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Baltic Thunder - Victory Brewing Company

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Ratings: 913
Reviews: 535
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 11.66%
Wants: 60
Gots: 47 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Victory Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
Baltic Porter |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: akorsak on 01-05-2008

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Ratings: 913 | Reviews: 535
Photo of jsprain1
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A- Pours a dark brown, almost black. The head is too thin and poorly retained to be considered "good."
S- Definite malt presence. Chocolate and coffee. Some toffee and caramel aromas. Understated though.
T- Chocolate, some coffee, some dark fruit. Relatively understated overall though. Good flavors, just weak.
M- Light-medium. Needs more substance and carbonation.
D- This was a bit of a disappoint for me. It wasn't bad, but it just didn't excite me. Maybe I just have such high expectations out of victory and baltic porters, but it didn't really merit a second purchase. It did hide the abv well though.

Photo of thecarster1
3.48/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

a- bomber poured into a snifter, one plus fingers of head that fade slowly leaving uneven lacing and a ring around the glass, very dark brown black color.

s- roasty, sweet malts, some coffee, a bit toasted.

t- nice, roast, coffee bitterness, toast, some nuttyness, touch of alcohol in the backend, sweet touch to it.

m- little thin, was expecting a bit more to the body.

d- okay, decent beer, i wouldn't seek this one out probably, but i'm glad that i had the chance to try this.

3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle into snifter: from notes: Thanks to Zerosignal for this one!

A: Pours a deep and transparent brown body, with a slight reddish hue. The head is a light tan and pours a one finger retention. The head retreats to a thin layer that is left around the glasses rim. There is not much lacing that is left and by the end of the glass, there is none.

S: A note of roasted malts, one that displays toffee. The sweetness is a medium intensity. This is a very clean and crisp aroma, with a rich blend of malts in a nice profiled order.

T/M: The front is a sweet tingling sensation. The mouthfeel is a smooth, almost watery feeling. A bit more thickness on the mouthfeel would make it more enjoyable. The sweetness of the malts promotes a nice lingering finish. As the brew warms there is an increase in overall flavor and prolonged lingering tastes. The roasted malts play a more proactive role as it is warmed.

D: A good overall brew, the good flavors make this an easily drank 22oz bottle. It goes down very smooth and the ABV is hidden very well and its presence is barely shown.

Photo of BARFLYB
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-Tap at Earth Bread & Brewery.

Baltic Thunder is a very dark brown that appears black, but it's not, you can see some redness when held up to light. Either way it looks like a baltic and comes with a pretty foamy dark tan head up top with slight stickage. Smells include deep roasted malts, chocolate, peat, licorice and some olde porter qualities. Very refreshing, I've been staying away from the dark beer lately and this is a nice welcome back. It's not very gooey thick, like alot of baltics out there. The feel is pretty much medium, it's not that huge, carb is no problem here. While the body is a bit thin per style, the taste is not, Chocolate, traces of vanilla, cocco beans, roast, malt, peat, a touch of dark fruit and some licorice. A bit high in alcohol, I could probably drink two pints of this stuff. The lighter body makes for easier drinking here.

Photo of WilliamLee
3.96/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The color was dark black. There wasn't much of a head as hard as I tried to make one.

The aroma was from average to poor IMHO, but I did detect toasted malt and chocolate.

The taste was very good dominated by dark roasted malt that wasn't bitter or burnt. Chocolate adds to the flavor and it also has a slightly smoky taste with a note of sweetness and vanilla. It reminds me a wood aged beer even though it's not. However, it doesn't taste like toffee to me which even the brewer's web site mentions in the description.

Overall it is very smooth and easy to drink with nothing unpleasant and a lot to like.

Photo of SuperNova777
3.62/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Notes from 08/27/10

A:Pours into a snifter glass with a very dark appearance with some ruby highlights when
held to the light. Not much of a head or lacing with this one.

S:A lot of different action going on here including some molasses, vanilla, sweet malts,
slight chocolate, and coffee as well

T:Not as intense as the nose would lead you on to believe, still o.k. tasting thou.
Slight vanilla and coffee up front followed by the malt and chocolate on the end

M:A little thinner body than expected for the style with a small amount of carbonation
that I can tell.

D:Not bad especially at $3.50 for a bomber and the easy drinkability for the ABV. Taste
decent but would prefer a little thicker body for the style and some more intensity on
the flavor, but for the price I wouldn't argue with having one of these if I was low on
cash and wanted something decent to drink

Photo of takeabrewski
3.74/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a beer mug as I split a large bottle with my wife.

A: Very dark. Almost no head when poured out of the bottle, to my disappointment.

S: Nice coffee, chocolate, and almost a brown bread aroma.

