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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:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 01-28-2003

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3.63
pDev:
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Photo of Andrewharemza
4.35/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From bottle, pours dark brown with a good tan coloured head. Aroma roasty, caramel, toffee, chocolate, malty. Taste pretty much follows the nose, I really enjoyed this.

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

A: Pitch black even when held up to the light. Nothing getting through this obsidian black beast. Big voluptuous brown head, about 1-2 fingers worth. 4.5

S: Mmmm yummerz. My first Baltic Porter was Olfrabikken and that blew my mind! The aroma of this is pleasantly similar. Roast up front mixed with a little coffee, followed by molasses, raisins, and subtle caramel. Excellent. 4.5

T&M: I really do love this style. This is smooth, and creamy on the tongue with a mild bite from the carbonation, but everything is in harmony. I’m getting some molasses, raisiny sweetness, a little bit of roast and coffee, caramel and an almost non-existent hop flavor. 4.5/4

O: Excellent. This is exactly what I was hoping this beer would smell/taste like. From what I know about this style, I love it and I want more. Now that I know I can get this locally, it’s definitely going to be a regular in my fridge. Mmmmm 4

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

Color is dark as dark can be, beneath a big, bubbly, crackling tan head. Aroma is full of cocoa, nuts, and sweet candyish flavors. Medium body, light in texture, but really tasty, rich, satisfying. The ABV is 7%, but I didn't feel it in the least. Wait a minute...okay, now I do! Very tasty, and a welcome surprise, an excellent porter, an enjoyable beer!

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Photo of KTCamm
4.33/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 500ml #6 bottle into a pint glass.

Pours dark brown with thick cascading brown foam. One thick inch of foam remains. Roasted smell, dark chocolate. Some coffee. Smooth (very) taste. Cocoa powder dark taste. Lots of coffee. Very light carbonation. Supremely drinkable. Outstanding porter.

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Photo of WesWes
4.33/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a deep dark black color with a thick frothy tan head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a nice rich malty scent that seems a bit dry, but full of caramel and black malts. It has a roasted, toastey aroma. The taste is great. It has an extremely smooth and creamy flavor that is full of sweet crystal and black malts. It goes down easy and hides the elevated abv. . The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a damn good beer and a bit of a surprise. It is a great drinker.

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Photo of yesyouam
4.33/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Baltika 6 Porter is a very dark red ale that borders on black. It has a dense, mocha colored head that thins out but stays and leaves nice lacing. The aroma is dark, roasty and sweet. There is a strong note of licorice. It is medium-full bodied, smooth and slick. The finish is a little sticky. It tastes sweet and roasty like the aroma. There are notes of caramel, chocolate-covered cherries and licorice. I like that this isn't as sweet as some other Baltic porters. It's balanced more toward a roasty bitterness. It's a great example of the style. This is the best Russian beer I've had yet.

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

Baltika's # 6 pours a clear, very dark mahogany body beneath a full head of creamy tan froth. The head retention is quite good, and it leaves some nice lace at the outset of the glass. The nose is caramelish with some darker malt tones and a touch of dark fruit (plum/prune, non-tart berry). It's delicately crisp in the mouth with a fine-bubbled standard carbonation that's somewhat subdued by its medium-full body... gently tingling I might call it. The flavor is more fruity than the nose suggests, and it's loaded with caramel and toasted brown sugar as opposed to chocolate; and, unfortunately, it's hindered by a touch of alcohol that wasn't really noticeable in the nose. It's balanced towards sweetness, and its bitterness only becomes apparent in the finish, lingering gently with some previously unseen herbal hops and dried, dark fruit skins. Baltika's best beer?... perhaps! Enjoyable and certainly worth trying!!!

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Photo of Ellbert
4.32/5  rDev +19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: The appearance is very dark black, almost a stout. The head left something to be desired.

S: Very roasted and sweet in the nose.

T: A lot of burn caramel and alcohol spice. Very good and balance. A nice sweetness works its way in the taste.

M: A little slick and full.

A great beer.

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

From the bottle.

Pours pitch black, minimal tan head dissipates quickly.

Smells of dark unsweet chocolate, toasted bread and molasses.

