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Baltic Thunder - Victory Brewing Company

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898 Ratings

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Ratings: 898
Reviews: 532
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 11.63%
Wants: 62
Gots: 44 | 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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Photo of gwong
3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a growler filled at the Bowery Whole Foods in NYC.

A: Somewhere between dark brown and black with tiny bubbles in the glass - think Coca-Cola. There's a also a thin tan head that quickly dissipates after pouring.

S: Not a very strong nose but malts are detectable.

T: Malty with notes of chocolate and coffee.

M: Very crisp with enough carbonation to tickle the tongue's taste buds.

D: Very easy to sip and not so strong that you can't enjoy a few glasses in one sitting.

I've never had Heavyweight's Perkuno's Hammer but if this homage to it is any indication, I think I've missed out on a pretty good beer.

gwong, Jan 23, 2008
Photo of maximum12
3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to rnorgart for sending this my way quite a while ago. It's rested in the fridge ever since, as the smoky guy on the label scared off the wife, who doesn't like smoke in her beers. But tonight is finally the night.

The Thunder is very dark, low carbonation. Smell is subdued, a little of this, bit of that. Nothing comes to the fore.

Taste is surprisingly robust. A touch of sweet up front, some coffee, hint of bitterness, ending with just the right light finger of smoky malts. Really nice combo. This is only the second baltic porter I've had & the first, Tyranena's Dirty Old Man, was lights-out good. This isn't quite there, but it's no slouch.

Spot-on feel for the complexity. The alcohol is nowhere to be tasted, & the easy blend of complexity keeps me reaching for it frequently. An easy-to-drink dark beer.

Very, very nice beer. I may to seek out some more of the style if the two I've tried are a fair representation.

maximum12, May 07, 2009
Photo of Knapp85
3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This porter chugged it's way out of the bottle as a dark brown color with some red hues along the edges. The head was pretty thick looking for a little while until is settled down and left just a thin brown coating over top of the beer. The lacing wasn't too bad here, kind of sporatic. The smell of the beer has some old wood aromas, some earthy and smokey aromas as well. There's even a touch of sweetness on the nose too. The taste is pretty good, mostly of brown sugar and some roasted malts. The mouthfeel was on the thicker side and had a light carbonation, just enough to keep it interesting. Overall it's not a terrible Baltic Porter, but not the best I've had either.

Knapp85, Jun 07, 2011
Photo of Greenlabel
3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

For some reason, I've been intimidated by the label on this product. I'm not a fan of Porters or of high alcohol products so this one seemed like it might be daunting.

I bought a 22 oz. bomber back in February and its been sitting in my refrigerator until now watching the parade of IPA's, Octoberfests, Bocks, etc. go in and out. Tonight I noted it had a "Best By" date of 12/08 so decided it was now or never. Surprise - I enjoyed it.

Doesn't have a long-lasting head and the smell is less than what I would have expected. However, the malty/coffee taste was appealing. The biggest surprise of all was the lack of a higher alcohol feel even though it was 8.5%. Obviously not a session beer but, despite my preference for IPA's, one I might purchase again particularly if it came out in 12 oz. bottles rather than bombers. If nothing else, I'm no longer intimidated by the label.

Greenlabel, Dec 18, 2008
Photo of HopDerek
3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear dark purplish brown with a good 3 fingers of foamy tan head. Good lasting retention leaves a thin ring of lacing. Smells of toffee, apricot, black currant, chocolate, and coffee. Tastes of grain malt, caramel and toffee up front followed by a nice assortment of fruits like cherries, figs, apricot, and black currant. Finishes with flavors of chocolate and coffee with a touch of smokiness. Medium semi-thick body with low carbonation. Roasted flavors with a touch of smoke with nice citrus tones. I had hoped that with some age it would be more like Perkuno, but it just isn't the same. Still, not a Baltic Porter that I would turn up my nose at.

HopDerek, Jul 25, 2008
Photo of indiapaleale
3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark and slightly oily. Its head diminishes quickly and yet the carbonation is quite apparent compared to other strong porters i've had. It smells malty, sweet, slightly fruity and I don't get any alcohol from the smell alone.

The taste is, well, similar to the smell. Its nice and smooth. Its malty, sweet and the carbonation adds something to the taste as its going down. This is yet another beer that has a high ABV, but its not abrasive whatsoever.

I am kind of a novice when it comes to Baltic porters, its a style that I've rarely had the chance to drink. This is a very good beer and a great opportunity to try out the style.

indiapaleale, Mar 27, 2008
Photo of Riggsy
3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into Imperial Pint

A: Pours a dark brown with ruby highlights. A one forefinger tan head forms and remains well into the pint.

