oil black with a four finger tan multi sized bubble creamy head that recedes slowly and laces. Taste on this brew is a roasted malt up front quickly sweet and chaulky bitter but balanced with a clingy dry bitter finish. Mouthfeel is light the backbone is not big but the carbonation is good. Purchased at Carulla for $2.33 US, not bad. Nastrovia.

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Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
3.98/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Strong Baltic Porter. Pours very dark from the half liter bottle with a small tan head. Sweetish taste, but not overly so. Worth a try! Drinkable.

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Photo of travolta
2.76/5  rDev -24%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Appearance: Jet black with a light brown head that has no retention or lacing.

Nose: Malty, slight carmel, tiny bit of dark fruit.

Taste: Syrupy and sweet with mild carbonation. Smooth and easy to drink. More dark fruits and coffee acidity in the middle. The sweetness stays the whole sip.

Notes: Something new to try, but don't think this will blow you away.

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Photo of DiUr
3.86/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A bit oversweetened as others say, which definitely downplays drinkability, but still a solid offering from Baltika and one of my favourites from the brewery.

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Photo of Premo88
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

16.9 oz. bottle poured into mug

L: classic look -- black/brown brew, clear, with a 1/3 to 1/2-inch head of tan foam that looks VERY sticky at the top, keeps a good collar and cool skin

S: dark fruits, raisins, coffee, astringent coffee

T: sweeter and lighter than the nose, if that's possible ... almost like a toasted English pale ale, for it's quite fruity sweet; some burnt barley sneaks in, charred wood, maybe hops (?) or burnt hops (?); getting plenty of darker fruits ... raisins; coffee, semi-sweet chocolate

F: solid all-around, good carbonation ... decent weight but not heavy or slick

O: i really like this brew ... it's just a twinge different than most of the stout/porters I've tried, mainly in the first few sips when it almost seems like an English pale ale; good enough that I'll try it again from time to time; definitely among the fruitier if not the fruitiest stout/porter I've tried. good brew.

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Photo of Thisdrinkinglife
4/5  rDev +10.2%

Review: Bottle of Baltika 6 Porter 7%ABV

Baltika Porter, a decent 7% Baltic porter from Russia with a good drinkability rating, is a traditional dark beer based on old recipes and was designed and launched in production in 1994. It’s a very smooth and pleasant porter considering the ABV.

As you would expect for a porter on pour you get a pitch black appearance with a very good creamy head that settles to a tanish colour, but doesn’t linger too long.

Aroma is sweet and strong smelling, of strong notes of dark chocolate malts and roasted malts. An inviting aroma.

The taste is quite surprising as I would have not associated Russia with decent porter, but this was not the worst stout I ever had. I actually enjoyed drinking it. The taste is of dark chocolate, coffee and roasted malt, not overwhelming and not a strong bitter tasting stout. In fact it had a little sweet taste upfront, with only light bitterness afterwards, well balanced. It was very smooth and very enjoyable to drink. Will be looking out for this one again in the future. Recommended, but be careful it is strong despite how smooth it goes down!

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Photo of BSDA
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

I've had a few of these now, and it is a good beer for the price. Tasty porter all around, but lacks much complexity and any outstanding nature. Better than Ol' Rasputin for sure, and way cheaper. Packs a decent punch with 7% ABV and sometimes serves as my morning donut replacement on Saturdays or Sundays. Much enjoyed for the price, but it you're looking for more complexity, you won't find it here. Regardless, it is still tantalizing to the taste buds and serves more than enough alcohol for dessert without getting too inebriated.

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Photo of maximum12
2.9/5  rDev -20.1%

Left in my basement by some wag after a summertime tasting; I don’t remember ever seeing this in a store. Maybe I just wasn’t looking in the right place. 500ML bottle split with my wife.

The pour is cast-iron black, slight carbonation. Smell is notes of big chocolate & little roast. Nothing unique, but I wouldn’t kick it out of bed for eating crackers.

Baltika #6 Porter is as bitter as a women asked to get out & push in the middle of an epic snowstorm (long story, but a good one!). Harsh roast defines the taste, with the nose-brash chocolate relegated to a distant memory. Touch of sweetness in the middle. As it warms, it morphs from pretty good to less than desirable due to an odd tang right at the end. If not for that, this would be nice, drinkable porter.

