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Baltic Thunder - Victory Brewing Company

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886 Ratings

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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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Photo of connecticutpoet


3.88/5  rDev +0.3%

Poured into my faithful pint glass, this beer produced a three finger head over a clear, deep red-brown body. The head retention was pretty good, which made me look forward to the experience.

Aroma was of plums, roasted malts, burnt caramel, coffee, and hints of chocolate. Complex, layered, and good.

Fruitiness was not discernable in the taste, however. I got roasted malt at first, followed by burnt barley, coffee, and bitter chocolate. Better than average, but a slight letdown given the aroma.

This beer had a good body, not too thin but not oppressively thick or syrupy either. Better than average mouthfeel for a porter.

I would rate the drinkability of this beer as pretty good. I wouldn't mind having it again, and it was an enjoyable exploration of the style. A good beer to use as an introduction to porters.

07-08-2010 03:06:42 | More by connecticutpoet
Photo of MaltyGoodness


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
Photo of velosuds


3.88/5  rDev +0.3%

Poured from a 22 oz bomber into a clear pint glass. Enjoy by April 06 2012. Paid $5.99 at LifeSource Natural Foods.

A-Pours a chestnut-dark brown hue with a one finger, thin, creamy tan head with weak retention and scant lacing.

S-Predominantly toffee and bready with some faint fruit as in figs.

T-Toffee sweetness balanced will by the hop bitterness. As it warms, the taste definitely improves as coffee, chocolate and dark fruits manifest. Can't taste the alcohol, which at 8.5% ABV it is masked well.

M-Very smooth, with a medium body.

O-This is decent. Taste and aroma is more like a normal porter. Expected this to be more robust and complex, but it improves as it warms.

01-21-2012 04:56:38 | More by velosuds
Photo of scifan

North Carolina

3.88/5  rDev +0.3%

Scored a case of this stuff on sale for 30 bucks, having never had it before I hope I like it. Pours almost black, when held up to light one can spot the brown highlights, with a very small white head that is gone almost as fast as it appeared.
Not getting much on the nose. Very faint dark malts, with a touch of toffee, and some nice hop notes as well. Smells almost like a stout just toned down a notch, I guess from the whole lagering process allows everything to blend and mellow a bit.
The flavors in this beer are more pronounced that the nose. I'm getting roasted malts, along with hints of toffee, and dark fruits. A nice hop bitterness can be detected as well, and a nice warming alcohol kick as you swallow.
Carbonation is spot on for the style, and its not too slick in the mouth. This beer has a certain smoothness to it that keeps the sips in quick secession.

10-15-2009 02:36:09 | More by scifan
Photo of bruachan

District of Columbia

3.88/5  rDev +0.3%

not opaque, which is a bit of a surprise. deep rootbeer gernet, and some good foam at the beginning

deep n' roasty smelling: touch of toffee aromas, with chicory and a proto-chocolate

fruity, toffee dry chocolate (you know, not a chocolate bar but the cooking stuff) flavors. deep roasts with some astringency add depth. the mouthfeel is robust enough but feels a little flat at the end

06-05-2010 22:51:08 | More by bruachan
Photo of brotherloco


3.88/5  rDev +0.3%

My first real experience with this style.

Appearance is a bit above average, but the smell is better. Sweet malt dominates, toffee and chocolate. Roasty-ness comes through as well, but in the background. Dark fruits mixed in as well.

Taste is soft and lightly sweet malt, watery coffee, cherry. Some bitter hop presence balances things out. Finish brings out the background roasty-ness. Feels nice in the mouth. Heat from the alcohol builds up after several sips. Definitely a sipper.

03-04-2011 05:28:29 | More by brotherloco
Photo of srandycarter


3.88/5  rDev +0.3%

A - Dark cola, not much head, leaves to a ring. Lots of thin clingy lacing.

S - Roasty cocoa/chocolate stuff.

T - Mostly cocoa, roasted barley. Fairly mild.

M - Medium body, lots of carb and coating. Good balance.

D - Pretty drinkable - not something I would choose often, but not so coating or overbearing that I could not have a few.

05-25-2009 06:14:22 | More by srandycarter
Photo of YankChef


3.88/5  rDev +0.3%

Appearance: deep dark black with hints of brown, but nearly opaque. Viscous looking, decent lacing.

