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: 60
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
Reviews by Ghenna:
Photo of Ghenna
4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a Sam Smith's tulip glass. Wikipedia informs me that the color of the beer is called falu red, with a dense though only finger deep, khaki colored head.

Nose is of Malts, and caramel, and dark fruit. Tastes of well roasted malts, a hint of coffee, and a kind of dry after taste. Not too terribly complex, but fairly easy drinking. Not a beer that you have to chew on by any means, it's fairly light bodied.

It isn't a terribly complex beer, but I still found it to be quite enjoyable. The wife likes it too, which is always a plus.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

There seems to be quite an influx of Baltic Porter style beers showing up on the beer shelves lately...not that Iam complaining.This poured into a .5 liter stein a deep dark brown with creamy-like beige head atop that settled slowly leaving a minimal amount of lace behind,heavy on the espresso roast coffee in the nose with lighter notes of caramel and molasses.Nice full mouthfeel very lush,flavors are dominated by the dark roast coffee with the sweetness held in check well just a little caramel that goes well with the heavy handed roastiness,a mild dark fruit note comes thru but its rather mild.A solid Baltic Porter quite roasty and sustaining with a great mouthfeel.

Photo of RoyalT
3.81/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - This fella came out a nice, clear brown in color, like almost a perfect color of brown, with a dirty white head that lacked the persistence one expects from the style.

Smell - The rich, complex sugars here steal the show. In particular the raw sugar aroma was indistinguishable from the real thing. There were some nice brown sugar notes as well that were a combination of the sweetness of the sugar and the light toasty aroma of the malts. There's also just the mildest hint of espresso bean.

Taste - The sugars mostly came out from the nose but were not quite as big. The malt based moved forward a bit giving this BP a pleasant balance.

Mouthfeel - This is where the beer fell short IMO. The body was very thin, not close to medium, and there was a complete lack of alcohol on the tongue. I enjoyed the playful bitterness at the finish here but at 8.5 ABV I expect a little kick as called for in the style.

Drinkability - BPs should demand a slow draw but this guy begged to be chugged. I don't know if that's good or bad. It was a nice, easy-drinking beer but lacked the promised heft of its name.

PS: I don't think I've ever reviewed a beer without repeating at least one of the scores twice, 3.0, 4.5, 4.0, 2.5, & 3.5, but this one was all over the board for me.

Photo of Supersweetshirts
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Victory has come a long way with their beers. When I opened the bottle there was a definite, delicious, smokey aroma. When pouring into a glass, it's color was a deep, dark, brown with a nice darker thick head that quickly dwindled to nothing after a few minutes. I tasted hints of fruits, but was mostly a roasted malty flavor. The alcohol percentage of this beer is 8.5% which was surprising because it didn't at all have a taste that would have indicated this. It was a very smooth and filling beer. Overall, while this wouldn't be something I would seek out, it was a beer that I did enjoy but would not be at the top of my list of Porters.

Photo of boston2bburg
3.55/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours dark mahogany, maybe 90% opaque, with two fingers of tan head that dissapates to basically nothing, leaving not much lacing.

Smell is heavy on the toasted malts, bread, more fruitiness coming out as it warms, particularly strawberries and raspberries. Slightly yeasty.

The flavor is a bit more interesting - toasty, with notes of chocolate and prunes.

Mouthfeel is thick and syrupy up front, hops are there to balance the finish but not much more. Well-carbonated. Easily the strong point of this ale.

The alcohol is very hard to notice from the taste, but begins to warm towards the last third of the bomber. I'm not very familiar with the style, and I'm a bit confused by the label, which refers to it as a dark lager. I thought all porters were ales? Anyways, I may not seek it out again, but if a couple more were in front of me I could definitely make a session of it.

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

From BeerAdvocate Magazine Volume II, Issue IV:

Baltic Thunder is the resurrection of Perkeno's Hammer from the late Heavyweight Brewing Co.--man, we miss that brewery.

