Dominion Baltic Porter - Old Dominion Brewing Company

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Reviews: 106
Hads: 216
Avg: 3.75
pDev: 10.4%
Wants: 4
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
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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 ThaneMcC
3.77/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

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Photo of KTCamm
3.97/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

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Photo of IchLiebeBier
3.63/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Dark chestnut; medium frothy tan head, medium lasting, little lacing

Smell: Faint smells of everything; roasted malts, dried fruit and some coffee

Taste: Sweet malts on the start; bitter roasted grains come in pretty quickly; finishes pretty sweet

Mouthfeel: fairly thin with zippy carbonation; finishes almost like a soda

Remarks: decent, but nothing overly special

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Photo of Nate139
4.4/5  rDev +17.3%
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

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Photo of jmdrpi
3.79/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle, dated 10/25/13.rnrnquite dark, but not quite black. off-white head, decent retention. fairly muted mild aroma, just a bit of roasty bitter chocolate. taste is similar - smooth well balanced flavor, just mild cocoa, malt dominant. very nice mouthfeel, very smooth, fully bodied yet easy to drink. rnrnoverall - a nice winter seasonal brew.

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Photo of delta490
3.53/5  rDev -5.9%
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.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
2.9/5  rDev -22.7%
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.

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Photo of cosmicevan
3.58/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

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Photo of jwc215
4/5  rDev +6.7%
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!

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Photo of hopsolutely
3.79/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a near black with only a hint of clear, dark brown light at the edges of the glass. Has an attractive cappuccino-coloured head, albeit with less retention or lacing than expected, and a pleasantly creamy mouthfeel.

The aroma is astringent, but improves as it warms. Am finally getting some cocoa and coffee tones with fewer barrel tannins than I'd expected, which is my own personal preference. Well balanced taste has a variety of roasted dark malts, with a pleasing bitterness to the finish.

All in all, a very pleasant surprise.

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Photo of Samp01
3.7/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

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Photo of HuaJiao
3.59/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark brown. Almost black, but can tell its clear and see red/brown hues when held up to the light. Creamy beige head.

S: Nice roast and chocolate scents, but it's a bit faint.

T: Decent roasted malts, but reminds me a bit of a brown ale more so than a baltic porter. It's too thin in flavor.

M: Again, on the light/watery side.

Overall: On its way to a delicious beer, but could use another kick of dark malts to really grab the attention.

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Photo of Act25
3.87/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle - Bottling Date: 10/20/12, just now drinking on 6/28/13. Purchased at WHOLE Foods in Craft assortment pack.

Appearance: Pours a dark brown body with medium, foamy, beige head that fades fast and laces very little. (but it's 8 months old). Into a leffe chalice.

Smell: Minimal, want more aroma because what's there is very good. Will let it warm.
Smoky roasty malts, some licorice, coffee, dark fruits, and bit of chocolate... Want more power.

Taste: Rich, abundant, dark maltiness with dual notes of bitter roast balanced by tastes of licorice, espresso, and chocolate background sweetness. It's roasted bitter over background of sweet.
Spicy, nice tingle of bitterness. and as it warms, it rounds out with sweetness, roastiness, and dark fruitiness.

Mouthfeel: Medium-body & carbonation. A smooth mouthfeel. Nice finish. First rate.

Overall: Love the style. These guys honor it. Would definitely drink again.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.54/5  rDev -5.6%
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.

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Photo of Dave1999
3.94/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours pitch black with a small white head.

The smell is dark malts, sweet and roasty.

The taste is much the same malty and quite sweet, finishing with some roasted flavours.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied and sticky with low to medium carbonation.

I didn't have high expectations for this but it was actually pretty good.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.26/5  rDev +13.6%
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.

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Photo of superspak
3.78/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 10/26/2012. Pours fairly pitch black color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty foamy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of chocolate, roasted malt, raisin, cocoa, toast, dark bread, light coffee, clove, and floral earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity; a bit muted though. Taste of chocolate, roasted malt, caramel, raisin, cocoa, toast, dark bread, light coffee, clove, and floral earthiness. No bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of chocolate, roasted malt, caramel, toast, raisin, dark bread, light coffee, clove, and floral earthiness on the finish for a bit. Very nice balance and robustness of flavors, with good complexity; great balance of malt and yeast esters; and zero cloying flavors present after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a creamy and lightly slick mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a very good baltic porter style. Very nice balance, robustness, and complexity of flavors; and very smooth to sip on. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of Mitchster
3.69/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

$10.99/6 pack in Brighton, Mi. Brewed with German Pilsner, Crystal & Dark Specialty malts including Rye. 6.8% Alc/vol.

