Baltic Thunder - Victory Brewing Company
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4.13/5 rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
I first tried this beer at a beer tasting and it made me feel sick. It was so rich and heavy, and on top of all the beer I had already consumed, my stomach turned. However, I took a bottle away from that experience to sample later because I normally love Victory's offerings, and I wanted to give this beer a fair chance. The hideous label (orange, lavender and gray don't go well together) reads "Enjoy By Dec 31 08".
A: The beer pours a clear dark brown to black color with intense ruby highlights which cast beautiful color onto the floor. The head is sticky, tan and thick (at first). It soon dies down to a thin lace at the edge of the beer. Everything looks great, but I wish the head would linger around for longer.
S: The smell is somewhat subdued for such a big beer. Nonetheless, I can pick up notes of caramel, toffee, and lightly roasted coffee beans. It is very earthy. There is a very faint hop aroma, lending this beer a "fresh" smell. There are also noticeable fruity esters, like strawberries...
T: Then I get to taste this beer again and I a pleasantly surprised. That delicious smell accents the well-balanced flavor. Up front, this beer has an acridness that can be compared to roasted coffee. After this though, the mouth is quickly met by a strong malt backbone. It is sweet, with toffee and caramel playing around with a smokiness. The bitter hops help blend this beer into a smooth flavor profile. This is NOT a "hoppy" beer though. There are some delicious fruit notes in the taste as well, like ripe fruit (banana?).
M: This is a full-bodied, chewy beer. It really is heavy on the stomach, making this beer a substantial meal. The alcohol warms everything up a bit, and I can easily imagine drinking more of this come winter. For summer though?? I am not sure this goes well with that oppressive heat of summer.
D: It was not torture to finish off a 22 oz. bottle, but it took effort. The drinkability of Victory's Baltic Thunder is not going to rank very highly in this reviewers mind.
Serving type: bottle
07-01-2008 04:58:52 | More by MusicaleMike
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