Baltic Thunder - Victory Brewing Company

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Ratings: 907
Reviews: 534
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 11.63%
Wants: 59
Gots: 47 | 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:
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(Beer added by: akorsak on 01-05-2008)
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Photo of shockrocker65
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of malcontent
3.53/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of FatBoyGotSwagger
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of saintwarrick
3.78/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of azorie
3.84/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of EStreet20
3.05/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of erlenmeyer
2/5  rDev -48.3%

Photo of cvfish
3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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

Photo of dgallina
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Barnsley
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of Swaino
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of Stunner97
3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 : )

Photo of beerphan
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of pavpav12
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of Beefytits4
4/5  rDev +3.4%

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

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.

Photo of blitz134
3.78/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of andthevolcano
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of VaTechPhilly
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of King_KongDCO93
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of thecarster1
3.48/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of jjboesen
4.18/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another yummy brew from Victory; in this case, the complex baltic porter. First, we have the expected billowing head at the initial pour (from a bomber) afterwhich we see a slight dissipation into opaque darkness tinted with small bits of rubies. No lacing here folks, so let's move along to the aroma. Here we detect subtle molasses that invites without being too cloying.

Additionally, we can taste a light hint of toffee that is supported by a minimal wad of chewy malt. My recommendation is to let it sit for a while for maximum affect. The finite degree of temperature is the thing in this case.

The mouthfeel consists of a malty balance that offers a toasty biscuitiness. (This is the only forum that allows me to use the term "biscuitiness.")

This is a fine beer from an always dependable brewer. While, I would not quaff this as a supplement to a hot day of mowing the lawn, it will definitely go well on any cold winter night - unless you tend your lawn on a winter night. Enjoy!

Photo of Digimaika2
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark cherry colour with a single finger of lightly brown coloured head. Satisfactory retention and minimal lacing.

S: Chocolate strongest on the nose with some faint dark fruit aromas in there (raisins, plums, cherries). Picking up an alcohol aroma as this warms. Faint but pleasing aromas.

T: Very similar to the smell with smooth and rich chocolate upfront followed by mellow dark fruit notes (plums, cherries, dates). There's also some nice caramel and molasses-like qualities to this. Lovely burnt and dry finish with a bit of smokiness. The dark candied fruit taste is not overbearing at all but subtle and refreshing, and is a welcome quality as I find a lot of breweries put too much of an emphasis into it. Overall perhaps not the most complex, but well executed with the ingredients used.

M: A low viscosity and faint carbonation put this in-line with the style, and better than most.

O: A very smooth and easy-to-drink baltic porter that I would have again. Certainly not the most complex, but nonetheless a solid and tasty baltic porter with a very good taste profile.

Photo of ghostwalker
3.8/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber purchased at Colonial Spirits, Acton, MA

At first glance, this pour looks black. Upon further observation, it is actually a beautiful deep ruby. One finger of white head, falls off quickly.

Nose is malty and grainy, slightly astringent with a licorice component.

Flavor is sharp malt with a dry finish. Some astringency with that strong hint of licorice. Dark fruits also well represented. Overall, flavor is a bit mild, but there is plenty of complexity there.

Mouthfeel is thin, low carb.

Drinkability is good. It's an interesting sipper that hides it's ABV well.

Photo of oakbluff
3.15/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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

Baltic Thunder from Victory Brewing Company
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