Baltic Thunder | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

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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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Photo of Riverwarrior
3.7/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

S = There was a malty sweetness with some dark fruit character in the background.

T = Semi-sweet, roasted coffee flavor that was great upfront, but the underlying bitterness took over in the finish.

MF = Nice carbonation, although I thought it was a little thin in comparison to other baltic porters.

Overall, I was pleased with the Baltic Thunder, but I wasn't blown away. The bittering hops in the finish disappointed me. I am cellaring another bottle, so hopefully the rough edges will fade away.

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Photo of BattleRoadBrewer
3.2/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served cool in a standard pint.

Pours light, not much head, color was medium dark brown, mahogany, leaves negligible lacing.

Aroma is full of sweet maltiness, toastiness, honey malt and toffee. Strong woody earthiness--hops or yeast?

Flavor is malty and sweet with some dark fruitiness, not notably chocolately or roasty at all. Like concentrated Old Speckled Hen.

Goes down easy enough, not as heavy as I expected. No alcohol warmth or flavor.

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Photo of mnj21655
3.78/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bomber best by Dec 31 08 poured into a pint glass

Pours a very dark brown, not quite black but very close, in color with mahogany hints at the edges and about a finger of tan head that really didn't last all that long. Nice aroma although it isn't very strong. Seems fairly average. Malty sweetness, raisins, and a slight toasted character. The taste is another story however, assertive with some complexity but not overwhelming. This is a solidly malty beer. The first thing I am hit with in the taste is malty sweetness. After the sweetness some caramel and toffee notes meld nicely with raisins. Very little yeast character here, very clean thanks to the lager yeast. There is a bit of bitterness in the finish, not too much, just enough to balance this beer out. In the late finish I pick up a few fig/plum/raisin notes, quite nice. Also in the finish I detect some alcohol. The alcohol is just noticeable enough here to detract slightly from my enjoyment of this beer and makes this more of a sipper. Mouthfeel is good, medium-full body with moderate carbonation. Very smooth but comes across a bit thin. Drinkability is ok, I really enjoyed the sweet malts and esters in this beer but the alcohol had a tendency to be a bit "obvious" if I took a larger sip.

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Photo of techdiver
4.68/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a deep dark red brown that appears black unless held to light. Modest head that dissipates quickly.

Molasses, coffee, and chocolate to the nose.

Taste is very well balanced, just a great tasting melange of flavor.

Mouthfeel is light for this style, just an easy drinking and most enjoyable brew.

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Photo of oberon
3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

There seems to be quite an influx of Baltic Porter style beers showing up on the beer shelves lately...not that Iam complaining.This poured into a .5 liter stein a deep dark brown with creamy-like beige head atop that settled slowly leaving a minimal amount of lace behind,heavy on the espresso roast coffee in the nose with lighter notes of caramel and molasses.Nice full mouthfeel very lush,flavors are dominated by the dark roast coffee with the sweetness held in check well just a little caramel that goes well with the heavy handed roastiness,a mild dark fruit note comes thru but its rather mild.A solid Baltic Porter quite roasty and sustaining with a great mouthfeel.

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Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

With a very slow pour, a dark brown color emerges with ruby-red hues when in direct light, thick looking but not opaque. a massive three-fingers deep, clumpy, thick, sea-foamy tan colored head crackles and dissiptes in a moderate fashion. You can see the big carbonation in this one, and hear the bubbles on-top crackling away. Semi-sticky lacing is left in it's wake.

The nose is very roasty, low on sweetness, but earthy and herbal hops balanced by a mildly sour scented yeast effect, the malt is of roasty coffee, nutty, peanutbuttery.

The malt flavor is also mostly roasty columbian coffee with a nice lager-lik sour yeastiness and herbal zest greets the pallette first. Dark choclate pops out later on in the malt and some mild nutty flavors. The finish is all about the sour-yeasty goodness.

This one is full-bodoed but not as hefty and thick as some versions, this one was a bit thin for taste. There is a nice smoothness along with the rather lively feel from the lager-like carbonation.

I love this style, this one is highly enjoable, maybe a bit low in the complexity department but I'm thinking this one will age really well.

