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 Wolfsdenbrew
3.83/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Huge tan head that lingers for quite awhile, leaving lots of lacing around the perimeter. An opaque dark brown almost black.

Lots of roasty malts, spicey hops and pepper in the nose.

Starts sweet and roasty and finishes dry. Some chocolate in there and a spicy hop profile. Little bit of pepper in the flavor also.

Good carbonation level and medium-heavy body.

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

opaque black liquid, i mean opaque. light brown/tan foamy head lies in a thick covering. thick clingy lace.
an odd smelling hop with a malted coffee note and just a hint of cocoa. faint alcohol also noted.
dry with an unidentifible (to me) hop profile, not a complex profile but alluring just the same. a host of woody and nutty tones help keep this stout bitter on the finish. the start is just a bit sweet (lactose) in a milky way (mmhmm) then the bitter dries this up nicely. the alcohol is just evident, not unplesant, it warms the belly though.
the mouthfeel is smooth with creamy body and smooth carbonation. leaves the palate dry and pretty clean. not sticky at all.
going to became a new regular for me.
it seems like a stout more than a porter to me. there's no complaints here. is this an imperial stout? i feel regal.

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Photo of Boneheadmx
4.03/5  rDev +11%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured out of a bottle to a beautiful dark color. The head is foamy and brown. Really a beautiful beer.

The smell is of malts and is rather sweet.

The taste is very nice; it's sweet and syrupy though the hops do shine through. Reminds me of a nice coffee. The taste is a little too sweet for me, but it's still very tasty.

The mouthfeel is thick and syrupy, although a little too much so.

Because of the texture and the strong taste, it's hard to drink, but it is a very good beer. I will get this again,

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Photo of mjw2808
4.05/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours an almost back color with a 2 finger tan head that lasts for a little bit and leaves some lacing. The smell is sweet, dark fruit--raisons, chocolate, dark liquorish, and caramel. The taste is the most heavy on dark liquorish with dark chocolate, coffee, and dark fruits al very noticeable. They blend together very well. The mouthfeel is very creamy and rich, and its pretty drinkable as well. I enjoyed this beer very much, a lot more than many other people who rated it.

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Photo of monkeybeer
3.92/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Black with a quick disappearing tan head and sticky lacing.

S- Very light and sweet with a slight hint of chocolate and fruits

T/M- Taste is very much like the smelt sweet with a hint of fruits and chocolate very pleasant moth feel carbonation is a bit high but not bad.

D- Very drinkable porter. I have not been disappointed in anything from this brewery. This is a porter that you could easily have more than one of in a night

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Photo of Wegomlegging
4.15/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured thin black with a white & tan head. Aromas of hard water, licorice, roasted malt and dirt. Flavor was excellent, black licorice being the dominant factor here. Also nice hop bitterness and maltiness. Finished nice, with average carbonation and a very slight alcohol warming. Solid beer, benchmark style.

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Photo of Megahertz
3.51/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

16.9 oz bottle into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint Glass. Best before 30-SEP-12.

A - Plum-highlighted hazy black with a massive brown meringue-like head with good retention. Much lacing. Very nice.

S - Moderate prune with a subtle roasted coffee aroma. Very mild.

T - Deep raisiny esters with honey-like malt sweetness fades into a very subtle cocoa and roasted flavor in the rear. Finish is sweet.

M - Heavy body with medium carbonation. Malt sticks to the roof of your mouth.

O - A very smooth, fruity, honey sweet strong porter.

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Photo of Pooba001
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark almost black color, the only thing keeping me from mistaking this for a stout is the reddish brown tint around the edges and through the rest of the beer when held to light. Head was initially thick, a dark off-white color, and faded leaving a lace throughout the rest of the beer when drank. Sweet, toasty malt aromas hit the nose first, some alcohol is present as is raisin, chocolate, a hint of currant and a slightly vinuous smell.

Taste isn't quite what the scent would suggest, the alcohol is well masked, even when warm, and the sweet caramel, roasted malt flavors and bite are definitely up front, but they don't dominate. Its dry on the palate, with notes of currant and dark fruit.

Mouthfeel and drinkability are both good. I feel like this beer is barely hanging on to 4.0 ratings in all categories, I can't justify giving it a 3.5 in any individual category, but if asked to rate this beer overall on a 1-5 scale I'd give it about a 3.77 not a flat 4.0.

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

16.9 oz brown bottle with a best before date stamped on the back of the label. Served in a Samuel Adams specialty pint glass.

Pours a very dark brown with some mahogany around the edges, with a large, creamy, tan head. Quite a dense looking beer. The head settles slowly, leaving behind patches of lacing. I get plenty of roasted malt and dark fruit aromas initially, but upon further inspection I find some dark chocolate and caramel notes and hints of an earthy yeast character. The taste is dominated by the roasted malts, with plenty of rich, dark chocolate and coffee flavor to go along. I also picked up some dark fruit, maybe plums or prunes, along with some peppery spiciness and a little bit of earthy tones as well. Mouthfeel is medium-full to full bodied with a mostly smooth texture and lively carbonation.

