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Dominion Baltic Porter - Old Dominion Brewing Company

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Dominion Baltic PorterDominion Baltic Porter

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BA SCORE
85
very good

196 Ratings
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Ratings: 196
Reviews: 104
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 10.93%
Wants: 4
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Old Dominion Brewing Company visit their website
Delaware, United States

Style | ABV
Baltic Porter |  6.80% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
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!

(Beer added by: VaTechHopHead on 11-15-2008)
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Reviews by barleywinebrewer:
Photo of barleywinebrewer
3.8/5  rDev +1.3%

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.

barleywinebrewer, Jan 28, 2009
More User Reviews:
Photo of Guden
2.98/5  rDev -20.5%

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.

Guden, Nov 19, 2011
Photo of megamass
3.75/5  rDev 0%

megamass, May 20, 2013
Photo of briandaube
4.5/5  rDev +20%

briandaube, Dec 15, 2012
Photo of glid02
3.88/5  rDev +3.5%

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.

glid02, Dec 01, 2009
Photo of NJpadreFan
3.03/5  rDev -19.2%

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.

NJpadreFan, Dec 01, 2008
Photo of JoeAmerican77
3.48/5  rDev -7.2%

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.

JoeAmerican77, Jan 11, 2012
Photo of NeroFiddled
4.2/5  rDev +12%

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!

NeroFiddled, Oct 20, 2010
Photo of dirtylou
4/5  rDev +6.7%

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

dirtylou, Mar 02, 2010
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3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

avisong, Apr 07, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

tclipse, Apr 12, 2014
Photo of mxmcmillan
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

mxmcmillan, Dec 30, 2011
Photo of Kegatron
3.63/5  rDev -3.2%

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.

Kegatron, Jul 31, 2009
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3.75/5  rDev 0%

zonker17, May 31, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev 0%

zp6167a, Mar 06, 2014
Photo of tone77
3.53/5  rDev -5.9%

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.

tone77, Dec 29, 2012
Photo of Samp01
3.7/5  rDev -1.3%

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.

Samp01, Jul 10, 2013
Photo of beerthulhu
3.54/5  rDev -5.6%

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.

beerthulhu, May 25, 2013
Photo of TLove
3.63/5  rDev -3.2%

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.

TLove, Nov 14, 2009
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4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

deansellers, Dec 09, 2013
Photo of goldbot
3.93/5  rDev +4.8%

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.

goldbot, Jan 14, 2010
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3.75/5  rDev 0%

buzzy, Feb 06, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

LJWalker, Feb 07, 2012
Photo of vandemonian
3.65/5  rDev -2.7%

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.

vandemonian, Apr 24, 2011
Photo of jmalex
3.8/5  rDev +1.3%

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.

jmalex, Apr 29, 2009
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Dominion Baltic Porter from Old Dominion Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 196 ratings.