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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°


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Jeppe (2631) - Brooklyn, Alabama, USA - 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!

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
FROTHINGSLOSH (5338) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
guzzler67 (1550) - 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.

2.9
   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.

3.5
   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.

2.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
willblake (2654) - 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 (8334) - 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 (4576) - 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.


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