Smell: Surprisingly timid for a BP. little hints of vanilla and maple as well as roasted grain.

Taste: Somewhat sweet upfront with the maple flavor and also some fruity flavors as well. The hops have a quick pop in the middle and then it just kind of fades.

Overall: Very easy drinking for the style, although this beer left me wanting more. For a BP it just wasn't bold enough in my opinion, still an enjoyable beer.

02-25-2008 11:41:18 | More by YankChef
Photo of lpayette


3.88/5  rDev +0.3%

22 oz. bomber purchased from table & vine in W. Springfield, MA.

dark black in the glass, but hues of red and orange as it pours. A hard pour produced about a finger of head that didn't stay around long, nor did it leave a trace of lace behind.

Smell is pretty much as expected with roasted malts mingling with a subtle citrus/acidic property. More specifically, the roasted malts produce point towards coffee, toffee, and some chocolate. Of the 3, probably chocolate is the strongest. Some mild fruit in the background as well.

Taste isn't much different from the smell. The nice chocolatey backbone is very nice. There's a bit of an herbal/medicinal quality at times near the finish.

Mouthfeel - malty and definitely clean - seems to be more filtered than most baltic porters, and this was evidenced in the appearance as well. I guess I'd describe the body as being more on the medium side... The malt provides some thickness, yet it's not as thick as you might expect, with the finish being thinner- yet this for me provides a nice attempt at cleansing the palate for the next sip and provides for a lingering bitter chocolate finish.

Drinkability was good. Overall a nice solid example of a baltic porter. I imagine this could be amazing on tap, but perhaps just a little bit overrated from my experience with the bottled version.

03-06-2008 07:12:04 | More by lpayette
Photo of DevilDogBeer


3.88/5  rDev +0.3%

Baltic porter pours a great porter brown in the glass with a thick, tan head. The head has good staying power and laces for the duration of the pint. The smell is malty and nutty with a definite alcohol nose in the background. There is no detectable hop aroma. The taste is sweet up-front followed by a toasted malt character. The aftertaste is a bit earthy with a distinct alcohol warmness. The mouthfeel is thick and rich, but actually sits kind of heavy do to the high gravity. I could drink the 23 oz. bottle of this over the evening just relaxing but this beer is heavy and one bottle (about a pint and a half) would be my limit.

Baltic Thunder is definitely worth a try, especially if you are a dark beer drinker or someone looking for a well balanced recipe on the non-traditional side. Lagering this porter certainly mellowed out the roasted notes, but the high gravity gives this beer an intense character.


03-12-2008 04:28:46 | More by DevilDogBeer
Photo of JVEyck309

New Jersey

3.88/5  rDev +0.3%

1 Pint 6 fl oz bomber poured into a pint glass

~~ NOTE - it was stamped "Best By March 26" (today is April 1, I purchased this beer on March 27) I did not notice till just now.. ~~

Appearance - Black. Holding it up to the light I see some deep red in the corners of the glass. Very thin head which dissipates quick.

Smell - Caramel sweetness, dark roasted malts, a hint of chocolate and charcoal perhaps. Malts are dominating

Taste - Lovely. Pretty much what I expected. Rich and sweet roasted malt flavors with a suggestion of dark fruits and dark chocolate. Very enjoyable.. I've had better baltics but this is no slouch

Mouthfeel - Smooth and chewey, just the right amount of carbonation which isn't too much.

Drinkability - At 8.5% abv, it's incredibly drinkable, didn't notice the alcohol at all. But at $7 for one bomber.. I feel it's a tad overpriced and would rather go for a six of an American porter instead (Anchor, Smuttynose...) Definitely worth a try

04-01-2009 23:04:18 | More by JVEyck309
Photo of sweetbrew82


3.88/5  rDev +0.3%

22 oz. into a pint glass

P: Deep walnut brown with a light brown head of tight, soapy foam. Showed decent retention then sank to form a thin halo on top with some spotty lace left behind.

A: Light roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, and some dark fruits with a puff of smoke. Nothing real special going on here, but it smells good enough.

T: Malts feel soft and delicately roasted, offering just enough roundness and depth to get the job done. Chocolate notes mingle with some toffee, caramel, and a light coffee presence upfront, while dark fruits come out more on the back end. Herbal hops lay low but they do provide enough bitterness to give the illusion of balance, but doesn't come close to taking the spotlight off of the sweets.

