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RATINGS: 1339   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.45/5   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"ís brewers make this a beer of unsurpassable quality.
The ingredients are water, caramel malt and burnt roasted malt, maltose syrup and hops. 17į

   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 itís "okay," and Iím the guy currently drinking it.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
robertjm (852) - Albany, California, USA - NOV 15, 2004
Bought this one at the spur of the moment. Good body. Good flavor. Not overpowering. Might call it a "lawnmower beer" version of a porter? its only $1.79 at Bevmo so Iíll probably buy it again!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Cobra (1100) - - NOV 11, 2004
16.9 fl oz. 500 ml. brown stubby bottle. Best before date of 7-14-05. Product of Russia. I believe this is my first Russian beer. Anyway, it poured out a deep mahogany-chocolate brown color, with a tan colored head. Very thick and sticky. The head slid down the sides of the glass slowly. Aromas are of roasted espresso coffee beans, slight licorice, some oak barrel in the mix also. Wafts of vanilla greet the nose as well. Tastes are of dark, bittersweet chocolate, coffee beans, rich malts, and a background of bitterness. Medium mouthfeel, decent carbonation. Not overpowering with the anise flavors, like so many other porters. Decently balanced, somewhat fruity finish to it. A decent Russian beer by anyoneís standards.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bb (8557) - Alamo, California, USA - NOV 9, 2004
Bottle. Dark beer with a big creamy tan head. Aroma isnít much - some malt and maybe some chocolate. Rich chocolate malt flavor that lingers. Body is just a little light - but not bad. Alcohol just makes a presence. Very easy to drink and enjoyable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
smoosh (536) - New Albany, Indiana, USA - OCT 27, 2004
Bottle - a fairly simple and one dimentional aroma. Some malt. Deep brown body and a nice, tightly bubbled beige head. Fairly one dimensional - chocolate in the aroma. Chocolate, of course, in the flavor. Very drinkable and very nice!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TChrome (1447) - Bedford, Texas, USA - OCT 26, 2004
Dark brown color with a well retained creamy light brown colored head. Aroma is alcoholic, brown sugar, and sweet malt. Thinness is one of the overwhelming characteristics of this porter which is too bad. Otherwise the flavor is enjoyable. Flavors of chocolate, grape juice, and a hint of roasted nuts. Enjoyable experience just needs to be thickened up a bit.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mwesth (279) - Skovlunde, DENMARK - OCT 24, 2004
Dark brown with a big, light brown head. Roasted malt and a bit of chocolate in the nose. A bit thin for the ABV, but very drinkable, a "ladies porter". The alcohol is very well hidden. Mild bitterness in the aftertaste.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Pailhead (6426) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - OCT 19, 2004
Bottle: Aroma is mostly chocolate malt and light hops. Has a kind of syrupy smell to it as well. Pours a dark brown, virtually black, with a decent tan head. Fair retention. Strong raisin flavor. More so than chocolate or coffee. In order of intensity, itís probably raisin, chocolate, burnt, then coffee. Alcohol is slightly noticeable. Light coffee flavor and hops come in the finish. Very light coffee aftertaste. You can do so much better in choosing a porter. This beer seems to get a little better as you drink.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SubstanceT (1092) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - OCT 11, 2004
ya know, not all that bad. Had this at the CU beer fest and it was most definately one of the best things being offered. Dark in color with a tan thin head. The nose is soft and malty with a touch of spice. The taste is smoothe and slightly hoppy underneath lots of coffee malts. Good overall,

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