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Baltika #6 Porter | Baltika Breweries

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Baltika #6 PorterBaltika #6 Porter

Brewed by:
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 Jordan1985rec
3.57/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Presentation: Pint bottle, Cyrillic and English lettering. Poured into an Imperial pint glass.
Appearance: Dark black with ruby highlights when tilted into the light.
Smell: Like others have said, aroma of chocolate and caramel, perhaps a bit of alcohol and sweet malt.
Taste & Mouth-feel: Good body, smooth and rich are the first words that come to mind. Nothing too outstanding compared to other Porters, but very decent, especially for the price ($2.00 at a local market). Definite hints of chocolate and caramel, overall drinkable. I do agree with others who say it's a bit too sweet, the pint is a bit much. I would prefer to share this with somebody as a desert before whiskey! Worth the money and does warrant a second try at some point.

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Photo of Onenote81
3.57/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an absolute jet black with just a touch of ruby on the edges. Large tan head right off the bat, but this disappates to a thin sheet quickly. No lacing whatsoever. Smells of cherries, wine, some roasty cocoa, and strawberries? Interesting to say the least.

Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy, just how I like my porters. Easily drinkable. 7.0% ABV is masked well, as I feel I could drink plenty of these. The flavor on this one is fairly blah. It's not bad, but it's just weak and ho-hum. No bite or aftertaste. Just a nice roasty, nutty, scant chocolately taste. I've had better, but at the price ($2.99 for a 19oz.) it's not a bad buy. Recommend.

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Photo of Jeffo
3.57/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Got this at the Slavic Shop on my street. Just discovered it a couple weeks back and they have the whole Baltika line up. Sweet.

From a bottle into a Pint Glass

APPEARANCE: Pours a larger two finger off white head. Head is relatively thick with popping bubbles and it slowly and unevenly settles to a healthy film, which later disappears as well. It's black with dark brown edges and no carbonation evident. Minimal lacing.

SMELL: A strong scent fills the room immediately. Roasted malt, dark fruits like dates and plumbs and some liquorice in there too. A nice spiciness from the alcohol is present as well.

TASTE: A bit of roasted malt, but more dark fruit, dates, plumbs, raisins, and some spicy alcohol too. I'd like the alcohol to be hidden a bit better, but the taste is certainly interesting enough.

PALATE: Medium body and medium carbonation. Goes down a little rougher than I'd like and finishes with an appropriate amount of stickiness.

OVERALL: A very interesting brew that I quite enjoyed. It's a little too boozy at 7% , but the rest of the experience is quite nice. Though it'd be hard to drink more than two perhaps, this is one I'd definitely revisit.

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Photo of drpimento
3.57/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Interesting beer. Poured with a nice light tan head and plenty of lace. Opaque dark brown to black. Aroma is very spicy as of holiday spices. Not so apparent in the flavor. Body is on the thinish side. Good beer. Bittersweet and some roastiness. What do they say? Quaffable, I think.... Not laughable. One of the best of the Ruskie brews that I've had.

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Photo of AlexJ
3.57/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Oily black pour with a tight cap of khaki that holds nicely and leaves only the slightest trails of lace.

Aroma is sweet and rich, with plenty of chocolate mocha, stewed raisins, figs, and scorched molasses. There's a hint of woodsy, almost papery dryness that comes out as the elixer warms.

Flavor holds up to the nose's promise, mostly. A somewhat sweet chocolate malt entry of dark cacao, molasses, sugared black coffee, and maple syrup is partially rounded out by notes of grassy hops, dusty leather, and dry wood. Would be great if not for the excessive sweetness.

Body is very big as expected, with a oily, slippery mouthfeel and soft, creamy texture. Great mouthfeel, but limited drinkability due to the fear of diabetic shock.

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Photo of zdk9
3.56/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

A- pours black with no highlights. Finger of tan head. Nice looking start.

S- brown sugar. Maybe cinnimon. Sort of a graham cracker.

T- quite sweet. Some dark but not strong roastiness. Some licorice. Tasty but too sweet.

M- well hidden alcohol. Kinda watery not the super full mouthfeel I expect from a Baltic porter.

O- I'm enjoying my first Russian beer. I don't think I would buy another of these but worth one experience

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Photo of Davepoolesque
3.56/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Actually a decent porter. Wow. Surprised. Some chocolate notes. Good carb and some roasted bitterness. Super thin mouthfeel with an extremely short finish.

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Photo of risenz
3.56/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Nolster
3.56/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of elgiacomo
3.56/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottled April 28, 2009, best by 4/28/2010.

