Baltic Thunder | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

very good
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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Photo of glid02
3.93/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Got this from Capital City in Atlanta.

Pours a dark brown color with ruby highlights. The head is tan and about one finger and is like the carbonation from a cola- it dissipates quickly into a thin ring around the glass. Almost no lacing, although the beer itself sticks to the side pretty well.

Smells good. Lots of roasted and bready malt up front that gets sweeter with toffee notes as it warms.

Tastes good. Much like the smell there are big roasted and bready malt flavors up front. As it warms it gets sweeter with some toffee and chocolate flavors. There's an ending and aftertaste that's equally sour and bitter throughout the life of the beer.

Mouthfeel is very good. It's got a great thickness for a lager that has a smooth carbonation. Very nice.

Drinkability is good. All the flavors work well together throughout and I had absolutely no problem downing the bomber. I could certainly drink a few more of these.

Overall this is a solid Baltic Porter. Victory does nothing but impress me time after time. Definitely give this one a shot.

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

From a 22oz bomber. No visible "best by" date

Appearance - A clear cola-brown pour with a reddish undertone yielded two fingers of off- white head which died rather quickly in my pint glass leaving significant lacing as I sipped.

Smell -Caramel, toffee, dried black fruits and a bit of alcohol. Some notes of roasted malt, coffee and chocolate as it warmed.

Taste - Sweet roasted malts give way to a whole lotta roasty (AC/DC pun intended). Raisins, dried plus and figs and more malty sweetness hides the abv well. A hint of floral hoppiness in there, too.

Mouthfeel -Excellent carbonation and viscocity. A bit syrupy, but not in a bad way.

Drinkability- It was a delicious companion to my dinner of "filet in mushroom wine reduction" which, if I do say so myself, was also excellent. I was glad that there was half a bomber left to sip after my meal. In fact, as it warmed to slightly above cellar temperature it got even more tasty.

Comments- A terrific Baltic porter. I wanted another...

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Photo of taez555
2.93/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This beer poured a dark coca cola colored body with a dark off-white head.

Nose is very nondescript and hard to pick up at first. Faint touches of dark malt with some earthy notes.

Taste is medium to full bodied with a strong roasted, over roasted, sitting around for a while, old coffee bean sort of flavor. A strong earthy hop bitterness and taste flows throughout and sort of sits off a bit with the malt. Dark chocolate, wet wood, damp cardboard, muted over toasted espresso, dark bread, black patent malts. A big alcohol gives it some warmth but never really fights with the other flavors. Ends with a lingering odd mix of flavors.

I'm not really crazy about this beer. It's decent and definitely drinkable, just feels very much out of balance.

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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 dgallina
3.7/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Large brown bottle marked best-before December 31, 2008.

Pours clear dark mahogany with a finger of foam that disappears too quickly. Not much lace on the glass either. Smells like grainy chocolate milk with coffee overtones. Flavor is much better than suggested by the aroma. Strong coffee and chocolate malts blend into a very fruity center. Plums and raisins abound, with hot alcohol becoming prominent over time. Finishes with dry burnt toast notes. Excellent creamy body with balanced weight and carbonation. Underwhelming at first sip, but becomes significantly better over time.

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Photo of seanpachefddfa
3.59/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Poured a deep dark brown with a ruby red tint to it. About 3/4 inch head that faded fast. not a lot of laceing either.

Smell - A little bit of the following roasted malts, dark fruit, chocolate, and coffee. Nothing really stands out

Taste - The chocolate and dark fruit come out nice in the taste. Maybe just a hint of smoke and some brown sugar.

Mouth feel - Medium body and very smooth. Nice carbonation and they do a good job of hiding the alcohol

Drink ability - A good beer that I am glad I tried I suppose I would buy again.

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
4.15/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance - pours with a garnet/ruby body, a light mocha head that is thin, watery and short-lived. Not much opportunity for lace, the beer is naked a minute or two later.

Aroma - roasted malts, bread crusts. On the simpler side but nicely aromatic and with good persistence.

Taste - sweet toasted grains, roasted coffee notes, and some light char. A good palate of flavors that integrate well together. Just a light balancing hop presence on the swallow. Some light alcohol with warming. Straight up and tasty.

