Baltic Thunder | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

BA SCORE
87
very good
926 Ratings
Baltic ThunderBaltic Thunder
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Pennsylvania, United States
victorybeer.com

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.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
926
Reviews:
539
Avg:
3.87
pDev:
11.63%
 
 
Wants:
60
Gots:
55
For Trade:
0
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look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Growler pour into a nonic pint.

A- Black, dark red highlighting. Tan 1/4" head, kind of an espresso crema style. A bit lacy.

S- Coffee, cocoa, small hint of dark fruits and booze.

T- Roasted sweetness. Malty. Not as dry and roast as a stout but really nice for a strong porter.

M- Full body. Sweet body. But a balancing semi dry finish.

O- Great body and flavor. Heavy, but easy drinking.

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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3.94/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle from James Island Pig when everything was 50% off. Poured into a dimpled mug...

A: Odd color... Brown - not even close to black; light ecru head - one finger; no retention, nor lace.

S: Bready; chocolatey; toasted caramel malt; fudge; wow.

T: Snappy chocolate malt and some toast; bitter / earthy finish; smooth coffee on end, too.

M: Full-bodied; high carbonation.

O: A nice, hearty brew!

*from notes 02.04.14

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

22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, no bottle dating. Pours lightly hazy dark reddish brown color with a 2 finger dense khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of big chocolate, cocoa, caramel, biscuit, toast, nuttiness, brown bread, brown sugar, raisin, plum, light roast, herbal, and toasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good complexity of dark/toasty malts and light yeast ester notes; with good strength. Taste of chocolate, cocoa, caramel, toast, biscuit, nuttiness, brown sugar, brown bread, light roast, raisin, plum, herbal, and toasted earthiness. Minimal bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of chocolate, cocoa, toast, biscuit, caramel, nuttiness, brown bread, light roast, herbal, and toasted earthiness on thin finish for a good bit. Damn nice balance and complexity of dark/bready malts and moderate fruity yeast ester flavors; with great malt robustness and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a moderately creamy, smooth, and bready mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice Baltic porter. All around nice balance, robustness, and complexity of dark/bready malt and light-moderate yeast ester flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

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Cellared bottle best by 3/26/13 at 50 degrees into goblet
Aroma of malts and grain
Head small (1.5 cm), fizzy, light brown, mostly diminishing
Lacing average
Body appears dark brown or black, but when held to the light, a clear dark ruby redness is evident
Flavor begins with slight roasty/toasty goodness, with hints of dates(?), no hops, no diacetyl, no alcohol
Ends with a short-lived stomach burn
Palate is medium, slightly oily, soft carbonation

One of my favorite beers over the years, but it seems to be changing , ie getting cheapened. The maltiness and creamier textures of previous batches seems to be declining – it seems less complex.

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look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

About five hours after the growler was capped, Baltic Thunder decanted a deep mahogany, with a crystalline garnet core when held to the light. A vigorous pour raised a head of slightly over a finger's width. It fell quickly, with little residual.

The beer's aroma is full and sweet. It's promise is borne out in a flavor that, while possessing dusky, malty elements, veers toward the confectionary. It might be a little too sweet--and perhaps simple--for some, but I find it fun and satisfying on a winter evening. The beer's impressive texture is smooth and frothy.

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