Baltic Thunder - Victory Brewing Company
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3.63/5 rDev -6.2%
I got this in what was probably my first FedEx assisted trade. Many thanks to Alex (BeerBeing) for helping out this n00b. Labeled as best enjoyed by 02 Jan 2009, I don't expect too much.
Pouring a deep mahogany red with a dense, light brown head, this beer has excellent clarity. Retention is great and there's some patchy foam for lace.
The nose is quite excellent, and surprisingly so. With a very pleasant oxidation, there's plenty or figs, raisins and plums. As a Baltic Porter, this probably isn't top notch as their isn't much going on behind the oxidation, which also mirrors my experience with this beer fresh. Just a touch of alcohol is present too, but for the life of me, I can't pick out anything apart from dark fruit oxidation.
The palate is similar, but a little more expressive (and for the worse). I'm immediately confronted with the oxidation with raisins and plums, but behind that is a faint reflection of oxidation's evil step-brother - a papery, thin, cardboard-like character. I can see some cocoa, but really, all the character has been wiped out. Roasted malt bitterness lingers on the finish with some alcohol. A little licorice root is also present. Medium-light in body, this has moderate carbonation. Drying on the finish with a lingering fruity oxidation character and mild bitterness, this is decent. Now, do I want to drink an entire bottle? Not really, especially since I've got to get to work on a paper that has the potential to send me on an all expenses paid trip to Breckenridge this September.
To summarize - if you like oxidized beer with a ton of dark fruit character, you will like an aged Baltic Thunder. If you want more - probably not. Having tried this side by side with the Perkuno's Hammer, there really is no comparison, this beer is inferior in every possible way
05-18-2010 01:23:33 | More by DefenCorps
3.93/5 rDev +1.6%
Grabbed this on a recent visit to Whidbey Beer Works: http://www.whidbeybeerworks.com/ . Poured a nice brownish red, much redder than I expected. There was just a thin cap of light tan head that dissipated at a moderate pace and left scant lacing.
The aroma was a nice malty combination of scents, roast, coffee, toffee and a bit of spice. The flavors fit those descriptors pretty closely as well.
The body was good, perhaps a bit thinner than I anticipated, and smooth. Drinkability was very good for a beer of this strength.
Overall, a very nice beer that I look forward to having again.
05-16-2010 00:28:57 | More by beertunes
4.08/5 rDev +5.4%
Poured into a pint...
A: pours a very dark mahogany with a 1 finger head of tan foam.
S: a rich and sweet, toffee, and chocolatey aroma with a hint of raisin and plum
T: a sharp, roasty, biscuity flavor upfront, then becoming sweet with more toffee and dark fruits. finishes with bitter, roasted malt, biscuity hops, and plum skin.
M: a really heavy body with a good carbonation considering the abv. finishes dry
Overall, a very tasty porter with a nice fruity character. I like the dark fruit character and the bitterness of the roasted malt and hops. The heavyness of this one makes it a good beer for the end of the night.
04-28-2010 04:57:34 | More by OlRasputin989
3.73/5 rDev -3.6%
Mahogany colored with medium clarity and copper highlights where the light comes through. Low head of oatmeal colored foam that doesn't rise up too much and settles out quickly, but leaves a fine cap.
Aroma of cocoa and raisins. Flavors of cocoa and roasted malt, notes of caramel and marshmallow. Moderate sweetness, offset with a balancing moderate bitterness, a bit roasty. Coffee emerges in the finish.
Thin mouthfeel, lacking body. Above average drinkability, well balanced but could use more character.
04-26-2010 12:04:30 | More by far333
2.98/5 rDev -23%
A year or so ago this was the FIRST porter that I ever had. It introduced me to the world of porters and stouts. This brew will be forever associated with that for me.
A - a bit more light showing through than I usually like, but it has a very tight lasting head.
S - not bad but very mild. Not strong enough to add or detract from the brew.
T - malty with a hit of chocolate. Bitter after taste.
M - coats the whole mouth. Mild tingle on the back sides of the tongue and top of the throat.
D - I am in for one every now and then for history, but that is about it.
04-14-2010 01:38:57 | More by biglite351
4.18/5 rDev +8%
Ok, first, I will start with the disclaimer. This is the first baltic porter that I have tried. Anyway, I will try to review this as objectively and "to-the-style" as possible. Poured into a red wine glass, since I wasn't in the presence of my snifters.
The color is a beautiful deep garnet that shows a full body of ruby that is about as crisp and clear as they come. Beautiful! Topped by a somewhat disappointing fleeting head that leaves wispy traces of bubbles atop my beer with no lacing, the body is far more impressive than the cap on this one.