Pours very dark brown with a nice initial head, but it doesn't last long and doesn't retain any sort of a cap outside of a tiny ring. Not much lacing at all.

Aroma is bitter roasted malts, coffee, figs, dark fruits, licorice and some chocolate. Despite the ingredient list, it only comes together OK on the nose, nothing special.

Flavor is pretty good, a good dose of chocolate, dark fruits, coffee, roasted malts, licorice.

Body is rather thin, low carbonation, but what is there is quite fizzy, does have many similarities to cola.

This is an average baltic porter, although I'd like to try a fresher one some day.

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Photo of lehueve
3.56/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Jips
3.56/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

17 oz bottle to pint glass

Poured thickest head I've had on a porter/Imperial stout: 2+ fingers of tan foamy frothy goodness, nice amber-dark brown color.

Smelled of light sweet malts: heavily sugar'd up coffee and caramel.

A little watery mouthfeel, but the taste makes up for it.

Tastes like it smells plus more dark sweet malt flavors (milk chocolate, molasses, brown sugar). No aftertaste, flavor is all upfront with no lingering alchy burn despite the 7%. The sweetness would normally be sickeningly sweet to me but the hops (though their flavor isn't distinct) or maybe the malt blend makes the taste just right.

Just the right amount of sweetness for a non-coffee or roast dominant flavor porter, nice change of pace from my usual preference. Will definitely try Baltika's other dark offerings.

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Photo of tjsdomer2
3.55/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: No foam to speak of. Very dark brown. Definitely a heavy look to it that seems right for this style.

Smell: Very minerally at first. Chocolate and fruit notes pick up. As does alcohol.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Taste similar to smell. Almost identical. Mouthfeel has nice combination of smoothness and carbonation.

Drinkability: Pretty pleasant overall.

Overall: A nice change of pace porter.

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Photo of mpyle
3.55/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

App - Very dark, nearly opaque Pours a large tan head with mediocre retention. Minimal lacing

Aroma - some licorice, a bit metallic, a bit of dark fruit (plum). More like candy than malt

Flav - Complex dark malt flavor, a bit of plum, but malt flavor not overly intense. Some alcohol flavors, and finishes with a sweet alcohol flavor. A bit too sweet overall?

MF - Medium body, and low-medium carbonation. No astringency, but style-appropriate alcohol warming.

D'ability - A bit too sweet and alcoholic (in flavor) to be a session beer for me. Not the best Baltic Porter, but not bad for the price (paid $2.29/0.5L)

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Photo of PBRstreetgang
3.55/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Pours nearly black with a dull clarity. A creamy, pale tan head rises above two fingers and slowly sinks leaving light lacing. Sweet malt and fresh whole hops aroma. Black patent, roasted tones, and plum flavors dominate, with caramel notes and alcohol creeping up in the aftertaste. Lively carbonation cuts through the full body and lingering sweetness to smooth mouthfeel. The fruity cloying finish and alcoholic bite may be appropriate for the Baltic porter, but the drinkabilty sucks.

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Photo of Beginner2
3.55/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On the "1001", questionable if it should be listed.
MJ's 1999 Guide gave it 2.5 of 4 stars and said it tasted "woody, oily."

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Photo of TheCondor
3.54/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

This was poured from the bottle into a special glass I got from attending an event a few years ago called "Hats Off to Home Brewers," hosted by Boulevard and Deschutes. I have been on hiatus for about nine months, and this is my emergence from hibernation.

Appearance - Looks like you would expect a porter to look in the color department: dark brown, almost black. Very little head is present, and consequently very little lacing is left on the glass. There is nothing of note about the bottle and/or packaging.

Smell - Again pretty par for the course, although the nose is a little subdued. Earthy, roasted and caramel malts with a mild coffee zip.

Taste - Nothing spectacular, but good. Follows the nose very closely, although there is the slight addition of a mild chocolate as well.

Mouthfeel - This is where the beer disappointed me mildly. I found it to be very thin, not with the volume or heartiness you would expect out of a porter. Finishes thin and uninspiring.

Overall - Not a bad beer, a decent beer to knock off of your list if you were on a "Beers of the World" quest or something of that nature. Otherwise, there's 20 other porters I would recommend before this one at the same price point.

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Photo of sokol_1993
3.54/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown, almost black. Little head that dissipated quickly.
Smell and taste were predominantly roastiness that comes from the roasted malt. A little bit of bitterness from it too, but much lighter than Guinness' level.
Surprisingly, when it got warmer and nearly to the end, it was really fruity. A lot of dark fruit character, plum, raisin; maybe it's the alcohol making an appearance.
It's quite a nice brew, defeating all the macrobrew the US has to offer out there. Just too high level of alcohol to be drinking it constantly, like a true Russian. But will be happy to have it again.

