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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:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 01-28-2003

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612
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928
Avg:
3.63
pDev:
17.08%
 
 
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Photo of alovesupreme
3.15/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served in a cute lil Sam Smith glass.
Pours a little light for a porter. Good head retention

Dark fruit, caramel and some roasted aromas.

Not much, fruit, caramel leaves the palate almost to quick.

To much cheap bubbles in the initial phase of the sip.

I split the bottle with a friend and we dont really care to finish it. We will, but were not excited.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
3.15/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass.

3.0 A: Used motor oil color. Frothy head that falls quickly, though the last couple mm's stick around for a while. Not much lacing.

3.0 S: Some roasted malt, but not much of anything.

3.5 T: Really tasty blend of sweetness and burnt flavors. This would be a pretty good brew if they mouthfeel were right.

2.5 M: Medium heavy body. Hardly any carbonation, which is a big deal to me. Otherwise very smooth.

3.0 D: If it had some carbonation, it'd be a bery good beer overall.

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Photo of PicoPapa
3.15/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

1 pint .9oz bottle. Pours a very dark brown with light brown hues and a big frothy head. Decent amount of lacing. Aromas of roasted malts, molasses, and alcohol. Slightly sour. Flavor is of molasses, dark fruits, and booze. Sour dark fruit aftertaste with more of that warming alcohol. A bit light and thin. This beer is alright. It was right around $2 and packs a decent punch. Overall it's worth grabbing every so often but if I never had it again I wouldn't be upset.

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Photo of jmdrpi
3.14/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

500 ml bottle, printed on label is 21.02.12 and 21.02.13, which I interpret as that it was brewed February 21 2012, which a best by of a year.

appears black, opaque. thick khaki colored head. good head retention. smells like milk chocolate, maybe some earthy hops. mild aroma. taste is just a slightly roasted flavor.very smooth and mild, one flavor note. medium thick body, medium to higher carbonation. overall - just okay.

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Photo of Quaffer
3.14/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

16.9 oz. bottle. Purchased in KC, MO. Not available here in Wichita. A gift from beerlovergirl. Thanks!

Appearance: This beer looked almost black in the glass, but it had a deep amber and ruby-red hue to it when it was being poured. A big beige head rose up easily and dissipated quickly, leaving behind a thin cap of dense foam. There was a decent amount of lace left behind on the side of the glass.

Smell: The aroma was a little thin and sharp. A metallic, tart cherry quality was the strongest component, with a little bit of sweet raisin underneath. I'm afraid there is not much else to say.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, smooth and slightly creamy. A little bit of chewiness was present as well.

Taste: A strong, tart berry flavor dominated the taste. Underneath that were light hints of bitter coffee and powdered cocoa. A little bit of a muddled bitterness from some unidentified hops rose up on the finish, along with warming alcohol.

Not a bad beer, but nothing special. I expected something fuller and warmer tasting.

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Photo of BWED
3.14/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

500 ml bottle poured into a pint glass.

A- Very dark brown body, with highlights resembling red wine. Light brown and fizzy head sits on top but dissipates after a few gulps.

S- Roast, caramel and cocoa. Some booze hints, and even dark fruits.

T- Roasty. Semi-sweet cocoa is in there too. There is a bit of an ashy taste at the end along with a slight twinge of hop.

M- Full body, but smooth, and a very mild bitter finish.

O- Fairly impressive. It doesn't taste cheap, like the #4. Besides the ashtray kind of taste this is a decent porter.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.13/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Deep ruby plum in color with a nice sized tan head leaves a good amount of lacing not a bad look to it. Aroma: Thick layer of toasted malts with fruit and alcohol tinging around the edges. Taste: Sweeter up fron some plum and raisin like tones with chocolate and a mild coffee finish not bad compared to other Baltika products I have had. Mouthfeel: A bit thin for a big baltic porter medium to light in body with steady carbonation, not too impressed by anything. Drinkability: Decent not a warmer like I was expecting a bit of a disapointment.

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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 TexIndy
3.11/5  rDev -14.3%
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 mactrail
3.11/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Slight sourish hint. Rather bitter after a few tastes. Highly roasted malt, not much trace of sweetness. Big head, lots of coarse carbonation. Nicely watery and refreshing mouthfeel. Typical dark brown color. Nose is more like wet cardboard. Drinkable but not much pleasure in it.

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Photo of jwinship83
3.11/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle picked up for next to nothing. gotta love the eastern european beer pricing. poured into a standard pint glass a few degrees above fridge temp.

A- this one pours a black colored body with a small khaki colored head. the head quickly fades and becomed no more that a thin skin on the top of my glass leaving rings of sticky lacing on the sides of the cup.

S- sweet roasted malts, chocolate, and alcohol. not looking so good so far.

T- the taste isnt too different than the smell. lots of chocolate and radk roasted malts. pretty sweet and a strong alcohol presence. a little too strong for a modest 7% abv.

