Baltic Thunder - Victory Brewing Company
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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
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
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
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
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
Baltic Thunder from Victory Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 886 ratings.