Baltic Thunder - Victory Brewing Company
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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
3.53/5 rDev -8.8%
Excellent example of a Baltic Porter that has been lagered correctly; clarity is excellent, not murky and dense like its British brethren. Imposing two fingers of tannish head top off a really nice looking brew.
Softly roasted barley notes do their best to shine through but are unfortunately stamped out by an incessant soapy odor. I'd love to blame the glass but it's the second beer I've had out of it today and I've only rinsed, not washed. Biscuity qualities do surface after a while but I'm not sure a nice out-of-place aroma makes up for an iffy aroma profile.
Flavor is a vast improvement over the nose with a thick rush of chocolate and dark (prune) fruit immediately. Roasted qualities surface but the emphasis is definitely on the molasses-like sweetness that is such a major component of the style.
Thickness is good but they downplay the carbonation a bit too much for their own good. Still, a nice and unexpected stab at the style from one of my favorite breweries.
04-04-2009 01:01:28 | More by malcontent
3.78/5 rDev -2.3%
Bomber, good until March, 2009. This brew pours a dark reddish-brown with a bubbly lacy off-white head that disappears as the beer warms but laces the glass nicely. Roasted malts, chocolate and toffee make up the aroma Taste is malty, cocoa mixed with some bitter chocolate and some light coffee notes. Sweet but slightly dry in the finish which hides any alcohol.
Overall a very good brew, not one of my favorites of the style, but still good.
02-15-2009 07:37:54 | More by saintwarrick
3.84/5 rDev -0.8%
From Bomber bottle. I almost feel bad about reviewing this beer, not a big fan of victory at all. Its also got a strike against it as its somehow supposed to be a reinvention of Heavyweight Perkuno's Hammer. Lets clear the last point first, its not the same beer period. I drank every beer victory bottles and sends to Jacksonville and a few on draft and I guess I am the odd one out but there stuff blows in general.
ok my notes out of the way: lets try to give this a fair review on the old STYLE. first off porter/stouts I think there are all the same in theory. Again my notes only but If then to like what brewers call porters now days over stouts.
A: Dark black, tan head, some lacing. re poured from warmed up bomber in to mug not much head, sounds like normal around here. ;.) to style.
S: about all I can get is licorice and booze and dark malt/sugar. No hops of course, as expected. its all malt at the time. letting it hit 55f. humm black currants or blackberry jam? the alcohol meows at near 61F. to style
T: humm stout porter it is. HEHE joke there. more of RIS profile in modern standard framework of a TYPE? Sweet burnt malt, is the first and last thing I taste. booze is there but not too bad. not bitter, very sweet, very malty. mild acidic. Molasses and toffee and some coffee is there. To style.
m: smooth, creamy, rich, thick, low carbonation. fails here on style.
o: drinkable, not very refreshing, its a sipper, or night cap I guess. on style by BJCP standards. I liked it and would have again.
was it the best in this class no, for one I think the BJCP is full of shit. but I used their scale and this beer pass on that, except on 1. Even then I think is a decent beer not much to say, cheers! oh I may be overrating it cause I like boozy beers.
11-30-2013 15:53:37 | More by azorie
3.05/5 rDev -21.2%
22 ounce bomber poured into a 20 ounce nonic.
As a longtime fan of Perkuno's Hammer I have been really excited to try this for a long time. Don't let me down Victory.
A - Pours out a nearly black dark brown. When held to light a tiny reddish tint is evident. The head fomrs nearly two fingers high but is rather fizzy and dissipates a bit.
S - A bit of a chocolate smell but pretty faint.
T - A very vinuous, fruity flavor. Some smokiness in there.
M - A tad thin and a little watery for the style. Too much carbonation.
D - Too sweet overall. Carbonation/watery feel make this one suffer.
Notes: I've got to think something was lost in translation here. The old feel of the Hammer, as well as the flavors, seem to be gone here. Oh well, R.I.P. Heavyweight.
03-07-2008 05:18:59 | More by EStreet20
3.85/5 rDev -0.5%
A - Poured a dark brown that produced a tan head that retained well and left some lacing around the glass
S - Some coffee, malts, and raisins
T - Mild coffee, bitter chocolate, raisins, roasted malts and hops
M - Creamy, smooth, moderate body with moderate carbonation
D - A good example of a Porter, a little more carbonation than I like in my porters, but overall a good beer
02-03-2009 04:40:02 | More by cvfish
3.75/5 rDev -3.1%
Large brown bottle marked best-before December 31, 2008.
Pours clear dark mahogany with a finger of foam that disappears too quickly. Not much lace on the glass either. Smells like grainy chocolate milk with coffee overtones. Flavor is much better than suggested by the aroma. Strong coffee and chocolate malts blend into a very fruity center. Plums and raisins abound, with hot alcohol becoming prominent over time. Finishes with dry burnt toast notes. Excellent creamy body with balanced weight and carbonation. Underwhelming at first sip, but becomes significantly better over time.
09-19-2008 19:45:32 | More by dgallina
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
4.1/5 rDev +5.9%
22oz brown bomber -> english pint
Enjoy by: Dec 31 08 is printed on label
Pours black with deep scarlet highlights in the light. A cocoa puffed deep head recedes to soap suds that leave behind some chunks of droopy lace.
