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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 Bierguy5
3.43/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

1 pt., .9 oz., 7% ABV. Pours a very dark brown, nearly black. No highlights at all. Tan frothy head. Very nice retention.

A bit of roasty malt in the nose, subtle chocolate, and vinous notes. Maybe some earthy hops in the background.

Very sweet up front. A bit of roasty malt, some chocolate and a bit of stale coffee. Hint of vanilla perhaps? Slight lactic sourness. Some earthy hops balance things a bit, but this is malt heavy, and very sweet.

Lower carbonation, medium body. A bit warming after a while. Not bad, but a bit too sweet for my tastes.

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Photo of PlaywrightSam
3.18/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

16.9 oz bottle into tulip glass.

Pours a pretty thick black, minimal head with some amount of lacing. The smell is a little bland, some chocolate, lots of sweet. The taste is much the same. Very, very sweet--kind of hard to distinguish much beyond the sugary sweetness. Doesn't do much else on the finish, but the 7.0abv I have to say is pretty well hidden.

Picked this up just because I've never had any of the Baltikas and I've always been curious about them. I was expecting it to be a trainwreck, but it actually wasn't all that bad. Not something I'd immediately pick up again, but I wouldn't necessarily refuse one. It's too sweet, and the sugar sort of gets old after half the bottle is gone, but it's not all that bad.

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Photo of Pencible
3.6/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Here is another Baltika that I tried straight out of the bottle, so there's no review of the appearance. However, based on the taste of it, this was just a good, basic porter. The texture was thinner than a stout, but it still had most of the coffee flavor. It had moderate bitterness, but the real distinguishing feature was that it had an aftertaste of prunes. This and the 3 were my favorite Baltikas.

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Photo of Natural510
3.68/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark black from bottle with a thick, retaining head and nice lacing on the glass.
Scents of dark roasted malts & chocolate.
Malty sweet. Nutty & chocolaty flavors complement the malts with a fairly noticeable hop bite.
Tangy & jumps around a bit on the tongue, leaves a dry finish.
Well balanced, if not particularly outstanding; all the elements are there. Alcohol masked well, leaving a very drinkable porter.

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Photo of illidurit
3.22/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a nonic. Color is as close to black as it can get while still being visibly brown. Strong light evidences this by revealing umber hues at the bottom of the glass. The one finger head dissipates rather quickly, leaving no lace.

Aroma is strongly chocolaty, with a hint of alcohol. There's also a little bit of sweetened coffee.

Taste is a let down after the nice aroma. Roasty cold coffee with maybe a smidgeon of bitter chocolate and metallicness. I'm surprised I don't taste any alcohol here because there really isn't much for it to hide behind.

Mouthfeel is a little overcarbonated, but very clean and dry. Body is too thin for a baltic porter. This is pretty easy to drink but it's not a great beer.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.91/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours clear but extremely dark brown with a thick tan head. Nose is okay. Nothing crazy. Just some mild malt tones. Hmmm. Unusual. I can't remember the last time a flavor profile made me stop and think so much about what I was drinking. It's nice and robust, yes. There are nice thick tar-ry tones. Strong sweet side that is almost like brown sugar in a way. Thick malty presence. But at first I get an almost cola It's nice. A bit too sweet, but good. Feel is smooth, but at first there was a real odd carbonation. Calms down over time. I like this style and I like this one. It's a bit too sweet, but I can still hang. I'd session this.

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Photo of dreadnatty08
4.59/5  rDev +27.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Best before 03/24/08 (one year post production)
Pours a ruby tinged dark brown, slightly translucent with a medium tan head, quite luscious looking. Aromas start off with a bang with tons of licorice and caramel. Medium notes of alcohol carrying lots of dark fruits, finishing nearly port-like. Grain-wise, quite a bit of roasted grain, nothing near burnt aromas, and no hops detected. Overall, a really nice aroma. On the palate, a creamy sweetness hits you first with an overall sherry like feel. Moderate to low carbonation and just truly dextrinous. It finishes with the roasted and highly kilned malts coming through in complexity with quite a bit of warmth at the end. An excellent porter, glad to try this and nice to see it holds up for nearly a year with grace.

