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Dominion Baltic Porter - Old Dominion Brewing Company

Dominion Baltic PorterDominion Baltic Porter

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85
very good

186 Ratings
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Ratings: 186
Reviews: 103
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 10.9%


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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MONKandTUCK

Pennsylvania

2.85/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A - Deep dark brown, not quite the abyss-like dark that most Stouts and many porters carry. Still, it's on the dark end of Baltic Porter which I like. Color can be very misleading, but darker Baltic Porters tend to suggest more dept of flavor, particularly dark fruit and roast.

A - nothing there. Not that aroma is this style's strong point, but I was hoping for some bready munich and toast, if not a little chocolate and roast.

T - very bland. There's some coffee, caramel and sour twang. Spice shows up intermittently. But this isn't a fun beer to drink. It really lacks depth. Bocks and Brown Porters inspired this beer. Sure, it's not a Russian Imp Stout, but it's a blend of two character-rich styles. Even if it's not Zywiec, still give me something to savor.

M - Watery. Too thin, especially for a beer so strong, and meant to be malt-forward.

O - No wonder it's from Delaware... these guys must be Eagles fans, affected by Reed's dismal Eagles. I'm Philly-proud, but the heralded dream-team shit the bed. I'm gonna try Old Dominion's other products in the future, and pass this one up. Maybe I had a bad bottle, or maybe the other reviewers just haven't had Zywiec and Okocim? I dunno, but I know those are hallmarks of great brewing, anything failing to come close isn't worth your time.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2011 02:40:20 | More by MONKandTUCK
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AdamBear

Pennsylvania

2.88/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A-black with a thin tan head

S-extremely faint scent of cinnamon and licorice. So faint. Almost nothing there.

T-comes in with an extremely faint taste of cinnamon, licorice, and maybe chocolate. It just a really faint flavor with a small kick of Belgian spices. Not much going on here. Not much of an after-taste.

M-dry low carbonation with a watery Finish

O-a very boring Baltic porter. The flavors are almost muted. Sometimes with this styles, the basic ingredients are supposed to speak for themselves. If not, sometimes the added ingredients help a lot. This just has nothing going for it at all. I don't recommend it at all.

Serving type: on-tap

11-17-2012 18:54:37 | More by AdamBear
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ThisWangsChung

Maryland

2.89/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a dark brown color - it's pretty light for the style. The head is about a finger high with a khaki shade. It retains decently and leaves a nice ring of lacing on the glass.

S: This doesn't bring a significant amount of the notes I look for in the style, like chocolate or dark fruit. Rather, the fruit notes here are pretty light (light as in, closer to peaches than, say, raisins), the malts seem more akin to brown sugar or caramel (but there are chocolate notes) and the lager yeast is rather evident. As a Baltic porter, it's closer to a big dark lager than the lagered imperial stout most in the style are wont to become. Still, the aroma works fine enough.

T: It's not very chocolaty; rather, its initial caramel character is more akin to a bock. There's a slight hoppy touch on the finish resembling mint, or even tobacco. The lager 'bite' is also rather prevalent, and I swear there's a touch of cereal grain floating around. Every once in a while I get hints of chocolate and dark fruits - this is probably the highlight of the brew. Seems rather boozy for 6.8%, though.

M: The feel is surprisingly lush and full. This comes at the price of an overly heavy finish, so it's not 'chuggable' in that respect. Carbonation remains on the back burner, making it seem even more sweet.

O: Not my favorite interpretation of the style, but not terrible. As a BOCK, though, it's actually pretty killer. Since I'm not much of a bock fan, this one ends up being merely okay to my frazzled taste buds.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2014 23:34:10 | More by ThisWangsChung
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jc85

Virginia

2.95/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz into a pint glass.

Appearance- Pours a opaque black, that lets very little light in. An aggressive pour yielded a very weak head that went away quickly.

Smell- Smells like licorice and chocolate, smells a little like medicine.

Taste- Not a bad taste, the chocolate and roasted malts comes through more in the taste than in the smell.

Mouthfeel- Medium to light body, not very carbonated. I wish it were heavier.

Drinkability- Overall this is an alright beer. Not great, but not a drainpour either. I could probably kick back a few of these in a night, but I dont think I will buy another sixer of these.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2010 22:39:32 | More by jc85
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Guden

Maryland

2.98/5  rDev -20.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2011 21:42:34 | More by Guden
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CuriousMonk

Virginia

3/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a deep dark charcoal brown near black with a nice lasting tight beige head. Aroma is lightly hopped, a touch of mint and pine over big chocolate malts, smooth nutty sweetness, toast, and light burnt hint with a touch of diacetyl. Flavor is clean, with good chocolate hints, roast, toffee moderate sweetness and a light leathery earthy finish to dry it out some. But something was lacking from this porter.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2011 19:26:23 | More by CuriousMonk
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NJpadreFan

New Jersey

3.03/5  rDev -19.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2008 00:47:19 | More by NJpadreFan
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littlelorib

Virginia

3.05/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Dark brew with creamy colored head that is quite persistent. On the other hand, not much going on in the smell, just a little hint of roasty malts. My first impression of the taste was of sweet malt, followed by charred wood and a balancing amount of bitter, so that initial sweetness doesn't linger. A rather light mouthfeel for what should be a big beer.

