Dominion Baltic Porter - Old Dominion Brewing Company

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Dominion Baltic PorterDominion Baltic Porter

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Ratings: 216
Reviews: 107
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 10.4%
Wants: 4
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
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Old Dominion Brewing Company visit their website
Delaware, United States

Style | ABV
Baltic Porter |  6.80% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: VaTechHopHead on 11-15-2008

Dominion Baltic Porter is brewed to meet your need for warmth on a cold winter’s night. Hints of licorice, toffee & chocolate mingle with a touch of Rye giving our Porter a full-bodied taste. Raise your mug to those who were bold enough to brave the Baltic!
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Reviews by barleywinebrewer:
Photo of barleywinebrewer
3.78/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

so the age old debate. do I review this as a baltic porter per the bottle label? Or do I review this as an american porter per the BA site? Or, do I go with a BJCP style category? Yeah, I was kidding with that last one. I'm going to go with the BA category of american porter. this drank nice, hada good porter / coffe aspect to it, but fell short in the cleanliness and maltiness of a baltic porter as I've had them. I'd happily drink another, I just wouldn't worry about style classification.

More User Reviews:
Photo of Guden
2.97/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Deep black with just a thin line of tan foam on top. Not too inspiring.

S- Not much here, just a hint of coffee and licorice.

T- Decent flavor of coffee and chocolate with just a little bit of a burnt caramel flavor. Again not overly strong and I can't find the licorice character that came through in the nose.

M- A bit thin and medium in carbonation but it goes down easy.

D- Not bad just nothing very exciting here just a pretty bland porter.

Photo of glid02
3.85/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased from Hop City in Atlanta.

Pours a dark brown color with a half-finger light brown head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving light lacing.

Smells of roasted malts with a touch of smokiness. Also present are hints of dark chocolate.

Tastes good. Strong roasted malt flavors up front are joined quickly by hints of smoked malt and coffee grounds. Midway through the sip a hint of semi-sweet chocolate makes an appearance and carries through to a solidly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a solid thickness with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I finished the bottle without a problem and could have another.

Overall this was a good beer and I was a fan of the light smokiness. Worth a shot.

Photo of NJpadreFan
3.03/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Dominion- Baltic Porter

A- Flat black with a small tight foamy head.
S- Light sweet coke/ corn syrup with hints of cocoa powder.
T- Light sweet chocolate with sweet sugary coke syrup.
M- Sweet maltyness with a dusting of dryness. Thick syrupy clying.

Overall- Bland. Worth trying but otherwise lackluster.

Photo of JoeAmerican77
3.46/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Beautiful dark dark tar color, a nice tan head... Smells of pit fruit cocoa and raisins. Heavy chocolate and roasted malts on the tongue, also a hint of anise. Nice heavy body and a medium amount of the tiniest bubble carbonation imaginable.

Overall I like it a lot, mostly because I've put 14 hours of hard work day in at MCB Quantico.

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.22/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A mildly rough pour brings up a bit of a head, but not much. It's a frothy lid of dark tan atop an almost black dark mahogany brown. As might be expected, the short head dwindles away fairly quickly and leaves only tiny spots of lace behind. Perhaps part of that is the alcohol at work; and for sure it needs a bit of a rougher pour.

The aroma is pleasant and welcoming with a nice bit of coffee-like roastiness and an edge of caramel and chocolate.

In the mouth it's medium/full in body, and malty with just a gentle sweep of carbonation across the tongue. For the style it's on the lower end of body, and having said that, a bit more carb might have helped out the head, but it would certainly have hindered the mouthfeel. Quite nice, creamy and smooth.

The flavor is as the nose suggests with a bit more complexity. It delivers a soft coffee-like roastiness upfront along with some nuttiness, cocoa, and dark caramel. Across the middle it suggests brown sugar, a hint of leafy hops, a flicker of dark fruit, and then some burnt sugar as it heads into the finish with more nuttiness, a bitter roastiness, and a swirl of leafy hops. It lingers in the mouth with a hint of smokiness. It's malty but it's not sweet. There are some sweeter notes to it, but there's also an underlying bitterness that keeps it in check along with the subtly roasty edge. It's nicely balanced and fairly complex. It could be a bit fuller for the style, but it's certainly not out of spec.

