Baltika #6 Porter | Baltika Breweries

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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 Thisdrinkinglife
4/5  rDev +10.2%

Review: Bottle of Baltika 6 Porter 7%ABV

Baltika Porter, a decent 7% Baltic porter from Russia with a good drinkability rating, is a traditional dark beer based on old recipes and was designed and launched in production in 1994. It’s a very smooth and pleasant porter considering the ABV.

As you would expect for a porter on pour you get a pitch black appearance with a very good creamy head that settles to a tanish colour, but doesn’t linger too long.

Aroma is sweet and strong smelling, of strong notes of dark chocolate malts and roasted malts. An inviting aroma.

The taste is quite surprising as I would have not associated Russia with decent porter, but this was not the worst stout I ever had. I actually enjoyed drinking it. The taste is of dark chocolate, coffee and roasted malt, not overwhelming and not a strong bitter tasting stout. In fact it had a little sweet taste upfront, with only light bitterness afterwards, well balanced. It was very smooth and very enjoyable to drink. Will be looking out for this one again in the future. Recommended, but be careful it is strong despite how smooth it goes down!

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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 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 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 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 Dinglehacker
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured pint bottle into pint glass. Very dark. No head.

Nose isn't much, just some malt. Not even very roasty.

Taste IS roasted, but not overly harsh. Some caramel as well.

Mouth is delightfully smooth.

A serviceable and refreshing porter. Not the cream of the crop, but there's little to complain about.

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

Appearance - Pours amber black, with average carbonation. Foam looks pretty rich, stays around for a while.

Smell - Smells like a sweet macro with coffee notes, which may not be too bad of a thing. About average in strength.

Taste - Relatively light, just the right amount of bitterness (almost minimal). Roasty taste that is atypical, compared to a stout at least. This one is buffered with a good deal of sweetness. A lot of the previous reviews disliked it for this exact reason, but since I am unfamiliar with porters, I have to give it high marks, because I found it quite enjoyable.

Drinkability - This beer gives you a nice buzz and for $1.66 for a little over a pint, is a good deal in my opinion. I would like to bring some more of these--and I'll certainly be reviewing more Baltika's in the future..

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Photo of paceyourself
3.83/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This 500ml bottle poured a very dark brown in color with a beige head. After having a few other baltic porters today, Baltika felt thin and just a little lacking in taste. The coffee and sweet maple aromas are light. Tastes are sweet but not overly sweet and is missing any defining bitterness. A previous review astutely mentioned a cola syrup aroma and a sweet cola aftertaste. Finishes a little dry but overall it's very drinkable.

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

Appearance is dark brown whith amber hues and a good amount of head. Smell is fruity and robust with slight tinges of alcohol.

Taste is fruity and tastes like a cross between a baltic and a belgian. Mouthfeel is thick and syrupy. This lowers the drinkability by filling you up.

I could see myself kicking back with a couple of thes before calling it a night. Incidentally, this pairs well with 3yr old wisconsin cheddar.

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Photo of bdkucharski
2.96/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Bottle, best before date 03.01.11, so do not take this review to heart unless you're sitting on a past date bottle you're about to crack open.

A - Black/Brown - Garnet around the edges of the glass. The head fades to a little bit of foam after only a few minutes.

S - Nothing.

T - Slightly sweet malt, some fruity esters, soy sauce, and a litte, metallic twang (perhaps from age?). There is a bit more roast character evident than I expected for an imported Baltic Porter. Absolutely no hop bitterness.

M - Somewhat thin, becomes slightly thicker with warmth. Good carbonation.

O - I would certainly drink this again, but not seek it out specifically (perhaps a bottle within it 'best before' range). I'm looking for syrupy with minimal carbonation, and enough malt and sweet to balance that roast.

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Photo of Duxx
3.83/5  rDev +5.5%
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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