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 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.

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

Furthering my attempts to sample Baltic Porters from the region in which they get their name.

Pours a jet black with a thich, tight head made of tiny bubbles. The head on this one has that familiar thickness and look of a pancake that needs to be flipped. Not a bad looking pour.

Smell is sweet, like breakfast pastries almost. Some blackberry smells (or some similar berry)combine with caramel and sweet black coffee. I think I am getting at Baltika 6 smelling pretty sweet.

Taste is rather cloying. Its slightly syrupy and very, very sweet. Its not altogether bad, just wish there was some balance from the dark roasted malt.

The carbonation seems to be spot on, its not like dark beer soda like some baltic porters can be. The sweetness would definitely limit me to one of these. The ABV is hardly noticeable.

My first Russian Baltic Porter, hopefully I'll find some others to compare it to.

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Photo of tigg924
3.01/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: 1 inch head, black in color, opaque

Smell: milk chocolate and toasted malt

Taste: sweet toasted malt, small bit of chocolate, grain, caramel, and a touch of smokiness

Mouthfeel: very sweet, light bodied, and moderate to light carbonation

Drinkability: An overly sweet and unbalanced Baltic porter. A beer that I most likely would not turn down, but not the first I would choose either. The alcohol is well hidden.

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Photo of kennyo
3.01/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

cheap russian bottles of beer, $2?? at hte Polish butcher shop Pours an opaque dark brown with a nice tan head that dissapate fairly quickly. Not much of an aroma, light malt Malty flavor, dark grains. Fairly light body which makes this 7%er go down real smooth and quick. This isn't a baltic porter in the Okacim style; big malt, syrup thickness but is quite enjoyable

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Photo of woemad
3.01/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

My first Russian beer. While I'm not thrilled by it, its not horrible, either. It poured a black that was as dark as the Detroit Tigers recent season. There was a pretty decent tan head at first, but it quickly faded, leaving a tan ring and a sligjhtly foamy film at the top. Smell was a slightly odd mingling of dark toasty malt and a subdued sweetness. Taste was of dark, toasted coffeeish malt and a caramel candybar sweetness. There was no hop taste to speak of. I think this could have been a little more bitter - its just too sweet for my porter tastes. Perhaps Baltika has invented a new style of porter - the candy porter. The mouthfeel of this porter is a little on the thin side. I don't think its sweetness and alcohol content lends itself well to repeated bottles - one is definitely all I need tonight.

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Photo of ghebel
3/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Pours clear dark brown with red hue. Head is lacking in size, off-white, and dissipates quickly leaving no lacing on the glass.

S - Sweet dark fruits and molasses. Alcohol becomes more apparent as it warms in the glass.

T - Very sweet, some roasted malts, but dominated by dark fruit and molasses. Finishes with a slight astringent note and mild bitterness.

M - Medium body. Has a "sugary" feel in the mouth and throat.

D - Mildly drinkable.

Overall - Too sweet for me. Not horrible, but I have definitely had better Porters.

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Photo of neobassman
3/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I tried this beer on a whim to see what this Russian producer could deliver the way of a porter. This is a very drinkable porter, but I can't say it blew my socks off. Good but unexceptional head, balanced smell, acceptable taste, unremarkable mouthfeel, and an OK finish. A bit too sweet for my taste, and sweetness was the one characteristic that emerged from an otherwise balanced taste. It seems like a beer that is engineered more than crafted. I would enjoy this beer if it were served to me, but I'm not likely to seek it out in the future. Available in a long neck 0.5 L bottle that is different from the one shown on BA, as of this writing.

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Photo of birchstick
3/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - pours as black as a baltic night with a white head

S - not too strong on the nose, but picked up some chocolate malts and a bit of vanilla

T - the taste follows the nose - milk chocolates with a touch of toasted and smoky malts dominate the palate. Not much else going on - not uber complex but pretty delicious nonetheless.

M - medium to thin body with some carbonation

D - pretty good beer here. I don't know what else to compare it to as far as Baltic Porters are concerned, but for the price I would definitely purchase this again.

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Photo of forallittook
2.99/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a pint bottle. The smell is murky with a hint of light fruitiness. The beer gives a chocolate, malt taste that is more palatable after a few sips, but the amazingly the burnt taste blends into the aftertaste. Feels highly carbonated on the tongue, but beer slides good down the throat with a slightly heavy weight. Mainly enjoyed the well-balanced burnished taste, but could do without the overall message the beer gives to one's taste buds that it has a manufactured taste.

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Photo of mralphabet
2.98/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

22 oz Bomber poured into pint glass

A: Pours a dark black with a hint of red. Big tan colored head with very little retention or lacing to speak of.

S: Not a lot right off the bat.... I am getting sweet malt and a little woodiness. As it warms I'm getting a little more.. Chocolate in the aroma.

T: The taste starts out a lot like the smell.... very little at first, more on the sweet malt side and very little more than that... Then as it warms up I'm getting chocolate, molasses and sweet smokey malt. Need to let this one warm up.... In either case there is little to no hops to balance things out.

M: Little on the watery side... just a little sharpness to the carbonation. Just not very Porter like to me.

D: Not a bad brew but not a very good porter. The ABV is a little high so 1 22oz is enough.

This is my first Russia from Baltika, so I had to they it. I'd give another Baltika style a try but this one this did not make the mark to me.

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Photo of MrMcGibblets
2.98/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

pours a deep brown/black with a light brown head. sweet dark roasted malts, chocolate, dark preserved fruit, and barrel-aged rum in the nose. it's strange to notice this much alcohol in the aroma for a 7% beer. the alcohol presence carries through in the taste which is not to my liking. almost cough-syrupy. sweet dark malts and very little hop presence. the roasty flavors help to provide balance. medium to full in body. complex enough, but the alcohol presence brings this down a bit for me as far as drinkability.

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Photo of eballard
2.98/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This beer poured a dark black with a light brown head. It has a good look with a nice lacing as you drink. It has a dark roasted malt smell with a bit of a bite. The taste is sweet it a little bit of a burnt chocolate taste to its finish. A sharp crisp feel with a lingering aftertaste. ItÂ’s an ok porter and drinkable but not the best of its style.

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Photo of atsprings
2.97/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a 0.5 liter Spaten glass. VERY dark beer topped with a frothy two finger head, excellent lacing. Almost looked like cappuccino. Smell was very malty. Something off about it that I couldn't quite put my finger on. The taste was actually rather bland. It really doesn't even taste like a porter. Alcohol was barely noticeable. Somewhat drinkable, but I'll shy away from it from now on.

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Baltika #6 Porter from Baltika Breweries
3.63 out of 5 based on 941 ratings.
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