T: Fair representation of the style. I was expecting something bigger and bolder considering the alcohol content. Coffee and chocolate notes predominate, with bitterness but little hop aroma as expected.

M: Very smooth and silky, easy on the tongue.

D: I had no problem getting my mug down.

Porters are my least favorite style, but I did enjoy this one. Victory is one of my favorite breweries.

Photo of rtepiak
3.77/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A mild on the baltic zest porter. Pour is a weak head of about a half a finger. Between dark amber brown and black. Nose of a bit of coffee and brown sugar. Palate is a baltic understated by and american porter. Sweet and warm, but no zest of baltic sour to clean the palate. Nice molasses. A tad boozy which is expected but the sweet isn't balance like a baltic with a leathery bitter sour earthy quality. A nice twist at most to some yes american porter aspects. Some anise to make things interesting.

Photo of BigMike
4.15/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Best by date of 6/24/2011

Pours a very dark brown borderlining on black. Held up to the light there's ruby reddness around the edges. The head is light tan and thin. About one finger with not much retention.
Roasted notes out the wazoo. Chocolate,charcole,black licorice, and some damp cave qualities. Smells real good.
Lots of chocolate on the tongue. Alcohol makes it presence known early but disappears quickly. Some espresso coffee and dark fruits. Nice touch of smokiness. Delicious!
Mouthfeel rules on this. Smooth and creamy. Nice medium body with perfect carbonation.
This is a really really good beer from Victory. I can't believe I've never had this before. I will definitely drink again and I highly recommend this one.

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 metter98
3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of DogFood11
3.37/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

The pour is smooth and easily managed. Thin head sits above a dark brown body.

Malty and earthy. Charcoal, Mild Smoke, Toasted malts lean up against a sweetened molasses, licorice balancer. This is easy to drink but lacks any kind of hop presence to keep it fresh. Its rich and one sided. A bomber is a bit much in one sitting.

I'm usually into the style but this is not for me. I can tell its put together well for a desert type pairing but for gobbling during a ball game it does not fit. Save this one for a nightcapper with some rich cake etc...

Photo of Ryan011235
3.97/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter on 12/28/09

Enjoy by 3/26/09

Pours dark brown, settles black. Burnt crimson highlights. 1/2 inch tan/brown head dissipates rapidly to a thin wisp of foam on top. Very thin retention with spotty lacing. Swirling revives a little but not much.

Big malt aroma; robust & generally sweet. Lots of toffee with caramel, too. Roasted malt notes & hints of chocolate. Dark fruit undertones - prunes, raisins & maybe a hint of cherry. Nuances of molasses. Little bit of booziness.

Tastes very close to the nose. Sweet & roasted malts aplenty. Toffee & caramel upfront with roasted chocolate around the edges. Hints of vanilla. Undertones of baked dark bread. Toasty. Not picking out much in the way of fruit notes.

Full body with low carbonation. Creamy; very smooth from start to finish. Not a whole lot of residual notes lingering on the finish, just a little roastiness.

Drinks well for 8.5% abv. Solid flavor profile; quite enjoyable. Considering the bottle indicates it's nine months past its prime, it's all the more impressive.

Photo of BeerAdvocate
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From BeerAdvocate Magazine Volume II, Issue IV:

Baltic Thunder is the resurrection of Perkeno's Hammer from the late Heavyweight Brewing Co.--man, we miss that brewery.

Dark brown, nearly black color. Smallish head, though the tan lacing does have some decent retention to it. Ripe blackberries, licorice root, soft charcoal and a very faint smokiness from the roasted grain make up the aroma. Just as smooth as it is creamy and it's pretty damn smooth, with a full malt jacket. A malt bomb is not saying enough; thick layers of sweetness and roasted character unfold. Suggestions of chocolate mousse, black cherry juice, toasted bread, hint of charcoal and mild roast coffee show off the complexities. Alcohol is a little hidden, with a small warming quality in the end. Hop bitterness and flavor both come in modestly and really only help to keep some balance. Finishes a little chocolaty, slight mocha, sweet.

Delicious. Very rich with pleasing malt complexities. Excellent for pairing with a dessert or even as a night cap.

Photo of yeahnatenelson
3.28/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance -- Pours into the glass like dark maple syrup. Dark in the glass, but when held up to light it is a clear, deep ruby hue. Beautiful, but not for a Baltic Porter.

Smell -- Raisin, caramel, dark roast, and baker's chocolate.

Taste -- Mild dark roast flavors are immediate: cocoa, char, some faint smoke. There's quite a bit of fruity sweetness, particularly raisin and date, as well as caramel and toffee. The finish is mildly roasty with some residual caramel/toffee sweetness. Overall, rich and dark, but more in the vein of a strong dark ale or old ale.

