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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°

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dorwart (2363) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - JUN 15, 2003
Nice thick, creamy head from the pour. Head lasts for a while also and leaves some nice lacing. Rich aroma with a slight touch of coffee, toffee and caramel. Color is a beautiful dark, red/black. Flavor is VERY smooth but not very complex. Can easily drink this right down. Flavor is a little weaker than expected but has coffee, roasted malts, raisins and is a little sweet. Finish is slightly bitter with a nice alcohol flavor and warming. The best Baltika product I have had so far.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
ravidesai (947) - Bombay, INDIA - JUN 12, 2003
dark red-brown. sweet caramel aroma. taste is a touch on the sugary side with a butterscotch toffee character. some interesting fruit notes with a raisin and overripe plums. finish is stout-like with a lasting bitterness. quite good but the syrupy sweetness lets it down.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Dalle (1145) - Skørping, DENMARK - JUN 12, 2003
Light brown head and black colour. Sweet aroma with notes of coffe and liquorice. Taste is rather sweet again with hints of coffee and liquorice (also raisins plus ryebread?). Not much bitterness in the finish. Easy drinking but a little too much sweetness.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Linc (737) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - JUN 6, 2003
Deep red/black, voluminous though shortlived head. Volatile banana/choc aroma. Initially too volatile to enjoy but, after some breathing, chocolate flavour predominates nicely. There is still a bit too much overripe banana presence, thin body doesn't help.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
madsberg (10140) - Søborg, DENMARK - JUN 3, 2003
Bottled: Brown/black coloured. Huge chocolate brown head. Aroma is chocolate and light roastyness. Flavour is a bit waterish but still pleasant. Smooth chocolate notes. Alcahol totally hidden. Ends up with a mild bitterness. Miss some of the heavy action, you see in other examples of style.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 7/20
jimmydoug (32) - Operation Joint Forge, USA - MAY 22, 2003
The best Russian beer we could find. Goes well with Pelmenyi and vodka shooters.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
redlem (1301) - Ohio, USA - MAY 19, 2003
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
fiulijn (14350) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 15, 2003
Dark amber color. Nice mix of roasted barley and malt; quite good caramel and malt, a bit sweet.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Verne (261) - Enumclaw, Washington, USA - MAY 14, 2003
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

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Brian (145) - Ontario, CANADA - MAY 13, 2003
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.

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