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Baltic Thunder - Victory Brewing Company

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870 Ratings

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Ratings: 870
Reviews: 532
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 11.63%
Wants: 59
Gots: 34 | 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 CooperEllis

New York

3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

The very odd thing was nothing stood out but at the end of the glss I really wanted another one.

From 220z bottle. Into .3l tulip.

Very nicely colored head, but thin, retreated but left a nice covering.
Initial smell was the cardboard after the pack of raisin's was empty. As it breathed a bit, distinctly malty.

the carbonation really crossed me up at first as the bite on the tip of my tounge I mistook for alcohol. With a more full, um, gulp? helping? the carbonation is not as severe.

Aside from the carbonation on smaller sips - very plain mouthfeel.

Again, nothing really stood out, but it was drinkable and paired very nicely with a dinner of cayenne sloppy joes w/ red beans and rice (made with crushed pepper and honey). I bought two of these and I'd certainly pick up more (but then, I'm a fan of porter's and 22oz suit me) and I'm actually going to cellar a bottle or two to review at a later date. I think with a bit of age this may go from run of the mill upper middle class to damn fine drinkin'.


Serving type: bottle

07-25-2010 22:01:45 | More by CooperEllis
Photo of BeerFMAndy


3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle split. Poured into a Corsendonk Christmas Ale Stemmed Glass. No date.

A - Opaque black fills the glass with almost no head. Pinkie finger sized that was tan in color and went away almost instantly. Very effervescent though.

S - Chocolate coffee aromas strong. Roasted malts that are semi-sweet smelling. Dry and bitter. Molasses too.

T - Sweet with roasted malts up the wazoo with coffee, cocoa, and sweet chocolate. A bitter dry finish on the end lends to a good balance.

M - Smooth, creamy, and viscous, its got a good mouthfeel.

D - For a porter, its certainly drinkable. It's fuller bodied I'd say but it drinks like a medium bodied beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2009 16:41:29 | More by BeerFMAndy
Photo of metter98

New York

3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer poured very dark amber (near black) in color with a finger high tan head that quickly faded leaving a ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass. A light to moderate amount of carbonation is visible from the rising bubbles.
S: The aroma is rather sweet and has notes of toasted malts. There are also some hints of dark fruits in the nose.
T: The taste is very similar to the smell and also has notes of brown sugar, caramel malts, coffee beans and toffee.
M: It feels medium-bodied and very creamy and smooth on the palate. There is a moderate amount of carbonation.
D: The beer is very drinkable for the style; the alcohol is well hidden from both the aroma and taste.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2010 00:40:18 | More by metter98
Photo of Zorro


3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled through ClockworkOrange and CA - PA BIF.

Clear deep brown colored beer with lovely ruby color when held up to the light. Medium sized light brown head forms but doesn't last.

Smell is sweet and malty with licorice, grape, fig and chocolate scents. The spicy sensation is from the ethanol but it isn't really peppered to the nose in this case.

The taste starts out sweet and chocolate with a good malt roast after taste, it is quite different from the smell. Malty yet light on the tongue there is a faint mint taste here. Definite Italian Coffee soda flavors here.

Mouthfeel is good.

Quite easy to drink, if it has one flaw the taste could be a bit more complex. Still this is a good beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2008 03:21:30 | More by Zorro
Photo of jwc215


3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Best by Dec. 31, '08:

Pours dark brown with ruby highlights. A thin tan head gently settles, leaving some trailing lace sliding down the glass.

The smell is of lightly roasted dark maltiness (some smoky notes) with an earthy background.

The taste is of chocolate and a hint of coffee with smoky notes and a subtle dark fruit backing. Sweet with some astringency in the finish.

Light to begin with, it reaches medium as it progresses. Quite a bit of carbonation for the style, but it mellows as it progresses.

It's nice overall, but not quite as full as I was hoping. The touch of carbonation and astringency slow it down more than the alcohol, which is pretty well covered for the abv level.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2008 14:37:56 | More by jwc215
Photo of ClevoPiwo


3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I was happy to pick up a bottle of this when the Victory rep came to Whole Foods for Cleveland Beer week - don't usually see this one on the shelves.