Overall, this beer doesn't impress me. I was expecting something more. I would not go out of my way for this rather average beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2012 00:17:55 | More by littlelorib
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DavoleBomb

Ohio

3.08/5  rDev -18.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2009 02:29:08 | More by DavoleBomb
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biglite351

Pennsylvania

3.13/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - hint of light through center of glass. Tall, tight nearly white head.

S - mild malts covered by a pilsner and candy scent.

T - malt heavy with dried fruit and chocolate. Ild bitter turn in the after taste.

M - medium coating with a tingle on front of tongye.

O - I could have a couple but not my first choice by far.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2011 23:13:19 | More by biglite351
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Justin23060

Virginia

3.15/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Very dark brown w/ chestnut highlights. Beige 1.5 finger head diminished but coated edges

S- Chocolate and caramel. Would have like a little more roast.

T- Same as smell. Starts about in the middle and ends on the dry side making the linger a little short for my taste. No smoke or roast.

M- A little on the thin side. Carb was pretty soft.

O- Lacks the boldness I was looking forward to. Because of that, it makes an ok porter but not my favorite Baltic. One and done IMO.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2013 04:17:25 | More by Justin23060
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theozag

Louisiana

3.18/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

first review since i returned from Operation Iraqi Freedom. I guess now I'm really back!

faint coffee and chocolate smells waft up from the empty bottle and glass.

the beer itself is opaque, clear, and very black in color. a mahogany-colored edge around the shallow angles gives the beer a bit of a unique appearance. the sand-colored head never builds very much on the top of the glass, and it fades to a white halo around the black beer in less than a minute.

every flavor i experienced in this beer was incredibly sharp. the drink starts mellow enough with some wood and chocolate notes. like any good porter, though, the experience comes in when the brew settles on your pallete. there i found a medium body and exceptionally strong bitters. i like a bitter beer (a lot) but honestly it was too much for me. the wood becomes an oak note (similar to a good tennessee whiskey) and just keeps getting stronger and more distinct. when you first swallow, the finish is almost painful. in a way, your mouth gets used to it before too long, but it's still one of the strongest beers i've ever tried.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2010 22:58:22 | More by theozag
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ozzyCobblepot

New York

3.25/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Black, no discernable carbonation, only decent head but looks like a pretty good drink.
S: Coffee flavors and hints of deep, toasted malts.
D: Sweetness mixed with bitter chocolate, hops dominating the aftertaste. The label describes toffee and licorice, which could account for the sweetness, but I think it's an overstatement of the complexity of this beer.
M: Medium bodied, light carbonation.

Pretty decent local brew. Can't say that I've had a Baltic Porter before, but this tastes like every American Porter I've had, just like the other reviewers said. The description on the back of the bottle says it's a "bottom-fermented lager" with "German Pilsner, Crystal, Dark Specialty Malts & a touch of Rye." Could someone explain this to me? How is this not an ale? And does that mix of malts make for a typical American lager?

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2009 02:39:07 | More by ozzyCobblepot
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Ego

New Jersey

3.33/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

brought back from my trip to the cliffs of calvert county...
bottled date: 10.27.2010

eyes...
the head fizzles into obscurity in a flash of sizzle, no head to speak of after that (on par for the style), almost opaque dark brown hue, minimal legs drape the sides of the glass, looks very much your standard fare baltic porter

nose...
nice roast notes, hints of cocoa and old burnt wood (the must not the smoke), candy bar chewy smell, straight forward - not a bad thing a'tall

taste etc...
little to no carbonation as expected, the flavors don't seem to develop until way late in the after taste, slight warming from the alcohol, you have to really let this take residence on your tongue to get much out of it, even then the roasty quality that adorns the nose is only barely noticeable The malts are also a bit subdued for my liking. Weight wise this seems a little thin for a porter.

verdict?
not a bad beer, a bit lacking in spots, worth trying if it is easy to obtain.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2010 04:11:33 | More by Ego
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katan

Colorado

3.4/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle

uhh - so is this an American Porter or a Baltic Porter? Seems to be a disagreement.

A - Pours a dark thick black color - very similar to a stout. Head formation is extremely light. Nothing there.

S - Smell is interesting. Almost a grainy and yeasty smell. Not at all what I would have expected in a porter.

