Monday, September 06, 2010
Day 249 Drink: Baltika 6
The Baltika brand was launched in 1992, following the privatisation of the state-owned Baltika Brewery in St Petersburg. The collapse of communism brought with it plans to market beyond the former Soviet Union, so brands like Admiralteiskoye and Zhigulevskoye took a back seat to the Baltika brand and its simple system of numbered beers.
Baltika 6 is a porter the company launched in 1994. It pours a jet black color with a thin, but steady tan head. The beer has a roasted nose and the flavor continues this theme. Hints of chocolate and a bit of toffee. The 7 percent alcohol by volume is felt in a slightly fruity finish to the beer.