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Photo of Metalmonk
4.63/5  rDev +28.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled March 24 '07, so I'm just a month shy of the Best Before date. Produces a two-finger head off a normal pour, fluffy with a firm surface of what looks like the moon's surface. Body is a deep dark brown veering toward black, exhibiting ruby hues. Lace clings thick and tight as the head minimizes slowly.

Aroma is of brownies, cocoa and pumpernickel bread. A clean, lager-y vibe.

This is a sweet porter from the get-go, but not unbalanced or unpleasantly so. Despite a sensible ABV (7%), the alcohol rolls in to play a part in the flavor, accenting the following: mild black licorice, cocoa/chocolate, dark pumpernickel, cream, black cherry, other dark fruits, latte. This is incredible. Wave after wave of flavor keeps coming, twisting the noted flavors in different combos every time.

Feels lean and slick, carbonation just barely there, not getting in the way at all. It's creamy, but not big and sticky as some creamier textures can be. Leaves a long cherry/chocolate liqueur-like finish.

Chocolate milk for grownups. This is simply outstanding, a fantastic example of the style (as I know the style so far). The perfection in flavor and feel tips this one over the edge into world-class territory.

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Photo of joedon
3.71/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From a 500ml bottle poured into a mug. Rich dark brown, almost black color and a thick,sticky tan head.

Aroma not pronounced with a bit of caramel and molasses.

Nice porter flavor. Could be more hoppy but has a good malt base with a lot of dark sugar, licorice, coffee and molasses. Just a slightly tangy aftertaste.

Good mouthfeel. Not thick and syrupy but has sturdy body and is easy to drink.

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Photo of littleshamrocks
4.08/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

16.9 oz brown bottle with a best before date stamped on the back of the label. Served in a Samuel Adams specialty pint glass.

Pours a very dark brown with some mahogany around the edges, with a large, creamy, tan head. Quite a dense looking beer. The head settles slowly, leaving behind patches of lacing. I get plenty of roasted malt and dark fruit aromas initially, but upon further inspection I find some dark chocolate and caramel notes and hints of an earthy yeast character. The taste is dominated by the roasted malts, with plenty of rich, dark chocolate and coffee flavor to go along. I also picked up some dark fruit, maybe plums or prunes, along with some peppery spiciness and a little bit of earthy tones as well. Mouthfeel is medium-full to full bodied with a mostly smooth texture and lively carbonation.

I really enjoyed this beer. I think it would pair very well with a rich chocolate-y dessert. I was a little surprised to find that this was more like a porter and less like a RIS, especially since this is a product of Russia, than some of the other baltic porters that I have tried. The alcohol is gently warming, but for the most part well hidden and the flavors are rich and full. I find this to be a strong example of the style and would look forward to having another.

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Photo of woodychandler
5/5  rDev +38.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The picture, with the red foil and label, is how I will always remember this beer. With # 9, I said that I felt that they make better products and this one is the prime example. When I was in school in PGH, we used to frequent the Bloomfield Bridge Tavern and this was one of the best bargains in the cooler. Many a Baltika # 9 was purchased for take-away.

From the bottle: "Porter Baltika is brewed according to the traditional recipe from high quality caramel malt. A beer with a taste for true connoisseurs[,] this beer is brewed specially for you. [undersigned] The President of Baltika Brewery[,] T. K. Bolloev".

It poured with a finger's worth of thick, deep-tan head with decent retention. The color was a deep, dark brown with ruby highlights. The nose had a cocoa, chocolate, roasty aspect to it, making my mouth water in anticipation. The mouthfeel was medium with a boatload of chocolate and dried fruit flavors, like raisins and prunes on the palate. The finish was pleasantly sweet, chocolaty, raisiny, and downright delicious. Given its price, this is a true bargain and one that is worth seeking out. More, more, more!

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Photo of iceball585
4.2/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pitch black color, non-transparent, one finger tan fluffy head that lowered slowly

S- Milk chocolate, dark malts, creamy, coffee, sweet caramel smell

T- Chocolate, smokey, caramel, roasted, vanilla, sweet malts, creamy, coffee beans, hint of berries

M- Medium/heavy body, medium carbonation, smooth, milky, slight oily finish

D- Good session beer

Good full flavor porter w/ flavors resembling a milk stout. Also I would not have guessed that this beer is 7% ABV because it hides the alcohol well.

