seedarchive (1) - USA - APR 16, 2015 does not count
This treasure is probably enjoyed by President Putin ! The complexity of so many characteristics of this brew make description nearly impossible.! Only one way to evaluate this...first person drinker ! Have some at your favorite temperature... mine is around 57-59 degrees F. Get ready for a beergasm ! GrainBeltMan (30) - California, USA - DEC 9, 2006
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. mikeben (355) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - NOV 14, 2003
I hope this is
the same beer as my bottle said pale beer. If it is I cannot understand the rating. While I am unfamilier with malt liquer this to me did taste like a mild pale ale. I thought Malt liquer was supposed to be sweet? This had only a undertone of it. Kind of similer to bass with its mild sour and sweet flavor. While not something I would buy a case of. This was very good. tysongillmore (362) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - NOV 21, 2015
I didn't take any extra notes when I tried this beer for the first time but I'm gonna try it again and update my comments.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone legion242 (2348) - Richardson, Texas, USA - JUN 6, 2005
Looks like I will be one of the few that likes this one. But this style, what I call a Strong Continental Lager is my guilty pleasure. This was yummy in all the wrong ways!!
philbertk (1873) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUN 15, 2010
Baltika Brewery--Baltika Extra Pale Beer--#9--2002 16.9 oz. Bottle. 8.00% ABV. (4.0 / 5.0) Malt Liquor. Clear thin light straw golden color. Mild lacy head. Clean mild floral adjunct hop front. Crisp tangy clean dry sweet rich tasty pilsner body. Clean balanced rich mild hop end. Adjunct Pilsner flavor. Rich. Sampled 1/2/2003.
Baltika Brewery--#9 Extra Lager--2006 16.9 oz. Bottle. 8.00% ABV. 25 IBU’s? (4.25 / 5.0) Pale Lager--Imperial. 2 @ $2.09 Each. Mild head. Clear bright rich yellow gold color. Mild hop front. Smooth mild creamy crisp big Pilsner Pale Lager rich mild sweet butterscotch Maltose syrup adjunct amped body. Smooth mild hop citrus clean balanced rich end. Aged well. Sampled 3/23/2008.
Baltika Brewery--#9 Extra Lager--2008 16.9 oz. Bottle. 8.00% ABV. 25 IBU’s? (4.5 / 5.0) Pale Lager--Imperial. Thin foamy mild head. Clear bright thin yellow gold color. Mild zesty hop front. Crisp mild creamy tangy Pilsner Pale Lager dry sweet adjunct maltose syrup amped body. Smooth zesty fresh mild hop citrus clean balanced rich end. Better Fresh! Sampled 3/23/2008. $2.49 Each.
ectuohy27 (1180) - ESTONIA - AUG 9, 2016
The most famous E. European strong lager, and indeed for a reason. Finally got to have the fresher version in its hometown and it’s great stuff--light bodied but full-flavored, lively carbonation, nice/smooth/non-overwhelming alcohol burn. A privilege to rate it as my 1000th! FoamHead (26) - - JAN 1, 2017
The reason why this beer gets so many bad reviews is that it does not age well in the bottle or the can. If you travel to Russia, especially Saint Petersburg where it is brewed, and have a fresh bottle, it is an excellent beer. Yes, it is high in alcohol, but it doesn’t taste boozy. It is well balanced with good malt and yeast ratios and just the right amount of hops. If you are looking at inventory that’s old, just skip it. This beer is indeed terrible after it has sat on a shelf for months. lweiberg (139) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - JAN 22, 2007
UPDATED: DEC 20, 2014 $2.49 for a 16 oz. bottle at store, recommended by a guy who works there. Wow, had low expectations after reading these comments but really tasted like a fuller, more potent version of Bell’s Winter Ale. Very soothing, creamy, malty and inviting. Different wrapper than what’s featured in the ratebeer photo, will definitely try again.