Baltic Thunder - Victory Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
87
very good

911 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 911
Reviews: 534
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 11.66%
Wants: 61
Gots: 49 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Victory Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
Baltic Porter |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: akorsak on 01-05-2008

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Ratings: 911 | Reviews: 534
Photo of chinchill
4.18/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22 bottle (2013?) served in a Belgian snifter.
Pours with an undersized, bubly weak head ... and that's the end of my noteworthy complaints. The body itself is a dark ruby-brown color. The rich aroma is loaded with dark fruit notes, particularly raisin and dried plums, and has hints of chocolate, dark bread and coffee. The flavor does not disappoint. It is rich and fruity, with hints of dates, raisins, dried plums and faint coffe22 bottle served in a Belgian snifter.
Pours with an undersized, bubbly weak head ... and that's the end of my noteworthy complaints. The body itself is a dark ruby-brown color. The rich aroma is loaded with dark fruit notes, particularly raisin and dried plums, and has hints of chocolate, dark bread and coffee. The flavor does not disappoint. It is rich and fruity, with hints of dates, raisins, dried plums, toffee and faint coffee. The high ABV is a bit too obvious here but there aren't really any overly boozy aspects. e. The high ABV is a bit too obvious here but there aren't really any overly boozy aspects.

Photo of SebD
4.04/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance: It has a nice dark brown/amber color to it with some ruby hues shinning through. It has a nice creamy beige head that dies down moderately slow and leaves light lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitely give out hints of dark fruit (plums, figs and raisins), sweet toffee, caramel, roasted malts and some chocolate. Smells great!

Taste: Like the aromas, it has loads of dark fruit, sweet toffee and caramel, roasted malts, a light grassy bitterness and some sweet chocolate in the back.

Mouthfeel: It has a low carbonation with a nice overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied by good flavors and aromas. Not quite what I was expecting for a Baltic Porter. It has a lot of Barleywine characteristics but somehow this Porter/Barleywine hybrid works well. Worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

Photo of scotorum
3.82/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the 22 oz. bomber into a Unibroue flute.

a: Clear dark copper with an inch thick offwhite head which receded to thin surface foam and patchy lacing.

s: Dark ripe fruit and malt

t: Follows the nose with the addition of some smoke and hop bite at first.

m: Light to medium, ok body, plenty of carbonation tingle.

o: A curious brew for a Baltic porter, more a barleywine/brown ale/porter hybrid. Flavorful and eminently sippable..

Photo of BWED
3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Growler pour into a nonic pint.

A- Black, dark red highlighting. Tan 1/4" head, kind of an espresso crema style. A bit lacy.

S- Coffee, cocoa, small hint of dark fruits and booze.

T- Roasted sweetness. Malty. Not as dry and roast as a stout but really nice for a strong porter.

M- Full body. Sweet body. But a balancing semi dry finish.

O- Great body and flavor. Heavy, but easy drinking.

Photo of jpro
3.94/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle from James Island Pig when everything was 50% off. Poured into a dimpled mug...

A: Odd color... Brown - not even close to black; light ecru head - one finger; no retention, nor lace.

S: Bready; chocolatey; toasted caramel malt; fudge; wow.

T: Snappy chocolate malt and some toast; bitter / earthy finish; smooth coffee on end, too.

M: Full-bodied; high carbonation.

O: A nice, hearty brew!

*from notes 02.04.14

Photo of superspak
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, no bottle dating. Pours lightly hazy dark reddish brown color with a 2 finger dense khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of big chocolate, cocoa, caramel, biscuit, toast, nuttiness, brown bread, brown sugar, raisin, plum, light roast, herbal, and toasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good complexity of dark/toasty malts and light yeast ester notes; with good strength. Taste of chocolate, cocoa, caramel, toast, biscuit, nuttiness, brown sugar, brown bread, light roast, raisin, plum, herbal, and toasted earthiness. Minimal bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of chocolate, cocoa, toast, biscuit, caramel, nuttiness, brown bread, light roast, herbal, and toasted earthiness on thin finish for a good bit. Damn nice balance and complexity of dark/bready malts and moderate fruity yeast ester flavors; with great malt robustness and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a moderately creamy, smooth, and bready mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice Baltic porter. All around nice balance, robustness, and complexity of dark/bready malt and light-moderate yeast ester flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

