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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°


3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Syd (921) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - NOV 2, 2003
UPDATED: OCT 6, 2007 Bottle pours black with a monstrous brown head and prolific lace. The aroma is of roasted malt and dried fruit. The flavor is very nice. The flavor starts out with nice soft malt and progresses through to a slightly bitter coffee; somewhere in between it resembles an Imperial Stout. I also sense a slight hint of a lactic sugar in there. The palate is decent and works well for the flavor. Overall, I’m quite impressed. Update on 10/6/2007 - I’ve not had this beer since I rated it in 2003. It is far sweeter than I remember. It seems to have lost some of the dried fruit character. It gained in the chocolate department. I guess it has lost some complexity. I still like it, but not so much.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Hildigöltur (5104) - København, DENMARK - OCT 31, 2003
Malty aroma. Sweet flavour with a slight bitterness in the finish. Too thin.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
JMerritt (1786) - Macomb, Illinois, USA - OCT 29, 2003
Jet black with a brown head that is fully lasting and leaves excellent lacing. Sweet malt aroma is highlighted by fruit edges (grapes and berries). Lightly sweet flavor, somewhat metallic (copper), with a sweet, short lived finish. Thick, creamy mouthfeel is strange, because is accompanies this lightly carbonated, lightly flavored porter.

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 17, 2003
Dark brown color with a light chocolate colored near fizzy head. Earthy grains and light fruit in the aroma. Fortified light wine, sorghum, and malt mixture. I envision this being reduced and poured over corn bread.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
tsarman (794) - Northern, New Jersey, USA - OCT 15, 2003
Black as night and twice as delicious. Man, for a place that makes a malt liqour, this is actually a really great porter. Smooth tasting this beer is all about the coffee smell. Surprised as hell, the 7% ABV is hidden quite well. For a buck fifty for over a pint of it, not a bad deal. Classy bottle and a delicious brew.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dogbrick (7850) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - OCT 14, 2003
Sampled at From The Vine monthly beer tasting Oct 13th, 2003: Clear dark brown with a thin beige head. Light aroma of coffee and malt. Medium body with a mild roasted coffee/malt flavor and a lightly bitter finish. Not bad but nothing memorable about this one.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
raindog (560) - Evansville, Indiana, USA - OCT 13, 2003
Dark brown. Big,pillowy,off-white, head. Airy aroma of sweet malt,liquorice, roast,and seems lightly hoppy. Texture is kind of watery.Mouthfeel is syrupy,with good,subtle carbonation. Strong liquorice,dark chocolate,flavors. Finish has the slightest roastiness,and is fairly hoppy. Seems over-sugary.Roastiness picks up a little.Wow this is sweet and rich. Ok Baltic.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jimhilt (2397) - Bow, New Hampshire, USA - OCT 8, 2003
Pours with a five-fingered light brown head that fades slowly and leaves some lace. Good carbonation. Black as midnight. Nose is clearly a sweet, roasted coffee. Starts smooth, malty and strong coffee flavor, finishes with a little hoppiness and bitterness. A very good porter.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
LoveCaissa (873) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - OCT 8, 2003
A decent Baltic porter, and so far my favourite Baltika. Very nice sweet and dryish aroma with all the classic characteristics of the style (chocolate, coffee etc.). Initial flavour is good too but something in the (hoppy and dry) finish doesn't seem perfectly balanced. Maybe a bit too sweet (raisin like?). Still, a fine beer.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
bac080 (398) - Bloomington, Illinois, USA - SEP 22, 2003
I don't know what's wrong with this beer. It smells like wet socks. It's extremely thin. And the taste...just...isn't...right...


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