I was expecting an Imperial Stout-like flavor but with the smooth and refined flavor of lager yeasts instead of the ale yeast. While I was a bit off-base with this assumption, I wasn't too far off the mark. Toffee, caramel, hints of cocoa, and light roasty malt aromas are extremely well-balanced in the nose. They are complemented nicely by dates and raisins in the dark fruit department. Very nicely done.
On the palate, the dark fruits come through a bit more, giving a slightly sweet character to an otherwise dry and malty body. Toffee and caramel are accentuated, but the real surprise here is how great the roast is. This is almost porter-like in that regard.
There is some mild carbonation that gives a little bit of tingle early in the sip, but the finish is smooth and almost creamy. I don't doubt that there are better baltic porters out there, and I may have to return to this one later to re-review it to update my evolving palate and understanding of the style, but for now, this is pretty darn solid, and I look forward to really digging into this style. This is not a bad place to start.
04-13-2010 02:38:31 | More by NittanyBeerFan
4.22/5 rDev +9%
Lot of complexity in this beer. Pours a very dark brown that allows a bit of light through at the edges. Head isn't impressive though. Nose has roasty components with a suggestion of dark chocolate. On the palate there's ample malt and roasted malt to sweeten things, with again some dark chocolate, and some balancing hops. Overall I'm surprised of the malt slant. Finish is roasty.
04-12-2010 04:28:17 | More by yemenmocha
4.22/5 rDev +9%
Poured from a bomber into a Sam Smith's tulip glass. Wikipedia informs me that the color of the beer is called falu red, with a dense though only finger deep, khaki colored head.
Nose is of Malts, and caramel, and dark fruit. Tastes of well roasted malts, a hint of coffee, and a kind of dry after taste. Not too terribly complex, but fairly easy drinking. Not a beer that you have to chew on by any means, it's fairly light bodied.
It isn't a terribly complex beer, but I still found it to be quite enjoyable. The wife likes it too, which is always a plus.
04-12-2010 03:26:35 | More by Ghenna
4.38/5 rDev +13.2%
Yumm - I did not know that Baltic Porters were Lagers and they are amazing at least this one is - think Doppelbock means Stout - could you go any better as far as taste goes?
Hardly so - one of the tastiest beers I have had in my life but unfortunately a slightly faint smell of chocolate and coffee malt and not much else.
The body is a bit heavier than in a Doppelbock and lighter than in an English Stout - think IRS maybe...
Drinkability was high although I would have preferred a slightly less stout beer.
04-10-2010 19:37:33 | More by DerBayer
3.58/5 rDev -7.5%
pours a translucent yet dark mahogany. lighter than i expected. small tan head, not a lot of lacing either. disappointed in the appearance.
smells very fruity. bit of toffee, black coffee, brown sugar, but more raisins and dates than anything in the aroma.
tastes more like a porter than the aroma and appearance suggest. but still, very fuity. a lot of toffe, much more than in the aroma. some molasses, cocoa powder, dark roasted coffee, licorice. roastiness comes through in the back end and in the aftertaste. no real hop presence. makes me think a bit of an english porter or brown ale.
light-medium bodied with just enough carbonation for the style. lacking a bit of body.
drinkability is fine. strong beer, but alcohol is very well-hidden behind the fruit and toffee sweetness.
different take on the style with the strong fruity scent and flavors that add a bit of complexity to an otherwise average beer. not my favorite porter (I like stronger coffee flavors that come close to being classified as a stout), but one that I wouldn't have a problem revisiting or suggesting to others.
edit almost a year later: this one resembles an old ale in some aspects. leathery and fruity (dark fruits)
04-01-2010 00:39:03 | More by silentjay
3.35/5 rDev -13.4%
Bottle, home. Disappointing baltic porter. This beer pours a translucent mahogany with very little head and what's there dissipated quickly, leaving a liquid looking more like wine than beer. There's so little head that I have to wonder if this is an off batch or something (will re-review in the future). The aroma is just ok for the style. It's a malt fruity version without too much roast. There's some chocolate and caramel in the mix, but it's mostly apricots, apples, plums, etc. The flavor is rather average, sweet and lacks a hook. There's just no real oomph to the beer. It's not bad, per se, but a distinct disappointment for the brewer and style, both of which I quite like normally. The mouthfeel is thin. The beer is drinkable and hides the alcohol well, but it also smells and tastes like a smaller beer. Not sure what happened here.
03-28-2010 05:32:44 | More by popery
3.28/5 rDev -15.2%
A-dark coffee brown with a lace trim
S-roasted malts, sweet like caramel or toffee
T-somewhat thin, but tastes of sweet roasted malt, toffee
M-dry, low to medium carbonation, a little thin
D-with a name like Thunder I would think the beer would pack a bit more of a punch, overall a good beer, just wish there was a bit more to it
03-27-2010 02:37:11 | More by ksimons
4/5 rDev +3.4%
Served in a Dogfish Head shaped pint glass.
