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Baltic Thunder | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

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Baltic ThunderBaltic Thunder

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Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: Baltic Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by akorsak on 01-05-2008

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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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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Photo of Allpe45
3.65/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle
Enjoy by Jan 07 2012

Appears translucent dark brown during the pour, black in the glass. Short yellowish white head that vanishes quickly, not much lacing. Smells like roasted malt, toffee, caramel, ground coffee and dark fruit. Tastes like bitter chocolate and roast malt, sweet caramel and brown sugar, toffee and grain. Slightly thin-bodied for the style, low carbonation, silky with a bitter sticky lingering mouthfeel. Tasty but not the most drinkable.

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

Drank 6/23/11

A: A dark, murky brown bordering on pitch black with a thin head and no lacing. Not too alluring to be honest.

S: Very strong notes of roasted malt with a strong undercurrent of dark chocolate. Not too complex, but intriguingly overwhelming.

T: A bit airy, with strong complementary notes of dark chocolate, roasted malt, and dark fruit. Actually a taste that's very well-balanced and quite good. I like this beer a lot.

M: Very well balanced. Good carb and solid heft. I approve.

O: Overall a pretty good beer. Luckily the taste was good enough to make up for the flat beginning.

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Photo of jsh420
4.15/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pours clear dark ruby brown with a 1 finger tan head that left no lacing

smells of rich dark fruit caramel malt

taste is very doppelbock - those rich caramel nutty malts dark fruit toffee

mouthfeel is medium body - a little over carbonated crisp and creamy

overall i loved the flavor and this might be my go to beer when i need a good malt fix - good price for a bomber $6

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Photo of EgadBananas
3.87/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks to Bennettrox for the want!

Dark brown, lots of red edges, though looks blackish in a full glass. Tan head, finger plus.

Nice coffee, and chocolate aroma, big roasted malt notes and some candied sweetness.

Chocolate, dark fruits, and again, hugely roasted. Slight coffee.

Nice creaminess. Wonderfully balanced body, medium but substantial.

Drinkability is good and despite a little lacking looks wise, quite a nice Baltic Porter.

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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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Photo of Knapp85
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This porter chugged it's way out of the bottle as a dark brown color with some red hues along the edges. The head was pretty thick looking for a little while until is settled down and left just a thin brown coating over top of the beer. The lacing wasn't too bad here, kind of sporatic. The smell of the beer has some old wood aromas, some earthy and smokey aromas as well. There's even a touch of sweetness on the nose too. The taste is pretty good, mostly of brown sugar and some roasted malts. The mouthfeel was on the thicker side and had a light carbonation, just enough to keep it interesting. Overall it's not a terrible Baltic Porter, but not the best I've had either.

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

Many thanks to Mdaschaf for the chance to taste this. Poured into my dfh snifter, pours a murky dark brown color, but not completely opaque, about 1 finger of white foam that quickly recedes, but stays around the circumference of the glass. Smell- toffee, some grainy notes, with chocolate, maybe an oaklike quality. Taste- definite milk chocolate notes, some roastiness, nutty flavors. Some hops are present at the end and I get a roasted lightly bitter finish. This is my first Baltic Porter, so I'm not sure how to judge it on style characteristics, and will judge it purely on taste and experience. Mouthfeel- nice carbonation, and with the medium body, this is pretty smooth and easy to drink. Drinkablity- at 8.5 percent, I get absolutely no alcohol warmth here- I would say that this is about 5% if I didn't know better. It actually reminds me of CCB Maduro Brown in its nutty characteristics more than anything. This is an interesting beer, I would have it again.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a semi-opaque dark crimson amber color with a 1 inch light beige head that fades to a small cap. A random distribution of lace spots forms here and there on the glass on the drink down. Smells of roasted dark malt, dark fruits, and some subtle smoky notes. Taste is of dark chocolate pudding, dark cherries, dark malts, and alcohol. A bit of cocoa nib bitterness on the palate after each sip. Slight alcohol warming in the throat. This beer is smooth and creamy with a medium body and a good level of carbonation. Overall, this is a solid baltic porter from Victory but nothing too exciting.

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

Victory has come a long way with their beers. When I opened the bottle there was a definite, delicious, smokey aroma. When pouring into a glass, it's color was a deep, dark, brown with a nice darker thick head that quickly dwindled to nothing after a few minutes. I tasted hints of fruits, but was mostly a roasted malty flavor. The alcohol percentage of this beer is 8.5% which was surprising because it didn't at all have a taste that would have indicated this. It was a very smooth and filling beer. Overall, while this wouldn't be something I would seek out, it was a beer that I did enjoy but would not be at the top of my list of Porters.

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Photo of vfgccp
4.06/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A – Deep, ruby mahogany and black-berry juice. Gorgeous color - remarkable when held up to direct sunlight. Off-white head sits low, but the color alone scored this a 5 for me.

S – Cranberry juice, prunes, toffee and black tea leaves. A really interesting combination. It’s definitely not what I’m used to, but I dig it.

T – Sweet, fruity opening with plum and tart cranberry. Coffee builds around the fruit and keeps it from spiraling into a confection. Soft malt backend with an oaky dryness, which now that the profile has uncluttered a bit, I think might have been contributing to the cranberry note up front.

M – Mildly tart/bitter finish with a residual dark fruit sweetness. Medium/light body.

O – Touch sweet. Would pair well with spicy dry rubbed ribs.

