Wednesday, February 9, 2011

016. Dr. Zvagho would drink this... But not me.

Baltika Extra Lager Grade 9

This is a very bitter beer. It has a strong taste and nose, and that's not necessarily a good thing, because it tastes like socks and feels like a punch in the nose.  Okay, I'm exaggerating; it's not all bad. Just mostly.

I was drinking this while watching TV with my wife and she saw the expression on my face and asked what I was drinking. I showed her the bottle

My wife said it "Smells like Coors." That's not necessarily a bad thing for some people, but it is for me.

I drink it cold and did not like it, so I decided to test it at a few different temperatures.  Bad mistake: As it gets warmer, the taste gets worse. This maybe only the second beers I was not able to finish. The first was Grand 95. Let's just say, ole 95 was so bad that I actually poured half the bottle on my lawn (some lawn care guy told me that you could pour beer on the ground to cure brown spots on the grass -- and it worked!). By the way: Both of these beers were very high alcohol content. This one had about 8% alcohol ABV, and the Grand is about 9.5% (if memory serves me)

Needless to say, this one of my least favorite beers of all time. I will definitely not be drinking this again.

Color: Yellow
Aroma: Strong, with no hint of the horrors to come
Taste: Ugh. Like old socks.
Head: Medium --  also very loose, not at all prone to leaving any lace on the glass
Lace: Almost none

I give this a zero out of 10 stars.