Pours a very dark ruby brown with about a finger of tan foamy head that dissipates fairly quickly. No real lacing is produced. The nose is dark malts, coffee, smoke, molasses, and chocolate. The taste somewhat follows, with notes of molasses, dark malts, brown sugar, light coffee, maple syrup, and some pine. The body is a heavy medium, with healthy carbonation and a thick, smooth feel, leading to a rather high drinkability.
03-22-2010 04:11:49 | More by TMoney2591
3.58/5 rDev -7.5%
A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a deep brown color and a cloudy conistency. There was a thin, foamy head that quickly dissipated. Good lacing.
S: A subtle smell of malt, coffee, and some mild spices.
T: Tasted of roasted malt, coffee, chocolate, and spices. Surprisingly, this beer doesn't pack as much of a punch in this department as others of the style. A little thin, but not bad.
M: A good amount of carbonation with a dry finish. Medium-bodied.
D: A decent, drinkable beer, but not the best Baltic Porter I've ever had. Victory has done better work in the past.
03-18-2010 13:35:27 | More by avalon07
4.1/5 rDev +5.9%
been sitting on this bottle for quite, reasons unknown. best by date: December 2008...oops. here's to experiments! 22oz bomber served in a DFH oversized snifter.
A - somewhat agressive pour yielded almost an in of khaki colored foam, loose and bubbly. very quickly fell to just a thin floating island and ring around the outside. the beer is dark, blackish and some deep burnt ruby when held up to light.
S - dark roasted malt, some slightly bitter chocolate, dark fruits...raisins and grapes. more sweetness from toffee and molasses. some weak coffee as it warms.
T - a little sweeter than the nose, dark fruits are abundant at first...joined in nicely by some bitterness...dark malts, weak coffee, cocoa powder. the hops are long gone, but replaced at the end by a big fruity sweetness and slightly peppery finish which lingers for a bit. time hasn't really hurt this one. as it warms, everything balances nicely and chocolate, licorice, some nuttiness become more apparent. surprisingly still a small bit of alcohol heat...actually adds a nice little kick at the end.
M - still abundant carbonation, light but tight...carries nicely. thinnish body, but all the flavors came together as a nice happy family over the many months.
D - very pleasant, was worried this could have been a disaster and a drainpour. i have had this beer fresh, just not recently, its definitely earned a chance at a fresh review. this one gets half a bonus point for aging gracefully.
03-09-2010 02:39:32 | More by Stigs
3.95/5 rDev +2.1%
Bottle: Enjoy by April 27, 2011
Baltic Thunder pours dark chocolate brown with a reddish tint around the edges with an tan creamy head the falls quickly leaving moderate amounts of lacing.
The aroma while not prominent has dark roasted malts, chocolate and coffee.
The flavor profile has a strong roasted bittersweet chocolate malt backbone with a coffee note as strong as the chocolate. Dark fruits, like figs, prunes and raisins also raise their heads while the alcohol is well hidden. Bitterness is very mild and flavors become much more even and integrated with warming.
Mouthfeel is on the light side of medium, a little thin but nicely creamy and slightly chalky. Carbonation is low.
This is my first experience with the Baltic Porter style and I like it. This is a very good beer and could really grow on me. Knowing it's history I really wish I could have tasted it's predecessor, Heavyweight's Perkuno's Hammer.
03-07-2010 22:56:30 | More by BlackBearForge
3.8/5 rDev -1.8%
A-Not too dark brown, foamy one finger head that has nice retention and left some lacing.
S-The first thing that hits me is a whiff of grape soda? Kind of odd, but not necessarily bad. Roasted malt and a bit of coffee. Interesting, for sure.
T-A bit sweet and malty, some coffee, dark fruit and, I can't believe it, a tinge of grape soda flavor(?). Are my senses out of whack? Its not bad, though.
M-A bit thin, crisp carb bite, dry finish. This is the weak point of this beer.
D-A more luxurious mouthfeel would add to the drinkability, but it still was no problem finishing a bomber. I just had no desire to have another.
Overall, a respectable beer, though not outstanding.
03-04-2010 00:46:12 | More by Lerxst
3.68/5 rDev -4.9%
L=4.0 This brew pours a tawny red with a light brown long sustaining head with good lacing.
