Baltika #6 Porter | Baltika Breweries

Baltika #6 PorterBaltika #6 Porter
945 Ratings
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

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

Purchased a single half-liter bottle in Laurel, MD.

A- Pours very dark brown, almost black, with a thin light brown head.

S- Strong scent of coffee and sweet malted barley, no hops noted.

T- Very coffee like, with lots of residual malt, alcoholic. Very little hops until the dryish finish.

M- Very carbonated, but less bubbly than many American beers. Medium body.

D- Very drinkable, but dangerous. I have spent many evenings in Russia and Uzbekistan with this old friend.

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

Pours almost black - just a bit of ruby at the bottom of the glass where the light can shine in, a head the color of lightened coffee. Head starts bubbly but dissipated quickly, lacing also faded quickly on me, too bad as I really liked the color.
Came across as a chocolate and expresso aroma. Chocolate, burnt caramel, a bit of raisin and then almost a cola taste. Acidic at first but turns to a creamy feel.
One is very drinkable, but I don't think I'd go for more than one in a sitting - maybe good with a chocolate dessert to end dinner.

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

Bottle from Alko in Helsinki. From notes.

A - Poured a very dark red colour with strong carbonation. Bright. Creamy khaki head of one finger with good retention and ok lacing.

S - Chocolate is pretty strong. Roasty malts and some licorice.

T - Chocolate, coffee, licorice, and vanilla. Not overly sweet and not overly strong but nice.

M - Medium carbonation and a medium body with a lingering sweet finish.

O/D - Good flavour but a tad mild. Nothing wrong but nothing exciting, just a slightly above average Baltic Porter.

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Photo of felipe2toes
3.53/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours black with giant crusty tan head. Not much lacing.

Lots of sweet malt aroma and some brown sugar on the nose. Maybe even some rye breadiness.

Sweet malt taste, with some raisiny dark fruit. Slightly smokey and chocolatey as well.

Decent medium-bodied mouthfeel.

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

Sampled at From The Vine monthly beer tasting Oct 13th, 2003: Clear dark brown with a thin beige head. Light aroma of coffee and malt. Medium body with a mild roasted coffee/malt flavor and a lightly bitter finish. Not bad but nothing memorable about this one.

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

Another Baltic Porter, this one from Russia!

A- Very dark brown, close to black, but light does get through. Nice coffee-colored head and good retention.

S- A touch of molasses, some dark fruits, and some caramel. Decent, but could be stronger.

T- Raisins backed by sweet, husky grains that are actually a bit harsh. Not much in the way of roasted flavors, but there is a hint of hop bitterness on the finish.

M- The body is kind of thin, but the carbonation level is good.

D- The alcohol isn't very noticeable and the body is fairly thin, but due to the sweet flavor and touch of harsh graininess, I wouldn't want more than one in a sitting.

Not bad. It's similar to the Aldaris I just had. The tastes and aromas are very similar, with some subtle differences. If I had to choose one, I'd go with the Aldaris over this, but they're both pretty solid. This one's certainly worth a try. Recommended for fans of the style.

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Photo of DaPeculierDane
3.52/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This is a desert beer to be sure. It’s super sweet and cola like. Dark mahogany with an immediately dissipating tan head. Smells of figs, coke, and prune juice. Tastes of aforementioned dark fruits charred wood and a bit of coffee. Chewy with only residual bitterness. Alcohol is extremely well concealed making this one quite drinkable. Cheap as hell too. I’m begging to become a fan of the old block.

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Photo of imbibehour
3.52/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass.

A real snapping cola sounding head off the pour. Head is a nice faint milk coffee brown and chocolate, but settles very quickly. Body is incredibly dark and very black, there is zero lacing with this beer, it settles into nothing.

Faint banana bread on the nose, and a powder chocolate, fairly simple but alright for a whiff and smell.

Taste is very fleeting in the palate. A sense of rich malt seems to come with it's darkness, bringing banana like character, but then manages to disappear rather quickly. Finish seems to have a good char angle, even perhaps a tinge of hop. Body seems to give a good backbone here all things considered.

Still overall though it doesn't seem to be that desirable to me in terms of others of the style, or just other beers available. It's certainly not that bad and you could do a lot worse. In a worse case of also ran beers in your typical establishment, if I had this as a choice I would have it.

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Photo of Dewsby
3.52/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of SkeeterHawk
3.52/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Super dark beer that you can’t see light to when held up to a light. At first pour there was at least an inch of dense tan foam on top of the coffee-looking beer.

