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Baltic Thunder - Victory Brewing Company

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very good

855 Ratings

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Ratings: 855
Reviews: 533
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 11.63%

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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Ratings: 855 | Reviews: 533 | Show All Ratings:
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3.68/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served on-tap at Zot in Philadelphia, PA.

Pours pitch black with a huge frothy beige head. Aroma of roasty malts, chocolate and coffee. A ton of oatmeal up front followed by roasted coffee and chcolate maltiness. Hints of caramel and toffee with a sweet yet bitter dry finish.

Serving type: on-tap

11-28-2008 07:27:20 | More by corby112
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North Carolina

4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deepest brown with ruby highlights and a thin but persistant beige head.

Aroma is chocolatey and bittersweet. Hints of burnt coffee, toast, and dried fruits. A dry, charred wood note emerges as it warms.

Flavor structure is very similar. Roasty dark grain, cocoa, coffee, raisins, and light camp smoke. Faintly noble hops provide balance.

Body is creamy and rich with a velvety smooth mouthfeel. Quite drinkable despite the richness.

Serving type: on-tap

05-08-2008 18:36:52 | More by AlexJ
Photo of sinistrsam


4.43/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This poured a very dark brown-black with a foamy tan head and excellent lacing. Hints of red when held up to the light.
Toffee, caramel, chocolate, cofee and even vanilla come across in the nose. Very complex and pleasant.
The taste was bunrt coffee, molasses, caramel and roasted malt. Chocolate and even dark fruits come across as it warms.
The feel was slightly sweeter than I expected based on the bitter coffee taste/smell. The dark fruit and caraml malts balanced the bitter acrid coffee feel nicely. Very well-balanced.
Overall a very good BP and another great brew from Victory.

Serving type: on-tap

04-21-2008 19:34:41 | More by sinistrsam
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British Columbia (Canada)

3.48/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Reddish-black with a light tan head; no retention or lace.

S: Big fruity/bubble-gum aroma, bready malt, brown sugar and booze.

T: Dark bread, dark fruit, light spicing, booze.

M: Moderate body has some residual sweetness but the alcohol leaves a dry finish.

D: It's not overly enticing, but it's not harsh either.

Serving type: on-tap

04-13-2008 16:37:37 | More by Derek
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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
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3.08/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Rich chestnut brown on the verge of black.. thin tan head.. no lacing...

S: Roasted malts... mostly caramel.. a dash of chocolate.. not much else.

T: Bitter chocolateness paired with some sweet caramel malts... pretty balanced, but i couldn't find much to get behind and dive into.

M: Rather carbonated, medium bodied.. balanced from start to finish.

D: It was decent, but lacking the complexity of the more interesting baltic porters

Serving type: on-tap

03-23-2008 02:49:56 | More by callmemickey
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3.18/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On-tap at Bocktown Beer and Grill

A nice beer, but I can't say I'm impressed. Maybe the hype just raised the expectations too high, but I rather think this beer just doesn't quite match the other baltics I've had.

At first I got a big, juicy sweet cherry flavor, followed by chocolate (chocolate covered cherries maybe). Then there was a little bit of toffee grains and a bit of alcohol. I also pulled some vegetal DMS aroma out of here and didn't get much of an aftertaste. Overall, I was disappointed, but this found it to be an agreeable beer.

Serving type: on-tap

03-20-2008 14:42:04 | More by tempest
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3.23/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is a great example of why hyping up a beer can be a bad thing. The amount of beergeeks excited to try this was insane due to the brewing press release, big news to see Tom Baker teaming up with Victory. Then the wait with all the legal bullshit, and what follows is a blend of trying to get this one right before the big release. Well, they didn't get much right in my eyes and I'm going to try it again. Had it thrice on tap and I will be investing in a bomber, but I'm weary. No many gripes with appeaance except for head retention, poured pitch black in body much like I recall the Hammer forming a thin tan head leaving thin scant speckled lacing. I remember the Perkuno's to have texture all day with lacing throughout each pint. I think the change of the beans altered the protein count therefore affecting head. Aromatics I'm getting sweet dried fruits with some tart acidic mild offensive tones going on, chocolate roasts play nice with figs and plum fruitiness. Some mild booziness with lingering herbal hop notes comes late. Flavors insert ripe or dried concentrated fruit flavor whether it comes off plum, fig, or raisin I'd definitely call it some what vinous. Dark dry roasted malt lacking the complex mix of flavors the Hammer always provided but my point is that fruit and dark chocolate with a mildy cloying dark chocolate syrup comes off one dimensional in the flavor. Mouthfeel is full bodied assertive carbonation a bit unnatural with words like thin and blah entering my brain. Drinkability, no doubt any brew from Victory is going to be a solid player, good dark beer but never try to relive a classic craft brew like Perkuno's Imperial Hammer if you're not going to truly bring it to the table. Definitely not our beloved Hammer but Baltic Thunder I'm sure will be getting better with some age, right now it really lacks complexity.