Pours as near to black as can be without being entirely opaque. Back lighting exhibits a very deep reddish hue similar to that of cherry wood. The head pours a nice 3 finger's width and is an off white, nearly khaki, color. Dissipates down to a creamy frothy ring around the edges.

The smell is pleasant and complex. Notes of toffee, chocolate, roasted malt and toasty grains are dominant. The initial smell reminded me of the smell of grinding crystal and chocolate malts, with hints of coffee and dark fruit.

The taste is similar to the smell. Sweet dark fruit and chocolate up front. The finish is a bit quick, and is sweeter than the typical porter, with more a molasses, dark fruit and chocolate sweetness dominating. The mouth feel is fantastic and creamy - very rich for a porter, but all the more enjoyable.

Overall a fantastic beer. The only qualm I have with this particular offering is that there is little variation in flavor from start to finish. The initial malty sweetness that hits the palate initially is what continues to linger into the aftertaste.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2009 23:03:42 | More by ClevoPiwo
Photo of Dotcubed


3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

My aggressive pour got a big head that went away while I was walking the dog. Just a little but left after a few minutes walking out side in the below freezing winter wonderland of Minnesota.

Looks reddish.
Smells like rum, raisins, and burnt sugar.

Lightly chilled, warming and burnt. Porter plus.
I can see why this was George Washington's style.
Robust. Well suited to charred meats.
Mouth watering.

Medium body. Not very much carbonation.

Further proof that beer is seasonal. Having come in from frigid temps. this 50 degree beer was warming.

Can't say that I'd drink more than a 22oz. bomber.
But I could drink it often.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2009 02:47:08 | More by Dotcubed
Photo of alkchrios

New Hampshire

3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I absolutely love baltic porters and was looking forward to trying this one but was sort of let down. I think what makes it hard for me is that Smuttynose happens to make my absolute favorite baltic (its absolutely amazing) so it was compared to that. Unfortunately this beer didnt really do it for me and was nothing above average.

A- lighter than most baltic porters Ive had...I dont like to be able to see through the glass and with this one I could. Dark amber to a deep brown. half inch head which quickly went away.

S- lightly malted with a slight aroma of coffee and roasted nuts

T- LIGHT for a baltic porter.. undertones of coffee linger after you drink it not so much while you drink it.

M- pretty decent... very lightly carbonated...served at around 60 degrees goes down rather smooth

D- I could drink one or two before getting bored with it.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2010 21:32:43 | More by alkchrios
Photo of Foxman

New Jersey

3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It pours a deep, rich mahogany brown with cola ruby margins. A finger of light tan head snaps, crackles, and pops soon away. Spare flares of lacing dissemble along the inside of the glass.

In the aroma, the malt is roasted to a mild char, and coffee and dark fruit come through. Esters are dry and Belgian-esque. Light hop spice and a flicker of alcohol round things out.

Upon sipping, the malt doses amply, and is well roasted to allege black coffee, black cherry, and burnt sugar. A fruitier berry note lurks in the background. Hops appear as a mildly bitter spice note. The alcohol is warm but jigsaws in nicely. Baked biscuit is dried away by residual hops and crisp esters, allowing for a balanced finish. The flavor pretty much makes up for what is a rather sparse aroma in comparison.

Medium bodied, the carbonation is a bit out of character and it thins out too soon.

The flavor is worthwhile, but it's uneven in spots and a little less than a strong overall experience. Really, I was expecting more. Still, even a warm ABV weighs little against a willingly drinkable flavor profile. So I knew Perkuno's Hammer, and this is no Perkuno's Hammer, but hey, without the gaudy expectations it's by no means a disappointment.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2008 17:41:02 | More by Foxman
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3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Deep mahogany with a quarter inch, white head the quickly fades out, leaving a ring around the perimeter with some patches about.
Smell is mocha, faint coffee, little bit of roasted malts, and milk chocolate.
Dry cocoa, little bit of toffee, hint of caramel, and some brown sugar.
Mouthfeel is slightly crisp and yet smooth. Medium bodied.
Drinkability is pretty good. No alcohol presence, combined with pretty good flavor makes it go down easy.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2010 03:28:12 | More by Parrotbeak
Photo of cvfish


3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured a dark brown that produced a tan head that retained well and left some lacing around the glass

S - Some coffee, malts, and raisins

T - Mild coffee, bitter chocolate, raisins, roasted malts and hops

M - Creamy, smooth, moderate body with moderate carbonation

D - A good example of a Porter, a little more carbonation than I like in my porters, but overall a good beer

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2009 04:40:02 | More by cvfish
Photo of gpcollen1


3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This one pours nice and dark with a half-inch cocoa head into my Carlsberg Imp Pint. Aroma is light and roasty sweet with hints of caramel.

