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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

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 01-28-2003

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Photo of cbutova
3.4/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

From notes.

A- Pitch black with a light tan head that has decent retention. Leaves some spots of thick lace from a cloud that dies down eventually.

S- Roast malt, licorice, some burnt caramel. There is a decent amount of dark fruit and raisins. The nose is OK STR but sort of fades to what smells like old beer. 8months old too much?

T- Good amount of licorice, roast malt and raisins. Other dark fruit like cherry and some stemmy pit flavors. Fruity porter with some grassy hops and slight bitters.

MF- Thin body with low carbonation. It is off for a porter, pretty watery and leaves a raisin coat on the palate.

DB- Good price for a pint. Body sort of throws it off. Good flavor and worth a shot.

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Photo of mjw2808
4.05/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours an almost back color with a 2 finger tan head that lasts for a little bit and leaves some lacing. The smell is sweet, dark fruit--raisons, chocolate, dark liquorish, and caramel. The taste is the most heavy on dark liquorish with dark chocolate, coffee, and dark fruits al very noticeable. They blend together very well. The mouthfeel is very creamy and rich, and its pretty drinkable as well. I enjoyed this beer very much, a lot more than many other people who rated it.

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Photo of brewerburgundy
3.03/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

16.9oz bottle, Sam Adams glass, a production date that is one year before the best by date of 7.12.10.

The color is dark ruby and the head is cocoa brown. At the pour, the head was a great foamy two or three fingers that has all but gone away without leaving lace behind.

Muted charcoal, chocolate, coffee, and cherries are accompanied by a twinge of alcohol.

Stale black coffee, roast, dark berry, and faint chocolate have a cushion of metallic caramel. There is a pretty good hop bitterness too.

The carbonation has no bite and the beer is on the watery side, but is also creamy. It's actually a little Guinness Draught-like.

This isn't a very flavorful representation of the style.

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Photo of felipe2toes
3.53/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours black with giant crusty tan head. Not much lacing.

Lots of sweet malt aroma and some brown sugar on the nose. Maybe even some rye breadiness.

Sweet malt taste, with some raisiny dark fruit. Slightly smokey and chocolatey as well.

Decent medium-bodied mouthfeel.

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Photo of Mosstrooper
4.27/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 1pint .9oz bottle into a big Roanoke College mug.

Appearance: Coffee-black with some brown coming through around the edges. MASSIVE, slowly-dissipating light brown head which leaves some spots of lace.

Smell: Sweet, roasted malt aromas backed up by some hints of sweet alcohol and bread.

Taste: Sweet malts and roasted coffee in the beginning, finishing with a pleasant bittersweet taste. Some hints of alcohol in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with light carbonation and a sticky finish.

Drinkability: This is, to my surprise, quite a good beer. Also, it was only about $2 for the bottle at my local Spec's, so this beer is very good for its price. Definitely worth a try, given the price.

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Photo of farrago
3.43/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Even an innocent, safe pour gets you close to three fingers of light tan head, loose and easily dissolved, close to zero lacing. Just to that side of opacity, black trumps brown in the final round, quite clean appearance, ring of dark mahogany and orange around the rims. The nose is sort of annoyingly light but comes up with milk chocolate, coffee candy, golden raisin, apricot, pear scents, unusually lacking in darker fruit, very little roast to it, brush of ginger spice, the hoppiness stiffens things before its final dissolve. Light-bodied, comes across as somewhat watery for a porter, the lack of body here does bring the roast to the fore as it is needed to buttress the cocoa, chocolate, caramel shades. In the same vein, lemon to orange citrus comes forth, accompanied by a brown sugar dusting. The grains, oats and breadiness swell slightly in the middle. Raisin, date, cherry, apricot, a good mix of flavors but needs more richness. All in all, it's a chuggable summertime porter that luckily enough is priced right for its station.

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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 webbcreative
4.02/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured dark brown, almost black, with light tan 1 finger head that disappeared quicker than a cupcake at Kirstie Alley's house. Smell is of sweeet malt and some spiciness - like from the alcohol maybe. It really reminds me alot of the Shiner Commemorator.

Taste is the same - Really sweet with some grainy type spiciness. Dark fruits also make an appearance of the plum, raisiny variety.

Mouthfeel is right about where I would expect an Porter to be - med to thin.

Overall this a good beer - not great - but very good - Would be a bit more drinkable if it were a bit less sweet. I think this would be a great cold weather porter though. I will probably be picking this one up more just because of theses great home brewing bottles they come with. and all for around $2 - not too shabby.

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

Poured into pint glass

Appearance: Pours dark brown, almost black, topped with a light tan head

Smell: Spicy hops, dark malts

Taste: Medium hops, sweet malt, great porter

Mouthfeel: Light, stimulating, lightly lingering

All in all, a great Baltic porter, great import, great beer

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Photo of BlackHaddock
3.21/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

New 'sexy' shaped bottle, picked up from a Russian shop in Antwerp!

