ezra456 (39) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - NOV 18, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
poured out a pitch black with a dark brown highlight. good head with spiderweb lacing. raisin/coffe aromas. raisin flavors were too strong and took away from the subtle coffe flavors. overall, a barely wine fan would like it. not my bag.
tennisjoel (1364) - Rochester, Minnesota, USA - NOV 12, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
According to wawood this is the best of the Russian line of Baltika. It’s gotta be better than the #9 which wasn’t impressive, to say the least. Great ring of lacing here. Appearance gets good marks. Brown sugar aroma. Good flavor. Nice and rich toffee and chocolate. Dessert type quality. A little rough around the edges, which seems to be consistent with Russian beers. However, very enjoyable overall.
SudsMcDuff (8084) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - NOV 8, 2005
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours looking like a coke on steroids, like boom, then settles down: nice head ring. some lacing : Some burnt qualities in taste, slight warmth in this one : A good bitter porter, not as creamy as most but can hit the spot on the right time + day, a russian classic!
TerryR (391) - Oswego, Illinois, USA - NOV 7, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Near black with ruby highlights. Large tan head slowly retreats. Beautiful lacing. Aroma of sweet malt and fruit. Sweet chocolate flavor with coffee notes. Somewhat port like. Lingering dry cocoa finish. Very nice.
Wiseblood (700) - Clarksville, Tennessee, USA - NOV 6, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Ruby-brown with a foamy, tan head. Aromas are chocolate, nutty and sweet. Smooth, with flavors of burnt chocolate, smoky coffee, and brown sugar. Good balance with a bitter finish. Not as heavy as most porters and worth trying again.
BrewDad (5328) - Olympia, Washington, USA - OCT 27, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
(BJCP Class) Wow my First Russian Beer. Strong molasses aroma and taste. The strong Alcohol also was very present. The overall aroma was very reminiscent of a Strong Ale. Lots of fruity esters this was a very good beer. And I hope to share with others this awesome dark Porter from Russia.
YK23 (465) - Haifa, ISRAEL - OCT 21, 2005
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: MAR 5, 2007 A bitter-sweet porter (more bitter then sweet), more coffish then chocolaty in the flavor, malty, alcohol, not very smooth and easy to drink but still one of my favorits because you get a good value for your money, it’s pretty cheap.
mik82 (34) - ENGLAND - SEP 29, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark, almost opague with tan head. Strong malty aroma. Lovely chocolate/coffee taste. Have good memories of this from a trip to Russia when I was 15. Found it again in a Russian delicatessen in Fulham, London (now closed). Bottle stored in fridge with dried fish so smelt horrid but beer was unharmed!
slang (654) - Columbia, South Carolina, USA - SEP 29, 2005
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Black and opaque. Decent, tan head. Smells malty, fruity (prunes), & a little alcohol. Bubbly, with a choc. sweet, candy thing. Good yeast used here. Not very porter-esk, esp. w/ a slight singe, despite only 7%. Complx thou. cheap too ($2.20) Maybe even stouty or dopplebock-ish :)
ross (2146) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - SEP 28, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
black color. roasted malty flavor. a little thin for a porter, but still its really easy to drink. creamy and just down right good. somethign id drink again if i saw it on the shelves.