JorisPPattyn (8335) - Ursel, 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 (4991) - 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 (2285) - 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.
jfm (1724) - Holbæk, DENMARK - DEC 9, 2003
2.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
Light golden color with a decent white head. The taste is kind of watery with notes of light malts and light sweet hops. Finishes with notes of alcohol.
SirTom (89) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - DEC 5, 2003
1.2 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 6/20
Pretty terrible. The first and possibly the last russian beer I will try. * Had this at a beer club meeting with many other beers, hence I don't remember all my comments - only the ratings which I wrote down at the time.
Jedsbrew (465) - Rhineland, Missouri, USA - DEC 4, 2003
1.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 4/20
UPDATED: OCT 25, 2004 Medium gold in color with a moderate fizzy head and an aroma that was somewhat fruity and boozy. Light to medium bodied and sweet, with a doctors office alcohol presence and a few hops in the background. The finish was slightly bitter and the alcohol lingered. I read somewhere that for health reasons the Russian government is trying to encourage the populace to switch from vodka to beer, and that may be a reasonable goal, but I don't think they're going to solve anything serving this stuff.
TheBeerGod (5502) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - NOV 21, 2003
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a translucent gold. Spider-webby tall white head. Nose is malt and light alcohol but I could swear I smell a hint of cinnamon. The taste is a suped up lager with more malt, sugar and alcohol. It's not bad, just not complex or creative. I was hoping for a more extreme European beer a la Eku 28 or Urbock 23 but got a Pilsener Urquell on steroids. Decent, but their porter is MUCH better.
mikeben (355) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - NOV 14, 2003
4.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
I hope this is
the same beer as my bottle said pale beer. If it is I cannot understand the rating. While I am unfamilier with malt liquer this to me did taste like a mild pale ale. I thought Malt liquer was supposed to be sweet? This had only a undertone of it. Kind of similer to bass with its mild sour and sweet flavor. While not something I would buy a case of. This was very good.
dberger624 (1028) - Phila, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 10, 2003
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottled. I was surpised by this one. Had a nice cream flavor in this one. Stayed carbinated all the way through.
Schroppfy (2360) - Łódż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - NOV 9, 2003
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Surprisingly light, and while cold at least, the alcohol takes a bit of a backseat to some great grainyness and only a slightly corn sweet, wheaty tang in the flavor. Warms up way better than any other malt liquor I've ever had! Very nice head formation, small but sustained, nice looking, atop a pretty vibrant yellow.