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Baltic Thunder - Victory Brewing Company

Baltic ThunderBaltic Thunder

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BA SCORE
87
very good

856 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

(view ratings)
Ratings: 856
Reviews: 533
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 11.89%


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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Ratings: 856 | Reviews: 533 | Show All Ratings:
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jifigz

Pennsylvania

4.33/5  rDev +11.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2012 17:32:53 | More by jifigz
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NoLeafClover44

Delaware

4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bottle poured into Weyerbacher cuvee.

A - Pours a dark brown, nearly black with ruby highlights in the light. A two finger almond head settles to one finger then stays put. Great tiered lacing.

S - Smells like oats, black coffee, toasty malt, very nutty. A little bit weak for an imperial porter.

T - Much more robust than the smell. Strong flavors of dark fruits, coffee, and toasted malt. A caramel/toffee sweetness rises above the traces of bitter coffee and burnt toast flavors on the finish for an impressive complexity. No alcohol.

M - Medium bodied with average-low carbonation. The flavors really hold this one up so no complaints in this department.

O - I was very impressed by the full flavors in this beer. In my experience Baltic Porters have left something to be desired in this category. Great sweetness, while not being overwhelmingly so. I bump up the overall category a half a point for the $5 bomber price. Unheard of in PA for a beer this good with 8.5% ABV. I highly recommend it.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2012 02:14:19 | More by NoLeafClover44
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bnes09

Illinois

3.63/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Milk chocolate color. Weak head and poor retention.

Dark, rich aroma. Figs, nuts and a slight alcohol spice.

Dark fruit sweetness is the predominant flavor. Mild roasted flavor of almonds. Enough earthy hop bitterness to balance. Alcohol burn in the end.

Medium, bordering on full bodied. Creamy in the middle and drying in the end from the alcohol. Good carbonation.

Descent. Less roasted flavor and hop bitterness than expected. Tastes a lot like a wee heavy. Still good though.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2012 01:01:02 | More by bnes09
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Labeerfinder


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

Dark mahagony color. The malt aroma is light, has a hint of cookie, and caramel. The hops are lemony, and the yeast has a tinge of cheese. The body is medium, the texture is thick, no carbonation, and the flavor’s duration is long; sweetness is light, as is acidity and bitterness. Perhaps a hint of coffee in the taste as well.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2012 03:56:39 | More by Labeerfinder
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justintcoons

Pennsylvania

3.45/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter.

A: Pours an extremely dark ruby red which appears transparent black. Has 1 finger of tan head that dissipates quickly revealing webbed lacing. Moderate carbonation with some sediment settling at the bottom of the glass.

N: Coffee with cream, toffee, sweet roasted barley and maybe some dark fruit.

T: Watered down coffee, roasted barley and overripe plum. Mid-palate brings in roasted sugars along with notes of toffee and molasses. Finishes with bitter dark roast coffee and hints of charcoal.

M: Medium bodied, silky, smooth, sticky and dry.

O: Not too complex and is overall a collection of roasted sugars and coffee. What is does have going for it is its easy drinkability. The 8.5% abv is hidden extremely well.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2012 01:37:29 | More by justintcoons
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DarthKostrizer

California

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

Bottle shared with Alucard4

Look: Black with red highlights and totally opaque with a 1/2 inch tan head and just ok retention

Smell: Roasted malt cocoa nibs and slight coffee notes

Taste: Almost identical to the nose this beer is. The only difference is it has a bit of a vanilla sweetness mid palate

Mouthfeel: Medium body and mild carbonation

Overall: Pretty damn good beer will drink again

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2012 18:32:33 | More by DarthKostrizer
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TheMultiYeast

Pennsylvania

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

Nearly black with a creamy tan head.

Smell contains a unique ripe fruit/berry quality followed by roasted smokiness and coffee.

Smoked, caramelized malts..dark fruits, mild coffee, somewhat syrupy sweetness.

Chewy, oil, smooth with light carbonation. Very nice.

Pretty good!

