Baltika #6 Porter | Baltika Breweries

Baltika #6 PorterBaltika #6 Porter
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Baltika #6 PorterBaltika #6 Porter

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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 hwwty4
4.05/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a 500ml bottle into my Dogfish Head snifter. This beer pours a rich burnt coffee brown with a 2-inch coffee and cream cap that leaves oily lacing down the sides of the glass. This is the third in the numbered series I've had from Baltika. The first two were less then stellar to say the least. This one is starting off much better then the rest. The aroma is semi sweet bakers chocolate, dates, raisins, cream, and caramel. Wow, the aroma is pretty top notch. The bar has been raised. The flavor profile follows suit with bitter dark chocolate leading the way. Subtle toffee notes follow with dates and figs coming though also. A hint of oats come and roasted grains. This is a really well rounded beer. Rather tasty. At the very end of the flavor profile comes sweet raisins. The mouthfeel is odd. Unlike any other beer I've ever had. If starts really creamy. Almost as if they mashed with oats. Coats the mouth with dark chocolate, then comes the odd thing. This beer finishes really, really dry. Reminds me more of a finish on saison then a porter. Creamy and dry, it's a rather odd combination of sensations. While not my first rodeo with Baltika beers, it definitely is the best ride I've had. Changes my mind about beer that comes out of the Motherland.

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Photo of climax
3.06/5  rDev -15.2%
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 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 LucienDeRubempre
2.7/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Poured from a pint bottle into a clean pub glass.

Strong pour produces a fluffy head that looks like the foam on the shallows of the Ohio river, stiff and silty-brown with nuclear waste bubbles and an oily sheen. The nose strikes a balance between over-roasted malt and macro-lager rice stench. What really disappoints is the taste; a bad dark beer with all the worst parts of a bad light beer. Really similar to kvass, unsurprisingly. Creepy weird aftertaste and a weak mouthfeel, nothing like the robustness of a good porter.

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Photo of DiabolikDUB
3.16/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from Bottle into Pint glass.

Pours brown-black with deep red edges and a big fizzy light cream colored head that quickly dissolves into a thin layer atop the glass. The aroma is slightly skunky, DMS, roast and a little chocolate. The flavor is sweet chocolate forwards with some toffee, roast and finishes dry with some alcohol presence. Its light-medium bodied with a fizzy amount of carbonation. I'm not exactly sure why I was smelling the DMS but it was certainly the most noticeable aroma of this beer, the flavor was nice but not complex in the least and the body felt a little thin for the style. Probably wouldn't seek this out again although it is a cheap Baltic Porter that is readily available.

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Photo of feelmefoam
4.18/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 1 pint, .9 fl oz bottle into a Stone pint glass.

Baltika #6 pours an opaque dark chocolate color with minimal highlights, I can barely pick out a little mocha color when held up to the light. The beer puts up a really nice head, over two fingers of effervescent tan foam that has really nice retention and leaves lots of tan spiderweb lacing clinging to the glass as it slowly dissipates down to a pockmarked foam cap. Really good looking beer.

The smell is comprised of dark malts, black coffee and a little bit of creamy chocolate. Pretty fragrant, too; a nice nose overall.

As soon as #6 hits your tongue you can taste the roasty malt and slightly bitter coffee flavors, mingled with a bit of dark chocolate and maybe a hint of caramel. A bit of dark fruit might creep into the mix as well. This is pretty tasty; I certainly wasn't expecting this when I saw this bottle at the store.

This beer feels just the way (I think) a porter should feel in your mouth. A medium-thick body coupled with a creamy smoothness and just enough carbonation to work with the 7% ABV. The beer finishes with a slightly dry, alcoholic finish.

I certainly was not expecting this when I picked this up at the store. This is my first beer from Russia and my first Baltic porter, and I was not disappointed in the least. Solid flavor and an awesome mouthfeel make this an easy drinker, even with 7% alcohol. It gets the job done and it looks good doing it, too. Long story short, if you see this around, pick it up and give it a shot. I'm glad I did.

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Photo of mralphabet
2.98/5  rDev -17.5%
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 biglite351
3.84/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - lighter in color than most that I have.

S - I really couldn't smell much of anything.

T - great Flickr. Very different than any other porter that o have had. Sweet, dessert like but doable.

M - mo bitterness or tingled or anything bad.

D - I could drink this all night.

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Photo of mnrider
2.92/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Large brown bottle. Pint Glass

A: Dark brown, almost black. Two finger tan head, very fizzy and does not last. No lacing at all.

S: Very sweet, light chocolate and funky caramel.

T/M: Smooth and creamy, with hints of chocolate and caramel. Tastes burnt and unappealing. Hops are small. Alcohol is hidden well. Finishes sweet and bitter.

D: It's a good brew. I'm not a huge porter person. This one is not very drinkable to me. Too sweet, but I'm still happy I tried it.


