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RATINGS: 1359   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.46/5   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
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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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
voyageurmike (362) - Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 20, 2016
Bottle from Liquor Barn, poured into a pint glass. Dark brown with good sized beige head. Medium body and molasses plus roasted malt aroma. Licorice and alcohol notes in the flavor, finish is brief and malty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Sven1973 (404) - GERMANY - OCT 15, 2016
Gekauft in einem russischen Supermarkt in Berlin. Ganz dunkles Braun, kein Schaum. Aroma nach Malz, Bitterschokolade, slich. Sprudelnder Antrunk, bittere Schokolade am Anfang, dann eher Kaffee. Bitterer werdend, etwas Nuss. Letztendlich mild und weich

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
ChadPolenz (1784) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - OCT 11, 2016
2015 BJCP Category: 9C Baltic Porter

AROMA: Dark malt presence with dark fruit notes (plum, raisins, currants). Slight toffee and dark chocolate. Some sherry notes from oxidation. 9/12

APPEARANCE: Seemingly black but actually deep ruby red. Clear. Moderate tan soapy head evaporates. 2/3

FLAVOR: Dark malt throughout, but not particularly sweet nor roasty/bitter. Some dark fruit flavors, especially of black grape. Minor toffee flavor in the aftertaste. Faint trace of spicy hops. Slight sherry component. Good palette considering its age. 13/20

MOUTHFEEL: Medium body with med-low CO2. Feels a bit thin and watery. Smooth. 7% alcohol is fairly tame. Finishes too clean. 2/5

OVERALL IMPRESSION: For a year-old bottle this has held up well. Palette is complex but mild and body has diminished. I can see why BJCP considers it a classic example of the style. 7/10


NOTE: I am a rank-pending BJCP judge. I am reviewing commercial beer to BJCP specs to hone my judging skills.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Procent (640) - POLAND - SEP 27, 2016
[Leżak 2 lata] W aromacie karmel, migdały, trochę paloności i lekki sos sojowy. Bez szału, ale nie jest źle. Barwa ciemnorubinowa, ładna piana. W smaku dość słodko, jest karmel, ale też landrynki, strona palona słabsza, ale także zaznaczona. Goryczka niska. Piwo jest dość ciężkie w smaku, a w odczuciu w ustach z kolei nieco wodniste. Nie zachwyca, ale jest poprawne.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DenverLogan (1197) - LA, California, USA - SEP 15, 2016
From a bottle into a Ayinger glass. Pours black with head and lace. Aroma of roasty malts, milk chocolate. Medium carbonation and mouthfeel. Flavors of milk chocolate, amber malts, light grains, caramel, sugar. Overall flavorful, rather easy drinking with minimal bad tastes...just a little sweeter than standard for a Baltic porter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
PugUglyBrewer (515) - - SEP 11, 2016
Pretty excited here to sink my tastebuds into my first legitimate Russian beer. There is quite a difference compared here to the styles Im used to here on the west coast. The appearance is dark brown with some ruby highlights around the glass. The head is tan and creamy, only sustainable for a few minutes. In the aroma, caramel malt prevails first, a slight sorghum quality, some plum, black licorice, cassis, and light floral hops. On the taste, there is a slick oily mouthfeel from the malt syrups used in the recipe. The caramel malt drives forward with chocolate and roasted barley in the backseat. The finish is dry and a little funky.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
PiwnyMarek (1034) - Lomza, POLAND - AUG 28, 2016
Całkiem całkiem porter. Aromat delikatny, palony, kawowy. Z wyglądu jest ok - typowy dla stylu. W smaku jest podobnie. Oglnie za tą cenę jest spoko.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
rikstar (2555) - NETHERLANDS - AUG 18, 2016
0,5l van de Poolse super in hoorn. Zwart met een crme kraag. Geur en smaak van zoete drop met een beetje cacao in de afdronk. Redelijk veel CO2 voor het type bier

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
dnicolaescu (2441) - Chișinău, MOLDOVA - AUG 11, 2016
BOTTLE 50 CL. Almost black with ruby highlights, beige head. Surprisingly faint aroma with notes of dark molasses and chocolate, some booze. Taste: just lightly sweet, easy-drinking - molasses/treacle, hints of baking chocolate and dark malts. The finish is lightly salty, light hop spice and a hint of alcohol. Not completely hopeless, but lack the richness of modern porters. Still, decent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
crazykiller (53) - iasi, ROMANIA - AUG 9, 2016
Bottle 0.5: Clear dark beer with medium foam, lot of CO2, a little to much of roasted barley malt. Aftertaste is not so great for my taste, too bitter, but overall a decent Porter beer.

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