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:
No notes at this time.

Added by akorsak on 01-05-2008

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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

Enjoyed a couple beers with my wife at the new Victory Beer Hall at Xfinity Live! in Philadelphia before a Nickelback concert. This beer was one of many Victory beers available on-tap.

Served in a clear plastic solo cup

A - A very dark, deep amber/reddish, brown color. A thinnish, beige-colored head when served.

S - A nice aroma of roasted malts with a caramel-like sweetness.

T - A really nice brew. A mix of roasted malts along with a distinct toffee-like sweetness. As the beer warmed up, a bitter chocolate taste is also noticeable. Very creamy and quite tasty. The alcohol is barely noticeable.

M - A smooth creaminess coats your mouth. A medium consistency. Light carbonation.

O - This is my first Baltic Porter so I can't say how close this is to style but based solely on taste, I would recommend that you give this brew a try. Good job, Victory!


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Photo of jifigz
4.32/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer appears dark brown with ruby highlights when held up to the sunlight. The head died rather quickly and was off-white. The beer smells very malty and chocolatey with tiny wisps of alcohol in the aroma as well. The taste is big and full of bitter chocolate and cola. It is heavy and flavorful on the palate, rich and creamy. This beer is a delicious dark brew.

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Photo of NoLeafClover44
3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bottle poured into Weyerbacher cuvee.

A - Pours a dark brown, nearly black with ruby highlights in the light. A two finger almond head settles to one finger then stays put. Great tiered lacing.

S - Smells like oats, black coffee, toasty malt, very nutty. A little bit weak for an imperial porter.

T - Much more robust than the smell. Strong flavors of dark fruits, coffee, and toasted malt. A caramel/toffee sweetness rises above the traces of bitter coffee and burnt toast flavors on the finish for an impressive complexity. No alcohol.

M - Medium bodied with average-low carbonation. The flavors really hold this one up so no complaints in this department.

O - I was very impressed by the full flavors in this beer. In my experience Baltic Porters have left something to be desired in this category. Great sweetness, while not being overwhelmingly so. I bump up the overall category a half a point for the $5 bomber price. Unheard of in PA for a beer this good with 8.5% ABV. I highly recommend it.

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Photo of bnes09
3.64/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Milk chocolate color. Weak head and poor retention.

Dark, rich aroma. Figs, nuts and a slight alcohol spice.

Dark fruit sweetness is the predominant flavor. Mild roasted flavor of almonds. Enough earthy hop bitterness to balance. Alcohol burn in the end.

Medium, bordering on full bodied. Creamy in the middle and drying in the end from the alcohol. Good carbonation.

Descent. Less roasted flavor and hop bitterness than expected. Tastes a lot like a wee heavy. Still good though.

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

Dark mahagony color. The malt aroma is light, has a hint of cookie, and caramel. The hops are lemony, and the yeast has a tinge of cheese. The body is medium, the texture is thick, no carbonation, and the flavor’s duration is long; sweetness is light, as is acidity and bitterness. Perhaps a hint of coffee in the taste as well.

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Photo of justintcoons
3.44/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter.

A: Pours an extremely dark ruby red which appears transparent black. Has 1 finger of tan head that dissipates quickly revealing webbed lacing. Moderate carbonation with some sediment settling at the bottom of the glass.

N: Coffee with cream, toffee, sweet roasted barley and maybe some dark fruit.

T: Watered down coffee, roasted barley and overripe plum. Mid-palate brings in roasted sugars along with notes of toffee and molasses. Finishes with bitter dark roast coffee and hints of charcoal.

M: Medium bodied, silky, smooth, sticky and dry.

O: Not too complex and is overall a collection of roasted sugars and coffee. What is does have going for it is its easy drinkability. The 8.5% abv is hidden extremely well.

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

Bottle shared with Alucard4

Look: Black with red highlights and totally opaque with a 1/2 inch tan head and just ok retention

Smell: Roasted malt cocoa nibs and slight coffee notes

Taste: Almost identical to the nose this beer is. The only difference is it has a bit of a vanilla sweetness mid palate

Mouthfeel: Medium body and mild carbonation

Overall: Pretty damn good beer will drink again

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

Nearly black with a creamy tan head.

