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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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Reviews: 539 | Ratings: 926
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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Photo of montecristo2
3.54/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a goblet from a bottle from 2007.

I waited longer than the suggested date on the bottle, so I'm sure that influenced my impression of this beer.

Pours a dark brown/black into the glass. Decent head at first that dissipated to a light foam.

Smells of roasty malts. I really like the smell of this beer.

Taste was a bit less than expected. I didn't really get much out of this porter-a straight ahead beer, nothing fancy, but drinkable. Lots of roasty malts, toffeeish, and sweet.

Overall a good beer to try for the style but I probably won't buy it again. There are other porters of this style I enjoy more.


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Photo of micromaniac129
3.62/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A deep chestnut color ale with barely any translucency.
Pours with just an average size head that fades to mere surface foam very quickly.

Aroma is enticing with aromas of roasted to burnt malts rich dark chocolate malts.

Taste as one might expected is malt forward. Burnt malts and bittersweet chocolates.
Malts present themselvies with bitter and herbal hops.
For me there is an odd off putting taste at the end of the swallow. I can't quite put my finger on it.

Thin tasting with a slick and sticky finish.

There is an odd taste in there that is a bit off putting for me, really to the point that i wish not to have another. I suspect that it's something with the hops.

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

Bomber poured into a Duvel tulip; best by date of Jan 7, 2012. Deep brown body that is clear with crimson tint around the edges. Two finger tan head that retains well and leaves a little lacing.

A little light on the aroma, but definite notes of roasted malt and chocolate.

The taste is good but not complex. Similar to the aroma, it is strong in the roasted malt and accompanying flavor of light chocolate. Just a slight note of coffee.

The mouthfeel is a little too thin for my liking. Decent, but not great beer.

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Photo of cdkrenz
3.7/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A - Head is medium to dark brown and has the look that a Coke's head would offer with the exception of the heavy carbonation. The body is a true dark brown. It has nice clarity and looks inviting.

S - Chocolate is present along with a roasted malt scent.

T - Roasty chocolate with a nice, very subtle burnt flavor in the ending and through into the finish.

M - Light bodied with a mild coarse feel that's is just enough to let you know the carbonation is there. Otherwise the feel is rather water-like.

~ For a Baltic Porter with an ABV of 8.5% I have to say this is a great drinker. It has a light feel, look and flavor allowing it to go down real easily. While I consider that a good thing, some folks may see it just the opposite.

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

A: Pours a very dark brown with good carbonation and just a bit of tan head

S: Toffee, roast, dark fruits, hint of booze, some wood aromas

T: Rather sweet mix of caramel, toffee, and bitter chocolate hits the palate at first, moving into dark fruit and smoky flavor, and finishing with a slight nuttiness, like walnuts

O: This is a pretty good porter. I still think the best I've had was stone's smoked porter, but this one is definitely a fine ale. I'm warming up to the style as well.

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

I am quite a fan of this particular style, especially Foothills and Duck Rabbit. For a more accessable Baltic Porter I turned to Victories Baltic Thunder.

A - A reddish-brown hazy roasted appearance with a thick white head.

S - Not too sold on the smell. Nice roasted malt that dies a little too quick.

T - The taste is slightly more complex then the taste. Upfront, a consideralbe amount of roasted malt dieing slowly to coffee and bitter chocolate flavors. A smokey, roasted feeling lingers on the palatte after each sip.

M- Great mouthfeel, pleasing, hearty, everything you want from this style. A bit chewy, in a desirable way.

O - Overall it's a very solid Baltic Porter distracting me from the American Porters I so easily and readily purchase and consume.

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

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a tulip glass. Saved this about 6 months after purchasing it. Pours a deep black with a thick light tan head that goes down to a thin strip.

On first smell it gives off a little bit of toffee, some dark malts and some chocolate. Not very pungent. The taste is much stronger with some coffee, bitter chocolate, a bit of sweetness and some warming alcohol mixed in. Has a medium mouthfeel to it, is quite smooth and has low carbonation.

A pretty solid baltic porter, definitely worth a taste if you like the style.

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Photo of Thads324
3.69/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A : pours a very dark black that has a lovely cabernet hue when held to the light. a thick and loud popping tan head. Head is thick, but has large bubbles, quite odd looking. No lacing but the head stays for a while

S : sweet smelling, like coffee with creamer. a bit of chocolate towards the back. not really any hop aromas. Light on the aroma.

T : starts a bit watery, then has a very smooth coffee and caramel flavor. Nice transition to some round and mouth filling hop bitterness. Finishes with a slight bitter hop and a toffee like flavor. A bit warming, but nicely so.

M : heavily carbed in front and silky smooth in back. finishes very clean and easy. Super easy drinking for ABV.

A pretty good baltic porter that finishes very nicely from the lager yeast. I'd buy again, especially for a snowy night.

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Photo of bamsdealer
3.71/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a- poured a very dark brown. Head disappated quickly with no lacing.

s- nothing special here. a hint of carmel tones.

t- Strong nutty malt flavor with carmel undertones. Alcohol very noticable in this brew.

m- One of this beers best attributes. Just creamy enough to let the taste and alcohol hang around.

o- A solid porter at a reasonable price for a 22oz bottle... something I plan to try on draft next time I visit their brewery. Another good brew from Victory.

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Photo of capeannbass36
3.53/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Poured a very dark, see through, reddish brown. Similar to a glass of ice tea in color.
Minimal off white to light tan head that disappeared quickly. Lacing was practically non-existant.

S- Somewhat sweet, brown sugar and malt.

T- Brown sugar and malt.

M- Medium light carbonation. Little slick. Nothing bad. Nothing great.

O- First Baltic Porter. Not sure what I am tasting here. But it truly is nothing special. Simply not distinguishable. Will stick with American and English Porters.
...and then in very very small letters and numbers..."Enjoy by January 27 2011"....I bought it in April....grumble, mumble....are you kidding me?!!

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