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Baltic Thunder - Victory Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
87
very good

907 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 907
Reviews: 534
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 11.63%
Wants: 59
Gots: 46 | 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 yourefragile
3.3/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22 oz bomber poured into a pint glass. I really like the packaging of this beer. However, I am generally not a fan of Baltic Porters, but I will try to be objective.

A: Very dark, but clear deep brown/black with deep red hue against the light. Tawny head that dissipates pretty quickly without any lacing.
S: Slightly hot, bitter, fruity. Not really feeling this too much. There's a lot going on, smells good for a baltic porter but I'm not crazy about it. Not enough malt or hop presence.
T: Not quite as bitter as expected. Bitterness is more sweet, with a fruity taste and not much in the way of malt/coffee, etc. Slight burnt/toasted malt flavor. I like this better than most beers of this style, but still not crazy about it. I'd like more a malt presence.
M: Thinner than expected, slightly watery in the finish, medium body and creamy with moderate carbonation.
D: It took a while for me to finish the bottle and I didn't particularly enjoy it. It's a nice beer, subtler than I expected, but overall I'm just not impressed.

Photo of Beertracker
3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From the label: Truly a worldly beer, Baltic Thunder represents the Baltic Porter style admirably. Exhibiting the enticing, toffee roast of the British porter that originated the style in the 18th century, and the soothing, subtle fruit nuance of contemporary brews that flourish from Helsinki to Vilnius today, this dark lager honors the Baltic god of thunder. Created by an inspired collaboration of brewers and tempered with a touch of turmoil, Baltic Thunder rolls on to bring you enchanting light as the darkness fades.

Victory Baltic Thunder pours up with indignation & exuberance. The abundant carbonation creates a mountainous tawny colored head that sits prominently atop the deep russet-dark brown colored body. The rich caramel & roasted malt aroma is mostly dominated by chocolate that's reminiscent of cocoa nibs & café mocha with some earthy spiciness that hints of Bourbon vanilla, licorice root, Noble hops, and star anise. Very clean with a vinous, port wine quality. The roasted coffee flavor starts off slightly sweet & toasty with nuances of malted milk chocolate & toffee. There's an underlying herbal bitterness along with some ever present earthiness which imparts complexity and brings balance to this admirable brew. The bittersweet mocha finish is slightly rough and noticeably warming. This medium-full bodied Baltic Porter is a finely crafted example of the style, but lacks some finesse. A bit of cellaring should "hammer" out the rough edges. Here's to Perkunos, the God of Thunder!

CHEERS! Beertracker

*Taster's Note: Special thanks to markgugs for the bottle.

Photo of RyanPB
4.22/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very likable. Poured into a pint glass with virtually no head to speak of. Thewre was definately a lot going on in the smell. Dark brownish black color that seems lit somehow. A little thin in terms of mouthfeel, but I certainly liked it. The toffee shows up very hard in the aftertaste.

Photo of chefboy812
4.18/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into American pint glass

Amazing black with a deep red glow. Nice mocha head that falls slowly and leaves a solid lace tha seems to be refresshed continually from this lively brew.

the aroma is a little hot with booze. but under that a nice quick hop smack then a malt that realy got my mouth watering.coffe and molassas with a rum over tone.

the coffe comes into the profile with cream ths time. then caramel, and molassas, treacle with a little raisen and fig.

good mouthfeel, nice malt presence that balance well with the hops. sweet and chewy without being anoying

One of the best porters I have ever had.

Photo of ppoitras
3.53/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle obtained via Growling at the Moon from EGledhill. Thanks for the opportunity... Bext by Jan 02, 09.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 2 1/2" light brown head over the clear burgundy brown brew. Dense head gradually transitions from foam to liquid, with sticky lacing. Aroma is moderately of dark grains and fruitiness. Taste is dark maltiness upfront, intensifying in the middle coupled with some light fruitiness, and goes bitter for the close. Mouthfeel is alright, but seems a bit thin, and drinkability is pretty good. Not as hearty as I'd expect for the style, but not a bad brew by any stretch.

Photo of jwc215
3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Best by Dec. 31, '08:

Pours dark brown with ruby highlights. A thin tan head gently settles, leaving some trailing lace sliding down the glass.

The smell is of lightly roasted dark maltiness (some smoky notes) with an earthy background.

The taste is of chocolate and a hint of coffee with smoky notes and a subtle dark fruit backing. Sweet with some astringency in the finish.

