mds (2256) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 18, 2006
Bottle. Clear yellow with a small white head and lace. The aroma is floral and perfumey, alcohol, and cereal grain. Plain flavour that is palatable and not entirely offensive. Cookiesh faint malts. Fin (11059) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - DEC 18, 2006
Bottle, picked up at the Russian delicatessens on Cowley Rd, Oxford 18-12-06. Pours a quite light golden colour, initially seemed heavily carbonated resulting in a flurry of belching, but it and I calmed down a bit. This is way too harsh, alcohol too present, strange sweetness,in fact I can see me slinging the rest of this bottle before I finish this rating, bloody awful, nope that’s it down the drain for you boyo! bobaidan (530) - Southington, Connecticut, USA - DEC 15, 2006
Pours very light with a big white head. Very metallic smelling. Flavor reminds me of the beer I drank in college. Cheap, but potent. Not a great or even good beer. blankboy (7881) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 15, 2006
Bottle shared with the gang at Decemberfest 2006 -- courtesy of Radek Kliber. Pours a clear pale yellow with a small diminishing white head. Aroma is sweet with slightly sour grain, a little vegetal and with some light hops and alcohol. Flavour: Bleargh! Watery, grainy, vegetal and boozy. Yuck. Light to medium bodied. Glad I only got a small serving, this isn’t very good at all. TheBeerOrg (2145) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - DEC 13, 2006
Pours yellow with a fully receding white head. Aroma of exudes the sweetness, sweet bready grains, sweet musky lager aroma. Taste is no different, sweetness, a bit harsh, but the alcohol is well hidden. Mouthfeel is full bodied and sticky with lively carbonation. Not impressive, but not terrible.
rudolf (2360) - Buffalo, New York, USA - DEC 10, 2006
Bottle @ Doug’s. Thanks to Radek. Very light blonde, thin white head. Nose is sweet hay/caramel, alcohol. Flavor is sweet malt, alcohol. Not much going on here really. HogTownHarry (7086) - Toronto (Harbourfront), CANADA - DEC 10, 2006
Bottle (500ml). at Decemberfest 2006 - Radek’s bottle. Pale flat yellow with a small wispy white head. Cheaply sweet aroma, vegetal malt, cheap booze - harsh. Very sweet and boozy taste, stale grass-cuttings hops, the alcohol seems forced and the "malt" seems pretty cheap and nasty. Alcoholic and harsh palate, ugly lingering aftertaste ... it’s not skunky, I guess that’s worth a point or two. Radek Kliber (7501) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - DEC 10, 2006
Bottle @ Decemberfest.
GrainBeltMan (30) - California, USA - DEC 9, 2006
Pours gold, smallish white top.
Grainy wet cloth aroma, not the cleanest by any means.
Medium, light bodied, strong semi-dry alcohol. Weak product. Short, shallow malt work, just plenty of alcohol for paper bag lovers.
This is a great beer - one of the best combos of great flavor and ass-kickin’ power around; it’s one of my regular brews. Although it bears some resemblance to Steel Reserve (which is pretty good), Baltika #9 has a rounded, balanced smoothness that sets it apart. The guys panning it must be a) teetotalers; b)lobotomy victims;
or c) white zinfandel drinkers. nick76 (4403) - Tampa, Florida, USA - DEC 7, 2006
UPDATED: DEC 8, 2006 The aroma has rubbing alcohol and what seems like rice malt. The appearance is pale gold. The flavor is like so many malt liquors out there. It is metallic, sweet, and sour. The palate is thin. This beer actually gave me a stomach ache. I don’t think this junk could even be sold as a 40oz bomber at 7/11 for $1.99 a bottle. I couldn’t even finish the bottle, a complete drain pour.