Dzhigga (349) - Kirov, RUSSIA - JUL 1, 2014
Bottle. Dark brown color with large disappearing head. Nice aroma of bread, wine, plume. Taste is bitter-sweet, full-bodied. Aftertaste is bitter with nice notes of dry fruits. Very good beer. Baltika, why it's so difficult to find in Russia?! themadmumis (347) - Westminster, Maryland, USA - SEP 27, 2006
Starts with a great aroma and taste. Falls off drastically with next sip and continues to go that direction. Alcohol blended well, but it doesn’t seem too crafty on any other level. Not missing much of anything; invest else where. muenster (345) - Sevierville, Tennessee, USA - AUG 1, 2007
Bottle. Pours dark ruby with a thick tan head. Aroma is roasty, with some definite sweetness. Flavor is roasty sweet, just like the aroma, but strange medicinal cough syrupy qualities start coming though with the noticeable alcohol, and detract from what would otherwise be a solid porter. Kasteelfreak (341) - Fallbrook, California, USA - JAN 17, 2005
Silky smooth mouthfeel with excellent body. Taste is milky sweet with sharp roasted espresso, chocolate bitterness. Coca cola flavors are there as well. For the price, it’s a very good beer humulus (339) - Salem, Missouri, USA - MAR 1, 2005
Pours as black as stout with a palamino head. Aroma is light and difficult to detect, but with subtle smokiness and deep alcohol tones. Flavor is very raw and malty with little complexity and a light molasses/sorgham quality. Some chocolate notes peak through. Hops are nearly undetectable. Palate is smooth and rather undefined. Overall, raw and plain.
bobman006 (339) - New Jersey, USA - FEB 13, 2010
UPDATED: FEB 14, 2010 Bottle. Near black with exciting beige head. Aromas of caramel, toast, chocolate, and yeast. Flavors of caramel, toast, chocolate, tobacco, raisin, cherry, and yeasty spice. Medium body with slick mouthfeel and moderate/low carbonation. Sweet but not too sticky. Picked up 16.9oz bottle for $1.75. Cheap for a world-class beer. Gurst (338) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - MAR 16, 2008
Dark and rich. A note of coffee plays nicely with its little cousin burnt toast. A bit hoppy towards the end, but the aftertaste comes in with just bread and alcohol. jrmac (335) - South Carolina, USA - MAR 30, 2008
Good but not outstanding. Black in color, coffee, and chocolate on the nose. Taste follows with these flavors and that of roasted malt. SeanMacGC (334) - Dublin, IRELAND - JUN 20, 2009
Bottle, 500 ml. Pours a flat opaque, but rather appealing dark mahogany. Not too much on the nose, and quite rounded on the palate, somewhat reminiscent of a doppelbock. Teran (331) - Belgrade, SERBIA - NOV 4, 2014
UPDATED: JUN 14, 2015 "Must try beer", even if you are not a fan of the monster brew companies. Very complex, almost black. The only one beer with the taste of the sea and that is exactly the taste of some north sea. Let us say: Baltic Sea. Also: sophisticated leather taste. Very special and very different . CUIR DE RUSSIE.