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Dominion Baltic Porter - Old Dominion Brewing Company

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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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Photo of esurreal
4.62/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

this beer cuts through. Sometimes a brew tastes amazing up front, but falls short half way through and doesn't taste like anything. This beer always keeps it's hoppy bitterness meets touch of molasses sweetness. You'll always have a nice taste in your mouth when drinking this brew. It's similar to terrapin's india ale. It lingers longer though. (346 characters)

Photo of cdkrenz
4.52/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks Rob for the brew!

A - Jet brown body, nearing black. The head has some solid stamina starting out at a half inch and maintaining very well in a tint of tan.

S - Mild chocolate and a rich, yet subtle coffee flavor.

T - The flavor of long roasted grains are evident throughout. There is a deep coffee and chocolate ending to this brew. The finish has a slight hop but nothing overwhelming.

M - The texture of this porter is very unique. I'm going to attribute that to the lager yeast used to create this porter. It has a smooth milky touch, yet it's light and airy.

~ I'm very impressed with this beer. I really appreciate the way this porter is crafted. I recommend this brew to all porter fans. (707 characters)

Photo of wisrarebeer
4.5/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Well, unfortunately one of the last from a great brewery.

A: nice deep copper/brown color
S: rich, chocolate, treacle toffee
T: very nice, perfect for Baltic Porter with not too much hops as in other breweries, chewy, chocolate, burnt malt
M: velvety smooth
D: divinely good (275 characters)

Photo of tanousa
4.5/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Nice tan color , thin head that dissapears fast, still leaves a nie lacing to enjoy

S- deep roasted coffee and malts , hints of chocolate and molasses.

T- Again , molasses, chocolate and dark fruits to taste in this awesome porter.

M- Nice body, midium carbonation , nicely done.

D- Rich, beautiful beer, really enjoyed and was ready for more...I need to get a six pack of this gem! (389 characters)

Photo of Cyberkedi
4.45/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours an opaque dark chocolate brown with a thick tan head. Rich aroma is chocolaty with smoky, nutty and coffee hints. Flavor is like a fine chilled mocha, mainly of chocolate and coffee with smoky, nutty and molasses touches. Texture is smooth, fizzy and lively - a winner. (275 characters)

Photo of ViveLaChouffe
4.42/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured 12/2009

Pours black as night with a thin brown head that quickly evaporates to nothing at all. Smells of roasty malt, mixed with dark fruit and a just hint of smoke.

No surprises in the mouth as it reflects the nose almost perfectly. Roasty and dark fruit (raisiny) with a fairly chewy body but creamy as well. The roasted malt and fruit mix nicely and the creamy texture makes it go down smooth. The alcohol sneaks up on you a bit since there's nary a hint of booziness. Creamy, mocha-like finish and a lingering roastiness in the aftertaste.

It's as straightforward as a Baltic Porter can be, balanced the fruitiness and the roastiness well and is smooth as velvet. What's not to like? Six years is a long time to wait between samples...but I think they have improved the recipe since then (802 characters)

Photo of Nate139
4.4/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Creamy tan head. Black with dark brown around the edges where light barely shines through

S - Strong licorice and chocolate

T - Hit chocolate and toffee upfront, followed by touches of rye and some malty sweetness with hints of caramel, ending with a hint of licorice. warming towards the end from the alcohol.

M - medium body, very smooth

O - Fantastic beer, perfect for a snowy winter day (398 characters)

Photo of AleWerks
4.38/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Direct from the brewery. This beer was delicious! Very dark color with ruby hues around the edge when held up to the light. Smell was of grain, dark malt, licorice and toffee. Goes down smooth on a cold night. Very easy drinking for 7.2% abv. Taste was rich in grain, malt, and spiciness. Mouthfeel was full, rich, and smooth. I could drink a couple of these. Nice job. (369 characters)

Photo of Mosstrooper
4.32/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a 16oz Samuel Adams Perfect Pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a coffee color with a small brownish head that dissipates quickly and leaves behind a thin ring of lace.

Smell: Smells of chocolate and toffee with a bit of rye spiciness.

Taste: Begins with a licorice flavor which rounds into chocolate and a hint of toffee, finishing with more of the same and a slight spice from rye. It also has some coffee flavors throughout.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with balanced carbonation and a warming finish.