Smell contains a unique ripe fruit/berry quality followed by roasted smokiness and coffee.

Smoked, caramelized malts..dark fruits, mild coffee, somewhat syrupy sweetness.

Chewy, oil, smooth with light carbonation. Very nice.

Pretty good!

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

Poured from a 22 oz bomber into a clear pint glass. Enjoy by April 06 2012. Paid $5.99 at LifeSource Natural Foods.

A-Pours a chestnut-dark brown hue with a one finger, thin, creamy tan head with weak retention and scant lacing.

S-Predominantly toffee and bready with some faint fruit as in figs.

T-Toffee sweetness balanced will by the hop bitterness. As it warms, the taste definitely improves as coffee, chocolate and dark fruits manifest. Can't taste the alcohol, which at 8.5% ABV it is masked well.

M-Very smooth, with a medium body.

O-This is decent. Taste and aroma is more like a normal porter. Expected this to be more robust and complex, but it improves as it warms.

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

A: Deep brown choclate color. Rich, creamy thick head. Looks fairly thin at this point. Inviting.
S: Malty, bready, definitely chocolate. Maybe some slight hops in the background lurking.
T: Rich malt all the way up front. Buttery in the middle. The finish has some light chocolate followed immediately by drying alcohol and warming going down. It is very cold outside, and this is nice.
M: The mouthfeel on this beer is very good. Definitely has a good sense of body, but not too filling. The carbonation is just right as well, just a bit prickly but overall smooth.
o: This is a nice beer. I haven't had many baltics and I can't say this blew me away, but definitely made well. I would have preferred a bit more chocolate taste and a little less alcohol burn.

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Photo of Oakenator
4.49/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pour is a dark brown with a bit of light shining through. A full head at pour disappates but leaves a nice rim around the glass and some lacing.

S: Malty, sweet, brown sugar and a hint of hops.

T: Hops catch up front and balance nicely through to back with the ample malt addition. Again a presence of a sweetner.

M: Leaning towards the heavier side although not a thick beer.

O: Great brew and a good one for colder months... with a hop kick.

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Photo of tone77
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a brown 22 oz. bottle. Has a black color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of roasted malts, a bit sweet. Taste is malty, sweet, some smokiness, a touch of chocolate. Feels full bodied in the mouth and overall this is a quality brew worth checking out.

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Photo of laituegonflable
3.73/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very dark chocolate colour, brown at the edges when held up to the light. Head is off-white, nice and fluffy when poured, dissipated to a thin cloud with a pleasant rim of lace. Slight trickle of bead. Nice.

Smells chocolatey and grainy. Quite sweet, with a mildly bitter cocoa edge to it but largely caramelly and a touch of wet mash aroma to it, giving a fairly underattenuated sense. Touch of espresso at the back, but largely sweet. Not bad, expected more.

Taste is quite similar, quite sweet with a very noticeable freshly malted grain flavour. Touch of caramel and chocolate grain. Yeah very chocolatey really, with a touch of cola, some lemongrass, berries and peanuts, almost peanut buttery late with a touch of saltiness. Not as dark as it could have been, but it's a porter so even though I'm craving more stouty bitterness, I forgive this for its pleasant, lightly roasted-grain flavour and sweet but dry finish. Quite enjoying this.

Bit thinner than I maybe expected for 8.5%, comes across as really quite dry. There's a presence but it's not very thick or malty.

I've had better baltic porters especially from the US, but it's a nice inoffensive drinking beer.

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Photo of charlzm
3.18/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Consumed November 9th, 2011 at Boho, Hollywood, CA.

Beer is a very deep but crystal clear brown with a smooth one finger off white head.

Aromas of nuts and dashes of smoke.

Flavor is mostly a somewhat sweet, nutty smoked malt affair with traces of vanilla. What's lacking is the promised chocolate and/or coffee flavors. Perhaps the keg had been on too long? Some bitterness on finish, but fairly minimal.

Mouthfeel is slightly thicker than standard for a porter; again, falling somewhat short of my expectations.