Dark brown, nearly black color. Smallish head, though the tan lacing does have some decent retention to it. Ripe blackberries, licorice root, soft charcoal and a very faint smokiness from the roasted grain make up the aroma. Just as smooth as it is creamy and it's pretty damn smooth, with a full malt jacket. A malt bomb is not saying enough; thick layers of sweetness and roasted character unfold. Suggestions of chocolate mousse, black cherry juice, toasted bread, hint of charcoal and mild roast coffee show off the complexities. Alcohol is a little hidden, with a small warming quality in the end. Hop bitterness and flavor both come in modestly and really only help to keep some balance. Finishes a little chocolaty, slight mocha, sweet.

Delicious. Very rich with pleasing malt complexities. Excellent for pairing with a dessert or even as a night cap.

Photo of blitz134
3.73/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've always had mixed feelings about Baltic Porter...sometimes I think they are good but sometimes not. I remember really liking Heavyweight's Perkuno's Hammer and I know this beer has some ties with it, although I'm not sure how the story worked out in the end.

Pitch black looking, but red shines through when held to the light. Half inch of slightly fizzy tan head on the pour. Reduced to a thin layer with some spotty lacing.

I find the aroma to be a bit light. Slight chocolaty and roasted hints, a touch of that Baltic porter sweetness.

Taste is much the same except a little more pronounced roasted edge at the end. Touch of sweetness and some hints at dark fruits, but not what I would call a caramel sweetness. Very clean in the yeast department.

Medium bodied brew. Decent carbonation level. Easy to drink. Nicely lingering flavor that is just a subtle hint of roastiness. A pretty good beer, I like this one more than most other Baltics.

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.73/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer was a dark brown/black color with a very small tan head. It had the faintest aroma of sweet chocolate. Fortunately, it tasted far better than its aroma suggested. Mostly cocoa, a little bit of espresso, lingered well on the palate. The more I drank it, the better I liked it.

Photo of merlin48
4.17/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber pours a clear chestnut body that sits opaque in the tasting glass. Small tan head has good patchy lacing.

Aroma opens with fruity figs and dates. Black pepper and milk chocolate notes quickly follow.

Mouthfeel has a medium body with a soft, low medium carbonation.

Taste is pleasantly complex, as per style. Sweet fruity prunes and figs, milk chocolate, toffee and caramel, a touch of coffee(thankfully just a hint) and just a whisper of warming alcohol.

One of the better American examples of a Baltic porter, certainly, but doesn't equal its mythical ancestor, Pekuno's Hammer.

Photo of Billolick
3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bomber, "enjoy by Jan. 2 '09" (almost 2 years away) dating on the label. Pours very dark, near black, under a dark tan head, showing retentive powers and leaving thick ringed sheeting and respectable lacing. Nose of sweet malt, powdered sugar and a hint of cocoa. Smooth and tasty on the tongue, with notes of dark grains, mild coffee, chocolate and hints of vanilla. Very easy drinking and enjoyable porter, the label calls it a lager (?) hmmm. Well worth getting a few bottles and enjoying.

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to 5000 for sending me this bottle.

The beer pours a dark brown color with a tan head. The aroma if full of coffee and roasted malt with some dark fruit mixed in. There is also a little bit of alcohol in the aroma. The flavor is more of the same. I get a lot of coffee and chocolate up front, with some roasted malt and dark cherries and prunes in the background. There is also some nice mint characteristics in the flavor which I really enjoy. The alcohol is present but doesn't hinder the drinkability. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. A very nice Baltic porter.

Photo of SkinnyElvis
4.35/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured right from my cellar at a temp of 50 degrees. Pours with a healthy head & jet black. Smells mostly of roasted malt. It has a lovely roasted malty flavor but it has a sweetness to it. This is a very smooth & drinkable brew which is dangerous with its ABV. I am thrilled that this beer has resurfaced & it will be a part of my drinking rotation from here on out.

Cheers.

Photo of bsp77
3.58/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Serving glass: Poured from bomber into Snifter.

Appearance: Rich, dark mahogany with thick initial light brown head but just leaves a few whispies.

