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Baltic Thunder - Victory Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
87
very good

886 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 886
Reviews: 532
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 11.63%
Wants: 59
Gots: 42 | 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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Foxman

New Jersey

3.85/5  rDev -0.5%

It pours a deep, rich mahogany brown with cola ruby margins. A finger of light tan head snaps, crackles, and pops soon away. Spare flares of lacing dissemble along the inside of the glass.

In the aroma, the malt is roasted to a mild char, and coffee and dark fruit come through. Esters are dry and Belgian-esque. Light hop spice and a flicker of alcohol round things out.

Upon sipping, the malt doses amply, and is well roasted to allege black coffee, black cherry, and burnt sugar. A fruitier berry note lurks in the background. Hops appear as a mildly bitter spice note. The alcohol is warm but jigsaws in nicely. Baked biscuit is dried away by residual hops and crisp esters, allowing for a balanced finish. The flavor pretty much makes up for what is a rather sparse aroma in comparison.

Medium bodied, the carbonation is a bit out of character and it thins out too soon.

The flavor is worthwhile, but it's uneven in spots and a little less than a strong overall experience. Really, I was expecting more. Still, even a warm ABV weighs little against a willingly drinkable flavor profile. So I knew Perkuno's Hammer, and this is no Perkuno's Hammer, but hey, without the gaudy expectations it's by no means a disappointment.

04-29-2008 17:41:02 | More by Foxman
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Traquairlover

Virginia

3.55/5  rDev -8.3%

22-oz bomber poured into pint glasses.

A = Clear but dark oak brown with a tan head made of mostly medium bubbles, dissipated quickly leaving a couple spots on glass and thin laced bubbles on surface.

S = Maple syrup, tree bark, roasted malt balls, light bitterness of a medium dark coffee like Sumatra maybe, I liked the smell a lot immediately after the pour but after the head dissipated, it was not as strong as I would have liked.

T = Dark bittersweet chocolate, alcohol sting on front of tongue, bitterness hit mid-palate like a fine ground coffee, some herbal tastes at the back of the mouth long finish. Complex and enjoyable.

M = Medium to medium heavy body, carbonation is unpleasant when coupled with the alcohol burn, good mouthcoating.

D = This has decent drinkability, but I think it would be vastly improved if the alcohol was lowered a little.

04-28-2008 23:23:30 | More by Traquairlover
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gpcollen1

Connecticut

3.85/5  rDev -0.5%

This one pours nice and dark with a half-inch cocoa head into my Carlsberg Imp Pint. Aroma is light and roasty sweet with hints of caramel.

Taste is better than the nose. Hits the mouth with a mild sweetness that grows into a bit of roasted fig and chocolate. Some dark chocolate with a mild bitterness runs through the mouth and down the tongue.

This medium bodied brew is chewy enough and has some nice carbonation. Nothing mind blowing but all around pretty good. I enjoyed this but just nothing over the top good as far as my palate goes.

04-25-2008 00:35:50 | More by gpcollen1
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RixBeer

Massachusetts

4.35/5  rDev +12.4%

Pours a dark mahogony with a good sized off cream color head. The head does subside into a thin ring and collection of suds in the middle of the glass.

Smells of toffee and big on the malt. But not huge.

The big surprise here is the taste. A malty sweet bitterness of toffe and a hint of caramelfill the mouth and mostly subside with your swallow. Alcohol virtually un-noticable. A lingering bitterness with a hint of sweetness in the background actually entices for another mouthful.

Thick enough to drink on a cooler day and thin enough to drink in the shade on a spring afternoon. This is one I could drink the bomber. I wouldn't want to drink another. Mostly cause of this temp. outside. In the fall, I would have to say I'd have a few of these.

Bottle says enjoy by Dec. 31st, 2008.

I disagree. Enjoy by sometime on or near Dec. 31st, 2011

04-23-2008 20:50:41 | More by RixBeer
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Wasatch

Utah

4/5  rDev +3.4%

Thanks goes out to davide169 for this brew.

Pours a nice dark brown/black color, nice carbonation, little fizzy off-white head, minimal sticky lacing follows. The nose is malty, nice little touch of toffee/chocolate/caramel. The taste is sweet on the lips, malty, slight bitterness, with the nice tones of toffee/chocolate/caramel. Medium body. The alcohol is hidden very well with this one. Drinkable, this is a pretty tasty brew, recommended.

04-22-2008 23:55:31 | More by Wasatch
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Zorro

California

3.85/5  rDev -0.5%

Sampled through ClockworkOrange and CA - PA BIF.

Clear deep brown colored beer with lovely ruby color when held up to the light. Medium sized light brown head forms but doesn't last.

