Baltika #6 Porter | Baltika Breweries

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Baltika #6 PorterBaltika #6 Porter

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Baltika Breweries
Russian Federation | website

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 Mooslerfitness
4.44/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Not sure what I'm missing this was a $1.99 and a phenomenal porter smell and taste of dark fruit dipped in a hot chocolate bath so smooth a little thin but very well done keep giving it a low rating will keep price low for me cheers

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Photo of KYGunner
3.62/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Baltika is not known as the Russian River of Russia but don't let their other poor entries keep you away from trying this. At $2.50 a pint this is a relatively high quality and complex Baltic Porter. Strong chocolate malt and dark fruit, this finishes with dry coffee and licorice.

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Photo of mooseisloose
3.48/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Detente and other subsequent relations we have Russian brewskis. This one come in a shapely half liter bottle, let's give it a whirl. Popping the top I get a waft of molasses and black licorice. This brew pours to a opaque motor oil black with a four finger tan multi sized bubble creamy head that recedes slowly and laces. Taste on this brew is a roasted malt up front quickly sweet and chaulky bitter but balanced with a clingy dry bitter finish. Mouthfeel is light the backbone is not big but the carbonation is good. Purchased at Carulla for $2.33 US, not bad. Nastrovia.

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Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
3.98/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Strong Baltic Porter. Pours very dark from the half liter bottle with a small tan head. Sweetish taste, but not overly so. Worth a try! Drinkable.

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Photo of travolta
2.76/5  rDev -24%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Appearance: Jet black with a light brown head that has no retention or lacing.

Nose: Malty, slight carmel, tiny bit of dark fruit.

Taste: Syrupy and sweet with mild carbonation. Smooth and easy to drink. More dark fruits and coffee acidity in the middle. The sweetness stays the whole sip.

Notes: Something new to try, but don't think this will blow you away.

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Photo of DiUr
3.86/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A bit oversweetened as others say, which definitely downplays drinkability, but still a solid offering from Baltika and one of my favourites from the brewery.

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Photo of Premo88
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

16.9 oz. bottle poured into mug

L: classic look -- black/brown brew, clear, with a 1/3 to 1/2-inch head of tan foam that looks VERY sticky at the top, keeps a good collar and cool skin

S: dark fruits, raisins, coffee, astringent coffee

T: sweeter and lighter than the nose, if that's possible ... almost like a toasted English pale ale, for it's quite fruity sweet; some burnt barley sneaks in, charred wood, maybe hops (?) or burnt hops (?); getting plenty of darker fruits ... raisins; coffee, semi-sweet chocolate

F: solid all-around, good carbonation ... decent weight but not heavy or slick

O: i really like this brew ... it's just a twinge different than most of the stout/porters I've tried, mainly in the first few sips when it almost seems like an English pale ale; good enough that I'll try it again from time to time; definitely among the fruitier if not the fruitiest stout/porter I've tried. good brew.

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Photo of Thisdrinkinglife
4/5  rDev +10.2%

Review: Bottle of Baltika 6 Porter 7%ABV

Baltika Porter, a decent 7% Baltic porter from Russia with a good drinkability rating, is a traditional dark beer based on old recipes and was designed and launched in production in 1994. It’s a very smooth and pleasant porter considering the ABV.

As you would expect for a porter on pour you get a pitch black appearance with a very good creamy head that settles to a tanish colour, but doesn’t linger too long.

Aroma is sweet and strong smelling, of strong notes of dark chocolate malts and roasted malts. An inviting aroma.

The taste is quite surprising as I would have not associated Russia with decent porter, but this was not the worst stout I ever had. I actually enjoyed drinking it. The taste is of dark chocolate, coffee and roasted malt, not overwhelming and not a strong bitter tasting stout. In fact it had a little sweet taste upfront, with only light bitterness afterwards, well balanced. It was very smooth and very enjoyable to drink. Will be looking out for this one again in the future. Recommended, but be careful it is strong despite how smooth it goes down!

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Photo of BSDA
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

I've had a few of these now, and it is a good beer for the price. Tasty porter all around, but lacks much complexity and any outstanding nature. Better than Ol' Rasputin for sure, and way cheaper. Packs a decent punch with 7% ABV and sometimes serves as my morning donut replacement on Saturdays or Sundays. Much enjoyed for the price, but it you're looking for more complexity, you won't find it here. Regardless, it is still tantalizing to the taste buds and serves more than enough alcohol for dessert without getting too inebriated.