Pours out to a very clear near black, with a little bit of light squeaking through the edges of the glass, forming a tall cappuccino foam light tan head with superior retention and lacing. Moderate firm carbonation, ~3 carbs or so. The subdued aroma has a definite lager yeast character with a little touch of sulfur sitting on top of some roasted malts, some distant dates and a wisp of smoke. No DMS, perceptible alcohol or diacetyl. The taste definitely has a touch of smoked malt. Flavors of figs and carob with a mild herbal bitterness. Aftertaste of cola, smoke and carob. Mouthfeel is a little flimsy for a baltic porter. With an ABV of 6.8%, I would prefer a more substantial mouthfeel, akin to other baltic porters like Okocim or Sinebrychoff. I wonder if they choose a lower mash temp for some reason and that's what I'm getting.

A good beer, but it doesn't compare to the other well known baltic porters, and for the price, I'd stick with Okocim.

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Photo of Justin23060
3.16/5  rDev -15.7%
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.

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Photo of tone77
3.53/5  rDev -5.9%
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.

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Photo of FickleBeast
3.73/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours mostly black with two huge fingers of mocha foam that fill the glass. Aroma is mostly of roast malt bitterness; toffee; plum.

First sip is substantially roasty up front, fading into a bitter middle, and surprisingly dry finish. Not a ton of sweetness here, the roasted malt flavors are the dominant profile, and this is decently hopped.

This is a pretty decent baltic porter. Good amount of ABV that is pretty well hidden. That said, it is kind of one dimensional and really doesn't excite my taste buds. It's good - but nothing that I'll really crave.

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Photo of mikeg67
3.46/5  rDev -7.7%
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.

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Photo of BARFLYB
3.77/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A bottle into a Dark Horse Brewing pint glass

A- Old Dominion Baltic Porter boasts a silky dark brown coming out of the bottle. Has a slick look to it. Once condensed in the glass it has a black look to it from afar but close up it is the darkest brown possible. A 1/2 inch beige head stood atop leaving a coating of lace.

S- A sweet smelling porter. Underneath I get the basic porter scents of roasted malt, chocolate, char/smoke and some hops. On top of that is a big fruity scent which I was not expecting. With warming some creamy milk type scents. No alcohol.

T- On first sips I got some dark fruit and some brown sugars. I let it warm up a bit and the porter tones came up more with a nice amount of roasted malts and chocolate. Not as much coffee as some other porters. Not much hops in fact barely any at all. Some vanilla and milk in small doses.

M- Medium bodied and silky with a clean feel. A bit thinner than expected with baltic in the title but the mouth is fine. Creamy and not bitter at all. Not sure of the date on the bottle but the hops have faded and pose no bitterness in the feel. Not so much carbonation in this which works for me.

D- Not sure this needs to be called a Baltic Porter as there are many 7.5% porters with lesser titles. The feel is a little thin but the taste is great. Right now at less than 2 bucks a bottle this is a great price and will do. This is a great night time porter to relax to.

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Photo of jjboesen
3.61/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Of course, we all know the history of Baltic Porter: English porter .... Catherine the Great ---- long sea voyage to Russia .... yadda yadda. This version opens in a moderate head of splotchy foam that is eager to subside. The body is tar black. What little lacing there is seems to slink into a filmy overlay.

There is a strange nose that portends a freakish union of molasses and orange (oranglasses?) Stir it a little for a swift whiff of cream. Whuuuut? An ambitious palate can detect some wispy caramel before it fades into a speedy shot of oat and malt. There she goes; she's gone. The mouthfeel is well balanced wih a few creamy riffs going on before laying on a blanket of semi-sweetness at the fade.

I love the style; however, this version was adequate, but drinkable. In any case, it does NOT exemply a Baltic Porter as it has become to be known and loved - and quaffed. Oh Catherine, stop f--- that horse and pour me another Baltic Porter.

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Photo of AdamBear
2.87/5  rDev -23.5%
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.

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Dominion Baltic Porter from Old Dominion Brewing Company
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