Baltika #6 Porter | Baltika Breweries

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Baltika #6 PorterBaltika #6 Porter

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Baltika Breweries
Russian Federation | website

Style: Baltic Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of 77black_ships
3.71/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Early 2013 Rating. 500 ml. bottle @ home. Bottled on 12.10.2012. Picked up in one of those “Russian”-type of stores / deals. Pours a touch lighter shade of black with a non-lasting mocha head. Nose is sweet syrup, light licorice, roasted malts, overripe dark fruits and a touch of chocolate. Taste is sweet syrup, light bitterness, coffee, licorice, iron bitterness / pale lager hop extracts style, caramel, light roast, black bread, cocoa, hopextract and syrup being listed as ingredients comes as no surprise. Bit thin, touch syrup body. Almost like a fine dunkel. In a beer wasteland this stuff must be divine. Probably what a beer geek would drink if for some odd reason he wound up in Russia.

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

I have often seen the inexpensive Baltika beers at the store and viewed them as a cheap higher alcohol beer with not much to offer. A friend turned me on to the Baltika 6 a told me that it is actually a really good porter and one they covet. I figured for two bucks it was worth a try! The Baltika 6 is a Baltic Porter which are typically strong and sweet and the 6 is no exception. It poured a dark brown to black with a thin tan head. The first taste was instantly molasses, dark and sweet. The sweetness remained as it warmed, but the molasses relaxed a bit with a fuller malt profile. An impressive beer nonetheless.

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Photo of BWED
3.14/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

500 ml bottle poured into a pint glass.

A- Very dark brown body, with highlights resembling red wine. Light brown and fizzy head sits on top but dissipates after a few gulps.

S- Roast, caramel and cocoa. Some booze hints, and even dark fruits.

T- Roasty. Semi-sweet cocoa is in there too. There is a bit of an ashy taste at the end along with a slight twinge of hop.

M- Full body, but smooth, and a very mild bitter finish.

O- Fairly impressive. It doesn't taste cheap, like the #4. Besides the ashtray kind of taste this is a decent porter.

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Photo of Vonerichs
3.26/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Dark brown with a considerable amount of tan head.

Smells of raisins and light smoke.

Slightly smoky, roasted malt. Raisin. There's a bad soapy aftertaste (and no, this glass has not been in the dishwasher or washed with soap for quite some time.)

Mouthfeel is on the lighter side of medium with prickly carbonation.

Eh. Not much good to say about it. Looks pretty good but I don't like the flavor or over carbonation.

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Photo of Aaron_Ramson
2.79/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Pours a dark reddish black with no lacing and a 2 finger head that flattens immediately. The nose is booze, dark roast acidity, molasses,raisins, some leather. The taste is a big letdown with booze and burnt coffee dominating the flavors. The aftertaste is astringent and bitter like tea bags. Dry and unpleasant. The mouthfeel is very thin and feels over carbonated. Not at all impressed with this porter and I will not be having it again.

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Photo of middletonman2001
3.83/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

A: Dark coffee like color, with the right amount of head, that dissipates to a layer 1/6 of an inch of lace.

S: Very malty and grainy smell to it, which is not surprising for a porter.

T: Malty, not to strong for 7%, fairly smooth, not bad, but not the best tasting porter i've had.
M: Thick but not to thick.

O: Bottom line Its a good porter, and at 7% it doesn't tastes strong, its malty and yummy.

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Photo of barczar
3.89/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours an opaque brown black with a frothy dense tan head that lingers.

Aroma is extremely nutty and toasty, with hints of dark fruit, chocolate, and alcohol. Notes of plums and dates are masked a bit by alcohol esters.

Flavor is equally nutty, with rich caramel malt becoming a touch bitter at the finish. There's a hint of roast, and an underlying smoky character. Rum-soaked fruits, dark cherries and plums, add intrigue. Notes of tar and dark chocolate emerge as it warms.

Body is smooth and full, with low carbonation and high alcohol warmth.

A bit over the top in alcohol flavor and aroma, but nice, rich malt character. The esters are slightly overwhelming, and chocolate flavor is lacking. Not a bad brew, though. May lay one down a couple years to see what happens.

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

1/2L bottle, bottled on/best by date 20.11, so just over half-way there.

