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Baltic Thunder - Victory Brewing Company

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887 Ratings

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Ratings: 887
Reviews: 532
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 11.63%
Wants: 59
Gots: 43 | 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 Brad007


3.08/5  rDev -20.4%

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.

02-23-2010 00:52:10 | More by Brad007
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.

02-21-2010 03:28:12 | More by Parrotbeak
Photo of sulldaddy


4.88/5  rDev +26.1%

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.

02-15-2010 04:19:47 | More by sulldaddy
Photo of Lukafer


4.43/5  rDev +14.5%

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!

02-12-2010 05:53:13 | More by Lukafer
Photo of argock


3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

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.

02-10-2010 03:21:24 | More by argock
Photo of Jwale73

Rhode Island

3.6/5  rDev -7%

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.

01-25-2010 00:06:06 | More by Jwale73
Photo of cswhitehorse


4.33/5  rDev +11.9%

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.

01-23-2010 04:46:04 | More by cswhitehorse
Photo of ommegoose


4/5  rDev +3.4%

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.

01-22-2010 03:55:51 | More by ommegoose
Photo of becktone


3.53/5  rDev -8.8%

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.

01-20-2010 22:24:49 | More by becktone
Photo of homebrew311


4.15/5  rDev +7.2%

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.

01-19-2010 02:04:05 | More by homebrew311
Photo of elgiacomo


3.78/5  rDev -2.3%

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

01-11-2010 04:35:03 | More by elgiacomo
Photo of feloniousmonk


4.15/5  rDev +7.2%

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.

01-10-2010 05:22:00 | More by feloniousmonk
Photo of Bighuge


4.65/5  rDev +20.2%

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.

01-09-2010 05:21:07 | More by Bighuge
Photo of alkchrios

New Hampshire

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.

01-08-2010 21:32:43 | More by alkchrios
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

01-05-2010 00:51:49 | More by sweetbrew82
Photo of kbutler1


3.2/5  rDev -17.3%

Poured from a bottle into a tulip glass.
Poured a little lighter than expected.

Meduim brown/black color with an offwhite colored head. Slight aroma of dark malt, coffe, and chocolate. Interesting flavor upon first taste. Bitter up front with an almost faint hint of a celery taste. Weird, I know. Maybe its the mix of booze taste and the hops/malt combo.

Tasty but at the same time not really a stand out either.

01-03-2010 02:04:10 | More by kbutler1
Photo of tavernjef


3.9/5  rDev +0.8%

Deep cooked cinnamon brown color with dark amber reddish highlights. Small puffy beige capping of foam stands briefly before fading to a solid collared ring. A few large drippy strings of lace try their best to stick to the glass but slowly slide down into the collar leaving a glaring impression of glaze.

Soft aroma of sweet roasty malts and lighter yet nuts and cocoa.

Flavors are pretty nice as it really unfolds more like a milk stout or porter then Baltic. Soft and round dark malt with deep yet delicate roastyness and a smooth sweetness mixing in well with some milk chocolate. Midrange is nice as it gains some nice nutty sweetness and some mapley tang. Cocoa finish with superb drying softness and dashing with a slight cinnamon, molasses, and nutmeg spice.

Soft and smooth feel and body with a substantial medium character that lasts well and gathers some decent middle ground and finishes with a light likeable complexity. Again, the texture and tone is more akin to a milk stout or porter. I like the simplicity it offers, but as Baltics go this needs a whole nother level of malt to it and another level of dark tang.

Baltic Thunder drinks well for sure as its soft milky smoothness and airy drying complexity offers a tasty and manageable beery treat. Sure, not quite the Baltic it could be but is quite nice as is; no matter what the style differences may calculate.