Smell is sweet and malty with licorice, grape, fig and chocolate scents. The spicy sensation is from the ethanol but it isn't really peppered to the nose in this case.

The taste starts out sweet and chocolate with a good malt roast after taste, it is quite different from the smell. Malty yet light on the tongue there is a faint mint taste here. Definite Italian Coffee soda flavors here.

Mouthfeel is good.

Quite easy to drink, if it has one flaw the taste could be a bit more complex. Still this is a good beer.

04-22-2008 03:21:30 | More by Zorro
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sinistrsam

Maryland

4.43/5  rDev +14.5%

This poured a very dark brown-black with a foamy tan head and excellent lacing. Hints of red when held up to the light.
Toffee, caramel, chocolate, cofee and even vanilla come across in the nose. Very complex and pleasant.
The taste was bunrt coffee, molasses, caramel and roasted malt. Chocolate and even dark fruits come across as it warms.
The feel was slightly sweeter than I expected based on the bitter coffee taste/smell. The dark fruit and caraml malts balanced the bitter acrid coffee feel nicely. Very well-balanced.
Overall a very good BP and another great brew from Victory.

04-21-2008 19:34:41 | More by sinistrsam
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beerphan

Pennsylvania

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
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williamherbert

New York

4.05/5  rDev +4.7%

Thick dark brown with red highlights. Foamy light brown head. Hints of purple.

Beautiful dark chocolate backed with a bitter dry coffee. Bitter first, then sweet at the end.

Sweeter than expected. Has a dark berry, red wine hit at first. Burst of balanced flavor as it warms. Quite strong; really bursts. Berry sweetness in the aftertaste.

Thick and oily. Chewy. A little burn on the way down. Really strong but full of flavor and balance. A very very nice brew.

04-18-2008 22:22:48 | More by williamherbert
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CoalCellar

Pennsylvania

2.63/5  rDev -32%

Yuk...Definately not what I was expecting from Victory...A dirty...watery...unremarkable porter.
A: Dark/ some light escapes through. Standard porter clarity.

S: Didn't do anything for me....Average...a little bit of coffie and roasted grain...

T: Watery, roasted bitter grains, a little chocolate....and dirt!

M: Watery...

D: Poor, would not buy this one again. Save your hard earned cash for some of victory's better efforts.

04-17-2008 22:37:10 | More by CoalCellar
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hwwty4

Missouri

2.7/5  rDev -30.2%

Thanks, received from Akorsak in a trade.

Poured this beer into my Val Dieu goblet (3 pours altogether). When I poured this beer, all I could think was that it looked just like Pepsi when it came out. Its cola brown with a lot of carbonation, and leaves no head or lacing. There are big bubbles that burst when they hit the surface but don't agitate a head. The aroma is very smoky off the bat. Meaty, like bacon comes through overwhelmingly. There are also notes of toffee and a bit of coffee. The taste again is really smoky. The coffee comes through much more in the taste then in the aroma. A salty, chocolate flavor is also in there. Mouthfeel is fuller then most porters but the carbonation kind of throws it off. I am glad that I was able to trade for this beer, but if it were released again I would pass.

04-17-2008 18:33:43 | More by hwwty4
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tayner

Arizona

2.78/5  rDev -28.2%

22 oz bottle

cola colored with mild head, not much lacing.

smell was very savory, meaty smelling.. almost like raw meat that has marinated in a sweet marinade.

Taste was a sweet grape koolaid i find prevalent in all baltic porters i try, a flavor i cant seem to get past. this one is very savory and would pair well with a grilled steak of you like baltic porters. i cannot get past the odd flavors of grape i tend to pick up from this style though.

04-15-2008 17:30:51 | More by tayner
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number1bum

Pennsylvania

3.98/5  rDev +2.8%

22oz bomber pours a dark brown that shows some clarity and reddish hues when held to the light. Gets about a finger and a half of light tan head, which is a little thin. Retention is not very good and it leaves zero stick.

Big malt aromas have some chocolate, lots of caramel, molasses and a bit of toffee. Good dose of fruity hops in there, too, and a bit of a smoky aroma.

Taste also has a lot of malt flavor, especially the caramel, molasses and toffee. Not as much chocolate as first came to the nose, but there is a bit of smokiness. There was a lot of fruity hops in the nose but I'm not getting that in the flavor so much. There is some bitterness that mingles with some smoke through the finish. The alcohol really isn't apparent at all.

Mouthfeel is on the heavier side of a medium body, not terribly creamy or rich in the mouth, though.

Pretty solid beer that's definitely worth a try. Quite tasty with lots of malt flavor.

