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Dominion Baltic Porter - Old Dominion Brewing Company

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Ratings: 196
Reviews: 104
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 10.93%
Wants: 4
Gots: 2 | 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 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.

Guden, Nov 19, 2011
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.

MONKandTUCK, Nov 19, 2011
Photo of THECPJ
4/5  rDev +6.7%

THECPJ, Nov 17, 2011
Photo of bubseymour
4.05/5  rDev +8%
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.

bubseymour, Nov 17, 2011
Photo of ithinkimasofa
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

ithinkimasofa, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of WMEugene
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours an opaque black color with a tan head that fades to a thin layer/ring. Nice lacing.

S - Nice coffee/caramel and other malty tones. A bit of hops in the nose as well.

T - Nice full malty taste. A little bit of chocolate, caramel, and coffee in the taste that merge into a general malty taste. A little bit of alcohol taste. A bit of hop bitterness is present in the finish.

M - Medium to full bodied. Ok carbonation. Pretty smooth and drinkable.

O - Dominion's Baltic Porter is a very solid, enjoyable winter beer. Definitely a nice way to spend a cold evening.

WMEugene, Oct 31, 2011
Photo of mikesgroove
4.15/5  rDev +10.7%
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.

mikesgroove, May 08, 2011
Photo of 7934GRC
3.43/5  rDev -8.5%
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.

7934GRC, May 02, 2011
Photo of vandemonian
3.65/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Dominion Baltic Porter is a weak but drinkable Baltic porter.

A: Black colour and a 1 cm tan head that fades to good lacing. 4.5

S: The smell is isn't strong but slightly hoppy. There is some funkiness to it, like you get from wild yeasts. 3.5

T: The taste is sour and malty with a little spicy. There is a slight amount of roastiness too. 3.5

M: Nice and foamy. 4.5

O: Decent enough, but I don't love it.

vandemonian, Apr 24, 2011
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.

biglite351, Mar 16, 2011
Photo of therica
4/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

therica, Mar 08, 2011
Photo of Mosstrooper
4.35/5  rDev +16%
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.

Mosstrooper, Feb 21, 2011
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.

CuriousMonk, Feb 14, 2011
Photo of L4t3rg4t3r
3.9/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

As other recent reviewers have noted, the bottle states that the intended style is Baltic Porter, and that the ABV for this year's version is 6.8%.

A= Pours nearly jet black into the glass. Nice brown head speaks to pretty good carbonation. Lacing clings to the side of the glass.

S=Roasted coffee, some dark cocoa, faintly chalky.

M=Medium, the carbonation is present and keeps the beer from feeling to heavy.

T= Like it smells. Some cold coffee and faint hints of cocoa. As it warms I am detecting a bit of liquorish. The roasted malts leave a nice mildly astringent aftertaste.

Overall, a solid example of the style. Well balanced and not too crazy, this is an approachable offering that would serve as a good introduction to Baltic Porters.

L4t3rg4t3r, Feb 08, 2011
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.

jc85, Dec 27, 2010
Photo of Traquairlover
3.95/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is the 2010 vintage which weighs in at 6.5% ABV (less than the 7% in the database). At the time of this review it is also filed as an American Porter. However, it is clearly intended to be a Baltic Porter as its label discusses (including being brewed with bottom fermenting yeast). I have reviewed it as such pending a change to the BA database.

A = Very dark mahogany in color and quite thick in appearance during the pour. Around the edges and bottom of the glass you can see a nice ruby red coloration. Forms a 1/2 inch mocha colored head mostly of foam with a few larger bubbles; after a few minutes that has receded into a thin surface covering.

S = Quite a bit of milk chocolate, sweet smells of fresh cooked dinner rolls, light traces of maple syrup with hints of roasted chestnuts, very light traces of pine and mulling spices.

T = This is a very tasty beer. Most of the scents in the aroma are found in the taste and there is a crisp, light bite that I think arises from the yeast, more bitterness on the tongue than was apparent in the smell, but still a well balanced to even sweet beer. The chocolate flavors are perhaps closer to cocoa powder than the milk chocolate smells; they do predominate from tip of the tongue to back of the throat though. Everything else is an accent added to their base. There are hints of well browned toast, pine trees, orange rind, cinnamon. Quite complex.

M = Medium bodied, with good mouthcoating, fairly light carbonation but enough to give just a bit of a stinging sensation in the middle of the tongue.

D = The drinkability on this one is pretty high. It taste good, feels okay and goes down quite easily.

Traquairlover, Dec 12, 2010
Photo of Ego
3.33/5  rDev -11.2%
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

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

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.

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

Ego, Nov 29, 2010
Photo of Hopfenpeter
4/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

Hopfenpeter, Nov 20, 2010
Photo of Thorpe429
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%
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.

Thorpe429, Nov 01, 2010
Photo of NeroFiddled
4.2/5  rDev +12%
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!

NeroFiddled, Oct 20, 2010
Photo of ViveLaChouffe
4.43/5  rDev +18.1%
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

ViveLaChouffe, May 27, 2010
Photo of dirtylou
4/5  rDev +6.7%
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

dirtylou, Mar 02, 2010
Photo of beer2day
3.98/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lucky enough to have on tap at my local.

Dark, dark brown pour. Virtually no head, nothing to retain, and very faint viscous lacing.

Nose if chocolate and roasted malt. Very appropriate for the style.

Very dry profile. Roasted malt dominates. Vanilla sneaks in on the back end lending a slight sweetness.

Feel is a little thick for a porter, but that's a plus for me. Nice malt body to go with the rich flavor. Coffee and weak caramel toffee kick in, too.

Very easy to drink and hides the abv extremely well.

beer2day, Feb 21, 2010
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.

theozag, Jan 22, 2010
Photo of goldbot
3.93/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle.

Opaque brown to black and ruby around the edges. Thin beige head, minimal lacing.

Smells of some chocolate and strong fruity notes. Raisins and more, can't pin it down too much. Some hoppy aromas present as well. Tastes of more chocolate, slightly astringent. There some more fruit as well but more subdued. A surprising, though slight alcohol warmth. Finishes with slight hoppy bitterness.

goldbot, Jan 14, 2010
Dominion Baltic Porter from Old Dominion Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 196 ratings.