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Baltic Thunder - Victory Brewing Company

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Ratings: 913
Reviews: 535
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 11.66%
Wants: 60
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

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Beer added by: akorsak on 01-05-2008

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Ratings: 913 | Reviews: 535
Photo of Gueuzedude
3.6/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Enjoy by Date January 2009; Sampled August 2008
A vigorous pour yields a three-finger thick, lightly browned, full tan colored head in my 25cl tulip glass. The beer is almost black and when held up to the light shows a brilliantly clear, dark ruby hue. Rich notes of blackened toffee, molasses, some tamari, broiled raisins, at times some notes of candied cherries and candied figs are lightly offset by toasty notes of toasted grain, a medium roast coffee and a slight vegetal note that I sometimes get from roast grain. I definitely like the mix of concentrated, dark fruit and dark sugars that is found here in the aroma.

Rich and creamy up front with a touch of carbonation that lightens things up a bit in the middle. This is actually somewhat light feeling, as it does not have a huge body, but does have enough of one to feel a bit viscous and to allow it to stick to the palate a bit. Lightly sweet tasting, but not overly so, this accents rich fruit flavors, some touches of chocolate, a spike of molasses and a rich, dark, almost burnt, but not quite, caramel note. Fruit flavors are not as accentuated as in the aroma (due to the reduced perception of sweetness in the flavor compared to the nose), but still play a significant role in the flavor with notes of toasted figs, caramelized raisins, some prune notes and something a bit like chalky blueberries. Other flavors of chocolate beans, dusty light roast coffee, cocoa and some concentrated malt notes that lean towards an umami richness that is a bit like tamari or a hint of soy.

This beer is actually quite quaffable, which can be a little dangerous in a beer of this strength. A tasty beer, but it perhaps doesn't quite live up to the original; perhaps it is that extra 1/2% of attenuation, as this seems like it could have used just a touch more body and malt richness.

Photo of bkilpatr
3.94/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a pint glass. 08/06/08.

Pours a dark brown with bits of ruby around the edges. A finger of light tan head quickly settled to a thin layer, leaving no lacing at all. Aromas of toasted malt and some fig or date.

Taste is slightly sweet with toasted malt and dark fruits. Also a good bitter finish with some toffee and caramel. Feel is pretty good. Fairly full body with just enough carbonation to keep it from being too heavy. Drinkability is also good. Goes down smooth and the alcohol is pretty well hidden.

Pretty good Baltic porter. Worth a try.

Photo of abankovich
4.49/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This beer pours a dark black, especially dark for a Porter, although it isn't too vicsous. A very small head was present after pouring that faded quickly. Not much lacing at all throughout drinking this one.

The aroma is great, it is full of toffee and mocha with some sweetness from dark the dark fruits.

That sweetness from the nose is present again on the back end upon tasting. Up front there is a great bitterness and dryness that makes for a great balance.

The mouthfeel is good, not too thick though, which actually increases the drinkability. There is a great richness and smoothness that goes down very easily with this beer, especially at 8.5% ABV and I could definitely have some more of this beer.

Photo of jojox
4.27/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've been on an RIS kick lately so this was a bit of a change!

a - black, but not 100% opaque. Thin head, fleeting. Some sticks around the edges.

s - Caramel, sweet, apricot (? - some kind of fleshy fruit). Caramel apple. Kinda like a Scottish ale.

t - totally different than RIS I had before. A bit sweeter, toasted caramel type flavors. Almost scottish. Really nice after-finish mouth taste - like 5 minutes after the last sip - beautiful.

m - Pretty carbonated. Rather light in the body.

d - Very high. I really like this beer. Lots of great flavors, not too heavy, nice alcohol buzz.

Photo of pwoods
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to NJpadreFan for this great extra.

22oz brown bomber poured into a snifter.

A: Pours deep brown, looks black, and lets just a touch of ruby in on the edges. A decent head forms and falls to a fat skim within a minute or two. Some lacing here and there.

S: Nice, strong porter aroma. Lots of roasty malts with plenty of soft coffee and chocoalte notes. A good dose of alcohol and plump juicy darker fruits.

T/M: Very good. The juicy dark fruits meld great with the chocolate and roasty malts. A nice grapy flavor in there. Alcohol is subtle but lends a slight bourbon edge to things. A bit of hops to freshen things up, balancing the malts a touch. Body is a smooth medium with just enough carbonation to prevent it from getting heavy at all.