S: Aroma seems a little weak to me. Some light roasted malt aroma accompanied by dark fruit esters.

T: Smooth roasted malt flavor, when I took my first sip I got licorice in a big way, but as the beer warms it is far less prominent. Starts sweet (molasses I think) but roasted malt bitterness balances and provides some dryness.

M: Medium to medium-full. Well carbonated. Smooth with some alcohol warmth and drying finish.

D: Good brew, this one's been pretty hyped in our local area, and while I'm not blown away, I'm certainly not disappointed.

Riggsy, Jan 26, 2008
Photo of thecheapies
3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Enjoy by Dec. 28, 2012.

Poured into a 12oz mug.

Translucent dark brown with a stiff little lip of head.

Rich roasted malts with slight acidity from an implied hint of black cherry and some alkaline chocolate. Toffee note mixes in with some sweetness to the nose.

Roasted grains, chocolate malt, black cherry, wet soil, and a pleasing acidic finish. A little leathery. Prevalent hopping with earthy tones and bitterness. Exactly what you might expect from a decent Baltic Porter.

Low carbonation keeps the body smooth. Not much heft, however. Just a medium viscosity. Well-disguised strength.

Pretty decent brew. Not the showiest of styles, and this one keeps it on the straight-and-narrow. But, it’s well executed.

thecheapies, Jun 06, 2012
Photo of wvsabbath
3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving Type - 22oz bottle

Appearance - Dark tanish black, a slight red tint to it, 1/2 creamy head

Smell - Malts, chocolate, spices, yeast, classic victory smell

Taste - Nice and roasty with a chocolate background to it. Alcohol is masked well. I can taste the victory hops in it also. The spices are tangy mixed with cocoa and carmael . Nice and strong but has some sweetness to it

Mouthfeel - A real treat. Tounge gets tingly with the hop bitterness and alcohol warmth, but palette and throat gets malts, spices and chocolate. Nice mixture for sure

Drinkabilty - Well, its strong enough that this 22oz is enough for sure. This is borderline about as weak as you get for a baltic porter for its bitterness and kick. Great winter beer, will drink again

wvsabbath, Nov 19, 2010
Photo of NJpadreFan
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Victory- Baltic Thunder

On tap at Exton- Drafting Room

A- Dark cola brown with a ruby red tinge. A thick foamy head with good retention.
S- Cocoa powder, molasses, licorice, dark cherry.
T- Cocoa, vanilla, molasses, figs, dates, soda-like corn syrup and a licorice finish.
M- Sweet up front with a mild dry body. Alc. well hidden. Not as bold as I was expecting!

Overall- Good, not great. Definitely recommended though!

NJpadreFan, Jan 06, 2008
Photo of scootny
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A clear brown brew with a ruby red tinge. No carbonation. Decent head and retention. A very light lacing.

Smells of roasted caramel malt and toffee. A touch of coffee and light maple. Raisins and dark fruits. Strong aroma of dopplebock and burnt sugar.

Taste is a meeting dopplebock and coffee. Strong dark roasted malts, burnt sugar and charcoal. Notes of chocolate. Drymalty finish. Notes of molasses, and graham. A tannic sourness.

Medium feel and finely carbonated. Crisp and dry.

Drinkability is very pleasing to the mouth.

A little disjointed for me but still hangs together.

From tasting notes 2/22/09

scootny, Dec 17, 2009
Photo of bum732
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

S: Light, pleasant roastiness, some slight dark fruits.

L: Dark brown, slightly hazy, light tan head, creamy with just a bit of retention, good lacing.

T: Dark chocolate mostly right off the bat with just a hint of dark fruits. Medium clean bitterness with more dark chocolate. Finishes with some alcohol head and clean light roastiness.

M: Medium bodied, medium low body.

Solid, really enjoyed the subtle chocolate notes. Creamy smooth.

bum732, Sep 14, 2011
Photo of Bung
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Clear black pour with nice dark brown around the edges. Minimal head. Roasty malt, chocolate aromas. A fair of carbonation in the mouth. Very nice standard porter flavors. Malt, peat, chocolate and a small amount of coffee. I wouldn't say this is outstanding as a baltic, but a really good flavored standard porter with some extra alcohol. Should be heavier bodied. A bit of a dangerous drinkability for the abv.

