blinesam (235) - USA - JAN 14, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bought at Marty’s in Allston. They have a great selection of Baltika and Arsenalnoe. Very dark color. Not bitter taste at all, less of a coffee flavor than a regular porter. Very smooth. Quickly fading dark cream colored head.
FastEddie (230) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - JUN 2, 2007
3.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
It has an ample brownish head which stays around a little while. The beer is an opaque, brown-black. The aroma is subtle, even a bit weak. The flavor has some nice toasty darkness to it, but I also think it slightly watery.
tania_nexust (230) - Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 12, 2014
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle from local Eastern European shop. Opaque dark brown, no head. Aroma is faintly roasty, faintly lactic, and a hint of the sea. Those notes are carried through on flavour, but body is a little thin.
(re-rating this as when I entered this earlier today it didn’t save my points settings so gave a false total of 0.5)
Brewdork (228) - Sanford, Florida, USA - NOV 16, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours deep brown with a thick but fleeting foamy head with a tinge of red. Sweet, malty almost vinous aroma. Roasty, slightly sweet flavor. The maltose syrup is front and center here. The mouthfeel is a bit on the this side, but this is still pretty good.
rsmeds (228) - Turku, FINLAND - DEC 15, 2005
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottled. Enjoyed from tea cup.
Half-opauqe very dark brown, with short-lived brown bubbly head. Looks like coffee.
Very malty, sweetish roasted aroma with chocolate, cold coffee (and mämmi).
Surprisingly little alcohol in aroma.
Flavor reflects aroma, albeit with the addition of a healthy dose of hops.
Avg carbonation, palate a bit too acidic for my taste.
Quite light for a porter, but not bad at all. The best russian dark beer I’ve found so far.
Welley_Alves (227) - Sao Paulo, BRAZIL - DEC 17, 2013
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Ótima baltic porter russa. Cor escura, corpo médio com boa formação de creme bege, pouco persistente. Aroma de malte torrado, café, na boca sobressaindo o gosto intenso do malte, lembrando chocolate. Bom amargor, equilibrando a mistura. Final sedoso, com médio amargor. Ótima breja!
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HampshirePhil (227) - Portsmouth/London, Hampshire, ENGLAND - APR 22, 2015
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
500 ml bottle - Black brownish colour with creamy white fizzy frothy. Quite a weak taste for a porter but not unpleasant in anyway. Slightly too carbonated.
sickassmick (227) - Concord, California, USA - JUL 30, 2010
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
smelled really good. drank this one kinda slow and let it open up a bit. lots of good chocolate caramel flavors and warm alcohol. really impressed with how good this beer was for 1.99/pt. may buy it again, more of a winter beer. The Baltikas I’ve had are not bad stuff.
justabeergeek (225) - Albany, New York, USA - MAR 14, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: MAR 14, 2013 Reviewed on: 3-13-13
Appearance: Very dark brown (looks black) with a thick foamy white head.
Aroma: Malt notes (toffee, caramel, bittersweet chocolate) with an interesting sweetness (almost a candi sugar-like smell) in the background. An unexpected slightly boozy presence.
Taste: Slight roast, mostly malt (bread, caramel, toffee) and a milk chocolate sweetness present. There is a bit of a metallic note in the finish and aftertaste that comes out a little bit as the beer warms. Not particular exciting, but certainly not “bad.”
Mouthfeel: Noticably thin. Slight carbonation, but not tepid.
Overall: This is a decent porter, nothing crazy. I could see myself drinking this on a warm day if it were chilled. The thin mouthfeel lends some decent drinkability to it that surprised me.
vulcanmeister (222) - La Grande, Oregon, USA - MAY 26, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours dark brown with a minimal beige head. Sweet malt aroma with chocolate and light hops. Smokiness and light fruity finish with a touch of bitterness. A most enjoyable brew.