D: Very drinkable, even at 8.5%. Man, I love me a good Baltic Porter. Another great brew provided by my good buddy, Alan. Thanks, bro!

Photo of HopDerek
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear dark purplish brown with a good 3 fingers of foamy tan head. Good lasting retention leaves a thin ring of lacing. Smells of toffee, apricot, black currant, chocolate, and coffee. Tastes of grain malt, caramel and toffee up front followed by a nice assortment of fruits like cherries, figs, apricot, and black currant. Finishes with flavors of chocolate and coffee with a touch of smokiness. Medium semi-thick body with low carbonation. Roasted flavors with a touch of smoke with nice citrus tones. I had hoped that with some age it would be more like Perkuno, but it just isn't the same. Still, not a Baltic Porter that I would turn up my nose at.

Photo of loosey
3.71/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

1 pint 6 oz... dec 2008 freshness

pours black into a pint glass but shows some chocolate brown against the light, barely any head at all and even that disappears as i watch into one lonely pea sized bubble, after the first sip i couldn't see a bubble in sight

smell coffee bean, chocolate and alcohol fumes... maybe something fruity lurking... im excited

mouth is thick and a bit syrupy, taste the roast and coffee dregs, bitter chocolate powder, maybe finishing with some raisin ... leaves an oil slick on the tongue i almost wish there was a different aftertaste or more carbonation.. taste gets more complex and sweet as it warms...

this is a forehead warmer... its good but its a one and out, i'd be struggling to drink another glass. id say if you've already eaten your bowl of gruel and can sneak out to the docks on your wife and 5 children then get a bottle of this and drink it...

Photo of largadeer
3.99/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Brownish-amber in the pour, nearly opaque by the time it hits my glass with a tan head that quickly recedes to a ring.

Smell: Chocolate, a bit of fruit and toasted nuts, hints of marshmallow. Not exceptionally bold, but very pleasant.

Taste & mouthfeel: Molasses and baker's chocolate, roasty and acidic. Coffee flavors toward the finish, faintly raisiny. Pretty dry for 8.5% ABV, though there's an undercurrent of sweetness. Fruity (plums, figs) and slightly acrid in the finish. Doesn't quite live up to the aroma.

Drinkability: Doubt I'd want to finish a bomber alone; a good beer to split with someone.

Notes: Got this one as an extra from Azurelimits, a great new trader. Thanks!

Photo of tai4ji2x
3.97/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber. "best by" date of dec 31 08. poured into tulip.

nearly opaque brownish black, with amber tint under the light. some head, but soon fades to wisps and a ring. no lacing.

faint coffee aromas. dried currants. faint licorice. whiff of roasted malt.

diluted molasses flavors, plus rum note. sweetness is malty and caramelized, with faint roasted character and fig-like fruit note. coffee bitterness with hint of hop grassiness.

smooth, almost syrupy. moderate to gentle carbonation.

nothing spectacular, but a great value.

Photo of fitzy84
3.92/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

22 ounce bomber. The beer poured with a smooth black appearance with hints of amber easily shown. Brown, frothy head evaporated eventually, leaving little to no lacing. Aromas were wonderfully rich of malts, alcohol, dark fruits (grapes, cherries). The general taste was mildly sweet with a lagging bitter aftertaste. I would say it definitely had typical Baltic Porter acidic dimensions, especially from its fruity ingredients. Slightly woody and smoky. Mouthfeel was very smooth and the texture helped give it a nice, almost wine-like feel to it. Overall, a great drink.

Photo of orcasteve
3/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

this one is not black enough, and not hopey enough for me, a bit to sweet for me to, ther porter is a far better brew, now for the good, this is better than any fizzy yellow lager hands down and the abv is nice, i would have anouther if it were given to me but i dont see myself to buy another one of theese

Photo of DIM
3.58/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

a: This was a clear, dark, ruby red. It poured with a medium sized light tan head; decent retention.

s: Roasty malt aromas of chocolate with a little coffee bitterness. Some cherry and apricot fruit smells as well.

t: Stronger fruit flavors than I'm used to in a porter. Cherries and a little apple come to mind. Malt flavors of chocolate and toffee. The alcohol is well masked.

m: Good body and quietly carbonated.

d: This was pretty good, but I won't hurry back.

Photo of LumpyGuitar
3.61/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this in the limited release bomber bottle.

