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 allengarvin
4.1/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass, Baltika 6 has an opaque color, and a modest but frothy quarter inch of tan head. The nose is sweet with a rich cocoa, milk chocolate aroma. The flavor is less sweet than I expected, though. There's a roasty edge that offsets it well, but plenty of good malt flavor to make it interesting. The finish has a curious bit of sourness like one finds in some stouts, that blends well. A pretty solid beer, one of the best baltic porters that come from the actual Baltic.

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Photo of Mdog
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark brown, good sized head. Helped that I poured it into a 24oz mug.

Smell: Roasted sweetness, a little sweet BBQ note.

Taste: Moderately sweet toffee, roasted malt, a fair amount of bitter dark chocolate.

Mouthfeel: Feels lighter than expected, but not a bad thing.

Drinkability: The lightness makes this go down a little quicker than expected. Tasty.

I've got an old empty bottle of this on my wall and decided to try it again. It's a good beer as I had remembered, nice and flavorful without being overpowering. Looking for a baltic porter that you could have a couple of in a sitting? This could be your beer.

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Photo of chipachu2
3.4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I found this at a local russian grocery store. The gal there stated that this ale was dark

A- I was taken aback when I poured it. Pours Black as coal! The "head" disapears quite quickly. It looks like coffee.

S- I smelled sweet, caramel and like coffee.

T- Quite bitter as expected. It is quite creamy and there is a cofee blend with the hops. What is surprizing is that there is no aftertaste at all. It has a better end than a begining.

M- somewhat flat and heavy but not like syruup. Its texture is quite unique.

D - All around this is a fairly biter dark beer. I would not reject it if I was served it but there are many out there that I would order before this one.

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Photo of magictrokini
2.92/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Was unpleasantly surprised with this beer. Looks great, dark with a wee bit of head. But smells like raisins and licorice. Taste is the same. Sickeningly raisin sweet with a caramel back. Body is not porter-like, kind of thin and watery. I'll stick with the other offerings from Baltika.

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Photo of bluejacket74
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle, bottled on 10/25/2007, best before 10/25/2008. Well, just missed that date by a few weeks! Served in a pint glass, the beer pours dark brown/black with an inch and a half tan head. Head retention and lacing are both decent. The aroma is nice, it smells like roasted malt, dark fruit (mostly cherries), caramel, toffee and chocolate. Taste is similar to the aroma, it tastes like roasted malt, chocolate, dark fruit, molasses, smoke and a bit of alcohol (which becomes less noticable as the beer warms up). Mouthfeel/body is medium/full, it's creamy and coating with medium carbonation. Drinkability is good, it's smooth and has a slight dry finish. It's easy to drink, too. I think it's a good all around Baltic Porter, and the price isn't bad either. Recommended.

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Photo of orangemoustache
4.1/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark,rich looking crimson with a creamy medium brown head that recedes slowly to a thin cap that holds on tightly. The nose is sweet and malty with some chocolate notes and subtle dark fruit aromas. This is pretty sweet even for a Porter,I'm not complaining. Chocolate covered raisins,roasted caramel malts and a good amount of hoppy bitterness. Again a very sweet and almost root beer/tootsie pop like sweetness throughout. A slightly dry and gritty feel keeps things tough enough to call this a good solid Porter. A very balanced creamy,sticky,soft...yet a slight grittiness keeps this from being a wimp(it's a bit rough around the edges and I'm glad).

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Photo of Atron67
4.29/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- poured a dark opaque color with a little tan head on top that faded quickly to a thin film.

S- smoky and malty subdued flavor. slightly cherry tart scents that make it pretty nice

T- light in the chocolate porter characteristics. but it grows into a tart cherry and flavorful finish.

M- light body and pretty light carbonation.

D- i think this is a great porter and a good drink for anyone trying to get some tart fruit and chocolate flavors without going to a super heavy RIS

i definitely dont get the metal and astringincy that was so strong in the bro's review. and ill slightly agree with the sweetness, however i think its pretty tasty and not that sweet.

