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:
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Added by akorsak on 01-05-2008

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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

P: 22oz bottle, cool label
A: dark brown, light comes through the glass, initial frothy head quickly settles to a thin but dense creamy head
S: currants, raisons, toffee, a whif of alcohol
T: Really nice, not much hop to speak of up front, brownies, dates, subtle bitter in the aftertaste
M: Just right, not too thick, not too thin
D: 22 oz is about right for me, a little too heavy for more than one
Notes: A very, very nice porter from one of my favorite breweries. Good dessert beer as the malt sweetness is dominates. Would recommend and will definitely try again.

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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 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 BigDank
3.63/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This 22oz Baltic Porter pours a rich but not heavy dark, almost black. The head is dark tan and the stay is long, however there really is any lacing to speak of. The smell is of roasted malt with a bit of sweetness that politely asks, not begs, for you to take the first drink. Carbonation is medium and it rolls across the tongue fairly smooth with a subtle aftertaste that is nothing to be disappointed with. No outstanding alcohol flavor present which is good. This is one that could be drank on a regular basis and at any given time. Can't say that it is especially designed for but a good one to drink if you have it around. Unfortunately it is not a regular offering around here so this may be my only visit. Glad to have had the opportunity though.

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Photo of alkchrios
3.82/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I absolutely love baltic porters and was looking forward to trying this one but was sort of let down. I think what makes it hard for me is that Smuttynose happens to make my absolute favorite baltic (its absolutely amazing) so it was compared to that. Unfortunately this beer didnt really do it for me and was nothing above average.

A- lighter than most baltic porters Ive had...I dont like to be able to see through the glass and with this one I could. Dark amber to a deep brown. half inch head which quickly went away.

S- lightly malted with a slight aroma of coffee and roasted nuts

T- LIGHT for a baltic porter.. undertones of coffee linger after you drink it not so much while you drink it.

M- pretty decent... very lightly carbonated...served at around 60 degrees goes down rather smooth

D- I could drink one or two before getting bored with it.

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Photo of Chyren
3.82/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark dark ruddy brown and clear with a minimal head. The smell is quite nice, reminds me of winter with some alcohol warmth, roastiness, caramel, molasses molasses molasses. Tastes similar to its smell, it is sweet but not syrupy, with hints of black cherry, something of a thinner body, bubbly as opposed to frothy, with a dark malt bitterness to it. It is fairly easy to drink and it warms the belly but it would nice nice with a little more thickness. A nice cold weather brew. Would buy again.

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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 Hawksfan79
3.91/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Glass: Mug
Pours a dark brown with a thin white head That quickly dissipated. Smells very fruity reminiscent of plums. Slight alcohol aroma with a slight hint of toffee.
Fruity, strong raisin flavor. alcohol, and slight hints of cherry. Very similar to a barleywine as its sweet an alcoholic. Wonderfully complex, one of those beers that changes on your palette and gives you different character as you drink.
Light to medium bodied, much lighter than expected almost watery in texture. Alcohol warming followed lingering roasty malt finish.

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Photo of QuentinCompson
4.08/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle into Duvel Green tulip

A - Awesome 3 finger head, slow dissipation, into a nice frothy finger foam; Dark brown brew, inviting...

A - Dark malts, caramel malts, Scottish ale yeast esters, bready, sweet

T-M - Really nice beer. Smooth and thick, just right balance on the malts here. Taste is all varied dark and caramel malts, roasty, chocolate, sugar, w/ a Scottish ale yeast tinge, much like the aroma yet more pronounced. Slightly peppery finish as it warms.

D - Really enjoyed this one. I am not a huge Porter drinker, however, I like this a lot. The alcohol is well hidden in this, but also helps bring out some interesting notes with the yeast that are usually not present in a lower alcohol porter. More complex.

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

Poured from a growler filled at the Bowery Whole Foods in NYC.

A: Somewhere between dark brown and black with tiny bubbles in the glass - think Coca-Cola. There's a also a thin tan head that quickly dissipates after pouring.

S: Not a very strong nose but malts are detectable.

T: Malty with notes of chocolate and coffee.

M: Very crisp with enough carbonation to tickle the tongue's taste buds.

D: Very easy to sip and not so strong that you can't enjoy a few glasses in one sitting.