M- medium bodied and over carbonatied. pretty smooth though. a moderate warming from the alcohol.

D- the price makes this one an option for times i want a bigger porter without paying too much. the strong alohol presence makes it something i dont pick up too often.

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Photo of Immortale25
3.1/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a snifter. Label says production date 14.04.11 and best before 14.04.12. Just in the nick of time.

A- Pours a solidly opaque black color with a 1/2 inch off-white head bearing little retention before dropping to a thin ring around the edge of the glass and a large patch of foam in the center of the surface. Spackled lacing.

S- Quite boozy and glassy. Some roasted malt finds its way through to the nose but is bland and uninspired. Maybe the flavor will put things into perspective.

T- Nope. Not as boozy as the aroma and there's more malt present but still pretty average. Hints of oxidation and skunking here and there (which isn't surprising since it's in a clear glass bottle) make for a wet cardboard taste. Not bad, just very standard especially for an import.

M- Slightly creamy, but not really. Full body with medium carbonation.

O- I bought this expecting to get the feel for what a true Baltic Porter is. Obviously, I was mistaken.

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Photo of etenbus
3.1/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

My beer guy gave me one of these free the other day. New bottle design is impressive, perhaps overly designed.

It poured like deep coal with ruby hints. I was disappointed that the khaki-colored head fell so quickly.

The smell is not what you would expect from a porter. It has a sour, acrid aroma, almost like a wheat. But it's lacking the robust, musty, coffee aroma that a quality porter should have.

The flavor also lacks the expected coffee, espresso, roastiness. It has the sourness of some stouts, but not the body or roasted flavor.

Mouthfeel is decidedly thin. This really drinks like a black lager, rather than a porter.

This does not stand up to the Okicim Porter from Poland; although don't tell the Russians that the Poles make a better beer than them. They might shut off the natural gas again.

A poseur porter.

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Photo of ngandhi
3.1/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Thin and uninspired, Baltika Porter is a major let down for any dark beer lover. Yes, if you long for winter nights huddled at a bar with a pint of Expedition or Storm King, you'll be as dissapointed as I was with this brew. And odds are, if that's what you consider quality, you haven't had many Baltic porters -- this is my first. As American imperial stouts lean heavily on wild, often chastising hop profiles, so too does this beer rest on the shoulders of its malt. Except, it isn't the thick, burnt, toasty kind -- it's the plummy, raisiny, Munich kind. But that's a good thing. Stay with me.

The nose opens well enough -- roasted malt, raisins, a light porter.

Baltika Porter, as much as I can't stand it, is a pretty outstanding show of malt. It's dark as night and medium bodied with the characteristic dissipating head of oily imperial stouts. Yet, its flavor is sweet, complex, and united. Prunes give way to other dark ripe fruit -- a rotten berriness -- and we seem lined up for any number of styles from porter to alt to (especially) schwarzbier. Some might get light bittersweet chocolate and an unexpected creamy finish. The tang from the hops is merely acknowledgeable.

At 7abv, Baltika has no notes of alcohol.

This brew is an overeducated grad student with no people skills. It enchants, enlightens, and insults the palette with its confident balance and faceless cowardice. Save this for your meanest desserts; it could use the help.

Relax, relax.
ng

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Photo of KeefD
3.08/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours out like cola with a small tan head and light lacing. Getting some chocolate and caramel in the aroma and a hint of fruit. Flavor is a little off putting. Chocolate is kinda there, some licorice, slightly herbal, a bit of raisin, and a touch of dry yeast on the finish. There's also an odd metaallic taste that's kind of like sucking on a dirty penny. Nothing spectacular about this brew, just wanted to try it. Prob won't be having it again.

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Photo of BeardedBoffin
3.08/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Baltika #6, a porter from the Russian brewery. The beer poured a dark brown with some lighter highlights around the edges. A study cap of foam floating above. The aroma is a little coffee, a little chocolate, a little fruit, a little booze. On the palate the beer starts light and finishes strong. Some powder cocoa leads into a big sweet almost fruity center and finishes with a touch of bitterness. The palate is left sweet and dry.

Not much complexity here. It is a little too sweet, but would work in a porter pinch.

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Photo of BeerResearcher
3.08/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This Baltic Porter is a bit of a disappointment. It pours a roofing tar black with a fast rising and equally fast dissipating head and some trailing lace. The aroma is of mild malt and a slightly smoky odor. The sweet malt body is doughy and a little pasty. Dark chocolate and coffee notes come through loud and clear. The hop flavor is difficult to define as it is masked within the strength of the roasted malt and noticeable alcohol. I think I taste a bit of lemony citrus and mild spiciness. It could use a more acidic hop attack, an essence of pine and a tad more burnt caramel flavor common in quality Baltic Porters.

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Photo of TLove
3.06/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

$1.49 at Rodman's in DC. Good dark, oily color, with a full, thick head. A lot more head that I expected, but faded fast.