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2012 05:14:31 | More by TheMultiYeast
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velosuds

Oregon

3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2012 04:56:38 | More by velosuds
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mattbk

New York

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

A: Deep brown choclate color. Rich, creamy thick head. Looks fairly thin at this point. Inviting.
S: Malty, bready, definitely chocolate. Maybe some slight hops in the background lurking.
T: Rich malt all the way up front. Buttery in the middle. The finish has some light chocolate followed immediately by drying alcohol and warming going down. It is very cold outside, and this is nice.
M: The mouthfeel on this beer is very good. Definitely has a good sense of body, but not too filling. The carbonation is just right as well, just a bit prickly but overall smooth.
o: This is a nice beer. I haven't had many baltics and I can't say this blew me away, but definitely made well. I would have preferred a bit more chocolate taste and a little less alcohol burn.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2012 01:30:35 | More by mattbk
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Oakenator

Pennsylvania

4.49/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pour is a dark brown with a bit of light shining through. A full head at pour disappates but leaves a nice rim around the glass and some lacing.

S: Malty, sweet, brown sugar and a hint of hops.

T: Hops catch up front and balance nicely through to back with the ample malt addition. Again a presence of a sweetner.

M: Leaning towards the heavier side although not a thick beer.

O: Great brew and a good one for colder months... with a hop kick.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2011 14:06:05 | More by Oakenator
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tone77

Pennsylvania

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

Poured from a brown 22 oz. bottle. Has a black color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of roasted malts, a bit sweet. Taste is malty, sweet, some smokiness, a touch of chocolate. Feels full bodied in the mouth and overall this is a quality brew worth checking out.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2011 14:24:05 | More by tone77
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laituegonflable

Australia

3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very dark chocolate colour, brown at the edges when held up to the light. Head is off-white, nice and fluffy when poured, dissipated to a thin cloud with a pleasant rim of lace. Slight trickle of bead. Nice.

Smells chocolatey and grainy. Quite sweet, with a mildly bitter cocoa edge to it but largely caramelly and a touch of wet mash aroma to it, giving a fairly underattenuated sense. Touch of espresso at the back, but largely sweet. Not bad, expected more.

Taste is quite similar, quite sweet with a very noticeable freshly malted grain flavour. Touch of caramel and chocolate grain. Yeah very chocolatey really, with a touch of cola, some lemongrass, berries and peanuts, almost peanut buttery late with a touch of saltiness. Not as dark as it could have been, but it's a porter so even though I'm craving more stouty bitterness, I forgive this for its pleasant, lightly roasted-grain flavour and sweet but dry finish. Quite enjoying this.

Bit thinner than I maybe expected for 8.5%, comes across as really quite dry. There's a presence but it's not very thick or malty.

I've had better baltic porters especially from the US, but it's a nice inoffensive drinking beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2011 23:26:28 | More by laituegonflable
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Alieniloquium

Florida

3.5/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

650 mL bottle poured into a chalice. Best by 1/27/2011. Oops.

Appearance - A fairly transparent brown body with a small head and no lacing. It's red in the light and definitely doesn't look like a porter to me, especially a big porter.

Smell - Sweet caramel malts and some fruitiness. It has a hint of coffee and roasted malts, but it honestly smells like a baby barleywine. Looks like a barleywine too.

Taste - Sweet caramel malts, initially, but then it hits with a roasty bitterness. It finishes with a dose of coffee and the bitterness lingers. Not a good finish, but the other flavors are ok.

Mouthfeel - It's very astringent in the finish and it doesn't leave a pleasant flavor around. Low carbonation, but light in body so that it's still easy drinking. Too easy, maybe.

Overall - It tastes good, but it's not what I expected at all. Not a lot of porter character. In between a porter and a barleywine, without the best characteristics of either.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2011 22:31:08 | More by Alieniloquium
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Mora2000

Texas

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

Thanks to 5000 for sending me this bottle.

