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Dominion Baltic Porter - Old Dominion Brewing Company

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very good

106 Reviews
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Reviews: 106
Hads: 216
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 7.16%
Wants: 4
Gots: 7 | 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:
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 cosmicevan:
Photo of cosmicevan
3.58/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

thanks maddogg for tossing this my way many moons ago. bottling date is 10/22/12 so this one has some time on it.

a - brew pours a soft brown that settles black in the glass. thin off grey head that is gone as quick as it appeared spotty lacing and a head of bubbles can be rebuilt with a glass swirl, but leaves quickly with just a ring of bubbles clinging to the glass where the surface of the brew and glass meet.

s - nose is exactly as advertised...lager with german pilsner and some toasted malt. grainy. really a departure from the classic baltic porter with no char and only a hint of chocolate and roast. this is more toast than roast.

t - the baltic porter comes out in the flavor. not as lagery as the nose suggested, but still heavily influenced by lager. again, char is at a minimum and toasted crystalized caramel malts lead the way as opposed to chocolate roast and char that i'd normally expect.

m - easy drinker, but not very to style.

o - overall a nice beer, but for those looking for a baltic porter, you might be barking up the wrong tree with this one as it is heavily lager influenced...kind of what i would call a black lager. (1,154 characters)

More User Reviews:
Photo of Guden
2.97/5  rDev -21.2%
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. (452 characters)

Photo of megamass
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of briandaube
4.5/5  rDev +19.4%

Photo of glid02
3.85/5  rDev +2.1%
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. (745 characters)

Photo of NJpadreFan
3.03/5  rDev -19.6%
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. (307 characters)

Photo of JoeAmerican77
3.46/5  rDev -8.2%
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. (337 characters)

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.22/5  rDev +11.9%
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! (1,856 characters)

Photo of dirtylou
4/5  rDev +6.1%
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 (498 characters)

Photo of Bierleichen
3.65/5  rDev -3.2%

Photo of avisong
3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of tclipse
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of mxmcmillan
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of Kegatron
3.64/5  rDev -3.4%
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. (1,177 characters)

Photo of zonker17
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of KTCamm
3.97/5  rDev +5.3%
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. (178 characters)

Photo of biteme398
4.31/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of zp6167a
3.9/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of tone77
3.53/5  rDev -6.4%
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. (253 characters)

Photo of Samp01
3.7/5  rDev -1.9%
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. (376 characters)

Photo of beerthulhu
3.54/5  rDev -6.1%
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. (707 characters)

Photo of ThaneMcC
3.77/5  rDev 0%
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. (673 characters)

Photo of sneth019
3.36/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of TLove
3.54/5  rDev -6.1%
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. (681 characters)

Photo of deansellers
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

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Dominion Baltic Porter from Old Dominion Brewing Company
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