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Baltic Thunder - Victory Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
87
very good

886 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

(view ratings)
Ratings: 886
Reviews: 532
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 11.63%
Wants: 59
Gots: 42 | 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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Swaino

New York

3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

02-12-2014 02:17:20 | More by Swaino
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DCocco86

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +3.4%

02-11-2014 01:45:45 | More by DCocco86
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Punchfoster

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

02-08-2014 22:27:16 | More by Punchfoster
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Ozzylizard

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

Cellared bottle best by 3/26/13 at 50 degrees into goblet
Aroma of malts and grain
Head small (1.5 cm), fizzy, light brown, mostly diminishing
Lacing average
Body appears dark brown or black, but when held to the light, a clear dark ruby redness is evident
Flavor begins with slight roasty/toasty goodness, with hints of dates(?), no hops, no diacetyl, no alcohol
Ends with a short-lived stomach burn
Palate is medium, slightly oily, soft carbonation

One of my favorite beers over the years, but it seems to be changing , ie getting cheapened. The maltiness and creamier textures of previous batches seems to be declining – it seems less complex.

02-05-2014 13:17:31 | More by Ozzylizard
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IAMTEAMPONY

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -22.5%

01-31-2014 05:35:22 | More by IAMTEAMPONY
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Barnsley

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

01-28-2014 02:15:05 | More by Barnsley
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grahamboudreaux

Tennessee

4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

01-28-2014 00:34:04 | More by grahamboudreaux
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Altrurian

New York

3.99/5  rDev +3.1%

About five hours after the growler was capped, Baltic Thunder decanted a deep mahogany, with a crystalline garnet core when held to the light. A vigorous pour raised a head of slightly over a finger's width. It fell quickly, with little residual.

The beer's aroma is full and sweet. It's promise is borne out in a flavor that, while possessing dusky, malty elements, veers toward the confectionary. It might be a little too sweet--and perhaps simple--for some, but I find it fun and satisfying on a winter evening. The beer's impressive texture is smooth and frothy.

01-26-2014 23:59:09 | More by Altrurian
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Mitchster

Michigan

3.39/5  rDev -12.4%

$6.49 for a 22oz bottle @ Siciliano's. Brewed with "imported 2 row German malts and whole flower German hops" per the website. 8.5% ABV.

Pours out to a slightly hazy very deep brown, forming a creamy light tan head with very good retention and lacing. Carbonation is moderate, ~2.5 carbs or so. The aroma is of C120/Special B, grainy sweet pils malt, figs and dates and cocoa powder. Not much roast character. Faintly flowery hops. Mouthfeel is smooth, sweet, lightly cloying (appropriate to style), with some chocolate malt astringency in the finish. The taste starts with carob, a touch of alcohol, figs and dates, mild herbal bitterness, and this peculiar roasty note, like toasted pumpernickel bread, leather and moist pipe tobacco. Herbal hops throughout are odd for the style.

Interesting. I don't think many people would disagree with me if I were to say this is not to style (light in color, minimal roast, no black currants, raisins, prunes, late addition hops), but it's still a good beer...it just tastes more like an imperial brown. Nothing like Sinebrychoff, Okocim, Zywiec, Baltika #6, Carnegie Stark or Aldaris, but I still enjoy it on it's own merit. Rated here "to style".

01-25-2014 02:32:15 | More by Mitchster
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AJ01923

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

01-24-2014 15:24:01 | More by AJ01923
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Peter1977

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

01-18-2014 23:15:15 | More by Peter1977
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reitzbrewing

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +22.7%

01-18-2014 17:41:21 | More by reitzbrewing
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Tsar_Riga

Indiana

3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

01-16-2014 14:13:22 | More by Tsar_Riga
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touchmeimsac

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

01-12-2014 16:35:23 | More by touchmeimsac
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FlussigkeitMut

Indiana

4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

01-12-2014 03:08:15 | More by FlussigkeitMut
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FatBoyGotSwagger

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +3.4%

01-06-2014 23:22:49 | More by FatBoyGotSwagger
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BillRoth

Maryland

4/5  rDev +3.4%

12-29-2013 05:20:53 | More by BillRoth
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jaswilson2

South Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

12-24-2013 21:34:59 | More by jaswilson2
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CraftBeerGuild

Pennsylvania

2/5  rDev -48.3%

12-22-2013 14:44:49 | More by CraftBeerGuild
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andrenaline

Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

12-22-2013 00:49:34 | More by andrenaline
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Varkias41

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +3.4%

12-20-2013 16:58:35 | More by Varkias41
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jpaulsen

California

4/5  rDev +3.4%

12-17-2013 01:55:36 | More by jpaulsen
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garuda

Pennsylvania

3.78/5  rDev -2.3%

A - Super deep ruby, nearly black, but has brilliantly clear highlights around the edges, especially when held to light. Off white head, though, has little retention and lacing.

S/T - Definitely a sweet rendition of the porter style. Dark fruit, plum, date, fig. Small amounts of roast and cocoa flavors. Low hop bitterness, touch of smoke.

M - Medium body, low carbonation. Finishes mostly clean with some residual sweetness.

O - 2012 vintage. Not sure how age has affected this as I've never had it fresh. I'm typically not a fan of the sweet/fruity porter renditions, but this seems mostly well executed.

12-16-2013 15:18:48 | More by garuda
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XmnwildX12

Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

12-13-2013 05:19:50 | More by XmnwildX12
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fav628

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +29.2%

12-12-2013 15:51:21 | More by fav628
Baltic Thunder from Victory Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 886 ratings.