Drinkability: A very nice and somewhat unique Baltic porter. Definitely a great winter brew, and another great offering from Dominion. (663 characters)

Photo of droomyster
4.3/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I have to admit from the outset that Baltic Porter is one of my favorite styles and have some very specific notions about what this style can and should behave. Pours a dark brown with a small brown head that does not retain well, unlike several others of its class. Smells roasty and (like the back of the bottle says) a bit like black licorice, but is remarkably understated to the point of being uninteresting. The taste, however, will knock your socks off. Full-bodied, well-rounded, extremely complex and layered flavors that make you marvel at every sip. This is extremely tasty. Black licorice? Check. Dark chocolate? Check. Roastiness? Smoke? Expresso? Check, Check, Check! This beer spans the entire Baltic Porter flavor spectrum and does so in a very balanced way. This a suberb beer once you get it to your palate. (825 characters)

Photo of Shandias
4.3/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I found this beer to be fairly tame in terms of intensity, but very drinkable and enjoyable in the long-term.

Appearance is a nice reddish-purple, a little bit thin but pretty. I found the smell to be savory, almost a bit briny.

Head is quite insubstantial and airy. Weak lacing.

Taste is lovely, a bit on the sweet side with some nice burnt flavors to balance. Cereal-y flavor shines through. Comes on smooth and sticks around for a while; evolves into a sticky bitterness.

Mouthfeel is substantial.

Drinkability is high for me-- this is a beer with a good strong flavor, but not so powerful that you can't enjoy several. Look out for the 7% abv, though. (665 characters)

Photo of dmamiano
4.29/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Won in a bet from friend and fellow BA SwillBilly after the Steelers beat up on his "Skins".
Nice big off white head after a hard pour. Lacing left as it fades.Fairly solid darkness explains the color.
Roasted malts, biscuit, hints of bakers chocolate and nuts in the nose.
Taste is full on the palate...fairly big , full mouthfeel.
Bitter hops present. Taste of roasted grain, chocolate malts and bread.
This beer is very, very good. (434 characters)

Photo of woodychandler
4.26/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Another from the big box o' beer as dropped off by local, in-person trader, tone77.

From the bottle: "Dominion Baltic Porter is a bottom-fermented lager brewed to meet your need for warmth on a cold winter's night. Hints of licorice, toffee & chocolate mingle with German Pilsner, Crystal, Dark Specialty Malts & a touch of Rye giving our Porter a full-bodied taste. Raise your glass to those who were bold enough to brave the Baltic!"; "Winter Brew".

Today might be the first day of Spring according to the calendar, but it is still plenty chilly enough to warrant drinking this beer. My aggro pour raised a finger of dense, deep-tan head with reasonable retention. Color was a deep, dark-brown allowing only a modicum of light to penetrate except around the edges, revealing cola highlights. Nose was rich with notes of dark chocolate, anise, and toffee. Mouthfeel was full and creamy with a very chocolaty/licorice taste on the tongue. Finish was semi-dry and the rye gave it a spicy kick. The lacing that it left behind really covered the glass. While it was not really my choice of style, it was stylistically quite good. (1,128 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 tattooedtolley
4.2/5  rDev +11.4%
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. (522 characters)

Photo of mikesgroove
4.15/5  rDev +10.1%
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. (849 characters)

Photo of Redwood21
4.15/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

reviewed as an American porter, not

A: the beer starts out on the right foot, with a heavy rocky head on top of a black beer. it sticks around for a while with a thin veil on top lasting through the beer.

S: sorta smells like burnt toast and malts sorta bitter chocolate

T: this beer is not overly complex but in my opinion well balanced. there is the carried over burnt taste almost like weak coffee mixed with bittersweet chocolate and a lot of malt and barley it is smooth and easy

M: i really dig this, its not harsh its smooth easy to drink very pleasant

D: could drink this endlessly, very good (607 characters)

Photo of Aenema
4.12/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Very deep, dark brown topped with a slight tan head that fades away relatively quickly. Spotty lacing rings the glass.
Smell - Roasted malts, coffee / espresso notes.
Taste - Lots of coffee and some chocolate balanced with a slight hoppy kick. Strikes a great balance between sweetness and bitterness.
Mouthfeel - Creamy, medium-bodied beer with moderate carbonation and a dry finish.
Drinkability - Rich and enjoyable, but filling.
Overall - Very enjoyable, flavorful beer that stands out for taste and mouthfeel. Very reasonably priced as well. A great value purchase. (583 characters)

Photo of bubseymour
4.05/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Fairly nice porter/stout with large 3 finger head and black color. Head was yellowish and not as frothy as some others that I thought looked a little better. Very good none-the-less

Smell- chocolatey, burnt smell, some maltiness and slighty smokey.

