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Baltic Thunder - Victory Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
87
very good

904 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 904
Reviews: 533
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 11.63%
Wants: 60
Gots: 46 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: akorsak on 01-05-2008)
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Reviews by Stimack:
Photo of Stimack
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours to a real dark brown color with a smallish tan head that had great retention and left some nice lacing. The aroma seems very sweet, more of a roasted malt with some caramel coffee and chocolate coming through. An inviting brew for me. The taste is actually better than the nose, sweetness comes through more here with the chocolate and carmel flavor also a slightly burn brown sugar flavor. I am hard pressed to pick up coffee here though it seemed to be in the nose. There seems to be some dark fruit characteristics that meld with the sweetness. The feel of this brew is very smooth drinking, astringency is at a minimum for me. Overall a nice brew, a good brew by victory, but it is not the Perkuno's Hammer of years ago unfortunently, that brew just kicked it and is really missed. Someday I do hope that one can be recreated. Again nice brew by victory and am glad to see this one.

Stimack, Mar 01, 2010
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
4/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

oberon, Feb 23, 2008
Photo of RoyalT
3.8/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

RoyalT, Oct 23, 2009
Photo of Supersweetshirts
3.73/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

Supersweetshirts, May 06, 2011
Photo of boston2bburg
3.58/5  rDev -7.5%
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.

boston2bburg, Mar 16, 2008
Photo of BeerAdvocate
4/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

BeerAdvocate, Aug 01, 2010
Photo of blitz134
3.78/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

blitz134, Feb 28, 2008
Photo of lordofthewiens
3.78/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

lordofthewiens, May 27, 2009
Photo of Doomcifer
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Doomcifer, Aug 01, 2014
Photo of merlin48
4.15/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

merlin48, Jan 17, 2009
Photo of Billolick
4/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

Billolick, Feb 16, 2008
Photo of Lgrec8
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

Lgrec8, Jun 06, 2013
Photo of reitzbrewing
4.75/5  rDev +22.7%

reitzbrewing, Jan 18, 2014
Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

Mora2000, Oct 13, 2011
Photo of SkinnyElvis
4.38/5  rDev +13.2%
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.

SkinnyElvis, Feb 10, 2008
Photo of bsp77
3.58/5  rDev -7.5%
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.

bsp77, Dec 31, 2010
Photo of jcdiflorio
3.25/5  rDev -16%
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.

jcdiflorio, Sep 23, 2008
Photo of wattoclone
3.64/5  rDev -5.9%
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.

wattoclone, Oct 08, 2013
Photo of kingcrowing
3.7/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

kingcrowing, Jul 05, 2009
Photo of bpfrush
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

bpfrush, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of Vintarabo
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

Vintarabo, Nov 12, 2013
Photo of RyanPS
4/5  rDev +3.4%

RyanPS, Nov 16, 2011
Photo of far333
3.73/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

far333, Apr 26, 2010
Photo of doremite
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

doremite, Jun 13, 2013
Photo of BurgeoningBrewhead
4.36/5  rDev +12.7%
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.

BurgeoningBrewhead, Feb 16, 2013
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Baltic Thunder from Victory Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 904 ratings.