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Photo of Gehrig
4.3/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

i first tried this a year ago and was fairly impressed with it, so I thought I'd try it again. I'm glad I did. #6 presents a finger and a half of light tan froth atop a black body with ruby highlights--very nice. The nose gets better as the beer warms, with lots of caramel, coffee, sweet berry, and some chocolate, and malt. The taste was excellent--chocolate, coffee, caramel, mild berry, moderate malt. While I love porter with a bite, smooth, somewhat sweet porter has its advantages--great texture, subtle complexity, mild but present carbonation. #6 is definitely representative of this style, and in a good way.

#6 is all too easy to down, to enjoy, and to follow up with another of its ilk. Grab, enjoy, and thank yourself later.

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Photo of jbphoto88
3.5/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark brown almost black with some reds in the highlights. A fast forming small head that goes away faster then it formed.

Smell is malts and some scorched sweet chocolates. A very thin aroma that is not very impressive.

Taste is mildly sweet, almost syrup like on the pallet. Slightly scorched malts and a chocolate undertone that starts and finishes the beer. Hardly discernible hop flavor.

Mouthfeel is very soft. It is a smooth porter that evenly coats your mouth with its sweetness. Not a bad feeling but not one I prefer for a long durations. This is a decent dessert beer but not one I would want to drink all night.

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Photo of tgbljb
4.08/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a deep brown color with some reddish highlights. Sparse tannish head which quickly fell to a thin ring. No lacing.
Smell shows some light notes of roasted malt, but very subtle.
Taste is not subtle. Strong tones of roasted malt, chocolate, bitter coffee, and dark fruit prevail. A nice sweetness is very refreshing.
Leaves a pleasant taste in the mouth with good taste retention.
A very enjoyable beer. Alcohol is completely hidden (at least in the taste)

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Photo of pwoods
3.5/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Floydster for this brew.

16.9oz brown bottle poured into a pint.

A: Pours a very deep brown, nearly black with next to no visibility. A bit of 1 finger of light caramel head forms and dies to a thick fluffy skim. Some wisps of lacing.

S: Milk chocolate is very evident with a bit of strong black coffee in the back. A splash of flat cola.

T/M: A good mixture of sweet milk chocolate and bitter coffee. Some unripened banana and a bit of sweet n low over does the sweetness and gives a bit of a chalky texture. Hops are a bit strong adding a sizable dose of bitterness toward the end.

D: Not a bad porter and easy to drink.

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Photo of drperm
3.64/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

’m discovering that Baltic/Eastern European porters and stouts seem to be either a hit or a miss. This one was a clear hit.

Most noteworthy is the palate/mouthfeel and finish, which indeed sets it off from its more harsh cousins. It goes down smooth like silk. It's incredibly easy drinking (especially for its darkness and strength) and enjoyable to partake. It's no Old Rasputin, but I'd gladly have it again.

A great dessert beer.

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Photo of shadow1961
4.2/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Baltica 6 Porter pours two fingers of sand
colored foam over an opaque black brew.
Carbonation is hard to gauge due to the
opacity of the brew, and the nose is dark
mocha, toasty barley, and raisin. The flavor
is slightly sweet dark malt with fruit and rum
notes. There's no real bitterness per se- the
sweetness is at once enhanced and balanced
by just a bit of rummy alcohol tang. Mouthfeel
is round but crisp, with a long smooth finish.
Extremely quaffable, but watch yourself, it's
7% alcohol by volume. Excellent.

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Photo of JamesS
2.64/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured a great dark brown/black with nice light tan head and good lacing. Odd scent, not really a porter (no darkness, coffee, or burnt hints). It had more of a lager scent. Not much of a porter taste, either, but was more like a chocolate amber. Decent chocolate tones, but not very good with the other usual porter tastes at all. Went down fine as far as mouthfeel, but I'll never get another batch of these.

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Photo of morimech
3.17/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a chalice. Poured a very dark reddish brown with a one fingered tan head that had decent retention. It settles to a thin cap before eventually it too disapears. No lacing left behind.