Light to begin with, it reaches medium as it progresses. Quite a bit of carbonation for the style, but it mellows as it progresses.

It's nice overall, but not quite as full as I was hoping. The touch of carbonation and astringency slow it down more than the alcohol, which is pretty well covered for the abv level.

Photo of ROMER79
4.55/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: When poured it was a thick brown/black just like a good porter should be with a nice tan head. The head disappears after a few and leaves a ring of suds around the glass with spotting here and there.

S: You can definitely tell what it's going to taste like once you catch a wiff of the beer for the first time. I could detect chocolate, coffee, and alcohol. The balance was there though, they did not overpower one another.

T: Again rich chocolate, roasted malts, coffee, and alcohol with a hint of molasses for a sweet spot.

M: Thick and smooth.

D: Very good! I think that it is definitely worthy of it's status.

Photo of treehugger02010
3.65/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I had this on tap at Capone's Restaurant in Norristown, Pa. It was served in a pint glass.
Appearance: A deep black body with a small tan head, good retention but left poor lacing.
Smell: There wasn't much depth besides a moderately complex roasty aroma.
Taste: Sweet malt, a bit watery, but overall same as the aroma, a moderately complex taste.
Mouthfeel: Smooth.
Drinkability: Good.
Don't drink and review.

Photo of shbobdb
4.8/5  rDev +24%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Mmmm. Thanks Muenchenerkindl. Just for full-disclosure, I haven't had the original Hammer, but this bad-boy is absolutely amazing as it is. Everything Victory touches is gold, and this is no exception.

Pouring a nice rich black that becomes something between a deep garnet and a nice tawny, with a faint brown, almost white head that quickly collapses into a nice ring-around-the-glass with a few small islands of foam.

The smell is quite muted. A whiff of chocolate blending with a nice, light blast of alcohol, but nothing too in-your-face.

Which is what makes the taste so surprisingly wonderful. It isn't an extreme porter, the chocolate/roast presence is certainly the dominating aspect of the flavor but it isn't harshly acidic. Instead it ends in a pleasant mixture of prunes and plums, rather reminiscent of a good doppelbock or munich dunkel. Basically, it combines the best aspects of the Germanic and British brewing traditions. The hops are certainly present, but I couldn't tell you which hops they are. They basically stand in the background adding a nice note of complexity without trying to steal the show.

The mouthfeel is pleasant. Nice and silky smooth.

And the drinkability is insanely good. As I said, the best of two great brewing traditions in one. Soooo good.

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

22 ounce bomber, "enjoy by Jan. 2 '09" (almost 2 years away) dating on the label. Pours very dark, near black, under a dark tan head, showing retentive powers and leaving thick ringed sheeting and respectable lacing. Nose of sweet malt, powdered sugar and a hint of cocoa. Smooth and tasty on the tongue, with notes of dark grains, mild coffee, chocolate and hints of vanilla. Very easy drinking and enjoyable porter, the label calls it a lager (?) hmmm. Well worth getting a few bottles and enjoying.

Photo of nriech
4.9/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Wow, I have been waiting for this since Perkunos Hammer disappered and have not been disappointed.

S: Great aroma consisting of coffee, chocolate and a little sweetness(maybe light molasses)

A: Good dark brown. Some head and lacing. Appears to have plenty of carbonation.

T: Insanely good. Balanced. Chocolate, roasted nuttyness. Good malt flavor thats toasted just right. A little sweet but just as a teaser. Some vanilla notes come off in the end and a clean roasted malt backbone that stays clear through the whole drink.

I suggest anyone that finds this should try it. Its not too far off in left field so that anyone would enjoy it. Baltic porters are among my favorite styles and this is a perfect example of that style

Photo of Mattysox
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bomber into a standard pint glass; ruby-tinted dark, dark brown color to the body, with a thin, tan head; head disipates fairly fast and leaves little lacing.

The aroma is full of aggressive notes of espresso and dark chocolate, with some sweet fruity, dark berry hints as well. Great smells, all around.

A very smooth, silky mouthfeel gives way to sweet roasty malt flavors on the palate; the coffee and chocolate flavors are still there, but they're much sweeter than on the nose. Everything is very well-balanced by a slight hoppiness on the finish. The 8.5% ABV is really well masked in this beer. An excellently long finish, too.

