Baltika #6 Porter | Baltika Breweries

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82
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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:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 01-28-2003

BEER STATS
Ratings:
942
Reviews:
615
Avg:
3.63
pDev:
13.77%
 
 
Wants:
25
Gots:
64
For Trade:
0
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Photo of sblanton83
2.75/5  rDev -24.2%

Photo of thegodfather2701
4.2/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours black with auburn hues. It has a tan two finger thick head that is thick and billowy.

S-Chocolate, dark fruits, hint of roasted malts and a slight nutty note to it. It smells very sweet.

T-Chocolate, with hints of coffee and toffee, and a nutty finish. It is sweet like the nose suggests. It tastes really good.

M-Thick and creamy with a nice carbonation.

D-It has a nice drinkability even though it has a slightly above average abv. It tastes great and one could consume a few pints in a session.

Overall, this is a very good beer. I purchased a 16.9 ounce bottle for $1.99 at Total Wine and will definitely be purchasing this again.

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Photo of rredshift
3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of Quaffer
3.14/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

16.9 oz. bottle. Purchased in KC, MO. Not available here in Wichita. A gift from beerlovergirl. Thanks!

Appearance: This beer looked almost black in the glass, but it had a deep amber and ruby-red hue to it when it was being poured. A big beige head rose up easily and dissipated quickly, leaving behind a thin cap of dense foam. There was a decent amount of lace left behind on the side of the glass.

Smell: The aroma was a little thin and sharp. A metallic, tart cherry quality was the strongest component, with a little bit of sweet raisin underneath. I'm afraid there is not much else to say.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, smooth and slightly creamy. A little bit of chewiness was present as well.

Taste: A strong, tart berry flavor dominated the taste. Underneath that were light hints of bitter coffee and powdered cocoa. A little bit of a muddled bitterness from some unidentified hops rose up on the finish, along with warming alcohol.

Not a bad beer, but nothing special. I expected something fuller and warmer tasting.

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Photo of malty
4.1/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brown rubyesque color with a very fluffy light beige head that stands 1 1/2".

Sweet & fresh raw bread dough with lots of toffee & dark roasted malts in the nose. Lovely malted milk chocolate scents in there as well.

Big roasted malts make their presence known right off the bat. An interesting building of flavors occur which start with a bitter dark baker's chocolate and morphs into a tingly (faint) black licorice to a crescendo of dark rum. The alcohol warms the corners of my mouth and my chest ever so slightly. A woody dryness finishes the flavors very nicely.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a fine and (almost) faint carbonation. Nice even, warm finish.

Drinkability is very good. With the carbonation being a tad low, it really makes for a good drinker.

Overall an interesting and complex porter to say the least. I'm remind of Edmund Fitzgerald Porter and Old Rasputin Imperial Stout when I drink this. Not a bad combination if I dare say so myself. Very good indeed.

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Photo of Snellgg5
4/5  rDev +10.2%

Photo of bulldogg915
4.5/5  rDev +24%

Photo of WJVII
2.91/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass this brew has a dark chocolate color similar to cola and a nice 2 finger milk chocolate head that settles nice to a thin cap leaving minimal lacing. The aroma is yeasty with some slight burnt malts, a little prune and some chocolate. The taste is thin and not very full of flavor. There is some slight dark fruit and a little malt, but nothing of chocolate or or caramel as expected. The body is medium and carbonation is moderate. Not the best example of a porter I have had but maybe a bad bottle?

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Photo of ThaJokerWild
4/5  rDev +10.2%

Photo of sebaastionb
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of ngandhi
3.1/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Thin and uninspired, Baltika Porter is a major let down for any dark beer lover. Yes, if you long for winter nights huddled at a bar with a pint of Expedition or Storm King, you'll be as dissapointed as I was with this brew. And odds are, if that's what you consider quality, you haven't had many Baltic porters -- this is my first. As American imperial stouts lean heavily on wild, often chastising hop profiles, so too does this beer rest on the shoulders of its malt. Except, it isn't the thick, burnt, toasty kind -- it's the plummy, raisiny, Munich kind. But that's a good thing. Stay with me.

The nose opens well enough -- roasted malt, raisins, a light porter.

Baltika Porter, as much as I can't stand it, is a pretty outstanding show of malt. It's dark as night and medium bodied with the characteristic dissipating head of oily imperial stouts. Yet, its flavor is sweet, complex, and united. Prunes give way to other dark ripe fruit -- a rotten berriness -- and we seem lined up for any number of styles from porter to alt to (especially) schwarzbier. Some might get light bittersweet chocolate and an unexpected creamy finish. The tang from the hops is merely acknowledgeable.

At 7abv, Baltika has no notes of alcohol.

This brew is an overeducated grad student with no people skills. It enchants, enlightens, and insults the palette with its confident balance and faceless cowardice. Save this for your meanest desserts; it could use the help.