Pours dark, very opaque. Cola colored when in front of light, but not translucent. Good soft tan head but dissipated much quicker than other reviewers describe. No lacing, but left a bit of bubble edging in the glass.
Malt aroma of pumpernickel and fresh-roasted coffee. A bit of yeasty wineyness, but just a hint.
Flavor is a bit mineral water, followed by coffee and caramel, then pumpernickel. Leaves substantial alcohol warmth on the tongue, but unfortunately followed by cheap-malt sour aftertaste. Some people might like it but for me it drags down the score. Petty good body and mouthfeel, but aftertaste is inescapable.

A decent Baltic porter, certainly one of the better Russian beers. But there is room for improvement, even at $2.19 for 1/2L bottle.

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Photo of SteveTheDog
3.74/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I first had all the Baltikas when I was travelling in Russia and the numbering system was great since we didn't speak much Russian. I distinctly remember liking #'s 6 & 9 and a friend found the 6 and brought it over to relive the experience. It was as good as I remember and nice to know it actually was a porter since I was just guessing. I like the color and aroma - I get a few hits of cocoa and coffee in the taste and I think the finish is nice and smooth and even a little thick - I pleasantly try to suck some of the flavor off the sides of my mouth. I like this one and I think it's my favorite out of Russia.

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Photo of FLima
3.62/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Black Color with lots and lots of thick caramel head with good retention and leaving laces. Good presentation card.
Grainy aroma with hints of toasted malts, dark fruits and earthy hops.
Sweet grains and toasted malts flavor with a good deal of earthy and floral hops. Hints of condiments, chocolate and tobacco. Dry and astringent aftertaste with a lingering sweetness.
I would recommend it (as opposed to some others from the Baltika family), careful not to compare this to turbinated US Baltic porters or similar Brewdogs.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.81/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a fairly opaque black color with a huge tan head that persists forever in fact it tried to escape from the bottle when I pried the cap off. The aroma is dark fruity with caramel and burnt sugars and a hint of chocolate with a touch of alcohol. Sweet grainy honey like pilsener malt surprisingly shines through. The flavor follow the aroma quite well. Sweet grainy pilsner with some dark and burnt sugars touched off with some chocolate and some sweet sugar coated dark fruits. Long lingering sweet finish with a touch of ethanol. Medium body with a sweet slick mouthfeel and a moderate level of carbonation. Not a bad porter, certainly not over the top flavored like some Americanized versions, but kind of nice with it's subtleties.

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Photo of harrymel
3.37/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 2 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Bottled 10NOV12
Best by 10NOV13

Dark near black with little foam at all - not attractive really. Smells of raisin, malt, cocoa, and some toasted malts, kinda sweet but I like it. Bread, rye, more plum than anything, some toasted malts, some tobacco and a touch of turbinado. Medium on thin with low carb and an off dry finish. Overall not bad, I would drink again.

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Photo of rickyleepotts
3.61/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

This is our last beer from Baltika, but there are only two beers on the list. I am a big fan of their #9, a Euro pale lager. It has a high ABV and a nice sweet flavor, and is only $2.49 a bottle! But today we are drinking their baltic porter, the #6. I feel like I had had this before, but I will need to check my Untappd account. Regardless, I am hooked on dark/thick beers. I like to let these warm up a little bit, so I am excited to see how this tastes. However, baltic porters (not sure what makes them "baltic") usually have a metallic flavor at the end. Hopefully this one doesn't, but I won't hold my breath.

(Sorry, had to answer the door. My new Mizuno golf bag is here! I am getting all new Mizuno golf clubs and I am STOKED for this and the next delivery. The next delivery is… the clubs! I haven't opened the box yet, but I will. I want to record it for YouTube… the unveiling, if you will!)

Now I am excited. Let's drink.

In the Glass: The beer poured nice and thick from the bottle, and is pitch black in the glass. There are a lot of bubbles, though. In a porter, I usually don't expect to see a lot of carbonation. However, this one looks to be extremely carbonated at first. There isn't much lace, either. It's thin what is there. I wonder what this smells like…

Nose: This has a very earthy aroma… and I am getting a hint of that metallic aroma that I was talking about. Sheryl just said, "It smells like chocolate." I disagree. If it does, all I am getting from there is a hint of sweetness. What chocolate might be there is dark chocolate. More burnt sugars than anything. But that metal aroma keeps coming back. Maybe my mind is set on what a baltic porter is supposed to smell like. I will shut up… let's drink!

Flavor: Yeah, there is that metallic flavor I remember. I need to look up where the name baltic comes from. At least in regards to a beer. I am not saying this is bad, but the flavor is compromised. It tastes like it smells, which is rare for a good craft beer. Plus, this bottle traveled from Russia, so there's that! One thing I don't want a porter to be is drinkable… and this one is. It's too thin to be a porter.

