thedm (6320) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - DEC 27, 2005
This bottled brew poured a large sized head of foamy fine to large sized mostly lasting brown colored bubbles that left behind a good lacing. The body contained no visible carbonation, was opaque and dark brown in color. Its aroma contained notes of brown malt dark malt . Its mouth feel is smooth vinous malt with a palate and a smooth aftertaste. Its flavor contained roasted dark malts notes and was tasty. All-in-all very nice brew. stouby (4859) - Holbæk, DENMARK - DEC 19, 2005
Bottle, at No. 5 (031103).
Dark brown. Aroma moderate to heavy malty (burnt). Flavor moderate sweet, light bitter. rsmeds (228) - Turku, FINLAND - DEC 15, 2005
Bottled. Enjoyed from tea cup.
Half-opauqe very dark brown, with short-lived brown bubbly head. Looks like coffee.
Very malty, sweetish roasted aroma with chocolate, cold coffee (and mämmi).
Surprisingly little alcohol in aroma.
Flavor reflects aroma, albeit with the addition of a healthy dose of hops.
Avg carbonation, palate a bit too acidic for my taste.
Quite light for a porter, but not bad at all. The best russian dark beer I’ve found so far. NachlamSie (3597) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 4, 2005
bottle. Pours black with an even light tan head. Noticeable alcohol in the nose, but it blends quite well with the very sweet roastiness which has a strangely vinous quality. Really dense caramel malts give this a scotch ale quality. There’s a bit of coffee too, but it’s like old stale coffee. The sweet foundation is the most prominent thing and does well to balance any bitterness in this brew. oldrtybastrd (5228) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - DEC 3, 2005
Had this in Kyrgyzstan this summer. Pours a nice black. Aromas of heavy malts, chocolate and maybe a little fruit?? Bitter chocolate taste with some coffee coming through.
Bigsilky (327) - Charleston, USA - DEC 2, 2005
UPDATED: JUL 9, 2009 A lager yeast fermented porter. The nose a touch of sweetened Cuban coffee and no hops to speak of. ANise kissed toffee adornes the palate in a very soft fashion that leaves a defined sweetness in its wake. Balanced enough, a little sweet for some. A favorite of mine, especially for the price. Although I like this beer all year long, is nice to have a dark strong porter that can be enjoyed when the weather is warmer. 90 jasonp (1581) - Ashburn, Virginia, USA - NOV 20, 2005
Pours a clear black (dark ruby when held up to light) with a thick, beige head. Sweet caramel and roastiness in the nose. Pleasantly sweet with a strong presence of caramel then comes notes of roasted malt, chocolate and coffee. Some roasty, hoppy bitterness shows up in the finish. Alcohol content very well hidden. Medium bodied with a very smooth texture and moderate, fine beaded carbonation - quite appropriate for the style. Enjoyable. ezra456 (39) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - NOV 18, 2005
poured out a pitch black with a dark brown highlight. good head with spiderweb lacing. raisin/coffe aromas. raisin flavors were too strong and took away from the subtle coffe flavors. overall, a barely wine fan would like it. not my bag. tennisjoel (1496) - Rochester, Minnesota, USA - NOV 12, 2005
According to wawood this is the best of the Russian line of Baltika. It’s gotta be better than the #9 which wasn’t impressive, to say the least. Great ring of lacing here. Appearance gets good marks. Brown sugar aroma. Good flavor. Nice and rich toffee and chocolate. Dessert type quality. A little rough around the edges, which seems to be consistent with Russian beers. However, very enjoyable overall. SudsMcDuff (8541) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - NOV 8, 2005
Pours looking like a coke on steroids, like boom, then settles down: nice head ring. some lacing : Some burnt qualities in taste, slight warmth in this one : A good bitter porter, not as creamy as most but can hit the spot on the right time + day, a russian classic!