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Baltika #6 Porter | Baltika Breweries

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Baltika #6 PorterBaltika #6 Porter
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Baltika Breweries
Russian Federation
baltika.ru

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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#37,468
Reviews:
619
Ratings:
949
pDev:
13.85%
Bros Score:
3.35
 
 
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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 GreenWBush
2.63/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Shaded eggplant in color with a head that is initially large, but goes almost completely flat. Slight peaks and valleys of lace stick to the vessel.

Nose is somewhat offputting, filled with suggestions of grape, DMS/corn, cereal grains, and light cocoa-drenched caramel.

Taste is again rather grape-like, then becomes infused with a dingy bitterness and cloying sugar-boosted sweetness. Odd cheap-vodka burn in there too, surprise surprise. Odd insta-buzz in the head is also noticed from the first few sips.

Smooth on the mouth, this one reminds me all in all of the similarly misnamed AB Amber-bock. I guess this was $1.18 for a reason...

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Photo of BeefyMee
2.63/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Pretty solid here. A nearly black body with a good sized head and a little bit of lacing.

Smell: A malty sweetness accompanied by some alcohol. The alcohol aroma becomes more prevalent in the last half of the glass.

Taste: Good at first but this did not last long. It initially gave me this strong Samuel Smith vibe, like a Nut Brown mixed with a Taddy Porter. The nutty flavor was very noticeable, but this soon gave way to a taste of strong alcohol that was biting in the aftertaste. The nuttiness remains but is dominated by the alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Kind of thin with a bit of acidity on the tongue.

Drinkability: I'll finish this one, but...well let's just say I'm not upset that I didn't buy another.

Beef Notes: It wouldn't take much to make this an above average brew. Some of that alcohol taste just needs to go away. I still don't understand why it tastes so much like alcohol when it's only 7%. I won't be returning to this one until someone tells me they've changed the recipe.

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Photo of Naerhu
2.63/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance - Dark tan head. Jet black opaque body.
Smell - Eastern European dark bread aroma with molasses and coffee notes.
Taste - tastes like burnt cola. I do not even like cola when it is not burnt. Also tastes slightly of Hershey’s chocolate, I do not like Hershey’s chocolate.
Mouthfeel - Very light body.
Drinkability - despite being served at room temperature, this might have been served too cold, but my heating went out and unless I was going to put it in the microwave or heat it on my stove it was going to be served at a very chilly room temperature.

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Photo of yeahnatenelson
2.64/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance -- Pours a dark brown with ruby highlights. Massive sudsy tan head. Pretty much what I come to expect in a true Baltic Porter.

Smell -- Red grapes are most apparent at first, then faint molasses and cocoa powder. Not a whole lot going on in the aroma department.

Taste -- Quite sweet. Lots of raisin and prune, faint roast malt bitterness, cocoa, and a little bit of herbal hoppiness in the finish.

Mouthfeel -- Light in body with moderate fluffy carbonation.

Drinkability -- Meh. A bit of a letdown. Very simple, very sweet. I don't necessarily mind sweet beers, but there wasn't much of anything going on with this one. Was hoping for this to be a bit of a sleeper, but to no avail. C'est La Vie...

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Photo of JamesS
2.64/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured a great dark brown/black with nice light tan head and good lacing. Odd scent, not really a porter (no darkness, coffee, or burnt hints). It had more of a lager scent. Not much of a porter taste, either, but was more like a chocolate amber. Decent chocolate tones, but not very good with the other usual porter tastes at all. Went down fine as far as mouthfeel, but I'll never get another batch of these.

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Photo of Mitchster
2.69/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours out to a clear "very dark-brown, almost black" with a hint of dark brown at the edges, forming a thick tan head atop fine bubbles. Medium carbonation. Retention and lacing are excellent. Aroma is somewhat mild with black walnut, vanilla, a suggestion of dark bananas, molasses and caramel. Medium-dense body with a smooth mouthfeel. Taste is much the same with a metallic note in the middle and finish, as well as perceptable taste of alcohol and black walnut. Finish has an odd cola tang. There is the taste of rum in the middle. Little discernable hop flavor or aroma, with a chemical "hop extract" character.

