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Baltic Thunder - Victory Brewing Company

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899 Ratings

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Ratings: 899
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 silentjay
3.58/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pours a translucent yet dark mahogany. lighter than i expected. small tan head, not a lot of lacing either. disappointed in the appearance.

smells very fruity. bit of toffee, black coffee, brown sugar, but more raisins and dates than anything in the aroma.

tastes more like a porter than the aroma and appearance suggest. but still, very fuity. a lot of toffe, much more than in the aroma. some molasses, cocoa powder, dark roasted coffee, licorice. roastiness comes through in the back end and in the aftertaste. no real hop presence. makes me think a bit of an english porter or brown ale.

light-medium bodied with just enough carbonation for the style. lacking a bit of body.

drinkability is fine. strong beer, but alcohol is very well-hidden behind the fruit and toffee sweetness.

different take on the style with the strong fruity scent and flavors that add a bit of complexity to an otherwise average beer. not my favorite porter (I like stronger coffee flavors that come close to being classified as a stout), but one that I wouldn't have a problem revisiting or suggesting to others.

edit almost a year later: this one resembles an old ale in some aspects. leathery and fruity (dark fruits)

silentjay, Apr 01, 2010
Photo of popery
3.35/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle, home. Disappointing baltic porter. This beer pours a translucent mahogany with very little head and what's there dissipated quickly, leaving a liquid looking more like wine than beer. There's so little head that I have to wonder if this is an off batch or something (will re-review in the future). The aroma is just ok for the style. It's a malt fruity version without too much roast. There's some chocolate and caramel in the mix, but it's mostly apricots, apples, plums, etc. The flavor is rather average, sweet and lacks a hook. There's just no real oomph to the beer. It's not bad, per se, but a distinct disappointment for the brewer and style, both of which I quite like normally. The mouthfeel is thin. The beer is drinkable and hides the alcohol well, but it also smells and tastes like a smaller beer. Not sure what happened here.

popery, Mar 28, 2010
Photo of ksimons
3.28/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-dark coffee brown with a lace trim

S-roasted malts, sweet like caramel or toffee

T-somewhat thin, but tastes of sweet roasted malt, toffee

M-dry, low to medium carbonation, a little thin

D-with a name like Thunder I would think the beer would pack a bit more of a punch, overall a good beer, just wish there was a bit more to it

ksimons, Mar 27, 2010
Photo of TMoney2591
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Dogfish Head shaped pint glass.

Pours a very dark ruby brown with about a finger of tan foamy head that dissipates fairly quickly. No real lacing is produced. The nose is dark malts, coffee, smoke, molasses, and chocolate. The taste somewhat follows, with notes of molasses, dark malts, brown sugar, light coffee, maple syrup, and some pine. The body is a heavy medium, with healthy carbonation and a thick, smooth feel, leading to a rather high drinkability.

TMoney2591, Mar 22, 2010
Photo of avalon07
3.58/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a deep brown color and a cloudy conistency. There was a thin, foamy head that quickly dissipated. Good lacing.

S: A subtle smell of malt, coffee, and some mild spices.

T: Tasted of roasted malt, coffee, chocolate, and spices. Surprisingly, this beer doesn't pack as much of a punch in this department as others of the style. A little thin, but not bad.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a dry finish. Medium-bodied.

D: A decent, drinkable beer, but not the best Baltic Porter I've ever had. Victory has done better work in the past.

avalon07, Mar 18, 2010
Photo of Stigs
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

been sitting on this bottle for quite, reasons unknown. best by date: December 2008...oops. here's to experiments! 22oz bomber served in a DFH oversized snifter.

A - somewhat agressive pour yielded almost an in of khaki colored foam, loose and bubbly. very quickly fell to just a thin floating island and ring around the outside. the beer is dark, blackish and some deep burnt ruby when held up to light.

S - dark roasted malt, some slightly bitter chocolate, dark fruits...raisins and grapes. more sweetness from toffee and molasses. some weak coffee as it warms.