I really enjoyed this beer. I think it would pair very well with a rich chocolate-y dessert. I was a little surprised to find that this was more like a porter and less like a RIS, especially since this is a product of Russia, than some of the other baltic porters that I have tried. The alcohol is gently warming, but for the most part well hidden and the flavors are rich and full. I find this to be a strong example of the style and would look forward to having another.

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Photo of LucienDeRubempre
2.7/5  rDev -25.6%
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 jmc44
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16.9 oz bottle, that is different from the one pictured (this guy's got a round blue label), with a freshness date stamped on the back 07.05.06, which I assume means 6 May 2007. Quick little synopsis of the beer on the back.

Pours a deep brown-black color, with an impressive tan head that quickly recedes to a fine covering atop the beer. A slight lacing is left behind.

A sweet, malty aroma hinting at raisins and chocoloate, with a slightly toasted character.

Taste is initially sweet and fruity, then gradually changes to a roasted bitter finish that puckers the mouth just a bit. Nice balance, the sweetness is a bit much for a porter but it is well done.

The alcohol is masked well until the beer warms quite a bit; it is quite drinkable and medium-bodied, not all to heavy. A few will probably knock you on your butt.

A unique, but solid, porter, well worth a try. Especially for only $1.75 in singles.

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Photo of UberWasser
3.19/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

500ml bottle served in a snifter.

Pours a deep, dark crude oil brown (not quite black, with just hints of reddish brown on the edges) with a thick, fluffy tan head building right up to the rim of the glass. It slowly recedes to leave a bubbly ring around the edge of the beer. Very nice looking.

The smell of this beer comes across as very subtle to me. I can sense depth there, with some very mild hints of sugar, coffee, chocolate and some spices but it's all so faint. I would miss it if I didn't swirl vigorously and breath deeply. Kind of disappointing.

Taste, well, it's different...I'm used to a bit of brash roasted malt bitterness with these Baltic Porters but there is nothing like that here. What I do get is a slight molasses sweetness at the front of my tongue that picks up some savory saltiness at the middle with some slight roasted flavors coming out, and the finish is subtle with sweet chocolate and slight coffee flavors coming out. The taste left in my mouth after swallowing reminds me of the aftertaste of chocolate milk. Mouthfeel is somewhat syrupy at first, with a tingly carbonation, and it all ends being quite dry, so that is more along the lines of what I was expecting.

Overall, though, this beer leaves me feeling uninspired. It's as if they wanted to make a Baltic Porter to match some of the best but just kind of had a brain fart and stopped before it was finished. Not sure, but I wouldn't find myself drinking much of this. Again, though, it does look nice...

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Photo of cbn
2.89/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours dark reddish brown, the color of cola, beige head retreats leaving a thin ring .

Aroma, very thin dark roast, faint hint of sea air.

Weak roast malt, touch of molasses and a ripe banana.

Rather thin for the style, a bit sticky after-taste.

Although drinkable, this brew does not satisfy my thirst for a true porter. Not much to see here, move along!

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Photo of DiUr
3.86/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A bit oversweetened as others say, which definitely downplays drinkability, but still a solid offering from Baltika and one of my favourites from the brewery.

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Photo of Adamthome1
3.91/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500mL bottle

Pours a nice 2 finger head, dark colored foam, dark black beer

Smells roasty and a little metallic (hard water maybe).

Taste is very cocoa, and roasted coffee beans inspired. Some chocolate and mild fruity raisin flavors coming through...hard water flavor

Mouthfeel is thick with and a cocoa powdery feel and flavor remains in the mouth

other notes: The beer is not overly complex and that's what I like about it. The 7% alcohol is there but doesn't really hit home too terribly hard....Some head retention on the side of glass as beer is consumed, head goes away after a few minutes....Carbonation a little high maybe but not terrible....

This is a rare porter I prefer cold, the alcohol and hard water flavor came out more as it warmed, and a black liquorish hint also, enjoy cold and share with a friend.

For the price it's a good choice. $2.39 a bottle at Hy Vee Stony Brook.

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Photo of felipe2toes
3.53/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours black with giant crusty tan head. Not much lacing.

Lots of sweet malt aroma and some brown sugar on the nose. Maybe even some rye breadiness.

Sweet malt taste, with some raisiny dark fruit. Slightly smokey and chocolatey as well.

Decent medium-bodied mouthfeel.