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Photo of gtermi
3.53/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours an extremely dark brown, with a nice dark tan head. Looks pretty good.

S: I am getting a lot of chocolate and a slight earthy smell. It almost smells like a chocolate bock.

T: Has a typical porter taste. Has roasted malt, coffee and chocolate.

M: The beer is very smooth and drinkable. Really not much crispness or carbonation.

O: This is a pretty decent porter,nothing special, but above average.

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Photo of baiser
3.53/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark, rich brown body with a tan head. Sweet, roasty aroma, full of dark fruit. However, after it's appearance and smell, everything else was a bit disappointing. Taste was a bit lacking any sort of depth. No roasty flavours present. Just some sweetness and molasses. A bit alcoholic, and it has a dry finish. Medium bodied, and not as drinkable as I would've liked.

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Photo of soupyman10
3.53/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This one might be better classified as a strong beer in my mind, if just because it doesn't really carry a lot of the characteristics that are common to the Porter style. It's thick, but strongly, strongly fruity and sweet, with a sharp alcohol buzz and spiciness across the whole proceedings. I tasted a lot of dried fruit, swirling right into the alcohol that kind of ran throughout. Hugely sweet, potentially to help cover up the alcohol. Not bad, and actually one of the better brews I've had of the Baltika label, although not really a good representation of the style.

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Photo of teromous
3.53/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The back label says: "11.02.16 16:07 11.02.17 5 W"

Appearance: Black body and a light khaki head. Tiny bubbles packed tightly together forming a velvety head. The head is short but has decent retention. It eventually does fade out to just a film and leaves no real lacing.

Aroma: It doesn't have much of an aroma but it does have a light sweet caramel scent.

Taste: That sweet caramel flavor comes through right away with just a bit of very light toast flavor. Just a touch of alcohol flavor but it tastes more like a light caramel liqueur flavor that you might find in a chocolate candy.

Mouthfeel: Light carbonation and a body that rests on the lighter side of medium. Wet finish that lingers on the palate but is not bitter or strong. A very sweet beer that has a slightly syrupy texture.

Overall: It is a decent porter with a nice sweet presence. If you are a lover of caramel flavored light bodied beers then this is for you. As an authentic porter from the Baltic region it might be interesting enough to try at least once but discounting this the beer doesn't have a lot of complexity or character.

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Photo of engagechad
3.53/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Purchased as a single from Wine and Beer Westpark in Glen Allen, VA - tulip

Pours a very dark mahoghany brown with a little red light on the edges. Massive head and decent lacing. Smells of brown sugar and cookies, but a little funky. Taste is nice and smooth but finishes thin and stingy.

Overall this is a good beer however not really a beer that I would seek out again.

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Photo of superspak
3.53/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500 ml bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 4/7/2013. Pours pitch black color with a 2 finger dense khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of chocolate, cocoa, caramel, toffee, toast, biscuit, roasted malt, raisin, plum, herbal, light nuttiness, and yeast/toasty earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance of dark/roasted malt and yeast ester notes; with solid strength. Taste of chocolate, cocoa, caramel, toffee, toast, biscuit, roasted malt, light nuttiness, raisin, plum, herbal, and toast/yeast earthiness. Minimal earthy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of chocolate, cocoa, caramel, toffee, toast, biscuit, light nuttiness, raisin, plum, herbal, and yeast earthiness on the finish. Nice balance and solid complexity of dark/roasted malt and yeast ester flavors; with good robustness and no cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth and moderately creamy mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is well hidden with only a light warming present after the finish. Overall this is a good Baltic porter. Good balance and solid complexity of dark/roasted malt and yeast ester flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the ABV. A pleasantly enjoyable offering.

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Photo of beeragent
3.53/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass from a 16.9oz. bottle. The beer pours an deep brown, almost black, forming a 1/2 inch tan head. The aroma is a good mix of roasted malt and chocolate. The taste is a good combination of roasted malts, chocolate, and coffee. The alcohol is well masked. All the characteristics of a good porter. Medium mouthfeel. This is a very drinkable baltic porter, even at 7%abv. Overall, not a bad porter. This is the first "baltic" porter that I've had, so I really dont have anything to compare it with, other than the fact that it was a good porter.

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Baltika #6 Porter from Baltika Breweries
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