Mouthfeel -- Medium to full in body. Mild carbonation makes it creamy.

Drinkability -- I felt like I was docking this for points against my better judgement, but that's what happens when you rate to style. It misses a number of the hallmarks for an exceptional Baltic Porter, mostly in the appearance and flavor profiles. If you told me this was a strong dark ale, I would have believed you. I also would have graded this a B+/A-.

That said, it's a delicious beer, whatever it is. I enjoyed it considerably.

Photo of CooperEllis
3.81/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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'.


Photo of misinformed
3.83/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle labeled "Enjoy by Jan. 27, 2011". Poured in to a pint glass.

A- Close to opaque, dark red/brown color. Poured with close to a 2 finger head that quickly disappeared. No residual head or any lacing at all.

S- Not strong smelling. Faint hops at first followed by roasted malts. The hops faded after the beer warmed a bit which pretty much just left a nice roasty smell.

T- Underwhelming at first. Malty, roasted malts. Faint smokiness. There was a small amount of sweetness as well, but it's not strong or even one of the major flavors. Some faint baking chocolate. As it warmed up towards room temperature the profile shifted a bit and some light hops came out. I also noticed some fruit notes (raisin, maybe apple). Mild bitter finish. Light alcohol occasionally.

M- Thin and watery. Very light, tiny bubbled carbonation on the tongue.

D- Smooth and not overly complex. I noticed hints of the alcohol now and then, but it doesn't show its higher alcohol content. I was quite surprised and enjoyed this beer a lot. Definitely drink it closer to room temperature otherwise you're not doing this brew justice. I don't know how often I would pick this up, but I would definitely drink it again.

Photo of connecticutpoet
3.92/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of OBeerMeGreatOne
3.92/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured out with a small, quick to disappear head, minimal lace. The body is a nice deep brown with ruby highlights.
The smell starts with lightly roasted malts, some earthy hops and a little vanilla sweetness to finish it off.
The taste is pretty nice. You have the coffee/chocolate that you might expect followed by a nice bit of hops. More hops than I expected but it gives it a nice crisp finish.
A little thin on the mouth.
I liked this baltic porter. It isn't too complex but it has an all weather feel to it. If you can find it for under $5 I'd say try it out.

Photo of alleykatking
4.22/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 22oz bottle.

A- Pours a very dark brown color. Light red hues when held to the light. One finger light tan head. Ringing lacing on the sides of the glass.

S- Very light darker fruits in the aroma. Roasted malts with light toffee notes. Some chocolate malts in this make the beer overall a pleasant surprise in the nose.

T- Nice roasted malts upfront with light toffee flavors. Biscuty flavors in the middle with some darker fruits that are choice notes in here. Light bittering hops in the backend with roasted malts at the last second.

M- Medium mouthfeel. Carbonation is good for the style. Roasted malts left on the palate of this with a light hopping in the aftertaste. Flavors were clean and mixed well together.

D- A very very drinkable porter. This is a smooth drinker and the ABV is the only limiting thing on this. I would have no problem drinking a couple of bottles of this.

Photo of bruachan
3.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of emmasdad
3.63/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very dark brown with some reddish highlights and a fluffy, white tan head. Aromas of dark and caramel malts, Hershey's cocoa and hints of dark fruit. Good flavors here, chocolate, plums and molasses. Well balanced, with the alcohol hidden, and a nice dry finish. Glad I got to try this one, but I doubt I will go out of my way to track down another.

Photo of jmdrpi
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

poured into nonic pint glass from 22oz bomber
A - dark reddish brown with a thin whispy head that clings around the rim
S - malty, nutty aroma, with a slight note of hops
T - a little coffee and chocolate, but not overly complex.
M - lower carbonation, thinner body for a porter
D - fairly easy to drink, no hint of the slightly higher abv

Photo of TheGordianKnot
3.53/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Black color with a thick whitish head.

S- Smells like it is prominent with chocolate malt, not much else

T/M- Pretty robust taste with slight hop bitterness. Little carbonation and medium-ish mouth feel...

D- Fairly drinkable, but not the most I've experienced in a porter.

Overall, I'm a little disappointed that I didn't take better notes. This was toward the end of a long tasting night, so I think I may have been getting on the drunk side. I do know that I enjoyed the beer quite a bit...

Photo of CampusCrew
4.05/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

appearance: pitch black with some good head rentention and lacing

smell: roasted malt, coffee/chocolate and sublte saltness

taste: nice ikperial porter. sublte sweetness, nice choclate flavor

mouthfeel: medium bodied and on the light side for a imp porter. a few nothces above guinness

drinkability: good overall impy porter

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Baltic Thunder from Victory Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 913 ratings.