My advice: drink this beer cold, like a Mich Golden Light. Once the tastes all gather around the fire, it’s barely fit for Jaimie Lannister’s table.

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Photo of dcscientist
3.6/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I'm beginning to try more foreign beers, and I can get this one very easily because of the large Russian community nearby. It's not quite as good as many craft breweries' porter, but it's not bad at all, and I'd get it again when I'm in the mood for a porter with my Russian food.

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Photo of BrewAskew
3.9/5  rDev +7.4%

Pours out to a tremendous tawny head and very dark brown color. Aroma is smoky, roasty and malty. Flavor is a lagery, steely-clean yet roasty mix with a mocha finish. Mouthfeel is medium-full and creamy. Very good porter.


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Photo of Murphious
3.39/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

16 oz bottle poured looking like Coca-cola, about the same carbonation, and no lacing left on the glass. Smells weakly of molasses and roasted malts, some yeast. Sweet tasting, almost like a milk stout. Light to medium body, watery mouthfeel. It's 7% abv is hidden nicely in the smooth taste but overall is a boring beer--- it is cheap so it has that going for it.

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

This was poured from the bottle into a special glass I got from attending an event a few years ago called "Hats Off to Home Brewers," hosted by Boulevard and Deschutes. I have been on hiatus for about nine months, and this is my emergence from hibernation.

Appearance - Looks like you would expect a porter to look in the color department: dark brown, almost black. Very little head is present, and consequently very little lacing is left on the glass. There is nothing of note about the bottle and/or packaging.

Smell - Again pretty par for the course, although the nose is a little subdued. Earthy, roasted and caramel malts with a mild coffee zip.

Taste - Nothing spectacular, but good. Follows the nose very closely, although there is the slight addition of a mild chocolate as well.

Mouthfeel - This is where the beer disappointed me mildly. I found it to be very thin, not with the volume or heartiness you would expect out of a porter. Finishes thin and uninspiring.

Overall - Not a bad beer, a decent beer to knock off of your list if you were on a "Beers of the World" quest or something of that nature. Otherwise, there's 20 other porters I would recommend before this one at the same price point.

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

A good lasting beige head tops a very dark beer. Lacing is pretty good.

Smells of chocolate and berries with a hint of milkiness. An inviting aroma.

The taste is of dark chocolate and roasted malt. Vinous notes are present as are suggestions of berries and a touch of sweet milk. The flavours are of medium intensity. I would have liked a more overwhelming strength of flavour but what I tasted was very pleasant.

For a 7% beer drinkability is high and it could be drunk like a 5 - 5% stout.

A very decent porter from Russia. Would make a good alternative to Guiness Foreign Extra which has a similar strength. This one has the possible benefit of sold in 500ml bottles.

My mark out of one hundred would be 80.

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Photo of CaptJackHarkness
4.1/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From bottle dated 07/04/13 - 07/04/14.

Aroma is sweet and earthy. Pours a deep ruby brown with a creamy head.thehead does not linger, there is no lacing of the glass. A bit of an oily film.The taste is alcoholic dark fruit cake. A lingering but not unpleasant aftertaste on the tounge. A bit bitey upon warming. Decent but uninspiring overall.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.96/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased at Cheshire in Rochester, NY.

Pours a dark brown, almost black, with a half inch foamy brown head. Not much lacing on the glass.

Smells like roasted malt, caramel, and a bit of alcohol.

The taste is similar. This tastes a lot better than the rating suggests. It's a very basic Baltic porter, some lager-ish yeast flavors, roasted malts, a little bit of chocolate, a tiny bit of smoke, and some caramel.

Medium bodied, thin for the style. The alcohol is slightly noticeable near the end of each sip, otherwise it's pretty drinkable. Creamy, smooth mouthfeel.

As far as I know, this was my first beer from Russia, and first from Baltika. It seems like this might be one of their best entries.

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Baltika #6 Porter from Baltika Breweries
3.63 out of 5 based on 938 ratings.
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