As to drinkability it holds up remarkably well. The flavors are not so powerful that you've discovered all of its nuances within the first half of the glass, nor is it so powerful that you've blanketed your palate or become tired of it. It's maltiness is not overdone, nor is it underdone; and it's quite smooth across the palate. It's actually a really nice beer. Well worth trying!

Photo of dirtylou
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, shipped by blackness

bottled 10/22/09

appearance: served in a great dane imperial pint glass, dark mahogany body with a creamy tan head and light retention

smell: creamy caramel, milk chocolate, roasted malts, raisin and dark fruit

taste: creamy baltic porter - chocolate covered raisins, caramel swirls, dry roasty base. lacks the overall complexity of some of the heavy hitters for the style, but still an enjoyable offering

mouthfeel: creamy, chewy caramel

drinkability: good

Photo of Kegatron
3.64/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a deep dark amber/near brown, with 2 big fingers of tan colored head. Retains with a think foamy look that leaves back a cascade of lace which quickly slides down the sides of the glass. The aroma smells of coffee and cocoa power, with toasted bread, and a deep fruity tang of cherries. Touch of warmth gives this a certain thickness in the nostrils.

The taste is deep up front, giving way to a flush of bitter roast and coffee. A thickish layer of chocolate and toffee sits underneath, as does that same fruity tang that was found in the aroma, only this time it's a bit more muddled. Finishes roasty and bitter in the mouth. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a sharp carbonation that really pops the bitter notes and that heavier undercurrent allows the thicker sweet flavors to flow. I'm pleased to find that the alcohol here is pretty well hid.

Not bad. I dug the overll flavors and interaction here for the Baltic Porter style, but I just wish that they had been a bit more aggressive and defined. I'd like to see them continue to work on this recipe, as this has the potential to be a really solid Winter seasonal from them.

Photo of KTCamm
3.97/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

1/14...pours very dark brown with some white foam. Coffee nose, faint, little bitter. Strong coffee bitter flavor. Some grittiness. Smooth chocolate coffee all around. Very good.

Photo of tone77
3.53/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brwon12 oz. bottle. Has a black color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of licorice, some malts. Taste is roasted malts, chocolate, licorice, good flavor, well balanced. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall this is a pretty good beer.

Photo of Samp01
3.7/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle. thanks mike67. Pours a dark brown with a small tan head. Aroma and Taste is of roasted caramel malt, some cacao notes and mild dark fruit and mild bitterness. Palate is medium body with moderate carbonation. The finish is mildly sweet roasted caramel, some cacao and a touch of dark fruit on the end with some bitterness for balance. Overall a good drinking brew.

Photo of beerthulhu
3.54/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bottled 10/22/12. Consumed 5/12/13.

A: Billowing dark khaki head is plush with a 2 plus finger stance showing a sturdy retention rate. Sticky coverage. Dark garnet red upon the bottles exit appears a black olive coloring in the vessel.

S: Toffee, toasted caramel, licorice, but low on aromatic strength. Some dried pine wood.

T: Flavor is licorice first, pine, scorced toffee with some burnt chocolate. Dark raisiny crystal malts with underlying hints of spruce and spiciness. Bready, with prunes, raisiny-apple fruitiness.

M: Malty lush mouthful, full and bready, with some creaminess around the tongues edges.

O: Overall nice mouthful, decent above average flavor, some complexity, decent overall.

Photo of ThaneMcC
3.77/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Poured solid brown with off white/tan head
Smell: licorice, malts (light), slight hops, carob
Taste: hint of malt, and an odd (but not unpleasant) salty, metallic taste akin to an oyster stout. Well balanced flavors of malt, hop though at an intensity level more similar to a brown ale or lager. Ends sweet – salty with a clean finish
Mouthfeel: heavier than a lager, but thinner than your typical porter, hint of carbonation
Overall: a pleasant mix of attributes from a good lager, the maltiness of a porter and the saltiness of an oyster stout. Good with chicken, bbq or any grilled meats – palate cleansing and not so powerful as to overwhelm your meal.

