The Baltika Breweries are in St. Petersburg, Russia (the home of the great Russian writer Fyodor Dostoevsky).
This beer pours a very dark brown, essentially black, with some dark ruby and garnet when held to the light. There is a half-inch of cappuccino brown head. The aroma is mildly dark roasted malt, sweet, yet tangy. The taste is dark roasted malt, slightly nutty, a touch of chocolate, a bit sweet, and with some tanginess and bitterness on the end. It is fairly well carbonated for a porter. This is a nice and drinkable mass-produced porter.