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Photo of ktrillionaire
4.17/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled: 19.09.09

Best by: 19.09.10

Baltika beers come in a bottle shaped reminiscent of the old Michelob bottle x Aunt Jemima syrup bottle. Awesome.

A – Pretty straight-up for the style. Nearly black in hue, with a huge tan head which quickly subsides into a small patchy foam, but blanketing lacing

S – Dark malt, flavored with nuances of tamari, smoke and chocolate. Also a cola-like smell develops after a while.

T – Quite good. Straightforward roasted malt is the obvious staple, with a Tamari and smoked almond flavor, but oh-so subtle. Also a sweet dark-fruit / alcohol finish. It would pair well with any number of dried or desiccated fish. Also a good chaser for Russian water, errr… Vodka. Seriously, this beer tastes good. It is not the paradigm of Baltic Porter taste, but it is deliciously nutty and seemingly shares some flavors with both RIS, albeit much lighter, and Doppelbock, but not as malty.

M – Overall it is a medium-bodied beer, but that gets lost in the robust flavors.

D – I will drink this whenever. I like it a lot.

This is the first beer I have had from a St. Petersburg brewery. Too bad it is from the other St. Petersburg.

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Photo of PorterLambic
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours exceedingly dark brown with very little light penetration at the edges. Dark tan head with not so great retention. No lace from the thin ring.
Smell is smoke, malt, teriyaki.
Taste is smoke, malt, soy, alcohol, hint of hops. Nice balance.
A touch thinner than expected, a thin/medium body. Light effervesce. Overall, a good beer but would surely like it a bit chewier, although, several is definitely doable.

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Photo of forallittook
2.99/5  rDev -17.2%
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 CrazyDavros
3.7/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours tar black with a large brown fading head.
Aroma shows lots of sweet malt, chocolate, oats, with a faint hint of vegemite in the background that narrowly avoids being offensive.
More roasted malt and sweet dark chocolate show as flavours, along with loads of sweet caramel.
Very slick and creamy with low carbonation.

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Photo of GeezLynn
2.63/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Production date: 04 04 09. Best before: 04 04 10

Very dark brown pour with a large-bubbled, frothy beige head. Smell is sweet lactose and a little caramel and roasted malts. Flavor is a shallow roasted dark malt. A little stale coffee, a little ashiness, and a distinctive metallic quality. Finish is very abrupt for the style. Mouthfeel has about the right body and carbonation level for the style, maybe just a touch on the bubbly side.

The flavor of this beer was just not very good. Either this guy is not adequately built for the voyage, or it is just a sub-par beer. Did not enjoy this.

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Photo of Dentist666
2.39/5  rDev -33.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Black beer with tan monolithic big high-resistent head, poor smell of roasted malt and burnt sugar. Flat, unexpressive taste of malt and chocolate, rather sweet. Well hidden alcohol and medium carbonation. A bit metallic neutral aftertaste. Not recommended!

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Photo of burnstar
3.89/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours black with a good sized head. Nice lacing on the surface and sides. Smell is roasted and burnt malt. Taste has a pleasant chocolately sweetness throughout. Some bitterness from the dark malt also goes well- like bitter chocolate. Very tasty. Medium to full bodied. Fairly drinkable. This would be a really good desert beer. Sweet and chocolaty.

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Photo of Duxx
3.83/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Very dark black, almost opaque with a 2 finger dark tan head.

S: A little metallic with a toasty background and a sweet caramel nose.

T: Definitely sweet along with pungent dark roast malt. No real trace of the high alcohol. No noticeable hop character. This beer reminds me a lot of Sam Adams Cream Stout but much sweeter. This is my first encounter with a Baltic porter so I don't have a great base for comparison.

M: Thick and creamy. The sweetness limits the drinkability for me.

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Photo of Mora2000
3.8/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown with a beige head. The aroma is mainly roasted malt with some coffee. The flavor is heavy on the roasted malt. Not as much coffee or chocolate in the flavor as I was expecting. The alcohol is well hidden. Medium mouthfeel and carbonation. Fairly cream finish.

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Photo of angelmonster
3.67/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a 2 finger beige head. Body is pitch black in color. Head retention and lacing were above average.

Smell is similar to a doppelbock, lots of dried fruit coming through, prunes/dates/raisins. Theres lots of sweetness, residual sugars, lactose and some alcohol. No hops are detected.

First taste is of toffee and sweet roasted malt. Burnt, smoked malt is also there with the dried fruit from the nose. Hops arent present but for 7% abv the alcohol is definitely there. There are some off flavors in the after taste, cant put my finger on it but it may be oxidation.

Mouth feel is good. Medium bodied, carbonation is balanced well. Head died halfway through beer which was disappointing.

