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 DrunkMcDermott
3.58/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Probably the beer to get when you’re in Russia. Nice maple smell, and pours with a notably brown rocky head. Has some good coffee roast malt notes, and then maple, and a little bit of honey, come back as you sip. In fact, it almost has some barley wine character that makes it well worth picking up. Glad I was first exposed to it a bit closer to the source that at some Russian deli in America.

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

Nice dark brown, absolutely hugh head, not sure why.

Aroma of roasted coffee, dark fruit, bit of spice possibly.

Medium-full body, big mix of flavors: roasted malt, bitter chocolate, tobacco?, a hint of brown sugar. A faint alcohol flavor flashes across the palate and quickly disappears. Leaves a bitter-sweet aftertaste.

My first baltic porter, wasn't sure what to expect, but this seemed OK-good.

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Photo of ADR
3.65/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark dullish brown, clear. Nice frothy head on a hard pour, builds to almost an inch of latte-like bubbles. Lacing is pretty good at first, thick looping rings that thin as the beer is consumed. Aroma of bittersweet chocolate, just a slight astringent fruitiness. Carbonation is medium to low, mouthfeel pretty nice and creamy. Flavor is easy-going, milky with cocoa tones that glide easily past the tongue. Hops are non-players of any note in the profile. Drinkable and pleasant overall, if there's anything missing it might be a little more complexity to write about. As is, an easy drinker and one that hides its 7.0% ABV pretty well and has a nice texture.

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Photo of Fish113d
3.68/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Note: The bottle noted that this would be best consumed before 01/10/04, which was a little over a year ago, so I am not sure what I could expect from this beer had it been a year younger.

Anyways, I poured this into a tulip glass, leaving a 2 cm head that quickly disappeared to near nothing besides a slight edge layer and some slight lacing on the glass. It poured a black color with a mocha colored head. Taking a good whiff of this, I could get the scents of a sour brown caramel malt mainly with some mocha cappuccino aromas and a slightly nutty (almond or chestnut) aroma as well. Slight chocolate came through as well, but mainly the coffee/cappuccino odor. Taking the first sip, I got the idea that this is mostly chocolate and toffee flavors w/ hints of almonds popping through with a light alcohol burn upon the swallow. Aftertaste was there, mainly of bitter coffee, which was nice. The feel is mainly a thin-to-medium body w/ carbonation that whacks the tip of your tongue and quickly dies off w/ a slight alcohol burn taking over the rest of your palette through the swallow. Overall, this was a bit thin for my taste, but fairly drinkable...easy to drink a few bottles..good session beer!

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Photo of clvand0
4.08/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark color with a tall head that dies off fast and leaves some lacing on the glass. The aroma is somewhat sweet with hints of dark fruits and dark malts. Maybe some molasses. The flavor is dark and sweet with the dark fruit giving some slight character. Some chocolate in there. Nice body and drinkability. Very nice offering.

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Photo of kmpitz2
4.28/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to clvand0 for sharing this with me.

This one pours a nice black color with 3 finger head that falls to a quarter inch over the beer. The nose is very sweet, with some nice figgy and molasses. I dig it. The flavor is nice as well. A nice combo of fig, chocolate and molasses. I like it. The feel is right there between moderate and thick, with a touch of creamy...a touch thin. This is a really nice beer overall. I like the flavor, nose and feel. Well built. A nice Baltic porter.

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Photo of Crotor
3.46/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours opaque black with slight red windowpanes. Pushes up a substantial, light brown head that has decent retention. As it settles, it forms dimples. Mmm, I do love pillowy, dimpled heads on my beer...

Can't pick up too much on the aroma. A bit of clean malty sweetness, some slight phenols, and maybe a bit of diacetyl?

Tastes smooth and chocolatey. It's only slightly roasty considering the color. Really comes across like a roastier dopplebock. There's definately some hot alcohol going on, and some phenolols. Mouthfeel becomes kinda frothy and creamy, though not at all viscous. Overall, rather restrained for a Baltic porter, but enjoyable nonetheless.

Ultimately, it's a respectable beer, and more than moderately drinkable. At $1.75 for 16.9 oz, it's an affordable option for a Baltic porter in the States.

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Photo of rkhaze
4.25/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep mahogany color with a creamy dark tan head.
Sweet roasted malt smells. Coffee, chocolate, a smidge of red fruit and a slightly zingy hop aroma.
Nice dark roasted sweet malt flavor. Rich creamy chocolate, coffee, lightly charred red plums in the middle and finishes dry with a tangy hop bitterness and a wisp of smoke. Good job!
Medium bodied with a rich creamy mouthfeel and soft carbonation.
Perhaps a little subtle for a Baltic Porter but a damn tasty beer anyway. The rich, sweet, creamy elements hurt the drinkability a bit. It would make a good dessert beer.

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Photo of WesWes
4.33/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a deep dark black color with a thick frothy tan head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a nice rich malty scent that seems a bit dry, but full of caramel and black malts. It has a roasted, toastey aroma. The taste is great. It has an extremely smooth and creamy flavor that is full of sweet crystal and black malts. It goes down easy and hides the elevated abv. . The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a damn good beer and a bit of a surprise. It is a great drinker.

