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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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
urbnhautebourg (997) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - MAY 24, 2004
The first sip is all raisins and garbage. It really mellows after the first sip or so, and some coffee and chocolate come out, but there’s nothing very special here. Sort of reminds me of my first Guinness Foreign Stout.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MIBRomeo (2555) - Wisconsin, USA - MAY 22, 2004
good froathy head.. dark color... good carbonation for a porter.. smell was mild but hinted of something sweet that I just can’t seem to place. strong roasted coffee malty style taste w/ just a tiny touch of bitterness.. a good beer for the price that I would definatelly drink again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
TBone (12541) - Pori, FINLAND - MAY 22, 2004
Bottled (BB 04/2005)
Opaque black with tanned steady creamy head. Roasted and slightly sweet and alcoholic aroma. Smooth coffee palate, malty. This is an excellent brew!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
steve23mj (273) - Essexville, Michigan, USA - MAY 20, 2004
Pouors opaque with creamy light brown head which dissipates after about two minutes. Chocolatey aroma with little hop nose. Smooth velvety, malty body with slight hop bitterness. Nice silky finish. Pleasant beer. The Russians have done this one well.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Jeppe (2631) - Ølbutikken, DENMARK - MAY 20, 2004
Sampled from bottle at Danish Beer Festival 2004 (#40).
Almost black beer with a tan head. Sweet chocolaty aroma - typical porter. Flavor of sweet roasted malt, milk chocolate and bitter hops. Not very strong but tasty!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
FROTHINGSLOSH (4895) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 17, 2004
UPDATED: AUG 25, 2011 A marvelous beer at a great price point that should have a much higher reputation than it has. A staple of my beer fridge in the winter. +++ Sampled from a 16.9 oz brown bottle this beer pours thick black and oily with a large brown head. The aroma is of sweet chocolate and a touch of roasty malts. . The flavor is smooth and malty with a strong element of baker’s chocolate. Long malty chocolate finish. Fairly full bodied and silky smooth.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
guzzler67 (1494) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - MAY 9, 2004
Dark brown appearance with a vinous, dark fruit aroma. Smooth, sweet malt taste that compliments the medium-to-full bodied mouthfeel. I think this beer would surprise a lot of people if it was compared to other Baltic porters in a blind taste test.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Skip (206) - Indiana, USA - MAY 2, 2004
Dark brown with some red shown under light. The aroma is malt with a hint of licorice. The taste was initially that of a pleasant coffee followed quickly by the bittering hops and a sweet chocolate aftertaste. Thick tan head and active carbonation.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
gsteph (321) - knoxville, Tennessee, USA - APR 26, 2004
Pours deep black with tan head with good density. Aromas of coffee, malt, fruit and chocolate. Flavors are similar with roasted malt, strong coffee, slightly smokey with a bitter finish. Thin mouthfeel with a little bite on the back of the tongue. Overall it is a tasty brew with good malt and hop balance. Coffee aftertaste hangs around a little long though.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
willblake (2647) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - APR 25, 2004
Bottle, 04.25.04. Pours thick looking and nearly black; medium brown head that lingers and coats with lace. Aromas are sweet, dark maple syrup, raisin, dried cherries, roadwork, rich, ripe wines. No alcohol on nose. Disappointingly, I get no feeling that I should be expecting an unctuous Baltic brew. Flavor seems to lose alot of the aroma's sweetness, but a burnt, slightly smokey edge takes its place. Wine-like tanins come into play across the middle of the flavor and palate. Palate is murky, dry, and somewhat muddled. Lots of raisin, including a tart finish. I wish there was a bit more sweetness to round this beer out at the end; still a pretty tasty brew even if it is dishevelled. (later) As the beer warms, an unpleasant, lingering astringency evolves from the tartness. However, the wine-like qualities of the nose and front really shine to make this, if nothing else, an interesting beer. Still, I am let down by this beer that I was really looking forward to tasting.

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