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Photo of maximum12
2.9/5  rDev -20.1%

Left in my basement by some wag after a summertime tasting; I don’t remember ever seeing this in a store. Maybe I just wasn’t looking in the right place. 500ML bottle split with my wife.

The pour is cast-iron black, slight carbonation. Smell is notes of big chocolate & little roast. Nothing unique, but I wouldn’t kick it out of bed for eating crackers.

Baltika #6 Porter is as bitter as a women asked to get out & push in the middle of an epic snowstorm (long story, but a good one!). Harsh roast defines the taste, with the nose-brash chocolate relegated to a distant memory. Touch of sweetness in the middle. As it warms, it morphs from pretty good to less than desirable due to an odd tang right at the end. If not for that, this would be nice, drinkable porter.

My advice: drink this beer cold, like a Mich Golden Light. Once the tastes all gather around the fire, it’s barely fit for Jaimie Lannister’s table.

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Photo of dcscientist
3.6/5  rDev -0.8%

I'm beginning to try more foreign beers, and I can get this one very easily because of the large Russian community nearby. It's not quite as good as many craft breweries' porter, but it's not bad at all, and I'd get it again when I'm in the mood for a porter with my Russian food.

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Photo of EagleTalon
3.9/5  rDev +7.4%

Pours out to a tremendous tawny head and very dark brown color. Aroma is smoky, roasty and malty. Flavor is a lagery, steely-clean yet roasty mix with a mocha finish. Mouthfeel is medium-full and creamy. Very good porter.


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Photo of Murphious
3.39/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

16 oz bottle poured looking like Coca-cola, about the same carbonation, and no lacing left on the glass. Smells weakly of molasses and roasted malts, some yeast. Sweet tasting, almost like a milk stout. Light to medium body, watery mouthfeel. It's 7% abv is hidden nicely in the smooth taste but overall is a boring beer--- it is cheap so it has that going for it.

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Photo of TheCondor
3.54/5  rDev -2.5%
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 LagerCognoscenti
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A good lasting beige head tops a very dark beer. Lacing is pretty good.

Smells of chocolate and berries with a hint of milkiness. An inviting aroma.

The taste is of dark chocolate and roasted malt. Vinous notes are present as are suggestions of berries and a touch of sweet milk. The flavours are of medium intensity. I would have liked a more overwhelming strength of flavour but what I tasted was very pleasant.

For a 7% beer drinkability is high and it could be drunk like a 5 - 5% stout.

A very decent porter from Russia. Would make a good alternative to Guiness Foreign Extra which has a similar strength. This one has the possible benefit of sold in 500ml bottles.

My mark out of one hundred would be 80.

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Photo of CaptJackHarkness
4.1/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From bottle dated 07/04/13 - 07/04/14.

Aroma is sweet and earthy. Pours a deep ruby brown with a creamy head.thehead does not linger, there is no lacing of the glass. A bit of an oily film.The taste is alcoholic dark fruit cake. A lingering but not unpleasant aftertaste on the tounge. A bit bitey upon warming. Decent but uninspiring overall.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.96/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased at Cheshire in Rochester, NY.

Pours a dark brown, almost black, with a half inch foamy brown head. Not much lacing on the glass.

Smells like roasted malt, caramel, and a bit of alcohol.

The taste is similar. This tastes a lot better than the rating suggests. It's a very basic Baltic porter, some lager-ish yeast flavors, roasted malts, a little bit of chocolate, a tiny bit of smoke, and some caramel.

Medium bodied, thin for the style. The alcohol is slightly noticeable near the end of each sip, otherwise it's pretty drinkable. Creamy, smooth mouthfeel.

As far as I know, this was my first beer from Russia, and first from Baltika. It seems like this might be one of their best entries.

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Photo of BeerWithMike
4.35/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Sampled tonight on 5/22/14 and had this one once before about 15 months ago. Comes in a single 500ml (16.9 oz.) bottle for $2.99. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured into a 12 ounce glass 'boot'.

Pours a dark hazy very deep brown, almost black in color, with a tan 1+-finger head that dissipates fast that leaves close to 1/2 finger tan head with nice lacing when sipped. Aroma is of chocolate and coffee. Taste about the same as the aroma and is very smooth actually with a nice sweet finish. Goes down easy with no bitterness at all! Really liked this one.

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Photo of eduardolinhalis
3.7/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle served in a thumbler glass.