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Photo of marcobrau
4.04/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer starts with an absolutely wonderful aroma of vanilla-scented coffee with cream. It is quite dark, a very dark brown (almost black), with hint of ruby. The It pours with light tan head. The beer foams up with a flourish, then the bubbles fall to thin collar of foam. The first bit of flavor is of the Mexican hot chocolate (but not hot) and is accented by the very smooth mouthfeel. A bit light-bodied, with a dash of bitterness before the powdery, almost tannin-like finish. Finishes with a touch sweetness, no real bitterness, but very dry with a hint of alcohol burn. I like this one, but I'd like to have a little more body for this style.

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Photo of Brent
3.26/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

If a Russian Imperial Stout and Guinness Draught hooked up during one crazy foreign exchange student summer, this beer would be their child. Poured tar black with an impressive, Guinness-like head. Nutty, caramel aroma. Distinct peat smoke notes, calling to mind Guiness, overlapping dark roasted caramel malts. Dry, and a touch watery mouthfeel. The 7% abv is completely hidden in the malt. Verdict: a dry Irish Russian porter.

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Photo of blitheringidiot
4.05/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Label Lore: Quite a decorative triple label like the USSR army designed it. 16.9 Victorian pint. Best before 2/2/04. Back label indicates “Caramel malts. For beer connoisseurs.” 7.0 % ABV.

Dark ruddy black pour with a suggestion of mahagony under a slowly fading khaki tight head cap.

Vinous red wine and toasted malt nose with a generous roasted scent.

First Swigs: Nutty almost towards almonds and bakers chocolate. Plenty of sweet cocoa powder and caramelly toasted malts. Dry flour finish. A slightly lingering aftertaste. Richness in the roasted nuttiness of the middle. After a bit of sitting the awl-kee-hawl is palatable.

Exceptional feel while not too thick yet creamy tight carbonation feel that lasts. Surprisingly drinkable but fitting considering that it is an autumn evening and this is hitting the spot. Quite filling too.

Last Swigs: Cocoa and roasty malts. A must have Porter beer, and at $1.60 a biggie, a frigging beer bargain. Another Best of Beers from MJ. Could have used a beter head cap tho.


Beer is good. Happy Ruskie Beering.

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Photo of WetCoaster
4.02/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: Deep brown with garnet highlights. Coffee with cream colored head, thick with moderate duration. Mild, fine carbonation. No real lacing to speak of.

Smell: Holy crap! BOOMING vinous nose, with big Zin notes up front. Strong cherry follows, with wonderful chocolate and caramel malt notes underneath. A hint of coffee. Roastiness is all that's missing--near perfect.

Taste/Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is oddly thin and the carbonation, while crisp up front, is weak at best--that's not good. The flavor starts off with strong notes of chocolate, sweetened coffee and toasted malt. It sweetens tremendously with a (too?) intense blast of candied dark fruit. The finish is fairly dry and clean, with perhaps a touch of diacetyl. There's also... something else, a faint sulphur/medicine flavor, but it's very mild. It's good, but it's a bit tepid overall.

Drinkability: It's very tasty, "only" about 7% and smells better than almost any beer I've ever sampled. It may not be the best Baltic around (I've never had one before, going by BJCP guidelines), but it's a damn tasty beer and hilariously Wal-Mart cheap. I'm stocking up.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Opaque dark chestnut with generous garnet highlights, capped by a large, oatmeal cookie brown head with acceptable density and persistence. The cap remains at three fingers for a while, then slowly settles to a thick disk while the initially abundant lace dissolves with drinking. Roasted barley, coffee with cream and cocoa comprise what is a pleasing porter nose.

Number six has impressive flavor intensity; this is no 'wilting violet' porter. Again, roasted malt is uppermost with accessory flavors of coffee, semi-sweet chocolate and light molasses. The flavor seems concentrated somehow, an effect that is probably accentuated by the medium-full body and the relatively high ABV. I know that 7.0% isn't that high, but it tastes stronger than that in the same way that liqueur 'tastes' stronger than wine.

Baltika Porter may be my first beer from Russia. It's a more than capable effort and I'll be looking for it again. It's also a good starting point for those interested in the Baltic Porter style or in flavorful dark beer in general.

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Photo of jlervine
3.68/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours black with cherry highlights and two fingers' of creamy tan head. Head takes it's time to settle on top of the beer, receding to a thin layer of lace. Spicy hops, roasted malts, and overtones of chocolate dominate the aroma, fighting each other for prominance. Taste is preceded by chocolate and a light medicinal flavor. Could be fusels or hops, hard to tell, but I lean towards the former. Roasted and chocolate malts dry the mouth out in the finish, and the entire beer seems to shrink in your mouth. Almost as if it's scared to be itself. This makes for an exceptionally drinkable baltic porter, but there are certainly better examples in the taste department.

