Baltic Thunder | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

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926 Ratings
Baltic ThunderBaltic Thunder

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

Style: Baltic Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by akorsak on 01-05-2008

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 926 |  Reviews: 539
Photo of vicsju1991
5/5  rDev +29.2%

Photo of pants678
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The deepest brown, no head to speak of just a light beige.

The hops come off first then toffee, coffee--sorta mocha-y.

Same as the nose, the hops are prominent. So bitter it's hard to to tell the back from the font, not necessarily bad. A lack of chocolate, nuts and toffee are most prevalent. Hits the edges of the tongue and it's quite pungent. Not staining, but striking.

The hop presence keeps the weight down. For a porter, I could keep this glass full.

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Photo of jjboesen
4.18/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another yummy brew from Victory; in this case, the complex baltic porter. First, we have the expected billowing head at the initial pour (from a bomber) afterwhich we see a slight dissipation into opaque darkness tinted with small bits of rubies. No lacing here folks, so let's move along to the aroma. Here we detect subtle molasses that invites without being too cloying.

Additionally, we can taste a light hint of toffee that is supported by a minimal wad of chewy malt. My recommendation is to let it sit for a while for maximum affect. The finite degree of temperature is the thing in this case.

The mouthfeel consists of a malty balance that offers a toasty biscuitiness. (This is the only forum that allows me to use the term "biscuitiness.")

This is a fine beer from an always dependable brewer. While, I would not quaff this as a supplement to a hot day of mowing the lawn, it will definitely go well on any cold winter night - unless you tend your lawn on a winter night. Enjoy!

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Photo of wilfonzo
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of arlingtonjoe
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of nick76
3.64/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The aroma is nice with chocolate, toasted malt, and some dark fruit. The appearance is brown with an average sized head. The flavor is like the aroma with plenty of alcohol. The palate is a bit thin. Overall it's a fine beer. I would drink this again.

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Photo of FatBoyGotSwagger
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of treehugger02010
3.67/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I had this on tap at Capone's Restaurant in Norristown, Pa. It was served in a pint glass.
Appearance: A deep black body with a small tan head, good retention but left poor lacing.
Smell: There wasn't much depth besides a moderately complex roasty aroma.
Taste: Sweet malt, a bit watery, but overall same as the aroma, a moderately complex taste.
Mouthfeel: Smooth.
Drinkability: Good.
Don't drink and review.

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Photo of donniecuffs
3.17/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a pint glass; near-black with almost no head or lacing. The smell was near-sickeningly sweet, with raisin, overripe plum, dark chocolate, wood, and alcohol. Smells like an imbalanced dubbel or a decent Russian imp. stout. The flavor was dominated by syrupy-sweet chocolate-covered raisins soaked in alcohol, with an after-burn. There really isn't any qualities about this beer to call a 'porter' to mind; even the texture seemed a little off; more syrupy like an RIS rather than a creamy porter. I realize that this is supposed to be a hybrid style, but a hybrid usually exhibits qualities of the two styles in question, and this one doesn't. Thankfully I had some Hop Wallop on hand to bat clean-up.

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Photo of JamnesCameron
3.53/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark ruby, very dark. Thin head, very little carbonation. What head was there didn't last long.

Aroma of candied fruits, coffee and toffee. Sweat, malty.

Taste is similar to aroma, sweet, coffee, candied fruit, mild bitterness. Not as sweet as most baltic porters. More bitter, almost astrigent.

Mouthfeel is silky, but not as thick and coating as most European versions of style.

Overall good drinkability. Not my favorite, but still good.

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Photo of NCSUdo
3.67/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle

A: Deep brown under a tiny off white head. No lace, no retention.

S: A roasted kind of nutty aroma. Maybe some chocolate and coffee sprinkled in but really and underwhelming aroma.

T: Again, mostly a light roasted character. Bit of toffee and maybe some caramel. Mild bitterness to finish with some chocolate and nuttiness.

M/D: Full bodied and a bit prickly. Drinkability is alright. Overall, just a better than average beer for me, but the taste does carry the beer somewhat.