04-15-2008 00:13:39 | More by number1bum
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RedHaze

Nebraska

3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Thanks to smellysell for this beer. Been wanting to try this ever since I heard that Victory was making it. I only had one chance to try Perkuno's Hammer and It definitely on the old side, but it was obvious it would have been great fresh.

Pours a dark brown with ruby highlights and a thin quarter inch head that fades quickly to a thin ring. The resulting lace is thin, only leaving little specks of foam behind.

Smell; mildly roasted malts with a little bit of molasses and brown sugar. Some dark fruits are evident, but it's hard to discern any particular ones, and touch of coffee to top it all off. Despite the higher abv, it's not noticeable in the aroma.

Taste; the fruitiness is a bit more defined in the flavor with a bit of raisins and dates that mix very well with the brown sugar and molasses. The roasted malts stay on the mild side, and without a real hop presence, there's not much bitterness in here. Overall I have to stay this is very much on the tame side, and while not quite what I was hoping for, still a very enjoyable beer.

Mouthfee is medium bodied with a relatively low carbonation, and a good drinkability.

04-14-2008 01:55:59 | More by RedHaze
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Sigurd

New York

4.22/5  rDev +9%

Thanks to BA mudpuppet for the recommendation. Poured from a bottle into a standard pint glass.

A: Very dark, but with a reddish brown color when held up to the light. A short tan head that quickly dissipates to lace.

S: Roast malt smell along with a touch of fruit that I can't really pinpoint.

T: Bready, with just a hint of coffee. Finishes with just a bit of cocoa.

M: Smooth and creamy. Not a lot of carbonation. Fills the mouth nicely.

D: Definitely do not notice the alcohol. The balance of flavors is just right for me to drink a few of these.

04-13-2008 18:11:46 | More by Sigurd
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Derek

British Columbia (Canada)

3.48/5  rDev -10.1%

A: Reddish-black with a light tan head; no retention or lace.

S: Big fruity/bubble-gum aroma, bready malt, brown sugar and booze.

T: Dark bread, dark fruit, light spicing, booze.

M: Moderate body has some residual sweetness but the alcohol leaves a dry finish.

D: It's not overly enticing, but it's not harsh either.

04-13-2008 16:37:37 | More by Derek
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goschool

California

4/5  rDev +3.4%

Appearance: The pour is a not quite opaque black with red highlights, topped by a large, but quickly rescinding foamy tan head.

Smell: The nose has a kiss roasted malts, a light smoked aroma, and a hint fresh cut grass.

Taste: The flavor profile is less intense than I was expecting. Gentle smoke, roasted malts, and Pacific Northwest espresso, lead into dark chocolate and a finish with sweeter cocoa and a touch of hops.

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is on the lighter side of medium-bodied, which is fine for a porter, and there's lots of carbonation.

Taste: This reminds me a lot of a local beer, Craftsman Smoked Black Lager. On one hand, I wish this was smokier and more chocolaty, yet Baltic Thunder, as is, is a dangerously quaffable dark beer- much more drinkable than anything coming in at 8.5% has any right to be.

04-12-2008 05:41:25 | More by goschool
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MaltyGoodness

Pennsylvania

3.88/5  rDev +0.3%

22oz. bottle

Pours a rich dark mahogany brown with a small tan head that fades. No real lacing to speak of.

Nice, although rather light, aroma of roasted malts and dark fruits.

Roasted malts upfront that lead into a flury of dark fruit flavors. A light hint of dark chocolate hits toward the finish. Medium bitterness. Finishes dry with a light lingering fruitiness.

Medium-full body, decent carbonation.

A nice Baltic Porter, as expected from Victory. No problems drinking the entire bottle, and will certainly get this one again. Not quite the same as the Hammer, but at this point my memory of the Hammer may not be entirely accurate.

04-12-2008 01:37:31 | More by MaltyGoodness
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JDV

Texas

2.68/5  rDev -30.7%

Bottle courtesy of DrJay
Pours a clear dark brown to black color with a light tan head. Smell is cardboard like stale dark malts and not much else. Flavor is roasty with an ashy flavor component as well. Higher than average hopping as well, but the flavor of this didn't do anything for me unfortunately. Wouldn't recommend.

04-06-2008 18:03:02 | More by JDV
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MerkinMan

Georgia

3.83/5  rDev -1%

A: Not jet black, but a very deep red / brown. Small head that stuck around pretty well.

S: No immediately noticeable or discernible scents. Smells clean and fresh.

T: Hoppier than most Euro or American porters, but this is good in this example. The hops do not taste musty like they do in other Baltic porters.

MF: A little thin, but quite effervescent.

