Nexxus (261) - Apple Valley, Minnesota, USA - MAR 28, 2004
1.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 5/20
UPDATED: APR 21, 2004 A clear golden (urine) yellow with a large diminishing white head. Mostly sweet, slightly sour aroma of cereal, honey, and soap with hints of straw and peach. Light-medium watery body with lively carbonation. Flavor is mostly sweet with honey, light bread, pepper and straw coming through. The sweetness is kind of odd and unfamiliar (adjunct related?). Somewhat astringent. Not really offensive, just not good. At least now I will have the 'Malt Liquor' style category filled.
Syd (920) - Waconia, Minnesota, USA - MAR 17, 2004
2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
Heh, my first Malt Liquor: Bottle pours a thin color or yellow with a big white head and some lace. The aroma is sweet (corn?). The flavor is very sweet with a cardboard like finish. The palate is fizzy in some ways, but sort of thick in other ways. Overall, I can't really rate to style since I don't know how its supposed to taste. Additionally, I really don't like it.
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - FEB 15, 2004
2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 7/20
At long last m y search for a Russian malt liquor has ended. Straight from the streets of St Petersburg we have Baltika 9. Big foamy white head. Clear yellow body. Aroma is not too bad, no off skunky horrible metallic aromas like most malt liquors. Instead it is slightly grassy and sweet. The flavor is sweet with alcohol coming through. The body is odd, no fizzy mouth feel and somewhat watery. Overall not bad for the style but the palate was a real letdown.
hopscotch (8367) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - FEB 4, 2004
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Crystal clear, straw-colored lager with a small, creamy, white head. Good retention. Excellent, weeping lacework.
Floral notes, mocha notes (oddly enough) and hay in the nose. Fairly bland, like most pale lagers, however, there is plenty of alcohol in the flavor as well as some good, pale malts. Well-balanced by the alcohol and hops. Full-bodied with a creamy mouthfeel and fizzy carbonation. Lengthy, dry, alcoholic finish. Much better than expected!
hershiser2 (1146) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - FEB 2, 2004
2.5 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Almost a neon-yellow color, with a nice-sized white head. Lots of lacing.
Has a distinct "beer" smell... nothing new here, just the same old smell that's been around since beer was born.
Nice taste... smooth and easy, with a bit of a bitter kick. Not bad at all.
Good, fizzy mouthfeel.
It's pretty drinkable... I have no complaints about drinking this, and would welcome another (but only if someone gave me one).
smoosh (533) - New Albany, Indiana, USA - JAN 31, 2004
2.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle: slight malt in the nose. A little past prime? Looks like a fizzy American standard. Highly carbonated - borderline fizzy. Not a lot of flavor. Some malt in the finish. Not bad for what it seems to be - a Russian attempt at an American Standard. I'd drink 2 of these before any one of the real things!
Hildigöltur (5105) - København, DENMARK - JAN 24, 2004
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Golden coloured. Clean and slightly sweet with fruity notes. Some alcoholic notes.
JorisPPattyn (7547) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - DEC 30, 2003
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Little white head, good carbonation; pale yellow, clear beer. Nose : grain, chalk, sweet malt, cookies. Almondy bitter-sweet taste. Alcohol contributes to the taste. Harsh finish. Medium bodied. Some alcoholburn. Almondy bitterness is a shure sign of young, raw alcohol in spirits. I wonder what it means here. Terribly unrefined.
jbrus (4992) - Delft, NETHERLANDS - DEC 30, 2003
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Malts and light hopperfume aroma. Pale yellow color, white rocky head, few lace. Sweet, alcoholic, some malts, some bitterness, hint of orange, light syrupy. I think this is more European Strong Lager than a Malt Liquor. Brewed to get drunk, but technically even under average.
ElGaucho (2114) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - DEC 23, 2003
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
I could have sworn I drank, and rated, this during the first of my 3 visits to Russia in 2003, but alas, my rating is not here. So, I picked up another bottle during my 3rd visit. Sweet lager aroma with noticeable alcohol in the nose. Some folks may not realize that Baltika has a method to their beer numbering madness. The higher the number the higher the alcohol. Baltika 1 is their light and and Baltika 0 is their non-alcoholic. Pale gold in appearance with lots of visible carbonation. Excelent lace. Poured in the proper glassware, this brew has somewhat of an elegant appearance. Strong alcohol profile. Good. A little harsh and unrefined, which is not uncharacteristic of many Russian beers.