Mouthfeel - very smooth feel, subdued carbonation, right on.

Drinkability - gets better as it goes, I ended up really savoring the olast half of the bomber. Big thumbs up to this and to kkipple for the hookup at DLD08.

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Photo of Viggo
3.11/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22 oz picked up in Buffalo a while ago.

Pours a clear dark reddish brown, quite nice held up to the light, very thick light tan head forms, drops some decent lacing on its way down, sticks to a solid layer and ring around the glass, nice retention. Smell is neat, caramel, dark fruits, raisins, light chocolate, very malty, cake, bit of vanilla, some floral, almost a light smokiness, aroma is subdued for its strength though. Taste is not too pleasant, a bit nutty, caramel, roast, bready, raisins, iron, a bit of floral and a light sourness in the finish, malty but really bland. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with light to medium carbonation, goes down easy for 8.5% but I was expecting a lot more considing how genius Perkuno's Hammer was, quite a let down by Victory. I was going to do a side by side with Perkuno but Baltic Thunder is not worthy of that.

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Photo of RonfromJersey
3.23/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Brown body with red highlights, good clarity, and a light tan head of loudly fizzy micro bubbles which looks like a coca cola head breaking down in slow motion.

Pleasant aroma mixes chocolate, coffee and bits of dark fruit.

Taste comes by with breakneck spped. Bits of coffee and cocoa. Touch of earty hops. Big fruity finish is very nice.

Mouthfeel is too thin. Drinkability is easy but not as interesting as hoped.

An ok beer that is burdened by its history and suffered a difficult birth. Expecting far more from the next batch.

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

Excellent beer. I've had a couple "Baltic Porters", and to me the style is essentially a slightly lighter Russian Imperial Stout. This was a strong dark, malty beer with a lot of chocolate/coffee flavor. Strong but drinkable. Very well done.

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Photo of srobertson59
4.2/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz. brown bomber into a large tulip (served at 51 degrees):

A - Pours a dark cola color with rich ruby/chestnut hues when held to light. A two-finger head forms on an aggressive pour, but settles to a shimmer leaving no lacing on the glass.

S - Roasty malt with dark fruits hit the nose; comes off with a very slight coffee/chocolate with just a whisper of smokiness that's easily lost.

T - Roasted malt hits first followed by dark fruits of plums and raisins; just a hint of hops to dry out the sweetness for a clean finish.

M - Carbonation is very smooth and keeps this from becoming too thick. Body is medium and very smooth!

D - An enjoyable Baltic Porter. Not too heavy, but much bolder than most. At 8.5 % ABV, this one goes down much easier than it should; but I love it!

I'll be picking up an armful of these to cellar away for the coming months. I can imagine this working well sitting around a campfire on a cool autumn evening.

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Photo of akorsak
4.05/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A 650 mL bomber.

A: The porter is dark, a ruddy brown cherry cola color. The red shades that are sprinkled throughout are deep ruby. Three fingers of tan head arose on pour but did not lace.

S: The aroma is very dry and starchy, thanks in part to the beans used in the brew. Sweet rounded cocoa and dark fruits follow the dryness.

T: The porter is darkm full of roasted grains and molasses. Starchy beans, evident in the nose, emerge here as well. They add a dry, full flavor to the ale. Chocolate powder, cocoa and coffee follow the beans. Raisins and figs also appear, adding a dark fruity sweetness. Cocoa is the lasting finish.

M: The mouth is full and quite active. With so many flavors running throughout the beer, its nice to just sit and sip, enjoying what bubbles up.

D: The abv is high but there is no evident of the boozy heat. I could have had another bottle of this.

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Photo of FtownThrowDown
4.15/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark brown, close to being black in color. Nice one inch head sits atop the glass. Smell is very roasted and dark malts. Taste is more of the roasted malt and some light coffee flavoring. Taste is rich and creamy as well. This is a solid porter. I had an aged bottle of the Perkuno and I prefer this fresh bottle to it.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.6/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Enjoy by Date January 2009; Sampled August 2008
A vigorous pour yields a three-finger thick, lightly browned, full tan colored head in my 25cl tulip glass. The beer is almost black and when held up to the light shows a brilliantly clear, dark ruby hue. Rich notes of blackened toffee, molasses, some tamari, broiled raisins, at times some notes of candied cherries and candied figs are lightly offset by toasty notes of toasted grain, a medium roast coffee and a slight vegetal note that I sometimes get from roast grain. I definitely like the mix of concentrated, dark fruit and dark sugars that is found here in the aroma.