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

taste- roasted malts, chocolate notes, nutty toffee flavors, bitterness and residual sugar in the finish

color- chestnut brown

clarity- pours clear but is opaque in the glass

smell- wood, malt, wet socks, baby powder in the finish

body- hoppy bite at the front of the mouth, lean mouthfeel, medium weight and length finish

appearance- craziest carbonation i've ever seen. imagine the top of the beer divided into four equal sections in the shape of a four leaf clover with two of the opposing leaves rotating in one direction and the other two in the other direction...looked like a satellite image of a huricane...wtf?!? once the freakshow ended, the dirty carbonation was nowhere to be found with no lacing in the glass

overall impression- was a bit let down with this beer, hoping it would be a unique and strong interpretation of the style...a little light weight and uninspired

notes and comments- label says enjoy by january 7, 2012

beer spy- bottle barn, santa rosa ca, 3/24/11, $4.99, 22oz

glassware: tulip

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.65/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on-tap at the La Jolla Brewhouse in CA. The beer was poured in a pint glass, and it presents a darkened amber coloring, brown in the middle, with a thin, filmy head. Slight chocolate and coffee nose, with some dark cherry notes. The flavor is a bit cherry and a bit coffee, and the bitter and the sweet balance pretty well. It tastes a little bit like Cherry Coke. The body is light, but syrupy at same time. Dark caramel and coffee on the aftertaste with a mid-length linger to the finish.

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

A: Very dark brown and murky in color with almost no head. There was a bit of a head at first, but it disappeared pretty quickly.

S: Roasted malts, caramel, toffee and brown sugar.

T: A quick hit of coffee bitterness, then a lot of roasted malt flavor with some good caramel and toffee sweetness. Mouthfeel was a little thin, but I got used to it and it seemed to thicken up a bit as the beer warmed.

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

Notes, as usual, are a little old but good.

This is a dark brown beer, very dark and thick without quite reaching black and with a touch of opaqueness and reddish tinges in the light. The light brown head is just about one finger high with good retention and a good amount of sticky lacing left behind.
This is strongly malt-backed, as expected, with some coffee grounds, barley, some bitter chocolate, and just a hint of sweetness of caramel and something like dates. A roasted note, nearly charcoal mixed in with grains, lingers.
A bit of chocolate, both milky sweet and dark bitter, are first on the tongue. Following are coffee grounds mixed with caramel and tart cherry, and behind that is a bit of nuttiness and alcohol.
This has a very nice feel, thick, rich and robust in a big, full body with lots of smoothness and just the right amount of carbonation.
Being a bigger beer, this is easier to drink than one might expect for the style and the ABV, which I attribute to it being, while not lacking in body, not overly filling, and with a flavor easy to swallow.

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Photo of DrDemento456
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Got this with my Groupon at my local Beer Nutz. Priced at a typical 5.99 means I got this bad boy for 3 buckz!

A - From the look of the bottle expected dark but poured a see through dark brown with a half inch of head. Looks kinda like a Dopple bock than a Porter.

S - Nothing offensive here. Alcohol smells well masked and really the only thing I am getting is soft coffee, chocolate, and toasted grain. Pleasant.

T - Wow it drinks amazing for almost 9 percent. I would assume if I didn't read it here it would be around the typical 6 or maybe even 7 percent range. Flavors start off with a soft toasted malt, bit of chocolate which amazingly gets better as it warms, mild underlining coffee and finishes rather sweet and with caramel and toffee that never really gets cloying. Mild taste overall but surprisingly complex!

M - Light to medium on my end! Alcohol is only noticeable after consumed.

Overall wow I can't believe how awesome this beer is! Great flavors subtle but many and the overall great price. Worth picking up if you like well masked high ABV porters. May have to go back and grab a second...

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Photo of AdamBear
4.37/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A-dark brown, a lot of bubbles, some floaties. has a thin tan head that reminds me of soda.

S-smells like creamy chocolate. a bit malty as well. medium strength

T-wow i like this a lot. comes in with good grains and coffee/chocolate malts. the ending has a bit more coffee to it. the after-taste is really thick and good with chocolate and fresh ground coffee. this one just goes down so smoothly.

M-has a carbonation that reminds me of a soda float with a good creamy finish

D-well i drank this for awhile before seeing the ABV and I could not believe my eyes. this honestly drinks like a 4% beer. i am so amazed with how drinkable this is. it is definitely filling but wow so good. the tastes just become more and more complex as well.

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Photo of robhunta
3.91/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - a dark purple/redish color, pretty unique as I was expecting brown/black. not much head though; pours to a thin cm of head which dissipates quickly.

S - This beer had me wondering if my nose was working (or wondering if I shouldn't have tasted it first out of excitement/expectation). there isnt much of an aroma at all, not until I cover my glass with my hand, stick my nose in the crack and inhale deeply do I get a nice sweet malty maybe fruity aroma. very nice, but hard to find.

T - fantastic! sweet, matly, a bit of alcohol. there is certainly a nice complexity to this beer but I'm having trouble putting my finger on any particular flavor.

M - clean and pretty smooth, a bit sticky.

O - Overall I like this beer very much, I would certainly buy it again and may be a favorite porter for me.

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Photo of brotherloco
3.87/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

My first real experience with this style.

Appearance is a bit above average, but the smell is better. Sweet malt dominates, toffee and chocolate. Roasty-ness comes through as well, but in the background. Dark fruits mixed in as well.

Taste is soft and lightly sweet malt, watery coffee, cherry. Some bitter hop presence balances things out. Finish brings out the background roasty-ness. Feels nice in the mouth. Heat from the alcohol builds up after several sips. Definitely a sipper.

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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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