T - a little sweeter than the nose, dark fruits are abundant at first...joined in nicely by some bitterness...dark malts, weak coffee, cocoa powder. the hops are long gone, but replaced at the end by a big fruity sweetness and slightly peppery finish which lingers for a bit. time hasn't really hurt this one. as it warms, everything balances nicely and chocolate, licorice, some nuttiness become more apparent. surprisingly still a small bit of alcohol heat...actually adds a nice little kick at the end.

M - still abundant carbonation, light but tight...carries nicely. thinnish body, but all the flavors came together as a nice happy family over the many months.

D - very pleasant, was worried this could have been a disaster and a drainpour. i have had this beer fresh, just not recently, its definitely earned a chance at a fresh review. this one gets half a bonus point for aging gracefully.

Stigs, Mar 09, 2010
Photo of BlackBearForge
3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle: Enjoy by April 27, 2011

Baltic Thunder pours dark chocolate brown with a reddish tint around the edges with an tan creamy head the falls quickly leaving moderate amounts of lacing.

The aroma while not prominent has dark roasted malts, chocolate and coffee.

The flavor profile has a strong roasted bittersweet chocolate malt backbone with a coffee note as strong as the chocolate. Dark fruits, like figs, prunes and raisins also raise their heads while the alcohol is well hidden. Bitterness is very mild and flavors become much more even and integrated with warming.

Mouthfeel is on the light side of medium, a little thin but nicely creamy and slightly chalky. Carbonation is low.

This is my first experience with the Baltic Porter style and I like it. This is a very good beer and could really grow on me. Knowing it's history I really wish I could have tasted it's predecessor, Heavyweight's Perkuno's Hammer.

BlackBearForge, Mar 07, 2010
Photo of Lerxst
3.8/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A-Not too dark brown, foamy one finger head that has nice retention and left some lacing.

S-The first thing that hits me is a whiff of grape soda? Kind of odd, but not necessarily bad. Roasted malt and a bit of coffee. Interesting, for sure.

T-A bit sweet and malty, some coffee, dark fruit and, I can't believe it, a tinge of grape soda flavor(?). Are my senses out of whack? Its not bad, though.

M-A bit thin, crisp carb bite, dry finish. This is the weak point of this beer.

D-A more luxurious mouthfeel would add to the drinkability, but it still was no problem finishing a bomber. I just had no desire to have another.

Overall, a respectable beer, though not outstanding.

Lerxst, Mar 04, 2010
Photo of tippebrewcrew2
3.68/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


Baltic Porter

L=4.0 This brew pours a tawny red with a light brown long sustaining head with good lacing.

S= 3.5 It smells very similar to a dry irish stout. The smell is light of blackened malt and coffee

T= 3.5 Light flavors carried over from the nose of roasted malt and medium roasted coffee

F= 4.0 Creamy feel the finishes with a lingering, tart, bitterness

D= 4.0 Good beer love the brewery. This brew tasted a bit light to me but that also follows the style. I was expecting more of an american style porter. I just wanted a little more body. Good brew though

tippebrewcrew2, Mar 01, 2010
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
Photo of cpetrone84
3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-pours a dark brown cola colored liquid. the head is a light tan color that is thin and fluffy. It has very solid retention and leaves a nice lacing on the glass.

S-the nose is fair in strength but not big. roasted barley and dark chocolate come in ample amounts with the first sniff. Toffee and a touch of coffee bean acts as a foundation towards a shift into a fruity aroma that brings fig and a touch of plum.

T-the taste follows the nose, roasted barley with copious amounts of dark chocolate. The coffee bean is quite subdued with the toffee acting as the taste that transitions into the dark fruits. the sweetness is accompanied by a hint of hop bitterness at the finish.

M-this is quite smooth and creamy with a medium body and a nice bit of carbonation.