Smell: Chocolate, caramel, cherry and noble hops. A little restrained.

Taste: Very malty and sweet, with chocolate, toffee, cherry and just a touch of coffee and spicy noble hops, especially toward the finish.

Feel: Moderate carbonation, fairly smooth lager body.

Drinkability: Nice sipper but comes across as more of a sweet Doppelbock, as the roasted qualities are a little too restrained. Not Victory's shining moment, but still quite tasty and good to try.

Photo of jcdiflorio
3.26/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz brown bomber poured into a tulip glass not the recomended glass,just wanted to use this glass. Poured an opaque mahogany color,reminded me of a wine color. A short lived creamy light tan head that left an everlasting collar with some tiny bubbles surging from the sides of the glass only noticable at the upper half of the glass and not even a spot of lacing.

Dark fruity nose with roastyness some subtle burnt notes.Prunes and raisins dominate the fruitiness,dark chocolate,slightly vinious with overrippen fruit sweetness. A good pleasing aroma a bit on the fainter side.

A creamy roastyness up frount with a layered dark fruitness followed by baker chocolate has a nice sharp clean dry bitterness,tangy with a chocolaty fade. A lighter body than expected nice creamyness.The alcohol was well hidden. Still not a beer i could drink a lot of. A nice Baltic would prefer Duck Rabbit if i had to pick from the two. I bought a case when it first came out, it had mellowed a bit yet still close to when it was fresh.Not a beer that's worthy of aging to me, said drink by Dec08 on side of case.

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 kingcrowing
3.66/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz Bomber poured in a pint glass.

Nice big 2 finger head thats very dark and creamy. Very dark and roasty color with some hughes of red. Nice and smooth body, suprisingly light for a porter. Light amount of sweetness and carbonation. It's got a great amount of alcohol as well at 8.5 abv, it's warming but not overpowering. Overall it's a very solid porter and really close to the style with the exception of the high alcohol, but it's so well done it's very welcomed.

Photo of far333
3.7/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Mahogany colored with medium clarity and copper highlights where the light comes through. Low head of oatmeal colored foam that doesn't rise up too much and settles out quickly, but leaves a fine cap.

Aroma of cocoa and raisins. Flavors of cocoa and roasted malt, notes of caramel and marshmallow. Moderate sweetness, offset with a balancing moderate bitterness, a bit roasty. Coffee emerges in the finish.

Thin mouthfeel, lacking body. Above average drinkability, well balanced but could use more character.

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 WVbeergeek
3.25/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is a great example of why hyping up a beer can be a bad thing. The amount of beergeeks excited to try this was insane due to the brewing press release, big news to see Tom Baker teaming up with Victory. Then the wait with all the legal bullshit, and what follows is a blend of trying to get this one right before the big release. Well, they didn't get much right in my eyes and I'm going to try it again. Had it thrice on tap and I will be investing in a bomber, but I'm weary. No many gripes with appeaance except for head retention, poured pitch black in body much like I recall the Hammer forming a thin tan head leaving thin scant speckled lacing. I remember the Perkuno's to have texture all day with lacing throughout each pint. I think the change of the beans altered the protein count therefore affecting head. Aromatics I'm getting sweet dried fruits with some tart acidic mild offensive tones going on, chocolate roasts play nice with figs and plum fruitiness. Some mild booziness with lingering herbal hop notes comes late. Flavors insert ripe or dried concentrated fruit flavor whether it comes off plum, fig, or raisin I'd definitely call it some what vinous. Dark dry roasted malt lacking the complex mix of flavors the Hammer always provided but my point is that fruit and dark chocolate with a mildy cloying dark chocolate syrup comes off one dimensional in the flavor. Mouthfeel is full bodied assertive carbonation a bit unnatural with words like thin and blah entering my brain. Drinkability, no doubt any brew from Victory is going to be a solid player, good dark beer but never try to relive a classic craft brew like Perkuno's Imperial Hammer if you're not going to truly bring it to the table. Definitely not our beloved Hammer but Baltic Thunder I'm sure will be getting better with some age, right now it really lacks complexity.