Photo of Ozzylizard
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cellared bottle best by 3/26/13 at 50 degrees into goblet
Aroma of malts and grain
Head small (1.5 cm), fizzy, light brown, mostly diminishing
Lacing average
Body appears dark brown or black, but when held to the light, a clear dark ruby redness is evident
Flavor begins with slight roasty/toasty goodness, with hints of dates(?), no hops, no diacetyl, no alcohol
Ends with a short-lived stomach burn
Palate is medium, slightly oily, soft carbonation

One of my favorite beers over the years, but it seems to be changing , ie getting cheapened. The maltiness and creamier textures of previous batches seems to be declining – it seems less complex.

Photo of Altrurian
4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

About five hours after the growler was capped, Baltic Thunder decanted a deep mahogany, with a crystalline garnet core when held to the light. A vigorous pour raised a head of slightly over a finger's width. It fell quickly, with little residual.

The beer's aroma is full and sweet. It's promise is borne out in a flavor that, while possessing dusky, malty elements, veers toward the confectionary. It might be a little too sweet--and perhaps simple--for some, but I find it fun and satisfying on a winter evening. The beer's impressive texture is smooth and frothy.

Photo of Mitchster
3.37/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

$6.49 for a 22oz bottle @ Siciliano's. Brewed with "imported 2 row German malts and whole flower German hops" per the website. 8.5% ABV.

Pours out to a slightly hazy very deep brown, forming a creamy light tan head with very good retention and lacing. Carbonation is moderate, ~2.5 carbs or so. The aroma is of C120/Special B, grainy sweet pils malt, figs and dates and cocoa powder. Not much roast character. Faintly flowery hops. Mouthfeel is smooth, sweet, lightly cloying (appropriate to style), with some chocolate malt astringency in the finish. The taste starts with carob, a touch of alcohol, figs and dates, mild herbal bitterness, and this peculiar roasty note, like toasted pumpernickel bread, leather and moist pipe tobacco. Herbal hops throughout are odd for the style.

Interesting. I don't think many people would disagree with me if I were to say this is not to style (light in color, minimal roast, no black currants, raisins, prunes, late addition hops), but it's still a good beer...it just tastes more like an imperial brown. Nothing like Sinebrychoff, Okocim, Zywiec, Baltika #6, Carnegie Stark or Aldaris, but I still enjoy it on it's own merit. Rated here "to style".

Photo of garuda
3.78/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A - Super deep ruby, nearly black, but has brilliantly clear highlights around the edges, especially when held to light. Off white head, though, has little retention and lacing.

S/T - Definitely a sweet rendition of the porter style. Dark fruit, plum, date, fig. Small amounts of roast and cocoa flavors. Low hop bitterness, touch of smoke.

M - Medium body, low carbonation. Finishes mostly clean with some residual sweetness.

O - 2012 vintage. Not sure how age has affected this as I've never had it fresh. I'm typically not a fan of the sweet/fruity porter renditions, but this seems mostly well executed.

Photo of welldigger888
4.08/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

wonderful DEEP garnet hue with a thin tan head that recedes to a ring that laces the glass well.

Roasty toasty chocolaty goodness, some fruity esters and the alcohol is undetectable.

Fruity stone fruit roast malt unsweet chocolate coffee with a nice hop bitterness.

Medium full bodied, a hint of warming alcohol and quite quaffable brew. Best by date of aug. 2012, so this brew did well with aging. Prost, victory!

Photo of Fatehunter
3.97/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a thin head on a brown colored body.
The aroma is rich caramel, toffee and burnt wood. Really nice.
The taste is a wonderful mixture of mildly bitter dark chocolate, toffee, caramel and mild lemon bitterness.
The texture is smooth with moderate carbonation.
Nicely done.