Taste is better than the nose. Hits the mouth with a mild sweetness that grows into a bit of roasted fig and chocolate. Some dark chocolate with a mild bitterness runs through the mouth and down the tongue.

This medium bodied brew is chewy enough and has some nice carbonation. Nothing mind blowing but all around pretty good. I enjoyed this but just nothing over the top good as far as my palate goes.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2008 00:35:50 | More by gpcollen1
Photo of misinformed


3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle labeled "Enjoy by Jan. 27, 2011". Poured in to a pint glass.

A- Close to opaque, dark red/brown color. Poured with close to a 2 finger head that quickly disappeared. No residual head or any lacing at all.

S- Not strong smelling. Faint hops at first followed by roasted malts. The hops faded after the beer warmed a bit which pretty much just left a nice roasty smell.

T- Underwhelming at first. Malty, roasted malts. Faint smokiness. There was a small amount of sweetness as well, but it's not strong or even one of the major flavors. Some faint baking chocolate. As it warmed up towards room temperature the profile shifted a bit and some light hops came out. I also noticed some fruit notes (raisin, maybe apple). Mild bitter finish. Light alcohol occasionally.

M- Thin and watery. Very light, tiny bubbled carbonation on the tongue.

D- Smooth and not overly complex. I noticed hints of the alcohol now and then, but it doesn't show its higher alcohol content. I was quite surprised and enjoyed this beer a lot. Definitely drink it closer to room temperature otherwise you're not doing this brew justice. I don't know how often I would pick this up, but I would definitely drink it again.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2010 05:41:03 | More by misinformed
Photo of ChainGangGuy


3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a dark brown body with a small, short-lived beige head.

Smell: Dark malty aroma with notes of chocolate, toffee, molasses, smoked figs, and green herbs.

Taste: Roasty dark maltiness with hints of chocolate and toffee with a fair amount of sweetness. Thinned out molasses. Figs and black cherry fruitiness. Taste of spearmint. Hint of smoke. Bright floral hoppiness with a medium bitterness. Flavor of fruit and mild coffee with plenty of alcohol warmth on the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Moderate carbonation. Slight stickiness to the mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Pretty good. But don't take my word for it - drink and enjoy!

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2008 04:58:48 | More by ChainGangGuy
Photo of azorie


3.84/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-30-2013 15:53:37 | More by azorie
Photo of LittleBreeze

New York

3.83/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I think this one will age well.

Well balanced smells of chocolate, coffee, a little booze, molasses and plum. What you smell is what you get. The taste is a little richer than I expected. A bit of complexity as all the flavors come together. Smooth drink but I felt the mouthfeel was a bit thin. Good drinkability.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2008 15:26:38 | More by LittleBreeze
Photo of JayS2629


3.83/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tried at a tasting in a sample glass.

A- Deep dark brown with reddish hints, creamy tan head that fades fast and leaves little rings of lace.

S- Chocolate and coffee balanced well with hint of earthy hops and licorice notes.

T- Malty, porter taste with cocoa and coffee notes. Hint of licorice.Slight mineral notes.

M- Medium bodied, a little watery for a porter

D- Easy to drink, but nothing stood out

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2011 06:28:15 | More by JayS2629
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3.83/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this at UNO in Langhorne PA. I didn't have a notepad to jot anything down so this is strictly from memory.
Poured brown with an off white colored heading. Really had no lacing,kind of flat.

Smell and Taste were pretty much identical. Roasted malt's that kick you in the mouth right off the bat and a nice soothing cocoa takes over for a nice aftertaste.