Smell was light and sweet for a porter. A bit of reticent tanginess to the initial smell, but rounder than most porters.

Taste was a tiny bit malty, with some caramel, milk chocolate and salt water taffy taste thrown in. Lightly carbonated, but not as full-bodied as one would expect from the color. Not much to say about the ABV other than it was concealed, but not well enough.

The roundness of the beer was better balanced than most porters, which led me to conclude that the concept of "mixing" dark and light just means pouring dark and a tiny bit of ale in there. Lacking in drinkability for watery-ness and lack of character.

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Photo of climax
3.06/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I was faced with a shelf of Baltika, and apparently this one had won the most awards so I decided to give it a try. It poured a very dark brown with a sandy tan head which faded unevenly.

There was quite a bit in the aroma, unfortunately, not all of it was flattering. Cocoa, brown sugar, sweeter coffee, overripe fruit (almost like a barley-wine) and some astringency covered most of the spread. Some less than appetizing wet dog smells snuck they're way in.

The flavor was along the same lines, quite a bit of it, but I wasn't sure if it was qiute right. Ripe fruit and brown sugar flavors dominated, and didn't seem too roasty. Not bad, but I didn't care too much.

The body is pretty light, and the carbonation mild. Not watery, but not too inspiring, kinda like the beer.

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Photo of Vixie
3.06/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a pitch black, there is no light getting through this one. Forms about a 1 inch tan colored head, which dissipates slowly.

Not a lot to the smell, but what it reminded was the smell of a wood fire that is starting to go out. Nice and smokey, reminds me of a bonfire at night that is still glowing.

The taste is very much on the sweet side, with quite a bit of a smoke flavoring. Not really very complex, reminds me a bit of toasted marshmallow.

The feel was nothing special, and maybe a bit on the thin side.

Nothing really stood out for me on this one. The taste wasn't too complex, nothing really stood out. I enjoy trying beers from countries that I have not sampled their beers from before, but nothing in this stood out to make it more than an average brew.

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Photo of aayooper
3.04/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle. Good dark/black apperance. A surprising smell of bread - odd for a porter. Good brown head. Taste - slight coffee, very mild, smooth porter for 7% abv. Taste improves as it warms. Feel - average to weak. Drinkability is above average, but not high. This is a decent porter for the price. I have had it several times now, and will come back to it as a good beer to have as a single when you want a bit of a relaxing kick, but not as strong as an imperial stout.

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Photo of brewerburgundy
3.03/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

16.9oz bottle, Sam Adams glass, a production date that is one year before the best by date of 7.12.10.

The color is dark ruby and the head is cocoa brown. At the pour, the head was a great foamy two or three fingers that has all but gone away without leaving lace behind.

Muted charcoal, chocolate, coffee, and cherries are accompanied by a twinge of alcohol.

Stale black coffee, roast, dark berry, and faint chocolate have a cushion of metallic caramel. There is a pretty good hop bitterness too.

The carbonation has no bite and the beer is on the watery side, but is also creamy. It's actually a little Guinness Draught-like.

This isn't a very flavorful representation of the style.

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Photo of Naugros
3.03/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The head rose as I poured, I turned around and someone had swiped it, leaving behind a blurred film on top of a thin-looking dark brown fluid.

Wait a sec, I know what happened to the head...someone didn't steal the head. A beer ninja came and swiped my whole beer and left behind a glass of soy sauce...well that's what it smells like anyway. At least it smells like high quality soy sauce.

I went to put some on my moo goo gai pan and lo and behold this IS actually beer. How can I tell? It doesn't taste as strongly of soy sauce as it smells. Instead you get raisin. There's a little bitterness, but I doubt it's from hops. There seems to be a hint of chocolate or cocoa as well.

I have had soy sauces thicker than this beer, but porters aren't supposed to be chewy like a stout. The sweetness is not really balanced out by the bitterness and it finishes pretty sweet too, but doesn't leave much aftertaste.

It also pretty easy to slug down if you can get around the taste. This is the last time I take my 365 Beers page-a-day calendar's advice on a beer.

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Photo of jimmah120
3.03/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

cool looking bottle, into guinness pint

look is a dark murky amber-brown. almost no head. smell is very faint roasted malts and cocoa powder. taste is very sweet red malt, finishing slightly dry and bitter. very subdued roasted/smoky flavors. feel is medium and bubbly. alcohol is undetectable.

very average. would be a good session beer, but kind of a let down. still blows their #9 out of the wAter tho.

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Photo of Brad007
3.03/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a dark brown color with a one-finger head.

Aroma is full of lightly roasted malt and its kind of sweet.

Taste is sweet and full of coffee notes upfront.

Mouthfeel is full of lingering roasted tones and sweetness.

Not bad. A bit simplistic and too sweet.

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Baltika #6 Porter from Baltika Breweries
3.63 out of 5 based on 928 ratings.
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