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Dominion Baltic Porter - Old Dominion Brewing Company

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Dominion Baltic PorterDominion Baltic Porter

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106 Reviews
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Reviews: 106
Hads: 216
Avg: 3.75
pDev: 10.4%
Wants: 4
Gots: 7 | 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:
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 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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Photo of Gambrinus1184
3.92/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served from a 12-ounce, twist-off bottle into a plain, tumbler pint glass.

A: Near black color with a ruby highlight when shown through the light. A thin, tan head of carbonation builds as quickly as it vanishes, leaving a slightly creamy slick of foam.

S: Sweet and roasty with hints of cocoa, charcoal and some nutty, herbal hops.

T: Creamy and bittersweet malts rush over the front of the palate, coating it with a slick, coal-like flavor. The dark chocolate and mild berry notes wear into an herbal and almost anisette-like hop bitterness that adds some boozy heat to the otherwise silky finish.

M: Full-bodied and smooth porter with a little gripping hop and alcohol heat. Velvety finish is numbed slightly by a burnt, grainy malt offsetting.

O: A rich, sweet and relatively balanced porter with plenty of malt character to back up the near 7% ABV. A little grainy and slick, so its still rough around the edges, but it's as welcome of a brew on a cool spring night as a late fall one.

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

A - Deep ruby, nearly black, that has a white head with good retention and lacing.

S/T - A little grainy on the nose, with smoke, chocolate, roast, and a touch of pine hops in the finish.

M - Medium body and carbonation, a touch astringent, but remains mostly smooth and slightly oily across the palate.

O - Nice porter. Depths of malt flavor are tasty and keep me wanting more.

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Photo of Bierguy5
3.67/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Very dark brown, nearing black. Poured with no head.

Roasty, clean nose with some licorice and darker fruits. Hint of berries.

Roasty and fairly dry. Black licorice, star anise. Dark fruits and berries. A bit of cocoa on the finish. Drying at the finish.

Medium body, lower carbonation. Slight warmth in the chest. Interesting beer, not bad.

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Photo of littlelorib
3.06/5  rDev -18.4%
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.

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Photo of stckhndlr
4.02/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Dark brown almost black with faint ruby highlights. 2 finger tan head stays for quite a bit.

S- Roasted malt and hops. There's some chocolate and licorice in there. Maybe a hint of caramel as well.

T- Roasted hops with some flavors that resemble a coca-cola caramel flavor. A unique blend of coffee and soda. Interesting.

M- Well balanced and smooth. Easy to drink.

O- This is a good beer. It has a solid flavor and feel while not being too simple. Good all around beer.

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Photo of SolipsismalCat
3.43/5  rDev -8.5%
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.

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Photo of JoeAmerican77
3.46/5  rDev -7.7%
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.

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

Out of a bottle this beer was a dark, copper color with one finger of khaki colored head. It retained as a collar and lefts streaks of lacing. The aroma was of roasted malt, caramel malt and chocolate. The flavors were full of chocolate notes with some light nuts, figs, prunes and caramel along with some alcohol heat that appeared as it warmed up. The mouthfeel was smooth and full, the body full and the carbonation light. Despite being full of chocolate it wasn’t overly sweet and I found it highly enjoyable.

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Photo of chilly460
3.7/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured a clear dark brown color with ruby red highlights when held up to a light. Nice fluffy tan head with good retention. Thin lacing down the entire glass.

S - Mild smelling roast malts, with some vanilla as well.

T - Nice malty backbone here, with a toffee kick. - Poured a clear but very dark brown color with ruby red highlights when held up to a bright light. Nice fluffy tan head with good retention. Wispy lacing was left down the inside of the glass.

S - Not the most aromatic brew, what I did get from the nose was a malt base with hints of buttery toffee and maybe an ever so slight hint of vanilla. Seems like I could smell a bit of alcohol in the nose as well.

T - Nice roast malt backbone, with some coffee tones as well. Mild bitter chocolate, and toffee is some sips.

M - The mouthfeel seemed a little light, a touch watery.

O - Solid brew, unremarkable in any one measure.

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Photo of sweethome
3.95/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very dark - almost opaque. Slight tan head.

Roast malts, hint of smoke, cherries on nose.

Roasty entry, lager mouthfeel is smooth. Anice with rich roast malts. Thick and creamy, yet yet smooth. Alcohol fire on finish.

Fits style - enjoyable fireside brew.

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Photo of lackenhauser
3.73/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep, rich brown color with a nice sized head going on. Malty, somewhat sulfur like aroma. Pleasant mix of cocoa, toffee and caramel. Has a distinct nuttiness. Faint hop presence in both bitterness and flavor. Good mouthfeel-thought it was thin at first but warmed into a nice, soft maltiness. Nice beer-not quite sure of it being a Baltic porter.

FYI label says 6.8%abv.

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Photo of micromaniac129
3.85/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours quite a deep brown color. It has a smallish head but who's body is quite dense.
There is a deep roasted malt aroma but thats about it. A rich tasting hardy brew with tons of complex malt taste but mostly a rich roasted malt bill.
Drinks heavy on the palette smooth and a semi dry. has a roasted aftertaste.
Baltic porters aren't one of my favorite even though I am a big porter liker.
This drinks nice, it has a smooth softness about itself and making it a nice easy drinking ale.

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Photo of Guden
2.97/5  rDev -20.8%
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.

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Photo of MONKandTUCK
2.84/5  rDev -24.3%
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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Photo of 7934GRC
3.45/5  rDev -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.

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Photo of vandemonian
3.66/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

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Photo of biglite351
3.08/5  rDev -17.9%
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.

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Dominion Baltic Porter from Old Dominion Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 106 ratings.