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Dominion Baltic Porter - Old Dominion Brewing Company

Dominion Baltic PorterDominion Baltic Porter

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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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Photo of Thorpe429


3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2010 12:36:13 | More by Thorpe429
Photo of NeroFiddled


4.2/5  rDev +11.7%
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!

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2010 22:16:55 | More by NeroFiddled
Photo of ViveLaChouffe


4.43/5  rDev +17.8%
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

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2010 12:15:06 | More by ViveLaChouffe
Photo of dirtylou


4/5  rDev +6.4%
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

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2010 04:03:05 | More by dirtylou
Photo of beer2day

North Carolina

3.98/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

02-21-2010 02:35:28 | More by beer2day
Photo of theozag


3.18/5  rDev -15.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2010 22:58:22 | More by theozag
Photo of goldbot

District of Columbia

3.93/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2010 20:46:32 | More by goldbot
Photo of drizzam


3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to my buddy Skye for hooking me up with a regional brew I'm unable to get in WI.

A - 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 & M - The taste certainly outperformed the nose. The malty backbone plays well with the chocolate and toffee flavors. A bit of alcohol kick toward the back end, along with a slight hop bitterness. The mouthfeel seemed a little light to me, maybe even a bit watery.

D - Overall, a very solid brew, and one I'm glad to have had the opportunity to partake. A solid offering from Old Dominion. I would recommend it to my BA friends.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2010 22:48:44 | More by drizzam
Photo of tattooedtolley


4.22/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nearly black. Nose is mainly roasted malt with a bit of sweetness. The taste shocked the hell out of me. I honestly didn't expect much as I'm not overly hot on OD these days but this beer is money. Its got a bigger body than most crisp baltic porters, its a bit more substantial, big enough roasted malt to know its a porter and the sweetness is subtle enough for me. If this thing was hopped up a hair, I think it would be incredible. Well done, OD, I'm not going to be so hesitant from now on to try new things from you.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2009 00:33:28 | More by tattooedtolley
Photo of wahhmaster


3.58/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Guinness-branded tulip pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a jet black color. It has a thin, tan head that dissipates quickly and leaves little lacing on the glass.

Smell: Strong smells of coffee and roasted malts come out in the aroma.

Taste: Starts off chocolaty and finishes with a coffee/roasted malt flavor. Has a moderate hoppy bitterness to it as well.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with a large amount of carbonation. Goes down pretty smooth, however.

Drinkability: A decent porter. I was expecting more from this beer, however. For something billed as a Baltic Porter, I was expecting a bit more complexity to it. Regardless, this is a decent beer and a good winter seasonal.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2009 04:07:09 | More by wahhmaster
Photo of cdkrenz


4.53/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks Rob for the brew!

A - Jet brown body, nearing black. The head has some solid stamina starting out at a half inch and maintaining very well in a tint of tan.

S - Mild chocolate and a rich, yet subtle coffee flavor.

T - The flavor of long roasted grains are evident throughout. There is a deep coffee and chocolate ending to this brew. The finish has a slight hop but nothing overwhelming.

M - The texture of this porter is very unique. I'm going to attribute that to the lager yeast used to create this porter. It has a smooth milky touch, yet it's light and airy.

~ I'm very impressed with this beer. I really appreciate the way this porter is crafted. I recommend this brew to all porter fans.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2009 02:53:36 | More by cdkrenz
Photo of jdmorgan


3.9/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this winter warmer, ideally, during the Blizzard in D.C. It poured a dark chocolate brown with a brownish head.

The smell was of deep, roasted malt with a bit of hop and alcohol aroma in the mix as well. The taste had a rich, roasted body and a medium hop flavor that was well balanced. There was only a hint of the 6.8% ABV present. The carbonation was light/medium and the mouthfeel was medium/thick.

Altogether, this was a solid porter that was a bit on the stronger side. It was a nice showing from ODB, although I would've liked to have seen it brewed & bottled in VA instead of DE. This is a nice winter beer and I will definitely buy more.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2009 23:40:28 | More by jdmorgan
Photo of tanousa


4.5/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Nice tan color , thin head that dissapears fast, still leaves a nie lacing to enjoy

S- deep roasted coffee and malts , hints of chocolate and molasses.

T- Again , molasses, chocolate and dark fruits to taste in this awesome porter.

M- Nice body, midium carbonation , nicely done.

D- Rich, beautiful beer, really enjoyed and was ready for more...I need to get a six pack of this gem!

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2009 03:16:36 | More by tanousa
Photo of clayrock81


3.58/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a dark, almost black body with a tan head on top of a stoutish smell of roasted malts, coffee, toffee and hints of dark chocolate. A smooth, creamy, stick medium almost full body that has a sweet taste of chocolate and a tad vanilla as well as a mix of roasted and toffee malts. Gives off a balance as it is smooth and passes easily but finishes crisp and dry. A duller than top notch porter but still a good beer that is enjoyable and will pick you up in the winter.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2009 21:25:00 | More by clayrock81
Photo of ChainGangGuy


3.9/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle - $1.49 at Hop City in Atlanta, Georgia. Bottling Date: 10/20/09.

Appearance: Pours out a tremendously dark brown body with well-sized, foamy, light beige head.

Smell: Dark, roasty malts with a thin whiff of smoke. Black licorice, coffee, dark fruits, and far lesser note of chocolate are also on hand this evening.

Taste: Flavorful dark maltiness touched up with a pop of roast and tastes of licorice, chilled espresso, and dark chocolate powder with a restrained level of sweetness. Small bit of spice in there. Smoked, candied prunes for some background fruitiness. No big hop profile leaping out at me (not that I was ever expecting one), with any available bitterness coming from those darkened grains. As it begins to warm, a toasty quality slides into place as well. Finishes with just light, final touches of sweetness, roastiness, and fruitiness.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Pleasantly smooth mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Surprisingly, it's not half bad! That recent Beach House whatever was a complete dud for me, and their Oktoberfest was so-so, so I was a little hesitant in regards to this winter seasonal, but here I am, enjoying this bottle while watching Blade Runner. It's smooth and easily drinkable with a nice dark maltiness, like a poor man's Kalamazoo Stout.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2009 21:31:28 | More by ChainGangGuy
Photo of glid02


3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2009 05:19:21 | More by glid02
Photo of BeerBelcher


3.95/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2009 23:20:38 | More by BeerBelcher
Photo of Aenema


4.15/5  rDev +10.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2009 01:18:49 | More by Aenema
Photo of esurreal


4.65/5  rDev +23.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2009 09:58:39 | More by esurreal
Photo of ozzyCobblepot

New York

3.25/5  rDev -13.6%
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?

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2009 02:39:07 | More by ozzyCobblepot
Photo of TLove

District of Columbia

3.63/5  rDev -3.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2009 00:19:01 | More by TLove
Photo of drabmuh


3.93/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2009 06:02:20 | More by drabmuh
Photo of Cyberkedi


4.45/5  rDev +18.4%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-08-2009 23:39:30 | More by Cyberkedi
Photo of Kegatron


3.63/5  rDev -3.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2009 12:01:51 | More by Kegatron
Photo of MurphyMacManus


3.7/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2009 03:18:22 | More by MurphyMacManus
Dominion Baltic Porter from Old Dominion Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 186 ratings.