Dominion Baltic Porter - Old Dominion Brewing Company

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85
very good

203 Ratings
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Ratings: 203
Reviews: 104
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 10.67%
Wants: 3
Gots: 4 | 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!

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3.75/5  rDev 0%

Photo of hopsolutely
3.81/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a near black with only a hint of clear, dark brown light at the edges of the glass. Has an attractive cappuccino-coloured head, albeit with less retention or lacing than expected, and a pleasantly creamy mouthfeel.

The aroma is astringent, but improves as it warms. Am finally getting some cocoa and coffee tones with fewer barrel tannins than I'd expected, which is my own personal preference. Well balanced taste has a variety of roasted dark malts, with a pleasing bitterness to the finish.

All in all, a very pleasant surprise.

Photo of Rhettroactive
3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

Photo of Samp01
3.7/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle. thanks mike67. Pours a dark brown with a small tan head. Aroma and Taste is of roasted caramel malt, some cacao notes and mild dark fruit and mild bitterness. Palate is medium body with moderate carbonation. The finish is mildly sweet roasted caramel, some cacao and a touch of dark fruit on the end with some bitterness for balance. Overall a good drinking brew.

Photo of HuaJiao
3.58/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark brown. Almost black, but can tell its clear and see red/brown hues when held up to the light. Creamy beige head.

S: Nice roast and chocolate scents, but it's a bit faint.

T: Decent roasted malts, but reminds me a bit of a brown ale more so than a baltic porter. It's too thin in flavor.

M: Again, on the light/watery side.

Overall: On its way to a delicious beer, but could use another kick of dark malts to really grab the attention.

Photo of Act25
3.89/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle - Bottling Date: 10/20/12, just now drinking on 6/28/13. Purchased at WHOLE Foods in Craft assortment pack.

Appearance: Pours a dark brown body with medium, foamy, beige head that fades fast and laces very little. (but it's 8 months old). Into a leffe chalice.

Smell: Minimal, want more aroma because what's there is very good. Will let it warm.
Smoky roasty malts, some licorice, coffee, dark fruits, and bit of chocolate... Want more power.

Taste: Rich, abundant, dark maltiness with dual notes of bitter roast balanced by tastes of licorice, espresso, and chocolate background sweetness. It's roasted bitter over background of sweet.
Spicy, nice tingle of bitterness. and as it warms, it rounds out with sweetness, roastiness, and dark fruitiness.

Mouthfeel: Medium-body & carbonation. A smooth mouthfeel. Nice finish. First rate.

Overall: Love the style. These guys honor it. Would definitely drink again.

Photo of dmorgan310
3.75/5  rDev 0%

Photo of bob_d_j
4/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of Kerrie
4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

Photo of tzieser
4/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of RoryOMoore
3.75/5  rDev 0%

Photo of djrn2
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of beerthulhu
3.54/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bottled 10/22/12. Consumed 5/12/13.

A: Billowing dark khaki head is plush with a 2 plus finger stance showing a sturdy retention rate. Sticky coverage. Dark garnet red upon the bottles exit appears a black olive coloring in the vessel.

S: Toffee, toasted caramel, licorice, but low on aromatic strength. Some dried pine wood.

T: Flavor is licorice first, pine, scorced toffee with some burnt chocolate. Dark raisiny crystal malts with underlying hints of spruce and spiciness. Bready, with prunes, raisiny-apple fruitiness.

M: Malty lush mouthful, full and bready, with some creaminess around the tongues edges.

O: Overall nice mouthful, decent above average flavor, some complexity, decent overall.

Photo of megamass
3.75/5  rDev 0%

Photo of akttr
3/5  rDev -20%

Photo of Dave1999
3.95/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours pitch black with a small white head.

The smell is dark malts, sweet and roasty.

The taste is much the same malty and quite sweet, finishing with some roasted flavours.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied and sticky with low to medium carbonation.

I didn't have high expectations for this but it was actually pretty good.

Photo of woodychandler
4.26/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Another from the big box o' beer as dropped off by local, in-person trader, tone77.

From the bottle: "Dominion Baltic Porter is a bottom-fermented lager brewed to meet your need for warmth on a cold winter's night. Hints of licorice, toffee & chocolate mingle with German Pilsner, Crystal, Dark Specialty Malts & a touch of Rye giving our Porter a full-bodied taste. Raise your glass to those who were bold enough to brave the Baltic!"; "Winter Brew".

Today might be the first day of Spring according to the calendar, but it is still plenty chilly enough to warrant drinking this beer. My aggro pour raised a finger of dense, deep-tan head with reasonable retention. Color was a deep, dark-brown allowing only a modicum of light to penetrate except around the edges, revealing cola highlights. Nose was rich with notes of dark chocolate, anise, and toffee. Mouthfeel was full and creamy with a very chocolaty/licorice taste on the tongue. Finish was semi-dry and the rye gave it a spicy kick. The lacing that it left behind really covered the glass. While it was not really my choice of style, it was stylistically quite good.

Photo of Chugs13
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of drt72
3.75/5  rDev 0%

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

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 10/26/2012. Pours fairly pitch black color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty foamy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of chocolate, roasted malt, raisin, cocoa, toast, dark bread, light coffee, clove, and floral earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity; a bit muted though. Taste of chocolate, roasted malt, caramel, raisin, cocoa, toast, dark bread, light coffee, clove, and floral earthiness. No bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of chocolate, roasted malt, caramel, toast, raisin, dark bread, light coffee, clove, and floral earthiness on the finish for a bit. Very nice balance and robustness of flavors, with good complexity; great balance of malt and yeast esters; and zero cloying flavors present after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a creamy and lightly slick mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a very good baltic porter style. Very nice balance, robustness, and complexity of flavors; and very smooth to sip on. A very enjoyable offering.

Photo of tvljr
4/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of Mitchster
3.69/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

$10.99/6 pack in Brighton, Mi. Brewed with German Pilsner, Crystal & Dark Specialty malts including Rye. 6.8% Alc/vol.

Pours out to a very clear near black, with a little bit of light squeaking through the edges of the glass, forming a tall cappuccino foam light tan head with superior retention and lacing. Moderate firm carbonation, ~3 carbs or so. The subdued aroma has a definite lager yeast character with a little touch of sulfur sitting on top of some roasted malts, some distant dates and a wisp of smoke. No DMS, perceptible alcohol or diacetyl. The taste definitely has a touch of smoked malt. Flavors of figs and carob with a mild herbal bitterness. Aftertaste of cola, smoke and carob. Mouthfeel is a little flimsy for a baltic porter. With an ABV of 6.8%, I would prefer a more substantial mouthfeel, akin to other baltic porters like Okocim or Sinebrychoff. I wonder if they choose a lower mash temp for some reason and that's what I'm getting.

A good beer, but it doesn't compare to the other well known baltic porters, and for the price, I'd stick with Okocim.

Photo of Metz
3/5  rDev -20%

Photo of calcnerd
3.75/5  rDev 0%

Photo of doctorb
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Dominion Baltic Porter from Old Dominion Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 203 ratings.