The beer pours a dark brown color with a tan head. The aroma if full of coffee and roasted malt with some dark fruit mixed in. There is also a little bit of alcohol in the aroma. The flavor is more of the same. I get a lot of coffee and chocolate up front, with some roasted malt and dark cherries and prunes in the background. There is also some nice mint characteristics in the flavor which I really enjoy. The alcohol is present but doesn't hinder the drinkability. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. A very nice Baltic porter.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2011 02:38:04 | More by Mora2000
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dgilks

Australia

3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2011 07:29:25 | More by dgilks
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irishevans

Alaska

4.18/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Mahogany brown pours a finger thick head that quickly settles to a film atop the liquid. too dark to see through, but gets a rubyish tint near the bottom of the glass when held to the light.

N-toasty, malty as hell, caramel. maybe even a little smoky touch as well.

T-Malt bomb, caramel and toffee, some dark fruits too. drys out just the slightest bit toward the finish, but doesn't leave you cotton mouthed.

M-creamy but still nicely carbonated, and has a quick crisp pinch in the middle.

O-drinks easy as can be for it's size, tastes great, and pairs well with my favorite Alaskan foods (smoked fish, Salmon, Halibut, Game meat like moose, etc.) and being that it's on sale up here now, I may grab a few and see how it does with a year or 2. I really like this beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2011 02:48:00 | More by irishevans
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MrVonzipper

California

4.33/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark walnut color with mahogany at the edges where light shows through. Decent bubbly tan head with pretty good retention and lacing.

Pleasant nose with nice roasted malt, roasted nuts, faint coffee, chocolate and rum raisin notes.

Nice robust flavor similar to the nose but better. Nice balance with dark roasted malt, mild coffee and roasted nut notes. No bitter or chalkiness and not overly sweet.

Med.+ bodied mouthfeel with medium-high carbonation. Just a touch dry without being chalky or too dry.

Overall a very nice Baltic Porter. Probably my second favorite. Nice robust flavor and balance without the negative tendencies that others of the style sometimes have. I highly recommend this one.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2011 20:34:32 | More by MrVonzipper
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ADZA

Australia

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

Pours a dark chestnut hue which leaves a creamy two finger head that dissapates slowly to leave a layer of cappicino froth and a rim of lacing,the smell is roasted malts and barley mixed with dark plums and milky chocolate,the mouthfeel is between light and medium bodied and has tastes of chocolate coated cherries,roasted dark malts,toffee,raisins,milky coffee and finished with a nice toasty berry finish and overall i quite like this drop as its very sessionable for its style and would buy again definately its one of those dark brews that u could drink all night cheers.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2011 13:40:52 | More by ADZA
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GarrettMD

New York

3.73/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Dark brown, essentially black color. You can still see though the beer near the edges, but it's completely opaque in the middle. Thin layer of off white bubbles form the head, but it's nothing too special and fades pretty quickly even with a fairly aggressive pour.

S - Love that smell. Deep roasted malts with sweet chocolate overlaying them and hints of smoke and leather.

T - Interesting progression. Starts right off with Smoke and alcohol. Quickly brings you to the sweet chocolate malts, then blends in the roasted malts with some dark fruits.

M - Medium to full bodied, little carbonation (which is good). The finish is slightly drying with a bitter aftertaste as well as some smoke.

O - Pretty good. I could do with a little less alcohol bite, maybe a little better balance between the sweet and roasted malts, and then it would be pretty damn good.

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2011 03:26:24 | More by GarrettMD
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bum732

Maryland

3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2011 01:46:51 | More by bum732
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Jeffo

Netherlands

3.4/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Got this bomber from kv84 and his mate in the summer. Thanks a lot for the brews gents!

From a bomber into a snifter.
Note: Strong Porter brewed with lager yeast.

APPEARANCE: A thin, transparent brown pour produces a 1+ finger, medium looking, light brown head with good retention. Dark brown and slightly mahogany in color, transparent body, and very active carbonation for the style. Head slowly fades to a good film cap, but only a ring remains and leaves no real lacing down the glass. Could be a little darker and the carbonation could be toned back a little.

SMELL: Dark malts, toffee and caramel, with some dark grapes and raisins. Medium strength nose, but quite nice.

