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Baltic Thunder - Victory Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
87
very good

871 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 871
Reviews: 532
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 11.63%
Wants: 59
Gots: 34 | 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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tavernjef

Minnesota

3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2010 00:50:00 | More by tavernjef
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tjd112

New Jersey

3.48/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presentation - Unfortunately had to pour bomber into paper cup

Appearance - Black body with minimal shine through, finger off-white head, little lacing

Smell/Taste - Most malty and fruity, with a bit of toffee for good measure

Mouthfeel/Drinkability - Semi-dry, medium bodied, fairly drinkable for a dark beer

Overall - Average

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2010 14:07:44 | More by tjd112
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burnstar

Pennsylvania

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

Pours a clear very dark brown with a good sized head. Nice lacing on the surface. Smell is malty with fruit notes. Toffee. Taste is sweet. Caramel and dark fruit flavors. A little balancing earthy hop bitterness in the finish provide some balance. Quite tasty. Full bodied with a creamy mouthfeel. Easy to drink. Very nice overall.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2009 23:27:25 | More by burnstar
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mntlover

Tennessee

3.93/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark black with ruby highlights when held to the light. Thumb sized tan head falls quick no lace.

Aroma is lightly roasted malts some fruit hints of smoke and peat.

Taste is nice roasted malts good chocolate notes. Some fruity notes with hints of peat. Hops make an appearance herbal and grassy mixed. Flavor is good not quite up to baltic porter strength or body.

Mouthfeel is decent but only medium or so. Good mellow carbonation.

Drinkability is good its an enjoyable porter even if I was expecting more.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2009 20:33:15 | More by mntlover
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Dotcubed

Arkansas

3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2009 02:47:08 | More by Dotcubed
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scootny

New York

3.88/5  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

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2009 04:53:55 | More by scootny
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sprucetip

Alaska

4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes. Very attractive. Dark brown but more red, and clear, when backlit. Thick tan head, good retention, patchy lacing.

SMELL hard to find at first. Sweet caramel malty, hot boozy, vageuly dark fruity, and a bit nutty.

TASTE dark fruit and moderate roasty bitterness with some caramel sweetness from big malty base poking through. More rich, full and balanced as it warms. Complexity increases throughout the sample.

FEEL rich, full, viscous, strong warming, some drying and bitterness in the finish.

OVERALL kinda big and bold for more than sipping. But very rich, complex and balanced. Well done representation of the style.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2009 23:36:18 | More by sprucetip
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illidurit

California

3.55/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a clear brownish copper color, rather light for a porter. After one sniff it's immediately clear that this porter is a lager. Very clean scent with cocoa, dark chocolate, and a touch of smoke. Flavor is a little muted. Dark bread crusts and cocoa, with a crisp and clean finish. Drinks like a schwarzbier despite the high alcohol, which is imperceivable. Nice but needs more complexity and robustness.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2009 03:45:59 | More by illidurit
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bret27

California

3.83/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

bottle courtesy of bulletrain76

S: light, roasty, malty, grains, nutty, crisp

A: Dark ruby brown, clear, light foamy brn head

T: Clean, malt, little roast, light chocolate

M: light and smooth lagery, but not watery

D: good, same comments as mouthfeel

Ovreall: Very drinkable. Feels much lower than abv. Also very drinkable despite chocolate and roasty notes.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2009 18:48:02 | More by bret27
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morimech

Minnesota

3.3/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I have been wanting this beer for a long time. After drinking it I wonder why I bothered. A lager interpretation of the style. Pours a dark brown color with a small tan head. The head settles to a thin cap. Just a little lacing is left on the glass. Has a clean lager aroma with hints of nuts and toffee. The flavor likewise clean and non offensive. It also lacks charactor. Hints of roasted nuts and chcolate. The body is really weak. This is suppose to be a bigger porter. It is thin and watery. Really weak. Thankfully the carbonation is not overdone. I am not impressed at all with this beer. Could use a lot more flavor and interesting flavor at that. Drinkable for sure but I will not be coming back.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2009 17:57:12 | More by morimech
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blackenmn

Minnesota

4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a snifter

Appearance and Smell:Poured a dark brown with a cream colored head which faded fairly quickly but stuck around pretty nicely near the edge of the glass. This appeared a bit more translucent than expected. Smelled of roasted nut, a bit of caramel malt, and some feint coffee and dark fruit with a bit of noticeable citrus scent in the back as it warmed.

Taste and Mouthfeel:Tasted of roased creamy toffee with a bit of caramel. Very malty brew which finished very creamy and wet, excellent finish. ALOT thinner than expected with not alot of bitterness. Really enjoyed how this felt on the tongue.

