Baltika #6 Porter | Baltika Breweries

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Baltika #6 PorterBaltika #6 Porter
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Baltika Breweries
Russian Federation
baltika.ru

Style: Baltic Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 01-28-2003

BEER STATS
Ratings:
942
Reviews:
615
Avg:
3.63
pDev:
13.77%
 
 
Wants:
25
Gots:
64
For Trade:
0
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Photo of ByTor2112
3.35/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into my Austrian stein to carve pumpkins!
Very dark color with a nice mocha colored head.
Aroma- sugar, cocoa, caramel, bready.
Mouthfeel- On the sweeter side, the roasted and or darker malts taste great without too much of a burnt taste. A good dark somewhat robust porter with a very nice sweet balance. A good froth releases some of the alcohol and at 7% this Porter hits just right. best Baltika I've tried to date.

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Photo of MTNboy
3.12/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance- A very opaque ale that is a little dark for a porter. A tan head that does not stick around that long. There is not to much for bubbles.

Smell- There is some strong tones of toffee and roasty malt.

Taste- There is a lot roasted malt to the flavor. There is also a strong like liquor like aftertaste to this ale. I have some mixed feelings about the combinations of flavors.

Mouthfeel- It is thick and full bodied.

Drinkability- It is an alright sipping beer

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

Pours black with a head that fades quickly. Some slight lacing. The smell is very sweet with notes of plum, prune, molasses, and cherry. The taste is better. Same fruit but dryer and there is a background bitterness that runs throughout that helps to balance the sweetness. Like Blackstrap molasses and bitter orange. The mouthfeel starts bold, but it falls off a bit and becomes thinner. Overall, better than I expected but not as good as some of the other gems around the Baltic.

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Photo of animal69
3.81/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

this one from Baltika had 13.07.07 as the use by date; pours about as black as it gets w/ a creamy tan head which dissapates quickly & leaves decent lacing; strong sweet caramely mallt aroma, underlying spicy hop & fruitish smell; dark roasty malt followed by sweetness, very robust flavor, more "congac" type of flavor, lots of alcohols on the palate combine w/ a raisin type flavor; a rich full bodied, low co2 mouthfeel, not dry like your usual porter at all; this one tastes fabulous, but is a little too sweet for me ( although it is an excellent style example), i could prob. only fit 1 in my session...

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Photo of OWSLEY069
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black with a tan head. Aromas of caramel, coffee, and a small alcohol presence. In the taste, a sweet caramel, coffee and a small alcoholic burn. A smooth mouthfeel and a sweet malty aftertaste. Balanced and a nice alcohol presence, easy to drink and smooth.

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Photo of MrMcGibblets
2.98/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

pours a deep brown/black with a light brown head. sweet dark roasted malts, chocolate, dark preserved fruit, and barrel-aged rum in the nose. it's strange to notice this much alcohol in the aroma for a 7% beer. the alcohol presence carries through in the taste which is not to my liking. almost cough-syrupy. sweet dark malts and very little hop presence. the roasty flavors help to provide balance. medium to full in body. complex enough, but the alcohol presence brings this down a bit for me as far as drinkability.

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Photo of mdagnew
3.48/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

500ml bottle bought from Redmonds, Dundrum...

Poured completely black even when held up to the light. Mocha tan head poured tight, thick and foamy then faded quite quickly to smooth thickish covering... any lacing faded very quickly...

Aroma - Strong espresso / coffee bean aromas, liquorice mixed with dark chocolate, light roasted / smokey malts, some tar / creosote traces, some cardboard hints, faint vinegar sourness, alcohol just noticeable..

Taste – Strong cough mixture notes, liquorice, roasted dark chocolate malt bitterness, alcohol soaked fruits (blackcurrents and plums), light treacle / burnt sugar sweetness, some smoked meat traces, salty, light pepperiness...

Feel - Quite rich and creamy... medium / full bodied... A bit too much like cough medicine to be very drinkable in my opinion...

Overall - A decent enough porter - a bit too much liquorice / anise for my liking though... worth a try...

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Photo of Stephen63
3.31/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Dark as tar, as a porter should be. Respectable bubbly head.

S - Found this to be quite subdued. Mostly a faint sweetnees with a malty character.

T - For a porter I found this to be really much sweeter than any other. Not unpleasant, more unexpected. Caramel sweetness is evident, weak bitterness and coffee in the background which is noted in the aftertaste.

M - Carbonation is good and the beer has a light feel.

D - For 7.0% I found it very easy to drink but not really looking for another after this.

From what I have had so far the best of the Baltika range.

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Photo of pmcadamis
4.66/5  rDev +28.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - A monstrous four finger brown head rises above a dark, dark brown (almost, but not quite black) brew. This head is solid, creamy, heavy, and very beautiful. It shows excellent retention...it never fell below a solid fat finger of heavy brown whipping cream. A swirl leaves thick sheets of foam on the glass that slide down and leave a nice web-work of brown lace behind. Awesome.

