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Baltic Thunder - Victory Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
87
very good

912 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 912
Reviews: 535
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 11.66%
Wants: 60
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:
Beer added by: akorsak on 01-05-2008

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Photo of ClevoPiwo
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of cpetrone84
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-pours a dark brown cola colored liquid. the head is a light tan color that is thin and fluffy. It has very solid retention and leaves a nice lacing on the glass.

S-the nose is fair in strength but not big. roasted barley and dark chocolate come in ample amounts with the first sniff. Toffee and a touch of coffee bean acts as a foundation towards a shift into a fruity aroma that brings fig and a touch of plum.

T-the taste follows the nose, roasted barley with copious amounts of dark chocolate. The coffee bean is quite subdued with the toffee acting as the taste that transitions into the dark fruits. the sweetness is accompanied by a hint of hop bitterness at the finish.

M-this is quite smooth and creamy with a medium body and a nice bit of carbonation.

D-this is a pretty easy drinking beer for all of the alcohol, it is not present at all. it doesn't really stand out, it takes a pretty standard attempt at the style; but manages to do standard quite well.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a semi-opaque dark crimson amber color with a 1 inch light beige head that fades to a small cap. A random distribution of lace spots forms here and there on the glass on the drink down. Smells of roasted dark malt, dark fruits, and some subtle smoky notes. Taste is of dark chocolate pudding, dark cherries, dark malts, and alcohol. A bit of cocoa nib bitterness on the palate after each sip. Slight alcohol warming in the throat. This beer is smooth and creamy with a medium body and a good level of carbonation. Overall, this is a solid baltic porter from Victory but nothing too exciting.

Photo of Stunner97
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance- Very dark beer black to dark dark brown, heavy carbonation along side of the glass with some bubble across it, a thin to moderate white foam head quickly disappates away,

Smell- Dark roasted malts for sure, slight chocolate, carmel, slight espresso, not a bad nose but not overwhelming either,

Taste- very interesting beer, the most impressive thing I would say is that it has a very long finish, mostly of coffee and roasted malts flavor, has a slightly bitter hop presence as well that really checks in nicely against the malts, slight chocolate as well,

Mouthfeel- Medium to full bodied, very thick and chewey, a nice feel

Drinkability- This beer has a decent drinkability considering how big the alcohol is you dont have that much of a sense of it, you get a bit of back end warmth but its certainly drinkable, really more of a sipper and one you have to savor the complexity of the finish, not the greatest porter I have ever had but still a very respectable example of the style, kind of walks the line very closely between you making you feel your having a stout or porter, worth a try as a fan of victory they usually never do you to wrong : )

Photo of DevilDogBeer
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Enjoy!

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

Like a lot of reviewers I expected a bigger bolder beer but once I let it warm up it had lots of nuances and really worked as a food friendly Baltic Porter. Not in your face like a lot of takes on this style but rather a classy big beer with dark fruit and some chocolate on the finish.

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

Deep cooked cinnamon brown color with dark amber reddish highlights. Small puffy beige capping of foam stands briefly before fading to a solid collared ring. A few large drippy strings of lace try their best to stick to the glass but slowly slide down into the collar leaving a glaring impression of glaze.

Soft aroma of sweet roasty malts and lighter yet nuts and cocoa.

Flavors are pretty nice as it really unfolds more like a milk stout or porter then Baltic. Soft and round dark malt with deep yet delicate roastyness and a smooth sweetness mixing in well with some milk chocolate. Midrange is nice as it gains some nice nutty sweetness and some mapley tang. Cocoa finish with superb drying softness and dashing with a slight cinnamon, molasses, and nutmeg spice.

Soft and smooth feel and body with a substantial medium character that lasts well and gathers some decent middle ground and finishes with a light likeable complexity. Again, the texture and tone is more akin to a milk stout or porter. I like the simplicity it offers, but as Baltics go this needs a whole nother level of malt to it and another level of dark tang.

Baltic Thunder drinks well for sure as its soft milky smoothness and airy drying complexity offers a tasty and manageable beery treat. Sure, not quite the Baltic it could be but is quite nice as is; no matter what the style differences may calculate.

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

Poured from a growler filled at the Bowery Whole Foods in NYC.

A: Somewhere between dark brown and black with tiny bubbles in the glass - think Coca-Cola. There's a also a thin tan head that quickly dissipates after pouring.

S: Not a very strong nose but malts are detectable.

T: Malty with notes of chocolate and coffee.

M: Very crisp with enough carbonation to tickle the tongue's taste buds.

D: Very easy to sip and not so strong that you can't enjoy a few glasses in one sitting.