By any account, this is a stout, but not a very good one at that. The perceptable flavor of alcohol, hop extract and metal limits it's drinkability, akin to a Sheaf Stout or Ceres Royal Stout. Vastly inferior to Sinebrychoff or Okocim in my book. Not a bad beer, but I'll pass on having this one again. Throughly unimpressed.

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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 sblanton83
2.75/5  rDev -23.8%

Photo of crobinso
2.75/5  rDev -23.8%

Photo of kevintaraross
2.75/5  rDev -23.8%

Photo of Aleks_P
2.75/5  rDev -23.8%

Photo of ShakaShakaShaka
2.75/5  rDev -23.8%

Photo of OldTime
2.75/5  rDev -23.8%

Photo of GMB
2.75/5  rDev -23.8%

Photo of DmanGTR
2.75/5  rDev -23.8%

Photo of MikeAllen
2.75/5  rDev -23.8%

Photo of XmnwildX12
2.75/5  rDev -23.8%

Photo of travolta
2.76/5  rDev -23.5%
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 smcolw
2.79/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

I'm not sure what a "Baltic" porter is supposed to taste like; but this one is quite different from most porters I've had. Nice near-black color, good lasting beige head. Surprisingly, little lasting lace.

Sweet molasses aroma that is greater than any chocolate or mocha that might be found. A strong level of metal present also.

Sweet, almost like brandy. Some warming alcohol. Reminds me far more of a double bock than a porter. I cannot detect any hops at all.

Too sweet for me, making it more one-dimensional without any complexity.

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Photo of Aaron_Ramson
2.79/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Pours a dark reddish black with no lacing and a 2 finger head that flattens immediately. The nose is booze, dark roast acidity, molasses,raisins, some leather. The taste is a big letdown with booze and burnt coffee dominating the flavors. The aftertaste is astringent and bitter like tea bags. Dry and unpleasant. The mouthfeel is very thin and feels over carbonated. Not at all impressed with this porter and I will not be having it again.

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Photo of IRONRakkasan
2.79/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

An almost pitch black offering. The head quickly disappeared. The aroma was mostly malt, and not very intense either. I initially liked the flavor right off the bat with it's slightly tangy malty sweetness. Bitterness was minimal. Mouthfeel was thick. The thing that ruined it was the odd aftertaste. I wish I could describe it effectively other then it was not pleasant.

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Photo of connecticutpoet
2.8/5  rDev -22.4%
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 Estarrio
2.81/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

I purchased this at the suggestion of a local beer store...

Dark, motor oil pour with a thin smoky head...this looks like a porter to be sure!

Again, typical porter smells; chocolate, coffee astringency and...what's this? Sweet, raspberry soda. Cloyingly sweet. Am I drinking a malternative? The strong raspberry and dark fruit esters are unexpected but I'm intrigued and up to try something new.

The flavor is overpowered by the sweetness. The taste is reminiscent of one of my under-attenuated homebrew failures. The chocolate malt is engulfed by the sweetness with hints of raspberry soda to give this a pop-like character. At first it grabs my attention but with each sip I'm put off more and more...

If you are looking for something different and can get past the sweetness, then this is worth a try. It is certainly a unique beer, just not for me.

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Photo of nlmartin
2.81/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

This bottle was served in a pub glass.

Appearance The beer poured black with ruby opaqueness to light. The beers head was thin creamed coffee coloration. There was no retention noted on the head.

Smell: The beer has a lightly roasted coffee. There was dark fruity soy sauce present in the smell. This one frankly smelled very boozy.

Taste: The beer has a up front peppery bitterness. There is a lightly roasted coffee taste. This is all coupled with a prune juice flavor that mixes with a bit of soy sauce.

Mouthfeel/ Drinkability: This beer seemed to be a bit on the watery thin side. The taste doesnt linger and is a bit thin. The alcohol is major present in the taste. This is just not a beer to go out of your way for.

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Baltika #6 Porter from Baltika Breweries
Beer rating: 3.61 out of 5 with 949 ratings
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