Bottled in December, 8th 2013. Best before the same date, 2014.

A: Pours a dark brown color forming a creamy but quite aired beige head. Medium to low retention and some molasses lacings left in the glass

S: Strong notes of chocolate malts and roasted malts. Notes of dark chocolate, dark fruits and wood. Very bready and biscuity. Blindfolded, I would say that's a Schwarzbier

T: Slightly sweet upfront. Strong roastiness. Notes of dark chocolate, chocolate malts, wood, caramel and vanilla. Light bitterness. A mix of roasted and hippy bitterness. Alcohol is perfectly hidden

M: Medium body. Medium carbonation. Roasty and woody aftertaste

O: Good drinkability. Smooth and pleasant Porter

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Photo of superspak
3.53/5  rDev -2.8%
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 Daredevil
3.98/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

glass used: original Duvel glass

Eye: opaque, almost black, foamy very firm head

Nose: dark roasted malts, coffee

Palate: dark (belgian) chocolate, espresso, some hints of elderberry, all well integrated

a very dry, full bodied brew of high quality

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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.

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Photo of flyingpig
4.01/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

500ml Bottle from BeersOfEurope website (£2.29):
Mahogany brown with a finger sized, tan coloured head that is quite bubbly looking and also quite creamy, managing to maintain its size well.

Lively sweet notes initially & sugar presence with some caramel and chocolate malts coming through as well. The beer has some of the characteristics of a Foreign Export Stout but these are subtle hints with the bread and biscuit aromas more noticeable here and the sweetness, although present not coming across so strong.

Sweet, dark malts with a solid caramel and chocolate base kick things off, followed by some biscuit malts and a hot of sugar as well. There is a taste of coffee too but this is a mild one with the sweetness covering it for the most part along with some roasted malts and a nice bitterness to it.

Medium bodied and quite lively, particularly at the start when the beer is first poured. There is a mild bitterness from about the middle onwards and the mouthfeel is quite creamy.

A very nice porter that had a good balance with the relatively high abv. well hidden and the mouthfeel a good one. Initially it started quite sweet, almost like FES but this settled some not long after and the darker malts made themselves known.

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Photo of Beric
3.71/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Serving: 500mL bottle into tulip
Enjoyed: 17 Nov 2013

Appearance: Pitch black with a solid two finger head after pouring that rather quickly dissipates into just a sheen of bubbles, likely due to the high(er) ABV in this one. The head is originally a dirty brown colored foam that looks great. Eventually, head collapses into bubbles around the edge of the glass.

Smell: Slight roasted malt smells coming through- some smokiness, bitter coffee and chocolate notes, but nothing too notable. The smell is quite muted, actually, and is easily the weakest point of this beer.

Taste: My first taste was rather astringent- I tasted deep caramel notes similar to a doppelbock originally, but after a few more sips, and certainly after most of the bottle was gone, I was picking up on some good roasted flavors. Roasted malt, black coffee, and bitter cocoa were all coming out, though none were extremely assertive. Not as much flavor as an imperial stout, but also nothing as muted as a Guinness Draught. A good in-between.

Mouthfeel: This one isn't carbonated that much, and as a result, and feel rather thin at times, especially after it starts warming up. I would have liked to see just a pinch more carbonation in this one to help carry some effervescence through the whole beer rather than being lost about 3/4ths of the way through the bottle.

Overall: Not a bad beer, but by no means anything special. Good because it's cheap (only $2 for a 500mL bottle!) and does have plenty more flavor than comparable low-cost options, such as Guinness Draught.

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Photo of 77black_ships
3.71/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Early 2013 Rating. 500 ml. bottle @ home. Bottled on 12.10.2012. Picked up in one of those “Russian”-type of stores / deals. Pours a touch lighter shade of black with a non-lasting mocha head. Nose is sweet syrup, light licorice, roasted malts, overripe dark fruits and a touch of chocolate. Taste is sweet syrup, light bitterness, coffee, licorice, iron bitterness / pale lager hop extracts style, caramel, light roast, black bread, cocoa, hopextract and syrup being listed as ingredients comes as no surprise. Bit thin, touch syrup body. Almost like a fine dunkel. In a beer wasteland this stuff must be divine. Probably what a beer geek would drink if for some odd reason he wound up in Russia.

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Baltika #6 Porter from Baltika Breweries
82 out of 100 based on 606 ratings.
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