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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 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
P-tor44 (886) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - JAN 12, 2003
chocolatey nose with ripe fruit. mellow black with an initialy sizeable head that leaves quickly. I envisioned cream, far from it, not up to the standards of other Baltics

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
DankbrewedDank (162) - East Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - JAN 2, 2003
Sweet porter! nice fruity nose. Rosted malts with nice hop presence

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
BillKismet (3334) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 1, 2003
Black bodied with a small chocolate head. Nearly divine, plummy, vinous aroma, potent, but artfully balanced. Carmel, plum, and a strong molasses body make this baltic porter a winner. The greatest knock is a nearly cloying alchoholic sweetness resulting from the relative lightness of the body which could use a more robust character to anchor the flavors. An excellent, almost insurpassable, dessert beer. Sweet and tasty--though becomes almost unbearably sweet towards the end with a strong banana component. Best if enjoyed in small glasses.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Aurelius (4104) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - DEC 21, 2002
Raisins, smoke and creosote. Inky. This brew really grows on you as you drink it -- sweetish for a porter, you get a good presentation of raisins/prunes in the flavor. Mild aroma. Good palate, with long clinging patent malt bitter and an acidic/raisiny finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Zach Diesel (906) - Sisters, Oregon, USA - DEC 19, 2002
dry coffee with serious alcohol presence, right up my alley

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Donatas (188) - Vilnius, LITHUANIA - DEC 18, 2002
Fine beer from Russia. But Lithuanian or Polish proters are better.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
PorterPounder (5446) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - DEC 15, 2002
UPDATED: JUL 21, 2007 Rerate Still a solid all around porter at a great price - $1.99 for a 500 ml bottle. Dark brown, mocha head, chocolate aroma, some olive oil in the back end. Thick mouthfeel. Original 3.8 Kind of grows on you - hard to describe in words. Licorice-like aroma and appearance. Meant to be drunk slow and savored. Full-bodied flavor lasts throughout - improves upon warming.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Tolik99 (47) - USA - DEC 15, 2002
Definitely, one of the best Russian beers: a clean, flavorful and roasty bottom-fermented porter.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Holdwine (1075) - Beertimore, Maryland, USA - DEC 9, 2002
This grew on me. Pours black as night with a nice tannish head. When cold, the shock of alcohol hits you. It tastes more than 7%. As it warms, nice coffee tones emerge and it begins to mellow. Slight sweetness follows before a nice well rounded finish. This is a nice well-balanced product from Russia, and I thought they only made Vodka....

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
rauchbier (3598) - Isle Of Beer, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - NOV 14, 2002
Bottled. Jet black with glints of purple and red. Good creamy head and a fine prickle of bubbles that suggest it was lagered long and naturaly carbonated. Interesting aromas of raisins and licorice, peppery and roasted malt flavours and a sweet but roasty dry finish that finally reveals the alcohol.

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