S - Dark chocolate is what I smell initially, followed by some lightly roasted grains and a big fresh black-bread bakery aroma. Raisinette chocolate covered raisin candy, and thick fresh chocolate chip cookies.

T - The aroma is nice, but I wasn't prepared for the stunning flavors presented here! Gooey warm chocolate chip cookies, chocolate ice-cream lightly drizzled in chocolate syrup and caramel. Behind the fresh bakery and confectionery flavors, there are some nice roasty notes that suggest coffee and campfire smoke, and more dark fruits come out as it warms. Some grassy hops provide a bit of balance and keep the abundance of sugary flavors from becoming cloying. The finish is all port and brandy. Lush, warming, a bit grapey, and very comforting.

M - Full bodied, lush, lightly carbonated, and sugar-coated. I can feel a lot of residual sugars coating my mouth, but the slight twinge of alcohol and a very green-grassy hop note keep it lively.

D - Although it's not cloying, it's not a session beer. I could drink one of these with some chocolates or a cigar. I also think that it could stand up to a burger or steak, but this is one that I would like to savor on it's own. A chocolate lover's dream.

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Photo of Beaver13
3.9/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

16.9 oz bottle. Pours a dark brown with a frothy brown head that quickly dissipates to a thin film that leaves a little lacing.

The aroma is sweet chocolate malts with a little bit of smoke and tar.

The flavor is sweet lactic chocolate with some dark fruits, smoke and a little coffee with a roasted bitter finish. The mouthfeel is medium with some sharp carbonation.

Overall, a nice surprise. This is a well done porter.

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Photo of weeare138
4.35/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up for $2.29 at Surf Beverage in Murrells Inlet, SC.
Appears a dark brown with auburn toned edges when held to the light. A 2 finger, tan head slowly fades into a foamy clump of bubbles. Scattered rings of marshmallow-like protein sticks along the glass.
Smell is of caramel, cocoa, raisins, vanilla, nougat, cashews, and cool cucumber.
Taste is of teh same aromas with smooth caramel, vanilla, cocoa, and cashews resonating. Pretty nice stuff.
Mouthfeel is medium-full bodied, smooth, cocoa-like, airy, and fluffy during the finish.
Did I have a different beer than most others that reviewed this? I thought it was well done and it was a bargain.

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Photo of SaCkErZ9
3.73/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dispensed from a 16.9 oz bottle into an imperial pint glass. Best by date was a bit confusing. "Best Before: 25.09.06 19c, 25.09.07 W". I am hoping I am in the "W" category or I am drinking a fairly odd, foreign beer.

Not quite opaque, very dark chocolate colored beer is dispensed and is topped by a pretty nice sized, somewhat wispy and soda like, head that is about two fingers in size. The head slowly works its way back down to the beer but this doesnt happen very rapidly. Sporadic lacing.

Aroma is sweet and almost entirely malty. Dark fruits, black cherries, figs. No hops are detected. The aroma is very sweet and is lacking any coffee or chocolate aromas. Not entirely impressed but not overly disappointed.

Flavor is decent but is kind of hard to describe. Sweet tasting up front, but followed by some bitterness and some nice chocolate flavors. Almost like a mix between an Impy Stout and a porter. Decent flavor overall. Fruity.

Not a bad beer. Kind of weird tasting but good nonetheless. Alcohol seems to be hidden enough that it isnt noticeable in the taste, but I can definitely feel the hotness. A very different experience. I am not sure I would revisit, but at $2, its a great deal.

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

Purchased a single half-liter bottle in Laurel, MD.

A- Pours very dark brown, almost black, with a thin light brown head.

S- Strong scent of coffee and sweet malted barley, no hops noted.

T- Very coffee like, with lots of residual malt, alcoholic. Very little hops until the dryish finish.

M- Very carbonated, but less bubbly than many American beers. Medium body.

D- Very drinkable, but dangerous. I have spent many evenings in Russia and Uzbekistan with this old friend.

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Photo of WeymouthMike
3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled from a 16.9 bottle. Pours a deep black with a chestnut head which disappeards to mere lacing before I finish my first sip. Good nose to this with cocoa and black licorice which both come through in the tongue. Very dry mouthfeel to this with very little aftertaste which improves drinkability. Will try again and glad I received this one in a BIF as I may have never tried this one.

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Photo of jimdkc
3.82/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours from the 22 oz. bomber a very dark brown. Some reddish highlights are visible only if held up to the light. About 1 finger of thick brown foam head that settles down to a foam ring and bubbly film.

Aroma is intense roasty malt. A bit of sweetness and breadiness are apparent also. Occasional hints of alcohol. I like this aroma a lot!

Taste is initially sweet on the tongue, but that soon yields to dryness. The dark malts are the star here. At first roasty... then some coffee... a hint of licorice... then smooth dark chocolate. As the beer warms, it changes, revealing a sequence of flavors. Finish is surprisingly clean with just a hint of lingering sourness.

Medium body with just-right carbonation. Very smooth mouthfeel. Satisfying to drink.

