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RATINGS: 1350   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.46/5   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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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3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
keoki182 (305) - West Bend, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 2, 2007
Pours a very dark brown with a dark tan/light brown head that soon dissappears to a mere brown lacing. Very artificial cocoa aroma. Flavor also pretty weak overall, tastes more like a brown ale than a porter. Definitely the type of beer I usually go for, but I really cant recommend it over others of its class.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DubC5000 (305) - San Francisco, California, USA - SEP 17, 2009
Barely transparent, just light enough to let a ray of light through. Intense maltiness and smoke on the nose. Deep chocolate character in the flavor, along with residual sweetness and alcohol, with a long, anise finish. My first beer in the style but Im already impressed with the depth of flavor.

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
invalid (302) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUN 30, 2004
Bottle in Tomsk (Siberia). Jet black with some head to it. Smells roasted. The flavor is a bit too bitter in the roasted grains for my tastes.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jerseyjohn71 (298) - corsicana, Texas, USA - OCT 26, 2014
caramel, bread, nuts, toast, roasty, hay, cereal, chocolate, resin, citrus, herbs, dough, leather, earthy, leaves, alcohol, soy sauce, raisin, licorice, woody, red, clear, tan foam, frothy, light sweetness, lightly bitter, medium body, sticky, lively, average carbonation, long finish,

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
gwpom (297) - Akron, New York, USA - SEP 26, 2008
1 pt 9 oz bottle. Nice and dark, creamy head that lasts a while, not an overpowering aroma, and smooth drinkability. And 7.0% to boot. I think I should have got more than one bottle of this. I’m likin’ it.

2.5
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
tedovertu (296) - Apple Valley, Minnesota, USA - MAY 29, 2008
UPDATED: JUL 17, 2008 Bottle, Light cookie aroma with a definite tinge of alcohol. They can keep this beer in Russian. Not worthy of a average of 3.49. This beer basically sucks. Do not believe the hype.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
fuzzcro (295) - Illinois, USA - FEB 28, 2016
My first experience with a Russian brew. I cant put my finger on it to name exactly what it is that doesnt agree with my taste. Theres a lingering flavor along with an aroma that simply doesnt appeal to my senses. I can drink it however I dont believe Ill revisit it.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Chrism86 (294) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - NOV 30, 2009
Pours dark brown black with a nice beige head. Nose has quite a bit of dark fruit could be mistaken for a belgian. Palate follows suite, with caramel malt, more dark fruit and the slightest hint of choc/coffee dark malt. Also a bit of licorice. Certainly worlds away from others of the style: zywiec, okocim etc but still quite enjoyable. Cant shake the Belgian-esque feeling though.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
bender (293) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - JAN 24, 2003
Dark, dark ruby body with a tan, milkshake-like head. No lacing.
Smells very malty and rich. A hint of sourness. I think there's a little hint of smoke in the aroma too.
Taste is malty at first, a huge hit of hops and then a powerful alcohol finish. Very warming but things seem out of balance.
Palate is a bit rough. Heavy alcohol left as aftertaste that almost coats the mouth..

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Mainuh_man (291) - NETHERLANDS - OCT 12, 2014
0.5L bottle. Pours black with a big, tan head. Aromas are fairly mild: bread, cereal grain and chocolat.e. Flavor is fairly sweet, with lots of chocolate and some roasted malt coming through. Finishes with some roasted malt bitterness, but sweetness remains. Medium-full body with a slick mouthfeel and mild carbonation. Overall, some nice malt character, but fairly unidimensional flavorwise.


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