Overall, a very enjoyable, surprisingly drinkable porter. Looking forward to having it again.

Photo of CrazyMacHarris99
4.4/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Been waiting for this one for some time. It finally came in to the bottle shop yesterday.

Pours a dark brown with a hint of ruby. There was hardly any head on this one. Smelled very sweet. There was a hint of roasted malts as well as licorice and molasses. Taste started out very sweet. Caramel coming through and very well balanced with roasted flavors and hops. The flavors play off of one another which makes this brew very pleasing to the palette. The wait was worth it. I could drink more than one of these at one sitting. Even though its 8.5% there is harldy no alcohol present in the smell or taste. I will definitely be getting some more of this.

Photo of GotHood
4.05/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On Tap at Stuff Yer Face in New Brunswick

Apearance: Darm brown, almost black, with half inch tan head

Smell: Roasted malts and a bit nutty with hints of caramel, chocolate, and dark fruits

Taste: Roasted malts and nutty up front, finishes w/ sweetness of caramel, chocolate, and dark fruits that remain on the tongue. Touches of more earthy hop bitterness come out as the beer warms.

Mouthfeel: Medium carbonation and body, very smooth on the tongue.

Drinkability: High, full flavored and very smooth, no lingering bad aftertaste. Was surprised to see beer was 8.5%.

Photo of kkipple
4.08/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Brick Store.

Arrives in a nice tall goblet, and I'm immediately surprised by how clear and red this beer is. I was expecting something dark and sludge-like, but instead I've got a pleasing red-walnut brown beer with loads of bubbles and a low, laceless, wimpy off white head. Ah well, you can't win them all.

Smells sufficiently malty, with milk chocolate, nuts, and a very tempting caramel streak running through it. Baltic Thunder is in turns roasty, sweet, bitter and smooth. A lot more restrained than I imagined.

Taste is quite balanced, fairly sweet but a good amount of roast grain and hop bitterness saves the day. Chocolate and smoky notes, nutty and somewhat brown ale like. Finish is lingering malt and hop bitterness and clean.

Mouthfeel is a little thin, but "bright", if ya know what I mean. Pretty drinkable considering it's 8.5%! Sure didn't taste like it.

Baltic Thunder is sort of like a baltic porter with a shot of brown ale... it's thin and accessible but doesn't quite reach greatness. Glad to see Victory resurrecting this classic brew in any case.

Photo of Dodo2step
4.58/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this beer at the Knickerbocker on tap in Altoona. This was the first i have heard of the thunder and i love anything that comes from a Victory. Now it has been 3 days sincei had so bare with me on the review.

It poured a dark thick smoky black and left a little bit of head but not too much.

S- i didnt have a chance to actually smell it but i could smell it briefly as i toko a sip. A roasted yet lightly burnt flavor.

T- taste was great and i could get a hint of the roasted malted hops that is in there. It was delicious.

D- i would def recommend a six pack of this beer. It has full flavor yet it goes down pretty smooth. No bad aftertaste and it is a victory brew.

Photo of nickfl
4.3/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - One finger of light brown head on a black body with ruby highlights. Not much in the way of head retention or lace.

S - Rich, nutty roasted coffee aroma. Notes of raisins, licorice, bananas, and rummy alcohol.

T - Lots of dark chocolate up front, with toffee and rum/ bourbon like alcohol backing it up. Fruity banana and raisin esters follow with nutty caramel and notes of vanilla and tobacco. Lingering roasted malt/ tobacco flavor in the finish, complimented by grain bitterness and warming alcohol.

M - Somewhat thick body with moderate carbonation and some lingering sweetness.

D - Quite drinkable and unusually complex. This is easily the most interesting of the handful of baltic porters I have tried. I think this could benefit from a few months of aging that might mellow out some minor fusel alcohols in the flavor.

Photo of ajr24
3.78/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Monk's, pours a dark, inky brown with thick, tan head aft first, but shrinks into a very faint covering. No lacing here, the head all slides ride down into the beer. Smelled like chocolate and coffee-- like mocha or something. Tasted like chocolate and caramel malts, really malty and sweet. Smooth, not very carbonated mouthfeel. A rich drink, somewhat drinkable though.

Photo of edskirk3
4.38/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Finally had the opportunity to buy a bomber of Baltic Thunder this week. There's a lot of hype around this stuff. The Thunder is apparently a reincarnation of Heavyweight's Perkuno's Hammer which I've never had the opportunity to try.