Rich and creamy up front with a touch of carbonation that lightens things up a bit in the middle. This is actually somewhat light feeling, as it does not have a huge body, but does have enough of one to feel a bit viscous and to allow it to stick to the palate a bit. Lightly sweet tasting, but not overly so, this accents rich fruit flavors, some touches of chocolate, a spike of molasses and a rich, dark, almost burnt, but not quite, caramel note. Fruit flavors are not as accentuated as in the aroma (due to the reduced perception of sweetness in the flavor compared to the nose), but still play a significant role in the flavor with notes of toasted figs, caramelized raisins, some prune notes and something a bit like chalky blueberries. Other flavors of chocolate beans, dusty light roast coffee, cocoa and some concentrated malt notes that lean towards an umami richness that is a bit like tamari or a hint of soy.

This beer is actually quite quaffable, which can be a little dangerous in a beer of this strength. A tasty beer, but it perhaps doesn't quite live up to the original; perhaps it is that extra 1/2% of attenuation, as this seems like it could have used just a touch more body and malt richness.

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Photo of bkilpatr
3.94/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a pint glass. 08/06/08.

Pours a dark brown with bits of ruby around the edges. A finger of light tan head quickly settled to a thin layer, leaving no lacing at all. Aromas of toasted malt and some fig or date.

Taste is slightly sweet with toasted malt and dark fruits. Also a good bitter finish with some toffee and caramel. Feel is pretty good. Fairly full body with just enough carbonation to keep it from being too heavy. Drinkability is also good. Goes down smooth and the alcohol is pretty well hidden.

Pretty good Baltic porter. Worth a try.

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Photo of abankovich
4.49/5  rDev +16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This beer pours a dark black, especially dark for a Porter, although it isn't too vicsous. A very small head was present after pouring that faded quickly. Not much lacing at all throughout drinking this one.

The aroma is great, it is full of toffee and mocha with some sweetness from dark the dark fruits.

That sweetness from the nose is present again on the back end upon tasting. Up front there is a great bitterness and dryness that makes for a great balance.

The mouthfeel is good, not too thick though, which actually increases the drinkability. There is a great richness and smoothness that goes down very easily with this beer, especially at 8.5% ABV and I could definitely have some more of this beer.

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Photo of jojox
4.27/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've been on an RIS kick lately so this was a bit of a change!

a - black, but not 100% opaque. Thin head, fleeting. Some sticks around the edges.

s - Caramel, sweet, apricot (? - some kind of fleshy fruit). Caramel apple. Kinda like a Scottish ale.

t - totally different than RIS I had before. A bit sweeter, toasted caramel type flavors. Almost scottish. Really nice after-finish mouth taste - like 5 minutes after the last sip - beautiful.

m - Pretty carbonated. Rather light in the body.

d - Very high. I really like this beer. Lots of great flavors, not too heavy, nice alcohol buzz.

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Photo of pwoods
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to NJpadreFan for this great extra.

22oz brown bomber poured into a snifter.

A: Pours deep brown, looks black, and lets just a touch of ruby in on the edges. A decent head forms and falls to a fat skim within a minute or two. Some lacing here and there.

S: Nice, strong porter aroma. Lots of roasty malts with plenty of soft coffee and chocoalte notes. A good dose of alcohol and plump juicy darker fruits.

T/M: Very good. The juicy dark fruits meld great with the chocolate and roasty malts. A nice grapy flavor in there. Alcohol is subtle but lends a slight bourbon edge to things. A bit of hops to freshen things up, balancing the malts a touch. Body is a smooth medium with just enough carbonation to prevent it from getting heavy at all.

D: Very drinkable, even at 8.5%. Man, I love me a good Baltic Porter. Another great brew provided by my good buddy, Alan. Thanks, bro!