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Photo of ElGordo
3.63/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very deep brown-black hue (can still see light through it) with a creamy tan head. Looks kind of like a Coke in the glass. Nice aroma of roasted malt, coffee, sweet toffee, and alcohol. Palate begins sweet and full of malt, with notes of caramel, coffee, and cola, becoming more bitter towards the end. Beautiful creamy mouthfeel. A bit too strong to rate high on drinkability, but other than that, this is a good one.

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Photo of SilentSabre
4.25/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I must say I was indeed quite impressed with this one. It poured a pitch black with a tan coloured foamy head the receded in about 45 seconds or so. Almost looked like Coca-Cola. The smell was pretty good. Had a sweetness to it. A little bit of dark chocolate and a tiny bit of hops. Some coffee and roasted malt. Par for the course as with most porters. The taste was really good! I thought so, anyway. Very malty with a little bit of a burnt chocolate aftertaste you almost have to me looking for to detect. There is a tiny bit too much carbonation for my personal taste here. Note that I said a tiny bit. It isn't like Sprite or anything, it's just enough for me to say "3.5" rather than "4.0". The body is a lot lighter than many other brews of this style. Sinebrychoff Porter of Finland, North Coast's "Old Rasputin"....two of either of those in a sitting is almost more than plenty. They're absolutley delicious brews, but extremley filling, thick, and heavy. This stuff I could knock out by the dozens! And at 7%abv, that's saying something. They do a nice job concealing the 7% in this stuff. All in all, I this one is fantastic and will certainly buy again! If you like porters/stouts, I would recommend this one.

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Photo of StuFox
3.35/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer is the best of both worlds. Unlike the Baltika 9 (the extra), which is essentially vodka in beer form, the porter has a body to it, and a good taste. The Baltika porter is creamy, nutty, and pretty malty, which does a good job of covering up the booze content. Cheap as hell, alcoholic as you would want, big bottles, and a good taste. I once carried a case of this stuff 5 blocks just because I was afraid the store was running out of it (which, much to my dismay, it eventually did). When you drink the Extra, you know you're getting drunk. If you want to get good and wasted on the cheap but still drink a delicious brew, the Baltika porter lives at the intersection of price, quality, and alcohol content.

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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 ALESwhatCURESya
4.15/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I kind of wondered why this was only $1.49 for a 16.9oz bottle. Was I in for another import disappointment?
Appearance was a beautiful, rich, crude black with a beige head on it that was very impressive at first and slowly disappeared, leaving only lacing down the sides. The aroma was sweet and malty with just the right amount of heaviness. The taste is wonderful right from the first sip. I had this one at about 55 degrees and it was perfect after a few minutes of warming. The taste is very rewarding with a sweet start and a nutty, malty finish. The dryness spreads out across the tongue but doesn't follow down the throat. Very nice overall for a Baltic Porter and would definately say it was impressive for its price!

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Photo of CortexBomb
3.18/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bought this on a whim despite concerns that the price was awfully low for an imported beer...or should I say, that the price was too low to be a quality import beer :-)

Pours out a proper porter shade of black with a slightly brown head on top that seems to want to stick around for a spell. Chocolate, roasted malts, and a vague nutty tinge all are there in the aroma, and I have my hopes up now.

The taste really let me down though, the roast from the smell starts out strong, but then it quickly dissipates, and there's not much left to it other than a hint of that nuttiness, a weak hop bitter on the back of the tongue, and some alcohol. Not nearly as much depth as I like porters to have.

Mouthfeel? Thinner than I like, even for this style. Drinkability was decent, but nothing to write home about, this seemed to finish very cleanly, which is good for some people, not for others. I didn't care for it that much myself.

Overall, you get what you pay for, this is a below average porter in my book. Not worth seeking out, but I've had worse shoved toward me in a pint, that's for sure.

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Photo of crookedhalo
3.58/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown with mahogany highlights. Tan head dissipates into lacing around the sides of the glass. Dark fruit notes like plum and a decent roastiness. Pretty slick on the tongue. Roastiness shines through, although I've had roastier. Pretty good example of the Baltic style porter.

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Photo of connecticutpoet
2.8/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

After drinking Baltika Extra, my hopes for this beer went down, but I thought that being a porter, it would have more body and potentially be better.

This beer is a dark brown in color, with a short tan head that fades away to a light foam. Not too bad.

The aroma is of dark chocolate malts and lightly roasted coffee. Again, not too bad.

Then for the taste... bitter foretaste, lightly roasted and highly carbonated, bitter aftertaste, and a trace of medicinal tastes much like the Extra.

Mouthfeel was very thin for a Porter.

Not a good example of the style.

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Photo of beerluvr
3.78/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Tight and light brown head slowly fades over clear deep brown liquid. Loads of sweet and roasty malt in the nose. Taste is solid maltiness with some burnt barley and chocolate tones, then a good deal of hop come thru. Light alcohol heat felt too. Finishes nice and flavorful, long and satisfying. A well done Baltic Porter.

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Photo of PopeJonPaul
3.83/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark brown color with some cherry red highlights and a solid tan head, color was about the same as a Coca Cola. A light nutty smell, which gave way to a nutty caramel taste, a chewy mouthfeel and a sort of peanutty aftertaste. Fairly mild, the alcohol was not so present. All in all pretty darn good.

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