M: Baltic Thunder is a medium-full bodied brew, maybe leaning a little more toward the former as I continue to swish it around. It does offer a pretty smooth, creamy feel that gives you a smidgen of chewiness for good measure. A little more heft to the body feels like it could do wonders, though.

Notes: This is a pretty solid Baltic Porter that went down really easily. Is it a world class effort? No. But for $5.99 a bottle you really can't go wrong if you're looking for an easy drinking, full-flavored porter. Just don't expect to have your socks knocked off and you'll be satisfied. Solid

01-05-2010 00:51:49 | More by sweetbrew82
Photo of dgilks


3.88/5  rDev +0.3%

Clear mahogany colour with a small, creamy, tan head. Poor head retention.

Smooth, caramel and light ester aroma with a touch of roast. Plenty of sweet chocolate.

Sweet malt with a slightly earthy note and some esters. Not overly roasty. Classic Baltic Porter.

Medium body with moderate carbonation. Good.

A nice, smooth, malty ale with good, appropriate flavour for style.

10-11-2011 07:29:25 | More by dgilks
Photo of SLeffler27

New York

3.88/5  rDev +0.3%

An average, taupe froth blooms over a dark brown beer and quickly settles to a sparse lace while a leggy film coats the tulip glass.

Nuts and maple syrup are followed by mold and butter with hints of port wine.

Toffee and butter upon entry with heavy sweetness followed by a light tartness and a bitter finish.

Baltic Thunder is a full-bodied beer that occupies the palate, has soft carbonation and a notable presence of alcohol.

A fine beer as an aperitif or possibly an ice cream float.

Date consumed: 25 August 2008

01-04-2009 14:37:49 | More by SLeffler27
Photo of BWED


3.86/5  rDev -0.3%

Growler pour into a nonic pint.

A- Black, dark red highlighting. Tan 1/4" head, kind of an espresso crema style. A bit lacy.

S- Coffee, cocoa, small hint of dark fruits and booze.

T- Roasted sweetness. Malty. Not as dry and roast as a stout but really nice for a strong porter.

M- Full body. Sweet body. But a balancing semi dry finish.

O- Great body and flavor. Heavy, but easy drinking.

03-24-2014 12:04:07 | More by BWED
Photo of Sudsy89


3.85/5  rDev -0.5%

22oz. bottle, chilled.

Pours a dark brown, almost black. Has a low level of carbonation, average-size head. Looks nice, like an Imperial Stout but perhaps not as dark. Aroma is similar, lots of roasted malts and coffee/chocolate in the taste as well. I think it was less bitter than I expected, and at 8.5% abv, it seems surprisingly drinkable. I enjoyed the flavors, although as other reviewers have said, it is on the sweet side. This is a good porter, would be a good intro to the style or perhaps before trying an Imperial Stout.

12-27-2010 02:17:49 | More by Sudsy89
Photo of CooperEllis

New York

3.85/5  rDev -0.5%

The very odd thing was nothing stood out but at the end of the glss I really wanted another one.

From 220z bottle. Into .3l tulip.

Very nicely colored head, but thin, retreated but left a nice covering.
Initial smell was the cardboard after the pack of raisin's was empty. As it breathed a bit, distinctly malty.

the carbonation really crossed me up at first as the bite on the tip of my tounge I mistook for alcohol. With a more full, um, gulp? helping? the carbonation is not as severe.

Aside from the carbonation on smaller sips - very plain mouthfeel.

Again, nothing really stood out, but it was drinkable and paired very nicely with a dinner of cayenne sloppy joes w/ red beans and rice (made with crushed pepper and honey). I bought two of these and I'd certainly pick up more (but then, I'm a fan of porter's and 22oz suit me) and I'm actually going to cellar a bottle or two to review at a later date. I think with a bit of age this may go from run of the mill upper middle class to damn fine drinkin'.


07-25-2010 22:01:45 | More by CooperEllis
Photo of BeerFMAndy


3.85/5  rDev -0.5%

22oz bottle split. Poured into a Corsendonk Christmas Ale Stemmed Glass. No date.