Photo of TLove
3.54/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Misclassified as aptly noted by my colleagues. Substantial notes of roasted chestnut, toffee, and chewable chocolate. Really triggers a nice sensation that makes you want to bite into the beer almost.

Ruby red/dark brownish with a glass-clinger of a head. Easy on the smell, it takes a while for the whiff to formulate. Initially a bit tart on the nose, there are some coffee notes that come out as well. The taste really shines, the notes that grab me noted above. I don't taste any dark fruits, but some some nice smoked and roasted flavors.

A nice, drinkable beer, especially warming at 7% ABV. Finishes very rounded and nicely balanced. Its Christmas....only with chocolate.

Photo of goldbot
3.92/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle.

Opaque brown to black and ruby around the edges. Thin beige head, minimal lacing.

Smells of some chocolate and strong fruity notes. Raisins and more, can't pin it down too much. Some hoppy aromas present as well. Tastes of more chocolate, slightly astringent. There some more fruit as well but more subdued. A surprising, though slight alcohol warmth. Finishes with slight hoppy bitterness.

Photo of vandemonian
3.66/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Dominion Baltic Porter is a weak but drinkable Baltic porter.

A: Black colour and a 1 cm tan head that fades to good lacing. 4.5

S: The smell is isn't strong but slightly hoppy. There is some funkiness to it, like you get from wild yeasts. 3.5

T: The taste is sour and malty with a little spicy. There is a slight amount of roastiness too. 3.5

M: Nice and foamy. 4.5

O: Decent enough, but I don't love it.

Photo of jmalex
3.78/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The cleaning out the fridge of winter brews continues.

APPEARANCE: Pours into a willibecker glass a deep brown with some red hues - definitely nowhere near pitch black. A one finger, light tan head forms on top and shrinks slowly to a full surface covering. Excellent head retention.

SMELL: Kind of a cross between a robust porter and baltic porter. Rich aromas of chocolate take the forefront with dark fruits and licorice relegated to secondary status. Sweet, bready malt hides deep down inside as does a slight alcoholic heat.

TASTE: Definitely a Baltic porter in flavor with rich, dark fruits joining up with dark chocolate for a killer combo. Black malts add a perceived bitterness that balances out the flavor quite a bit. Nothing is terribly aggressive which seems underwhelming for such an assertive style.

MOUTHFEEL: It's actually quite thin for style, which I did not expect. The carbonation level is at lower levels but not completely off base.

DRINKABILITY: Great flavors equal great drinkability. The lighter body actually does help here as well. The perceived amount of alcohol is nowhere near 7%.

Overall, not a bad beer. But there are so many authentic European examples available that this isn't particularly one to seek out. A nice, worthwhile effort though.

Photo of tattooedtolley
4.2/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nearly black. Nose is mainly roasted malt with a bit of sweetness. The taste shocked the hell out of me. I honestly didn't expect much as I'm not overly hot on OD these days but this beer is money. Its got a bigger body than most crisp baltic porters, its a bit more substantial, big enough roasted malt to know its a porter and the sweetness is subtle enough for me. If this thing was hopped up a hair, I think it would be incredible. Well done, OD, I'm not going to be so hesitant from now on to try new things from you.

Photo of mikesgroove
4.15/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

one of my favorite styles i cannot get enough of, this was the perfect way to start dropping the dark bomb into the night. poured into a pint glass.

Poured a very deep dark brwon, pretty much black, very opaque and thick looking. Huge creamy tan head lifted up to about two inches, then slowly settled back down to about a half inch layer that just sat on top.

caramel and coffee tones dominated this from the beginning. Very sweet smelling, with a hint of chocolate on the back. Very full aroma, and a hint of alcohol. Initial taste was loaded with caramel and chocolate tones. A touch of alcohol warmed it up as well. Lots of roasted coffee tones in the back, and a nice bitter, dry hoppy finish. This was a really well rounded and full taste. Very nice indeed. Very full, pretty much stout like in feel. Rich creamy with very good carbonation.

Photo of Bierguy5
3.67/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Very dark brown, nearing black. Poured with no head.

Roasty, clean nose with some licorice and darker fruits. Hint of berries.