Mouthfeel: This is actually quite nice. It is thing. Very thing. By it being thin, it makes the beer even that more drinkable. Not sure that is a good thing. I don't want to feel like I am tearing this beer apart… because I am not. I am just excited about my new golf bag and I am really thirsty! My pint is almost gone! My favorite part of this beer is the aftertaste. (The burp is actually nice, too. It brings those candied sugars back to the surface, and makes another sip even more desirable.)

Aftertaste: This is my favorite part of the beer. The chocolate flavors that Sheryl was talking about remind me of sugars and burnt sugars that remind me of an ice cream shop. Like the sugar cookies and the cones they make right there. Great, now I want ice cream! Speaking of ice cream, I bet this beer would make a great float. The beer is cheap, so maybe I will grab some ice cream on the way home tonight!

The beer is good, but not great. It is a daily drinking porter, and I would buy this again, but only for the price. It's a good example of baltic porter, but I don't have a ton of experience with these. Every brewing company makes a porter… but few make a baltic porter. Maybe this is a European thing. I will do some digging before we get to our next baltic porter. Cheers!

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Photo of jmdrpi
3.14/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

500 ml bottle, printed on label is 21.02.12 and 21.02.13, which I interpret as that it was brewed February 21 2012, which a best by of a year.

appears black, opaque. thick khaki colored head. good head retention. smells like milk chocolate, maybe some earthy hops. mild aroma. taste is just a slightly roasted flavor.very smooth and mild, one flavor note. medium thick body, medium to higher carbonation. overall - just okay.

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Photo of jimmah120
3.03/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

cool looking bottle, into guinness pint

look is a dark murky amber-brown. almost no head. smell is very faint roasted malts and cocoa powder. taste is very sweet red malt, finishing slightly dry and bitter. very subdued roasted/smoky flavors. feel is medium and bubbly. alcohol is undetectable.

very average. would be a good session beer, but kind of a let down. still blows their #9 out of the wAter tho.

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Photo of AllenS90
2.91/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle dated 06/13/12

A - muddy brown, black with a quickly dissipating beige head. Not that bad.

S - very metallic, uninviting. Some very faint notes of chocolate.

T - an acerbic chocolate taste up front. Faint caramel throughout. A sweet, sticky finish.

M - decent carbonation, although a tad watery.

O - a very average porter.

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Photo of mscudder
3.26/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter. Best by 1/8/12 :(.

A - A deep almost plum hue with a deep tan head, two fingers width. The hue has me intrigued.

S - Pinch of chocolate , some hops and a bit of malts. Very, very subtle.

T - Dark malts with a touch of roasted sugar. A bit of bitterness on the back but all around a bit bland, lacking character. As the beer gets warmer I do detect a bit of molasses lurking around.

M - Medium plus body with an slick-oily composition. Some carbonation gives it a nice little kick.

O - Pretty basic brew, perhaps the 7 months past due had a negative effect on the favor. I would return to it given the right occasion because hell; its $2 a bottle.

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Photo of Megahertz
3.51/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

16.9 oz bottle into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint Glass. Best before 30-SEP-12.

A - Plum-highlighted hazy black with a massive brown meringue-like head with good retention. Much lacing. Very nice.

S - Moderate prune with a subtle roasted coffee aroma. Very mild.

T - Deep raisiny esters with honey-like malt sweetness fades into a very subtle cocoa and roasted flavor in the rear. Finish is sweet.

M - Heavy body with medium carbonation. Malt sticks to the roof of your mouth.

O - A very smooth, fruity, honey sweet strong porter.

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Photo of TheSixthRing
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours a near jet black with cola brown edging. The head is a light tan color and 2 fingers thick. Retention is decent, leaving in it's absence a lace that's spotty and semi-sticky.

Smell - Aromas are apt; notes of coffe, chocolate, toffee, hints of booze and some dry, euro hoppiness. Maybe the strongest aspect of the beer.

Taste - Taste is primarily sweet caramel and toffee, with underlying notes of roasted coffee and chocolate. Doesn't quite hit the depths of roasted bitterness that it should. Nice to drink for a while, but becomes fairly cloying, sip after sip.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied and decently carbonated. Smooth and drinkable. Dry finish.