I finished the pint faster than I thought I would, but I am not in a big hurry to have another pull off this keg. Would like to try it again sometime, though.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.51/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

650 mL bottle poured into a chalice. Best by 1/27/2011. Oops.

Appearance - A fairly transparent brown body with a small head and no lacing. It's red in the light and definitely doesn't look like a porter to me, especially a big porter.

Smell - Sweet caramel malts and some fruitiness. It has a hint of coffee and roasted malts, but it honestly smells like a baby barleywine. Looks like a barleywine too.

Taste - Sweet caramel malts, initially, but then it hits with a roasty bitterness. It finishes with a dose of coffee and the bitterness lingers. Not a good finish, but the other flavors are ok.

Mouthfeel - It's very astringent in the finish and it doesn't leave a pleasant flavor around. Low carbonation, but light in body so that it's still easy drinking. Too easy, maybe.

Overall - It tastes good, but it's not what I expected at all. Not a lot of porter character. In between a porter and a barleywine, without the best characteristics of either.

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Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to 5000 for sending me this bottle.

The beer pours a dark brown color with a tan head. The aroma if full of coffee and roasted malt with some dark fruit mixed in. There is also a little bit of alcohol in the aroma. The flavor is more of the same. I get a lot of coffee and chocolate up front, with some roasted malt and dark cherries and prunes in the background. There is also some nice mint characteristics in the flavor which I really enjoy. The alcohol is present but doesn't hinder the drinkability. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. A very nice Baltic porter.

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

Clear mahogany colour with a small, creamy, tan head. Poor head retention.

Smooth, caramel and light ester aroma with a touch of roast. Plenty of sweet chocolate.

Sweet malt with a slightly earthy note and some esters. Not overly roasty. Classic Baltic Porter.

Medium body with moderate carbonation. Good.

A nice, smooth, malty ale with good, appropriate flavour for style.

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

A-Mahogany brown pours a finger thick head that quickly settles to a film atop the liquid. too dark to see through, but gets a rubyish tint near the bottom of the glass when held to the light.

N-toasty, malty as hell, caramel. maybe even a little smoky touch as well.

T-Malt bomb, caramel and toffee, some dark fruits too. drys out just the slightest bit toward the finish, but doesn't leave you cotton mouthed.

M-creamy but still nicely carbonated, and has a quick crisp pinch in the middle.

O-drinks easy as can be for it's size, tastes great, and pairs well with my favorite Alaskan foods (smoked fish, Salmon, Halibut, Game meat like moose, etc.) and being that it's on sale up here now, I may grab a few and see how it does with a year or 2. I really like this beer.

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Photo of MrVonzipper
4.3/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark walnut color with mahogany at the edges where light shows through. Decent bubbly tan head with pretty good retention and lacing.

Pleasant nose with nice roasted malt, roasted nuts, faint coffee, chocolate and rum raisin notes.

Nice robust flavor similar to the nose but better. Nice balance with dark roasted malt, mild coffee and roasted nut notes. No bitter or chalkiness and not overly sweet.

Med.+ bodied mouthfeel with medium-high carbonation. Just a touch dry without being chalky or too dry.

Overall a very nice Baltic Porter. Probably my second favorite. Nice robust flavor and balance without the negative tendencies that others of the style sometimes have. I highly recommend this one.

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

Pours a dark chestnut hue which leaves a creamy two finger head that dissapates slowly to leave a layer of cappicino froth and a rim of lacing,the smell is roasted malts and barley mixed with dark plums and milky chocolate,the mouthfeel is between light and medium bodied and has tastes of chocolate coated cherries,roasted dark malts,toffee,raisins,milky coffee and finished with a nice toasty berry finish and overall i quite like this drop as its very sessionable for its style and would buy again definately its one of those dark brews that u could drink all night cheers.

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Photo of GarrettMD
3.76/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Dark brown, essentially black color. You can still see though the beer near the edges, but it's completely opaque in the middle. Thin layer of off white bubbles form the head, but it's nothing too special and fades pretty quickly even with a fairly aggressive pour.