I've never had Heavyweight's Perkuno's Hammer but if this homage to it is any indication, I think I've missed out on a pretty good beer.

Photo of Knapp85
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This porter chugged it's way out of the bottle as a dark brown color with some red hues along the edges. The head was pretty thick looking for a little while until is settled down and left just a thin brown coating over top of the beer. The lacing wasn't too bad here, kind of sporatic. The smell of the beer has some old wood aromas, some earthy and smokey aromas as well. There's even a touch of sweetness on the nose too. The taste is pretty good, mostly of brown sugar and some roasted malts. The mouthfeel was on the thicker side and had a light carbonation, just enough to keep it interesting. Overall it's not a terrible Baltic Porter, but not the best I've had either.

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

For some reason, I've been intimidated by the label on this product. I'm not a fan of Porters or of high alcohol products so this one seemed like it might be daunting.

I bought a 22 oz. bomber back in February and its been sitting in my refrigerator until now watching the parade of IPA's, Octoberfests, Bocks, etc. go in and out. Tonight I noted it had a "Best By" date of 12/08 so decided it was now or never. Surprise - I enjoyed it.

Doesn't have a long-lasting head and the smell is less than what I would have expected. However, the malty/coffee taste was appealing. The biggest surprise of all was the lack of a higher alcohol feel even though it was 8.5%. Obviously not a session beer but, despite my preference for IPA's, one I might purchase again particularly if it came out in 12 oz. bottles rather than bombers. If nothing else, I'm no longer intimidated by the label.

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

22oz bottle poured into Imperial Pint

A: Pours a dark brown with ruby highlights. A one forefinger tan head forms and remains well into the pint.

S: Aroma seems a little weak to me. Some light roasted malt aroma accompanied by dark fruit esters.

T: Smooth roasted malt flavor, when I took my first sip I got licorice in a big way, but as the beer warms it is far less prominent. Starts sweet (molasses I think) but roasted malt bitterness balances and provides some dryness.

M: Medium to medium-full. Well carbonated. Smooth with some alcohol warmth and drying finish.

D: Good brew, this one's been pretty hyped in our local area, and while I'm not blown away, I'm certainly not disappointed.

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

Serving Type - 22oz bottle

Appearance - Dark tanish black, a slight red tint to it, 1/2 creamy head

Smell - Malts, chocolate, spices, yeast, classic victory smell

Taste - Nice and roasty with a chocolate background to it. Alcohol is masked well. I can taste the victory hops in it also. The spices are tangy mixed with cocoa and carmael . Nice and strong but has some sweetness to it

Mouthfeel - A real treat. Tounge gets tingly with the hop bitterness and alcohol warmth, but palette and throat gets malts, spices and chocolate. Nice mixture for sure

Drinkabilty - Well, its strong enough that this 22oz is enough for sure. This is borderline about as weak as you get for a baltic porter for its bitterness and kick. Great winter beer, will drink again

Photo of Bung
3.87/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Clear black pour with nice dark brown around the edges. Minimal head. Roasty malt, chocolate aromas. A fair of carbonation in the mouth. Very nice standard porter flavors. Malt, peat, chocolate and a small amount of coffee. I wouldn't say this is outstanding as a baltic, but a really good flavored standard porter with some extra alcohol. Should be heavier bodied. A bit of a dangerous drinkability for the abv.

Photo of EgadBananas
3.87/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks to Bennettrox for the want!

Dark brown, lots of red edges, though looks blackish in a full glass. Tan head, finger plus.

Nice coffee, and chocolate aroma, big roasted malt notes and some candied sweetness.

Chocolate, dark fruits, and again, hugely roasted. Slight coffee.

Nice creaminess. Wonderfully balanced body, medium but substantial.

Drinkability is good and despite a little lacking looks wise, quite a nice Baltic Porter.

Photo of JayS2629
3.87/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tried at a tasting in a sample glass.

A- Deep dark brown with reddish hints, creamy tan head that fades fast and leaves little rings of lace.

S- Chocolate and coffee balanced well with hint of earthy hops and licorice notes.

T- Malty, porter taste with cocoa and coffee notes. Hint of licorice.Slight mineral notes.

M- Medium bodied, a little watery for a porter

D- Easy to drink, but nothing stood out

Photo of brotherloco
3.87/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of CoolJosh
3.87/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A Finger of a foamy light brownish white head that quickly dissipates to a very thin ring.

S Really smooth sweet chocolate, caramel, coffee roasts, vanilla, plum and dark cherries. Some sweet malt come through, making this a beautiful smell.

