Dismiss Notice
Get FREE shipping on all US orders of $25 or more from the BeerAdvocate Store.

No promo code required. Offer valid through 4/30.

Ready to gear up? Start shopping →

Baltic Thunder | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

YOUR RATING = None |
BA SCORE
87
very good
538 Reviews
BEER STATS
Reviews:
538
Ratings:
925
Avg:
3.87
pDev:
15.25%
 
 
Wants:
63
Gots:
54
For Trade:
0
Baltic ThunderBaltic Thunder
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Pennsylvania, United States | website

Style: Baltic Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by akorsak on 01-05-2008

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

User Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Alström Bros
Reviews: 538 | Ratings: 925
Photo of sinistrsam
4.42/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

 586 characters

Photo of asabreed
4.4/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber into a pint glass.

Appearance: A deep dark amber, and to me surprise it's not opaque, though I suppose most in the style aren't. I'm thinking more the lines of a RIS. Nice creamy lacing sticking to the sides in an off-white.

Smell: A lot of malty and balanced sweetness, from rich dark chocolate to light toffee, caramel malt, light mocha, and some fruit and citrus from the hops with some strawberry and a bit of sour cherry.

Taste: Let it warm up to get the fullness of the flavors. It reminds me a bit of a heavier oatmeal stout, with the richness and sweetness there, and the more berry and fruit of an Imperial Stout, and with the lighter body, it's an amazing combination. Highly drinkable, with no alcohol burn or overdone alcohol characteristics, with some earthiness, maple and vanilla, light toffee and coffee, and again the fruit flavors of lighter berries. The lack of cloying heaviness, which can happen to me after some bombers of RIS, is nice here, and allows the long finish to continue to make its mark without suffocating the palate. And finally, the lighter citrus hop oil becomes coating, adding both, I think, the citrus flavors and the fruit on top of the darker chocolate and roasted malt flavors.

Mouthfeel: Wonderful and velvety to the last drop, perfectly balanced carbonation. I don't know how this could not be a perfect score.

Drinkability: It's been a while since I've had Perkuno's Hammer. However, I'm not judging anything based on that in the first place; I just wanted to make it clear. But the fact that I still have a 4-pack of Perkuno's in the cellar makes me happy to eventually compare the two. But for around $5 a bomber, it's beyond extremely worth it for such a flavorful brew. Sure, there are better examples of the style out there, but I can certainly that say that I'd make this a winter staple if they ever decide to do 6-packs. Not to mention, honestly, how does this go down so easily? It seems almost impossible that the ABV is almost at 9%. Bravo, Victory, for putting your own spin on the resurrected recipe.

 2,075 characters

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.

 655 characters

Photo of ericj551
4.4/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

 435 characters

Photo of Lukafer
4.4/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A- Pours dark red with about a pinky finger worth of head.

S- Malty with some chocolate.

T- Starts sweet with some chocolate, then the hops kick in to balance everything out. The alcohol isn't very noticeable for being 8+%.

M- Feels good, not too watery and not too thick, perfect.

D- Very drinkable. Wouldn't think there was that much alcohol in this until you finish the bomber and stand up. Plus, I got this 22 for $3.49, excellent! Definitely worth checking out, and I'm glad to see you can get good beer without paying $10+ for a bomber. Definitely work getting!

 572 characters

Photo of AltBock
4.4/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I was able to get this fine Victory beer on-tap on 2/29/08 at High Street's Leap Day Victory promotion event. They served it to me in a Victory labeled standard American pint glass.

It poured a deep dark mahagony brown that had a few dark ruby red highlights along the edges. It had a foamy 2 inch head of tan colored foam that had good retention. When it receded all the way, it only left behind a handful of tan colored foamy rings along the edge and just a few spots of tan lace around the glass. It had a strong cocoa based aroma to it. Behind the cocoa was some sweet caramel, dark roasted malts, a tiny pinch of roasted hops, a dab of sweet alcohol, and the slightest touch of rust toward the end. I thought it had a very interesting taste to it. In the beginning it just had a heavy taste of cocoa powder and rust. Somewhere in the middle the taste had completely changed. The cocoa powder had turned itself into dark chocolate and the rust had left the taste all together. After the cocoa powder had transformed into dark chocolate, more flavors emerged from the background. What came out was dark roasted malts, dark fruits, roasted coffee beans, crispy roasted hops, and the slightest touch of alcohol. It you couldn't tell already, it was a full bodied beer that had a delicious full flavored thick aftertaste of dark chocolate, roasted hops, and a pich of alcohol. It was a great beer to have on-tap, but I'm sure it's the same story if you get it from a bottle.

 1,475 characters

Photo of mully
4.38/5  rDev +13.2%
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

 466 characters

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

22oz bomber: This one pours an opaque dark brown. there was a decent tan head on it, but it dropped away rather quickly. It leaves no lacing. Really rich aroma. Chocolate and maple are predominate. The taste is quite complex. Hints of chocolate, roastiness, coffee, some dark fruits. There are some hops in there that balance out the sweetness nicely. This is a really good brew.