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 glid02
3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Got this from Capital City in Atlanta.

Pours a dark brown color with ruby highlights. The head is tan and about one finger and is like the carbonation from a cola- it dissipates quickly into a thin ring around the glass. Almost no lacing, although the beer itself sticks to the side pretty well.

Smells good. Lots of roasted and bready malt up front that gets sweeter with toffee notes as it warms.

Tastes good. Much like the smell there are big roasted and bready malt flavors up front. As it warms it gets sweeter with some toffee and chocolate flavors. There's an ending and aftertaste that's equally sour and bitter throughout the life of the beer.

Mouthfeel is very good. It's got a great thickness for a lager that has a smooth carbonation. Very nice.

Drinkability is good. All the flavors work well together throughout and I had absolutely no problem downing the bomber. I could certainly drink a few more of these.

Overall this is a solid Baltic Porter. Victory does nothing but impress me time after time. Definitely give this one a shot.

Photo of rhoadsrage
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

(Served in a snifter)

A-This beer pours a jet black body with a lot of little tiny bubbles stuck to the sides of the glass. There is a rocky tan head that fades to a thin film that slides back into the beer with each sip.

S- The smell of dark roasted quality is smooth with a rye bread note and dark toffee hints get stronger as it warms. There is a faint dark chocolate quality that adds to the richness of the aroma.

T- This beer has a soft dark chocolate malt flavor blended with some dark roasted black malt notes and a bit of cream. The finish has a nice red wine tannin quality with roasted dryness finishing each sip.

M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with a slippery texture and no alcohol heat noticed.

D- This beer has a very smooth fresh flavor with great dark malt flavors but still keeping it to the porter flavors with not that char of a impy stout.

Photo of pwoods
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to NJpadreFan for this great extra.

22oz brown bomber poured into a snifter.

A: Pours deep brown, looks black, and lets just a touch of ruby in on the edges. A decent head forms and falls to a fat skim within a minute or two. Some lacing here and there.

S: Nice, strong porter aroma. Lots of roasty malts with plenty of soft coffee and chocoalte notes. A good dose of alcohol and plump juicy darker fruits.

T/M: Very good. The juicy dark fruits meld great with the chocolate and roasty malts. A nice grapy flavor in there. Alcohol is subtle but lends a slight bourbon edge to things. A bit of hops to freshen things up, balancing the malts a touch. Body is a smooth medium with just enough carbonation to prevent it from getting heavy at all.

D: Very drinkable, even at 8.5%. Man, I love me a good Baltic Porter. Another great brew provided by my good buddy, Alan. Thanks, bro!

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

Notes, as usual, are a little old but good.

This is a dark brown beer, very dark and thick without quite reaching black and with a touch of opaqueness and reddish tinges in the light. The light brown head is just about one finger high with good retention and a good amount of sticky lacing left behind.
This is strongly malt-backed, as expected, with some coffee grounds, barley, some bitter chocolate, and just a hint of sweetness of caramel and something like dates. A roasted note, nearly charcoal mixed in with grains, lingers.
A bit of chocolate, both milky sweet and dark bitter, are first on the tongue. Following are coffee grounds mixed with caramel and tart cherry, and behind that is a bit of nuttiness and alcohol.
This has a very nice feel, thick, rich and robust in a big, full body with lots of smoothness and just the right amount of carbonation.
Being a bigger beer, this is easier to drink than one might expect for the style and the ABV, which I attribute to it being, while not lacking in body, not overly filling, and with a flavor easy to swallow.

Photo of mully
4.38/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to beerbeing for giving me a chance to try this beer.

two fingers of foam disappears quickly leaving a thin film in a rich tan color. black color with some brown around the edges.

chocolate and toffee just a hint if hops

hoppy bitterness, black malt chocolate toffee coffee this is big beer

good mouthfeel not too heavy of sticky

Very drinkable for such big beer even on a warm night

Very good beer, im a big fan too bad it's not available in minnesota

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