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A traditional dark beer based on old recipes. "Baltika" brews this beer with the best dark and light malts with the addition of superior hop types and a special strain of yeast. Crystal-clear water and the secret touch of "Baltika"'s brewers make this a beer of unsurpassable quality.
The ingredients are water, caramel malt and burnt roasted malt, maltose syrup and hops. 17°

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
fugitive (1491) - Athens, GREECE - FEB 27, 2015
Color black with small head. Aroma fruits, metal, caramel. Taste sweet, caramel, chocolate, bitter.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Filipbeer (107) - - FEB 21, 2015
Intense dark brown colour. Slightly brown and long head. Quite good lacing. Malty aromas: caramel, chocolate and toffee. Also fruity: dark fruits and banana. The later are clearer in mouth. Prune and resins are also perceived in. Qualitatively good aroma but the intensity is a bit poor in mouth (retro-nasal). Sweet taste with a bit acidity. Bitterness is enough to compensate the sweetness. In general the flavour is equilibrated but not very intense. Good carbonation and medium body. The end is dry but not very long. This beer is not very complex and flavour is not very intense for the style but it makes you have a good time.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
__Rb81 (305) - NETHERLANDS - FEB 6, 2015
Bottle at Murphy’s Law. Pours dark with a fast disappearing beige head. Aroma of chocolate syrup, ash, salty licorice, roasted malts. Taste is sweet, roasted malts, licorice, chocolate. Quite creamy mouthfeel. Bit watery in the end, aftertaste of dark chocolate, licorice and roasted malts. Not bad, especially for the price.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
KoRoBeNiKi (22) - Fair Lawn, New Jersey, USA - FEB 4, 2015
From a Russian restaurant in Brighton Beach, Brooklyn, NY, known as Tatiana’s. I asked for Baltika and she asked the type in broken English. I said strong and got this one. Funny/odd way of ordering but why not? Slight aroma of licorice and some toasty malts as well as some light sweetness you wouldn’t expect. Nice and dark color with little light escaping from slight opaqueness but the head is poor. Taste is similar but with some more sweetness. A bit of a dry finish with a hint of alcohol. Nothing too special but nothing off-putting. While I wouldn’t recommend this to a beer lover, it is clearly drinkable and works quite well with the meat and potatoes found way too often in Russian cuisine. It works. I am generally not a fan of porters but I liked this...maybe I just don’t like the bitterness of most of them?

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ianwelby (581) - SCOTLAND - JAN 24, 2015
Near-opaque reddish-black beer with a beige head which quickly dissipates. Flavour is light and malty. After the disappointing pour and slightly tame smell the flavour was a very pleasant surprise with all sorts going on. An initial fruity hit is quickly balanced by toasty malts, bitter sugar and a liquorice finish. I don’t even really like liquorice but in this case it adds to a nice, varied flavour. Really good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
marcnow (33) - Pszczyna, POLAND - JAN 18, 2015
Ciemne piwo, w butelce półlitrowej, z wytłaczanymi napisami, herbem browaru prawdopodobnie. Duży plus do wyglądu. Piwo czarne, piana o małej fakturze, zostawia mały ślad na kuflu. Zapach karmelowy, trochę syropu owocowego z początku, wyczuwalny aromat ciemnej czekolady, aczkolwiek czuć alkoholem. Piwo ma "ciało" nieduże aczkolwiek wyczuwalne, średnio gazowane, w miarę długi finisz goryczkowy. Relacja cena-jakość moim zdaniem bardzo dobra, kupiłem we włoszech w rosyjskim sklepie a cena taka jak nieznośne włoskie koncerniaki. Bardzo porządne piwo po które z przyjemnością sięgnę kolejnym razem, dobrze będzie rozgrzewało w zimę.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
johnnymusky (401) - Minnesota, USA - JAN 10, 2015
poured from bomber....pour is black with nice head....bought because it is my style and only 2 bucks....not expecting much....normal porter nose and mouth....very easy drinker....worth the 2 bucks for sure.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
martin00sr (1065) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - DEC 29, 2014
Clear, very dark brown. Sweetish, roasted aroma. Subtle smokey, peaty notes. Dry roasted flavour, sweet coffe. Late and light licorice notes. Dry and bitter sweet finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Bamsen78 (3655) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - DEC 29, 2014
Bottle, wholeheartedly recommended by McTapps and procured by MiP in a Russian shop in Lübeck. Pours hazy very dark brown with airy tan head. Dark aroma of caramel malt, with notes of roast and smoky and fruity touches. Sweetish flavour of caramel malt and fruit, with notes of roast, hops and smoke. Bitter and slightly roasty aftertaste. Maybe a little too lively carbonation for the style, but overall a very decent beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Bricks (662) - Delaware, USA - DEC 27, 2014
Nice porter-ish appearance. Aroma is 50/50 of porter and pilsener. Tastes something like a Belgian mixed with a porter.

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