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RATINGS: 1281   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.46   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
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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°


4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Gromit (479) - Port Orchard, Washington, USA - DEC 20, 2003
Wow, this is a solid porter! The only other Russian beer I've had was Tinkov so I had very little hope for this one. I couldn't have been more pleasantly supprised. Pours a dark black with an awesome tan head that hangs around for a really long time, only departing in the way of leaving a beautiful lace down the side of your glass. Smells really good, roasted malts and a hint of coffee. Tastes awesome. This beer exemplifies porter in my book; malty with just the right amount of hops to keep it from being sweet with hardly any bitterness. Full mouthfeel without being chewy. If this beer lacked anything, it could have been just a tad bit thicker, but not by much. Drinkability is great, but it would be hard to spend a night drinking just about any porters straight. The last few porters I've had were really watered down, including Redhook's. A few more of those and I could have been turned from this style. Thankfully, this one saved me. This is a great beer.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ClarkVV (4211) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 16, 2003
Pours a ruddy brown, quite dark and Almost opaque. Good head, medium brown, quite burnt, lasting. Small amount of lacing. Aroma quite nice, roasted barley, black currant, raisins. Opens up so even and balanced. Great amount of malt and a nice bitter kick. Coffee, dark, ripe fruits. No wateriness, medium body. Flavor is wonderful, lagered peppery mouthfeel. Wow, I am writing this and wanting to drink more (except i dont have any more). I REALLY like this style. Biggest drawback to baltika 6 is the relative lack of complexity on the finish. Compared to this, zwyiec is a jigsaw puzzle. BUT, I will most often take this over zwyiec as this is much more balanced and does not use a ridiculous amount of alcohol. I do need to rerate zwyiec though.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
jfm (1724) - Holbæk, DENMARK - DEC 9, 2003
Very dark brown with a nice slight brown head. The taste is coffee and roasted malt. Nicely balanced though slight bitter finish.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
Jedsbrew (465) - Rhineland, Missouri, USA - DEC 6, 2003
Very dark with a durable creamy head and a malty chocolate aroma with hints of dried fruit and butterscotch. Medium to full bodied, fairly rich and sweet with more fudge and caramel in the flavor than coffee. Toasty background with a lingering sweet finish and slightly bitter aftertaste. Not bad at all.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
drismyhero (815) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - DEC 5, 2003
EXTREMELY dry roasted grain throughout every ounce of this beer. Somehow this tastes like Russia. I can almost feel the boiling of Chernobyl in my asophogus and the bread lines leading to my belly. Very mouth filling, covers every inch of the palate; however, the finish is a touch thin and the complete lack of anything sweet makes me a touch ancy. Good though.

3.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Murphy (1759) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - NOV 30, 2003
Very nice aroma that is rich, creamy and slightly roasty. Full and malty mouthfeel. Not very complex. Dry and roasty finish. Heary and enjoyable.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TheBeerGod (5568) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - NOV 21, 2003
Pours almost black with a tall pillowy brown head. Nose is malted with roasted and sugary notes. Very mild and drinkable beer. The tongue is surrounded with flavors like roasted malt, cocoa, fruit(plums?), and a ever so slight wood hint. Velvetly mouthfeel with no lingering bitterness. Nice porter!

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Nexxus (261) - Apple Valley, Minnesota, USA - NOV 20, 2003
Very dark brown with a huge tan head. Aroma presents malt and roast notes with a hint of dark fruit. Medium-thick creamy palate with little carbonation. Flavor is mostly malt and roast with hints of molasses, cherry and raisin.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Panzuriel (1427) - Westerville, Ohio, USA - NOV 16, 2003
Nice Dark beer with a good head. Strom roasty malt aroma with a good fruit twinge. Nice dry malty flavor with a good thick mouthfeel. Nice finish. Good good dark beer.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Schroppfy (2360) - Łódż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - NOV 9, 2003
well-made with a distinct but subtle smokiness; has nowhere near the messy high-alchohol trappings of other Baltic Porter; in fact I think it's a very good intro to the style. Falls a little thin toward the end with warming, but still smooth and with well-rounded tastes of some nut, sweet brown sugar and smoke.


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