ATOmemphis (200) - Franklin, Tennessee, USA - FEB 13, 2006
Pours deep blackish/brown with light creamy tan head. Size wasn’t 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. anders37 (26657) - Malmö, 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. 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. TheEnemy (564) - Chicago, USA - FEB 9, 2006
500ml bottle.GG (2332) - NorCal, California, USA - FEB 7, 2006
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 doesn’t 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.
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 it’s usually a repeat purchase when in stock.
RAYBOY01 (2011) - 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. 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 Lover’s Russian caviar. 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. jzzbassman (1634) - Arlington, Texas, USA - JAN 8, 2006
Poured black with a tan head, but released hardly any aroma, although what was there was was pleasant. Flavor of roasted malt and chocolate, just a very tiny bit of coffee. A little on the thin side. Eyedrinkale (3214) - Astoria, New York, USA - JAN 8, 2006
Bottle. Black with a small head that lasts all the way through. Thin bodied with some flavors of bitter hops and dark roasted grains. Nice for an old style baltic porter but nothing to run to the store to buy again.