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Baltic Thunder - Victory Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
87
very good

898 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 898
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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Photo of tempest
3.18/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On-tap at Bocktown Beer and Grill

A nice beer, but I can't say I'm impressed. Maybe the hype just raised the expectations too high, but I rather think this beer just doesn't quite match the other baltics I've had.

At first I got a big, juicy sweet cherry flavor, followed by chocolate (chocolate covered cherries maybe). Then there was a little bit of toffee grains and a bit of alcohol. I also pulled some vegetal DMS aroma out of here and didn't get much of an aftertaste. Overall, I was disappointed, but this found it to be an agreeable beer.

tempest, Mar 20, 2008
Photo of Georgiabeer
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at the Brick Store Pub a while back. I like this a little better on tap than in the bottle, but not by much. Pours black with a moderate head that fades to a thin ring. Smells vinous primarily, but there are also notes of prunes and some roasty notes. Tastes about the same- winey and roasty in about equal parts. Light chocolate and prune, a trifle sweet. The mouthfeel is a little thin, but smooth and still fine for the style. Nicely drinkable, but a bit on the lighter side for the style. I never had the old Perkuno's Hammer, so I can't compare the two. Quite nice on draft.

Georgiabeer, Mar 05, 2008
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.

akorsak, Aug 13, 2008
Photo of ejimhof
3/5  rDev -22.5%

ejimhof, Oct 18, 2013
Photo of rhoadsrage
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

(Served in a snifter)

A-This beer pours a jet black body with a lot of little tiny bubbles stuck to the sides of the glass. There is a rocky tan head that fades to a thin film that slides back into the beer with each sip.

S- The smell of dark roasted quality is smooth with a rye bread note and dark toffee hints get stronger as it warms. There is a faint dark chocolate quality that adds to the richness of the aroma.

T- This beer has a soft dark chocolate malt flavor blended with some dark roasted black malt notes and a bit of cream. The finish has a nice red wine tannin quality with roasted dryness finishing each sip.

M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with a slippery texture and no alcohol heat noticed.

D- This beer has a very smooth fresh flavor with great dark malt flavors but still keeping it to the porter flavors with not that char of a impy stout.

rhoadsrage, Feb 23, 2009
Photo of DoubleJ
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.

DoubleJ, Nov 02, 2009
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
Photo of BARFLYB
4.28/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-Tap at Earth Bread & Brewery.

Baltic Thunder is a very dark brown that appears black, but it's not, you can see some redness when held up to light. Either way it looks like a baltic and comes with a pretty foamy dark tan head up top with slight stickage. Smells include deep roasted malts, chocolate, peat, licorice and some olde porter qualities. Very refreshing, I've been staying away from the dark beer lately and this is a nice welcome back. It's not very gooey thick, like alot of baltics out there. The feel is pretty much medium, it's not that huge, carb is no problem here. While the body is a bit thin per style, the taste is not, Chocolate, traces of vanilla, cocco beans, roast, malt, peat, a touch of dark fruit and some licorice. A bit high in alcohol, I could probably drink two pints of this stuff. The lighter body makes for easier drinking here.

BARFLYB, Oct 05, 2010
Photo of Zorro
3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled through ClockworkOrange and CA - PA BIF.

Clear deep brown colored beer with lovely ruby color when held up to the light. Medium sized light brown head forms but doesn't last.

Smell is sweet and malty with licorice, grape, fig and chocolate scents. The spicy sensation is from the ethanol but it isn't really peppered to the nose in this case.

The taste starts out sweet and chocolate with a good malt roast after taste, it is quite different from the smell. Malty yet light on the tongue there is a faint mint taste here. Definite Italian Coffee soda flavors here.

Mouthfeel is good.

Quite easy to drink, if it has one flaw the taste could be a bit more complex. Still this is a good beer.

Zorro, Apr 22, 2008
Photo of jdhilt
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a one finger light tan head that fades quickly and leaves a little lace. Deep amber almost mahogany color. Strong carbonation and medium bodied. Malty nose. Flavor is almost burnt, sweet coffee, slight bitter finish. Decent Baltic porter. $6.20 for a 22oz bottle from Colonial Spirits Acton, Ma.

jdhilt, May 25, 2008
Photo of afsdan
4/5  rDev +3.4%

afsdan, Apr 16, 2014
Photo of Stinkypuss
3.35/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Victory Baltic Thunder pours the darkest of browns, with a small off white head. No lace to speak of really.

Smells of bready malt with a vague roastedness.

Tastes fruity upfront, reminiscent of a port wine, with a charred toasted malt aftertaste. This charred flavor became more prominant as the beer approaches room temperature. Slight alcohol finish at the end along with a more smokey, tobacco like flavor.

Mouthfeel is smooth and a bit slick on the palate.

This is a pretty decent offering from Victory. Drinks easy enough at 8%. Worthy.

Stinkypuss, Jul 29, 2009
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.

Wasatch, Apr 23, 2008
Photo of BillRoth
4/5  rDev +3.4%

BillRoth, Dec 29, 2013
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.

ppoitras, Feb 19, 2008
Photo of brandoman63
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

brandoman63, Nov 18, 2011
Photo of biegaman
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Despite a wash of cola and glints of russet brown, the beer decidedly settles on wearing black. It's a wonderful looking inky tone with the gloss of new, finely polished marble. Even more colour is revealed to the light. Its walnut stained head is fully capable of covering the top in entirety but seems insistent on residing only around the perimeter.

Victory seems to have captured all the eccentric peculiarities of the Baltic Porter style. Its full bodied aroma is complex with a very rich malty sweetness and notes of bitter smoked chocolate. With further traces of dark caramel, roast toffee, black licorice, nuts, cold coffee and dark currants you can pick your favourite feature and sniff it out all you like.

All these wonderful scents arise from the flavours that lay beneath them. An identical cast of ingredients can be tasted even more vividly than they are smelt. A bunch of thick, syrupy blackstrap molasses, a dash of roast coffee, a touch of black licorice, hazelnut and brasil nut, hints of cocoa coated dark caramels and a trace of dark fruits and currants. Sound good?

Although a few pats on the back are well deserved already by this point, I commend Victory most for hitting that delicate - but necessary - level of roast just right. It's a deep, deep toast rather than a sweltering, full out fry and it adds just a perfect amount of caramelization and nutty character. Oh, and those hops didn't go undetected either - again, nice touch!

One last kudos to Victory for putting this into bombers, a decision which I could not be happier about. With plenty of flavour (but still no alcohol) coming with warming, this sized serving is perfect to cuddle up to on a cold, rainy night. I'm a big fan of Baltic Porters and this is not only true to style, but also one of the best examples I've come across.

biegaman, Nov 24, 2008
Photo of rab53
3/5  rDev -22.5%

rab53, Dec 10, 2011
Photo of Kelp
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Kelp, May 03, 2013
Photo of beerthulhu
4.38/5  rDev +13.2%
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.

beerthulhu, Mar 11, 2008
Photo of sendbeer
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

sendbeer, Jan 05, 2013
Photo of Viggo
3.1/5  rDev -19.9%
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.

Viggo, Sep 05, 2008
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.

Bighuge, Jan 09, 2010
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.

DrJay, Feb 27, 2008
Photo of Derek
3.48/5  rDev -10.1%
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.

Derek, Apr 13, 2008
Baltic Thunder from Victory Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 898 ratings.