Baltic Thunder
Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

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From:
Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
 
Pennsylvania, United States
Style:
Porter - Baltic
ABV:
8.5%
Score:
87
Avg:
3.87 | pDev: 11.63%
Ratings:
927
Status:
Retired
Rated:
Jun 23, 2018
Added:
Jan 05, 2008
Wants:
  60
Gots:
  53
SCORE
87
Very Good
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Notes: Truly a worldly beer. Baltic Thunder represents the Baltic Porter style admirably. Exhibiting the enticing, toffee roast of the British porter that originated the style in the 18th century, and the soothing, subtle fruit nuance of contemporary brews that flourish from Helsinki to Vilnius today, this dark lager honors the Baltic god of thunder. Created by an inspired collaboration of brewers and tempered with a touch of turmoil, Baltic Thunder rolls on to bring you enchanting light as the darkness fades.
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3.88 by liquorpig from Massachusetts on Jun 23, 2018
 
3.42 by wmcgar01 from Pennsylvania on Apr 08, 2018
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3.04/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75
by EyePeeAyBryan from Arizona

Not sure the age on this but poured strong with a nice head and ruby darkness. Smell seemed muted along with sweet flavors, no bite or smoke/chocolate that I'd expect from this style. Clearly this fella was way passed his prime and ended up going down the drain.

May 18, 2016
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4.2/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Ohiovania from Ohio

The wine barrel used is fantastic. The aroma is fantastic. I just wish the stout was a little more robust so that it wasn't so dominated by wine character. The fade is a dry yet sweet burnt char that I'm split on whether I like it or not.

Feb 17, 2016
 
4.38 by PaulSlazinger from Pennsylvania on Jan 27, 2016
 
4.59 by DASA10 from New Jersey on Dec 07, 2015
 
4.17 by harryhops from Delaware on Nov 19, 2015
 
3.73 by JMBSH from Colorado on Oct 31, 2015
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3.58/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5
by arizcards from North Carolina

Picked up a bomber at Opperman's Cork 'n' Ale in Saginaw last Saturday for $6.99. No bottling date.

Beer poured light brown with an OK head that did not last long.

Nose has hints of roasted malts and cocoa.

Taste is primarily cocoa malt dominated with some hopping to keep the sweetness at bay.

Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied and not overly smooth.

Overall this must be an older bottle given the lack of "oomph" as i am not finding it on the website. A little disappointed in this one as Victory has been nothing but solid in my experience.

Sep 25, 2015
 
3.79 by DucksFan16 from Tennessee on Sep 11, 2015
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4.97/5  rDev +28.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
by RickII from South Carolina

Very piny. Similar to enjoy by but with backbone. An excellent beer. If you're a hophead don't pass this up!

Sep 06, 2015
 
3.75 by iRun2Beer from Minnesota on Sep 02, 2015
 
3.83 by wethorseblanket from California on Aug 28, 2015
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4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by jzeilinger from Pennsylvania

In review is a 2012 cork and cage bottle.

A - Pours a very dark ruby / burgundy color with a generously thick pinkish tan lacing ring which morphs into a thick layer across the top of the glass.

S - Red wine, tart red grapes, oak, roasted caramel chocolate malt, and plums.

T - Palate is dominated by red wine and oak flavors over the top of chocolate malt with a touch of tang from the red grapes. Leaves a mild chocolate coating in the mouth that gets beat down by the red wine and oak factor.

M - Medium to heavy medium body, velvety carbonation, and a lingering mild chocolate bitterness.

O - This bottle is WAY better with a few years on it compared to a young one.

Aug 26, 2015
 
4 by harpus from Alabama on Aug 25, 2015
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4.5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by pat61 from Minnesota

I tried this both fresh and after 3 years in the cellar. It pours bright black under a very thin tan film. Caramel and light chocolate aromas become sherry like after three years. The fresh palate is all rich malt with dark sugars and caramel and light chocolate notes. After 3 years these become more butterscotch and sherry like. It has a medium full body and medium high carbonation. Aging hasn’t hurt but it hasn’t added much either.

