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Dominion Baltic Porter - Old Dominion Brewing Company

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Ratings: 213
Reviews: 106
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 10.4%
Wants: 3
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
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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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Ratings: 213 | Reviews: 106
Photo of glid02
3.85/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased from Hop City in Atlanta.

Pours a dark brown color with a half-finger light brown head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving light lacing.

Smells of roasted malts with a touch of smokiness. Also present are hints of dark chocolate.

Tastes good. Strong roasted malt flavors up front are joined quickly by hints of smoked malt and coffee grounds. Midway through the sip a hint of semi-sweet chocolate makes an appearance and carries through to a solidly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a solid thickness with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I finished the bottle without a problem and could have another.

Overall this was a good beer and I was a fan of the light smokiness. Worth a shot.

Photo of BeerBelcher
3.96/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Quite solid. A nice Baltic Porter. Dry roastiness that is clean but not overpowering. Body is dark, and head is plentiful. The beer had this cool nitro-tap look to it when I poured it - tan head on top, but a level of raging-rising bubbles below the head and above the body. Aroma is dry roasty and slightly sweet and is reminiscent of not overly-bitter coffee. Flavor is a touch sweet and milky, but mostly dry and roasty. Mouthfeel is a touch slick for this style, but still quite pleasant.

This beer pleasantly surprised me. I bought a six-pack at the brand-new Wegman's in Dulles/Sterling, VA.

Photo of Aenema
4.12/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

Photo of esurreal
4.62/5  rDev +23.2%
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.

Photo of ozzyCobblepot
3.23/5  rDev -13.9%
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?

Photo of TLove
3.54/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Misclassified as aptly noted by my colleagues. Substantial notes of roasted chestnut, toffee, and chewable chocolate. Really triggers a nice sensation that makes you want to bite into the beer almost.

Ruby red/dark brownish with a glass-clinger of a head. Easy on the smell, it takes a while for the whiff to formulate. Initially a bit tart on the nose, there are some coffee notes that come out as well. The taste really shines, the notes that grab me noted above. I don't taste any dark fruits, but some some nice smoked and roasted flavors.

A nice, drinkable beer, especially warming at 7% ABV. Finishes very rounded and nicely balanced. Its Christmas....only with chocolate.

Photo of drabmuh
3.92/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First off I'm pissed. The bottle says Baltic porter (which is a style) and its classified as an American Porter, what gives? Did you make an American Porter and call it Baltic cause it was cooler? Or did you make a bad example of a Baltic porter so you are calling it an American porter? Rename the damn beer.

Poured from a bottle into a conic pint glass. beer is dark black, a little brown at the corners, no detectable carbonation, thin off color head falls away leaving no lacing, head eventually clings to the sides of the glass.

Smell is of coffee and roast, some vanilla perhaps and chocolate. Smells about what you'd expect a porter to smell like.

Beer is sweet and has a lot of bitterness from the roast at the back end. The sweetness is interesting, adds nice connectivity, but the roast at the end definitely wins. Its not coffee flavored at all, just an interesting malt flavor, a little coffee in the aftertaste. Body is a little thin but I would say the drinkability is high.

Photo of Cyberkedi
4.45/5  rDev +18.7%
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.

Photo of Kegatron
3.64/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a deep dark amber/near brown, with 2 big fingers of tan colored head. Retains with a think foamy look that leaves back a cascade of lace which quickly slides down the sides of the glass. The aroma smells of coffee and cocoa power, with toasted bread, and a deep fruity tang of cherries. Touch of warmth gives this a certain thickness in the nostrils.

The taste is deep up front, giving way to a flush of bitter roast and coffee. A thickish layer of chocolate and toffee sits underneath, as does that same fruity tang that was found in the aroma, only this time it's a bit more muddled. Finishes roasty and bitter in the mouth. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a sharp carbonation that really pops the bitter notes and that heavier undercurrent allows the thicker sweet flavors to flow. I'm pleased to find that the alcohol here is pretty well hid.

Not bad. I dug the overll flavors and interaction here for the Baltic Porter style, but I just wish that they had been a bit more aggressive and defined. I'd like to see them continue to work on this recipe, as this has the potential to be a really solid Winter seasonal from them.

