jjsint (3604) - Leicester, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - DEC 10, 2016
Bottle courtesy of SarkyNortherner (thanks Martin!)... Very dark indigo/brown. Not much head but a little bit of visible carbonation. Full prune and liquorice aroma, with a hint of smoke. Mellow sweet taste, with chocolate, plum, some brandy. Well-judged carbonation on the smooth finish. To say it’s a cut above other Baltika beers would be a bit of an understatement. ryanscourt (1567) - Latrobe, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 8, 2016
Dark body with a moderate to thin body. Finishes more bitter than sweet, kind of a funny finish. rayaron (2071) - Kfar Saba, ISRAEL - NOV 17, 2016
Bottle. Opaque deep brown with brownish head. The aroma has notes of prune, dried fruits, dark chocolate, some roastiness and hint of cherry. Sweetish and bitterish flavor, spicy with notes of dark chocolate, some roastiness, prune and licorice. Medium-bodied. SarkyNorthener (5012) - West Bromwich (Yorkshire Expat), West Midlands, ENGLAND - NOV 3, 2016
Bottle from WB Stores, West Bromwich. Black beer with large mocha foam head. Aroma of roast malts, chocolates and oats. Taste is chocolate, lactose, roast malts and a little licorice. Good. voyageurmike (520) - 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.
Sven1973 (591) - GERMANY - OCT 15, 2016
Gekauft in einem russischen Supermarkt in Berlin. Ganz dunkles Braun, kein Schaum. Aroma nach Malz, Bitterschokolade, süßlich. Sprudelnder Antrunk, bittere Schokolade am Anfang, dann eher Kaffee. Bitterer werdend, etwas Nuss. Letztendlich mild und weich ChadPolenz (1847) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - OCT 11, 2016
2015 BJCP Category: 9C Baltic PorterProcent (706) - POLAND - SEP 27, 2016
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
TOTAL SCORE: 33/50
NOTE: I am a rank-pending BJCP judge. I am reviewing commercial beer to BJCP specs to hone my judging skills.
[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. DenverLogan (1301) - North Bend, Washington, 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. PugUglyBrewer (840) - - 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 I’m 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.