Bung, Dec 04, 2008
Photo of weeare138
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this bottle after a bottle of Baltika 6, and HW Perkuno's Hammer...
Appears a near black, dark brown with mahogany tones on the outskirts of the beer when held to the light. A small beige head of fluff slowly fades into a mild cap. Scattered spots of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of obvious cocoa, caramel, nuts, gentle smoke, with a hint of coffee...some green grass in there too with a touch of white grapes.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas with some sweet chocolate milk coming to the forefront followed by some roasted espresso beans, cream, and grassy, florally hops that seem to be in the way of that chewy Baltic goodness that was there for the Baltika 6, and the Perkuno's.
Mouthfeel is medium-full bodied, creamy, softly carbonated, with a somewhat odd, herbal, semi-dry finish.
IMHO, just a close relative of Perkuno that isn't as attractive and doesn't have the charm, or personality. I've heard that this particular bottling was a bit of a mix-match of a few different batches that the brew house ran. Perhaps future bottles will be more to my liking...not that this is that bad but when lined up side by side with the other aforementioned Baltic Porters, this one fell short of the mark.

weeare138, Jan 16, 2008
Photo of connecticutpoet
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into my faithful pint glass, this beer produced a three finger head over a clear, deep red-brown body. The head retention was pretty good, which made me look forward to the experience.

Aroma was of plums, roasted malts, burnt caramel, coffee, and hints of chocolate. Complex, layered, and good.

Fruitiness was not discernable in the taste, however. I got roasted malt at first, followed by burnt barley, coffee, and bitter chocolate. Better than average, but a slight letdown given the aroma.

This beer had a good body, not too thin but not oppressively thick or syrupy either. Better than average mouthfeel for a porter.

I would rate the drinkability of this beer as pretty good. I wouldn't mind having it again, and it was an enjoyable exploration of the style. A good beer to use as an introduction to porters.

connecticutpoet, Jul 08, 2010
Photo of MaltyGoodness
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz. bottle

Pours a rich dark mahogany brown with a small tan head that fades. No real lacing to speak of.

Nice, although rather light, aroma of roasted malts and dark fruits.

Roasted malts upfront that lead into a flury of dark fruit flavors. A light hint of dark chocolate hits toward the finish. Medium bitterness. Finishes dry with a light lingering fruitiness.

Medium-full body, decent carbonation.

A nice Baltic Porter, as expected from Victory. No problems drinking the entire bottle, and will certainly get this one again. Not quite the same as the Hammer, but at this point my memory of the Hammer may not be entirely accurate.

MaltyGoodness, Apr 12, 2008
Photo of velosuds
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz bomber into a clear pint glass. Enjoy by April 06 2012. Paid $5.99 at LifeSource Natural Foods.

A-Pours a chestnut-dark brown hue with a one finger, thin, creamy tan head with weak retention and scant lacing.

S-Predominantly toffee and bready with some faint fruit as in figs.

T-Toffee sweetness balanced will by the hop bitterness. As it warms, the taste definitely improves as coffee, chocolate and dark fruits manifest. Can't taste the alcohol, which at 8.5% ABV it is masked well.

M-Very smooth, with a medium body.

O-This is decent. Taste and aroma is more like a normal porter. Expected this to be more robust and complex, but it improves as it warms.

velosuds, Jan 21, 2012
Photo of scifan
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Scored a case of this stuff on sale for 30 bucks, having never had it before I hope I like it. Pours almost black, when held up to light one can spot the brown highlights, with a very small white head that is gone almost as fast as it appeared.
Not getting much on the nose. Very faint dark malts, with a touch of toffee, and some nice hop notes as well. Smells almost like a stout just toned down a notch, I guess from the whole lagering process allows everything to blend and mellow a bit.
The flavors in this beer are more pronounced that the nose. I'm getting roasted malts, along with hints of toffee, and dark fruits. A nice hop bitterness can be detected as well, and a nice warming alcohol kick as you swallow.
Carbonation is spot on for the style, and its not too slick in the mouth. This beer has a certain smoothness to it that keeps the sips in quick secession.

scifan, Oct 15, 2009
Photo of bruachan
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

not opaque, which is a bit of a surprise. deep rootbeer gernet, and some good foam at the beginning

deep n' roasty smelling: touch of toffee aromas, with chicory and a proto-chocolate

fruity, toffee dry chocolate (you know, not a chocolate bar but the cooking stuff) flavors. deep roasts with some astringency add depth. the mouthfeel is robust enough but feels a little flat at the end

bruachan, Jun 05, 2010
Photo of brotherloco
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

My first real experience with this style.