Photo of MurphyMacManus
3.68/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Longneck into pint glass.

A: dark brown with a dense coffee-colored head.

S: coffee, licorice, chocolate, maybe dark fruit?

T/M: chocolate, coffee, slight spicy licorice note, can tell they use a lager yeast. Pretty full mouthfeel for a porter, though. "Robust" seems an appropriate term.

D: I enjoy the Baltic Porter, but I must admit I have a hard time drinking a lot of it at once. I can't identify any off-flavors that would explain that, but my best guess is that I'm expecting a stout -- which is not necessarily a good reason. The Baltic Porter is a great example of the differences between a porter and a stout: the Baltic Porter lacks the coffee-like astringency that I expect from stouts, but it still has a lot of flavor and feels like a big beer. That said, I suspect I also don't session Baltic Porter because it is a "bigger" beer and has the associated ABV.

Photo of eljefe21
3.97/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark ruby brown in color. Pours to a fluffy two-finger head. Some spotty lacing throughout.

S: Entrancing roasted coffee smell.

T: Roasted coffee flavors that linger in the mouth.

M: Smooth and creamy, but a little watery as it leaves the mouth. Little if any carbonation which is good for a porter.

D: Nice treat to pair up with something sweet. A bit too strong to sit down and have several, although the strength is well hidden.

Served: in an faceted mug.

Photo of jmalex
3.78/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The cleaning out the fridge of winter brews continues.

APPEARANCE: Pours into a willibecker glass a deep brown with some red hues - definitely nowhere near pitch black. A one finger, light tan head forms on top and shrinks slowly to a full surface covering. Excellent head retention.

SMELL: Kind of a cross between a robust porter and baltic porter. Rich aromas of chocolate take the forefront with dark fruits and licorice relegated to secondary status. Sweet, bready malt hides deep down inside as does a slight alcoholic heat.

TASTE: Definitely a Baltic porter in flavor with rich, dark fruits joining up with dark chocolate for a killer combo. Black malts add a perceived bitterness that balances out the flavor quite a bit. Nothing is terribly aggressive which seems underwhelming for such an assertive style.

MOUTHFEEL: It's actually quite thin for style, which I did not expect. The carbonation level is at lower levels but not completely off base.

DRINKABILITY: Great flavors equal great drinkability. The lighter body actually does help here as well. The perceived amount of alcohol is nowhere near 7%.

Overall, not a bad beer. But there are so many authentic European examples available that this isn't particularly one to seek out. A nice, worthwhile effort though.

Photo of sholland119
3.55/5  rDev -5.3%
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.


Photo of paulthebeerguru
3.8/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: pours an impenetrable black. Nice medium brown head. Good retention. Great lacing.

S: good sweet malts. Great roasted aromas, light toffee and chocolate notes.

T: good sweet roasted malt flavors. Chocolate, toffee, and some watered down coffee, unfortunately.

M: medium bodied. Mild carbonation level. Very robust, as well as being smooth and creamy.

Photo of HopDerek
3.92/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear dark brown color with purple highlights. Two fingers of foamy beige head fade quickly leaving a spotty lacing ring. Smells of molasses, coffee, dark fruits, chocolate, and nuts. Tastes of citrus zest, cocoa powder, and nuts up front, then some caramel and molasses, dark fruits like plums and raisin, and then a slightly bitter and salty finish of coffee and soy sauce. Medium in body with low carbonation. A little watery in places, but also quite thick in others. In all, pretty easy to drink. Thanks go to Kegatron for the bottle.

Photo of wisrarebeer
4.5/5  rDev +20%
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

Photo of dmamiano
4.29/5  rDev +14.4%
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.

Photo of droomyster
4.3/5  rDev +14.7%
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.

Photo of DavoleBomb
3.09/5  rDev -17.6%
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 barleywinebrewer
3.78/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

so the age old debate. do I review this as a baltic porter per the bottle label? Or do I review this as an american porter per the BA site? Or, do I go with a BJCP style category? Yeah, I was kidding with that last one. I'm going to go with the BA category of american porter. this drank nice, hada good porter / coffe aspect to it, but fell short in the cleanliness and maltiness of a baltic porter as I've had them. I'd happily drink another, I just wouldn't worry about style classification.