I smell mostly dark and roasted malt but there is a sweet dark fruit presence in the background. There is also a most pecular smell that occasionally catches my nose that I can't quit put a finger on. Almost like slightly spoiled grain but more earthy.

The taste is dark malt with a sweet, fruity aftertaste. The malt flavor is not that big in this beer. A little alcohol is detected on the back of the tongue. I expected a bigger beer all around. It also has a rather thin body as well.

A beer that is worth a taste but it is one I most likely won't revisit.

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.61/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

16.9 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a dark mahogany brown, with a full white/tan head which makes it really inviting, poured into a Chimay chalice.

S: Nice distinct smell of Concord grape juice upon opening the bottle, prunes, molasses and alcohol. Smell has a solventy kick to it at the end.

T: Raisin and molasses start the flavour, with brown sugar and a bit of alcohol coming up the rear, some chocolate in there as well. Kind of kitchen sink of flavours, nothing really distinct.

M: Smooth and creamy, medium-bodied, though it was missing the richness and mouth-coating appeal of others of this style.

D: A lighter Baltic Porter for me, but still a nice specimen, a good beer coming out of Russia, and at $1.49 a bottle, plus tax, the price is right.

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Photo of monkeybeer
3.92/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Black with a quick disappearing tan head and sticky lacing.

S- Very light and sweet with a slight hint of chocolate and fruits

T/M- Taste is very much like the smelt sweet with a hint of fruits and chocolate very pleasant moth feel carbonation is a bit high but not bad.

D- Very drinkable porter. I have not been disappointed in anything from this brewery. This is a porter that you could easily have more than one of in a night

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Photo of theformula
3.33/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer #7 in my 366 Days of Beer Quest, tasted on 1/07. Figured I would give the #6 a chance, as I thought the #4 was less than desireable yet the #9 was delicious. Here we go...

A: Pours a mahogany body into a tulip glass. A large tan head holds up well w/ webs of lacing halfway down the glass.

S: Alchohol, some roast and rich malts take their turns, balanced and pleasant. Dark malts release nice chocolate notes with roasted grains, raisins and a tart cherry sweetness, as well as brown sugar. Light hit of fusel alcohol and very subtle noble hops.

M: Light-medium body, low-medium carbonation. Soft, light and full M.F. which is a little thin and light for my taste.

T: Chocolaty malts, dark fruits, green banana, spicy alcahol which is prounounced and some cherry tartness. Ghost-like, leafy hops in the finish. It's thin in the middle and vaguely dunkel lager-like.

D: Enjoyable, but I couldn't drink more than one and it just doesn't do it for me. The M.F. is too thin and the depth in the malt dep't. needs to be seriously beefed up. Easy to quaff though and tasty enough to be enjoyable, although rarely.

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Photo of Kemmerlin
3.48/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

This porter was extremely dark almost black which won huge bonus points in my book. Very minimal head when poured and the aromas hit my nose instantly. Once I took my first with I immediately knew this was one rich beer. I got a hint of chocolate at first but then it was all maple syrup and malt there after. It had plenty of malt and hops in the flavor but they were well balanced out. I felt like I could taste a syrup in the flavor maybe used to brew the beer and I could also taste the 7.0% alcohol on the back of my tongue as I swallowed (my wife said the alcohol taste reminded her of soy sauce.) The after taste is very mild if there at all. I was not a fan of the alcohol taste but the feel of the beer on my tongue had texture and it flowed. I am definitely a fan of the mouthfeel but the alcohol taste hurt the drinkability.

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Photo of TexIndy
3.11/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 16.9oz bottle with production and best by (love that they have both) dates on the back label into a pint glass. It was a dark almost black color. It had a good sized brown head that settled into a thin collar. Good carb geyser in center. No lacing. The aroma was very sweet from dark fruit with heavy molasses aroma as well. Too sweet. The taste was also too sweet. This is the third Baltic Porter that I've tried and this is one of those styles that will never be top tier for me. They end up being too sweet and after a several drinks I'm dreading the rest of the glassful. A sampler size would be enough for me. Overall, I can't recommend this one unless you are a fan of the style. (One and done)

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Baltika #6 Porter from Baltika Breweries
Beer rating: 3.61 out of 5 with 949 ratings
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