D-this is a pretty easy drinking beer for all of the alcohol, it is not present at all. it doesn't really stand out, it takes a pretty standard attempt at the style; but manages to do standard quite well.

cpetrone84, Feb 28, 2010
Photo of QuentinCompson
4.08/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle into Duvel Green tulip

A - Awesome 3 finger head, slow dissipation, into a nice frothy finger foam; Dark brown brew, inviting...

A - Dark malts, caramel malts, Scottish ale yeast esters, bready, sweet

T-M - Really nice beer. Smooth and thick, just right balance on the malts here. Taste is all varied dark and caramel malts, roasty, chocolate, sugar, w/ a Scottish ale yeast tinge, much like the aroma yet more pronounced. Slightly peppery finish as it warms.

D - Really enjoyed this one. I am not a huge Porter drinker, however, I like this a lot. The alcohol is well hidden in this, but also helps bring out some interesting notes with the yeast that are usually not present in a lower alcohol porter. More complex.

QuentinCompson, Feb 26, 2010
Photo of Brad007
3.08/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a dark brown color with a two-finger head into my pint glass. Good presentation for the style.

Aroma is full of dark fruit and a slight hint of cocoa. Alcohol warmth seems to peek through as well. Maybe my nose is worn?

Taste is full of sweet malt, dark fruits and only a hint of cocoa. Seems rather dry. Can't really find many flavors I'd associate with this style.

Mouthfeel is full of lingering dark fruits and sweet malt. Not much else to go by. Seems rather off.

Eh, I've had better. By no means horrible but also, by no means the definition of the style.

Brad007, Feb 23, 2010
Photo of Parrotbeak
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.

Parrotbeak, Feb 21, 2010
Photo of sulldaddy
4.88/5  rDev +26.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I am sampling a cellar temp bottle poured into a snifter. Ive been cellaring this beer for about 12 months and Im excited to drink it tonite.
The beer pours a deep cola brown with no light passing through the glass when held up against the lamp.
Very loud fizziness eminates from the glass throughout the pour. A tan fizzy head of 2 cm foams up and fades to a sturdy surface layer quickly, leaving a few wispy islands.
Aroma is deep chocolate malt with some rich molassess and dark fruit. Not any hop presence to speak of and only limited hints of the forthcoming booze.
First sip revels a thick slightly syrupy beer but the smoth texture and minimal gentle carbonation keep this beer a very drinkable one.
Flavor is deep dark fruit, maybe plums, heavy with molassess and brown sugar and a bit of roasted malt and baker's chocolate.
Again there is no hop profile and the booze is amazingly well hidden.

I really enjoy this well crafted big beer. Quite complex and dangerously drinkable! WIsh I had another bottle in the cellar.

sulldaddy, Feb 15, 2010
Photo of Lukafer
4.43/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A- Pours dark red with about a pinky finger worth of head.

S- Malty with some chocolate.

T- Starts sweet with some chocolate, then the hops kick in to balance everything out. The alcohol isn't very noticeable for being 8+%.

M- Feels good, not too watery and not too thick, perfect.

D- Very drinkable. Wouldn't think there was that much alcohol in this until you finish the bomber and stand up. Plus, I got this 22 for $3.49, excellent! Definitely worth checking out, and I'm glad to see you can get good beer without paying $10+ for a bomber. Definitely work getting!

Lukafer, Feb 12, 2010
Photo of argock
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 22oz brown bomber into a Duvel tulip. No freshness date. Purchased at Market Street Wineshop (Charlottesville, VA) for $5.99.

A: Pillowy off-white head caps a very dark brown brew. Lace is scattered and fine mainly at the top of the glass.

S: Aromas are most roasted malt and sweet chocolate. Coffee aromas are not present. Hops are vague and mostly earthy.

T: Flavor is not big or bold but decent with Sweet roasted malt and chocolate flavors. This brew does not present the big roasted flavors the best baltic porters possess. The hoppiness is also understated, earthy, and herbal.

