Baltika #6 Porter | Baltika Breweries

613 Reviews
Read the review
Baltika #6 PorterBaltika #6 Porter

Brewed by:
Baltika Breweries
Russian Federation

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

For Trade:
View: Beers | Events
User Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Alström Bros
Reviews: 613 | Ratings: 934
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.

 897 characters

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.

 1,222 characters

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.

 724 characters

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.

 429 characters

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

 682 characters

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.

 652 characters

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!

 486 characters

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

 379 characters

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.

 771 characters

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.

 512 characters

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.

 554 characters

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!!

 466 characters

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

 387 characters

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.

 362 characters

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.

 668 characters

Photo of fx20736
4.21/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bought a single bottle from Beers of the World for $ 1.99 on 2/23/14. Poured into a Samuel Smith's pint glass, served cool.

Appearance:Deep, dark blackish brown with a few reddish highlights at the bottom with a 1 finger khaki head, lacing doesn't last very long.

Smell: very deep roasted Barley and then more roast and then more, maybe a touch of fusel.

Taste: Barley syrup, followed by licorice, lots of licorice.

Mouthfeel: solid, good

Overall: good looking, intoxicating aroma, rich yummy taste, decent mouthfeel. Drink. Enjoy.

 536 characters

Photo of mtnbikerpa
4.21/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 16.9 ounce bottle. Poured almost black with a quickly disappearing head. Huge amounts of flavor. Very sweet dark chocolate flavors, heavy malts along with a slight burnt/roasted malts flavor at the end. Alcohol is pretty well hidden. Some barleywine scents in the nose of the beer. Mouthfeel is smooth. Pretty drinkable in my mind. I am enjoying this far more than I thought I would. So far the best of the Baltika beers that I have tried.

 453 characters

Photo of iceball585
4.2/5  rDev +15.7%
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.

 504 characters

Photo of shadow1961
4.2/5  rDev +15.7%
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.

 518 characters

Photo of Andreji
4.2/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Oh goody. Been looking a long time for a porter around paris- i drank it all the time in colombia- and I come accross this russian gem.

Black, completely opaque and carbonation-less. Slight head, like a little layer, and a ring around.

The smell is a battle between sweet and sour, proper for the style I guess, blending the malts with the hops, giving off a fantastic feeling. This is certainly (and happily) reexperienced in the mouth as part of the taste. Its rich body and faint carbonation give it a pleasing mouthfeel.

 531 characters

Photo of thegodfather2701
4.2/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours black with auburn hues. It has a tan two finger thick head that is thick and billowy.

S-Chocolate, dark fruits, hint of roasted malts and a slight nutty note to it. It smells very sweet.

T-Chocolate, with hints of coffee and toffee, and a nutty finish. It is sweet like the nose suggests. It tastes really good.

M-Thick and creamy with a nice carbonation.

D-It has a nice drinkability even though it has a slightly above average abv. It tastes great and one could consume a few pints in a session.

Overall, this is a very good beer. I purchased a 16.9 ounce bottle for $1.99 at Total Wine and will definitely be purchasing this again.

 647 characters

Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.2/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I usually can pass on a porter, but this was good!
Special thanks to my Ukrainian friend and co-worker Alex for getting me this sample.

Nice dark almost black color with a touch of head.

Smells like roasted malts

Taste is good... make that a notch above good!

It is smooth, yet rich and has good drinkability qualities, I wish I had more than one.

 360 characters

Photo of Baileyuk
4.2/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bought from Merchants in Dearborn.

A - Poured with a good head but it faded very quickly with little lacing. Between a black and bown color.

S - Sweet malts, hint of alcohol.

T - First sip was very sweet, maybe too much so. Not the bitterness you would expect from a baltic porter. However after the first sip this beer tasted awesome. Definately still sweet malty and the alcohol was definately in the taste.

M - Medium bodied beer, very pleasant. Carbonation was great.

D - I really could do a couple of these, very smooth brew. Highly recommended.

 555 characters

Photo of feelmefoam
4.18/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 1 pint, .9 fl oz bottle into a Stone pint glass.

Baltika #6 pours an opaque dark chocolate color with minimal highlights, I can barely pick out a little mocha color when held up to the light. The beer puts up a really nice head, over two fingers of effervescent tan foam that has really nice retention and leaves lots of tan spiderweb lacing clinging to the glass as it slowly dissipates down to a pockmarked foam cap. Really good looking beer.

The smell is comprised of dark malts, black coffee and a little bit of creamy chocolate. Pretty fragrant, too; a nice nose overall.

As soon as #6 hits your tongue you can taste the roasty malt and slightly bitter coffee flavors, mingled with a bit of dark chocolate and maybe a hint of caramel. A bit of dark fruit might creep into the mix as well. This is pretty tasty; I certainly wasn't expecting this when I saw this bottle at the store.

This beer feels just the way (I think) a porter should feel in your mouth. A medium-thick body coupled with a creamy smoothness and just enough carbonation to work with the 7% ABV. The beer finishes with a slightly dry, alcoholic finish.

I certainly was not expecting this when I picked this up at the store. This is my first beer from Russia and my first Baltic porter, and I was not disappointed in the least. Solid flavor and an awesome mouthfeel make this an easy drinker, even with 7% alcohol. It gets the job done and it looks good doing it, too. Long story short, if you see this around, pick it up and give it a shot. I'm glad I did.

 1,552 characters

Photo of ktrillionaire
4.17/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled: 19.09.09

Best by: 19.09.10

Baltika beers come in a bottle shaped reminiscent of the old Michelob bottle x Aunt Jemima syrup bottle. Awesome.

A – Pretty straight-up for the style. Nearly black in hue, with a huge tan head which quickly subsides into a small patchy foam, but blanketing lacing

S – Dark malt, flavored with nuances of tamari, smoke and chocolate. Also a cola-like smell develops after a while.

T – Quite good. Straightforward roasted malt is the obvious staple, with a Tamari and smoked almond flavor, but oh-so subtle. Also a sweet dark-fruit / alcohol finish. It would pair well with any number of dried or desiccated fish. Also a good chaser for Russian water, errr… Vodka. Seriously, this beer tastes good. It is not the paradigm of Baltic Porter taste, but it is deliciously nutty and seemingly shares some flavors with both RIS, albeit much lighter, and Doppelbock, but not as malty.

M – Overall it is a medium-bodied beer, but that gets lost in the robust flavors.

D – I will drink this whenever. I like it a lot.

This is the first beer I have had from a St. Petersburg brewery. Too bad it is from the other St. Petersburg.

 1,197 characters

Baltika #6 Porter from Baltika Breweries
3.63 out of 5 based on 934 ratings.
  • About Us

    Your go-to website for beer (since 1996), publishers of BeerAdvocate magazine (since 2006) and hosts of world-class beer events (since 2003). Respect Beer.
  • BeerAdvocate Microbrew Invitational

    Join us June 2-3, 2017 in Boston, Mass. for beer, cider, mead, kombucha and sake from over 70 small producers.

    Learn More
  • Subscribe to BeerAdvocate Magazine

    No fake news here. Get real beer content delivered to your doorstep every month.