Poured a solid dark brown/black with a ruby fringe when held in the light. About two fingers worth of tan fluffy head. Head faded a bit but when I finished the beer there was a good finger left.

Smells like malt and coffee.

Taste starts smooth, very reminscent of coffee and a darker milk chocolate. Roasted malts and grain, much sweeter than any porters I've had before.

Mouthfeel was about right. Not to much or to little carbonation, felt a bit syrupy in the aftertaste.

Drinkability for me is good. I like this and I'll get more as long as my store still has any. Had this with ribs, and I'd reccomend this with any barbecue.

Photo of ghostwalker
3.78/5  rDev -2.1%
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 MusicaleMike
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I first tried this beer at a beer tasting and it made me feel sick. It was so rich and heavy, and on top of all the beer I had already consumed, my stomach turned. However, I took a bottle away from that experience to sample later because I normally love Victory's offerings, and I wanted to give this beer a fair chance. The hideous label (orange, lavender and gray don't go well together) reads "Enjoy By Dec 31 08".

A: The beer pours a clear dark brown to black color with intense ruby highlights which cast beautiful color onto the floor. The head is sticky, tan and thick (at first). It soon dies down to a thin lace at the edge of the beer. Everything looks great, but I wish the head would linger around for longer.

S: The smell is somewhat subdued for such a big beer. Nonetheless, I can pick up notes of caramel, toffee, and lightly roasted coffee beans. It is very earthy. There is a very faint hop aroma, lending this beer a "fresh" smell. There are also noticeable fruity esters, like strawberries...

T: Then I get to taste this beer again and I a pleasantly surprised. That delicious smell accents the well-balanced flavor. Up front, this beer has an acridness that can be compared to roasted coffee. After this though, the mouth is quickly met by a strong malt backbone. It is sweet, with toffee and caramel playing around with a smokiness. The bitter hops help blend this beer into a smooth flavor profile. This is NOT a "hoppy" beer though. There are some delicious fruit notes in the taste as well, like ripe fruit (banana?).

M: This is a full-bodied, chewy beer. It really is heavy on the stomach, making this beer a substantial meal. The alcohol warms everything up a bit, and I can easily imagine drinking more of this come winter. For summer though?? I am not sure this goes well with that oppressive heat of summer.

D: It was not torture to finish off a 22 oz. bottle, but it took effort. The drinkability of Victory's Baltic Thunder is not going to rank very highly in this reviewers mind.

Photo of Murchmac
3.56/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Shout out to ncvbc for putting this in a trade.

Pours from the bomber into a glass well if you dont spill it. Dark opaque, a coffee head that quickly goes away. Chocolate Thunder.

Not much of a smell. Faint coffee, raisins, some stingy alcohol smell. Was hoping for more of a smell.

Not a bad taste. Gets better as it warms. Burnt sugars, chocolate taste. Cocoa, caramel, some hops at the end? or alcohol? Maybe alcohol soaked hops? Stingy either way.

Mouthfeel is kinda weak. Was expecting more, but maybe I shouldnt. More carbonation than i'd want from a porter.

Overall not a bad beer, there are better ones. This beer is the equivalent of blue balls.

Photo of Iceman77
3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep black with reddish tint along the edges of the glass, thick, soap bubble, latte colored head. The aroma is an inviting mix of malts and spices. The flavor was very nice, had only tried a very aged draft of the Perkuno's Hammer, but can see what sets this style apart. There are bold flavors of coffee, chocolate and molasses on top of the traditional porter style. The mouthfeel was surprisingly smooth, thought it would have had a little more bite as an ale with a higher abv, very pleasant though. I could drink these all night, i heard they had to blend this first batch so am really looking forward to how the new batches come out, this one was a solid offering from good ol Victory.

4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A fat carmel brown three finger head shows active carbonation and dances down in about 3 minutes. Body is bold jet black and lets no light through. Nose is full of spicey zest, minerals and some roasted nuttiness, and maybe a hint of sweet alchol laced toffee. Enters the mouth very smooth with some zesty smokiness and then a layer of flat burnt crust buttered biscuit like sweetness. There are some dark dry fruit notes that show themselves on the second half of the palate. A dark alchol feel mixes with a dry bitter on the end of the palate to create a rather thick mouthfeel. Good drinkability overall.

Photo of kevinglin
4.22/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle - very dark with garnet/red highlights, nearly opaque, the highlights make for an appealing beer. Small tan head that dissipated fairly quickly. A malty, roasty, toffee aroma with some chocolate notes.

