This beer was one that intrigued me. It’s not marketed the same way as regular Baltika selections, and after reading their press release, I can see why. This beer is specifically marketed to Americans, thus the different labeling. I’d be interested to see if any other international breweries are doing this to cash in on the craft beer craze.
Style: Russian Imperial Stout
Trivia: According to the brewery website, “A new line of unique craft beer Baltika Brew Collection brewed specifically for export to the USA appeared on shelves of American stores. The craft brewery segment in the USA has been on the rise and continues its growth approximately by 12% annually…In its strive to meet present-day requirements, Baltika introduced to the US market two unique authentic brands of Russian beer from the Baltika Brew Collection: Russian Imperial stout, the stout based on a traditional formulation of the 18th century distinguished by strength and hop bitter, and Russian Honey Brown Ale, classic ale which flavor enjoys unfolding honey notes and scents of the Russian fields. Before the end of the year, it is planned to introduce the third beer brand to the American market, Russian Lingonberry Wit, wheat unfiltered beer with berry notes of the Russian forests.”
Random: I think that whoever writes their press releases needs to do a bit of editing.
This brew poured with a half-finger of khaki-colored head. I was surprised that it dissipated so quickly and it left no lacing. A crown was left on top of the black body. Due to the color, I couldn’t see any carbonation. The nose was pungent with booze, black licorice and dark, roasted malts. There was also a lot of wood smoke. The taste had bitter, dark chocolate and cocoa powder up front. Then, I picked up a lot of anise and black licorice. At the end of the sip, the wood smoke, ash and booze came through. You could taste every bit of the 10% ABV of this beer. The flavors on the beer were really sharp and disjointed when transitioning. The body was quite viscous with little carbonation. The finish stuck around forever and had ash and black licorice. I picked this one up for $2.99 ($.20 per ounce), but I wouldn’t have this again even at half the price.
Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0