The taste follows the scent and is potent. Dark semi-sweet/bitter chocolate notes with toasty elements and a rich molasses tinge.

Feels full and chewy with minimal carbonation, although what is there leaves a sharp tingle on the tongue.

Very good, too rich to drink a lot of though. Feels stronger than it is. But well worth trying.

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

This beer is a deep garnet in color. Seems to be pretty clear. A nice, big creamy brown head graces the top of this beer. The aroma is pleasing. Roasted malts, vanilla bean, chocolate and smoke. The taste is even better. Burnt malt, raisin, toffee, bitter hops, baker's chocolate, tobacco, smoke and brown sugar. Damn near a 5 in taste. The feel in the mouth is good. Lightly carbonated and somewhat creamy. Firm body as well.

Easily, the best Russian beer that has graced my palete.

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

Appearance: Pours a brown brew with foamy dark tan head that holds well. Theres some lacing but unperceived effervescence. Different reddish hues as you swirl.

Aroma: The aroma is a bold medium-high aroma of chocolate, honey and some vegetable character from the hops. Cocoa on the back. Theres a fresh and clean quality to this brew that is intense, refreshing and interesting.

Taste: Medium high intensity. Chocolate, cocoa and coffee aswell as some ash from the black patent. No hop flavour. Develops caramel and fig notes as it warms up. Fits the guidelines and is very tasty despite not being truly unique.

Palate: Low carbonation. Watery finish. Medium heavy body. Medium low bitterness. Low astringency from the black patent.

Overall. Fits the style guidelines and while not the best Porter i've had its still a great traditional style Porter. Can't understand the relatively low scores to be honest, since it has alot of soul and quality (to style and subjectively speaking.) I think the fact it comes from a pretty mediocre brewery makes for a strong power of suggestion effect.

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Photo of arguemaniac
4.31/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance: Quite nearly entirely black, but there is a very deep ruby hue as well (though you gotta hold the glass up to a light to see it). A thick, creamy light brown head which turn to a nice lace.

Aroma: Sweet caramel, with some roasty notes. A bit of chocolate too.

Taste and Mouthfeel: Ahhh, rich, thick, oily, and very flavorful: words that barely begin to describe the amazing mouthfeel. As for the taste; a heavy, sweet caramel flavor, with some chocolate. An overall roastiness rounds out the other flavors. Some hop bitterness, but it is eclipsed by the overwhelming maltiness of this brew.

Wow, what a fantastic beer: rich, thick, and delicious. Superb. Highly recommended.

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Photo of Golden2wenty1
4.3/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a single from Woodman's East here in Madison. Something like $1.65 for a pint, I couldn't pass up the chance to try a Russian baltic porter at this price. Granted my expectations weren't too high.

Pours a standard porter black with a nice thick and creamy head with good lacing. Nose is bready and malty, smells like breakfast. Taste is malty, malty, malty. Nice and sweet, but balanced with a hoppy bite and garnished with some dark fruity notes. Very nice. This is a chewy meal of a beer, but highly drinkable, I could have certainly downed a few more. The 7% abv is hidden to perfection. It reminded me very much of Lake Louie's highly rated Tommy's Porter, but for some reason I just liked this one a lot better, maybe my palate has matured since then. A very good beer at a great price if you can find it.

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Photo of speter
4.3/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle purchased in Bahetle in Kazan, Russia. Bottle has both a bottling date (03.01.10) and a best-by date (03.01.11).

A: Pours a deep mahogany with an impressive two-finger tan head. Head fades to good lacing.

S: Roast malt, caramel, raisins and burnt sugar.

T: This is one of the better porters I've had, and one of the best Russian beers overall. The taste is on the dry end of the porter range. (I find most porters too sweet.) In spite of the dryness, there's quite a but of fruity esters going on. Raisins, cherries, etc.

M: Beautiful full body without the excessive pinprick carbonation of other Russian beers.

D: I split this half-liter bottle with my wife, but I could easily have one (or two!) by myself. I suspect the alcohol would sneak up eventually.

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Photo of Gehrig
4.3/5  rDev +18.5%
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 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 kmpitz2
4.28/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to clvand0 for sharing this with me.

