Baltic Thunder - Victory Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
87
very good

534 Reviews
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Reviews: 534
Hads: 912
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 9.82%
Wants: 60
Gots: 50 | 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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Photo of akorsak
4.05/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A 650 mL bomber.

A: The porter is dark, a ruddy brown cherry cola color. The red shades that are sprinkled throughout are deep ruby. Three fingers of tan head arose on pour but did not lace.

S: The aroma is very dry and starchy, thanks in part to the beans used in the brew. Sweet rounded cocoa and dark fruits follow the dryness.

T: The porter is darkm full of roasted grains and molasses. Starchy beans, evident in the nose, emerge here as well. They add a dry, full flavor to the ale. Chocolate powder, cocoa and coffee follow the beans. Raisins and figs also appear, adding a dark fruity sweetness. Cocoa is the lasting finish.

M: The mouth is full and quite active. With so many flavors running throughout the beer, its nice to just sit and sip, enjoying what bubbles up.

D: The abv is high but there is no evident of the boozy heat. I could have had another bottle of this. (884 characters)

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

Thanks goes out to davide169 for this brew.

Pours a nice dark brown/black color, nice carbonation, little fizzy off-white head, minimal sticky lacing follows. The nose is malty, nice little touch of toffee/chocolate/caramel. The taste is sweet on the lips, malty, slight bitterness, with the nice tones of toffee/chocolate/caramel. Medium body. The alcohol is hidden very well with this one. Drinkable, this is a pretty tasty brew, recommended. (445 characters)

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

22oz bottle obtained via Growling at the Moon from EGledhill. Thanks for the opportunity... Bext by Jan 02, 09.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 2 1/2" light brown head over the clear burgundy brown brew. Dense head gradually transitions from foam to liquid, with sticky lacing. Aroma is moderately of dark grains and fruitiness. Taste is dark maltiness upfront, intensifying in the middle coupled with some light fruitiness, and goes bitter for the close. Mouthfeel is alright, but seems a bit thin, and drinkability is pretty good. Not as hearty as I'd expect for the style, but not a bad brew by any stretch. (624 characters)

Photo of beertunes
3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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. (592 characters)

Photo of beerthulhu
4.35/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured a rich reddish-brown with a 1+ finger micro bubbly tan head that quickly dissipated.

S: light caramel malt, dried cherries, and a rich nuttiness.

T: sweet toffee and caramel, dried fruit (plums, raisins) with a dry oaky woodiness. There were some dark cherries, and a good carbonation presence in the middle of the drink. For the finish there was rum raisin grist, a rich sweet roasted caramel and toffee notes, along with a spicy alcohol bite. A slightly roasted caramel flavor and rich nuttiness definitely ends this beer on a very good note. The substition of black eyed peas for roman beans is not noticeable as the rich malt palate truly makes this beer stand out as a winner.

M: medium with some slickness with a nice carbonation bite on the swallow. Leaves a rich, dark roasted caramel and toffee lacing on the tongue.

D: A very clean brewed and flavored beer with a very good drinkability and a very good example per style. Highly recommended. (968 characters)

Photo of vfgccp
4.06/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A – Deep, ruby mahogany and black-berry juice. Gorgeous color - remarkable when held up to direct sunlight. Off-white head sits low, but the color alone scored this a 5 for me.

S – Cranberry juice, prunes, toffee and black tea leaves. A really interesting combination. It’s definitely not what I’m used to, but I dig it.

T – Sweet, fruity opening with plum and tart cranberry. Coffee builds around the fruit and keeps it from spiraling into a confection. Soft malt backend with an oaky dryness, which now that the profile has uncluttered a bit, I think might have been contributing to the cranberry note up front.

M – Mildly tart/bitter finish with a residual dark fruit sweetness. Medium/light body.

O – Touch sweet. Would pair well with spicy dry rubbed ribs. (780 characters)

Photo of Derek
3.49/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Reddish-black with a light tan head; no retention or lace.

S: Big fruity/bubble-gum aroma, bready malt, brown sugar and booze.

T: Dark bread, dark fruit, light spicing, booze.

M: Moderate body has some residual sweetness but the alcohol leaves a dry finish.

D: It's not overly enticing, but it's not harsh either. (321 characters)

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

Poured from 22oz bomber into a pint glass.

Appearance: dark amber-brown hue with a finger of creamy tan head that dissipates pretty quickly. Head is limited and I prefer my Baltic porters a little darker, but this isn't too bad.

Smell: rich caramel malt aroma with a hint of chocolate around the outside. Reminds me a lot of a dark European lager (which, I suppose, it is). It is good, but doesn't seem robust enough for the style.

Taste: caramel sweetness with a little bit of toasty malt and a little bit of chocolate. Chocolate is a little more pronounced than in the aroma, but not a ton. This beer is not bad, per se, but it is boring. I'm not getting a whole lot out of the experience.