M: Feel is also above-average but nothing spectacular. Medium-full body with active carbonation which hurts the feel a little bit overall. Aftertaste is sweet roasted grain.

D: Not up to snuff for Victory offering but not terrible -- it just seems uninspired.

argock, Feb 10, 2010
Photo of Jwale73
3.6/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz. bottle served in a tulip. Enjoy by Jan 02 09 indicated on the label. Poured the color of cola with a half inch tan-colored head embedded with ringlets. Head sizzled and popped and lost its cohesion as it settled into a skim and thin band around the edges. No lacing on this one. Lots of dark fruit in the nose (plums and prunes), as well as some molasses. Taste consistent with nose with the addition of a roasted quality, as well as some toffee and a hint of cocoa. Mouthfeel is light-medium (a little watery), with a light carbonation level and a little bit of heat at the back of the throat. A decent Baltic Porter; however, it didn't quite come together for me. Well worth a try though.

Jwale73, Jan 25, 2010
Photo of cswhitehorse
4.33/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Baltic Thunder poured dark black and like a cola made a nice fizzy head that dissipated pretty quickly. It had a tiny bubble pattern on the outside. Not much in the way of lacing but is pretty typical for the style.

The smell was toffee just as advertised with a sweetness dark fruit in the background. It smelled delicious and into the taste you got the molasses and prune fruits come into play. It finished semi dry and had a tad of burn hit the back of the throat on the way down. Overall very impressed. Not much for a porter fan but this is definitely one of the better porters to date.

cswhitehorse, Jan 23, 2010
Photo of ommegoose
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

22 oz. bottle.

Poured fizzy with no head or lacing. Cola-like, nearly. Well, it gets a bit better on the second pour, but it does dissipate quickly. Looks black in the glass but has reddish hues around the edges.

Molasses, juicy dark fruit. Plums, berries, syrupy sweet. Prune. More of that than chocolate or coffee. Pretty strong aroma.

This is a pretty good approximation of what the Polish brewers are doing. Big and richly sweet like molasses, with a little dry chocolate to balance it. Very strong flavor, like biting into a juicy red plum. Hopping is very light in the back end, merging with roasted malt for a slightly bitter finish. A hint of smoke and earthiness in the malt and finish.

Thick and a little syrupy. Definitely has the body to match 8.5%. This one actually hides the booze a bit better than some of the Polish examples.

I like Okocim Porter best, but this is pretty good. The style is still pretty rare, so if I had a craving for one I'd give this another go. One problem is that it's a little cloying and a bomber feels like a lot of this. It really lays everything out there. I had my review 90% done after four ounces.

ommegoose, Jan 22, 2010
Photo of becktone
3.53/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From notes 10-14-09

Eye: This one pours a real dark brown with garnet/blood red/crimson highlights and seems to be clear when light is present on the other side. Head formation and retention is weak. Color of what would be the head is tan in color and is really nothing more than a ring round the glass.

Nose: Roasted notes backed by some sweetness, chocolate and slight coffee aromas are present. Really not much more than that. Not getting any fruitiness out of this at all. Pretty good but I'd like some more depth, more complexity and a more robust aroma.

Tongue: Quite a bit smoother than I expected. There is also a bit of perceived tartness/sourness that comes from some acidity in this brew. Chocolate and roasted notes come through easily. Maybe some green apple that goes along with that acidity/tartness...but its pretty faint, maybe some light red fruitiness in there as well. All in all pretty good, but I'd rather go with Gonzo for the price. Glad I got to try it but I'll not seek it out, and will prolly stick to some other beer for the style. Definitely worth exploring the style though.