Aroma: Chocolate and toast dominate the aroma profile. I don’t pick up any hops in here. As it warms, the aroma doesn’t change much…only the alcohol starts to become noticeable.

Taste: The flavor matches the aroma profile. There are some Chocolaty notes mixed in with some toasty flavors. The body is a little thin for such a heavy beer. There is still some assertive carbonation which may be making it seem lighter than it is. As it warms, it is becoming apparent that there are some adjuncts used in here. It is taking on a thin/alcoholic flavor.

Opinion: This is a decent beer, and not bad for the price. I was hoping for a rich toasty Baltic Porter that blows me away with the flavor and subtle alcohol. You really need a lot of Munich malt toastiness to provide the foundation for a flavorful beer. This beer is good, but it is too commercialized for this style in my opinion, and is a bit lacking.

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Photo of Kiro
3.52/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Megahertz
3.51/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

16.9 oz bottle into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint Glass. Best before 30-SEP-12.

A - Plum-highlighted hazy black with a massive brown meringue-like head with good retention. Much lacing. Very nice.

S - Moderate prune with a subtle roasted coffee aroma. Very mild.

T - Deep raisiny esters with honey-like malt sweetness fades into a very subtle cocoa and roasted flavor in the rear. Finish is sweet.

M - Heavy body with medium carbonation. Malt sticks to the roof of your mouth.

O - A very smooth, fruity, honey sweet strong porter.

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Photo of tatoodkelt
3.51/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Consumed 9/20/09- from notes.

Brown 500ml bottle poured into a pint glass.

A- Pours almost black like a Hershey's Special Dark candy bar with a fluffy two and a half finger light brown head that had great retention. Ruby hints when held up to the light. Decent lacing.

S- Roasted malt and some dark fruits.

T- Sweeter than I expected with a little smoke hint at the finish. Chocolate, coffee and dark fruit hints as well.

M- Very smooth, almost oily slick. Medium bodied, very little noticable carbination.

D- Very easy drinking porter, could be a session brew for sure. Glad I tried it, probably will pick one up the next time I see it.

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Photo of phisig137
3.51/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a fairly deep black, letting in only a tiny bit of light ,with a dense 2 finger head. Great retention leaves behind abundant creamy lacing, and a thick blanket of foam on top of the glass. Looks great.

Aroma is sweet, grainy, malty, caramel, toffee, raisins, figs, and a bit of adjuncts. Slight chocolate aroma makes this smell just a little bit like whoppers.

Flavor is malty sweet up front, with huge raisin and fig flavors, A bit of alcohol is present, and the finish is slightly dry. Tastes completely devoid of hops, and almost like raw, unfermented wort. Finish lingers for some time. Mouthfeel is a bit thin, and drinkability is decent.

Overall, not a bad beer. But for a Baltic porter, coming from Russia, I would have expected more. There are much better Baltic porters out there, and though this one is worth a try... I won't be rushing back to it.

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

Review from BeerAdvocate magazine Vol. II Issue VIII:

Three fingers of light brown head crackle to a thick lacing that holds to the glass well. Nearly black with garnet on the edges, dark and inviting. Aromas of cocoa powder, vague cinnamon, light-roasted coffee and a hint of dried plums. Nice smoothness with a semi-slick medium body. Pleasant malt sweetness gives off suggestions of brown sugar and chocolate. Beneath the sweetness is a slight charred grain flavor with some dark fruitiness from the alcohol. Modest hopping lets the malt really shine. The alcohol does have some sharpness to it with a quick bite of hop bitterness that fades quickly. Finishes with a burnt sugar sweetness and spicy alcohol flare.

Not half bad, it sits in the middle of the pack. A little complex, yet a whole bottle is almost too much; share it with a friend, and sip. All of that said, it is certainly worth a try.

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Photo of fionn13
3.5/5  rDev -3%

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

Thanks to Floydster for this brew.

16.9oz brown bottle poured into a pint.

A: Pours a very deep brown, nearly black with next to no visibility. A bit of 1 finger of light caramel head forms and dies to a thick fluffy skim. Some wisps of lacing.

S: Milk chocolate is very evident with a bit of strong black coffee in the back. A splash of flat cola.

T/M: A good mixture of sweet milk chocolate and bitter coffee. Some unripened banana and a bit of sweet n low over does the sweetness and gives a bit of a chalky texture. Hops are a bit strong adding a sizable dose of bitterness toward the end.

D: Not a bad porter and easy to drink.

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Baltika #6 Porter from Baltika Breweries
Beer rating: 3.61 out of 5 with 945 ratings
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