Overall - Not a particularly strong Baltic porter, and it could benefit from more pronounced darker flavors, but it's the smoothest Baltic I've had to date. Unfortunately that smoothness does little when it becomes too rich to enjoy.

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Photo of djura
3.68/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-Dark ruby color,with coffee foam,lasting few minutes leaving nice lacing. Looks very rich in the bottle.


T/M-Creamy rich taste,caramel,bitter aftertaste. Almost no carbonation. Very balanced porter.

O-This is good beer,i will drink it often.

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Photo of rangerred
3.18/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass out of a 22oz bottle.

Pours a rich nearly opaque reddish brown with a one finger brown head. Fairly good head retention and lacing on this beer.

Aroma of coffee, prunes, raisins, and a little bit of smoke.

The fruit really comes through in the taste lending to a sweetness that gets to be a bit much at times. A little bit of caramel is there too but not as much in the way of coffee that I picked up on in the nose. Hops are barely present with very little in the way of bitterness.

Overall, an ok porter but it leaves quite a bit to be desired. The flavors are pretty muted and it is a little too sweet for my tastes. Gets to be a bit cloying after awhile. Glad I was able to try this although I doubt I will pick it up again.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.68/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a clear very dark brown in color (in fact, almost black until you hold it up to the light) with light amounts of visible carbonation near the edges of the glass. The beer has a finger tall creamy tan head which slowly reduces to a medium patch of very thin film with a thicker ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate to significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of roasted and dark roasted malts with subtle hints of anise/licorice.

T: Light flavors of dark roasted malts with some lighter hints of licorice and coffee.

M: Light to medium bodied with moderate to heavy amounts of carbonation. Almost prickly from the high amounts of carbonation.

O: Very thin in body for a baltic porter and seems to lack the vinous notes that I expect for the style. The taste of this beer is quite pleasant and the alcohol is well hidden. Easy to drink and enjoyable.

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Photo of metter98
3.68/5  rDev +1.4%
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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Photo of bmwats
3.6/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 500 ml. bottle into a footed tulip.

A: Very dark brown or black. Pours about a 1 and a half finger, foamy, tan head. Settles slowly, leaving a blanket of froth and a sticky ring. Sporadic, but well defined, spider web lacing.

S: Lightly roasted malt tone, with almond, and just a little dark chocolate.

T: Roasted espresso, unsweetened cocoa, walnut and pecan, and a subtle indistinct sweetness.

M: Thick and heavy. Pungent throughout, with a slightly bitter and dry finish. Has a certain synthetic-feeling sweetness that lingers on the palette.

D: Sipping brew, but goes down easy. A bit of an off-putting aftertaste though.

Atmosphere is pretty good. Really nice dark appearance with a dense and substantial foamy head, and some fair lacing. Nose is roasted malt with nutty and chocolate components. Flavor is heavy combination of roasted coffee, cocoa, and nuts. Pungent with a funky lingering aftertaste. Overall, this is a good quaff.

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Photo of falloutsnow
3.23/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle from Hyvee in Council Bluffs, IA
Bottled on 01.08.11, best by 01.08.12
Poured into a tulip glass

Baltika's porter focuses on dark fruit esters and toffee with secretive nods towards roasted malt flavors. The beer itself was fairly average, with few particularly stand-out flavors or changes in interpretation over time; that is, no new flavors developed. I don't think I'd seek this beer out again: that few things stood out to me make it fairly forgettable.

Pours a tall (>3cm) head of medium-dark tan color that fades in about two minutes to a thin ring around the glass and a modest island of residual foam atop the body. Head leaves some interesting lacing along the sides of the glass as it descends.

Aroma of toffee, toasted nuts, and dried fruit esters, particularly prunes and black mission figs. Perhaps a bit of roasted malt, but it's subtle and in the background. Definitely on the eastern European axis of baltic porter style, focusing on sweetness and fruit esters rather than roasted malt concepts.

Tip of tongue picks up fairly generic dark malts, a balance between roasted and sweet flavors that seems to cancel much of the two out. Front of the palate picks up dried fruit esters, notably prunes and black figs, along with very mild roasted malt sweetness. Mid-palate of toffee, some bread, and continued fruit esters, though milder. Back of palate mixes roasted malts with dried fruit esters, with a slight ethanol. Aftertaste of lingering roasted, somewhat acrid, malts.

Beer is medium-bodied with medium to medium-low intensity of carbonation. Resulting mouthfeel is generally smooth and slightly creamy. Beer closes out with a semi-dry finish and some mild stickiness on the palate and lips.

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