S - Love that smell. Deep roasted malts with sweet chocolate overlaying them and hints of smoke and leather.

T - Interesting progression. Starts right off with Smoke and alcohol. Quickly brings you to the sweet chocolate malts, then blends in the roasted malts with some dark fruits.

M - Medium to full bodied, little carbonation (which is good). The finish is slightly drying with a bitter aftertaste as well as some smoke.

O - Pretty good. I could do with a little less alcohol bite, maybe a little better balance between the sweet and roasted malts, and then it would be pretty damn good.

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Photo of bum732
3.86/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

S: Light, pleasant roastiness, some slight dark fruits.

L: Dark brown, slightly hazy, light tan head, creamy with just a bit of retention, good lacing.

T: Dark chocolate mostly right off the bat with just a hint of dark fruits. Medium clean bitterness with more dark chocolate. Finishes with some alcohol head and clean light roastiness.

M: Medium bodied, medium low body.

Solid, really enjoyed the subtle chocolate notes. Creamy smooth.

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Photo of Jeffo
3.37/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Got this bomber from kv84 and his mate in the summer. Thanks a lot for the brews gents!

From a bomber into a snifter.
Note: Strong Porter brewed with lager yeast.

APPEARANCE: A thin, transparent brown pour produces a 1+ finger, medium looking, light brown head with good retention. Dark brown and slightly mahogany in color, transparent body, and very active carbonation for the style. Head slowly fades to a good film cap, but only a ring remains and leaves no real lacing down the glass. Could be a little darker and the carbonation could be toned back a little.

SMELL: Dark malts, toffee and caramel, with some dark grapes and raisins. Medium strength nose, but quite nice.

TASTE: Dark malts and very fruity up front. Dark fruits with grapes, raisins and dates, then moves into a very spicy finish. Dark malts, sweet caramel and brown sugar with some bigger spicy notes linger on the palate. Aftertaste is mild yet persistent. Tasty enough, and bordering on a Belgian strong dark ale almost.

PALATE: Medium body with lower levels of carbonation. Creamy on the palate, goes down smooth and finishes with a tiny bite at the swallow. Slightly mouth-coating. A good feel, and surprisingly low carbonation given the look.

OVERALL: The look kind of hurt this one, and it could be a little more forthcoming in the nose, but this one was tasty enough to be interesting. Bigger body helped out a lot as well. This porter uses lager yeast, and from my experience, lager yeast moves an imperial porter closer to the Belgian strong ale zone. This is a style of beer I really enjoy, so I enjoyed this one as well, but it didn’t quench my thirst for an imperial porter brewed with ale yeast, which is the type I enjoy more I think. That said, this is a quality brew in its own right and is worth checking out. Thanks again for the trade kv84.

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Photo of Digimaika2
4.05/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark cherry colour with a single finger of lightly brown coloured head. Satisfactory retention and minimal lacing.

S: Chocolate strongest on the nose with some faint dark fruit aromas in there (raisins, plums, cherries). Picking up an alcohol aroma as this warms. Faint but pleasing aromas.

T: Very similar to the smell with smooth and rich chocolate upfront followed by mellow dark fruit notes (plums, cherries, dates). There's also some nice caramel and molasses-like qualities to this. Lovely burnt and dry finish with a bit of smokiness. The dark candied fruit taste is not overbearing at all but subtle and refreshing, and is a welcome quality as I find a lot of breweries put too much of an emphasis into it. Overall perhaps not the most complex, but well executed with the ingredients used.

M: A low viscosity and faint carbonation put this in-line with the style, and better than most.

O: A very smooth and easy-to-drink baltic porter that I would have again. Certainly not the most complex, but nonetheless a solid and tasty baltic porter with a very good taste profile.

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

First had: on tap at Mugs, Brooklyn, NY

Poured a dark cola brown with a dense crown of tan bubbles. Good head retention and decent lacing. Roasty malts in the nose, tones of coffee, chocolate and leather. Taste of dark, roasted malts, dark chocolate, licorice, plums, coffee, and some smokey leather. Very nice and complex. On the heavier side of medium-bodied, and very drinkable.

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