Nose: Some charred chocolate, plum, no getting any hops
Thick creamy slick mouth. Deep roasted flavors. Chocolate malt all over with some intense dark fruit flavors as well as some licorice. Medium bitterness on the finish that leaves the mouth feeling smokey and chocolatey.
Pretty damn tastey porter. I've never had the Hammer, but this is a damn good porter. Glad for the opportunity to taste it. Would love to have a session with this baby.
04-20-2008 00:43:24 | More by beerphan
3.9/5 rDev +0.8%
Appearance- Very dark beer black to dark dark brown, heavy carbonation along side of the glass with some bubble across it, a thin to moderate white foam head quickly disappates away,
Smell- Dark roasted malts for sure, slight chocolate, carmel, slight espresso, not a bad nose but not overwhelming either,
Taste- very interesting beer, the most impressive thing I would say is that it has a very long finish, mostly of coffee and roasted malts flavor, has a slightly bitter hop presence as well that really checks in nicely against the malts, slight chocolate as well,
Mouthfeel- Medium to full bodied, very thick and chewey, a nice feel
Drinkability- This beer has a decent drinkability considering how big the alcohol is you dont have that much of a sense of it, you get a bit of back end warmth but its certainly drinkable, really more of a sipper and one you have to savor the complexity of the finish, not the greatest porter I have ever had but still a very respectable example of the style, kind of walks the line very closely between you making you feel your having a stout or porter, worth a try as a fan of victory they usually never do you to wrong : )
10-07-2009 05:00:48 | More by Stunner97
3.98/5 rDev +2.8%
Appretiation to IDateTheFormula for sending this bottle my way.
A - Pours a very dark brown with nice garnet highlights. The tan head topped out at just over one inch. Retention and lacing are average at best.
S - Starts out with chocolate (milk then bittersweet). Roasted notes follow rather quickly. Light charcoal aromas show up about midway. Warm alcohol finishes it up. Not bad.
T - Roasted notes really come through in the flavor. Kind of smoky with some burnt grain. Espresso starts to shine midway. Sweeter chocolate flavors round it out. Alcohol is present throughout and and stays pretty warm. Not bad at all.
M - Lighter in body than expected. Carbonation is on the low side and works well for this beer. Finish is sweet at first and ends on the dry side. Clean and smooth overall.
D - Drinkability is very good and where this beer truly starts to shine. This one does not come across as even close to 8.5 %. That, along with the relatively light body make this go down way to quick. No problem at all recommending this brew.
10-28-2008 17:22:50 | More by csmiley
3.78/5 rDev -2.3%
I've always had mixed feelings about Baltic Porter...sometimes I think they are good but sometimes not. I remember really liking Heavyweight's Perkuno's Hammer and I know this beer has some ties with it, although I'm not sure how the story worked out in the end.
Pitch black looking, but red shines through when held to the light. Half inch of slightly fizzy tan head on the pour. Reduced to a thin layer with some spotty lacing.
I find the aroma to be a bit light. Slight chocolaty and roasted hints, a touch of that Baltic porter sweetness.
Taste is much the same except a little more pronounced roasted edge at the end. Touch of sweetness and some hints at dark fruits, but not what I would call a caramel sweetness. Very clean in the yeast department.
Medium bodied brew. Decent carbonation level. Easy to drink. Nicely lingering flavor that is just a subtle hint of roastiness. A pretty good beer, I like this one more than most other Baltics.
02-28-2008 02:39:05 | More by blitz134
3.48/5 rDev -10.1%
a- bomber poured into a snifter, one plus fingers of head that fade slowly leaving uneven lacing and a ring around the glass, very dark brown black color.
s- roasty, sweet malts, some coffee, a bit toasted.
t- nice, roast, coffee bitterness, toast, some nuttyness, touch of alcohol in the backend, sweet touch to it.
m- little thin, was expecting a bit more to the body.
d- okay, decent beer, i wouldn't seek this one out probably, but i'm glad that i had the chance to try this.
10-11-2010 04:27:28 | More by thecarster1
3.15/5 rDev -18.6%
Bomber- pours a dark ruby with two finder beige head. Nose- sweet dark fruits, faint sweet malts. Taste- earthy, medium roast, stale sweetness. Light to medium body, roasty finsih. Nothing too exciting here, but drinkability isn't too bad. Not picking up the beans that have been added
10-26-2008 19:09:10 | More by oakbluff
3.93/5 rDev +1.6%
The beer pours a deep brown, nearly black, with hints of amber. The beer is somewhat translucent, not nearly opaque. The head is cream colored and fizzles down to a thin film quickly before disappearing altogether, leaving no traces of lace, although a hard pour to finish off the bottle does produce a significantly improved head which leaves some lace.
The smell has slight chocolate and roast characteristics, but is mostly caramel sweetness.
The taste is very clean up front, with sweet and bitter roast flavors dominating along with some chocolate. The sweetness seems to be reminiscent of Munich malts. The beer finishes with a significantly balancing hop bitterness, keeping this beer from being quite as sweet as most in its style. Finally, there is a significant alcohol presence as the beer exits the mouth.
The mouthfeel is characterized by a medium body with full carbonation. This is not quite as thick or as creamy as an American Porter, rather it is well attenuated by the lager yeast.
Overall, this is an enjoyable beer. Not the most complex of the style, but certainly one worth picking up again
03-19-2008 03:03:31 | More by MSchae1017
Baltic Thunder from Victory Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 886 ratings.