I've never had Heavyweight's Perkuno's Hammer but if this homage to it is any indication, I think I've missed out on a pretty good beer.

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Photo of Iceman77
3.93/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep black with reddish tint along the edges of the glass, thick, soap bubble, latte colored head. The aroma is an inviting mix of malts and spices. The flavor was very nice, had only tried a very aged draft of the Perkuno's Hammer, but can see what sets this style apart. There are bold flavors of coffee, chocolate and molasses on top of the traditional porter style. The mouthfeel was surprisingly smooth, thought it would have had a little more bite as an ale with a higher abv, very pleasant though. I could drink these all night, i heard they had to blend this first batch so am really looking forward to how the new batches come out, this one was a solid offering from good ol Victory.

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Photo of JVEyck309
3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1 Pint 6 fl oz bomber poured into a pint glass

~~ NOTE - it was stamped "Best By March 26" (today is April 1, I purchased this beer on March 27) I did not notice till just now.. ~~

Appearance - Black. Holding it up to the light I see some deep red in the corners of the glass. Very thin head which dissipates quick.

Smell - Caramel sweetness, dark roasted malts, a hint of chocolate and charcoal perhaps. Malts are dominating

Taste - Lovely. Pretty much what I expected. Rich and sweet roasted malt flavors with a suggestion of dark fruits and dark chocolate. Very enjoyable.. I've had better baltics but this is no slouch

Mouthfeel - Smooth and chewey, just the right amount of carbonation which isn't too much.

Drinkability - At 8.5% abv, it's incredibly drinkable, didn't notice the alcohol at all. But at $7 for one bomber.. I feel it's a tad overpriced and would rather go for a six of an American porter instead (Anchor, Smuttynose...) Definitely worth a try

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Photo of chefboy812
4.18/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into American pint glass

Amazing black with a deep red glow. Nice mocha head that falls slowly and leaves a solid lace tha seems to be refresshed continually from this lively brew.

the aroma is a little hot with booze. but under that a nice quick hop smack then a malt that realy got my mouth watering.coffe and molassas with a rum over tone.

the coffe comes into the profile with cream ths time. then caramel, and molassas, treacle with a little raisen and fig.

good mouthfeel, nice malt presence that balance well with the hops. sweet and chewy without being anoying

One of the best porters I have ever had.

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Photo of Wisconsuds
4.04/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Don't remember when I picked this bad boy up, but glad I did. 22oz bottle poured into an oversized snifter glass during #snowmageddon 2011. A ridiculous winter blizzard calls for a beer like this.

Dark brown/ruby appearance with a thin layer of tannish-head. Vanishes to form a thin ring around the glass in a minute or two.

The smell of this brew is outstanding, definitely true to the Baltic porter style. An heavy amount of smoke and sweetness pairs with a slight tone of dark fruits. I'll say I'm not a huge fan of smokey beers, but this aroma is stellar.

The taste of Baltic Thunder is a mix of smokey, chocolatey and toffee. The smokey aroma mentioned before doesn't dominate the taste, thank god. A tinge of candied fruit dances around the tongue mid swallow, but again doesn't dominate the overall flavor.

Mouthfeel is lightly carbonated, medium to full body. Just the right consistency. A lip-smacking chewyness invites you to keep drinking.

It's 8.5%abv is masked nicely. Not sure I'd have more than 2 at a time, but the alcohol is just not persistent with this one. As far as Baltic porters go, this one is a winner in my book.

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

Served in a tulip at Publick House.

Poured a very dark black with brown highlights, no real head to speak of. Nose was very reserved, but there was some roastiness and some vanilla apparent. Taste was a little more upfront than the nose, but not by much--some burnt chocolates, hops clear up the malt nicely, moderate sweetness. Mouthfeel was very even and smooth and not overly viscous...right on for a porter (even an imperial).

Overall, this is a dangerous brew. Fairly high ABV coupled with incredible ease of drinking means a few of these might end up going down without being moderated. I think Victory really did a nice job balancing everything in this one.

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Photo of countrocula
4.07/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served into a 20oz Foster's pint glass. Auburn hooker wig in color. Head isn't as dense as I was expecting but beautiful nonetheless. Don't notice much lacing.

