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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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 01-28-2003

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Photo of baiser
3.53/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark, rich brown body with a tan head. Sweet, roasty aroma, full of dark fruit. However, after it's appearance and smell, everything else was a bit disappointing. Taste was a bit lacking any sort of depth. No roasty flavours present. Just some sweetness and molasses. A bit alcoholic, and it has a dry finish. Medium bodied, and not as drinkable as I would've liked.

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Photo of BrewMaven
4.23/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured very dark, near black opaque with a fairly thick tan head that lasted halfway through with lacing all down the glass. Had a spicy, nutty nose and noisy carbonation after an aggressive pour. Coffee caramel and malt flavors with a slightly dry, bitter finish that was less noticeable after the first few sips. The liquid equivalent of a good cigar.

Quite good. After having it a few more times, it's one of my favorites.

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Photo of MichaelMeister
4.12/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drank this porter just after eating a hamburger - the combined flavors were quite good. Color was black with a good head. The aroma was malty and somewhat sweet. Alcohol was barely noticable in this beer and the malt/chocolate flavor was strongly present. This is a good, heavy, tasty beer.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.32/5  rDev +19%
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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Photo of Wolfsdenbrew
3.83/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Huge tan head that lingers for quite awhile, leaving lots of lacing around the perimeter. An opaque dark brown almost black.

Lots of roasty malts, spicey hops and pepper in the nose.

Starts sweet and roasty and finishes dry. Some chocolate in there and a spicy hop profile. Little bit of pepper in the flavor also.

Good carbonation level and medium-heavy body.

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Photo of tjthresh
4.01/5  rDev +10.5%
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 RoyalT
3.97/5  rDev +9.4%
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 Quaffer
3.14/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

16.9 oz. bottle. Purchased in KC, MO. Not available here in Wichita. A gift from beerlovergirl. Thanks!

Appearance: This beer looked almost black in the glass, but it had a deep amber and ruby-red hue to it when it was being poured. A big beige head rose up easily and dissipated quickly, leaving behind a thin cap of dense foam. There was a decent amount of lace left behind on the side of the glass.

Smell: The aroma was a little thin and sharp. A metallic, tart cherry quality was the strongest component, with a little bit of sweet raisin underneath. I'm afraid there is not much else to say.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, smooth and slightly creamy. A little bit of chewiness was present as well.

Taste: A strong, tart berry flavor dominated the taste. Underneath that were light hints of bitter coffee and powdered cocoa. A little bit of a muddled bitterness from some unidentified hops rose up on the finish, along with warming alcohol.

Not a bad beer, but nothing special. I expected something fuller and warmer tasting.

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Photo of arguemaniac
4.31/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance: Quite nearly entirely black, but there is a very deep ruby hue as well (though you gotta hold the glass up to a light to see it). A thick, creamy light brown head which turn to a nice lace.

Aroma: Sweet caramel, with some roasty notes. A bit of chocolate too.

Taste and Mouthfeel: Ahhh, rich, thick, oily, and very flavorful: words that barely begin to describe the amazing mouthfeel. As for the taste; a heavy, sweet caramel flavor, with some chocolate. An overall roastiness rounds out the other flavors. Some hop bitterness, but it is eclipsed by the overwhelming maltiness of this brew.

Wow, what a fantastic beer: rich, thick, and delicious. Superb. Highly recommended.

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Photo of ghurux86
3.68/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours a dark dark almost black color with a big creamy tan head the head stays around for a decent while and a tiny bit stays till the end. doesn't lace much.
smells strange but good. hops. malt. maybe grapes or apple. pretty complex.
taste is pretty good and smooth for the ABV but the hops seem to make it a little too bitter in the after taste.
mouthfeel is pretty good, not too thin carbonation is fairly low but doesn't seem to taste flat.
pretty drinkable, but the ABV might limit you from drinking it all night. very good considering the low price. $1.99 for a 16oz bottle.

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Photo of donnebaby
3.95/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thick and oatmealy heavy tan top implodes to a swirling mess of chunky haze, giving me the impression that this will be a porter on the heavy side of porters. Brown black body.

Nose is an excellent blend of pungent malts, coffee, fresh vanilla bean, anise, and a sour lacing of lemon.

Taste took me by surprise. Intense and rough with pungently explosive malts and a dumping of alcohol and a little hops on the palate and throat. Yet also lightened somewhat by a brandy sweetness in the mouth.

