Dominion Baltic Porter - Old Dominion Brewing Company

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85
very good

203 Ratings
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Ratings: 203
Reviews: 104
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 10.67%
Wants: 3
Gots: 4 | 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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Photo of tdatt43
2.75/5  rDev -26.7%

Photo of MONKandTUCK
2.85/5  rDev -24%
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.

Photo of AdamBear
2.88/5  rDev -23.2%
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.

Photo of ThisWangsChung
2.89/5  rDev -22.9%
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.

Photo of jc85
2.95/5  rDev -21.3%
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.

Photo of Guden
2.98/5  rDev -20.5%
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 Noelito76
3/5  rDev -20%

Photo of Cook82
3/5  rDev -20%

Photo of CuriousMonk
3/5  rDev -20%
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.

Photo of Metz
3/5  rDev -20%

Photo of Ted
3/5  rDev -20%

Photo of akttr
3/5  rDev -20%

Photo of AndrewMichael
3/5  rDev -20%

Photo of jkermitj
3/5  rDev -20%

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 littlelorib
3.05/5  rDev -18.7%
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.

Photo of DavoleBomb
3.08/5  rDev -17.9%
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.

Photo of biglite351
3.13/5  rDev -16.5%
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.

Photo of Justin23060
3.15/5  rDev -16%
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.

Photo of theozag
3.18/5  rDev -15.2%
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.

Photo of avisong
3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

Photo of dsshuck
3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

Photo of -NESTO-
3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

Photo of Rhettroactive
3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

Photo of ygtbsm94
3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

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Dominion Baltic Porter from Old Dominion Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 203 ratings.