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Photo of LittleBreeze
3.8/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I think this one will age well.

Well balanced smells of chocolate, coffee, a little booze, molasses and plum. What you smell is what you get. The taste is a little richer than I expected. A bit of complexity as all the flavors come together. Smooth drink but I felt the mouthfeel was a bit thin. Good drinkability.

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Photo of yourefragile
3.28/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22 oz bomber poured into a pint glass. I really like the packaging of this beer. However, I am generally not a fan of Baltic Porters, but I will try to be objective.

A: Very dark, but clear deep brown/black with deep red hue against the light. Tawny head that dissipates pretty quickly without any lacing.
S: Slightly hot, bitter, fruity. Not really feeling this too much. There's a lot going on, smells good for a baltic porter but I'm not crazy about it. Not enough malt or hop presence.
T: Not quite as bitter as expected. Bitterness is more sweet, with a fruity taste and not much in the way of malt/coffee, etc. Slight burnt/toasted malt flavor. I like this better than most beers of this style, but still not crazy about it. I'd like more a malt presence.
M: Thinner than expected, slightly watery in the finish, medium body and creamy with moderate carbonation.
D: It took a while for me to finish the bottle and I didn't particularly enjoy it. It's a nice beer, subtler than I expected, but overall I'm just not impressed.

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Photo of Beertracker
3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From the label: 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.

Victory Baltic Thunder pours up with indignation & exuberance. The abundant carbonation creates a mountainous tawny colored head that sits prominently atop the deep russet-dark brown colored body. The rich caramel & roasted malt aroma is mostly dominated by chocolate that's reminiscent of cocoa nibs & café mocha with some earthy spiciness that hints of Bourbon vanilla, licorice root, Noble hops, and star anise. Very clean with a vinous, port wine quality. The roasted coffee flavor starts off slightly sweet & toasty with nuances of malted milk chocolate & toffee. There's an underlying herbal bitterness along with some ever present earthiness which imparts complexity and brings balance to this admirable brew. The bittersweet mocha finish is slightly rough and noticeably warming. This medium-full bodied Baltic Porter is a finely crafted example of the style, but lacks some finesse. A bit of cellaring should "hammer" out the rough edges. Here's to Perkunos, the God of Thunder!

CHEERS! Beertracker

*Taster's Note: Special thanks to markgugs for the bottle.

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Photo of RyanPB
4.2/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very likable. Poured into a pint glass with virtually no head to speak of. Thewre was definately a lot going on in the smell. Dark brownish black color that seems lit somehow. A little thin in terms of mouthfeel, but I certainly liked it. The toffee shows up very hard in the aftertaste.

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Photo of chefboy812
4.18/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into American pint glass

Amazing black with a deep red glow. Nice mocha head that falls slowly and leaves a solid lace tha seems to be refresshed continually from this lively brew.

the aroma is a little hot with booze. but under that a nice quick hop smack then a malt that realy got my mouth watering.coffe and molassas with a rum over tone.

the coffe comes into the profile with cream ths time. then caramel, and molassas, treacle with a little raisen and fig.

good mouthfeel, nice malt presence that balance well with the hops. sweet and chewy without being anoying

One of the best porters I have ever had.

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

22oz bottle obtained via Growling at the Moon from EGledhill. Thanks for the opportunity... Bext by Jan 02, 09.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 2 1/2" light brown head over the clear burgundy brown brew. Dense head gradually transitions from foam to liquid, with sticky lacing. Aroma is moderately of dark grains and fruitiness. Taste is dark maltiness upfront, intensifying in the middle coupled with some light fruitiness, and goes bitter for the close. Mouthfeel is alright, but seems a bit thin, and drinkability is pretty good. Not as hearty as I'd expect for the style, but not a bad brew by any stretch.

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Photo of jwc215
3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Best by Dec. 31, '08:

Pours dark brown with ruby highlights. A thin tan head gently settles, leaving some trailing lace sliding down the glass.

The smell is of lightly roasted dark maltiness (some smoky notes) with an earthy background.