Aug 17, 2015
 
3.91 by WastingFreetime from Wisconsin on Jul 19, 2015
 
4.25 by 31Sam13 from New Hampshire on Mar 14, 2015
 
4.5 by Corburk from Pennsylvania on Feb 05, 2015
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4.18/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by chinchill from South Carolina

22 bottle (2013?) served in a Belgian snifter.
Pours with an undersized, bubly weak head ... and that's the end of my noteworthy complaints. The body itself is a dark ruby-brown color. The rich aroma is loaded with dark fruit notes, particularly raisin and dried plums, and has hints of chocolate, dark bread and coffee. The flavor does not disappoint. It is rich and fruity, with hints of dates, raisins, dried plums and faint coffe22 bottle served in a Belgian snifter.
Pours with an undersized, bubbly weak head ... and that's the end of my noteworthy complaints. The body itself is a dark ruby-brown color. The rich aroma is loaded with dark fruit notes, particularly raisin and dried plums, and has hints of chocolate, dark bread and coffee. The flavor does not disappoint. It is rich and fruity, with hints of dates, raisins, dried plums, toffee and faint coffee. The high ABV is a bit too obvious here but there aren't really any overly boozy aspects. e. The high ABV is a bit too obvious here but there aren't really any overly boozy aspects.

Jan 23, 2015
 
3.25 by IPAchris from Pennsylvania on Jan 17, 2015
 
3.83 by shelby415 from Oregon on Jan 06, 2015
 
4.38 by zaostar2 from Indiana on Jan 01, 2015
 
4 by JNForsyth from Pennsylvania on Dec 16, 2014
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4.04/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by SebD from Canada (ON)

Appearance: It has a nice dark brown/amber color to it with some ruby hues shinning through. It has a nice creamy beige head that dies down moderately slow and leaves light lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitely give out hints of dark fruit (plums, figs and raisins), sweet toffee, caramel, roasted malts and some chocolate. Smells great!

Taste: Like the aromas, it has loads of dark fruit, sweet toffee and caramel, roasted malts, a light grassy bitterness and some sweet chocolate in the back.

Mouthfeel: It has a low carbonation with a nice overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied by good flavors and aromas. Not quite what I was expecting for a Baltic Porter. It has a lot of Barleywine characteristics but somehow this Porter/Barleywine hybrid works well. Worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

Dec 14, 2014
 
4 by AthensBrewer from Georgia on Dec 06, 2014
 
4 by WuBByG999 from Pennsylvania on Nov 17, 2014
 
3.25 by newbeeraday from Pennsylvania on Nov 15, 2014
 
4 by seanchai from Virginia on Nov 07, 2014
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3.82/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
by scotorum from Massachusetts

Poured from the 22 oz. bomber into a Unibroue flute.

a: Clear dark copper with an inch thick offwhite head which receded to thin surface foam and patchy lacing.

s: Dark ripe fruit and malt

t: Follows the nose with the addition of some smoke and hop bite at first.

m: Light to medium, ok body, plenty of carbonation tingle.

o: A curious brew for a Baltic porter, more a barleywine/brown ale/porter hybrid. Flavorful and eminently sippable..

Nov 01, 2014
 
4.2 by ADKbeerguy from New York on Oct 28, 2014
 
4 by VTBrewHound from Vermont on Oct 23, 2014
 
3.75 by barflybastard from Pennsylvania on Oct 20, 2014
 
3.75 by arlingtonjoe from Illinois on Oct 15, 2014
 
4.75 by pwdiamond from Connecticut on Oct 08, 2014
 
4 by matt_duthie from Michigan on Oct 06, 2014
 
3.75 by hurshybear from South Carolina on Sep 29, 2014
 
3.75 by schmitter from Pennsylvania on Sep 27, 2014
 
3.5 by GRG1313 from California on Sep 24, 2014
Baltic Thunder from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 927 ratings