Mouthfeel: medium-light body with a good level of carbonation and a pretty good creaminess. I like it.

Overall: aside from the good texture, this beer is kind of blah for me. There's nothing really wrong with it, but it really doesn't tickle my fancy the way Baltic porters usually do. (982 characters)

Photo of DrJay
3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I grabbed a case of these from Victory on release day and I've been drinking them on and off for the past few weeks. Poured a clear, deep brown with a thick cap of brown/beige bubbles. Good head retention, thick lacing to start, becoming more spotty towards the end. Nutty aroma, some caramel and cocoa, light roast with a hint of grassy hops. Same in the flavour, but with more sweetness, milk chocolate, more grassy hops (surprisingly), and a bit more roast. Nicely balanced, with bitterness and faint tartness lingering, along with a delicate spicy warmth. The body was just above medium, carbonation was moderate, decent texture. Alcohol is well hidden. Highly drinkable, especially given the abv. It's definitely nice having (part of) a case kicking around the house. (772 characters)

Photo of tone77
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. (261 characters)

Photo of Viggo
3.11/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22 oz picked up in Buffalo a while ago.

Pours a clear dark reddish brown, quite nice held up to the light, very thick light tan head forms, drops some decent lacing on its way down, sticks to a solid layer and ring around the glass, nice retention. Smell is neat, caramel, dark fruits, raisins, light chocolate, very malty, cake, bit of vanilla, some floral, almost a light smokiness, aroma is subdued for its strength though. Taste is not too pleasant, a bit nutty, caramel, roast, bready, raisins, iron, a bit of floral and a light sourness in the finish, malty but really bland. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with light to medium carbonation, goes down easy for 8.5% but I was expecting a lot more considing how genius Perkuno's Hammer was, quite a let down by Victory. I was going to do a side by side with Perkuno but Baltic Thunder is not worthy of that. (858 characters)

Photo of Bighuge
4.65/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Clear and dark tone of burgandy. Big ol whipped crop of brown froth on top. Retention and lacing are outstanding. Big aroma of baltic goodness....chocolatey, roasty, bready. Nice. Flavor is very, very good too. Nice toffee roast malt base. Clean dark malt flavors intermingle with some dark fruits and a little black licorice. Velvety smooth mouthfeel. Creamy and easy going. And for 8.5% a/v, the alcohol is not detectable. It is integrated so finely into the fabric of this beer it is reduced to nothing. This is an excellent baltic porter. (542 characters)

Photo of dgilks
3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
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. (377 characters)

Photo of Brad007
3.09/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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. (572 characters)

Photo of scruffwhor
2.95/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a pretty dark brown with garnet highlights. Just a quick film of head after the pour that goes down to nothing in a flash. Muted roast, maybe some black currant nuances. Just a touch of bandaides though. Maybe some marshmellows, roasted pumpenickle bread. But some medicinal flavors sour the atertaste. The palate is a little bitter and choppy. The alcohol breathes some warmth through the nose. A little hard to drink. (425 characters)

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

I picked up a 1pt 6oz bottle from Table & Vine in Springfield MA, about $6-7. The beer was dark brown, almost black, with a very thin tan head. The aroma was mostly roasted malts, similar to some dry stouts. The flavor was similar but included a hint of fruity esters and a pleasant sweet after-taste. Mouthfeel is more thick than thin, helping to keep the drinkability as above average.

I guess I thought this was the collaboration to make Perkuno's Hammer, so I went for it. Overall it was very good but not quite the same as my memory of the hammer. (553 characters)

Photo of bluejacket74
4.14/5  rDev +7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle, best before 3/26/2009. Served in a nonic pint glass, the beer pours black with about a half inch tan head. The head went away pretty quickly, and there isn't much lacing. It smells like roasted malt, dark and milk chocolate, and a bit of coffee. The taste is similar to the aroma, but with the addition of some dark fruit and smoke. Good mix of sweet and bitter in the taste. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's smooth and a bit slick with average carbonation. Drinkability is good, it's easy to drink and the 8.5% ABV isn't very noticable at all. I think this is a good brew, I'd definitely buy this again. (619 characters)

Photo of glid02
3.93/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Got this from Capital City in Atlanta.

Pours a dark brown color with ruby highlights. The head is tan and about one finger and is like the carbonation from a cola- it dissipates quickly into a thin ring around the glass. Almost no lacing, although the beer itself sticks to the side pretty well.

Smells good. Lots of roasted and bready malt up front that gets sweeter with toffee notes as it warms.

Tastes good. Much like the smell there are big roasted and bready malt flavors up front. As it warms it gets sweeter with some toffee and chocolate flavors. There's an ending and aftertaste that's equally sour and bitter throughout the life of the beer.