The taste is of chocolate and a hint of coffee with smoky notes and a subtle dark fruit backing. Sweet with some astringency in the finish.

Light to begin with, it reaches medium as it progresses. Quite a bit of carbonation for the style, but it mellows as it progresses.

It's nice overall, but not quite as full as I was hoping. The touch of carbonation and astringency slow it down more than the alcohol, which is pretty well covered for the abv level.

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Photo of ROMER79
4.51/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: When poured it was a thick brown/black just like a good porter should be with a nice tan head. The head disappears after a few and leaves a ring of suds around the glass with spotting here and there.

S: You can definitely tell what it's going to taste like once you catch a wiff of the beer for the first time. I could detect chocolate, coffee, and alcohol. The balance was there though, they did not overpower one another.

T: Again rich chocolate, roasted malts, coffee, and alcohol with a hint of molasses for a sweet spot.

M: Thick and smooth.

D: Very good! I think that it is definitely worthy of it's status.

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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 shbobdb
4.76/5  rDev +23%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Mmmm. Thanks Muenchenerkindl. Just for full-disclosure, I haven't had the original Hammer, but this bad-boy is absolutely amazing as it is. Everything Victory touches is gold, and this is no exception.

Pouring a nice rich black that becomes something between a deep garnet and a nice tawny, with a faint brown, almost white head that quickly collapses into a nice ring-around-the-glass with a few small islands of foam.

The smell is quite muted. A whiff of chocolate blending with a nice, light blast of alcohol, but nothing too in-your-face.

Which is what makes the taste so surprisingly wonderful. It isn't an extreme porter, the chocolate/roast presence is certainly the dominating aspect of the flavor but it isn't harshly acidic. Instead it ends in a pleasant mixture of prunes and plums, rather reminiscent of a good doppelbock or munich dunkel. Basically, it combines the best aspects of the Germanic and British brewing traditions. The hops are certainly present, but I couldn't tell you which hops they are. They basically stand in the background adding a nice note of complexity without trying to steal the show.

The mouthfeel is pleasant. Nice and silky smooth.

And the drinkability is insanely good. As I said, the best of two great brewing traditions in one. Soooo good.

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Photo of Billolick
3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bomber, "enjoy by Jan. 2 '09" (almost 2 years away) dating on the label. Pours very dark, near black, under a dark tan head, showing retentive powers and leaving thick ringed sheeting and respectable lacing. Nose of sweet malt, powdered sugar and a hint of cocoa. Smooth and tasty on the tongue, with notes of dark grains, mild coffee, chocolate and hints of vanilla. Very easy drinking and enjoyable porter, the label calls it a lager (?) hmmm. Well worth getting a few bottles and enjoying.

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Photo of nriech
4.89/5  rDev +26.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Wow, I have been waiting for this since Perkunos Hammer disappered and have not been disappointed.

S: Great aroma consisting of coffee, chocolate and a little sweetness(maybe light molasses)

A: Good dark brown. Some head and lacing. Appears to have plenty of carbonation.

T: Insanely good. Balanced. Chocolate, roasted nuttyness. Good malt flavor thats toasted just right. A little sweet but just as a teaser. Some vanilla notes come off in the end and a clean roasted malt backbone that stays clear through the whole drink.

I suggest anyone that finds this should try it. Its not too far off in left field so that anyone would enjoy it. Baltic porters are among my favorite styles and this is a perfect example of that style

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Photo of Mattysox
4.29/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bomber into a standard pint glass; ruby-tinted dark, dark brown color to the body, with a thin, tan head; head disipates fairly fast and leaves little lacing.

The aroma is full of aggressive notes of espresso and dark chocolate, with some sweet fruity, dark berry hints as well. Great smells, all around.

A very smooth, silky mouthfeel gives way to sweet roasty malt flavors on the palate; the coffee and chocolate flavors are still there, but they're much sweeter than on the nose. Everything is very well-balanced by a slight hoppiness on the finish. The 8.5% ABV is really well masked in this beer. An excellently long finish, too.

Overall, a very enjoyable, surprisingly drinkable porter. Looking forward to having it again.

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Photo of CrazyMacHarris99
4.4/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Been waiting for this one for some time. It finally came in to the bottle shop yesterday.