Photo of azorie
3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From Bomber bottle. I almost feel bad about reviewing this beer, not a big fan of victory at all. Its also got a strike against it as its somehow supposed to be a reinvention of Heavyweight Perkuno's Hammer. Lets clear the last point first, its not the same beer period. I drank every beer victory bottles and sends to Jacksonville and a few on draft and I guess I am the odd one out but there stuff blows in general.

ok my notes out of the way: lets try to give this a fair review on the old STYLE. first off porter/stouts I think there are all the same in theory. Again my notes only but If then to like what brewers call porters now days over stouts.

A: Dark black, tan head, some lacing. re poured from warmed up bomber in to mug not much head, sounds like normal around here. ;.) to style.

S: about all I can get is licorice and booze and dark malt/sugar. No hops of course, as expected. its all malt at the time. letting it hit 55f. humm black currants or blackberry jam? the alcohol meows at near 61F. to style

T: humm stout porter it is. HEHE joke there. more of RIS profile in modern standard framework of a TYPE? Sweet burnt malt, is the first and last thing I taste. booze is there but not too bad. not bitter, very sweet, very malty. mild acidic. Molasses and toffee and some coffee is there. To style.

m: smooth, creamy, rich, thick, low carbonation. fails here on style.

o: drinkable, not very refreshing, its a sipper, or night cap I guess. on style by BJCP standards. I liked it and would have again.
was it the best in this class no, for one I think the BJCP is full of shit. but I used their scale and this beer pass on that, except on 1. Even then I think is a decent beer not much to say, cheers! oh I may be overrating it cause I like boozy beers.

Photo of jhartley
3.56/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bomber bottle into an over sized wine glass.
Looks like root beer, dark brown body which has some reddish brown to it when held up to the light. On fingers worth beige head that dissipated quickly, but leaves a nice lacing in the glass.
Smells of raisins, roasty malts and a little alcohol on the tail end.
Picking up some smokiness, plums, raisins and dark fruits and some cola sweetness.
Fair amount of carbonation and a creaminess to the body.
A tasty beer that I am going to try and find a fresher bottle as I think I may have an older bottle, but this is still a really tasty baltic porter. Heavier alcohol on this at 8% than I would expect, but a good beer for these upcoming winter months for sure.

Photo of wattoclone
3.61/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, deep brown-black with small head having moderate lifetime.

Intense strong flavors of sweet roasted malt, dark fruits, a hint of smoke and intense long lasting dark chocolate finish. Alcohol is strong as is typical for the US version of this style. Actually, I prefer the lighter, lower alcohol Lithuanian version of Baltic Porter exemplified by Utenos Porter. Why is it US brewers generally have to brew over-the-top high alcohol beers.

Photo of Hawksfan79
3.91/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Glass: Mug
Pours a dark brown with a thin white head That quickly dissipated. Smells very fruity reminiscent of plums. Slight alcohol aroma with a slight hint of toffee.
Fruity, strong raisin flavor. alcohol, and slight hints of cherry. Very similar to a barleywine as its sweet an alcoholic. Wonderfully complex, one of those beers that changes on your palette and gives you different character as you drink.
Light to medium bodied, much lighter than expected almost watery in texture. Alcohol warming followed lingering roasty malt finish.

Photo of BurgeoningBrewhead
4.3/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Poured bomber into 34oz mug. Dark brown, slightly cloudy, showing lighter brown at the edges. Fizzy medium head from a careful pour that dissipates leaving no lacing so far. Smell is heavy on bitter chocolate, with the other roasted/coffee scents as expected. Taste is like the smell; coffee and chocolate, heavily roasted, a bit acidic/sour. Mouthfeel is a bit fizzy, but very full-bodied. It's a perfect example of the style as described.

Photo of StoutHunter
3.1/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

I picked up a bottle of Victory's Baltic Thunder a couple weeks ago for $6.49 at The Lager Mill. I've been liking the Baltic Porter's lately and since I really liked the last bomber I got from Victory I decided to take a chance on this one, so lets see how it goes. No visible bottling date, 2012 Vintage. Poured from a brown 22oz bottle into a snifter.

