Grumbo (875) - Suffolk, ENGLAND - MAR 7, 2015
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle from Rasputin’s, Ipswich. Pours almost black with a tan colour head. Aroma of roasted malt, coffee, and caramel, quite sweet. Taste less sweet, with a light roasted bitterness. Body medium, texture is slick, average carbonation.
bartlebier (2559) - Belchium im Biersgau, GERMANY - MAR 3, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
50cl proud&stout emblematic Slavic butilka, this Baltika, - spasiBaris Idiasynkrasia! Surprisingly balanced and well-rounded beer, hiding an expert mix of dark malts chocolate, maltose syrup-induced dark fruit caramels, dry raisins and hop spice (aged/roasted raisin peel) beneath a deep maroon body. Light alcohol, manageable sweetness, pleasant yeast profile, mouthfeel like raisintanned leather.
fugitive (1681) - Athens, GREECE - FEB 27, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Color black with small head. Aroma fruits, metal, caramel. Taste sweet, caramel, chocolate, bitter.
Filipbeer (120) - - FEB 21, 2015
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Intense dark brown colour. Slightly brown and long head. Quite good lacing.
Malty aromas: caramel, chocolate and toffee. Also fruity: dark fruits and banana. The later are clearer in mouth. Prune and resins are also perceived in. Qualitatively good aroma but the intensity is a bit poor in mouth (retro-nasal).
Sweet taste with a bit acidity. Bitterness is enough to compensate the sweetness. In general the flavour is equilibrated but not very intense.
Good carbonation and medium body. The end is dry but not very long.
This beer is not very complex and flavour is not very intense for the style but it makes you have a good time.
__Rb81 (359) - NETHERLANDS - FEB 6, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at Murphy’s Law. Pours dark with a fast disappearing beige head. Aroma of chocolate syrup, ash, salty licorice, roasted malts. Taste is sweet, roasted malts, licorice, chocolate. Quite creamy mouthfeel. Bit watery in the end, aftertaste of dark chocolate, licorice and roasted malts. Not bad, especially for the price.
KoRoBeNiKi (127) - Fair Lawn, New Jersey, USA - FEB 4, 2015
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: MAY 19, 2015 From a Russian restaurant in Brighton Beach, Brooklyn, NY, known as Tatiana’s. I asked for Baltika and she asked the type in broken English. I said strong and got this one. Funny/odd way of ordering but why not?
Slight aroma of licorice and some toasty malts as well as some light sweetness you wouldn’t expect. Nice and dark color with little light escaping from slight opaqueness but the head is poor. Taste is similar but with some more sweetness. A bit of a dry finish with a hint of alcohol.
Nothing too special but nothing off-putting. While I wouldn’t recommend this to a beer lover, it is clearly drinkable and works quite well with the meat and potatoes found way too often in Russian cuisine. It works. I am generally not a fan of porters but I liked this...maybe I just don’t like the absolute bitterness of most of them?
I’ve had this since. Updated as the rating was a bit too low.
ianwelby (748) - SCOTLAND - JAN 24, 2015
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Near-opaque reddish-black beer with a beige head which quickly dissipates. Flavour is light and malty. After the disappointing pour and slightly tame smell the flavour was a very pleasant surprise with all sorts going on. An initial fruity hit is quickly balanced by toasty malts, bitter sugar and a liquorice finish. I don’t even really like liquorice but in this case it adds to a nice, varied flavour. Really good.
marcnow (72) - Pszczyna, POLAND - JAN 18, 2015
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Ciemne piwo, w butelce półlitrowej, z wytłaczanymi napisami, herbem browaru prawdopodobnie. Duży plus do wyglądu.
Piwo czarne, piana o małej fakturze, zostawia mały ślad na kuflu.
Zapach karmelowy, trochę syropu owocowego z początku, wyczuwalny aromat ciemnej czekolady, aczkolwiek czuć alkoholem.
Piwo ma "ciało" nieduże aczkolwiek wyczuwalne, średnio gazowane, w miarę długi finisz goryczkowy.
Relacja cena-jakość moim zdaniem bardzo dobra, kupiłem we włoszech w rosyjskim sklepie a cena taka jak nieznośne włoskie koncerniaki. Bardzo porządne piwo po które z przyjemnością sięgnę kolejnym razem, dobrze będzie rozgrzewało w zimę.
johnnymusky (563) - Minnesota, USA - JAN 10, 2015
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
poured from bomber....pour is black with nice head....bought because it is my style and only 2 bucks....not expecting much....normal porter nose and mouth....very easy drinker....worth the 2 bucks for sure.
martin00sr (1589) - Haderslev, DENMARK - DEC 29, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Clear, very dark brown. Sweetish, roasted aroma. Subtle smokey, peaty notes. Dry roasted flavour, sweet coffe. Late and light licorice notes. Dry and bitter sweet finish.