Taste - Very smooth, chocolatey but not as bold as some others. Finishes with a slight pilsner style crispness.

Mouthfeel - very full bodied and nice.

Overall - I think this a decent well crafted Baltic porter, easy to drink and great for newbies to the style. I've had some others that were much more harsh. (574 characters)

Photo of Drewcifer
4.03/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Pours out an oily black color, the coloring of a stout but not the murkiness, with pretty much no head to it. No lacing either.

Aroma is roasted malts and very heavy coffee, with notes of chocolate and brown sugar. Slight sweetness.

Very tasty, coffee and roasted malts, a taste of chocolate part way through, and finishes with a nice little snap of hoppy bitterness, just enough to smack your tongue.

A bit overcarbonated. Nice medium body, but the carbonation takes a bit away from the brew.

Overall, pretty well drinkable. The overcarbonation really took away from my enjoyment of it, but all in all a decent specimen - certainly not the best out there, but not the worst either.

As far as whether it's an American or a Baltic, I'm leaning towards Baltic on this one. (775 characters)

Photo of stckhndlr
4.02/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Dark brown almost black with faint ruby highlights. 2 finger tan head stays for quite a bit.

S- Roasted malt and hops. There's some chocolate and licorice in there. Maybe a hint of caramel as well.

T- Roasted hops with some flavors that resemble a coca-cola caramel flavor. A unique blend of coffee and soda. Interesting.

M- Well balanced and smooth. Easy to drink.

O- This is a good beer. It has a solid flavor and feel while not being too simple. Good all around beer. (479 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 jwc215
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled on 10/22/12:

Pours very dark brown - almost black - with a tan head that becomes a swirling patch. Thin sheet of lacing sticks to the glass.

The smell is of licorice, chocolate, caramel/toffee with a hint of mint.

The taste is pretty complex - especially for a lager - Chocolate, some licorice and toffee mix with a hint of mint and a hint of earthy hops. Malty and sweet-ish, but not too sweet. A touch of roast comes in in the finish. There is a hint of late alcoholic warmth in the aftertaste.

It has a smooth lager flow to the mouthfeel. A big beer but very drinkable.

Complex for a lager, this is easy to drink. It was made for winter, and fits that season well, but good all-year-round. It held up very well for a 10-month-old beer. This was enjoyable. I will look out for it this winter! (807 characters)

Photo of therica
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Let it warm a bit after pouring for the traits to emerge.

A= near black brown; very little head if any when poured carefully. Minimal rimming and then none. Very little carbonation activity.

S= interesting and unusual compared to the general run of craft stouts these days. Maybe bready-rye, slight hint of anise/hyssop in the predominant toasty chocolate malts. A whiff of more Turkish chocolate taffy here and there.

T= dry bitterness more so from toasted malts than hops, in fact I'm having trouble finding hops in here. Very nice and interesting, a bit lacking on carbonation however. Some rye pumpernickel bready notes. For its titular claim as a "Baltic Porter," though, it's far too tame. But I see it's listed as an "American Porter"-- titular mis-labeling seems to be getting popular these days.

M= dry and also very slightly sour. Almost numbing on the palate for some reason. In fact, my entire mouth seems slowly becoming numb for some odd reason! Acck! Not detracting, however-- just odd and interesting.

D= decent, could have a few.

As far as local/regional beers, however, I'll take Flying Dog Gonzo Porter any day over this. (1,146 characters)

Photo of Hopfenpeter
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer is a very dark brown, mahagony color with a small light brown head which does not stay for long. Very typical for this kind of beer.
The smell invites to coffee,chocolate, caramel and roasted malts.
As soon as you taste the beer those flavors are confirmed in the beginning with chocolate and coffee, than turning sweeter into caramel and brown sugar, but being checked by the bittersweetness of hops. Nice medium body almost a little creamy mouhfeel.Maybe just a little more carbonation would do the beer good.A very drinkable winterbrew. Very good job. (564 characters)

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Dominion Baltic Porter from Old Dominion Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 106 ratings.