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Photo of djeucalyptus
4.04/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours a burnt caramel building to a fairly dense dark brown, nearing black in the glass. A shade or two lighter than most porters. A solid two finger light mocha head bubbles up cleanly and fairly quickly fades down into a thin collar. Lacing is minimal as any lacing slickly slides back to the collar.

aroma is subtle and mild, with sweet roasted malt prevailing. Toasted bread with honey, vanilla, and dried fruit come across first. Hints of cocoa and bittersweet coffeebean candy follow along with just a smidgen of floral hop bitterness.

Taste is smooth. sweet roasted malt with subtle hints of dusty coffee beans and bittersweet cocoa powder. Flavor on the whole is subdued compared to other relatively strong flavored baltic porters - which is nice. The sweetness isn't cloying, and the roasted malt notes carry it well, rounding out with just a hint of bitterness. A nice even and smooth flavor.

Mouthfeel is full, with some ample carbonation to add to the creaminess. A hint of dryness but not predominantly so. Just a hint of alcohol slickness.

Overall, this is an interesting brew. The mouthfeel and aroma have me anticipating an assault on my palette, however the flavor profile is significantly more rounded and mellow than the average Baltic. I could easily see myself grabbing another bottle or two, especially given the relatively reasonable price.

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Photo of alovesupreme
3.15/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served in a cute lil Sam Smith glass.
Pours a little light for a porter. Good head retention

Dark fruit, caramel and some roasted aromas.

Not much, fruit, caramel leaves the palate almost to quick.

To much cheap bubbles in the initial phase of the sip.

I split the bottle with a friend and we dont really care to finish it. We will, but were not excited.

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Photo of zeff80
3.95/5  rDev +8.8%
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 ccrida
3.97/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle poured into my Meantime snifter, Baltika 6 is an inky brownish amber with a larger, quickly settling tan head that leaves scattered lace. Served around 55F.

Smell is nice, toast, caramel, toffee, clean alcohol vapors. Sweeter, a bit flan like, but leathery, and softer overall.

Taste is pretty smooth and clean, a nice, relaxed baltic porter. Really well made and rounded out, such that it's almost underwhelming, a pure malt flavor, with a slightly boozy edge that sharpens up as it warms (causing me to drop 1/2 a point).

Mouthfeel is luscious and viscous, but not to heavy, on the drier side, a bit solvent like.

Drinkability is pretty good, at first I was really loving it, but the bite started to build up and I don't think I'd want to make a night of these. Still, a well made example of the style and a good value make this one a winner.

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Photo of EnojysAnyBeer
4.22/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Opaque brown-black with a foamy head that disappears way to quick with no lace

S- Good, sweet, dark malt smells like chocolate, caramel and graham cracker

T- Taste is like the smell but hops appear for a second at the end and dry the tongue

M- Feel is medium body and low carbonation

D- Drinks great with a smooth combination of semi-sweet flavor characteristics and a drying body

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

Poured from a 16.9 oz. bottle that was bottled on 06/23/07 into a pint glass.

Appears a very dark brown, almost black but when held to the light it's showing mahogany highlights. One and a half inch light tan head leaves some very nice lacing.

Aroma is sweet and chocolatey with notes of raisins, brown sugar, and figs.

The taste begins with a big creamy sweet chocolate flavor followed by some dark fruits and more sweetness. It's almost too much sweetness but it stops just short and ends up being very tasty.

Mouthfeel is medium-full, soft and creamy. Like a Baltic Porter should be.

Wow, this one is highly underrated. Delicious Baltic Porter.

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Photo of t0rin0
3.98/5  rDev +9.6%
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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Photo of Offa
4.27/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a tasty, yet smooth and very drinkable Baltic porter. Perhaps not as interesting, complex or balanced as some, it is nevertheless still flavourful.

Very dark, almost black, it has a medium light brown head steadily dissipating to a foamy ring and wisps.

The aroma is quite pleasant and interesting with molasses, chocolate, prunes, and toast, with an overall very faint winey quality. It's full, slightly on the sweet side, and smooth.