Pours a dark brown with a hint of ruby. There was hardly any head on this one. Smelled very sweet. There was a hint of roasted malts as well as licorice and molasses. Taste started out very sweet. Caramel coming through and very well balanced with roasted flavors and hops. The flavors play off of one another which makes this brew very pleasing to the palette. The wait was worth it. I could drink more than one of these at one sitting. Even though its 8.5% there is harldy no alcohol present in the smell or taste. I will definitely be getting some more of this.

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Photo of GotHood
4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On Tap at Stuff Yer Face in New Brunswick

Apearance: Darm brown, almost black, with half inch tan head

Smell: Roasted malts and a bit nutty with hints of caramel, chocolate, and dark fruits

Taste: Roasted malts and nutty up front, finishes w/ sweetness of caramel, chocolate, and dark fruits that remain on the tongue. Touches of more earthy hop bitterness come out as the beer warms.

Mouthfeel: Medium carbonation and body, very smooth on the tongue.

Drinkability: High, full flavored and very smooth, no lingering bad aftertaste. Was surprised to see beer was 8.5%.

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Photo of kkipple
4.02/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Brick Store.

Arrives in a nice tall goblet, and I'm immediately surprised by how clear and red this beer is. I was expecting something dark and sludge-like, but instead I've got a pleasing red-walnut brown beer with loads of bubbles and a low, laceless, wimpy off white head. Ah well, you can't win them all.

Smells sufficiently malty, with milk chocolate, nuts, and a very tempting caramel streak running through it. Baltic Thunder is in turns roasty, sweet, bitter and smooth. A lot more restrained than I imagined.

Taste is quite balanced, fairly sweet but a good amount of roast grain and hop bitterness saves the day. Chocolate and smoky notes, nutty and somewhat brown ale like. Finish is lingering malt and hop bitterness and clean.

Mouthfeel is a little thin, but "bright", if ya know what I mean. Pretty drinkable considering it's 8.5%! Sure didn't taste like it.

Baltic Thunder is sort of like a baltic porter with a shot of brown ale... it's thin and accessible but doesn't quite reach greatness. Glad to see Victory resurrecting this classic brew in any case.

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Photo of Dodo2step
4.53/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this beer at the Knickerbocker on tap in Altoona. This was the first i have heard of the thunder and i love anything that comes from a Victory. Now it has been 3 days sincei had so bare with me on the review.

It poured a dark thick smoky black and left a little bit of head but not too much.

S- i didnt have a chance to actually smell it but i could smell it briefly as i toko a sip. A roasted yet lightly burnt flavor.

T- taste was great and i could get a hint of the roasted malted hops that is in there. It was delicious.

D- i would def recommend a six pack of this beer. It has full flavor yet it goes down pretty smooth. No bad aftertaste and it is a victory brew.

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Photo of nickfl
4.29/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - One finger of light brown head on a black body with ruby highlights. Not much in the way of head retention or lace.

S - Rich, nutty roasted coffee aroma. Notes of raisins, licorice, bananas, and rummy alcohol.

T - Lots of dark chocolate up front, with toffee and rum/ bourbon like alcohol backing it up. Fruity banana and raisin esters follow with nutty caramel and notes of vanilla and tobacco. Lingering roasted malt/ tobacco flavor in the finish, complimented by grain bitterness and warming alcohol.

M - Somewhat thick body with moderate carbonation and some lingering sweetness.

D - Quite drinkable and unusually complex. This is easily the most interesting of the handful of baltic porters I have tried. I think this could benefit from a few months of aging that might mellow out some minor fusel alcohols in the flavor.

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Photo of ajr24
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Monk's, pours a dark, inky brown with thick, tan head aft first, but shrinks into a very faint covering. No lacing here, the head all slides ride down into the beer. Smelled like chocolate and coffee-- like mocha or something. Tasted like chocolate and caramel malts, really malty and sweet. Smooth, not very carbonated mouthfeel. A rich drink, somewhat drinkable though.

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Baltic Thunder from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
3.87 out of 5 based on 926 ratings.
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