 379 characters

Photo of AdamBear
4.37/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A-dark brown, a lot of bubbles, some floaties. has a thin tan head that reminds me of soda.

S-smells like creamy chocolate. a bit malty as well. medium strength

T-wow i like this a lot. comes in with good grains and coffee/chocolate malts. the ending has a bit more coffee to it. the after-taste is really thick and good with chocolate and fresh ground coffee. this one just goes down so smoothly.

M-has a carbonation that reminds me of a soda float with a good creamy finish

D-well i drank this for awhile before seeing the ABV and I could not believe my eyes. this honestly drinks like a 4% beer. i am so amazed with how drinkable this is. it is definitely filling but wow so good. the tastes just become more and more complex as well.

 741 characters

Photo of edskirk3
4.36/5  rDev +12.7%
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.

 1,012 characters

Photo of SkinnyElvis
4.35/5  rDev +12.4%
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.

 376 characters

Photo of bucklemyshoe
4.35/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle into a Stone IRS tulip.

A: It pours black with red highlights and a finger and a half of khaki head.

S: Cocoa, caramel, oats, and lactic sugar.

T: It is very dessert-like and identical to the nose. It is like a strong, lagered oatmeal stout.

M: The body is medium-thick and silky smooth with low carbonation.

O: This is terrific; it is delicious and a hell of a bargain at $5.

 394 characters

Photo of beerthulhu
4.35/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured a rich reddish-brown with a 1+ finger micro bubbly tan head that quickly dissipated.

S: light caramel malt, dried cherries, and a rich nuttiness.

T: sweet toffee and caramel, dried fruit (plums, raisins) with a dry oaky woodiness. There were some dark cherries, and a good carbonation presence in the middle of the drink. For the finish there was rum raisin grist, a rich sweet roasted caramel and toffee notes, along with a spicy alcohol bite. A slightly roasted caramel flavor and rich nuttiness definitely ends this beer on a very good note. The substition of black eyed peas for roman beans is not noticeable as the rich malt palate truly makes this beer stand out as a winner.

M: medium with some slickness with a nice carbonation bite on the swallow. Leaves a rich, dark roasted caramel and toffee lacing on the tongue.

D: A very clean brewed and flavored beer with a very good drinkability and a very good example per style. Highly recommended.

 968 characters

Photo of airheadmtrcycle
4.35/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber into a Duvel tulip. Dark but with red hues and light passes through the beer as I near halfway through. Tan head with big bubbles faded and left lacing which eventually disappears. Still a nice looking pour. I'm really excited about this beer. Even the bottle is cool.

The smell is of chocolate, dark fruit and even some wild cherry. Taste is rich in malty flavors with a complementary spiciness from the alcohol and some welcome bitterness on the finish. There's a light smokiness and some fruitiness in there as well. The alcohol contributes to the flavor rather than detract like some higher ABV ales. Not too much of anything here, a really balanced flavor. Less of the burnt coffee taste than some other porters, but the alcohol and hops serve that purpose and keep the sweetness in check. This should be a taste that almost all porter lovers will enjoy to some degree. I find it delicious. It was a perfect complement to my wife's homemade Southern fried chicken.

The mouthfeel is right on the money, kind of medium to rich and full, and not a bit of wateriness. Light carbonation is appropriate for the style. Oh goodness is this drinkable! I had some before dinner, during and now after with a pipe of aged Virginia/perique. No problem at all finishing the bomber all by my lonesome.

I am really impressed with Baltic Thunder, as I have been with all the Victory beers I've had. This one is right up there with all my favorite porters and Baltic porters. I'll be buying more that's for sure.

 1,523 characters

Photo of WesWes
4.35/5  rDev +12.4%
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.

 685 characters

Photo of cichief
4.35/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased a bomber at Jason's Liquors, Ellicott City, MD.

A- Pours very dark brown with a reddish tint, almost opaque, light brown head, which quickly dissipates.

S- Somewhat malty, sweet, with a hint of burnt coffee.

T- Again coffee and sweet malt, alcohol burn, but finishes dry.

M- Fully bodied, mildly carbonated, smooth on the tongue.

D- Too much alcohol taste to have many, but a good example of the style all the same.

 431 characters

Photo of Slatetank
4.35/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had a pint of this on draft at the Drafting Room - Exton, PA
A - Deep Brown almost black w/ ruby highlights and a thin tan head.

S - Deep malty odors that are roasty but only gently and a caramel note w/ light nutty and a slight lactic creamy cocoa smell. There is a slight floral hop aroma, but only if I inhale deeply and a subtle tinge of alcohol.

M & T - Dark malt w/ smooth milky chocolate feel w/ a hint of nuttiness. A light dry tinge w/ grainy notes and slightly boozy at room temperature. The texture and flavor is creamy smooth w/ moderate carbonation and a medium boy the creaminess lasts well into the finish. Rich and full of everything a Baltic Porter should have. The maltiness is subtle and this is a very balanced beer.

