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Int. Beer Week: Baltika #6 Porter

Posted in Ramblings with tags , , on May 5, 2010 by sp1365

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

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Smuttynose Baltic Porter

Posted in Ramblings with tags , , on April 25, 2010 by sp1365

So tonight was a bad night for me and to help myself cope I decided order pizza and drink beer. I decided to go with the second of the “Big Beers” that I picked up a couple of days ago. Tonight’s selection was Smuttynose Baltic Porter, which is the smallest of the three coming in at 8.7% ABV for the 2009 version. My first impressions, man this beer is black.  I have seen plenty of dark beers, but this one is one of the 2 darkest I have every seen. The beer is opaque, black, and has a wonderful brown head.

The funny thing is I am not getting much aroma from the beer. I might attribute this to my allergies which are terrible every spring. The first sip I get hit with 2 major flavors; coffee and alcohol. I wouldn’t say this finishes dry, but it does has a very thin mouth feel that really makes the beer very easy to drink. The aftertaste is all coffee.

Overall, this beer is a great one on to spend a couple of hours one evening drinking. I love dark, robust beers and this one does not disappoint, though it probably could use an extra year or so maturing. 7/10