Drinkability:I'd definitely drink this again, my first baltic porter experience. Really sweet brew with a great finish, expected something with ALOT more viscosity but was pleasantly suprised with this actually.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2009 02:46:02 | More by blackenmn
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Mistofminn

Minnesota

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

Been looking for this for a long time. Finally got my chance when this hit Minnesota last week.

Pours a deep ruby brown color with a creamy white head. This is actually a very impressive head. It looks like I just got served this on nitro-tap, it's that creamy. Decent retention and leaves nice lacing. I'm just not a fan of the color, I was expecting something darker for a Baltic Porter, but thats just me.

The nose is very sweet, with lightly toasted malts. There is also a dark dried fruit character there.

The taste is slightly different, including a less pronounced toasted malt character, sweeter dried dark fruits, with faint hints of chocolate and toffee.

Mouthfeel is medium, with a fine carbonation. Drinkability is great, the alcohol is hidden exceptionally well.

Overall, yet another solid offering from Victory. Before I had this, I had plans of buying a bunch for cellaring, but I just don't think this would benefit much from cellaring. It's a little watery, and the flavors could be much more pronounced. Still, it's a very good baltic porter, and I'm glad I tried it.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2009 06:20:30 | More by Mistofminn
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endincolorado

Ohio

4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep, ruby-brown body with cream-white head, good retention and good lace.

Sweet caramelly malt, some light fruitiness and a hint of toffee.

Delicious toffee and hazelnut, faint cocoa, a bit of roast and also some fruitiness.

Medium body, also a bit syrupy in texture. Appropriate carbonation.

Deliciously malty, but a well-rounded BP overall. Could definitely go for another.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2009 03:49:07 | More by endincolorado
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BevMoAndrew

California

3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a rich mahogany with a thick tan froth. Aromas of roasted hazelnuts, toffee, coffee, subtle dark fruits, molasses, chocolate covered raisins, light smoke and sweet alcohol follow through on the palate. The highlight of the beer is the incredibly smooth and creamy textured mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good (not great, but good) beer that, unfortunately, doesn't taste as good as it smells, but is incredibly well built and I'm at least happy to see another great brewery make a beer from an under appreciated category.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2009 02:26:04 | More by BevMoAndrew
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countrocula

New Jersey

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

Served into a 20oz Foster's pint glass. Auburn hooker wig in color. Head isn't as dense as I was expecting but beautiful nonetheless. Don't notice much lacing.

Nose strikes me as faint sherry, malt, raisins and slight cocoa.

taste is slight coffee, semi-sweet cocoa, barely perceptible liquor warmth. Not too much of the sour towel bacteria that I like in porters, but nice anyhow.

Mouth is mild. Slips down well with low carbonation which I guess is par for the course but I expected more with all the sugar going on. As the 22oz warms, things become more balanced and flavorful, something I adore with this style

The ABV is 8.5 which surprises my tongue, yet not my brain. Fuzz crept in nicely which could be scary if I had 3 of these around. Definite keeper, yet a "treat" brew.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2009 01:00:23 | More by countrocula
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womencantsail

California

3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: What a beauty! This one pours a deep, dark brown, bordering on black. There is (initially) a big fluffy off-white head, which dies down and leaves some nice lacing.

S: The nose is primarily roasted malt. There is also some coffee and mild chocolate.

T: The flavors are, thankfully, more intense and complex than the aromas. There is quite a bit of chocolate to go along with a great roasted maltiness. A subtle toffee flavor is present as well.

M: I was expecting a fairly thick, chewy beer. I was quite surprised to find that this beer was as thin as it is. Not necessarily bad, but it detracts a bit from the experience.

D: For a fairly big porter, this is surprisingly drinkable. The flavors mask the alcohol well and they are quite pleasant as well. I would definitely pick this one up again.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2009 06:30:03 | More by womencantsail
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AgentZero

Illinois

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

A - Dark black that fades to dark brown when held up to the light. Small brown head with medium paced dissipation that left very little lacing.

S - Roasted malts with coffee, maybe some slight toffee flavor.

T - Very light for a porter, I'm not usually a fan and it doesn't have that deep porter aftertaste that I tend to dislike. Besides the expected roasted malts there are some dark fruits present.

M - Goes down smooth for something this dark and with this type of ABV. A little short of medium bodied.

D - Easily drinkable for a porter, not quite sessionable, but could do a few.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2009 04:06:13 | More by AgentZero
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BigDank

South Dakota

3.68/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This 22oz Baltic Porter pours a rich but not heavy dark, almost black. The head is dark tan and the stay is long, however there really is any lacing to speak of. The smell is of roasted malt with a bit of sweetness that politely asks, not begs, for you to take the first drink. Carbonation is medium and it rolls across the tongue fairly smooth with a subtle aftertaste that is nothing to be disappointed with. No outstanding alcohol flavor present which is good. This is one that could be drank on a regular basis and at any given time. Can't say that it is especially designed for but a good one to drink if you have it around. Unfortunately it is not a regular offering around here so this may be my only visit. Glad to have had the opportunity though.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2009 22:42:57 | More by BigDank
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lionking

Pennsylvania

4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a shaker glass.

