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Baltika #6 Porter | Baltika Breweries

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Baltika #6 PorterBaltika #6 Porter

Brewed by:
Baltika Breweries
Russian Federation | website

Style: Baltic Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 01-28-2003

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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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Photo of mattcrill
4.05/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours like a stout. Very brown to black in color. It is definitely syrupy in presentation. A nice, tan, foamy head erupts but it does sneak out of there quite quickly. I smell malts and coffee (which can't be a bad thing...very inviting). Tasty carmelized and complex in character. I thought it was a bit drier than other porters but my friends did not agree. So maybe somewhere in the middle of sweet to dry is where this finely crafted brew lies. Overall, a nice porter.

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Photo of Hex92
3.91/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very dark with maybe a hint of reddish color. Big foamy head that disappeared quickly. Nice lacing on the glass. Smooth mouthfeel. Good flavor. Got the beer from someone else so don't have a clue as to how much it costs so I can't doa cost benefit analysis. The Russians make some pretty good beer.

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Photo of tjd25
3.28/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The beer poured a very dark brown color, with a small fast disappearing brownish head. Nothing relevant in the smell, just a very common aroma.

The taste is roasted coffee, with the impression of a big alcohol kick, although the beer isn't that strong. Some caramel smoothness too. Then, a chewy hoppy and slightly citric aftertaste leave a thick and long lasting mouthfeel. Nothing exceptional...

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Photo of cerevisiaephilus
3.86/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer is deceptively smooth for 7%abv. Nice, dark, dark brown almost black color with a decent head. Nose wasn't very impressive, some barely perceptible roasty notes. Taste was very very smooth, the roasted toasted notes were subdued. Very nice smooth caramel flavors. Very very drinkable, I will get some more.

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Photo of Andreji
4.2/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Oh goody. Been looking a long time for a porter around paris- i drank it all the time in colombia- and I come accross this russian gem.

Black, completely opaque and carbonation-less. Slight head, like a little layer, and a ring around.

The smell is a battle between sweet and sour, proper for the style I guess, blending the malts with the hops, giving off a fantastic feeling. This is certainly (and happily) reexperienced in the mouth as part of the taste. Its rich body and faint carbonation give it a pleasing mouthfeel.

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Photo of sulldaddy
3.98/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pour a room temp bottle into a snifter and get a very tightly packed fluffy tan head to foam up very easily. Aroma is malt, with molasses and caramel dominating. The color is a very dark brown with faint tints of red at the bottom of the glass when held to the light. The head fades gradually to a nice surface layer.

First sip reveals, a soft carbonation that is pillowy in my mouth, texture is nice and creamy with fairly thick body. The flavor is very tasty but a little light. I get a hit of sweet caramel up front which moves to a rather empty middle and then a roasted sugar flavor on the finish that lingers nicely in my mouth. I get a nice alcohol warming down my throat after I swallow.

This beer is very tasty and easy to drink. I got the bottle for less that $2 and I think it is one of my new steal deals at the store. Give this one a shot if you like malty brews!

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Photo of ark57
3.73/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer is dark black, but it is not as thick as it looks. The aroma smells of dark fruits and some chocolate. The medium body has hints of raisin and fig along with some sweet chocolate. It finishes with some whiskey notes. It is smooth and sweet. I expected it to be a little thicker and less sweet. It is a good beer, just not my favorite.

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Photo of cokes
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark cherry-stained brown with sufficent tan suds.
Roasted caramel nose mixed with prunes and raisins. Plenty malty and dopplebock-leaning.
Enters roasty and sweet in unison. Burnt chocolate hues are joined with, again, prunes and dark raisins. Lingering earth and smoke. Loses heft midway, and turns fizzier with accented mocha and caramel traits. Gentle alcohol ebbs. An upswell of charred wood and dark fruits completes things.
Begins substanciated and coating in the mouth, but gradually disintergrates.
All told, it's a good, drinkable, yet seemingly basic version of the style. Many surpass it in overall enjoyability, though it is certainly a decent rendition.

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

Comes in a very attractive 500ml bottle, nice packaging.
Quite a handsome beer to look at deepest ,darkest garnet..nice tan head..that goes quite fast..leaves beautiful lacing down the glass.
The aroma is mostly of toasted malts..with a nice alcohol undertow.
Taste is sweet for a mega second after it hits the tongue..then a nice treacle like semi-bitterness..almost liquorice like..then a different bitter after taste ( hops?)..nice alcohol warming.
Very nice in the mouth, invigorating.
I found this to be a very drinkable Baltic..my favourite style after all.

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: A 500ml bottle that looks just like the BA Database Picture.

Appearance: Dark brown body that has a mercuric black appearance. A darkish tan brown pillowy head sits atop this dark ebonyious marvel. No light, no reflections. The creamy head that builds after the pour stays for a long time but leaves some great lacing. Excellent look and some nice conditioning.

Nose: Coffee, dark chocolate, more coffee and some roasted walnuts. Whipped café latte aromas with some dark malt.

Taste: Starts with a coffee malt entrance that builds into a thick malty middle with dark cooking chocolate. Reticent caramel with some light hoppiness and a toffee tingling dry finish. Dry hopped bitter finish licks the edge of the caramel dark malt ending. The lingering ending has an attractive crisp hop bite with a chocolate twist.

Mouthfeel: A porter with a solid mouth that is dominant and most certainly one of the more interesting foreign Porters that I have had in a long time.

Drinkability: Man this sucker is good. I demolished the whole bottle in no time. I can’t believe that I never tried this Baltika offering before now.

Overall: A solid offering, not great, not bad, but certainly way above average. It deserves it legendary status as a very good Ruskie Porter.

This Review is dedicated to the greatest educated Comedian the USA has ever produced, bar none. Bill Hicks. Bill sadly passed away 10 years ago this week (2/26/94). Can it be? I guess so. Incredibly he made his name (and living) outside of the USA, thanks to the conservative gagging media in the Land of the Free!! Most notably he was extremely popular in England, where he was allowed to dispense his awesome humor unattentuated on terrestrial UK TV. A true comedic genius whose native country shunned him. Well, here’s to you Bill, I reckon you would find the fact that I raise a Russian Porter in your honor an ironic laugh! You’re sadly missed.

“Some of you may remember me as a drinker. I was a weekend drinker, started on Saturday, end on Friday."
Bill Hicks. 12/16/61 - 2/26/94 R.I.P.

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Baltika #6 Porter from Baltika Breweries
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