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Photo of HopDerek
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear dark purplish brown with a good 3 fingers of foamy tan head. Good lasting retention leaves a thin ring of lacing. Smells of toffee, apricot, black currant, chocolate, and coffee. Tastes of grain malt, caramel and toffee up front followed by a nice assortment of fruits like cherries, figs, apricot, and black currant. Finishes with flavors of chocolate and coffee with a touch of smokiness. Medium semi-thick body with low carbonation. Roasted flavors with a touch of smoke with nice citrus tones. I had hoped that with some age it would be more like Perkuno, but it just isn't the same. Still, not a Baltic Porter that I would turn up my nose at.

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Photo of loosey
3.71/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

1 pint 6 oz... dec 2008 freshness

pours black into a pint glass but shows some chocolate brown against the light, barely any head at all and even that disappears as i watch into one lonely pea sized bubble, after the first sip i couldn't see a bubble in sight

smell coffee bean, chocolate and alcohol fumes... maybe something fruity lurking... im excited

mouth is thick and a bit syrupy, taste the roast and coffee dregs, bitter chocolate powder, maybe finishing with some raisin ... leaves an oil slick on the tongue i almost wish there was a different aftertaste or more carbonation.. taste gets more complex and sweet as it warms...

this is a forehead warmer... its good but its a one and out, i'd be struggling to drink another glass. id say if you've already eaten your bowl of gruel and can sneak out to the docks on your wife and 5 children then get a bottle of this and drink it...

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Photo of largadeer
3.99/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Brownish-amber in the pour, nearly opaque by the time it hits my glass with a tan head that quickly recedes to a ring.

Smell: Chocolate, a bit of fruit and toasted nuts, hints of marshmallow. Not exceptionally bold, but very pleasant.

Taste & mouthfeel: Molasses and baker's chocolate, roasty and acidic. Coffee flavors toward the finish, faintly raisiny. Pretty dry for 8.5% ABV, though there's an undercurrent of sweetness. Fruity (plums, figs) and slightly acrid in the finish. Doesn't quite live up to the aroma.

Drinkability: Doubt I'd want to finish a bomber alone; a good beer to split with someone.

Notes: Got this one as an extra from Azurelimits, a great new trader. Thanks!

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Photo of chinabeergeek
3.97/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber. "best by" date of dec 31 08. poured into tulip.

nearly opaque brownish black, with amber tint under the light. some head, but soon fades to wisps and a ring. no lacing.

faint coffee aromas. dried currants. faint licorice. whiff of roasted malt.

diluted molasses flavors, plus rum note. sweetness is malty and caramelized, with faint roasted character and fig-like fruit note. coffee bitterness with hint of hop grassiness.

smooth, almost syrupy. moderate to gentle carbonation.

nothing spectacular, but a great value.

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Photo of fitzy84
3.92/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

22 ounce bomber. The beer poured with a smooth black appearance with hints of amber easily shown. Brown, frothy head evaporated eventually, leaving little to no lacing. Aromas were wonderfully rich of malts, alcohol, dark fruits (grapes, cherries). The general taste was mildly sweet with a lagging bitter aftertaste. I would say it definitely had typical Baltic Porter acidic dimensions, especially from its fruity ingredients. Slightly woody and smoky. Mouthfeel was very smooth and the texture helped give it a nice, almost wine-like feel to it. Overall, a great drink.

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Photo of orcasteve
3/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

this one is not black enough, and not hopey enough for me, a bit to sweet for me to, ther porter is a far better brew, now for the good, this is better than any fizzy yellow lager hands down and the abv is nice, i would have anouther if it were given to me but i dont see myself to buy another one of theese

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Photo of DIM
3.58/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

a: This was a clear, dark, ruby red. It poured with a medium sized light tan head; decent retention.

s: Roasty malt aromas of chocolate with a little coffee bitterness. Some cherry and apricot fruit smells as well.

t: Stronger fruit flavors than I'm used to in a porter. Cherries and a little apple come to mind. Malt flavors of chocolate and toffee. The alcohol is well masked.

m: Good body and quietly carbonated.

d: This was pretty good, but I won't hurry back.

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