Thick and dry compared to other american style porters I've had. Carbonation is present and wide-mouthed, but not too forceful. Dry, steel/grain after-effect, which I didn't like too much. Reminds me of a number of barleywines I've had..

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Photo of DrunkMcDermott
3.58/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Probably the beer to get when you’re in Russia. Nice maple smell, and pours with a notably brown rocky head. Has some good coffee roast malt notes, and then maple, and a little bit of honey, come back as you sip. In fact, it almost has some barley wine character that makes it well worth picking up. Glad I was first exposed to it a bit closer to the source that at some Russian deli in America.

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Photo of Southernbrew
3.7/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice dark brown, absolutely hugh head, not sure why.

Aroma of roasted coffee, dark fruit, bit of spice possibly.

Medium-full body, big mix of flavors: roasted malt, bitter chocolate, tobacco?, a hint of brown sugar. A faint alcohol flavor flashes across the palate and quickly disappears. Leaves a bitter-sweet aftertaste.

My first baltic porter, wasn't sure what to expect, but this seemed OK-good.

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Photo of ADR
3.65/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark dullish brown, clear. Nice frothy head on a hard pour, builds to almost an inch of latte-like bubbles. Lacing is pretty good at first, thick looping rings that thin as the beer is consumed. Aroma of bittersweet chocolate, just a slight astringent fruitiness. Carbonation is medium to low, mouthfeel pretty nice and creamy. Flavor is easy-going, milky with cocoa tones that glide easily past the tongue. Hops are non-players of any note in the profile. Drinkable and pleasant overall, if there's anything missing it might be a little more complexity to write about. As is, an easy drinker and one that hides its 7.0% ABV pretty well and has a nice texture.

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Photo of Fish113d
3.68/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Note: The bottle noted that this would be best consumed before 01/10/04, which was a little over a year ago, so I am not sure what I could expect from this beer had it been a year younger.

Anyways, I poured this into a tulip glass, leaving a 2 cm head that quickly disappeared to near nothing besides a slight edge layer and some slight lacing on the glass. It poured a black color with a mocha colored head. Taking a good whiff of this, I could get the scents of a sour brown caramel malt mainly with some mocha cappuccino aromas and a slightly nutty (almond or chestnut) aroma as well. Slight chocolate came through as well, but mainly the coffee/cappuccino odor. Taking the first sip, I got the idea that this is mostly chocolate and toffee flavors w/ hints of almonds popping through with a light alcohol burn upon the swallow. Aftertaste was there, mainly of bitter coffee, which was nice. The feel is mainly a thin-to-medium body w/ carbonation that whacks the tip of your tongue and quickly dies off w/ a slight alcohol burn taking over the rest of your palette through the swallow. Overall, this was a bit thin for my taste, but fairly drinkable...easy to drink a few bottles..good session beer!

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Photo of clvand0
4.08/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark color with a tall head that dies off fast and leaves some lacing on the glass. The aroma is somewhat sweet with hints of dark fruits and dark malts. Maybe some molasses. The flavor is dark and sweet with the dark fruit giving some slight character. Some chocolate in there. Nice body and drinkability. Very nice offering.

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Photo of kmpitz2
4.28/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to clvand0 for sharing this with me.

This one pours a nice black color with 3 finger head that falls to a quarter inch over the beer. The nose is very sweet, with some nice figgy and molasses. I dig it. The flavor is nice as well. A nice combo of fig, chocolate and molasses. I like it. The feel is right there between moderate and thick, with a touch of creamy...a touch thin. This is a really nice beer overall. I like the flavor, nose and feel. Well built. A nice Baltic porter.

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Photo of Crotor
3.46/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours opaque black with slight red windowpanes. Pushes up a substantial, light brown head that has decent retention. As it settles, it forms dimples. Mmm, I do love pillowy, dimpled heads on my beer...

Can't pick up too much on the aroma. A bit of clean malty sweetness, some slight phenols, and maybe a bit of diacetyl?

Tastes smooth and chocolatey. It's only slightly roasty considering the color. Really comes across like a roastier dopplebock. There's definately some hot alcohol going on, and some phenolols. Mouthfeel becomes kinda frothy and creamy, though not at all viscous. Overall, rather restrained for a Baltic porter, but enjoyable nonetheless.

Ultimately, it's a respectable beer, and more than moderately drinkable. At $1.75 for 16.9 oz, it's an affordable option for a Baltic porter in the States.

