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RATINGS: 1222   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.46   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
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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°


2.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
willblake (2653) - 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.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jercraigs (7921) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 15, 2004
UPDATED: JUL 24, 2006 July 2006 Bottle. Following Michigan Brewers Festival 2006. Bottle. Black body with a good sized creamy tan head. Very lightly roasty, sweet malty aroma. Sweet malty flavour has pleasant cocoa and fruit notes. Average palate is a touch thin but works. A nice Baltic porter. 6-7/4/7/3/15-16 - 3.5<P> April 2004 Bottle. Dark not quite black ruby brown colour pours with a large effervescent tan head. Aroma is of alcoholic coffee with hint of chocolate. Flavour has mildy roasty quality to it with notes of sweet toffee. Body seems light at first sip but has a pleasant medium weight mouthfeel afterwards. Finish has slight bitter astringency to it. Alcohol is warming in the throat but not overwhelming on the tongue. 6/4/7/3/15 - 3.5

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
HighGravity (926) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - APR 13, 2004
(Best by 11/12/2004) I haven't had many Russian beers that I have like, but I am willing to try this moderately touted porter. The beer is appropriately dark with an excellent head and lace work. The nose hits me with a good does of licorice, chocolate, and coffee. The palate is medium with a slight roastiness that rounds the beer out nicely. The finish is like an ice coffee. Best Russian beer to date.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
BearBrewer (86) - New York, east village, New York, USA - APR 13, 2004
Really unique. Pours a thick black/brown. STRONG caramel, maltey nose, mostly caramel. Brown thick head. Sweet syrup, caramel, mollases flavor. You can definately taste the alcohol but not so much as to be off putting. Was surprised with this one considering how little I liked their ale.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
badgerben (4478) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - APR 13, 2004
UPDATED: MAR 16, 2007 Black color with a medium head. Some sweet malt aroma bordering on the soy sauce range. Also something that is kind of like Lysol. Hmm... that Lysol kinda continues into the flavor. Sweet coffee and malt. Pretty tasty.

3.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
HopsOrDie (687) - New Lenox, Illinois, USA - APR 11, 2004
Dark pour with a medium off tan head. Nose is yeast and banana with some smoked malt. Flavor is different from the smell and more like a typical porter with caramelly and smokey flavors. Very well balanced, and the alcohol is very well hidden. I can't believe it's 7%.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 1, 2004
Dark black beer with burgundy edges and a medium grayish tan head. Great big malty nose of burnt caramel, roasted chicory, chocolate, rum raisin, and a hint of smoked meat. More rum raisin and smoked ham in the flavor. Nice subtle tanginess ties this together very well. Toasty caramel aftertaste lingers. This is great beer.

3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
argo0 (11562) - Washington DC, USA - MAR 20, 2004
Black body topped by medium brown head. Aroma is light sweet, roasty, some anise. Taste is milk chocolate, roasty, some burnt, finishing with chocolate and some alcohol. Medium body. Overall, a nicely balanced beer.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 17, 2004
wet milky notes get soaked up into the roasted barley atmosphere turning the air almost whiskey-like, in an irish way..this dark creature had a secret, a brilliant ruby undertone selectably visible to the brightest of youths...the tan head had a chocolate milk-like appearance, was thin in the middle, but wasn't afraid to climb the glass...campfire smoke on coffee grains leads to sweet chocolate flavors...slight iron aftertaste, and a thin yet not quite watery palate leave questions as to where the alcohol is...Yes indeed it is the unthick; but flavors are still abound, and for what its worth, i like it.

3.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jtw (1101) - farmington, Michigan, USA - MAR 16, 2004
robust chocolatey, vinous aroma. medium frothy head. nice simple roasty flavor. seems a little thin on body, but i still enjoyed it!


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