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Baltic Thunder - Victory Brewing Company

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891 Ratings

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Ratings: 891
Reviews: 532
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 11.63%
Wants: 59
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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Photo of lpayette
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%

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%

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%

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 01, 2009
Photo of sweetbrew82
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%

22 oz. into a pint glass

P: Deep walnut brown with a light brown head of tight, soapy foam. Showed decent retention then sank to form a thin halo on top with some spotty lace left behind.

A: Light roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, and some dark fruits with a puff of smoke. Nothing real special going on here, but it smells good enough.

T: Malts feel soft and delicately roasted, offering just enough roundness and depth to get the job done. Chocolate notes mingle with some toffee, caramel, and a light coffee presence upfront, while dark fruits come out more on the back end. Herbal hops lay low but they do provide enough bitterness to give the illusion of balance, but doesn't come close to taking the spotlight off of the sweets.

M: Baltic Thunder is a medium-full bodied brew, maybe leaning a little more toward the former as I continue to swish it around. It does offer a pretty smooth, creamy feel that gives you a smidgen of chewiness for good measure. A little more heft to the body feels like it could do wonders, though.

Notes: This is a pretty solid Baltic Porter that went down really easily. Is it a world class effort? No. But for $5.99 a bottle you really can't go wrong if you're looking for an easy drinking, full-flavored porter. Just don't expect to have your socks knocked off and you'll be satisfied. Solid

sweetbrew82, Jan 05, 2010
Photo of dgilks
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%

Clear mahogany colour with a small, creamy, tan head. Poor head retention.

Smooth, caramel and light ester aroma with a touch of roast. Plenty of sweet chocolate.

Sweet malt with a slightly earthy note and some esters. Not overly roasty. Classic Baltic Porter.

Medium body with moderate carbonation. Good.

A nice, smooth, malty ale with good, appropriate flavour for style.

dgilks, Oct 11, 2011
Photo of SLeffler27
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%

An average, taupe froth blooms over a dark brown beer and quickly settles to a sparse lace while a leggy film coats the tulip glass.

Nuts and maple syrup are followed by mold and butter with hints of port wine.

Toffee and butter upon entry with heavy sweetness followed by a light tartness and a bitter finish.

Baltic Thunder is a full-bodied beer that occupies the palate, has soft carbonation and a notable presence of alcohol.

A fine beer as an aperitif or possibly an ice cream float.

Date consumed: 25 August 2008

SLeffler27, Jan 04, 2009
Photo of BWED
3.86/5  rDev -0.3%

Growler pour into a nonic pint.

A- Black, dark red highlighting. Tan 1/4" head, kind of an espresso crema style. A bit lacy.

S- Coffee, cocoa, small hint of dark fruits and booze.

T- Roasted sweetness. Malty. Not as dry and roast as a stout but really nice for a strong porter.

M- Full body. Sweet body. But a balancing semi dry finish.

O- Great body and flavor. Heavy, but easy drinking.

BWED, Mar 24, 2014
Photo of Sudsy89
3.85/5  rDev -0.5%

22oz. bottle, chilled.

Pours a dark brown, almost black. Has a low level of carbonation, average-size head. Looks nice, like an Imperial Stout but perhaps not as dark. Aroma is similar, lots of roasted malts and coffee/chocolate in the taste as well. I think it was less bitter than I expected, and at 8.5% abv, it seems surprisingly drinkable. I enjoyed the flavors, although as other reviewers have said, it is on the sweet side. This is a good porter, would be a good intro to the style or perhaps before trying an Imperial Stout.

Sudsy89, Dec 27, 2010
Photo of CooperEllis
3.85/5  rDev -0.5%

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'.


CooperEllis, Jul 25, 2010
Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.85/5  rDev -0.5%

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.

BeerFMAndy, Apr 21, 2009
Photo of metter98
3.85/5  rDev -0.5%

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.

metter98, Aug 04, 2010
Photo of Zorro
3.85/5  rDev -0.5%

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.

Zorro, Apr 22, 2008
Photo of jwc215
3.85/5  rDev -0.5%

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.

jwc215, Feb 19, 2008
Photo of ClevoPiwo
3.85/5  rDev -0.5%

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.

ClevoPiwo, Oct 26, 2009
Photo of Dotcubed
3.85/5  rDev -0.5%

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.

Dotcubed, Dec 18, 2009
Photo of alkchrios
3.85/5  rDev -0.5%

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.

alkchrios, Jan 08, 2010
Photo of Foxman
3.85/5  rDev -0.5%

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.

Foxman, Apr 29, 2008
Photo of Parrotbeak
3.85/5  rDev -0.5%

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.

Parrotbeak, Feb 21, 2010
Photo of cvfish
3.85/5  rDev -0.5%

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

cvfish, Feb 03, 2009
Photo of gpcollen1
3.85/5  rDev -0.5%

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.

gpcollen1, Apr 25, 2008
Photo of misinformed
3.85/5  rDev -0.5%

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.

misinformed, Jul 21, 2010
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.85/5  rDev -0.5%

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!

ChainGangGuy, Feb 27, 2008
Photo of azorie
3.84/5  rDev -0.8%

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.

azorie, Nov 30, 2013
Photo of LittleBreeze
3.83/5  rDev -1%

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.

LittleBreeze, Feb 23, 2008
Photo of JayS2629
3.83/5  rDev -1%

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

JayS2629, Jan 29, 2011
Baltic Thunder from Victory Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 891 ratings.