This one pours a nice black color with 3 finger head that falls to a quarter inch over the beer. The nose is very sweet, with some nice figgy and molasses. I dig it. The flavor is nice as well. A nice combo of fig, chocolate and molasses. I like it. The feel is right there between moderate and thick, with a touch of creamy...a touch thin. This is a really nice beer overall. I like the flavor, nose and feel. Well built. A nice Baltic porter.

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Photo of bark
4.27/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The colour is black (100 EBC), the liquid is clear. The very high warm brown head is compact. It sinks slowly leaving no lacing.

The smell got notes of dark chocolate, figs, clean alcohol, roasted malts (no burned flavours) and some clean bitterness. It is quite smooth and dry.

The taste is semi-sweet with discreet notes of dried fruits, figs and raisins. There are soms quickly passing salty notes that gives the beer flavours some depth. The malts are booth roasted and a bit burned. Light refreshing clean bitter notes, no hop flavours. Medium body. The alcohol slowly grown in the aftertaste as well as a smooth raisin sweetness.

The carbonation is mild to medium, the small bubbles smooth. The liquid is semi-dry.

A fine example of the Baltic Porter style: It is not heavy, and the focus is on the malts.

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Photo of Domingo
4.27/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

You know, I really like this beer a lot. I've been drinking it for years but recently had a lot of it on New Years ('06-'07). Baltika makes some so-so beers, but this one and #4, the Munich Dunkel, are both really good.
Pours a dark brown color with a pretty light head. It really doesn't keep the head for long, and is really this beer's only weakness.
Smell is chocolate and raisins. Dark dried fruits and a lot of sweetness.
Flavor adds caramel smoothness and a dark chocolate bitterness in the finish. There's also a hint of red wine. The flavor reminds me a little of another favorite beer of mine, Celebrator. I think it's the maltiness that really takes over in both.
While the head dissipates quickly, the beer retains a thickness that really maintains a lot of flavor without being thin. Reminds me of the texture of a heavier stout more than a typical porter, although this is the only Baltic Porter I've had, so that might be a style thing.
For a beer at 7% ABV, this goes down like a beer that's 1/2 that strength. I've had 3 of these in one sitting and could've had more easily.
Definitely an underrated favorite of mine.

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Photo of Mosstrooper
4.27/5  rDev +17.6%
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 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 udubdawg
4.27/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours very dark, nearly black, though not opaque - a lot of light shows through. Head is wispy, but lasts better than expected.
Aroma is probably my favorite part of this beer, and perhaps all Baltic porters. There's that lovely dark fruit with cocoa behind it. There's a noticeable roasty/toasty edge here I didn't expect to be more than a minor part. A little bit of alcohol. Overall sweet, with no hops showing, not as vinous as the very best of the style but this is not far off either.
Big flavors with all mentioned in the aroma showing up immediately, alcohol a bit stronger than before. More dark caramel than noted in the nose too, perhaps a tad more roast malt than i expect. Mild warming sensation on the stomach, eventually in the throat. I really really dig the sort of currant/vague dark fruit flavor.
smooth, medium full body. Carbonation soft, just enough to let the ample flavor express itself.
this is a really good example, and though it falls short of the very best the style has to offer, I'd have it again in a heartbeat. It's cheap too!

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Photo of BeerManDan
4.25/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a very dark brown, with a fair amount of tan foam that disapated after a short while. The smell of roasted malts with a slight burnt coffee aromoa and a hint of spice. The flavor was of roasted malts, bitter/coffee, sweet/spices and a hint of semi-sweet chocolate. The finish was long and pleasant with a very good aftertaste on the palate. What a pleasant surprise!

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Photo of rkhaze
4.25/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep mahogany color with a creamy dark tan head.
Sweet roasted malt smells. Coffee, chocolate, a smidge of red fruit and a slightly zingy hop aroma.
Nice dark roasted sweet malt flavor. Rich creamy chocolate, coffee, lightly charred red plums in the middle and finishes dry with a tangy hop bitterness and a wisp of smoke. Good job!
Medium bodied with a rich creamy mouthfeel and soft carbonation.
Perhaps a little subtle for a Baltic Porter but a damn tasty beer anyway. The rich, sweet, creamy elements hurt the drinkability a bit. It would make a good dessert beer.

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