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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
TheBeerGod (5538) - 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!

   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Panzuriel (1417) - 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.

   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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Syd (921) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - NOV 2, 2003
UPDATED: OCT 6, 2007 Bottle pours black with a monstrous brown head and prolific lace. The aroma is of roasted malt and dried fruit. The flavor is very nice. The flavor starts out with nice soft malt and progresses through to a slightly bitter coffee; somewhere in between it resembles an Imperial Stout. I also sense a slight hint of a lactic sugar in there. The palate is decent and works well for the flavor. Overall, I’m quite impressed. Update on 10/6/2007 - I’ve not had this beer since I rated it in 2003. It is far sweeter than I remember. It seems to have lost some of the dried fruit character. It gained in the chocolate department. I guess it has lost some complexity. I still like it, but not so much.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Hildigöltur (5104) - København, DENMARK - OCT 31, 2003
Malty aroma. Sweet flavour with a slight bitterness in the finish. Too thin.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
JMerritt (1887) - Macomb, Illinois, USA - OCT 29, 2003
Jet black with a brown head that is fully lasting and leaves excellent lacing. Sweet malt aroma is highlighted by fruit edges (grapes and berries). Lightly sweet flavor, somewhat metallic (copper), with a sweet, short lived finish. Thick, creamy mouthfeel is strange, because is accompanies this lightly carbonated, lightly flavored porter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
JPDIPSO (5045) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 17, 2003
Dark brown color with a light chocolate colored near fizzy head. Earthy grains and light fruit in the aroma. Fortified light wine, sorghum, and malt mixture. I envision this being reduced and poured over corn bread.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
tsarman (794) - Northern, New Jersey, USA - OCT 15, 2003
Black as night and twice as delicious. Man, for a place that makes a malt liqour, this is actually a really great porter. Smooth tasting this beer is all about the coffee smell. Surprised as hell, the 7% ABV is hidden quite well. For a buck fifty for over a pint of it, not a bad deal. Classy bottle and a delicious brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dogbrick (9357) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - OCT 14, 2003
Sampled at From The Vine monthly beer tasting Oct 13th, 2003: Clear dark brown with a thin beige head. Light aroma of coffee and malt. Medium body with a mild roasted coffee/malt flavor and a lightly bitter finish. Not bad but nothing memorable about this one.

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