I poured into a Samuel Smith pint. Inky, opaque black with ruby highlights that appear when backlit. Beautiful whitish head, a full finger in depth, with plenty of staying power.

The nose is soft, reminiscent of toasted chocolate malt and dark bread. No detectable alcohol.

Sweet at first tongue contact and then a sharp acidic tang, like that of pure dark chocolate. A pleasant and dry roasted malt character. Whispers of dark fruits. Still not noticing the alcohol.

I would most certainly have another. It's a great beer to take your time with, to blow an afternoon with. If I had to describe BT with one word, I'd choose "smooth." It's not a startling, in-your-backyard thunder but rather a distant low-rumbling after the storm thunder. This is the smooth jazz of beers.

Photo of wheelinshirt
3.08/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Been waiting to try this one for a while, didn't come in to the local bottle shop but a friend showed up with a bomber to split with me, so i finally got to try it. Very cool looking bottle.

Poured into a snifter, very dark with nice chocolate head that disappears very quickly, actually left a tiny bit of lace.

Smell was much less bold than i expected. It was an odd combination of roasted and bready malt smells. Not bad, but very unusual. I also am not sure what kind of a contribution the beans were making.

Taste is, again, very subdued. I was expecting a lot, but i was disappointed. Pretty similar to the smell. At least it wasn't an alcohol bomb. Very smooth. Pretty drinkable, but boring. I wouldn't refuse another, but i am going to stop looking for this one, especially since now i have the bottle.

Photo of SkinnyElvis
4.38/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured right from my cellar at a temp of 50 degrees. Pours with a healthy head & jet black. Smells mostly of roasted malt. It has a lovely roasted malty flavor but it has a sweetness to it. This is a very smooth & drinkable brew which is dangerous with its ABV. I am thrilled that this beer has resurfaced & it will be a part of my drinking rotation from here on out.

Cheers.

Photo of marcpal
3.23/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

On tap poured into tulip at Stuff Yer Face, New Brunswick.

Had this beer on Tap at Capone's in Norristown, PA.

A: Dark brown almost black with a dark tan head.

S: Coffee and chocolate malts. Some alcohol here.

T: Sweet and chocolatey, didnt really catch the coffee that was in the smell. Very little hops and have to admit to being a bit let down.

M: Somewhat oily for the style and the alc did have a warming effect.

D: Not a favorite and a bit too chocolatey and chewy for my liking.

Photo of WesWes
4.38/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a dark brown/black color with a thick frothy tan head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a robust black and roasted malt scent that's dry, but with some sweetness. The taste is great. It has a silky smooth flavor that goes down easy and finishes a bit on the sweet side. It hides the 8.5%abv well and provides a complex array of malts. It's complex and quite rich. There are hints of roasted malt as well as chocolate and crystal malts. Damn, this is one smooth drinker. The mouthfeel is awesome. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. I've been waiting for the release of this beer for some time now. It definately lives up to the hype.

Photo of dsa7783
3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

1 Pint, 6 fl oz bottle copped from Oak Tree in South Plainfield... pours a jet-black, ebony hue with minimal reddish-tan head that soon dissipated and lacked staying power... smell is replete with toffee, caramel, and dark lattee nuances... taste complements the aroma with a dark espresso, cocoa, butter, caramel, slight vanilla, and chocolate flavor... nice, smooth, rich mouthfeel that really satisfies... another top-brew from Victory... a good beer for the Winter with a nice, warming 8.5% ABV... good drinkability and the alcohol is hardly detected behind rich dark, roasted malts, and cocoa flavors... I really liked this one... Recommended...

Photo of brantadid
2.93/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured black with a huge three finger light tan head. Head diminished over a 5 minute period and left behind an average amount of lacing.

I got some off aromas in the nose. A little funky. It makes me wonder if I just got a bad bottle. Some chocolate and tar with a mild hop aroma.

Tasted somewhat malty with very little hop bitterness. The hop flavor seemed like an afterthought. I also got a lot of alcohol in the taste which was surprising because it didn't present in the nose.

Mouthfeel was light, almost watery. Lighter than normal for a porter. Finish was fairly long but not complex.

I love Victory. They make two of my favorite beers. This was a disappointment, I have to wonder if I just got a bad bottle.

Baltic Thunder from Victory Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 907 ratings.