jimmydoug (32) - Operation Joint Forge, USA - MAY 22, 2003
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 7/20
The best Russian beer we could find. Goes well with Pelmenyi and vodka shooters.
redlem (1301) - Ohio, USA - MAY 19, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
An opaque dark beer with a large creamy tan rocky head. By wafting this has a crisp hop aroma, by sticking your nose in the glass the roasted malt is detected. A spring hop taste with roasted malt. Nice lacing, perception is that this is thin but it feels right at a deceptive 7% ABV. A very drinkable dark beer with an almost citrus quality.
fiulijn (14290) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 15, 2003
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark amber color. Nice mix of roasted barley and malt; quite good caramel and malt, a bit sweet.
Verne (261) - Enumclaw, Washington, USA - MAY 14, 2003
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Smells of black malt an almost burnt sugar aroma. The beer is black brown in color its large bubbled medium sized head is a light brown. A bit sweet and bitter hints of coffee. Good not exciting and that is how a porter is supposed to taste. The alcohol does let you know its there, not that that is a bad thing
Brian (145) - Ontario, CANADA - MAY 13, 2003
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
A bit overly sweet but otherwise a decent example of a porter. Head is decent, if not really large, and the aroma is reasonable and the color is nicely opaque. Not the best of its type, but an acceptable brew.
hembryggaren (45) - Örebro, SWEDEN - APR 22, 2003
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
This is a baltic porter as a baltic porter should look, smell and taste. Deeply reed color, fine brown foam. A bit unbalanced aroma but fine bouquet. Taste a bit edgy but fine with food and fine to sip infront of the logfire.
JoeM500 (1902) - Crown Point, Indiana, USA - APR 14, 2003
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
I like the Baltic Porters that I have tried, so one named "Baltika" had high expectations. I was only slightly let down by this dark watery porter. Big anice and sweet malts were the main notes overall. There is an odd aftertaste, but it may be the same carboard/grainy hops used in some of the other Baltikas.
JFGrind (1833) - Glenside, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 30, 2003
3.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
I had no prior knowledge on this beer when I picked up the bottle for $1.99 USD at a Jersey liquor store. Very surprised how well this beer was; adequate aroma (licorice), jet black color with ample tannish head, and a great mouthfeel. My tastebuds were well pleased with the dark roasted malt flavor, and hop aftertaste.
ElGaucho (2188) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - MAR 22, 2003
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Sweet aroma with strong hints of alcohol. Opaque body with light brown head. Some lace; almost fully, albeit slowly, eroding head. Nice flavor-surprisingly good. Better than the Baltika 4. Alcohol is evident, but not overbearing. A little bit on the creamy side.
Aggie80 (785) - Michigan, USA - MAR 18, 2003
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Smooth, Nice finish, excellent color. Typical Porter with lots of sweetness, but less of the medicine taste often found in Porters.