The taste is similar, pleasant, yet interesting, mostly spicey with chocolate, molasses, and some fruit. The alcohol is barely noticeable and it is highly drinkable and somewhat light for the style.

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Photo of vikingmike
2.85/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: A rich ruby/crimson colour when held up to light. At first glance, it looks black. Interesting head in that it had different shades of brown mixing about. It didn't stick around very long, though.

Smell: Caramel. Smoke.

Taste: Quite sweet but not overbearingly so. Kind of a molasses/dark chocolate mix. Definitely not a fan of the aftertaste; very smoky.

Mouthfeel: Thick. "Residuey"

Drinkability: This beer isn't bad but like other Baltika beers it seems like extra sugar was added prior to bottling. Definitely a slow-sipper type drink, I could not handle more than one of these.

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Photo of mpyle
3.55/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

App - Very dark, nearly opaque Pours a large tan head with mediocre retention. Minimal lacing

Aroma - some licorice, a bit metallic, a bit of dark fruit (plum). More like candy than malt

Flav - Complex dark malt flavor, a bit of plum, but malt flavor not overly intense. Some alcohol flavors, and finishes with a sweet alcohol flavor. A bit too sweet overall?

MF - Medium body, and low-medium carbonation. No astringency, but style-appropriate alcohol warming.

D'ability - A bit too sweet and alcoholic (in flavor) to be a session beer for me. Not the best Baltic Porter, but not bad for the price (paid $2.29/0.5L)

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Photo of khiasmus
3.77/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours black with an ample three fingers of light tan head. Ruby highlights and perfect clarity evident if held to the light. The head dissipates relatively quickly, but laces beautifully, and some stays on top as a decent layer for the entire experience.

The aroma is interesting. Very boozy... smells like far more than 7%. I would have guessed 10. There's also a bit of soy sauce, molasses, and faint espresso... almost like mocha, with a good bit of chocolatey notes, along with some caramel and coffee. A bit reminiscent of a creamy, light espresso mocha. There's also a hint of a port-like dark red wine. Just a hint, but it's definitely there.

Flavor includes many of the same elements as the nose... the molasses is there, as well as the chocolate and coffee. There's almost a sourness, like fermented grapes, in the very middle... hm. A bit of bitter grain takes over towards the finish, mingling with the strong alcohol notes.... maybe even some higher fusels in there. Interesting... I wonder if this is peculiar to Russian interpretations of the style? It's decent, but different than any other baltic porters I've had before, and while interesting, not necessarily better than a simply good baltic porter. A good bit of sweetness dominates most of the flavor until the lightly bitter and boozy finish.

Mouthfeel is also interesting.... very creamy and a little chewy, with medium-low carbonation and a warming, almost stinging, lightly dry finish.

Overall, this beer is certainly one to try. A slightly strange interpretation, but it could end up being your favorite. The complexity makes this one interesting, but the booze and light sourness in the finish make it not overly drinkable, at least for my tastes.

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Photo of Voonder
3.34/5  rDev -8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got this bottle from Russia, so I can be sure that it is authentic russian porter. The bottle has new design and actually really nice looking.
Pours deep dark dark brown, pretty much black, with thick caramel colour head. Good looking beer.
Smell - roasty, chocolaty.
Tastes pretty much the same, very rich taste, but only dissapointing thing it's doesn't seem to be balanced, you can really taste that alcohol in there. So I guess you can't really call it "smooth", but it has really nice texture, it pretty much chewy.
Drinkability - well I wish it was balanced, it could be very drinkable.
It worth a try though and it's not that bad though. I would give it another chance.

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

A: Poured a dark mahogany red color with a dense, foamy tan head that was moderately lasting.

S: sweet roasted malt, rich chocolate, dark sugars, and dried fruit.

T: Initial flavor starts out sweet with roasted malt, sweet chocolate which then proceeds to some coffee notes. The beer finishes with a rich, sweet dark roasted fade, and some fresh coffee.