Serving type: on-tap

03-17-2008 19:08:27 | More by WVbeergeek
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4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at the Brick Store Pub a while back. I like this a little better on tap than in the bottle, but not by much. Pours black with a moderate head that fades to a thin ring. Smells vinous primarily, but there are also notes of prunes and some roasty notes. Tastes about the same- winey and roasty in about equal parts. Light chocolate and prune, a trifle sweet. The mouthfeel is a little thin, but smooth and still fine for the style. Nicely drinkable, but a bit on the lighter side for the style. I never had the old Perkuno's Hammer, so I can't compare the two. Quite nice on draft.

Serving type: on-tap

03-05-2008 01:58:50 | More by Georgiabeer
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4.43/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I was able to get this fine Victory beer on-tap on 2/29/08 at High Street's Leap Day Victory promotion event. They served it to me in a Victory labeled standard American pint glass.

It poured a deep dark mahagony brown that had a few dark ruby red highlights along the edges. It had a foamy 2 inch head of tan colored foam that had good retention. When it receded all the way, it only left behind a handful of tan colored foamy rings along the edge and just a few spots of tan lace around the glass. It had a strong cocoa based aroma to it. Behind the cocoa was some sweet caramel, dark roasted malts, a tiny pinch of roasted hops, a dab of sweet alcohol, and the slightest touch of rust toward the end. I thought it had a very interesting taste to it. In the beginning it just had a heavy taste of cocoa powder and rust. Somewhere in the middle the taste had completely changed. The cocoa powder had turned itself into dark chocolate and the rust had left the taste all together. After the cocoa powder had transformed into dark chocolate, more flavors emerged from the background. What came out was dark roasted malts, dark fruits, roasted coffee beans, crispy roasted hops, and the slightest touch of alcohol. It you couldn't tell already, it was a full bodied beer that had a delicious full flavored thick aftertaste of dark chocolate, roasted hops, and a pich of alcohol. It was a great beer to have on-tap, but I'm sure it's the same story if you get it from a bottle.

Serving type: on-tap

03-02-2008 19:08:48 | More by AltBock
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3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at the Flying Pig in Malvern, PA. Poured into a pint glass, it was a reddish black pour with no head by the time it reached my table. The smell was of burnt malt, sweet molasses, with some metallic twange to it. The taste was a roasted malt flavor that was rather dry. Not overly sweet at all, like a lot of porters it was dominated more by the dark roasted malt flavors. A good beer that I was excited to try on tap.

Serving type: on-tap

02-29-2008 14:39:11 | More by jwolfie70
Photo of triplecoil


4.05/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a tulip at Publick House.

Poured a very dark black with brown highlights, no real head to speak of. Nose was very reserved, but there was some roastiness and some vanilla apparent. Taste was a little more upfront than the nose, but not by much--some burnt chocolates, hops clear up the malt nicely, moderate sweetness. Mouthfeel was very even and smooth and not overly viscous...right on for a porter (even an imperial).

Overall, this is a dangerous brew. Fairly high ABV coupled with incredible ease of drinking means a few of these might end up going down without being moderated. I think Victory really did a nice job balancing everything in this one.

Serving type: on-tap

02-29-2008 14:35:26 | More by triplecoil
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3.65/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I had this on tap at Capone's Restaurant in Norristown, Pa. It was served in a pint glass.
Appearance: A deep black body with a small tan head, good retention but left poor lacing.
Smell: There wasn't much depth besides a moderately complex roasty aroma.
Taste: Sweet malt, a bit watery, but overall same as the aroma, a moderately complex taste.
Mouthfeel: Smooth.
Drinkability: Good.
Don't drink and review.