Appearance is pitch black in the glass

Smells and tastes of chocolate with some fruit in their too. Mouthfeel is lighter than i would have expected from the dark color and high ABV.

As for drinkabilitiy,I would say I didnt notice the high ABV when I was drinking this one.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2009 00:40:57 | More by lionking
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DoubleJ

California

2.7/5  rDev -30.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

November is here! And so is Baltic Thunder. On to the beer:

At the bottom of my weizen glass, it has a dark cola color, while further up it creeps to...a darker cola color. The slightly beige colored head, which is an inch thick and holding up well. The aroma is low on intesnity and excitement. Random cereals hit the nose in an unpleasant way....it's like....badly mingled hops with dry husky dark malt.

The body is big and smooth. That's the highlight to this beer. And the alcohol is hidden well too. That being said, the flavors seem very shallow. It tastes like some of the malt was left out of the fermentation. Very dry tasting malt. Dry unsweetened chocolate and a touch of charcoal are as exciting as it gets on the palate. The alcohol shows itself as each sip draws to a close.

I love porters, I enjoy baltic porters, and I have enjoyed baltic porters poured into weizen glasses. Baltic Thunder must have gotten lost during the storm, because this beer is not working for me.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2009 05:47:22 | More by DoubleJ
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dasenebler

Maine

3.6/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark mahogany with ruby edges. Aroma of sweet malt and a bit of fruit.

Flavor is fine, but not that inspiring. It's sweet, with some dark fruit. Lingering chocolate flavor. Hint of roast. At first there was a touch of American hop character, but this was fleeting. Mouthfeel is a high point with its chewy yet slippery character. Carbonation is low, just right for me.

I feel like this beer isn't very porter-like. The label claims it's a lager, which would make it pretty not-to-style then. Come to think of it, this beer is actually more reminiscent of German doppelbocks (which are lagers) to me. Still good beer though.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2009 00:44:27 | More by dasenebler
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ClevoPiwo

Ohio

3.85/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2009 23:03:42 | More by ClevoPiwo
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jwhancher

Pennsylvania

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

A: Nice dark, chocolately color with a bit of an amber hue. Nice head after the pour.

S: Hints of brown sugar, chocolate & caramel malts, maybe a bit of coffee.

T: Mostly malty taste w/hints of chocolate. Carbonation pleasant on the tongue.

M: Nice - nothing overpowering, yet not a lot that quite sticks out. A very even beer. Great porter-style.

D: Good drinkability, although I'm not so certain I would want to drink this all night. Seems like a better beer to have with dinner or dessert.

Overall, I enjoy this beer on occasional basis. Not one of my top favorites from Victory, but I wouldn't hesitate for a second if someone offered up a bottle.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2009 22:46:13 | More by jwhancher
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RoyalT

Ohio

3.8/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - This fella came out a nice, clear brown in color, like almost a perfect color of brown, with a dirty white head that lacked the persistence one expects from the style.

Smell - The rich, complex sugars here steal the show. In particular the raw sugar aroma was indistinguishable from the real thing. There were some nice brown sugar notes as well that were a combination of the sweetness of the sugar and the light toasty aroma of the malts. There's also just the mildest hint of espresso bean.

Taste - The sugars mostly came out from the nose but were not quite as big. The malt based moved forward a bit giving this BP a pleasant balance.

Mouthfeel - This is where the beer fell short IMO. The body was very thin, not close to medium, and there was a complete lack of alcohol on the tongue. I enjoyed the playful bitterness at the finish here but at 8.5 ABV I expect a little kick as called for in the style.

Drinkability - BPs should demand a slow draw but this guy begged to be chugged. I don't know if that's good or bad. It was a nice, easy-drinking beer but lacked the promised heft of its name.

PS: I don't think I've ever reviewed a beer without repeating at least one of the scores twice, 3.0, 4.5, 4.0, 2.5, & 3.5, but this one was all over the board for me.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2009 01:54:19 | More by RoyalT
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deaconoflove

Pennsylvania

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

Ap. Poured a very dark, almost black, with a deep amber red. Produced a large tan frothy head that held on quite a while. Good lacing, too.
Sm. Caramel and some hjops, bready malts maybe. Sweet.
Ta. Caramelly candy(in a good way), coffee with a hint of grapefruitiness thrown in later.
Mf. Good carbonation. Smoothly coats the mouth and fills it up with goodness.
Dr. A very nice porter that I could drink way too much of too quickly.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2009 22:45:37 | More by deaconoflove
Baltic Thunder from Victory Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 871 ratings.