Nuffield (3536) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - JAN 17, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I will weigh in with the thought that this beer is deeply under-rated (3.46 as I rate in January 2004). Pours a deep deep color, black and brown with just a bit of a swirl of head. Though I poured it when too cold, the alcohol propelled a robust aroma, mocha coffee-like with a later sense of just a bit of grape/port fruitiness. The first taste made me exclaim, "YUM! Liquid Chocolate!" to my wife, and she agreed that it held an appealing chocolate flavor, which settled into deeper roasted malt notes when it warmed a bit. At the very end some alcohol came out but this was very minor. The body is excellent in the porter style, rich and soothing. I found it very easy to drink this beer way too fast. Fantastic.
Kinz (3103) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - JAN 14, 2004
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Deepest brown black with red tint, nice tan head that faded. Faint aroma of roasted malt, chocolate, and alcohol. Flavor is initially of gentle chocolates, quickly fading into a soft roasted flavor. Nothing really jumps out at you, but it is a decent brew.
JCW (1274) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 10, 2004
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pretty good Porter! Dark black color moderate brown head. Aroma wasn't terribly aromatic, but what was there was coffeeish, mocha. Body was cream and fairly thick for a Porter. Sweet finish. This baltic style porter wasn't as salty and tart as many I've had(two traits that aren't that appealing to me). I liked it!
caesar (4501) - Bunnik/Utrecht, NETHERLANDS - JAN 2, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Deep black color, short brown head. Aroma of roasted malts and coffee, bready. Thick creamy body and a malty coffee taste. Nicely balanced with a creamy mouthfeel.
jerohen (1930) - Bussum, NETHERLANDS - JAN 1, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Very dark colour, small brown head. Sweet malty aroma. Malts and coffee in flavour, stout-like. Bittersweet lingering finish. Solid brew.
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - DEC 28, 2003
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Very dark black body topped by a huge creamy tan head. This beer looks very nice. Sweet malty aroma. The flavor is also sweet and malty with some raisin flavors. The body is big but not creamy, more liks a red wine body. The finish is fairly clean with only some lingering sweetness.
mikeben (355) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - DEC 25, 2003
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Quite a good representation of the porter style. This is a pretty good company. There wheat is terrific as is this. While Porter is not a style I could drink all the time it has a nice full bodiued taste. It looks and smells right with the Coffee nose. A lot of foam and nice choco-foldgers taste. Though a bit more bitter than I like my beerr in general, porters are usually high quality and this is definitly one of the better ones. Let it warm a bit to let the full flavor out.
Gromit (479) - Port Orchard, Washington, USA - DEC 20, 2003
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Wow, this is a solid porter! The only other Russian beer I've had was Tinkov so I had very little hope for this one. I couldn't have been more pleasantly supprised.
Pours a dark black with an awesome tan head that hangs around for a really long time, only departing in the way of leaving a beautiful lace down the side of your glass.
Smells really good, roasted malts and a hint of coffee.
Tastes awesome. This beer exemplifies porter in my book; malty with just the right amount of hops to keep it from being sweet with hardly any bitterness.
Full mouthfeel without being chewy. If this beer lacked anything, it could have been just a tad bit thicker, but not by much.
Drinkability is great, but it would be hard to spend a night drinking just about any porters straight.
The last few porters I've had were really watered down, including Redhook's. A few more of those and I could have been turned from this style. Thankfully, this one saved me. This is a great beer.
ClarkVV (3579) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 16, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a ruddy brown, quite dark and Almost opaque. Good head, medium brown, quite burnt, lasting. Small amount of lacing. Aroma quite nice, roasted barley, black currant, raisins. Opens up so even and balanced. Great amount of malt and a nice bitter kick. Coffee, dark, ripe fruits. No wateriness, medium body. Flavor is wonderful, lagered peppery mouthfeel. Wow, I am writing this and wanting to drink more (except i dont have any more). I REALLY like this style. Biggest drawback to baltika 6 is the relative lack of complexity on the finish. Compared to this, zwyiec is a jigsaw puzzle. BUT, I will most often take this over zwyiec as this is much more balanced and does not use a ridiculous amount of alcohol. I do need to rerate zwyiec though.
jfm (1725) - Holbæk, DENMARK - DEC 9, 2003
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Very dark brown with a nice slight brown head. The taste is coffee and roasted malt. Nicely balanced though slight bitter finish.