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Photo of rkhaze
4.25/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep mahogany color with a creamy dark tan head.
Sweet roasted malt smells. Coffee, chocolate, a smidge of red fruit and a slightly zingy hop aroma.
Nice dark roasted sweet malt flavor. Rich creamy chocolate, coffee, lightly charred red plums in the middle and finishes dry with a tangy hop bitterness and a wisp of smoke. Good job!
Medium bodied with a rich creamy mouthfeel and soft carbonation.
Perhaps a little subtle for a Baltic Porter but a damn tasty beer anyway. The rich, sweet, creamy elements hurt the drinkability a bit. It would make a good dessert beer.

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Photo of WesWes
4.33/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a deep dark black color with a thick frothy tan head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a nice rich malty scent that seems a bit dry, but full of caramel and black malts. It has a roasted, toastey aroma. The taste is great. It has an extremely smooth and creamy flavor that is full of sweet crystal and black malts. It goes down easy and hides the elevated abv. . The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a damn good beer and a bit of a surprise. It is a great drinker.

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Photo of marcobrau
4.04/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer starts with an absolutely wonderful aroma of vanilla-scented coffee with cream. It is quite dark, a very dark brown (almost black), with hint of ruby. The It pours with light tan head. The beer foams up with a flourish, then the bubbles fall to thin collar of foam. The first bit of flavor is of the Mexican hot chocolate (but not hot) and is accented by the very smooth mouthfeel. A bit light-bodied, with a dash of bitterness before the powdery, almost tannin-like finish. Finishes with a touch sweetness, no real bitterness, but very dry with a hint of alcohol burn. I like this one, but I'd like to have a little more body for this style.

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

If a Russian Imperial Stout and Guinness Draught hooked up during one crazy foreign exchange student summer, this beer would be their child. Poured tar black with an impressive, Guinness-like head. Nutty, caramel aroma. Distinct peat smoke notes, calling to mind Guiness, overlapping dark roasted caramel malts. Dry, and a touch watery mouthfeel. The 7% abv is completely hidden in the malt. Verdict: a dry Irish Russian porter.

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Photo of blitheringidiot
4.05/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Label Lore: Quite a decorative triple label like the USSR army designed it. 16.9 Victorian pint. Best before 2/2/04. Back label indicates “Caramel malts. For beer connoisseurs.” 7.0 % ABV.

Dark ruddy black pour with a suggestion of mahagony under a slowly fading khaki tight head cap.

Vinous red wine and toasted malt nose with a generous roasted scent.

First Swigs: Nutty almost towards almonds and bakers chocolate. Plenty of sweet cocoa powder and caramelly toasted malts. Dry flour finish. A slightly lingering aftertaste. Richness in the roasted nuttiness of the middle. After a bit of sitting the awl-kee-hawl is palatable.

Exceptional feel while not too thick yet creamy tight carbonation feel that lasts. Surprisingly drinkable but fitting considering that it is an autumn evening and this is hitting the spot. Quite filling too.

Last Swigs: Cocoa and roasty malts. A must have Porter beer, and at $1.60 a biggie, a frigging beer bargain. Another Best of Beers from MJ. Could have used a beter head cap tho.


Beer is good. Happy Ruskie Beering.

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Photo of WetCoaster
4.02/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: Deep brown with garnet highlights. Coffee with cream colored head, thick with moderate duration. Mild, fine carbonation. No real lacing to speak of.

Smell: Holy crap! BOOMING vinous nose, with big Zin notes up front. Strong cherry follows, with wonderful chocolate and caramel malt notes underneath. A hint of coffee. Roastiness is all that's missing--near perfect.

Taste/Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is oddly thin and the carbonation, while crisp up front, is weak at best--that's not good. The flavor starts off with strong notes of chocolate, sweetened coffee and toasted malt. It sweetens tremendously with a (too?) intense blast of candied dark fruit. The finish is fairly dry and clean, with perhaps a touch of diacetyl. There's also... something else, a faint sulphur/medicine flavor, but it's very mild. It's good, but it's a bit tepid overall.

Drinkability: It's very tasty, "only" about 7% and smells better than almost any beer I've ever sampled. It may not be the best Baltic around (I've never had one before, going by BJCP guidelines), but it's a damn tasty beer and hilariously Wal-Mart cheap. I'm stocking up.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4/5  rDev +10.2%
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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Baltika #6 Porter from Baltika Breweries
3.63 out of 5 based on 926 ratings.
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