Baltika #6 Porter | Baltika Breweries

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Baltika #6 PorterBaltika #6 Porter

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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 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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Photo of Estarrio
2.81/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

I purchased this at the suggestion of a local beer store...

Dark, motor oil pour with a thin smoky head...this looks like a porter to be sure!

Again, typical porter smells; chocolate, coffee astringency and...what's this? Sweet, raspberry soda. Cloyingly sweet. Am I drinking a malternative? The strong raspberry and dark fruit esters are unexpected but I'm intrigued and up to try something new.

The flavor is overpowered by the sweetness. The taste is reminiscent of one of my under-attenuated homebrew failures. The chocolate malt is engulfed by the sweetness with hints of raspberry soda to give this a pop-like character. At first it grabs my attention but with each sip I'm put off more and more...

If you are looking for something different and can get past the sweetness, then this is worth a try. It is certainly a unique beer, just not for me.

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Photo of Monkeyknife
3.65/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle a very dark brown with a rich mocha-colored head and decent lacing.

Aroma is sweet. Roasted malts, caramel, chocolate, and dark fruits were present.

Taste is very much like the aroma. Very sweet with the malts, caramel, etc. You can definitely sense the warmth of the 7% alcohol in this porter.

Medium mouthfeel, smooth, and lightly carbonated.

This Baltic Porter was much better than I expected and very sessionable as far as porters go. A pretty good bang for the buck as well.

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Photo of Raymond69
3.65/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours with a nice mocha head, good lacing. Fairly dark.

I can smell dark black malts, a faint citrus fruitiness.

Taste has some hint of hops , but not enough. Dark malty taste, some coffee, dark chocolate notes.

Mouthfeel is thick , somewhat sweet. Decent carbonation,

Overall a decent beer, not sure I'd like another in one sitting.

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Photo of wagenvolks
4.07/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bomber into a chalice.

Pours a deep, seal brown body that is opaque and slightly viscous. An attractive, albeit ephemeral, cookie-colored head forms and recedes to a patch of bubbles and collar of foam. The aroma is the best part of this beer: big, bittersweet chocolate notes, sweetened sugary malts, plum, fig, and caramel.

The flavor picks up where the aroma left off, with bitter cocoa notes complemented by raisin, fig, alcohol and some candied malts. Mouthfeel is good, but something about the way this porter affects the palate is a bit off. The body is viscous and the alcohol makes itself felt, while the bitter notes make for a good finish. I'd have this beer again in a heartbeat. It was complex, tasty, and (like Mother Russia) it went well with potatoes and vodka.

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Photo of neobassman
3/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I tried this beer on a whim to see what this Russian producer could deliver the way of a porter. This is a very drinkable porter, but I can't say it blew my socks off. Good but unexceptional head, balanced smell, acceptable taste, unremarkable mouthfeel, and an OK finish. A bit too sweet for my taste, and sweetness was the one characteristic that emerged from an otherwise balanced taste. It seems like a beer that is engineered more than crafted. I would enjoy this beer if it were served to me, but I'm not likely to seek it out in the future. Available in a long neck 0.5 L bottle that is different from the one shown on BA, as of this writing.

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Photo of Folderol
3.35/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured dark brown into my Guiness glass with very little head. Head receded to almost nothing, likely due to the full body of the beer. Smell was your average porter dark malt, nothing special. The flavor was simple, malty, slightly bitter, but nothing special either. This one gets points for price ($1.59 for a pint bottle) but as a Baltic Porter it's just average.

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

poured out of a 550 ml (2 for 4 bucks).

Very dark, opaque, almost black body with a deep tan head that is substantial at first but diminishes a little quicker than I'd like. Smells of dark, roasted coffee, chocolate, caramel, toffee and hints of dark fruits. Taste is similar. Almost over-the-top sweet with huge coffee notes and some dark fruit in the background. Cloyingly sweet finish and a somewhat strong lingering chalky, pasty sensation. A little bit of bitterness to balance things to an extent. Nice, full body and pretty drinkable.

Good on a cold night with grilled bangers and stewed lentils. Good for a late night winding-down sipper as well.

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Photo of ByTor2112
3.35/5  rDev -7.2%
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 -13.6%
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 +2.5%
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 +5.5%
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 +10.8%
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 -17.5%
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 -3.6%
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 -8.3%
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 +29.1%
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 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 +8%
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 +20.5%
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 +3.3%
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 -2.2%
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 +7.5%
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 +5.8%
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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