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Baltic Thunder | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

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3.87/5
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926 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Pennsylvania, United States
victorybeer.com

Style: Baltic Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by akorsak on 01-05-2008

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
539
Ratings:
926
pDev:
11.63%
Bros Score:
4
 
 
Wants:
60
Gots:
54
Trade:
0
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User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 926 |  Reviews: 539
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3.83/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jzeilinger
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of harpus
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of WastingFreetime
3.91/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of 31Sam13
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Corburk
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of chinchill
4.18/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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.

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Photo of IPAchris
3.25/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of shelby415
3.83/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of zaostar2
4.38/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of JNForsyth
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of SebD
4.04/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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

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Photo of AthensBrewer
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of WuBByG999
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of newbeeraday
3.25/5  rDev -16%

Photo of seanchai
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of scotorum
3.82/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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..

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4.2/5  rDev +8.5%

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of pwdiamond
4.75/5  rDev +22.7%

Photo of matt_duthie
4/5  rDev +3.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Baltic Thunder from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Beer rating: 3.87 out of 5 with 926 ratings
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