D - I remember loving Perkuno's hammer, but bummed that the only place nearby that carried it was 45 min away back then. I enjoyed the revival immensely. Kudos to Victory for bringing this gem back and to Heavyweight for allowing them to keep it alive. A great beer, nowhere near the flavor of an 8.5% beer, very nuanced and well blended. It gives credit to Victory for allowing nature to take its course lagering the big beauty. I was jazzed to try the reborn Perkuno's and found it to live up the memory.

 1,249 characters

Photo of MrMonkey
4.34/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an extremely dark brown, almost black, with ruby highlights when held to the light. A two-finger tan head fades slowly to a thin cap. No lacing.

Smell is dark chocolate, cherries, figs, lightly roasted coffee beans, brown sugar, and a hint of vanilla.

Taste begins with chocolate covered cherries, toffee and some vanilla. Prunes and burnt sugar lead to a strong bitter coffee finish.

Medium-bodied mouthfeel. It feels a little thin for the style.

Great drinkability. Very tasty and very smooth. Wish I had a couple more of these.

 540 characters

Photo of RixBeer
4.32/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

 853 characters

Photo of jifigz
4.32/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer appears dark brown with ruby highlights when held up to the sunlight. The head died rather quickly and was off-white. The beer smells very malty and chocolatey with tiny wisps of alcohol in the aroma as well. The taste is big and full of bitter chocolate and cola. It is heavy and flavorful on the palate, rich and creamy. This beer is a delicious dark brew.

 363 characters

Photo of Phillyduke
4.32/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The bottle's label pays homage to the Perkuno's Hammer it is replacing by using a God-of-Thunder "Thor" hammer motif. The former comic book reader in me smiles.

Appearance: Pours thin and a deep dark brown, almost black. The thin, tan head fades quickly, but has some nice viscosity and lacing as I drink.

Smell: Strong, toasted malt smell with hints of chocolate.

Taste: Initially hits the palate as full-bodied and slightly sweet. Chocolatey malt flavor lingers after each sip. Hints of fruit (oranges? raisins?) peek out here and there. Surprisingly, the alcohol and strength isn't as noticeable as I would have thought with a name like "Baltic Thunder/Perkuno's Hammer". All the write-ups I read on this beer's predecessor made it out to be a real tail-kicker, which it isn't...at least not overtly. Although it doesn't taste "strong", this is a beer that will sneak up on you if you're not careful.

Mouthfeel: Tingles the front of the tongue and coats the mouth well, leaving a very nice warm feeling after each sip. I wish it were snowing out right now.

Drinkability/Final Thoughts: Another winner from Victory! Overall a very well balanced, smooth, surprisingly easy-to-drink beer. Not nearly as monstrous as it's made out to be. I could easily enjoy 2-3 bottles over the course of a winter's evening with a couple good cigars.

 1,339 characters

Photo of cswhitehorse
4.32/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Baltic Thunder poured dark black and like a cola made a nice fizzy head that dissipated pretty quickly. It had a tiny bubble pattern on the outside. Not much in the way of lacing but is pretty typical for the style.

The smell was toffee just as advertised with a sweetness dark fruit in the background. It smelled delicious and into the taste you got the molasses and prune fruits come into play. It finished semi dry and had a tad of burn hit the back of the throat on the way down. Overall very impressed. Not much for a porter fan but this is definitely one of the better porters to date.

 596 characters

Photo of Richardberg
4.32/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: poured from a bomber into a pint glass. Thick froth collects into a small-moderate head, decent retention. Quit dark hue, almost mahogany, but lets fair bit of ruby light thru -- could almost be mistaken for Cabernet.

S: roasted malt is present, then instantly overcome by dark fruits. Raisin, fig, plum dominate until you pick up a bit of ethanol.

T: manages to have significant sweetness and bitterness simultaneously. Not the careful "balance" of other beers, nor the perception of flavors coming in sequence. Has depth and bite from start to finish. Very interesting.

M: refreshing but kind of thin overall

D: well done in the drinkability front considering it's a high gravity and pungent. One bomber is plenty, though. I'll return to this one, just not today.

 772 characters

Photo of jwinship83
4.31/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A- black body with a finger of beige colored head..

S- lots of milk chocolate, some alcohol, and licorice.

T- very chocolaty. licorice can be tasted too. not a hint of booze. coffee or maybe hops on the finish

M- thick and almost chewy. very smooth and mouth coating.

D- this one almost drinks itself. very easy to finish and im kicking myself that i only got one bomber of this. another win for victory, check this one out of you get the chance. a great example of a decently rare style. too bad this one isnt year round.

 527 characters

Photo of DerBayer
4.31/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Yumm - I did not know that Baltic Porters were Lagers and they are amazing at least this one is - think Doppelbock means Stout - could you go any better as far as taste goes?

Hardly so - one of the tastiest beers I have had in my life but unfortunately a slightly faint smell of chocolate and coffee malt and not much else.

The body is a bit heavier than in a Doppelbock and lighter than in an English Stout - think IRS maybe...

Drinkability was high although I would have preferred a slightly less stout beer.

 513 characters

Baltic Thunder from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
87 out of 100 based on 538 ratings.