Drink ability was above average. Wasnt very impressed by this beer. It was pretty rough around the edges, wouldnt buy again

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Photo of StJamesGate
3.74/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours garnet and a loose tan head that disappears fast. Nose is mint, kola and smoke. Heavy molasses malts turn into liquorice-anise, with some herbal hops. Prune and burnt sugar as it warms. Tight finish, chewy, fizzy and viscous. 7% doesn't burn, but it's there.

Sweet, strong and not subtle. A good benchmark for the style, but not the best example.

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

Bottle- Deep cola brown with a frothy mocha cap that laces well. Nose of coffee beans, vanilla, dark rum, dark chocolate, a bit of molasses. Tastes pretty sweet, of roasty malts, burnt toast, bittering hops, a bit woody. Has a bit of a metallic edge that detracts from the flavour a bit but thankfully it is only minor. Sweet malty finish, with roasty bitter aftertaste. Overall very good

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Photo of peterjk
3.89/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 500ml bottle into Trois Pistoles Goblet

A: Black with dark amber highlights, light brown head fades quickly leaving big bubbles around the edges of the glass.

S: Milk chocolate, caramel, cola, toasted malt, hints of molasses, slight metallic note when cold

T: Cola and brown sugar sweetness up front. Moves nicely into roasted malt and dark chocolate. Touch of bitterness gives the finish a coffee flavor.

M: Thinner than expected up front with lots of carbonation, but the finish is rich and lasting.

D: I was pleasantly surprised by how good this beer is. Especially given the price ($1.99 for 500ml) It had complexity and layers on both the nose and palette. Other than a slight metallic note (which blew off) there where no detectable flaws. Another great porter from the Baltic

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Photo of WanderingFool
3.83/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Baltika porter pours near black into the glass. Ruby highlights are seen around the edges. On top, a big foamy tan head forms and quickly falls to a ring around the surface. A nice netted pattern of lace clings to the glass.

The aroma is malty with notes of smoke, roasted malt and ripe fruit like plum or prune. Each sip of this medium to full bodied beer is very smooth with a mild fizz on the tip of the tongue.

The flavor is rich malt with some nuttiness and hops. It starts with chocolate, smoke and roasted malt. In the middle there's a touch of ripe fruit (raisin?). It finishes with a mild flowery hop bitterness. Once gone some of the chocolate and hop notes linger on the palate.

This is a tasty well balanced beer that's a little thin in body. It's easy to drink and a great example of the style.

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Photo of woosterbill
3.93/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

1/2 liter bottle (bottled on 8/9/08, best by 8/9/09) into a Duvel tulip.

A: Brown-tinged black body, 2 fingers of dun, light-brown head, the top finger of which is frothy and short-lived, while the lower is finer and shows great retention, leaving small amounts of lace. Interesting, but not truly compelling.

S: Roasted malt, candied fruit, and maybe a whiff of smokiness. Nothing off, but everything understated to the point of being boring.

T: Much hoppier than the nose, with lots of fruit and a finish that's bitter with a touch of mild coffee. The bitterness eases off into a smooth aftertaste of malt. Quite nice and complex, far, far more than I was expecting.

M: A little on the light side of medium-bodied, with abundant fine carbonation. Definitely a touch light in comparison to the intense flavors of the beer.

D: The big malty finish gets a bit over-bearing, but it's tasty enough to prevent any serious annoyance on my part.

Notes: I got this one on a lark and really didn't set me expectations too high. While not an especially memorable beer, this was more than just acceptable - it was good.


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Photo of dpodratsky3
3.95/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle poured into pint glass

A: Dark brown with hints of dark red/garnet, very creamy light tan head, head is very active, lots of big popping bubbles

S: Spicy and phenoly hits pretty strong, a little brown ale like malt - mild, not nearly as dark and roasted as I was expecting, a touch of sweetness also

T: Nice roasted dark malt, but very sweet, stays present through the entire flavor profile, even as the hop and alcohol spice (which is very evident) comes in, a little like bittersweet/semi-sweet chocolate, finishes sweet too, not cloyingly sweet, but maybe just a touch too much, alcohol is more evident than I would like, its not that high (7%)

M: Medium or slightly fuller, not thin like some porters, but definitely not stout territory, nice, creamy, and super smooth

D: Very high, despite sweetness it is very easy to drink a glass of this, I would not mind going back and buying several next time I'm at a party and am in the mood for a darker beer, plus at $2 a bottle its a complete steal

Notes: Doesn't live up the the first baltic porter I had just yesterday (Beer Here Morke Pumpernickel Porter), however, not a disappointment. Represents the sweeter side of the porter world, and does a good job. If you don't want a real heavy, smoked, or roasted porter then try this. Definitely an easy beer to drink.

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Baltika #6 Porter from Baltika Breweries
Beer rating: 44.5% out of 100 with 944 ratings
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