S= 3.5 It smells very similar to a dry irish stout. The smell is light of blackened malt and coffee
T= 3.5 Light flavors carried over from the nose of roasted malt and medium roasted coffee
F= 4.0 Creamy feel the finishes with a lingering, tart, bitterness
D= 4.0 Good beer love the brewery. This brew tasted a bit light to me but that also follows the style. I was expecting more of an american style porter. I just wanted a little more body. Good brew though
03-01-2010 07:17:29 | More by tippebrewcrew2
4/5 rDev +3.4%
Pours to a real dark brown color with a smallish tan head that had great retention and left some nice lacing. The aroma seems very sweet, more of a roasted malt with some caramel coffee and chocolate coming through. An inviting brew for me. The taste is actually better than the nose, sweetness comes through more here with the chocolate and carmel flavor also a slightly burn brown sugar flavor. I am hard pressed to pick up coffee here though it seemed to be in the nose. There seems to be some dark fruit characteristics that meld with the sweetness. The feel of this brew is very smooth drinking, astringency is at a minimum for me. Overall a nice brew, a good brew by victory, but it is not the Perkuno's Hammer of years ago unfortunently, that brew just kicked it and is really missed. Someday I do hope that one can be recreated. Again nice brew by victory and am glad to see this one.
03-01-2010 01:44:14 | More by Stimack
3.9/5 rDev +0.8%
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.
02-28-2010 02:59:12 | More by cpetrone84
4.08/5 rDev +5.4%
22oz bottle into Duvel Green tulip
A - Awesome 3 finger head, slow dissipation, into a nice frothy finger foam; Dark brown brew, inviting...
A - Dark malts, caramel malts, Scottish ale yeast esters, bready, sweet
T-M - Really nice beer. Smooth and thick, just right balance on the malts here. Taste is all varied dark and caramel malts, roasty, chocolate, sugar, w/ a Scottish ale yeast tinge, much like the aroma yet more pronounced. Slightly peppery finish as it warms.
D - Really enjoyed this one. I am not a huge Porter drinker, however, I like this a lot. The alcohol is well hidden in this, but also helps bring out some interesting notes with the yeast that are usually not present in a lower alcohol porter. More complex.
02-26-2010 18:15:10 | More by QuentinCompson
3.08/5 rDev -20.4%
Pours a dark brown color with a two-finger head into my pint glass. Good presentation for the style.
Aroma is full of dark fruit and a slight hint of cocoa. Alcohol warmth seems to peek through as well. Maybe my nose is worn?
Taste is full of sweet malt, dark fruits and only a hint of cocoa. Seems rather dry. Can't really find many flavors I'd associate with this style.
Mouthfeel is full of lingering dark fruits and sweet malt. Not much else to go by. Seems rather off.
Eh, I've had better. By no means horrible but also, by no means the definition of the style.
02-23-2010 00:52:10 | More by Brad007
3.85/5 rDev -0.5%
Deep mahogany with a quarter inch, white head the quickly fades out, leaving a ring around the perimeter with some patches about.
Smell is mocha, faint coffee, little bit of roasted malts, and milk chocolate.
Dry cocoa, little bit of toffee, hint of caramel, and some brown sugar.
Mouthfeel is slightly crisp and yet smooth. Medium bodied.
Drinkability is pretty good. No alcohol presence, combined with pretty good flavor makes it go down easy.
02-21-2010 03:28:12 | More by Parrotbeak
4.88/5 rDev +26.1%
I am sampling a cellar temp bottle poured into a snifter. Ive been cellaring this beer for about 12 months and Im excited to drink it tonite.
The beer pours a deep cola brown with no light passing through the glass when held up against the lamp.
Very loud fizziness eminates from the glass throughout the pour. A tan fizzy head of 2 cm foams up and fades to a sturdy surface layer quickly, leaving a few wispy islands.
Aroma is deep chocolate malt with some rich molassess and dark fruit. Not any hop presence to speak of and only limited hints of the forthcoming booze.
First sip revels a thick slightly syrupy beer but the smoth texture and minimal gentle carbonation keep this beer a very drinkable one.
Flavor is deep dark fruit, maybe plums, heavy with molassess and brown sugar and a bit of roasted malt and baker's chocolate.
Again there is no hop profile and the booze is amazingly well hidden.
I really enjoy this well crafted big beer. Quite complex and dangerously drinkable! WIsh I had another bottle in the cellar.
02-15-2010 04:19:47 | More by sulldaddy
4.43/5 rDev +14.5%
A- Pours dark red with about a pinky finger worth of head.
S- Malty with some chocolate.
T- Starts sweet with some chocolate, then the hops kick in to balance everything out. The alcohol isn't very noticeable for being 8+%.
M- Feels good, not too watery and not too thick, perfect.
D- Very drinkable. Wouldn't think there was that much alcohol in this until you finish the bomber and stand up. Plus, I got this 22 for $3.49, excellent! Definitely worth checking out, and I'm glad to see you can get good beer without paying $10+ for a bomber. Definitely work getting!
02-12-2010 05:53:13 | More by Lukafer
Baltic Thunder from Victory Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 888 ratings.