A - Opaque black fills the glass with almost no head. Pinkie finger sized that was tan in color and went away almost instantly. Very effervescent though.

S - Chocolate coffee aromas strong. Roasted malts that are semi-sweet smelling. Dry and bitter. Molasses too.

T - Sweet with roasted malts up the wazoo with coffee, cocoa, and sweet chocolate. A bitter dry finish on the end lends to a good balance.

M - Smooth, creamy, and viscous, its got a good mouthfeel.

D - For a porter, its certainly drinkable. It's fuller bodied I'd say but it drinks like a medium bodied beer.

04-21-2009 16:41:29 | More by BeerFMAndy
Photo of metter98

New York

3.85/5  rDev -0.5%

A: The beer poured very dark amber (near black) in color with a finger high tan head that quickly faded leaving a ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass. A light to moderate amount of carbonation is visible from the rising bubbles.
S: The aroma is rather sweet and has notes of toasted malts. There are also some hints of dark fruits in the nose.
T: The taste is very similar to the smell and also has notes of brown sugar, caramel malts, coffee beans and toffee.
M: It feels medium-bodied and very creamy and smooth on the palate. There is a moderate amount of carbonation.
D: The beer is very drinkable for the style; the alcohol is well hidden from both the aroma and taste.

08-04-2010 00:40:18 | More by metter98
Photo of Zorro


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
Photo of jwc215


3.85/5  rDev -0.5%

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.

02-19-2008 14:37:56 | More by jwc215
Photo of ClevoPiwo


3.85/5  rDev -0.5%

I was happy to pick up a bottle of this when the Victory rep came to Whole Foods for Cleveland Beer week - don't usually see this one on the shelves.

Pours as near to black as can be without being entirely opaque. Back lighting exhibits a very deep reddish hue similar to that of cherry wood. The head pours a nice 3 finger's width and is an off white, nearly khaki, color. Dissipates down to a creamy frothy ring around the edges.

The smell is pleasant and complex. Notes of toffee, chocolate, roasted malt and toasty grains are dominant. The initial smell reminded me of the smell of grinding crystal and chocolate malts, with hints of coffee and dark fruit.

The taste is similar to the smell. Sweet dark fruit and chocolate up front. The finish is a bit quick, and is sweeter than the typical porter, with more a molasses, dark fruit and chocolate sweetness dominating. The mouth feel is fantastic and creamy - very rich for a porter, but all the more enjoyable.

Overall a fantastic beer. The only qualm I have with this particular offering is that there is little variation in flavor from start to finish. The initial malty sweetness that hits the palate initially is what continues to linger into the aftertaste.

10-26-2009 23:03:42 | More by ClevoPiwo
Photo of Dotcubed


3.85/5  rDev -0.5%

My aggressive pour got a big head that went away while I was walking the dog. Just a little but left after a few minutes walking out side in the below freezing winter wonderland of Minnesota.

Looks reddish.
Smells like rum, raisins, and burnt sugar.

Lightly chilled, warming and burnt. Porter plus.
I can see why this was George Washington's style.
Robust. Well suited to charred meats.
Mouth watering.

Medium body. Not very much carbonation.

Further proof that beer is seasonal. Having come in from frigid temps. this 50 degree beer was warming.

Can't say that I'd drink more than a 22oz. bomber.
But I could drink it often.

12-18-2009 02:47:08 | More by Dotcubed
Photo of alkchrios

New Hampshire

3.85/5  rDev -0.5%

I absolutely love baltic porters and was looking forward to trying this one but was sort of let down. I think what makes it hard for me is that Smuttynose happens to make my absolute favorite baltic (its absolutely amazing) so it was compared to that. Unfortunately this beer didnt really do it for me and was nothing above average.

A- lighter than most baltic porters Ive had...I dont like to be able to see through the glass and with this one I could. Dark amber to a deep brown. half inch head which quickly went away.

S- lightly malted with a slight aroma of coffee and roasted nuts

T- LIGHT for a baltic porter.. undertones of coffee linger after you drink it not so much while you drink it.

M- pretty decent... very lightly carbonated...served at around 60 degrees goes down rather smooth

D- I could drink one or two before getting bored with it.

01-08-2010 21:32:43 | More by alkchrios
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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
Baltic Thunder from Victory Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 886 ratings.