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Photo of ski271
4.09/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Medium-dark auburn-red with a medium-sized, off-white head that quickly diminishes to a thin film. Also, I was unaware of the large amount of sediment at the bottom of the bottle before I poured. Lots of floating partuclates in the beer, and the moderate carbonation prevents me from letting it sit ans settling.
S- I love that Armarillo dry hop aroma. That wonderful, thick, stinky (in a good way) hop kick it adds. But of course a well-implemented dry hop means nothing if it's used on a crappy, lifeless beer. But not the case here. It's a well-rounded hoppy-smelling beer balanced by a solid malt backbone. The label justly boasts of its great toffee-like malts, and overall its nose is fairly complex.
T- Taste follows suit. Sweet up front. Toffee, chocolate, some more of those wonderful hop characteristics mentioned before, maybe a bit more grassy than the nose.
M- Medium-full body, slightly creamy texture and moderate carbonation.
D- Yet another enjoyable beer from one of my favorite breweries. Was it the best baltic I've ever had? No. But it was good, good enough to have again and recommend trying.

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Photo of seplo
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of KiMiRaiK
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of NittanyBeerFan
4.19/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Ok, first, I will start with the disclaimer. This is the first baltic porter that I have tried. Anyway, I will try to review this as objectively and "to-the-style" as possible. Poured into a red wine glass, since I wasn't in the presence of my snifters.

The color is a beautiful deep garnet that shows a full body of ruby that is about as crisp and clear as they come. Beautiful! Topped by a somewhat disappointing fleeting head that leaves wispy traces of bubbles atop my beer with no lacing, the body is far more impressive than the cap on this one.

I was expecting an Imperial Stout-like flavor but with the smooth and refined flavor of lager yeasts instead of the ale yeast. While I was a bit off-base with this assumption, I wasn't too far off the mark. Toffee, caramel, hints of cocoa, and light roasty malt aromas are extremely well-balanced in the nose. They are complemented nicely by dates and raisins in the dark fruit department. Very nicely done.

On the palate, the dark fruits come through a bit more, giving a slightly sweet character to an otherwise dry and malty body. Toffee and caramel are accentuated, but the real surprise here is how great the roast is. This is almost porter-like in that regard.

There is some mild carbonation that gives a little bit of tingle early in the sip, but the finish is smooth and almost creamy. I don't doubt that there are better baltic porters out there, and I may have to return to this one later to re-review it to update my evolving palate and understanding of the style, but for now, this is pretty darn solid, and I look forward to really digging into this style. This is not a bad place to start.

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Photo of EricCioe
3.91/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a dark brown with a one finger espresso crema head that fades into a nice foam. On the nose it's a pretty distant but pleasant group of notes, mostly roasted malt and burnt coffee, some dark, wet grass. On the tongue those flavors come out much more distinctly, a big roasted presence up front with some combined hop and roast bitterness at the back. In the mouth it's a good deal thinner than I associate with the style, but pleasantly fuzzy on the way down. It's plenty drinkable and the price isn't outrageous. An up and down beer but pretty good.

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Photo of jcdiflorio
3.26/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz brown bomber poured into a tulip glass not the recomended glass,just wanted to use this glass. Poured an opaque mahogany color,reminded me of a wine color. A short lived creamy light tan head that left an everlasting collar with some tiny bubbles surging from the sides of the glass only noticable at the upper half of the glass and not even a spot of lacing.

Dark fruity nose with roastyness some subtle burnt notes.Prunes and raisins dominate the fruitiness,dark chocolate,slightly vinious with overrippen fruit sweetness. A good pleasing aroma a bit on the fainter side.

A creamy roastyness up frount with a layered dark fruitness followed by baker chocolate has a nice sharp clean dry bitterness,tangy with a chocolaty fade. A lighter body than expected nice creamyness.The alcohol was well hidden. Still not a beer i could drink a lot of. A nice Baltic would prefer Duck Rabbit if i had to pick from the two. I bought a case when it first came out, it had mellowed a bit yet still close to when it was fresh.Not a beer that's worthy of aging to me, said drink by Dec08 on side of case.

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Photo of erlenmeyer
2/5  rDev -48.3%

Photo of patrick802
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of tmars13
1/5  rDev -74.2%

Photo of Neffbeer
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of jucifer1818
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of Beefytits4
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of timoteo833
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of bucklemyshoe
4.35/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle into a Stone IRS tulip.

A: It pours black with red highlights and a finger and a half of khaki head.

S: Cocoa, caramel, oats, and lactic sugar.

T: It is very dessert-like and identical to the nose. It is like a strong, lagered oatmeal stout.

M: The body is medium-thick and silky smooth with low carbonation.

O: This is terrific; it is delicious and a hell of a bargain at $5.

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