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Photo of cmf
3.22/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a tapered 1 pint beer bottle into a pint glass. The beer is opaque dark black with a nice even head of foam about two fingers thick. The foam settles slowly. There is little aroma - a faint smell of toasted malts and yeast. The taste is definitely malty but not too malty and it is pretty well balanced. The after taste is sweet. Creamy and smooth in the mouth with little effervescence. Overall pleasant, but average.

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Photo of claybeer
2.61/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

It has a real dark used motor oil black color. Very little if any light shines through. The light that does make it through has a red tint to it. The head is a light frothy tan color. The nose has a nice rich chocolate to it but absolutely nothing else. The taste is very similar. I can't tell if it is really soft or just thin. It's difficult to differentiate between the two. Some of the chocolate notes come through on the tongue but not much. The second sip shows that this beer is just really thin and more watered down. I don't get much of a finish. It's kind of a boring beer but not terrible.

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Photo of evanlarkin
4.22/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into a mason jar. Yes, classy.

A dark brown, possibly black color. Very opaque. No way of seeing through this one. Not much head, but I was trying to avoid it.

Sweet and malty. No hops to speak of, but a very pleasing molasses aroma accompanies the malt.

Molasses suspicions have been confirmed. It's sweet and caramel-y and not at all bitter. A slight toasty taste, but hidden behind the sweetness.

Full-bodied, very smooth. Chewy and satisfying.

Drinkability: Good, but I probably wouldn't have a whole lot in one sitting just because of the very strong flavors. That being said, I think it's delicious.

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Photo of fretlessman71
4.36/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

APPEARANCE: Clear Dr. Pepper brown with a HUGE tan head. Terrific lacing.

AROMA: Not as strong as I’d expected. Faint malt, maybe a little bit of metallic, some esters, alcohol a teeny bit.

FLAVOR: Oh, THAT’S better! (Maybe my nose is defective.) Rich semi-roasted chocolate malt, touch of vanilla, dark fruit, and a bit of alcohol. Just enough to let you know that it’s there and that this is a sipper. Good warming feeling from the alcohol. As the beer warms a little bit of coffee flavor pushes through. Maybe a touch of licorice. Wonderful!

MOUTHFEEL: Big. Smooth. Luxuriant. Big carbonation. Good stuff.

DRINKABILITY: Not bad at all for a Baltic – the 7% ABV is a little on the low side, and if I could see myself having a second big beer in an evening, I’d certainly not object to having a second one of these.

OVERALL COMMENTS: Oh, if only it were cold enough to have a fire going… this is the kind of beer that would taste best with a ski lodge around it. Definitely worth a repeat purchase!

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

16.9 ounce bottle poured very dark brown with a one inch tan head.

Smell was a little sweet, fruity and malty. I didn't notice any alcohol in the nose.

Taste was a bit of roasty malts and cherry with a light alcohol finish.

Mouthfeel was moderate....somewhere between thick and thin.

Drinkability was good enough to wish I had a second bottle!

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

Thank you Anajelika for bringing this one to the house.
A: Served in a 22 oz bottle that pours a dark black color with the consistency of a flat cola. There is a 1/4 inch head that quickly dissipates.

S: The nose has strong notes of sweet malts that are very inviting.

T: The malts are present but subtle to the roast dark burnt flavor that comes as most porters. Then the sweeter malts sneak out in a sip once in a while to add a nice balance.

M: This is a mild to medium bodied beer, no really it is.

D: I gave it a shot and will drink it again. This porter may just surprise you.

Elbows Up,

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Photo of jsp2
4.4/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very dark brown poured into the glass, yet light can faintly get through held up to direct source. Rich and foamy slightly brown head that leaves lace up the sides. Aroma of sweet coffee, and raisins. Taste is sweet, buttery, and roasty, with a sweet delicious aftertaste. Full of flavor yet still drinkable. The flavor is absolutely superb and has notes of vanilla as well. Light enough to put away many.

Absolutely delicious, a great example of a very enjoyable style. The flavor of this one has a rich butter vanilla element that really sets it apart.

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

I got hooked on Baltic Porter after a visit to the Boston Brewing Co. in Boston. They served a Baltic Porter that is not currently released. It was pretty damn good. I gave this one a try to see how it compared. I thought then Boston Brew Co was better however, this one wasn't too bad. It poured a black color. The head on the beer wasn't bad. Smell had a malty smell to it. However, the taste was light. I rather enjoyed this one. It is 7 % ABV so watch out for this one.

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Photo of NilsFrisk
3.3/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: black with red highlights, tanned head that disappears quickly
Smell: Roasted grains and dark malts, alcoholic liqorice and a little bit of chocolate.
Taste: Malty, roasty and carbonated, not as strong taste as other porters.
moutfeel: Mostly just carbonation

A milder porter with more laidback tastes, if you don't want a really strong porter, this would be a good option.

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Baltika #6 Porter from Baltika Breweries
3.63 out of 5 based on 934 ratings.
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