TASTE: Dark malts and very fruity up front. Dark fruits with grapes, raisins and dates, then moves into a very spicy finish. Dark malts, sweet caramel and brown sugar with some bigger spicy notes linger on the palate. Aftertaste is mild yet persistent. Tasty enough, and bordering on a Belgian strong dark ale almost.

PALATE: Medium body with lower levels of carbonation. Creamy on the palate, goes down smooth and finishes with a tiny bite at the swallow. Slightly mouth-coating. A good feel, and surprisingly low carbonation given the look.

OVERALL: The look kind of hurt this one, and it could be a little more forthcoming in the nose, but this one was tasty enough to be interesting. Bigger body helped out a lot as well. This porter uses lager yeast, and from my experience, lager yeast moves an imperial porter closer to the Belgian strong ale zone. This is a style of beer I really enjoy, so I enjoyed this one as well, but it didn’t quench my thirst for an imperial porter brewed with ale yeast, which is the type I enjoy more I think. That said, this is a quality brew in its own right and is worth checking out. Thanks again for the trade kv84.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2011 18:56:33 | More by Jeffo
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Digimaika2

Ontario (Canada)

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

A: Pours a dark cherry colour with a single finger of lightly brown coloured head. Satisfactory retention and minimal lacing.

S: Chocolate strongest on the nose with some faint dark fruit aromas in there (raisins, plums, cherries). Picking up an alcohol aroma as this warms. Faint but pleasing aromas.

T: Very similar to the smell with smooth and rich chocolate upfront followed by mellow dark fruit notes (plums, cherries, dates). There's also some nice caramel and molasses-like qualities to this. Lovely burnt and dry finish with a bit of smokiness. The dark candied fruit taste is not overbearing at all but subtle and refreshing, and is a welcome quality as I find a lot of breweries put too much of an emphasis into it. Overall perhaps not the most complex, but well executed with the ingredients used.

M: A low viscosity and faint carbonation put this in-line with the style, and better than most.

O: A very smooth and easy-to-drink baltic porter that I would have again. Certainly not the most complex, but nonetheless a solid and tasty baltic porter with a very good taste profile.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2011 03:27:05 | More by Digimaika2
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montecristo2

New Jersey

3.53/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a goblet from a bottle from 2007.

I waited longer than the suggested date on the bottle, so I'm sure that influenced my impression of this beer.

Pours a dark brown/black into the glass. Decent head at first that dissipated to a light foam.

Smells of roasty malts. I really like the smell of this beer.

Taste was a bit less than expected. I didn't really get much out of this porter-a straight ahead beer, nothing fancy, but drinkable. Lots of roasty malts, toffeeish, and sweet.

Overall a good beer to try for the style but I probably won't buy it again. There are other porters of this style I enjoy more.

Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2011 14:53:11 | More by montecristo2
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micromaniac129

Pennsylvania

3.6/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A deep chestnut color ale with barely any translucency.
Pours with just an average size head that fades to mere surface foam very quickly.

Aroma is enticing with aromas of roasted to burnt malts rich dark chocolate malts.

Taste as one might expected is malt forward. Burnt malts and bittersweet chocolates.
Malts present themselvies with bitter and herbal hops.
For me there is an odd off putting taste at the end of the swallow. I can't quite put my finger on it.

Thin tasting with a slick and sticky finish.

There is an odd taste in there that is a bit off putting for me, really to the point that i wish not to have another. I suspect that it's something with the hops.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2011 17:30:15 | More by micromaniac129
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FanofHefe

Illinois

3.53/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bomber poured into a Duvel tulip; best by date of Jan 7, 2012. Deep brown body that is clear with crimson tint around the edges. Two finger tan head that retains well and leaves a little lacing.

A little light on the aroma, but definite notes of roasted malt and chocolate.

The taste is good but not complex. Similar to the aroma, it is strong in the roasted malt and accompanying flavor of light chocolate. Just a slight note of coffee.

The mouthfeel is a little too thin for my liking. Decent, but not great beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2011 01:22:36 | More by FanofHefe
Baltic Thunder from Victory Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 856 ratings.