Feel and Drinkability: Finish is dry and roasty. Acidity seems to heat the nostrils up a bit...carbonation carries it up the back of the throat when first starting to swallow then it seems to linger just back there where the nasal passage meets the throat...thats a new sensation...first time I've ever had that from a beer! Body is medium-light, I honestly expected something a bit heavier. Carbonation is light, as far as this beer is concerned...which is good since the body already seems light enough, much more carbonation and this would be obnoxiously prickly and would feel even lighter. This one is easy enough to drink but I think that I'd rather go with others over this one, I think that there's better out there and will continue to search for a better example of the style.

becktone, Jan 20, 2010
Photo of homebrew311
4.15/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber poured into a Delerium snifter

A: pours a deep brown/black with ruby highlights when held to the light. It appears somewhat on the thin side. No head

S: roasted barley, molasses, licorice, tobacco, some earthy hops on the end

T: The malty sweetness is first and then comes an onslaught of roasted barley, coffee, bitter chocolate. Very nice flavor profile, good bold flavors and a nice balance

MF: a bit thin, low to medium carbonation

D: solid brew from Victory, I enjoyed this more than Storm King as it has more of a roast character and less of a hop bite. The thin body makes it a bit more drinkable than some imperial stouts.

homebrew311, Jan 19, 2010
Photo of elgiacomo
3.78/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottled September 23, 2010. Another beer I share a birthday with.

Pours dark brown with a one finger light tan head that leaves only short-lived spots of lacing and holds a light cap and ring.

First thing that hits me on the aroma is a musty, vegetal, and smoky character and some yeast. As it warms, the aroma rounds out with some light notes of dark fruits, toffee, light coffee and chocolate along with grassy and floral hops.

Flavor on the other hand is quite good with chocolate, coffee, and a strong dark fruit presence with raisins, both dark and golden, plums, figs, some apple and pear, caramel, toffee, a little molasses and brown sugar, moderate sweetness, low bitterness and low alcohol. Tasty.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, smooth and creamy, low to medium carbonation.

A good Baltic Porter, not quite as big or extreme as say a Duck-Rabbit or Smuttynose for comparison to American-brewed examples, but still good. Shame the nose wasn't a bit better as it would really help this score higher with me.


Original review Oct 17, 2009:

22oz. bottle, best by Dec. 31, 2008. Pours a thin dark brown with a small beige head. Virtually no lacing. Aroma strong in licorice, molasses, and roasted malts. Flavor of licorice, molasses, toffee, caramel, brown sugar. Bitter and alcoholic finish. This one is rather boozy. Solid Baltic Porter, but not spectacular...

3, 3.5, 35, 3, 3.5, Score 3.35

elgiacomo, Jan 11, 2010
Photo of feloniousmonk
4.15/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Victory Baltic Thunder. Baltic Porters are one of my favorite styles, and I was glad to see the very capable Victory Brewing Company bringing out an interpretation.

Utterly black, nicely roasted head.

Aroma, bittersweet, roasty-toasty, dark fruit, nicely burnished...gets more sweet and less bitter, but always keeps the balance.

tons of flavor boards the palate...we get the figs and date, some raisin, a bit of chocolate, some licorice, too, a little maple syrup...dark rum...mmm, a perfect combination.

Hearty, full-bodied, rich, and delicious. Mmmm. Bitter meets malty and smooth, roasty meets sweet, ...it does represent the Baltic Porter style admirably. "tempered with a touch of turmoil", eh...someone likes alliteration with their hyperbole. In this case, it works. Damned good.

feloniousmonk, Jan 10, 2010
Photo of Bighuge
4.65/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Clear and dark tone of burgandy. Big ol whipped crop of brown froth on top. Retention and lacing are outstanding. Big aroma of baltic goodness....chocolatey, roasty, bready. Nice. Flavor is very, very good too. Nice toffee roast malt base. Clean dark malt flavors intermingle with some dark fruits and a little black licorice. Velvety smooth mouthfeel. Creamy and easy going. And for 8.5% a/v, the alcohol is not detectable. It is integrated so finely into the fabric of this beer it is reduced to nothing. This is an excellent baltic porter.

Bighuge, Jan 09, 2010
Baltic Thunder from Victory Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 899 ratings.