Poured into a Westmalle chalice twice: Looked lovelly, deep, darkest ruby red, black in colour unless held up to the light. The tan coloured head was thin at first, then even thinner to give a wisp and collar very quickly, soon there was no head or collar.

The first smell was of licquorice, then coffee, then dark chocolate. The flavours in the taste followed very closely to the aromas, but a whole lot sweeter.

Not creamy or really heavy, a strange body feel really, the 7% ABV is there, but it doesn't push to the fore, nor does it arrive late on, it's just 'there'.

Different, but not the best Baltic Porter I've had by a long way.

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Photo of jwhawkins81
2.89/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Bottled on 4/24/2009 tasted on 2/19/2010

Aroma - Slight roast with a dark fruit sweetness. This is a very good and complex aroma.

Appearance - Dark with a very big light brown head.

Taste - Sweet and slightly earthy. Noticeable absence of roasted malt flavors. Too sweet to be enjoyable really.

Notes - Medium mouthfeel

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.01/5  rDev -44.3%
look: 4 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Big and bold in appearance, jet black mixed in with brown. Rough alcohol smell and not much else.

Taste, slick rubbing alcohol was the first thing that came to mind. Much thinner body than expected. No hops. Lots of alcohol. Tries to have some chocolate come across, but just alcohol.

Its just a rough trip all around, make sure you have some others to help you split it, or a drain pour could happen.

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Photo of Popkas
2.84/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Pours reminds me of a pour from a 2 liter Dr. Pepper bottle that was opened a week ago. It's dark, flat black. Nose is better than the appearance with some decent roasted maltiness and a little hidden smoke. The taste is undewhelming until the very end where there is a nice bit of roasted malt flavor. Mouth feel is meh. A fun beer to drink with friends, but not overly enjoyable.

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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 tronester
3.4/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear very dark reddish brown with a big tan head. Very light colored for a strong porter. Smells of roasted nuts. Taste is decent, very light considering the ABV, a decent amount of roasted malt flavor, very little hop flavor or bitterness. Mouthfeel is good, low carbonation and very little alcohol detected. Drinkability is good though, light and refreshing for a porter, though not as flavorful as many other examples IMO.

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Photo of mtnbikerpa
4.21/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 16.9 ounce bottle. Poured almost black with a quickly disappearing head. Huge amounts of flavor. Very sweet dark chocolate flavors, heavy malts along with a slight burnt/roasted malts flavor at the end. Alcohol is pretty well hidden. Some barleywine scents in the nose of the beer. Mouthfeel is smooth. Pretty drinkable in my mind. I am enjoying this far more than I thought I would. So far the best of the Baltika beers that I have tried.

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Photo of TMoney2591
4.1/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a Dogfish Head shaped pint glass.

Pours a nearly opaque dark brown with garnet highlights and about a finger's worth of foamy ecru head. The nose is molasses, pine, maple syrup, spruce, brown sugar, and dark malts. Some very faint floral notes are also lurking somewhere in the distance. The taste emphasizes the pine and spruce and really brings the florals out from the shadows. The darker aspects are still there, with the molasses and brown sugar leading the way, but they are much more balanced with the other elements than in the nose. The body is a firm medium, with a healthy dose of carbonation and a smooth feel, all leading to a very high drinkability.

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Photo of KeefD
3.08/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours out like cola with a small tan head and light lacing. Getting some chocolate and caramel in the aroma and a hint of fruit. Flavor is a little off putting. Chocolate is kinda there, some licorice, slightly herbal, a bit of raisin, and a touch of dry yeast on the finish. There's also an odd metaallic taste that's kind of like sucking on a dirty penny. Nothing spectacular about this brew, just wanted to try it. Prob won't be having it again.

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Photo of hwwty4
4.05/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a 500ml bottle into my Dogfish Head snifter. This beer pours a rich burnt coffee brown with a 2-inch coffee and cream cap that leaves oily lacing down the sides of the glass. This is the third in the numbered series I've had from Baltika. The first two were less then stellar to say the least. This one is starting off much better then the rest. The aroma is semi sweet bakers chocolate, dates, raisins, cream, and caramel. Wow, the aroma is pretty top notch. The bar has been raised. The flavor profile follows suit with bitter dark chocolate leading the way. Subtle toffee notes follow with dates and figs coming though also. A hint of oats come and roasted grains. This is a really well rounded beer. Rather tasty. At the very end of the flavor profile comes sweet raisins. The mouthfeel is odd. Unlike any other beer I've ever had. If starts really creamy. Almost as if they mashed with oats. Coats the mouth with dark chocolate, then comes the odd thing. This beer finishes really, really dry. Reminds me more of a finish on saison then a porter. Creamy and dry, it's a rather odd combination of sensations. While not my first rodeo with Baltika beers, it definitely is the best ride I've had. Changes my mind about beer that comes out of the Motherland.