Flavor follows the aroma - roasty, malty, with hints of chocolate, low hop bitterness. No harsh astringency, very smooth.

Creamy, full bodied, almost chewy mouthfeel. Very slight hint of the alcohol, but not at all hot.

A very enjoyable beer. Rich, and full-flavored, but smooth. Could pair nicely with some chocolately desserts. Definitely recommend.

Photo of soupyman10
4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Didn't this was a one-shot; I feel far more privileged than I did three minutes ago. It looks how a porter should: a deep brown color with a big three finger tan head that takes it's time dissolving and leaves solid lacing as it goes. Nose is tons of roasted malt, with nice swirls of dried fruit on top. Sweetens up a lot as it warms. Some light spiciness in there as well. Flavor's similar, and quite delicious. Tons of chocolate malt, with a good bit of caramel, and then all kinds of fruit flavors: raisins, prunes, and maybe even a little apricot. Not even a hint of alcohol. Definitely starts drier, with coffee bitterness, then gets more fruity and complex as it goes down. Body is nice and thick, with a near perfect carbonation level. I hadn't really considered it before, but I guess the Baltic style of porter is really the "Imperial" version, what with the high alcohol and the huge flavors. This one really is delicious, and an excellent offering from Victory (although their track record is pretty impressive, in my book, so it doesn't really come as any surprise).

Photo of Risser09
4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle poured into a Riedel goblet - 2007 bottling - Fridge temp

Appearance: Pours pitch black with a 2" tan head. Decent retention, minimal lacing.

Smell: Musty toasted malt, robust coffee and some cocoa nibs. Earthiness of leather and tobacco.

Taste: Sugary espresso and lots of silky dark chocolate. I love the chocolate flavor of the brew. It is much richer than the aroma leads you to believe. Fantastic.

Mouthfeel: Creamy smooth with lots of decadence. Some bitterness from the chocolate flavors.

Drinkability: The got surprisingly better from what I remember tasting upon it's release. Still not as good as Perkuno's Hammer. A good brew!

Photo of Ieatlambfries
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a new style Sam Adams glass. Pours a deep reddish brown. Opaque unless held to the light. It is topped with a medium thick tan head of dense bubbles which quickly dissipate. No real lacing to speak of as the foam recedes after each sip.

On the nose are aroma's of hazelnut, molasses, burnt sugar, bready yeast and roasted malts.

Sweet burnt sugar and molasses flavors which are followed by roasted malt. Espresso like notes as well as bitter baking cocoa. Very slight earthy hop twang in the finish.

Medium body with a slick thin mouthfeel. Drinkable for the abv. A good beer for the style. But in my honest opinion, not quite as good as the now extinct brew it tips it's hat to.

Photo of mully
4.38/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to beerbeing for giving me a chance to try this beer.

two fingers of foam disappears quickly leaving a thin film in a rich tan color. black color with some brown around the edges.

chocolate and toffee just a hint if hops

hoppy bitterness, black malt chocolate toffee coffee this is big beer

good mouthfeel not too heavy of sticky

Very drinkable for such big beer even on a warm night

Very good beer, im a big fan too bad it's not available in minnesota

Photo of mpyle
4.02/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

App - very dark, ruby red color. Tannish head, without great retention.

Smell - dark malt, a bit of a dark fruit raisin/plum kind of smell. Some coffee and chocolate, but overall a fairly clean aroma profile. Alcohol as it warms.

Taste - A dark malt sweetness to start, a bit smoky, with some coffee/chocolate notes. Sweetness is nicely bittered, and never approaches cloying. Finishes with a gentle roasty bitterness, and maybe a hint of clean alcohol.

MF - Med-full body, and moderate carbonation. To the extent that there is alcohol warming, it is very subdued and nicely controlled. No astringency - very nice on the tongue.

D'ablity - a bit subdued compared to some examples of the style, but a highly drinkable 8.5% porter. Almost more of a big robust porter, without lots of crazy "Baltic" character. Not a shining example of the style, but a very nice beer.

Photo of RomanW70
4.05/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown/black with a medium tan head. Aroma of chocolate, toffee, and malt. Very nice taste with dark chocolate sweetness blending nicely with with hops. Notes of dark fruit too and winter spices too. Beer is very big, but the tastes are on point. Very nice, very flavorful beer.

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Baltic Thunder from Victory Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 913 ratings.