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RATINGS: 1327   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.46/5   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
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 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
tiggmtl (4544) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 17, 2004
Sweet, nutty, marzipan aroma. Dark brown body with ruby-brown highlights. Tan/brown head recedes to cover with some lacing. Mild, roastiness to the sweet flavour with a lasting nutty finish. Creamy and smooth texture but somewhat still and light bodied. Bottle enjoyed with Enkerli and others.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
kujo9 (1095) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - DEC 15, 2004
Deep brown body on w/a light beige head. Lightly chocolatey and roasty, but roasty comes through more as it warms. Lightly green apple, caramel, & hints of banana ester & alcohol. Flavor is well balanced, lightly banana fruity, chocolatey, w/ a semi sweet finish, and lightly roasty aftertaste. Some toasty malt. Lighter body, not quite watery, but higher carbonation, well hidden alcohol. Unfortunately thin on flavor. I just had the Sinebrychoff porter, and this pales in comparison.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Hoss (607) - Florida, USA - DEC 13, 2004
A very good baltic porter. Thick with a nice malt overtone. Does not have a big head but delivers on the taste. a $2 a bottle a good value for Fl.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ChillCoat (1029) - Concord, California, USA - DEC 8, 2004
Pours thick and black like a stout. Aromas and flavors of raisins and malt. This is a great beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
erway (1004) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - DEC 3, 2004
Pours black, until you hold it up to the light, with a thick but quickly dissipating reddish tan head. Aroma of munich and black malts with som lactic notes. Some stalish noble hops as well. Flavors are very smoky, not rauchbier smoky, but smoky all the same. A good amount of choclatiness to. Wet palate. Medium bodied. This beer is a very good example of what the differences between a baltic porter and an imperial stout should be. A great example of the style and unfortunately, those of us here at ratebeer (including myself) are hooked on Imperial stouts, and tend not to appreciate a beer that resembles but does not copy that style. Very enjoyable.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
allphoto (36) - Oakland, California, USA - NOV 30, 2004
bang....sweet alcohol, boom......alcohol warming in the gullet....swoosh, the aftertaste of ginseng paste, root beer, and cough syrup(robitussin). Aggresive carbonation. This reminds me of the original Mackeson XXX with much more carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Terminus (3544) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - NOV 27, 2004
Bottle-Huge thanks to Erway for sharing this fine baltic porter with me on his las Cruces visit. Pours a deep brown with a nice tan, rocky head that was gone pretty fast. A tinge of red around the rim of my glass shows that this wasnt the darkest of all baltic porters out there. Roasty, slightly sour aroma when cold. As it warmed, a subtle smokey note came through. very nice! Full body, slightly chewey palate. flavors of dark malts, chocolate, smoke and dusty esters. Long chocolate finish with a tinge of smoke. Very complex and I really enjoyed this one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Sham (1844) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 26, 2004
So, this is a bit of an adventure of a rating. There I was walking on the corner of Pike and Broadway, and there’s this damned metal grate on the ground. Well this being Seattle and all, of course it was raining. So, I slipped on this grate, the bottle somehow tore its way out of the bag, and hit the ground. I almost fell on my ass as well. The cap loosened and beer squirted all over me and every where else. So I decided to open it up and sample it right there next to the Blockbuster.

Dark brown with a large creamy head. Roast aromas with some chocolate and caramel. Maybe some mocha. Anise floats about in the flavor and aroma. The flavors do a good job of mimicing the aroma, but the hops and mocha come out a bit more. Thick and creamy body, with a sweet malty finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TheDean (786) - MIlwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 23, 2004
a beautiful looking beer. Smells awesome and looks good. Has a hoppy/smokey taste to it. Very smooth and refined. I like this beer and this style.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - NOV 16, 2004
This pours deep brown, almost black, into the glass with a minimal brown head. Has a sweet malt aroma with a hint of hops bitterness hitting my nose as I back away from the glass. Medium-bodied, it carries a hint of toffee, anise, and a bit of coffee in the taste. Sweet taste. Michael Jackson (the beer guy, not the creepy pop music fellow) says this is in the top 500 great beers. I say it’s "okay," and I’m the guy currently drinking it.

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