Appearance is a bit above average, but the smell is better. Sweet malt dominates, toffee and chocolate. Roasty-ness comes through as well, but in the background. Dark fruits mixed in as well.

Taste is soft and lightly sweet malt, watery coffee, cherry. Some bitter hop presence balances things out. Finish brings out the background roasty-ness. Feels nice in the mouth. Heat from the alcohol builds up after several sips. Definitely a sipper.

brotherloco, Mar 04, 2011
Photo of srandycarter
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Dark cola, not much head, leaves to a ring. Lots of thin clingy lacing.

S - Roasty cocoa/chocolate stuff.

T - Mostly cocoa, roasted barley. Fairly mild.

M - Medium body, lots of carb and coating. Good balance.

D - Pretty drinkable - not something I would choose often, but not so coating or overbearing that I could not have a few.

srandycarter, May 25, 2009
Photo of YankChef
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: deep dark black with hints of brown, but nearly opaque. Viscous looking, decent lacing.

Smell: Surprisingly timid for a BP. little hints of vanilla and maple as well as roasted grain.

Taste: Somewhat sweet upfront with the maple flavor and also some fruity flavors as well. The hops have a quick pop in the middle and then it just kind of fades.

Overall: Very easy drinking for the style, although this beer left me wanting more. For a BP it just wasn't bold enough in my opinion, still an enjoyable beer.

YankChef, Feb 25, 2008
Photo of lpayette
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bomber purchased from table & vine in W. Springfield, MA.

dark black in the glass, but hues of red and orange as it pours. A hard pour produced about a finger of head that didn't stay around long, nor did it leave a trace of lace behind.

Smell is pretty much as expected with roasted malts mingling with a subtle citrus/acidic property. More specifically, the roasted malts produce point towards coffee, toffee, and some chocolate. Of the 3, probably chocolate is the strongest. Some mild fruit in the background as well.

Taste isn't much different from the smell. The nice chocolatey backbone is very nice. There's a bit of an herbal/medicinal quality at times near the finish.

Mouthfeel - malty and definitely clean - seems to be more filtered than most baltic porters, and this was evidenced in the appearance as well. I guess I'd describe the body as being more on the medium side... The malt provides some thickness, yet it's not as thick as you might expect, with the finish being thinner- yet this for me provides a nice attempt at cleansing the palate for the next sip and provides for a lingering bitter chocolate finish.

Drinkability was good. Overall a nice solid example of a baltic porter. I imagine this could be amazing on tap, but perhaps just a little bit overrated from my experience with the bottled version.

lpayette, Mar 06, 2008
Photo of DevilDogBeer
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Baltic porter pours a great porter brown in the glass with a thick, tan head. The head has good staying power and laces for the duration of the pint. The smell is malty and nutty with a definite alcohol nose in the background. There is no detectable hop aroma. The taste is sweet up-front followed by a toasted malt character. The aftertaste is a bit earthy with a distinct alcohol warmness. The mouthfeel is thick and rich, but actually sits kind of heavy do to the high gravity. I could drink the 23 oz. bottle of this over the evening just relaxing but this beer is heavy and one bottle (about a pint and a half) would be my limit.

Baltic Thunder is definitely worth a try, especially if you are a dark beer drinker or someone looking for a well balanced recipe on the non-traditional side. Lagering this porter certainly mellowed out the roasted notes, but the high gravity gives this beer an intense character.


DevilDogBeer, Mar 12, 2008
Photo of JVEyck309
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1 Pint 6 fl oz bomber poured into a pint glass

~~ NOTE - it was stamped "Best By March 26" (today is April 1, I purchased this beer on March 27) I did not notice till just now.. ~~

Appearance - Black. Holding it up to the light I see some deep red in the corners of the glass. Very thin head which dissipates quick.

Smell - Caramel sweetness, dark roasted malts, a hint of chocolate and charcoal perhaps. Malts are dominating

Taste - Lovely. Pretty much what I expected. Rich and sweet roasted malt flavors with a suggestion of dark fruits and dark chocolate. Very enjoyable.. I've had better baltics but this is no slouch

Mouthfeel - Smooth and chewey, just the right amount of carbonation which isn't too much.

Drinkability - At 8.5% abv, it's incredibly drinkable, didn't notice the alcohol at all. But at $7 for one bomber.. I feel it's a tad overpriced and would rather go for a six of an American porter instead (Anchor, Smuttynose...) Definitely worth a try

JVEyck309, Apr 02, 2009
Baltic Thunder from Victory Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 898 ratings.