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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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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Photo of Lauthaha
4.25/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a half-liter bottle into a half-liter beer glass.

Appearance: Slightly viscous, it pours a nearly-opaque cola color. Two-finger caramel colored head recedes very slowly, leaving pretty heavy lacing on the glass as it does so. Really great head retention.

Smell: Medium-thick bready scent accented with licorice, coriander maybe. Buttery and bitter notes dot the fragrance; some dark chocolate could be the culprit there.

Taste/Mouthfeel: This beer is slightly oily, with a very limited carbonation. The head adds a nice dimension to the beer, and gives it a little more character. Definitely some bitter chocolate in the mix. It tastes amazing, but that oiliness is just a little tough to get used to.

Drinkability: Aesthetically pleasing and also pleasing on the palate. I could drink one of these every night during the colder months.

I like Porters, and this is a good example.

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Photo of SilentSabre
4.25/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I must say I was indeed quite impressed with this one. It poured a pitch black with a tan coloured foamy head the receded in about 45 seconds or so. Almost looked like Coca-Cola. The smell was pretty good. Had a sweetness to it. A little bit of dark chocolate and a tiny bit of hops. Some coffee and roasted malt. Par for the course as with most porters. The taste was really good! I thought so, anyway. Very malty with a little bit of a burnt chocolate aftertaste you almost have to me looking for to detect. There is a tiny bit too much carbonation for my personal taste here. Note that I said a tiny bit. It isn't like Sprite or anything, it's just enough for me to say "3.5" rather than "4.0". The body is a lot lighter than many other brews of this style. Sinebrychoff Porter of Finland, North Coast's "Old Rasputin"....two of either of those in a sitting is almost more than plenty. They're absolutley delicious brews, but extremley filling, thick, and heavy. This stuff I could knock out by the dozens! And at 7%abv, that's saying something. They do a nice job concealing the 7% in this stuff. All in all, I this one is fantastic and will certainly buy again! If you like porters/stouts, I would recommend this one.

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Photo of far333
4.23/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Almost black, but when held up to the light, a deep dark ruby color shows through. The light brown head is thick and foamy, and settles to about a half-inch high, with bumps and grooves like an ungroomed snow field. Shortly afterward, the head disappears, leaving very slight lacing, which slides down the glass behind the beer. The aroma is of dark roasted malt and a bit of chocolate, followed by very slight hops. Flavor is rich, with distinct chocolate and coffee, and a malty finish. The finish evolves into molasses. A bit of hop bitter hangs in the back of the throat. Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy, with a crisp finish. Very drinkable. I have the sudden urge to stand in a bread line for hours in the freezing cold.

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

Poured very dark, near black opaque with a fairly thick tan head that lasted halfway through with lacing all down the glass. Had a spicy, nutty nose and noisy carbonation after an aggressive pour. Coffee caramel and malt flavors with a slightly dry, bitter finish that was less noticeable after the first few sips. The liquid equivalent of a good cigar.

Quite good. After having it a few more times, it's one of my favorites.

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

Poured from a Big Bottle to a pint glass. The liquid is dark almost black and thick Coats the glass, with good carbonation.The head is good or better, 2 fingers dark tan and leaves nice lace.

The smell is of dark roasted almost burnt Malt, some alcohol.

The taste is good, very nice dark roasted malt. Quite complex, Dark espresso, chocolate notes, dark fruits, and a very nutty presents in the finish. Alcohol is strong tasteing, nice if you like that.

The mouthfeel is good quite thick and coating. Good cleansing carbonation, full body and a great after taste.

The drinkability is quite high, this brew is underrated in MHO. I'll but more and send some to friends. MK

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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 AdamBear
4.23/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A-black, thin tan head

S-light smell of dark roasted malts and very light hint of chocolate. very creamy smelling

T-comes in with a great milk chocolate sweetness. then comes in some dark roasted malts but the after-taste is a wonderful milk chocolate that hits fairly strong

M-good medium carbonation but with a dry finish

D-mmm this is a great beer. congrats to the russian brewery, i didn't know they had it in them. the tastes stay and the bottle size is perfect for one person!

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Photo of acoatley
4.23/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Aroma: Almonds, resins, malt, hints of sweet

Appearance: Beautiful rubies translucent with a thick head that moderately disappears and a lace that lasts to the last drop

Flavor: Toasty malt with light coffee low hop bitterness and moderated alcohol

Mouthfeel: Low Moderate carbonation, smooth almost syrupy creaminess

Overall: good beer well aged probably at its peek

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

Pours a rich brown-black with a large dark tan head. Aroma is dark and roasty malt with just a touch of red wine.

Taste is roasted dark malt, but not as heavy a roast as a stout. Nice and mild flavor, not heavy and espresso-like. Faint cocoa flavors, maybe some licorice, not too sweet. A strong vinous element also, like a blended drink of beer and merlot. Alcohol is especially high for the style but well-hidden.

Mouthfeel is velvety and creamy but medium-light, only improving the drinkability. A well-rounded porter, not complex but outstanding in its simplicity. My glass is missing the alcoholic heat that others describe and I'm not too familiar with the style. It probably doesn't stand up style-wise but it's quite good for a porter. I could session this.

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

Pours almost black, with a hint of brown around the edges of the glass, with a short brown head.

Nice aroma of roasted malt.

Very malty flavor, with notes of chocolate, coffee and roasted malt. The roasted flavors are secondary to the sweet malt notes, which in some ways remind me of a double bock. This is a fairly sweet beer with some nice roasted flavors thrown in.

Good body, light but not watery.

Overall this is a fine beer and a nice change of pace from the hoppy and bitter brews I've been drinking.

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

Pours black, almost opaque, with a thing tan head that leaves patches of lace. Makes you think of a stout, although, I honestly don't know what separates a Baltic Porter from an Imperial Stout. Aroma is rich and impressive, toasted malt, molasses, coffee, chocolate and cherries. Flavor is quite bold, beginning with some sweet malt and dried fruits, then becoming more bitter, with flavors of coffee and chocolate. Has a full, smooth body, with low to medium carbonation. Finishes dry and crisp. This is an very good beer... complex and quite drinkable.

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Photo of beergeek279
4.22/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served from a bottle into a pint glass. The beer poured almost black, and thick, but not as much as an imperial stout. The smell was of coffee, and a generally malty sense. The taste was fairly dry, with taste of coffee to it. Mouthfeel was somewhat heavy, with a bit of alcohol streaming through. I could probably have a couple pints of this one, but probably not too much more. All in all, an excellent porter, and at $3.50 for a 16.9 oz. bottle, an amazing deal!!

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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 inebrius
4.22/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a ruby-edged pitch under a thin ring of khaki foam. Mild dark chocolate, black cherry ice cream and late summer dust form the nose. Starts chewy roasted malt covered in honey to finish espresso with just a drop of cherry syrup. Moderately sweet. Lingers well until morphing unfavorably into a mustier version of coffee and syrup. Still quite tasty, though.

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

Poured from bottle into a mason jar. Yes, classy.

A dark brown, possibly black color. Very opaque. No way of seeing through this one. Not much head, but I was trying to avoid it.

Sweet and malty. No hops to speak of, but a very pleasing molasses aroma accompanies the malt.

Molasses suspicions have been confirmed. It's sweet and caramel-y and not at all bitter. A slight toasty taste, but hidden behind the sweetness.

Full-bodied, very smooth. Chewy and satisfying.

Drinkability: Good, but I probably wouldn't have a whole lot in one sitting just because of the very strong flavors. That being said, I think it's delicious.

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