I find this a very drinkable porter. The 7% alcohol is pretty well hidden... I only became aware of it after nearly completing a bomber! A very nice beer!

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Photo of beeragent
3.53/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass from a 16.9oz. bottle. The beer pours an deep brown, almost black, forming a 1/2 inch tan head. The aroma is a good mix of roasted malt and chocolate. The taste is a good combination of roasted malts, chocolate, and coffee. The alcohol is well masked. All the characteristics of a good porter. Medium mouthfeel. This is a very drinkable baltic porter, even at 7%abv. Overall, not a bad porter. This is the first "baltic" porter that I've had, so I really dont have anything to compare it with, other than the fact that it was a good porter.

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

Drumnjake hit the nail right on the head; after the first few sips I concluded this beer was more stoutish than porterish. No real smell to speak of, and not much of a head. I was not a fan of the carbonation level, but it did not interfere with the taste, just made for a strange mouthfeel.

Chocolately, with a nice burnt, smoked aftertaste that was just a bit too bitter. There was some vanilla, but no coffee. Satisfying and solid.

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Photo of srrn
3.64/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Pours a deep cola brown with a tan head that eventually reduces to a ring, minimal lacing. Smell is all malt, not much else going on. Taste is much more complex, burnt chocolate followed by a fruity cherry taste. This is followed by a bit of bitternes then dry. Mouthfeel is very nice, with carbonation setting off a fairly heavy feel. Sweetness keeps this from being a sessionable beer. I'd personally put it as a really good porter, but it's not as complex as my favorite Baltic porters. I bought this because it was relatively cheap, but its a very good beer I will purchase again.

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

Interesting beer. Poured with a nice light tan head and plenty of lace. Opaque dark brown to black. Aroma is very spicy as of holiday spices. Not so apparent in the flavor. Body is on the thinish side. Good beer. Bittersweet and some roastiness. What do they say? Quaffable, I think.... Not laughable. One of the best of the Ruskie brews that I've had.

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Photo of Lothore
2.89/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A- Upon first look this brew is a deep black, when held up to the light a dark maroon color is seen. Semi-thick brown head which fades quickly leaving little to no lacing

S- Coffee, Sweet Dark fruits... I could swear I smell a hint of grapes.

T- Starts with very little taste finishes strong. Coffee, strange semi sweet fruit taste that doesnt sit very well.

M- very little carbonation, fairly thick.

D- I find this one hard to drink. It doesn't taste particularly strong but just rubs me the wrong way mouthfeel and taste wise.

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Photo of tastybeer
4.32/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Color is very close to black with a creamy tan/brown head. Looks very nice. Aroma is sweet and soft. Thick creamy caramel soaked raspberries, currants and sweet dark apples. Taste is similar and appealing. Kind of a weird baltic porter but very enjoyable. Smooth, velvety, creamy mouthfeel and really surprisingly drinkable. I'm surprised at how much I like this. Tastes like some sort of raspberry liquor with dark chocolate and caramel melted over it.

Good for the getting.

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Photo of IPAcraig
3.95/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

1 pint .9 fl. oz bottle poured into my Newcastle pint glass.

A - Opaque Black with a nice creamy brown head.

S - Nice nose, Big chocolatey and sweet, with a tiny hint of roastiness.

T & M - A solid porter, hugely chocolatey up front, creaamy middle, with a slightly bitter finish with a hint of alcohol on the back of the tounge.

D - I really like this porter, As it warms it only gets better. A little to big to have more than two in a sitting, but I will be buying another one of these tomorrow.

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

Picked up for $2.00 at John's Marketplace.

Pours to a nearly black chocolate brown with a tan, dense, clingy head.

Metallic, burnt scent. Chocolate coffee notes. There is also a slightly vinous fruit hint.

The taste is more sweet than expected. Sort of like a chocolate with fruit. Coffee-and-cream notes, burnt malts...somewhat smokey profile.

Slick, almost oily mouthfeel. Not a bad beer...something more suited as a dessert or a nightcap.

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Photo of lonestar4lunch
3.77/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark black/brown. Very enjoyable even after warming a bit. You can really get the chocolate in the aroma. First brew from Russia so why not start with a Porter. Taste is somewhat grainy and slightly roasted. Very little carbonation to be found. Finsihes VERY smooth. Another taste gets some nuts along with the a small hint of chocolate and coffee.... HIDDEN for sure. Very drinkable and a great brew from Russia. Will for sure pick up again.

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

07-12-06 made

Pitch black / moderate head – brown

Chocolate and tart hop aromas / cleaning agent feel – earth and a kinda astringent roasted dark malt / chalky

Medium-to-full bodied delivery of chocolate roasted dark sugary sweetness. A little of the sterile astringentness sticks, but it’s mostly gone. Quite nice overall. Light balancing hops provide floral herbal support. Also has a nice balancing carbonation – the thick creamy chocolate sweetness is kept in check by the spicy carbonation.

Fun easy porter, good strength and smooth demeanor. Quite tasty.

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Baltika #6 Porter from Baltika Breweries
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