M: full bodied, lightly carbonated with a smooth texture with a light creaminess.

D: A little sweet going down, ok drinkability.

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

First of all, I think the numbering system is brilliantly simple. Numbers are the universal language. This is #6.

Second, I like that it has the 'Produced on date' (Oct. 25, 2007) and the 'Best before date' (Oct. 25, 2008). More breweries need to have this basic information on their labels.

Pours from a half liter bottle into a pint glass. It's very dark brown with good clarity. Huge head settles quickly leaving little behind.

Aroma is roasty and sweet. It's a little like a port wine with roasted character.

Flavor is surprisingly sweet with lots of fruit. Cherries, raspberries, and cranberries all seem to come through. The sweetness is very much like a port as the aroma suggested. There's also a roastiness to it but it's fairly subtle compared with the fruit.

Mouthfeel is good, very smooth, easy on the carbonation, and coats the mouth like a syrup.

Drinkability is decent but it's too sweet and too strong to have more than one bottle.

It's not great but it's not all bad. I wonder what it would taste like fresh (hopefully not so sweet) but I'm just not curious enough to seek one out.

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Photo of berserker256
3.43/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This looks like a porter that I'll like. Nice almost-black color with a tan head. Thick pouring. It smells really sweet like mollases, prunes, sugar and alcohol. It's got an OK flavor. No hoppyness, heavy on sweet malt and molasses. It's heavy and syrupy and somewhat lactic. I'm a little disappointed. It seems like the appearance was nice and then it all went downhill from there. It doesn't suck but I wouldn't ever go out of my way to get this beer again. There are many other much better porters out there. And if this is what a Baltic Porter is... Then I'll stick with regular porters.

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Photo of Bobo77
3.18/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.5

Found bombers of this at Global Foods in Kirkwood, MO the other day. Picked it up along with an Okocim Porter (will review that one later.) I have been curious about this style since reading BA's article on Baltic Porters.

I didn't want it to be too cold so I took it out of the fridge and let it sit for 20 minutes before opening. After the wait I poured it into my glass and observed a dark coffee brown liquid with a very thick creamy brown head.

The smell was of toffee and cocoa, very sweet smelling.

Had a very rich, creamy mouthfeel, thicker than most stouts I can remember.

The taste was a super sweet maltiness, reminiscent of a double bock. Dark chocolate, molasses, and coffee liqueur could be found here. Did not seem to have much hop flavor at all. Sting of alcohol in the back.

As this is the first Baltic Porter that I have tried, I don't know if this is typical of the style but my initial reaction is that this beer lacks balance. Not bad, but not something I would probably ever drink on a regular basis. Would go good with some dark chocolate I imagine. I am still going to try and remain open minded with this style and hold off judgement on it until I have tried several beers representative of it.

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Photo of AKBelgianBeast
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Purchased at brown jug.

Pours a good looking deep brown with ruby highlights. Nose is all grain and lager. Taste follows with some weak roastiness, graininess and some slight chocolate. Mouthfeel is a little bit thin here, but ok, and drinkability is pretty good. Overall an ok brew, but really didn't make a lasting impression. I recommend trying it, as it would be good to session on, but really not what Im looking for as far as flavor intensity in a baltic porter.

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Photo of Jordan1985rec
3.57/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Presentation: Pint bottle, Cyrillic and English lettering. Poured into an Imperial pint glass.
Appearance: Dark black with ruby highlights when tilted into the light.
Smell: Like others have said, aroma of chocolate and caramel, perhaps a bit of alcohol and sweet malt.
Taste & Mouth-feel: Good body, smooth and rich are the first words that come to mind. Nothing too outstanding compared to other Porters, but very decent, especially for the price ($2.00 at a local market). Definite hints of chocolate and caramel, overall drinkable. I do agree with others who say it's a bit too sweet, the pint is a bit much. I would prefer to share this with somebody as a desert before whiskey! Worth the money and does warrant a second try at some point.

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Baltika #6 Porter from Baltika Breweries
3.63 out of 5 based on 944 ratings.
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