T - Starts off easy with a balanced flavor of roasted malts and bitterness. Mid-stream is fairly flat. Finishes with a sweet taste that transitions to that almost grainy earthy flavor. Almost astringent.

M - moderate body - probably less thick than expected for the style. Much above a bock for sure however. Carbonation is light. Little clingy oily consistency.

D - Very easy to drink. No heaviness on the palette. The flavors are not overpowering. ABV is manageable, but I'm sure would catch me if I'm not looking.

So if I get this right, OD is hanging it up. Too bad as I find this to be solid beer, even if it's a bit of a "also-ran".

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2008 05:15:13 | More by katan
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7934GRC

Maryland

3.43/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A.A- Smelt great! Poured with little head. Strong alcohol content. A little too robust for a porter. Not great, but not horrible. I give it a C

Y - On first opening it I was excited because it smelt very sweet. The taste answered the call of the smell. It was very malty, a little too malty for a porter. It tastes a bit too much like the Oak Barrel Stout. It has a small bite in the beginning, smoothing out at the end. All in all I give it a C+. Not bad, not spectacular, worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2011 17:43:57 | More by 7934GRC
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SolipsismalCat

Pennsylvania

3.45/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Dark brown/black with three-finger, fizzy, tan head that lasted several minutes. Okay lacing.

S: Sort of a funky smell. Roasted notes too.

T: Moderate sweetness and light bitterness. Nutty and coffee-like flavor. Really not much hops to balance anything.

M: Medium bodied with fizzy carbonation. Really smooth.

O: A bit of an odd smell and taste. Head was way too fizzy. Slightly above average Baltic porter here.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2012 01:10:35 | More by SolipsismalCat
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JoeAmerican77

Colorado

3.48/5  rDev -7.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2012 03:01:12 | More by JoeAmerican77
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mikeg67

New Jersey

3.48/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle. Pours brown with an off-white, long lasting foamy head. Nose is bready, toasted malt, hints of dark fruit and piney hops. Body is medium and smooth. Taste is of bready, toasted malt, brown sugar, spicy hops and hints of dark fruit. Finish is long, semi-dry. Well made, balanced brew.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2012 15:42:43 | More by mikeg67
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Thorpe429

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a moderately dark brown color with a tan head. Nose is of caramel, a bit if roast, chocolate, and dark fruits. The taste is mildly fruity with some darker flavors taking the front. Good feel with good carbonation and a bt of heat. Drinks well bt fairly ordinary.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2010 12:36:13 | More by Thorpe429
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TheMistler

District of Columbia

3.53/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle with a Bottling Date of 12/04/08 - less than a month ago. Sadly, this also gives it the distinction of being bottled during the last month of brewing at the Ashburn location of in-name-only Old Dominion. This is probably also the last one-off from the talented but recently consolidated Old Dominion brewers, though I hope I'm wrong.

Dark, dark brown. Opaque. Head is tan, pockmarked and rocky, and decently thick - more than half an inch. Good retention and lacing.

Not much of an aroma. Roasted and bitter notes. Coffee, whiffs of cocoa powder. I like the burnt toast description used by Redwood21.

A toasted taste, with coffee bittering at the end. Roasted grains, some grass. Finishes pretty clean, with just a hint of bitter chocolate left on the palate.

Light in body. Starts out with a creamy feel, but the CO2 prickliness disrupts that. Some crispness.

Both the aroma and taste seem to lack stand-out characteristics, but this is a solid beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2008 23:16:09 | More by TheMistler
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sholland119

Pennsylvania

3.53/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A-A deep chestnut brown, trailing to deep ruby. A thin tan head and a medium amount of lacing.

S-Dark chocolate notes, roasted malt and some hop bitterness in the background.

T-A bit sweeter in front than expected from the nose. Some molasses in the finish and a bit of a syrupy sweetness. Nice but a little light for a baltic porter.

M-A little on the light side of medium bodied, a little bit thin.

D-Nice but one would probably do it for me.

HV

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2009 00:57:46 | More by sholland119
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tone77

Pennsylvania

3.53/5  rDev -6.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2012 02:33:07 | More by tone77
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delta490

Virginia

3.53/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- poured a deep brown with a nice ruby tint. Big creamy tan head has great retention and leaves some nice lacing

S- not much malt but some very strong earthy hops. A little metallic-y

T- not much depth of flavor, either. Reminiscent more of a brown ale or a lighter black lager than a Baltic porter.

M- thinner and lacking in the fullness expected from this style

O- not a bad beer but definitely not a Baltic Porter and much more of a lager (as the yeast used is lager) than the big robust porter I was expecting.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2014 20:09:11 | More by delta490
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beerthulhu

New Jersey

3.54/5  rDev -5.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2013 13:01:04 | More by beerthulhu
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Dominion Baltic Porter from Old Dominion Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 186 ratings.