D: A very drinkable beer. I would recommend this to someone who likes Baltic porters. I am becoming more and more of a fan of Victory Brewing.

04-05-2008 16:09:36 | More by MerkinMan
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BeerImmediately

Pennsylvania

4.03/5  rDev +4.1%

22 oz bomber poured into a Victory Nonic glass.

Deep, deep brown - with dark tan head. Just a 1 finger that faded quickly to a paper thin coating which impressively hung around 'til the tasty end.

Smell reminded me of a dubbel, with rich fruits, sweet maltiness, some syrupy notes, and phenol alcohol as it warmed.

Flavor was of sweet raisins and figs (similar to Dogfish's Raison D'Etre), some dark chocolate - more sweet than bitter, but both sides played nicely with each other.

Some twang in the mouthfeel, with a light coat on the tongue.

Rather filling, but that was expected from this 8+% ABV porter. My first of this style, and I found it quite enjoyable.

04-04-2008 02:51:08 | More by BeerImmediately
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alexgash

Connecticut

3.95/5  rDev +2.1%

22 oz. bottle to enjoy by Jan 2, 2009.

Dark maple syrup brown body. Frothy, thick, cocoa brown head. Good lacing. Sweet and roasty nose. Dark fruits (raisins, plums), roasted barley, milk chocolate, a whiff of vanilla and peat.

Roasted coffeeish bitterness up front. Sweetbread and milk chocolate sweetness follow. Some dark fruits come through with a little warming alcohol. Tobacco, leather, and vanilla accent a mildly dark chocolate bitter finish. Medium-bodied with a slightly over-carbonated feel. It's been a long time since I've had a Perkuno's Hammer, one of my favorite beers of all time, and although this is good, it's no Hammer!

04-01-2008 01:51:04 | More by alexgash
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jmalex

Pennsylvania

4.13/5  rDev +6.7%

I was one of the lucky few to attend the release of this beer at The Drafting Room in Exton. Though I never got to have Perkuno's Hammer, I still came away pleased with Baltic Thunder. In celebration of baseball's opening day today, I'll be drinking a bomber of this.

APPEARANCE: Pours into a Victory becker a deep brown to black with brown highlights. The head is a few shades browner than white and starts at around one finger high. It eventually drops to a full layer of bubbles across the surface of the beer.

SMELL: The aromas aren't terribly intense, and what's there seems like a cross between American and Baltic versions of a porter. Chocolate is definitely there, as is a mild roastiness. Some dark fruits come out, though nowhere near the levels that European versions have.

TASTE: The taste is far roastier and definitely features more of the dark fruits, raisin, and licorice. Chocolate and caramel are there, but the roast character comes up and meets it before dominating through the finish.

MOUTHFEEL: This is a real winner here. The body is chewy and thick, and the carbonation is at a nice average level. Wonderful.

DRINKABILITY: Wow! 8.5% ABV? You wouldn't know it drinking this. Definitely an easy drinking porter if ever there was one.

Just as good as I remember it back in January. I'll be buying this again for sure, especially since it supports one of my favorite local breweries.

03-31-2008 22:49:49 | More by jmalex
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Metalmonk

North Carolina

3.43/5  rDev -11.4%

Dark coppery brown in color with ruby hues, and a big fluffy tan head that stays healthy a good long time.

Toffee and woody roasted aromas...something kind of grape-like, even a trace of peat. Leans toward a Scotch ale in the nose.

More roasted/burnt wood in the flavor...something like charred grape skins follow, with char coming through in the finish. Coarse coffee bitterness seeps in through the other rough flavors. Dark fruit flavors (plum, pomegranate, grape, fig) want to come in, they're here, but so very faint. Cherry and chocolate arrive after this sits awhile, and that really helps offset the rougher elements..

Decent carbonation, not overpowering, but I prefer this style to be chewier and slicker.

A bit coarse and not as rounded/creamy as other better versions of the style, so I wouldn't drink it often. Decent stab at the style, but it never goes in for the kill. Not as bad as my lousy wordplay, but far from the most enticing Baltic porter.

03-30-2008 19:36:42 | More by Metalmonk
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ericj551

Alberta (Canada)

4.43/5  rDev +14.5%

Baltic Thunder pours a clear red black with a foamy brownish head that fades quickly. The aroma is chocolatey dark malt with a hint of caramel and some dry, metallic hops. The flavor starts with dark toasted malt flavor with a nice balance of astringency and bitterness from the hops. Sweetness and dark caramel come through in the finish with just a touch of fruitiness. The beer is smooth and the alcohol is almost completely hidden.

03-29-2008 01:10:41 | More by ericj551
Baltic Thunder from Victory Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 886 ratings.