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Baltic Thunder - Victory Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
87
very good

899 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 899
Reviews: 532
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 11.63%
Wants: 62
Gots: 44 | 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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4/5  rDev +3.4%

paulys55, Mar 20, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

dunix, Mar 19, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

zdeck37, Mar 17, 2014
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

Loco_Joe, Mar 10, 2014
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

JKV96, Mar 06, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

Lamdawg420, Mar 03, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

JohnParadee, Mar 03, 2014
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

smithj4, Mar 02, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Joecaddie, Feb 24, 2014
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

zeff80, Feb 23, 2014
Photo of jpro
3.94/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle from James Island Pig when everything was 50% off. Poured into a dimpled mug...

A: Odd color... Brown - not even close to black; light ecru head - one finger; no retention, nor lace.

S: Bready; chocolatey; toasted caramel malt; fudge; wow.

T: Snappy chocolate malt and some toast; bitter / earthy finish; smooth coffee on end, too.

M: Full-bodied; high carbonation.

O: A nice, hearty brew!

*from notes 02.04.14

jpro, Feb 14, 2014
Photo of timoteo833
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

timoteo833, Feb 13, 2014
Photo of superspak
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, no bottle dating. Pours lightly hazy dark reddish brown color with a 2 finger dense khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of big chocolate, cocoa, caramel, biscuit, toast, nuttiness, brown bread, brown sugar, raisin, plum, light roast, herbal, and toasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good complexity of dark/toasty malts and light yeast ester notes; with good strength. Taste of chocolate, cocoa, caramel, toast, biscuit, nuttiness, brown sugar, brown bread, light roast, raisin, plum, herbal, and toasted earthiness. Minimal bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of chocolate, cocoa, toast, biscuit, caramel, nuttiness, brown bread, light roast, herbal, and toasted earthiness on thin finish for a good bit. Damn nice balance and complexity of dark/bready malts and moderate fruity yeast ester flavors; with great malt robustness and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a moderately creamy, smooth, and bready mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice Baltic porter. All around nice balance, robustness, and complexity of dark/bready malt and light-moderate yeast ester flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

superspak, Feb 12, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

Swaino, Feb 12, 2014
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

DCocco86, Feb 11, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

Punchfoster, Feb 08, 2014
Photo of Ozzylizard
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cellared bottle best by 3/26/13 at 50 degrees into goblet
Aroma of malts and grain
Head small (1.5 cm), fizzy, light brown, mostly diminishing
Lacing average
Body appears dark brown or black, but when held to the light, a clear dark ruby redness is evident
Flavor begins with slight roasty/toasty goodness, with hints of dates(?), no hops, no diacetyl, no alcohol
Ends with a short-lived stomach burn
Palate is medium, slightly oily, soft carbonation

One of my favorite beers over the years, but it seems to be changing , ie getting cheapened. The maltiness and creamier textures of previous batches seems to be declining – it seems less complex.

Ozzylizard, Feb 05, 2014
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3/5  rDev -22.5%

IAMTEAMPONY, Jan 31, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

Barnsley, Jan 28, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

grahamboudreaux, Jan 28, 2014
Photo of Altrurian
3.99/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

About five hours after the growler was capped, Baltic Thunder decanted a deep mahogany, with a crystalline garnet core when held to the light. A vigorous pour raised a head of slightly over a finger's width. It fell quickly, with little residual.

The beer's aroma is full and sweet. It's promise is borne out in a flavor that, while possessing dusky, malty elements, veers toward the confectionary. It might be a little too sweet--and perhaps simple--for some, but I find it fun and satisfying on a winter evening. The beer's impressive texture is smooth and frothy.

Altrurian, Jan 26, 2014
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3.39/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

$6.49 for a 22oz bottle @ Siciliano's. Brewed with "imported 2 row German malts and whole flower German hops" per the website. 8.5% ABV.

Pours out to a slightly hazy very deep brown, forming a creamy light tan head with very good retention and lacing. Carbonation is moderate, ~2.5 carbs or so. The aroma is of C120/Special B, grainy sweet pils malt, figs and dates and cocoa powder. Not much roast character. Faintly flowery hops. Mouthfeel is smooth, sweet, lightly cloying (appropriate to style), with some chocolate malt astringency in the finish. The taste starts with carob, a touch of alcohol, figs and dates, mild herbal bitterness, and this peculiar roasty note, like toasted pumpernickel bread, leather and moist pipe tobacco. Herbal hops throughout are odd for the style.

Interesting. I don't think many people would disagree with me if I were to say this is not to style (light in color, minimal roast, no black currants, raisins, prunes, late addition hops), but it's still a good beer...it just tastes more like an imperial brown. Nothing like Sinebrychoff, Okocim, Zywiec, Baltika #6, Carnegie Stark or Aldaris, but I still enjoy it on it's own merit. Rated here "to style".

Mitchster, Jan 25, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

AJ01923, Jan 24, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

Peter1977, Jan 18, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +22.7%

reitzbrewing, Jan 18, 2014
Baltic Thunder from Victory Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 899 ratings.