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Dominion Baltic Porter - Old Dominion Brewing Company

Dominion Baltic PorterDominion Baltic Porter

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BA SCORE
85
very good

186 Ratings
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Ratings: 186
Reviews: 103
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 10.9%


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!

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littlelorib

Virginia

3.05/5  rDev -18.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2012 00:17:55 | More by littlelorib
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stckhndlr

Virginia

4.03/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2012 20:39:46 | More by stckhndlr
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SolipsismalCat

Pennsylvania

3.45/5  rDev -8.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2012 01:10:35 | More by SolipsismalCat
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JoeAmerican77

Colorado

3.48/5  rDev -7.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2012 03:01:12 | More by JoeAmerican77
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thekevlarkid

Maryland

3.98/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2012 14:41:25 | More by thekevlarkid
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chilly460

Virginia

3.73/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2011 22:57:39 | More by chilly460
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sweethome

Illinois

3.95/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

12-11-2011 16:17:13 | More by sweethome
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lackenhauser

Maryland

3.78/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2011 01:51:08 | More by lackenhauser
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micromaniac129

Pennsylvania

3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
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.
Worthy

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2011 14:22:56 | More by micromaniac129
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Guden

Maryland

2.98/5  rDev -20.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2011 21:42:34 | More by Guden
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MONKandTUCK

Pennsylvania

2.85/5  rDev -24.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2011 02:40:20 | More by MONKandTUCK
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bubseymour

Maryland

4.05/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2011 00:16:38 | More by bubseymour
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WMEugene

Virginia

4/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2011 23:52:48 | More by WMEugene
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

4.15/5  rDev +10.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2011 05:17:04 | More by mikesgroove
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7934GRC

Maryland

3.43/5  rDev -8.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2011 17:43:57 | More by 7934GRC
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vandemonian

Maryland

3.65/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2011 01:24:22 | More by vandemonian
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biglite351

Pennsylvania

3.13/5  rDev -16.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2011 23:13:19 | More by biglite351
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therica

Maryland

4/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2011 21:33:18 | More by therica
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Mosstrooper

California

4.35/5  rDev +15.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2011 20:26:10 | More by Mosstrooper
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CuriousMonk

Virginia

3/5  rDev -20.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2011 19:26:23 | More by CuriousMonk
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L4t3rg4t3r

Virginia

3.9/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2011 04:13:57 | More by L4t3rg4t3r
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jc85

Virginia

2.95/5  rDev -21.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2010 22:39:32 | More by jc85
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Traquairlover

Virginia

3.95/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2010 16:28:05 | More by Traquairlover
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Ego

New Jersey

3.33/5  rDev -11.4%
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

eyes...
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

nose...
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.

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

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2010 04:11:33 | More by Ego
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Hopfenpeter

Maryland

4/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2010 04:42:10 | More by Hopfenpeter
Dominion Baltic Porter from Old Dominion Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 186 ratings.