Serving type: on-tap

02-17-2008 15:38:01 | More by treehugger02010
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New Jersey

4.05/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On Tap at Stuff Yer Face in New Brunswick

Apearance: Darm brown, almost black, with half inch tan head

Smell: Roasted malts and a bit nutty with hints of caramel, chocolate, and dark fruits

Taste: Roasted malts and nutty up front, finishes w/ sweetness of caramel, chocolate, and dark fruits that remain on the tongue. Touches of more earthy hop bitterness come out as the beer warms.

Mouthfeel: Medium carbonation and body, very smooth on the tongue.

Drinkability: High, full flavored and very smooth, no lingering bad aftertaste. Was surprised to see beer was 8.5%.

Serving type: on-tap

02-14-2008 05:54:46 | More by GotHood
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South Carolina

4.08/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Brick Store.

Arrives in a nice tall goblet, and I'm immediately surprised by how clear and red this beer is. I was expecting something dark and sludge-like, but instead I've got a pleasing red-walnut brown beer with loads of bubbles and a low, laceless, wimpy off white head. Ah well, you can't win them all.

Smells sufficiently malty, with milk chocolate, nuts, and a very tempting caramel streak running through it. Baltic Thunder is in turns roasty, sweet, bitter and smooth. A lot more restrained than I imagined.

Taste is quite balanced, fairly sweet but a good amount of roast grain and hop bitterness saves the day. Chocolate and smoky notes, nutty and somewhat brown ale like. Finish is lingering malt and hop bitterness and clean.

Mouthfeel is a little thin, but "bright", if ya know what I mean. Pretty drinkable considering it's 8.5%! Sure didn't taste like it.

Baltic Thunder is sort of like a baltic porter with a shot of brown ale... it's thin and accessible but doesn't quite reach greatness. Glad to see Victory resurrecting this classic brew in any case.

Serving type: on-tap

02-12-2008 23:01:07 | More by kkipple
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4.58/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this beer at the Knickerbocker on tap in Altoona. This was the first i have heard of the thunder and i love anything that comes from a Victory. Now it has been 3 days sincei had so bare with me on the review.

It poured a dark thick smoky black and left a little bit of head but not too much.

S- i didnt have a chance to actually smell it but i could smell it briefly as i toko a sip. A roasted yet lightly burnt flavor.

T- taste was great and i could get a hint of the roasted malted hops that is in there. It was delicious.

D- i would def recommend a six pack of this beer. It has full flavor yet it goes down pretty smooth. No bad aftertaste and it is a victory brew.

Serving type: on-tap

02-12-2008 00:25:43 | More by Dodo2step
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3.78/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Monk's, pours a dark, inky brown with thick, tan head aft first, but shrinks into a very faint covering. No lacing here, the head all slides ride down into the beer. Smelled like chocolate and coffee-- like mocha or something. Tasted like chocolate and caramel malts, really malty and sweet. Smooth, not very carbonated mouthfeel. A rich drink, somewhat drinkable though.

Serving type: on-tap

02-11-2008 04:28:33 | More by ajr24
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New Jersey

3.23/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

On tap poured into tulip at Stuff Yer Face, New Brunswick.

Had this beer on Tap at Capone's in Norristown, PA.

A: Dark brown almost black with a dark tan head.

S: Coffee and chocolate malts. Some alcohol here.

T: Sweet and chocolatey, didnt really catch the coffee that was in the smell. Very little hops and have to admit to being a bit let down.

M: Somewhat oily for the style and the alc did have a warming effect.

D: Not a favorite and a bit too chocolatey and chewy for my liking.

Serving type: on-tap

02-09-2008 21:50:58 | More by marcpal
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New Jersey

3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this beer on Tap at Capone's in Norristown, PA.

A- Dark brown body with a tan head. Nice lacing left on the glass.

S- Roasted malts. Hints of coffee and dark chocolate. A bt metallic.

T- Sweet and malty up front. Roasted malts with coffee and dark chocolate flavors. A bit of hop bitterness and alcohol in the finish as it warmed.

M- Medium bodied. Pretty smoothe.

D- easy drinking with no aftertaste. I could enjoy a few of these in a sitting.