A- I like the label on this beer, it's well done and it has a cool look to it. It poured a darker brown color that took on some dark ruby hues when held to the light with two and a half fingers worth of tan head that quickly died down to a thin ring that stayed till the end and left a little bit of lacing behind. This beer looked ok, but the color was a little light for the style.

S- The aroma starts off with a higher amount of medium sweetness followed by a good amount of malts that are caramel and medium roasted and also impart some chocolate aromas. After that comes an earthy and grainy aroma followed by a familiar lager yeast aroma. The aroma was ok, but it wasn't as roasty and robust as most Baltic Porters, the yeast seemed to stick out a little too much also.

T- The taste seems to be pretty similar to the aroma and it starts off with a higher amount of medium sweetness along with a good amount of caramel and roasted malts that impart some grainy, caramel, chocolate, and some lighter roasted flavors. Up next comes an earthy flavor followed by some of the yeast that I picked up in the aroma. On the finish it had a lighter amount of bitterness with no trace of alcohol and it had a lightly roasted and sweet aftertaste. This was a pretty average tasting Baltic Porter, it wasn't as roasted and rich as it should, it tasted watered down.

M- Pretty smooth, a little creamy, on the lighter side of being medium bodied with a good amount of medium carbonation. The mouthfeel was pretty average, it was going in the right direction but when it came to the body it was just too light and thin for the style.

Overall I wasn't too impressed with this beer and I thought it was an average at best example of the style, all the aspects of this beer seemed to be much lighter then they should be and it didn't come together the way that a good Baltic Porter should. This beer had ok drinkability, it was pretty smooth and on the lighter side, but the flavors just didn't hold my attention and one is enough for me, I wouldn't want any more than that. What I liked the most about this beer was price, if this was $10 I would be very disappointed, but I think it's priced reasonably. What I liked the least about this beer was how much lighter most of the aspects of this beer were compared to most Baltic Porters, it just seemed to be lacking in every aspect. I wouldn't buy this beer again, I would much rather have a Thirsty Trout Porter and it's a way better Baltic Porter and it costs less, I wouldn't recommend it to my friends. All in all this beer left me wanting more and I don't think it did the style justice. IT seems like Victory is pretty hit or miss for me and this was another miss, better luck next time guys.

Photo of flagmantho
3.55/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 22oz bomber into a pint glass.

Appearance: dark amber-brown hue with a finger of creamy tan head that dissipates pretty quickly. Head is limited and I prefer my Baltic porters a little darker, but this isn't too bad.

Smell: rich caramel malt aroma with a hint of chocolate around the outside. Reminds me a lot of a dark European lager (which, I suppose, it is). It is good, but doesn't seem robust enough for the style.

Taste: caramel sweetness with a little bit of toasty malt and a little bit of chocolate. Chocolate is a little more pronounced than in the aroma, but not a ton. This beer is not bad, per se, but it is boring. I'm not getting a whole lot out of the experience.

Mouthfeel: medium-light body with a good level of carbonation and a pretty good creaminess. I like it.

Overall: aside from the good texture, this beer is kind of blah for me. There's nothing really wrong with it, but it really doesn't tickle my fancy the way Baltic porters usually do.

Photo of BEERMILER12
4.01/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark mahogany color with 1/2 a fingers worth of head

S: Solid earthy presence along with the lager yeast and some chocolate notes, light fruitiness, and some caramel/toffee as well

T: Follows the nose. Starts off with a earthy stone fruitiness which flows into some lightly roasted malts that impart the toffee and caramel notes. Alcohol nowhere to be found

M: Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation. Soft and smooth

O: A really nice dark lager with plenty of flavor. Easy to drink, especially given the 22 oz. format, and priced very well at $3.99. If you like baltic porters, I'd recommend trying this one

Photo of Gatch
4.15/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Beautiful ruby red in color with a light brown, fluffy head that recedes quickly leaving behind no retention or lace at all but great legs as this is one boozy beer.

S: This is going to sound strange, maybe because I'm more than halfway through the bomber after a previous beer, but it smells like how I picture the Baltic Sea to smell. Seriously. Sharp, pungent, spicy, earthy, salty, boozy, with heavily roasted malt, cold and clean air, and more alcohol. This is getting weird...