01-02-2010 00:50:00 | More by tavernjef
Photo of tjd112

New Jersey

3.48/5  rDev -10.1%

Presentation - Unfortunately had to pour bomber into paper cup

Appearance - Black body with minimal shine through, finger off-white head, little lacing

Smell/Taste - Most malty and fruity, with a bit of toffee for good measure

Mouthfeel/Drinkability - Semi-dry, medium bodied, fairly drinkable for a dark beer

Overall - Average

01-01-2010 14:07:44 | More by tjd112
Photo of burnstar


4.05/5  rDev +4.7%

Pours a clear very dark brown with a good sized head. Nice lacing on the surface. Smell is malty with fruit notes. Toffee. Taste is sweet. Caramel and dark fruit flavors. A little balancing earthy hop bitterness in the finish provide some balance. Quite tasty. Full bodied with a creamy mouthfeel. Easy to drink. Very nice overall.

12-31-2009 23:27:25 | More by burnstar
Photo of mntlover


3.93/5  rDev +1.6%

Pours a dark black with ruby highlights when held to the light. Thumb sized tan head falls quick no lace.

Aroma is lightly roasted malts some fruit hints of smoke and peat.

Taste is nice roasted malts good chocolate notes. Some fruity notes with hints of peat. Hops make an appearance herbal and grassy mixed. Flavor is good not quite up to baltic porter strength or body.

Mouthfeel is decent but only medium or so. Good mellow carbonation.

Drinkability is good its an enjoyable porter even if I was expecting more.

12-30-2009 20:33:15 | More by mntlover
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.

12-18-2009 02:47:08 | More by Dotcubed
Photo of scootny

New York

3.88/5  rDev +0.3%

A clear brown brew with a ruby red tinge. No carbonation. Decent head and retention. A very light lacing.

Smells of roasted caramel malt and toffee. A touch of coffee and light maple. Raisins and dark fruits. Strong aroma of dopplebock and burnt sugar.

Taste is a meeting dopplebock and coffee. Strong dark roasted malts, burnt sugar and charcoal. Notes of chocolate. Drymalty finish. Notes of molasses, and graham. A tannic sourness.

Medium feel and finely carbonated. Crisp and dry.

Drinkability is very pleasing to the mouth.

A little disjointed for me but still hangs together.

From tasting notes 2/22/09

12-17-2009 04:53:55 | More by scootny
Photo of sprucetip


4/5  rDev +3.4%

From notes. Very attractive. Dark brown but more red, and clear, when backlit. Thick tan head, good retention, patchy lacing.

SMELL hard to find at first. Sweet caramel malty, hot boozy, vageuly dark fruity, and a bit nutty.

TASTE dark fruit and moderate roasty bitterness with some caramel sweetness from big malty base poking through. More rich, full and balanced as it warms. Complexity increases throughout the sample.

FEEL rich, full, viscous, strong warming, some drying and bitterness in the finish.

OVERALL kinda big and bold for more than sipping. But very rich, complex and balanced. Well done representation of the style.

12-11-2009 23:36:18 | More by sprucetip
Photo of illidurit


3.55/5  rDev -8.3%

Pours a clear brownish copper color, rather light for a porter. After one sniff it's immediately clear that this porter is a lager. Very clean scent with cocoa, dark chocolate, and a touch of smoke. Flavor is a little muted. Dark bread crusts and cocoa, with a crisp and clean finish. Drinks like a schwarzbier despite the high alcohol, which is imperceivable. Nice but needs more complexity and robustness.

12-07-2009 03:45:59 | More by illidurit
Photo of bret27


3.83/5  rDev -1%

bottle courtesy of bulletrain76

S: light, roasty, malty, grains, nutty, crisp

A: Dark ruby brown, clear, light foamy brn head

T: Clean, malt, little roast, light chocolate

M: light and smooth lagery, but not watery

D: good, same comments as mouthfeel

Ovreall: Very drinkable. Feels much lower than abv. Also very drinkable despite chocolate and roasty notes.

12-06-2009 18:48:02 | More by bret27
Baltic Thunder from Victory Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 887 ratings.