Int. Beer Week: Baltika #6 Porter

So as I said a couple days ago, this week is International Beer Week here at The Daily Pint. This should have been posted last night, but I got lazy, sorry. To start things off is Baltika #6 Porter from Russia. The reason that I choose this one to start is simple, I love porters and the Baltic Porter style is one that I have not yet had a chance to sample.

A little history into the beer and company (as stolen from Wikipedia):

  • Baltika Brewery started in 1990
  • Based in St. Petersburg and has 18 breweries across Eastern Europe
  • Second largest brewery in Eastern Europe behind Heineken
  • Majority owned by Carlsberg group

From the website on the #6 Porter:

  • Ingredients: water, pale barley, caramel and black malt, hop.
  • Alcohol content: not less than 7% by volume.
  • Original wort gravity: 17 %

Now on to the beer

Aroma – Very sweet maltly aroma with hints of fruit most of which being cherry. Pleasant and not overwhelming.

Appearance – Pours a rich dark reddish brown, almost black. Clear when you put it up to the light and has a fairly creamy long lasting tan head.

Flavor – First thing that hit me was the caramel/toffee like sweetness. That was replaced by a very slight roasty character and has a slight flavor of alcohol transitioning to a finishing bitterness. The balance of this beer makes it very smooth. The hops are not noticeable as a flavor, but definitely prevent the beer from being cloying.

Mouthfeel – This is a full bodied beer with medium carbonation and a slight alcoholic warmth.

Overall – I really like this beer. It might not be the most complex of beers, but that is okay. Baltika #6 is a smooth drinking beer and the flavors balance very well. 8/10

Baltika Breweries

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