Roasty and fairly dry. Black licorice, star anise. Dark fruits and berries. A bit of cocoa on the finish. Drying at the finish.

Medium body, lower carbonation. Slight warmth in the chest. Interesting beer, not bad.

Photo of Traquairlover
3.95/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is the 2010 vintage which weighs in at 6.5% ABV (less than the 7% in the database). At the time of this review it is also filed as an American Porter. However, it is clearly intended to be a Baltic Porter as its label discusses (including being brewed with bottom fermenting yeast). I have reviewed it as such pending a change to the BA database.

A = Very dark mahogany in color and quite thick in appearance during the pour. Around the edges and bottom of the glass you can see a nice ruby red coloration. Forms a 1/2 inch mocha colored head mostly of foam with a few larger bubbles; after a few minutes that has receded into a thin surface covering.

S = Quite a bit of milk chocolate, sweet smells of fresh cooked dinner rolls, light traces of maple syrup with hints of roasted chestnuts, very light traces of pine and mulling spices.

T = This is a very tasty beer. Most of the scents in the aroma are found in the taste and there is a crisp, light bite that I think arises from the yeast, more bitterness on the tongue than was apparent in the smell, but still a well balanced to even sweet beer. The chocolate flavors are perhaps closer to cocoa powder than the milk chocolate smells; they do predominate from tip of the tongue to back of the throat though. Everything else is an accent added to their base. There are hints of well browned toast, pine trees, orange rind, cinnamon. Quite complex.

M = Medium bodied, with good mouthcoating, fairly light carbonation but enough to give just a bit of a stinging sensation in the middle of the tongue.

D = The drinkability on this one is pretty high. It taste good, feels okay and goes down quite easily.

Photo of Proteus93
3.7/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A fresh offering from Old Dominion, apparently. An interesting choice for their winter brew, but a good style choice!

A: Cola brown without the bubbles of a soda... looks like a flat Coke. Head is surprisingly brown, though a bit fizzy and it doesn't really hold on for long.

S: A rather tame aroma... some roasted malt and ground coffee scents. Almost the tiniest smokiness.

T: Sugary sweet malts, some coffee and caramel notes. Something about it kind of reminds me of rootbeer, which is a little odd, but it's not too shabby.

M + D: A little syrupy... the whole experience was kind of reminiscent of a soda that's been sitting a few hours. Mild carbonation, a little flat feeling, kinda syrupy, and sweet. It's not a bad brew, though it's not really what I would expect of the style.

Photo of MurphyMacManus
3.68/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Longneck into pint glass.

A: dark brown with a dense coffee-colored head.

S: coffee, licorice, chocolate, maybe dark fruit?

T/M: chocolate, coffee, slight spicy licorice note, can tell they use a lager yeast. Pretty full mouthfeel for a porter, though. "Robust" seems an appropriate term.

D: I enjoy the Baltic Porter, but I must admit I have a hard time drinking a lot of it at once. I can't identify any off-flavors that would explain that, but my best guess is that I'm expecting a stout -- which is not necessarily a good reason. The Baltic Porter is a great example of the differences between a porter and a stout: the Baltic Porter lacks the coffee-like astringency that I expect from stouts, but it still has a lot of flavor and feels like a big beer. That said, I suspect I also don't session Baltic Porter because it is a "bigger" beer and has the associated ABV.

Photo of WineGuy3000
4.15/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Quick review. Not a huge porter fan, but this is solid. Relatively low gravity here, makes for an easy-drinking dark beer.

Photo of DavoleBomb
3.09/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass.

4.5 A: Clear dark brown. Killer head. Two finger of it and frothy as all hell. Awesome retention and plenty of lacing.

3.0 S: Maybe my nose is malfunctioning today, but I don't smell a damn thing. Maybe a bit of roasty toasty malts.

3.0 T: Hints of chocolate and coffee. Really boring overall though, especially for a 7% ABV. Tastes like a few stouts I've had that didn't taste like anything.

3.0 M: Medium-full body. Good carbonation, decently creamy. Chalky aftertaste.

3.0 D: Not anything special at all, but no huge problems either.

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Dominion Baltic Porter from Old Dominion Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 216 ratings.