Serving type: on-tap

02-05-2008 20:35:49 | More by Jerzdevil1116
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4.18/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours pitch black with a tan head. Thick malty nose with tones of coffee. Just loads of malts in there. Flavor is thick. Very full body. Easily noticed malt presence that keeps a firm control over things. Minor coffee tones. Thicker earthy edge. Mild tar going on. Very smooth on the liquid. Very easy to drink. It's definitely good, but I have had a chance to sample a lot of the eastern European baltic porters and there are several others that shine a bit brighter than this one. Still a damn tasty beer though.

Serving type: on-tap

01-31-2008 12:04:16 | More by RblWthACoz
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4.13/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On draught at Zot in Philadelphia. I was excited to find this upon stopping in for a night of all-you-can-eat mussels 'round the corner at Zot. I dearly miss Heavyweight - especially the mighty Perkuno's Hammer - so I had been anxious to sample Tom Baker's work with Victory.

A pint arrived in front of me, not so dark as to be completely black, but not at all transparent. Pillowy tan head nearly an inch thick, with minimal etched lacing as the glass emptied. Carbonation leaves a slight tingle on the palate but finishes smooth. Much sweeter than I remember the Hammer being, and a touch more estery up front...sour, raspberry-like fruitiness. Cocoa is very evident, and the malt profile somewhat overshadows the mild, lingering bitterness in the finish. Alcohol hides itself well, moreso than I remember from its predecesor. All in all a very tasty beer - another excellent brew from Victory, and worth seeking out - but also in my opinion not a dead-on clone of the Hammer.

Serving type: on-tap

01-23-2008 00:19:31 | More by IrishRedRock
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New York

4.47/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On tap at the Blind Tiger for their Victory/Heavyweight/Baltic Thunder event.
Into a tulip it pours an opaque black as far as I could see. The place was dimly lit and crowded so I didn't have a chance to get a great eyeful of the stuff, but I got a good enough look. Some deep tan head forms with no lacing.
Smells pretty enticing even though it was on the cooler side. Think good quality, sweetened, iced coffee.
Over the lips and past the gums...
I can't help but think along the lines of Storm King Lite. Quite a similar set of characteristics going on (again with the good, sweetened, iced coffee stuff) but much lighter and dare I say, creamier.
The relative lightness of this brew makes the drinkability of Baltic Thunder pretty damned dangerous. I often don't look to session richer, darker brews but I don't think I'd have any sort of problem making a night out of this guy.
I'm liking this on tap. I hope I see bottles soon and that the bottles match up to this batch.
Go Scandinavian power!

Serving type: on-tap

01-17-2008 05:34:23 | More by ommegangpbr
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3.58/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark black body with a brown head that falls to a full brown patch.

Roasted malt,bitter hops and alcohol notes.

Chocolate,roasted malts and sourness taste.

A little more carbonation then I like but it was tasty.Little hard to drink with the high abv.

Needs to be cellered for a bit to become very drinkable.

Serving type: on-tap

01-16-2008 00:51:12 | More by MmmIPA
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4.38/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had a pint of this on draft at the Drafting Room - Exton, PA
A - Deep Brown almost black w/ ruby highlights and a thin tan head.

S - Deep malty odors that are roasty but only gently and a caramel note w/ light nutty and a slight lactic creamy cocoa smell. There is a slight floral hop aroma, but only if I inhale deeply and a subtle tinge of alcohol.

M & T - Dark malt w/ smooth milky chocolate feel w/ a hint of nuttiness. A light dry tinge w/ grainy notes and slightly boozy at room temperature. The texture and flavor is creamy smooth w/ moderate carbonation and a medium boy the creaminess lasts well into the finish. Rich and full of everything a Baltic Porter should have. The maltiness is subtle and this is a very balanced beer.

D - I remember loving Perkuno's hammer, but bummed that the only place nearby that carried it was 45 min away back then. I enjoyed the revival immensely. Kudos to Victory for bringing this gem back and to Heavyweight for allowing them to keep it alive. A great beer, nowhere near the flavor of an 8.5% beer, very nuanced and well blended. It gives credit to Victory for allowing nature to take its course lagering the big beauty. I was jazzed to try the reborn Perkuno's and found it to live up the memory.

Serving type: on-tap

01-07-2008 18:10:33 | More by Slatetank
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New Jersey

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!

Serving type: on-tap

01-06-2008 01:52:39 | More by NJpadreFan
Baltic Thunder from Victory Brewing Company
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