Photo of Shandias
4.3/5  rDev +14.7%
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.

Photo of joe1510
3.83/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz Bottle

I got this Baltic Porter from my Secret Santa, the Godfather himself, Redwood21. Thanks David! Dominion's Baltic Porter pours the darkest of browns bordering on black. The edges of the glass shine with deep mahogany highlights. The beige head rose to a height of two fluffy fingers before snap, crackle, and popping down to one fingers worth of whip creaminess that leaves patchy lacing here and there down the glass as I drink.

This porter has a lot of unique qualities and none of which fit into the Baltic Porter category. There's a lot of hazelnut over the top of milk chocolate, lightly roasted malts and a dusting of cocoa powder. A slight hint of booziness tickles the nose after a deep pull while mild dark fruits lay down in the background. If the nose tells me anything it's that this porter is American all the way.

The flavor improves on the nose. Roasty malts and coffee grounds lead the way throughout the entire drink. Dark chocolate, hazelnut, Half-n-Half, and dark sweet berries all play roles in that order of intensity. A slight hop kick hits on the backend but the hops are indistinguishable. There's a touch of heat on the swallow. This is a pretty damn good porter although in no way the Baltic variety.

The body is moderate and possibly leaning toward hefty but I can't make my mind up. My only complaint is the lively carbonation that pushes this beer a little too quickly over the tongue and actually becomes a little airy on the swallow.

I could see myself drinking a few of these in a sitting without a problem. The active carbonation actually keeps this beer flowing rather quickly.

I took a recent trip out to Virginia and drank gallons of Dominions Oak Barrel Stout. I'm glad to have the chance to try another of their offerings and thoroughly enjoy this brew. The label may be a little misleading but what's in the bottle is quality. Thanks again David!

Photo of DrJay
3.7/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Clear and dark brown with a purplish red hue. Fine tan cap, sort of thin off the pour with a bit of a collar. Some lacing. Roasty aroma, dry cocoa, nutty, dried fruit, faint smoke. Mild bitterness with faint hop flavour. Mostly malt though, some roast and chocolate, caramel and malted milk, cola sweetness. Slight alcohol, medium bodied, lowish carbonation, a bit on the sticky side. Not bad, but labeling it a baltic porter seems a bit misleading. Not a bad American porter though.

Photo of Globetrotter
3.72/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hand-delivered from Ashburn to Vienna (thanks, Chris and Jeff!), my 33cl bottle looks just like the one in the picture. Couldn't find any freshness info. Pours a clear dark cola brown under a deep tan head that barely rises above film and settles quite quickly without managing to generate any lace. The nose is strong of coffee and nuts, with a hint of licorice. The mouth is slightly cloying and well carbonated, leaving a bit of a prickly sensation on the tongue. The taste is definitely porter, with a good taste of nuts and a bit of dark chocolate. There is also a fruity sweetness such as from dark plums or red grapes. The hops are subdued, but never absent, generating an espresso bitter at the slow and a bit of a dry ache in the aftertaste. The sweetness never goes away, though. In fact, this is a bit too sweet for too long for my taste. Still, a solid brew, and probably the last sample I'll get of Dominion brewed in Virginia. Sigh!

Photo of matt062286
3.65/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - pours a very dark brown, almost black opaque color with a tan, soapy one finger head. Held up to a light, the color is almost blood red. Head retains a little around the glass and lightly elsewhere. Lacing is minimal.

Smell - some dark chocolate, caramel, rich roasted malt.

Taste - very rich and robust flavor. The smoky malt stands out the most, it tastes quite pleasant and fresh. Hides the alcohol and other flavors quite well. Can also pick up on some of the hops, which are rather bland and uninteresting. Aftertaste hints of the dark chocolate. Slightly warming, which is expected as this is a winter seasonal.

Mouthfeel - Very smooth with a full, rich body. Good amount of carbonation, seems about right for a porter.

Drinkability - Not too bad for a porter. Even though it has a rather heavy body, I could drink more than one of these. Another good one from Old Dominion, even though I've only tried a few of their beers, they have all been pretty good. Would love to try this one on tap.

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Dominion Baltic Porter from Old Dominion Brewing Company
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