Wednesday, December 09, 2009

99 Bottles of Beer on the Blog - Baltika #6 Porter

Winter has arrived, and it is time to pour a dark, rich, complex, warming beer. For $1.99, you can have 16.9 ounces of that, in a beer that has its origin in pre-revolution Russia. Baltika #6 Porter is one of the best beer values I've ever found.

Baltic porter is derived from Imperial Stouts, which were brewed by the English for Imperial Russia. Imperial stout is a bigger, stronger stout, and baltic porter is a bigger, stronger version of English porter, brewed in countries like Finland, Poland, Sweden, Lithuania and Russia. Because cold temperatures are easy to find in this region, baltic porters are cold-fermented lagers unlike most other porter styles, which tend to be ales.

Baltika porter pours almost black, with a tan head. The aroma tips you off that you have poured something different. There's malt, chocolate, caramel, dark roasted coffee, port wine, leather, and more. They should make a cologne out of this stuff.

The flavor is all that, plus sweetness. It tastes a bit like the raisins that get baked on top of an oatmeal cookie, verging on acrid, but rescued by sweetness. Hidden in all that flavor is 7% alcohol, which makes it a nice warming beer for a cold winter night.

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4 Comments:

Blogger les said...

"Baltika #6 Porter is one of the best beer values I've ever found."

Like,where, dude?

12/10/2009 8:39 AM  
Blogger Jim said...

Man, that sounds good.

12/10/2009 10:29 AM  
Blogger Karen said...

Can you help me get some of this for my Dad, as always?
K.E.

12/10/2009 10:44 AM  
Blogger Dan said...

Les - it's usually on sale at Hy-vee on State Line, and Royal Liquors on 103rd usually has it cheap, too. I haven't been there in a while, but Lucas Liquors out by you has a massive beer department, and I would bet that they have it, too.

Karen - One of my favorite holiday traditions is choosing beer for your dad!

12/11/2009 6:48 AM  

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