Baltika #6 Porter is a Baltic Porter brewed by Baltika Breweries, and for the purposes of this craft beer review, the lager was served in a nonic pint glass from a bottle.
What You Need to Know
The Baltika #6 Porter beer was was originally produced back in 1994 utilizing old, traditional English recipes. This dark beer is exported to 30 countries around the world, has won numerous awards, and is the only Russian beer to appear in the book “Great Beer Guide: 500 Classic Brews” by Michael Jackson. Must be pretty good, right? Let’s get to the review.
The lager pours a clear mahogany that shows ruby highlights at its edges. It’s topped by an inch-thick cap of tan-colored foam that shows modest retention. The glass doesn’t show any lace or residue after the reduction.
The aroma consists primarily of roasted malt and is backed by a hint of dark fruit.
A taste of raisin leads the palate and is met by roast malt, brown bread, and black tea. Sweet prune rounds out the finish.
Its feel is relatively smooth and chewy with a body that isn’t quite full. The brew is lightly carbonated and moderately dry throughout.
Its appearance could be better but the brew smells wonderful and has a nice feel. Its palate is initially too sweet but as the beer warms, its roast character strikes a better balance. A relatively high ABV is masked well. The Baltika #6 Porter is a fine representation of the style.