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RATINGS: 1359   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.46/5   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
A traditional dark beer based on old recipes. "Baltika" brews this beer with the best dark and light malts with the addition of superior hop types and a special strain of yeast. Crystal-clear water and the secret touch of "Baltika"s brewers make this a beer of unsurpassable quality.
The ingredients are water, caramel malt and burnt roasted malt, maltose syrup and hops. 17

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3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
puzzl (3258) - New York, New York, USA - FEB 15, 2006
Looked great, but this thing was an oxidized mess. Flavor was vegetably and not really very porter like at all after it warmed... only slight hints of coffee and molasses. Much more pepper (vegetable), rice, slight czech hopping.

2.3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Magjayran (1378) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - FEB 14, 2006
From a bottle. Pours a rather attractive black color with a thick and fluffy tan head. Aroma reminds me of artificially sweetened molasses product. Watery start to this beer with a harsh, imitation molasses aftertaste that produces a cringe not unlike my first taste of cough syrup. Looks thick, feels thin. All around nasty.

3.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ATOmemphis (200) - Franklin, Tennessee, USA - FEB 13, 2006
Pours deep blackish/brown with light creamy tan head. Size wasnt great on the head, and it did dissipate - a minus for porters/stouts in my opinion. Not much to smell, though mine was slightly colder than need be. The Best Before Date was exceeded by 4 months exactly (to the day). But the taste was quite good. Not so hoppy like the description offers, but quite smooth with light coffee, hazelnut, and cream/creamy chocolate flavors. Very nice for a mild/calm brew.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
anders37 (25612) - Malm, SWEDEN - FEB 12, 2006
Bottle. Black colour with a tan head. Roasted malty flavor with some hints of coffee. Roasted flavor with molasses and hints of coffee and chocolate. A little thin roasted finish.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ehhdayton (1188) - USA - FEB 10, 2006
The aroma is of roasted coffee and chocolate malts. The beer pours a deep black with a tan head. There is a slight coffee and chocolate flavor and the finish is fairly mild.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TheEnemy (564) - Chicago, USA - FEB 9, 2006
500ml bottle.
Pours an insidiously dark opaque brown-black, producing a big ol fluffy dense long-lasting head that leaves clumps of lace on the sides of the glass. A porter doesnt get any prettier than this. Aroma of light toasted grain, chocolate, inviting alcohol and an unfortunate metallic note. Flavor is big smooth chocolate, dry grain, slight toasted bitterness, a touch of alcohol, and a nifty hop spice that hints of licorice. Creamy but bafflingly thin palate. More body would make this really good porter an exceptional porter. Still, definitely something I would drink again.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
GG (2332) - NorCal, California, USA - FEB 7, 2006
So far, probably my favorite Baltika. Aroma has the roastyness that I love, plus there is a hint of anise that gets me going. Appearance is a deep black color with highlights of red around the outside. The flavor is, of course, the best part with a nice molasses, roasty hoppy bite to it that is very clean. Enjoyable and its usually a repeat purchase when in stock.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
RAYBOY01 (2012) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 3, 2006
Probably THE best Baltica in the production line-up. Burnt brown sugar/molasses/dates/smoke. Some decently hopped bitterness on top of the whole thing. Very impressive from a disappointing brewery.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
TheBeerLover (1027) - DC Metro Area, USA - JAN 27, 2006
Baltika Porter is a Baltic Porter by style, which is a descendant of Russian Imperial Stout. In the 18th Century, British brewers send a very strong, robust version of stout to the Baltics and Russia as a winter warmer. This beer was a huge success, and Baltic and Russian brewers started to brew their own versions of Imperial Stout, but did so with a lager yeast strain, making these beers very similar, but because they were lagers, a bit rounder, smoother, and cleaner beers. Baltika Porter is a classic example of this style, with rich, chocolatey, powerful flavors matched with a smooth and polished character. Coming in at 7% abv, it has enough strength to take the chill off the coldest of Russian winters. Baltika Porter pours to a beautiful, bright, deep brown to ebony color with a creamy white head, and a good bit of carbonation. The nose is very nice on this beer with aromas of caramel, dark chocolate, and touches of molasses, and roast. The palate is firm with lots of good dark chocolate and coffee flavors, paired with more roasty notes on the tongue. The body is full, yet it is also so polished and clean on this beer making it very, very drinkable. Baltika Porter finishes with more dark chocolate, coffee flavors, then ends with a dry, roasty, and slightly warming alcohol finishes that lingers. This is a really outstanding version of Baltic Porter with fantastic dark chocolate, coffee, roast, and dry character. It makes for a perfect winter warmer, and is a great beer to relax with after a hard day at work. This beer is also an idea beer to have with desert, and would match well with rich, decadent chocolate deserts, as well as a thick slice of NY style cheese cake. At $2.30 a 16.9 oz bottle it comes in at a very nice price as well. If you happen to find this beer in your market, seek it out, and enjoy a bottle or two of the Beer Lovers Russian caviar.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
AdamSkillin (376) - High Bridge, New Jersey, USA - JAN 25, 2006
Okay, if you gave this less than 5 for appearance, you are guilty of McCarthyism. Secondly, the beer smells awesomely malty and dark, head is tan and foamy, flavor is roasty and almost hints of hickory, a really great porter from mother Russia.


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