flying_pig (1547) - SCOTLAND - JUN 9, 2016
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
500ml bottle from Mini Mix, Barcelona (€1.05):
This one was an okay offering from the Baltika brewery without being the best from them that I’ve tried thus far. There was a nice sweetness to proceedings & I quite enjoyed the sticky patches that showed with the beer thanks to the caramel malts & sugars. Overall the balance was good & it was definitely an enjoyable beer but it just didn’t seem to grab me.
vidmidia (286) - Vila Velha, BRAZIL - MAY 14, 2016
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Vermelha escura, quase marrom, límpida. Espuma bege, fina, média de média duração. Ameixas, caramelo e mel no nariz. Na boca, ainda, madeira, malte torrado e um pouco e defumado. Sabor adocicado com um pouco de torrado levando a uma leve acidez. Sensação ácida na língua devido à fina carbonatação. Corpo médio.
DenverLogan (1205) - LA, California, USA - MAY 11, 2016
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: AUG 27, 2016 From a bottle bought in Los Angeles. Poured in a North Coast chalice...pours light brown with head and lace. Aroma of light malts, caramel, minerals, industrial cleaner. Medium carbonation and mouthfeel. Flavors of brown malts, caramel malt, carob, grains, minerals, straw hops, hay, slight peat. Overall fairly rich with a modest malt body, yet some unpleasant and bitter components.
August 26, 2016 - Have a new bottle and will take away the idustrial cleaner aroma for this bottle. Overall it’s still not a wonderful beer, but it can offer a malty fix for the late night semi-desperate alcoholic!
Gotta say the obvious...imports are subject to enormous hardships that will deminish their taste if not carefully tendered.
ordybill (1707) - Douglasville, Georgia, USA - MAR 15, 2016
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
oured from a 16.9 OZ bottle into a pint glass. The appearance is a dark brown with some reddish highlights. The pour creates a small white head. The aroma is wheat, caramel malt and fruit. The taste is a perfect match for the aroma. A good beer.
gopherfan99 (1700) - Minnesota, USA - JAN 31, 2016
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle; pours clear dark amber with a beige head; sweet aroma of caramel, malt, and dark fruit; taste is sweet with caramel and malt with a touch of dark fruit; finish is sweet and water; over all a bit watery and thin
llucmaduell (238) - barcelona, SPAIN - JAN 31, 2016
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
After running a half marathon, a good way to get liquid. The rest, a lager with no pretensions but with taste, color and aroma, not as bad as the Spanish commercial beers that are a mess insufferable.
Alengrin (5187) - BELGIUM - JAN 29, 2016
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Allegedly the first Baltika beer, a Dunkel with rye malts. Pale yellowish beige, thin, moussy head only retaining well on the edges, over a completely clear (filtered) deep coppery brown beer, translucent with bright burgundy hue and some sparkling. Aroma of dry walnuts, damp cloth, toffee, a disturbing chicken soup and cooked meat odour representing unmistakable pasteurization, dried tomato, soggy tea bags, toasted (rye?) bread, old caramel candy, dried autumn leaves, haemoglobin, roasted peanuts, moist grass. Subduedly sweetish onset of burnt sugar and caramel but no esters (as expected from a lager), minerally, smooth and thin, slick body with soft carbonation even for this style, caramelly and nutty malt sweetishness with a toasted bitterish edge next to a fairly strong metallic ’zing’ disturbing a bit and reverberating in the background; there is some ’rye spiciness’ in here somewhere, but it is the caramelly maltiness which prevails. Finish is a continuation of this, but with the addition of a dash of herbal, almost tea-like, very lightly spicy hops accentuating the toasted bitterness and lingering for a brief while; the burnt sugar or caramel ’bitterish sweetness’, however, remains in the throat. Very industrial interpretation of the ’Münchener Dunkel’ or tmavé style, suffering from the dead, cooked smell and taste of strong pasteurization and feeling very artificial. This is not my favorite style to begin with even among lagers (even though I respect it as being the oldest of all lager styles), but most other examples I had of it, were better and more ’natural’ than this. Seems Baltika Porter is still the only Baltika beer which is more or less worthwile - but that is another beer and therefore another discussion.
DanielBrown (4477) - Birmingham (via Leicester), West Midlands, ENGLAND - JAN 10, 2016
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from WB Stores, West Brom. Rather a good beer. Nutty, sweet. Smooth. Rich enough. Good burn. Does the job certainly. I agree with Sarky, this may well be my fave Russian beer so far.
tfontana (937) - Fremont, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 2, 2016
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle pour into nonic pint glass. Aroma is strong caramel, rye. Appearance is clear ruby red with mild sparkle and finger-width foamy off-white head with mild lacing. Taste is sweet caramel with nuts and a hint of liquor. Palate is light-to-medium bodied with thick texture and lively carbonation, malty caramel finish. Overall, not much mystery here--a full-fledged caramel malt assault. A little over the top but if you’re in a caramel malty mood, this would do the trick.
psilosophy (765) - vitry en artois, FRANCE - DEC 26, 2015
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bouteille de 50cl. Couleur cola, mousse moyenne de peu de tenue. Dans la grande loterie des bières Baltika, cette numéro 4 s’ en sort (relativement) mieux que les blondes. Des arômes de chocolat, toffees plutôt agréables à la mise en bouche, mais de moins en moins flatteurs à mesure qu’ on écluse.... Carbonnation un peu triste, non c’ est pas encore çà... Trouvée à l’ épicerie St Petersbourg - Lomme.