T Fruits and chocolate come first, and are fairly bold. Caramel and sweet malts to follow. Finishes with the bitter roasted coffee tastes that are seen in the scent. There is a lot of flavors here, just not presented in the smoothest manor. A little pepper on the tail that sits in the after taste.

M a little too carbonated for the style, a little too bitter.

Photo of SLeffler27
3.87/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of NJpadreFan
3.86/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Victory- Baltic Thunder

On tap at Exton- Drafting Room

A- Dark cola brown with a ruby red tinge. A thick foamy head with good retention.
S- Cocoa powder, molasses, licorice, dark cherry.
T- Cocoa, vanilla, molasses, figs, dates, soda-like corn syrup and a licorice finish.
M- Sweet up front with a mild dry body. Alc. well hidden. Not as bold as I was expecting!

Overall- Good, not great. Definitely recommended though!

Photo of bum732
3.86/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

S: Light, pleasant roastiness, some slight dark fruits.

L: Dark brown, slightly hazy, light tan head, creamy with just a bit of retention, good lacing.

T: Dark chocolate mostly right off the bat with just a hint of dark fruits. Medium clean bitterness with more dark chocolate. Finishes with some alcohol head and clean light roastiness.

M: Medium bodied, medium low body.

Solid, really enjoyed the subtle chocolate notes. Creamy smooth.

Photo of lpayette
3.86/5  rDev 0%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of maximum12
3.86/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to rnorgart for sending this my way quite a while ago. It's rested in the fridge ever since, as the smoky guy on the label scared off the wife, who doesn't like smoke in her beers. But tonight is finally the night.

The Thunder is very dark, low carbonation. Smell is subdued, a little of this, bit of that. Nothing comes to the fore.

Taste is surprisingly robust. A touch of sweet up front, some coffee, hint of bitterness, ending with just the right light finger of smoky malts. Really nice combo. This is only the second baltic porter I've had & the first, Tyranena's Dirty Old Man, was lights-out good. This isn't quite there, but it's no slouch.

Spot-on feel for the complexity. The alcohol is nowhere to be tasted, & the easy blend of complexity keeps me reaching for it frequently. An easy-to-drink dark beer.

Very, very nice beer. I may to seek out some more of the style if the two I've tried are a fair representation.

Photo of azorie
3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From Bomber bottle. I almost feel bad about reviewing this beer, not a big fan of victory at all. Its also got a strike against it as its somehow supposed to be a reinvention of Heavyweight Perkuno's Hammer. Lets clear the last point first, its not the same beer period. I drank every beer victory bottles and sends to Jacksonville and a few on draft and I guess I am the odd one out but there stuff blows in general.

ok my notes out of the way: lets try to give this a fair review on the old STYLE. first off porter/stouts I think there are all the same in theory. Again my notes only but If then to like what brewers call porters now days over stouts.

A: Dark black, tan head, some lacing. re poured from warmed up bomber in to mug not much head, sounds like normal around here. ;.) to style.

S: about all I can get is licorice and booze and dark malt/sugar. No hops of course, as expected. its all malt at the time. letting it hit 55f. humm black currants or blackberry jam? the alcohol meows at near 61F. to style

T: humm stout porter it is. HEHE joke there. more of RIS profile in modern standard framework of a TYPE? Sweet burnt malt, is the first and last thing I taste. booze is there but not too bad. not bitter, very sweet, very malty. mild acidic. Molasses and toffee and some coffee is there. To style.

m: smooth, creamy, rich, thick, low carbonation. fails here on style.

o: drinkable, not very refreshing, its a sipper, or night cap I guess. on style by BJCP standards. I liked it and would have again.
was it the best in this class no, for one I think the BJCP is full of shit. but I used their scale and this beer pass on that, except on 1. Even then I think is a decent beer not much to say, cheers! oh I may be overrating it cause I like boozy beers.

Photo of scootny
3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A clear brown brew with a ruby red tinge. No carbonation. Decent head and retention. A very light lacing.

Smells of roasted caramel malt and toffee. A touch of coffee and light maple. Raisins and dark fruits. Strong aroma of dopplebock and burnt sugar.

Taste is a meeting dopplebock and coffee. Strong dark roasted malts, burnt sugar and charcoal. Notes of chocolate. Drymalty finish. Notes of molasses, and graham. A tannic sourness.

Medium feel and finely carbonated. Crisp and dry.

Drinkability is very pleasing to the mouth.

A little disjointed for me but still hangs together.

From tasting notes 2/22/09

Baltic Thunder from Victory Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 912 ratings.