T: Booze really comes out when the beer is warm and complements the strong flavors of roasted malt, smoke, dark chocolate, dark and poached fruits, and a faint hop presence in the finish. It is actually slightly acidic as the style description states.

M: Great, strong flavors with a bit of a cloying malt/lactose presence that is found in most Porters. The body is nearly full preventing the lakey/watery feel (surprisingly not here even with my Baltic Sea comparisons).

O: I obviously need to visit, swim in, and take a sip of the Baltic Sea to affirm my comparisons. I'll get back to this review in the future. Until then, if you're reading this, buy this beer when you see it. It's a delicious beer by itself and a great representation of the style.

Photo of jmarklan
4.14/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a deep mahogany with decent clarity. Head doesn't stick around very long and leaves no lacing.

S: Dark malts, complex, very roasty.

T: Touches of chocolate and coffee with vanilla, toffee, and dark fruit. The malts are very well roasted and add a balancing bitterness to the sweetness. The alcohol blends in very well.

F: Medium body, very smooth, a bit chewy even.

Overall: A complex malt bomb of a beer, and a quite good one at that.

Photo of kemoarps
3.52/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Deep mahogany pour, but looks a little thin. Some head, but it fades, not really any lacing.

Nose is dark fruit sweetness, with roasty backbone.

I'm getting primarily burnt malts in terms of the bitterness, but there's more of a fig aftertaste. Dark fruits, roasty malts bordering on smokey. Solid.

A well crafted beer, just not one that necessarily appeals to me. Can't knock it, but probably wouldn't get another one. Would certainly drink it if offered, though. I think my mom would like this if she could drink it...

Photo of uwmgdman
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter, the color is very dark brown/black with a garnet hue when held to a light. There is a khaki colored moderate head that diminished to a ring around the glass. The aroma is moderate-high sweet, roasty malt with some chocolate and ash, a nice nose. The flavor is roasty, chocolaty with a slightly ashy, dry finish. The hop bitterness is moderate and blends well with the acidity of the malts. There are hints of the alcohol toward the swallow as well with a long lingering, bittersweet, roasted malt flavor. The body is medium with moderate carbonation; the beer drinks fairly easy. Overall a flavorful, complex, yet not tiring beer, well done.

Photo of falloutsnow
4.14/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from Friar Tuck's in Savoy, IL
Best by January 7, 2012
Poured into a tulip glass

Victory has an excellent recipe for their baltic porter, able to merge the roasted, chocolate components with the fruit esters of the two major versions of this style. Neither component is over-pronounced in regards to the other, and they both work well together. This is one to seek out and enjoy when available.

Pours a 1.5cm head of dark tan bubbles, small to large in size (small on bottom, large on top) that rather quickly fades to a thin ring around the glass and a small island of foam atop the body. Head leaves no lacing in its decline. Body is a transparent dark amber brown, nearing black. Active carbonation is visible streaking along the sides of the glass.

Aroma has mild roasted malt and mocha scents along with some more subtle nuances of toasted nuts and mild dried fruit (blackberry, blueberry) esters.

Tip of tongue picks up delicious, dessert-like, dense (flourless) chocolate cake with dried blueberry and blackberry sauce. Front of tongue still picks up the dessert chocolate berry cake, but also adds some roasted malt acrid sweetness to the mix. Mid-palate continues to pick up roasted, charred malt, chocolate, and dark, dried berries along with some mild ethanol. Ethanol presence becomes more noticeable towards the back of the palate, but isn't ever too strong as it sits alongside fruit esters and mild chocolate. Washes out with a flash of ethanol, leading to a lingering flavor of semi-acrid roasted malt.

Beer is medium bodied with medium intensity carbonation that creates a slightly foaming sensation on the palate. Resulting mouthfeel is primarily smooth and a bit creamy. Ethanol presence becomes noted by mid-palate, with warming sensation in the nostrils and later in the back of the throat: it is never particularly boisterous or annoying. Closes out with a slightly dry finish, not particularly so, and with a bit of stickiness on the tongue and lips.

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Baltic Thunder from Victory Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 911 ratings.