Mouthfeel is very good. It's got a great thickness for a lager that has a smooth carbonation. Very nice.

Drinkability is good. All the flavors work well together throughout and I had absolutely no problem downing the bomber. I could certainly drink a few more of these.

Overall this is a solid Baltic Porter. Victory does nothing but impress me time after time. Definitely give this one a shot. (1,053 characters)

Photo of claspada
3.7/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The aroma, while not prominent, has dark roasted malts, chocolate and coffee. Nothing too over the top. I expected more from something this high in ABV.

The tastes are mainly of strong roasted bittersweet chocolate malt backbone with a coffee note equally as strong as the chocolate. Some notes of dark fruits; like figs, prunes and raisins. Alcohol is non-existent. 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 a very good beer and could really grow on me. A bit thin for the style, but I enjoy things sometimes differing from the norm. I wonder if this was fermented with lager yeast and not ale yeast in the same way I brewer my Baltic porter because it has the same muted malt taste. (854 characters)

Photo of DrDemento456
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Got this with my Groupon at my local Beer Nutz. Priced at a typical 5.99 means I got this bad boy for 3 buckz!

A - From the look of the bottle expected dark but poured a see through dark brown with a half inch of head. Looks kinda like a Dopple bock than a Porter.

S - Nothing offensive here. Alcohol smells well masked and really the only thing I am getting is soft coffee, chocolate, and toasted grain. Pleasant.

T - Wow it drinks amazing for almost 9 percent. I would assume if I didn't read it here it would be around the typical 6 or maybe even 7 percent range. Flavors start off with a soft toasted malt, bit of chocolate which amazingly gets better as it warms, mild underlining coffee and finishes rather sweet and with caramel and toffee that never really gets cloying. Mild taste overall but surprisingly complex!

M - Light to medium on my end! Alcohol is only noticeable after consumed.

Overall wow I can't believe how awesome this beer is! Great flavors subtle but many and the overall great price. Worth picking up if you like well masked high ABV porters. May have to go back and grab a second... (1,115 characters)

Photo of jrallen34
4.2/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I drank this from a bottle into a chalice.

It pours dark black and still dark brown in the light. There is a small light tan head that disapates quickly. Lacing is ok, mostly just bubbly on the side but not very high up.

The aroma is very sweet, with light coffee, and light vanilla.

The taste is light throughout with a light touch of cherry and coffee that lasts the whole sip.

Mouthfeel is ok a little watery but flavor lasts.

Very drinkable for a porter. (464 characters)

Photo of avalon07
3.58/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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. (584 characters)

Photo of ccrida
4.07/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Victory night it is, after a long weekend in PA, it seems appropriate! 22oz bottle (thx again gpcollen1!) that I've cellared for about 8 months (enjoy by Jan 2, 09 - about 1 year old?) poured into my large St. Feuillien goblet, Baltic Thunder is a dark, blackish brown with a small tan head that leaves no lace.

Smell is slightly sweet, roasted malts and raisins, loads of oats. Atypical but nice.

Taste really hits the spot, it could be that I've been drinking sugary Belgians all night, and had low expectations for whatever reason, but it's not bad. Not really a classic BP though, the grainy, oatiness from the nose follows though on the taste, lacking the rich depth I'm looking for...really tastes like an (granted rather nice) oatmeal stout to me, light on the roast, which suits me just fine.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, average viscosity but with a creamy, supple carbonation.

Drinkability is pretty good, even if this isn't the greatest example of a BP, it's very smooth. Haven't had it fresh, but it certainly seems to have held up well after almost a year, though I'm not sure I'd let it run to much longer, but who knows? Not a great BP, but a tasty beer. I followed the hype on Heavyweight redoing this one at Victory, living in PA in the past, and then the discord on this rendition...while I wish I had the first version, and love a real deal BP, I enjoyed this, and if it was in a more reasonably priced 12 oz. package, I'd probably pick it up again. I grade everything else by style, but not here - it's a very good beer. (1,547 characters)

Photo of DefenCorps
3.65/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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 (1,818 characters)

Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.84/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle split. Poured into a Corsendonk Christmas Ale Stemmed Glass. No date.

A - Opaque black fills the glass with almost no head. Pinkie finger sized that was tan in color and went away almost instantly. Very effervescent though.

S - Chocolate coffee aromas strong. Roasted malts that are semi-sweet smelling. Dry and bitter. Molasses too.

T - Sweet with roasted malts up the wazoo with coffee, cocoa, and sweet chocolate. A bitter dry finish on the end lends to a good balance.

M - Smooth, creamy, and viscous, its got a good mouthfeel.

D - For a porter, its certainly drinkable. It's fuller bodied I'd say but it drinks like a medium bodied beer. (659 characters)

Baltic Thunder from Victory Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 534 ratings.