NJBeerman013 (1043) - Hamilton Twp., New Jersey, USA - JUL 14, 2003
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Now thats my kind of Malt Liquor. I guess to survive the ice cold winters of Russia, you need something with a little kick. Its like the vodka of beers. Light and to the point! Aroma is definitely of alcohol. Taste is a little hop, a little malt, and a lot of alcohol. Although very high on the alcohol side, I enjoyed it more than I was expecting. I picked it up on a closeout deal for 99 cents a bottle at my favorite liquor store. I am gonna have to go back and see if I can get more.
Hansen (6432) - Assentoft, DENMARK - JUL 8, 2003
1 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 2/20
Too strong, too much alcohol, and no aroma or flavor. Unpleasent. Ended up putting icecubes in it. A little better, but a bit to the drain too.
blank (996) - Austin, Texas, USA - JUN 30, 2003
1.6 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
From the Sharp Edge European Beerfest: They didn't say this was malt liquor, but I'm not overally suprised.
Drew (2411) - Kent, Ohio, USA - JUN 23, 2003
2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Well, after noting the alcohol content, I really wasnt' too surprised to open up this 99 cent bottle and find, basically, a Russian Colt 45. Corn sweetened and full of alcohol flavor, especially as it warmed. That said, it was not a bad malt liqour - had some dryness in the finish, and the first 4 or 5 sips were very pleasant.
krisbierjaeger (844) - dolores, Colorado, USA - MAY 30, 2003
2.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
uh-oh. i , uh, kinda like this stuff. is that a red flag? i might be an alky? 'cause there ain't much going on here but a serious junkie jolt of alcohol floated on a raft of very modest brewing seaworthiness. i'm one of approximately 11 raters in the world that considers alcohol a legitimate flavor constituent-- everyone else apologizes for it, and lauds the "masking" of it. i like alcohol, and i'm generally glad when it's apparent. to russians snorting vodka all night, this may seem like a cream soda and appreciate it's soft jocular fizz. it's an ordinary pilsner-like pour; chardonnay colored base with a brief crown of ivory slush. the aroma says unkind things-- and doesn't take them back or apologize later: it's doctor's office alcohol dampening a bowl of corn flakes. the flavor however is just a cheap retsina kind of white wine effect; a soft carbonation, almost creamy. no overt garbage contained within, like what is found in macro-swills, nor is it fruity sugar-poppy. grassy wine rather, minimal bitterness.
rauchbier (3587) - Isle Of Beer, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - MAY 30, 2003
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottled. Straw gold colour, poor almost nonexistent head and low condition. Very low aroma save for fleeting malt. Quite thin for 8% in the mouth with malt and some peardrop flavours as it warms up. Finish is slightly sweet but short and easily forgetable.
zborgerd (187) - Illinois, USA - MAY 23, 2003
1.9 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: MAY 26, 2003 "Baltika Extra" was the name on my label. How in the world do they get 8% alcohol content in this "brew"? Well, being that it's malt liquor, they probably just added vodka to beer and called it a night. I'm not impressed. Color is light and smells kinda like corn beer. Boring, with no complexity at all. It's passable, maybe as something that can go along with pizza or something, but that's about it. I'd drink it before other malt swill like Cobra or Magnum.
JFGrind (1833) - Glenside, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 20, 2003
2.1 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Classic "thin" malt liquor taste; brewery did not go out of its way to select the malts for this brew.
Gusler (2653) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - MAY 5, 2003
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
The quintessence of a Lager/Pils on the pour, an unblurred golden yellow, the head mastodonic in size, brilliant white in color, bubbly in texture, and a ton of lace to conceal the glass. Prototypical nose, fresh, crisp and clean, all malt, start is somewhat sweet, the top skinny in feel. Finish has a stinging acidity, the hops barely noticeable, dry and lingering aftertaste, just not my "“Glass of Beer"” but I keep trying to find a lager I can call my own, oh well better luck next time.
MilkmanDan (1943) - Eagan, Minnesota, USA - APR 30, 2003
1.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 4/20
Eeew. I mean, really. Just eeew. Very light color, which should be a warning. If it's that light and that strong, something's not right. Smells a bit sour and skunky, slightly fruity. Some definite malts, lemony and nutty at the end. Problem is the alcohol, just too strong. Actively burns at the swallow. I think it's a Russian boilermaker and they just dropped a shot of vodka into each bottle. Cheap vodka. Bad, cheap vodka.