Mouth was kind of flat very little carbonation that left you with a nice smooth ending. Medium bodied.

Drinkability probably a little heavy for a day like today but I've been wanting to try this beer. Not really a session beer but definetly good for a tasting.

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2009 01:17:48 | More by TheFightfan1
Photo of MerkinMan


3.83/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Not jet black, but a very deep red / brown. Small head that stuck around pretty well.

S: No immediately noticeable or discernible scents. Smells clean and fresh.

T: Hoppier than most Euro or American porters, but this is good in this example. The hops do not taste musty like they do in other Baltic porters.

MF: A little thin, but quite effervescent.

D: A very drinkable beer. I would recommend this to someone who likes Baltic porters. I am becoming more and more of a fan of Victory Brewing.

Serving type: on-tap

04-05-2008 16:09:36 | More by MerkinMan
Photo of bret27


3.83/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

bottle courtesy of bulletrain76

S: light, roasty, malty, grains, nutty, crisp

A: Dark ruby brown, clear, light foamy brn head

T: Clean, malt, little roast, light chocolate

M: light and smooth lagery, but not watery

D: good, same comments as mouthfeel

Ovreall: Very drinkable. Feels much lower than abv. Also very drinkable despite chocolate and roasty notes.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2009 18:48:02 | More by bret27
Photo of Durge


3.83/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This long awaited brew pours a black/brown with a medium tan head and slick lacing. It brings a thick raisin prune aroma and herbal hops, pretty nice. The flavor comes on with grassy licorice and coffee with a sharp cheddar bite at the back and a dry nip on the tongue. It's drinkable enough for the style. Pretty good but I would have to say it doesn't quite live up to expectations. I do enjoy the sweet and bitter blend which gradually suggests some chocolate highlights. Worthy of recommendation for sure. Thanks Rubby!

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2008 04:02:52 | More by Durge
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3.83/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A Finger of a foamy light brownish white head that quickly dissipates to a very thin ring.

S Really smooth sweet chocolate, caramel, coffee roasts, vanilla, plum and dark cherries. Some sweet malt come through, making this a beautiful smell.

T Fruits and chocolate come first, and are fairly bold. Caramel and sweet malts to follow. Finishes with the bitter roasted coffee tastes that are seen in the scent. There is a lot of flavors here, just not presented in the smoothest manor. A little pepper on the tail that sits in the after taste.

M a little too carbonated for the style, a little too bitter.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2008 05:18:19 | More by CoolJosh
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3.83/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark dark ruddy brown and clear with a minimal head. The smell is quite nice, reminds me of winter with some alcohol warmth, roastiness, caramel, molasses molasses molasses. Tastes similar to its smell, it is sweet but not syrupy, with hints of black cherry, something of a thinner body, bubbly as opposed to frothy, with a dark malt bitterness to it. It is fairly easy to drink and it warms the belly but it would nice nice with a little more thickness. A nice cold weather brew. Would buy again.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2011 20:54:11 | More by Chyren
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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.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2009 01:54:19 | More by RoyalT
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District of Columbia

3.8/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: A deep, dark brown, with very little light shining through. The head is somewhat surprisingly small, creamy, and light tan in color. Retention is also lacking, with some irregular lacing.

S: Roasted dark malts and some slightly burnt caramel notes. Rather sweet in the nose, with some sugary suggestions. Some coffee and chocolate, along with charcoal.

T: Rather sweet roasted malt flavor, along with some more background caramel. Surprisingly sugary, with nice notes of coffee and chocolate. Dark fruit (berries), licorice, and leather hints as well. Some tiny tastes of alcohol here and there. A bit of earthy hop flavor and mild bitterness.

M: Somewhat full-bodied and rather creamy. Carbonation is light, although a tad too underwhelming if you ask me. A bit of dryness with the alcohol into the finish.

D: While Victory's hoppy pale ales and lagers rarely miss the mark, I've found their stouts and porters to be a bit disappointing thus far. That's not to say this isn't a pretty good beer, but the look and mouthfeel are a bit weak, and the flavor profile seems somewhat unbalanced.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2009 01:13:15 | More by Clydesdale
Baltic Thunder from Victory Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 870 ratings.