Relax, relax.
ng

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Photo of inebrius
4.22/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a ruby-edged pitch under a thin ring of khaki foam. Mild dark chocolate, black cherry ice cream and late summer dust form the nose. Starts chewy roasted malt covered in honey to finish espresso with just a drop of cherry syrup. Moderately sweet. Lingers well until morphing unfavorably into a mustier version of coffee and syrup. Still quite tasty, though.

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Photo of rousee
2.93/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Pours dark brown/black with a small head which holds well. Nice dark malty smell but it does lack depth. Usually beers in this style are a lot more complex smelling. Taste wise its a smooth brown ale--but it really doesnt even seem like a baltic porter at all--more tan malts and sugarry-somewhat thin and lacking complexity. A bit too sticky on the mouthfeel. Average drinkability.

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Photo of Rudgers73
2.86/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

This is one of those porters that is just so sticky sweet and chocolatey that it's hard to finish. It is sweet and heavy with a molasses that sticks on your tongue and wont come off. The mouthfeel is very thick and creamy, which isn't normally a bad thing but due to the sweetness it could stand to be a bit thinner. It seems to get richer with warmer temperature. I noticed half-way through the drink that it was supposed to be served from 10-20 degrees C and I don't think I would have made it through if it started that warm.

As rich as pecan pie. A little much for my taste.

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Photo of Naes
3.24/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Almost completely black with a huge milk chocolate head that appears to stick everwhere, then disapears quickly. When held directly in front of a light, you can only see hints of a very dark red.

S: A sweet malt aroma with hints of alcohol surfacing.

T: Kind of watery for such a high ABV. A simple (almost roasty) start with hints of malts and then the slight alcohol flavors surface in the aftertaste. After a few more sips, if you let it linger on your tongue, you can detect a bit of hop bitterness in the aftertaste as well.

M: As stated above, kind of watery. On the plus side, it is carbonated quite well.

D: A smooth beer, highly drinkable for 7% ABV.

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Photo of JHendu
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

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

Photo of muchloveforhops3
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Photo of mpyle
3.55/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

App - Very dark, nearly opaque Pours a large tan head with mediocre retention. Minimal lacing

Aroma - some licorice, a bit metallic, a bit of dark fruit (plum). More like candy than malt

Flav - Complex dark malt flavor, a bit of plum, but malt flavor not overly intense. Some alcohol flavors, and finishes with a sweet alcohol flavor. A bit too sweet overall?

MF - Medium body, and low-medium carbonation. No astringency, but style-appropriate alcohol warming.

D'ability - A bit too sweet and alcoholic (in flavor) to be a session beer for me. Not the best Baltic Porter, but not bad for the price (paid $2.29/0.5L)

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Photo of mnrider
2.92/5  rDev -19.6%
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.

Cheers

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

Pours a deep brownish black color with a thick russet colored head and a huge amount of lacing. Smells of roasted malts with subdued coffee notes. Tastes a little rancid to start, but after that is a little of the following well balanced together: coffee, dark chocolate, roasted malts, and smokiness. Mouthfeel is thick and creamy. Drinkability is high.

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Photo of cantfindme
4/5  rDev +10.2%

Photo of mintjellie
3.85/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Part of the Baltika gift set. Poured into the branded glass it comes with.

Three fingers of tight mocha head rests atop a deep black body. When held to the light, only the slightest highlight of ruby shows through. Very little lacing. Dark fruit aromas with coffee and dark chocolate; a hint of brown sugar. Coffee and dark chocolate character is complemented nicely by plum, raisin, and other dark/dried fruit flavours. There's even a hint of cherry. Alcohol provides a boozy kick. Bittersweet and slightly acidic. Roasted malt bitterness gives a drying finish and lingers in the back of the mouth. Medium bodied with low carbonation. Slick and oily, coating the inside of your mouth. A delicious afternoon tipple on a cool, grey autumn day.

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Photo of JohnnyDuvel
3.28/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I have to say, after reading the reviews (along with a couple of good recommendations), I'm quite disappointed in this beer. There is something about the taste and mouthfeel that is off to some degree. It's a little thin, and there is a strange taste I can't describe. Not to say that this is a bad beer, just not as good as I thought it would be. I'll have to try it again some time. Appearance is as expected, alcohol not noticed in taste. IMO, can't compare to Fuller's (or Samuel Smith and Liberty, for that matter).

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Photo of Vixie
3.06/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a pitch black, there is no light getting through this one. Forms about a 1 inch tan colored head, which dissipates slowly.

Not a lot to the smell, but what it reminded was the smell of a wood fire that is starting to go out. Nice and smokey, reminds me of a bonfire at night that is still glowing.

The taste is very much on the sweet side, with quite a bit of a smoke flavoring. Not really very complex, reminds me a bit of toasted marshmallow.

The feel was nothing special, and maybe a bit on the thin side.

Nothing really stood out for me on this one. The taste wasn't too complex, nothing really stood out. I enjoy trying beers from countries that I have not sampled their beers from before, but nothing in this stood out to make it more than an average brew.

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Baltika #6 Porter from Baltika Breweries
3.63 out of 5 based on 942 ratings.
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