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Photo of climax
3.06/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I was faced with a shelf of Baltika, and apparently this one had won the most awards so I decided to give it a try. It poured a very dark brown with a sandy tan head which faded unevenly.

There was quite a bit in the aroma, unfortunately, not all of it was flattering. Cocoa, brown sugar, sweeter coffee, overripe fruit (almost like a barley-wine) and some astringency covered most of the spread. Some less than appetizing wet dog smells snuck they're way in.

The flavor was along the same lines, quite a bit of it, but I wasn't sure if it was qiute right. Ripe fruit and brown sugar flavors dominated, and didn't seem too roasty. Not bad, but I didn't care too much.

The body is pretty light, and the carbonation mild. Not watery, but not too inspiring, kinda like the beer.

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Photo of elgiacomo
3.56/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottled April 28, 2009, best by 4/28/2010.

Pours very dark brown with a nice initial head, but it doesn't last long and doesn't retain any sort of a cap outside of a tiny ring. Not much lacing at all.

Aroma is bitter roasted malts, coffee, figs, dark fruits, licorice and some chocolate. Despite the ingredient list, it only comes together OK on the nose, nothing special.

Flavor is pretty good, a good dose of chocolate, dark fruits, coffee, roasted malts, licorice.

Body is rather thin, low carbonation, but what is there is quite fizzy, does have many similarities to cola.

This is an average baltic porter, although I'd like to try a fresher one some day.

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Photo of LucienDeRubempre
2.7/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Poured from a pint bottle into a clean pub glass.

Strong pour produces a fluffy head that looks like the foam on the shallows of the Ohio river, stiff and silty-brown with nuclear waste bubbles and an oily sheen. The nose strikes a balance between over-roasted malt and macro-lager rice stench. What really disappoints is the taste; a bad dark beer with all the worst parts of a bad light beer. Really similar to kvass, unsurprisingly. Creepy weird aftertaste and a weak mouthfeel, nothing like the robustness of a good porter.

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Photo of DiabolikDUB
3.16/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from Bottle into Pint glass.

Pours brown-black with deep red edges and a big fizzy light cream colored head that quickly dissolves into a thin layer atop the glass. The aroma is slightly skunky, DMS, roast and a little chocolate. The flavor is sweet chocolate forwards with some toffee, roast and finishes dry with some alcohol presence. Its light-medium bodied with a fizzy amount of carbonation. I'm not exactly sure why I was smelling the DMS but it was certainly the most noticeable aroma of this beer, the flavor was nice but not complex in the least and the body felt a little thin for the style. Probably wouldn't seek this out again although it is a cheap Baltic Porter that is readily available.

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Photo of feelmefoam
4.18/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 1 pint, .9 fl oz bottle into a Stone pint glass.

Baltika #6 pours an opaque dark chocolate color with minimal highlights, I can barely pick out a little mocha color when held up to the light. The beer puts up a really nice head, over two fingers of effervescent tan foam that has really nice retention and leaves lots of tan spiderweb lacing clinging to the glass as it slowly dissipates down to a pockmarked foam cap. Really good looking beer.

The smell is comprised of dark malts, black coffee and a little bit of creamy chocolate. Pretty fragrant, too; a nice nose overall.

As soon as #6 hits your tongue you can taste the roasty malt and slightly bitter coffee flavors, mingled with a bit of dark chocolate and maybe a hint of caramel. A bit of dark fruit might creep into the mix as well. This is pretty tasty; I certainly wasn't expecting this when I saw this bottle at the store.

This beer feels just the way (I think) a porter should feel in your mouth. A medium-thick body coupled with a creamy smoothness and just enough carbonation to work with the 7% ABV. The beer finishes with a slightly dry, alcoholic finish.

I certainly was not expecting this when I picked this up at the store. This is my first beer from Russia and my first Baltic porter, and I was not disappointed in the least. Solid flavor and an awesome mouthfeel make this an easy drinker, even with 7% alcohol. It gets the job done and it looks good doing it, too. Long story short, if you see this around, pick it up and give it a shot. I'm glad I did.

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Photo of mralphabet
2.98/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

22 oz Bomber poured into pint glass

A: Pours a dark black with a hint of red. Big tan colored head with very little retention or lacing to speak of.

S: Not a lot right off the bat.... I am getting sweet malt and a little woodiness. As it warms I'm getting a little more.. Chocolate in the aroma.

T: The taste starts out a lot like the smell.... very little at first, more on the sweet malt side and very little more than that... Then as it warms up I'm getting chocolate, molasses and sweet smokey malt. Need to let this one warm up.... In either case there is little to no hops to balance things out.

M: Little on the watery side... just a little sharpness to the carbonation. Just not very Porter like to me.

D: Not a bad brew but not a very good porter. The ABV is a little high so 1 22oz is enough.

This is my first Russia from Baltika, so I had to they it. I'd give another Baltika style a try but this one this did not make the mark to me.

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