Nose strikes me as faint sherry, malt, raisins and slight cocoa.

taste is slight coffee, semi-sweet cocoa, barely perceptible liquor warmth. Not too much of the sour towel bacteria that I like in porters, but nice anyhow.

Mouth is mild. Slips down well with low carbonation which I guess is par for the course but I expected more with all the sugar going on. As the 22oz warms, things become more balanced and flavorful, something I adore with this style

The ABV is 8.5 which surprises my tongue, yet not my brain. Fuzz crept in nicely which could be scary if I had 3 of these around. Definite keeper, yet a "treat" brew.

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

Poured from bomber into a pint glass as part of a side-by-side tasting with Duck-Rabbit Baltic Porter.

A: Brown-black with a thin head.

S: Not much of a nose from this bottle. Coffee and caramel or toffee.

T/MF: Great taste: silky smooth in the mouth. Malty with a toffee finish. Crisper finish than expected.

D: Very drinkable example of the style, good flavor combined with lighter MF makes for great experience.

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Photo of ziggy13
4.45/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this little gem on a lazy Friday. Nice to see a Victory beer in a 22oz. bomber.

Appearence: Pours a deep brown with a nice two-finger tan head. Maybe a little thinner than a lot of porters.

Smell: Beutiful bouquet of chocolate and caramel. Also a great nutty aroma in the nose. Very pleasing and certianly not overpowering.

Taste: Very easy going down. Again the nut hits you first, followed by the chocolate and caramel. Really an exquisite flavor. I'm very glad that Victory got their hands on this recipe from Heavyweight. It is pretty darn close to the Perkuno's Hammer. Great all around!! Nothing bad to say here. Just as I remembered.

Mouthfeel: This is a medium-bodied beer. Not nearly as chewy as some other Baltic porters and that's fine with me. Definitely easy to handle from first sip to last. Which leads me to...

Drinkability: Had two bombers in an hour and a half sitting. That should say it all. Although not a session beer, it's definitely easy to have a few.

Again, thanks to my friends at Victory for ressurecting this recipe for year-round sale. It was truly a pleasure!

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

Very likable. Poured into a pint glass with virtually no head to speak of. Thewre was definately a lot going on in the smell. Dark brownish black color that seems lit somehow. A little thin in terms of mouthfeel, but I certainly liked it. The toffee shows up very hard in the aftertaste.

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Photo of jchow79
4.57/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Opened a bomber at a friends holiday party.

Appearance: Dark as night - think of oil in a glass

Smell: Fragrance of chocolate and molasses and smoke. I love the aroma. Theres an earthy undertone as well - smells a bit like dirt was mixed in. Absolutely awesome.

Taste: High concentration of malt and chocolate. Delicious on the tongue with a long finish. Smooth and delicious.

Mouthfeel: Thick and oily in the mouth. Coats the tongue and smooth all the way down.

Drinkability: I probably could have finished this bomber on my own. Loved it. I think this is a really great offering!

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Photo of wobblynoggin
3.77/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - Pours very dark brown, light barely gets through this beer. A slight head that dissipates quickly, with no lingering lace or bubbles.

S - Coffee, chocolate, slight alcohol

T - Bitter dark chocolate, coffee, and the malt lingers in a bit of an aftertaste, like a good porter should taste. Not remarkable, but certainly very good.

M - Slight carbonation, with a crisp bite on the lips and top of your tongue. This beer has nice complexities that give you some sweetness in the front of your mouth, definitely works your bitter and sour buds especially on the sides of your tongue and mouth, and retreats into a malt that lingers on the roof of your mouth.

D - Might be a bit much in a growler size. You can taste the 8.5% alcohol content, and in this quantity it will not be overdone, but I think that is the limit to how much of it I would want to drink in a sitting. I would prefer 12 ounces, and then moving on.

I compare all porters to Perkuno's Hammer, which, in my opinion, is the gold standard for modern porters. This however, is quite worthwhile if you cannot get your hands on the Hammer. No Victory beers will let you down.

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

I admit I wasn't too familar with Baltic Porters and heard something about them which made me want to investigate. Luckily the very next day I saw the thunder at the store and grabbed it.

I gotta say I'm a fan of the style. I don't drink porters too often but when I do I usually wish they were "bigger" like this beer. It reminded me of a Lion stout - sweet dark fruit flavors followed by some alcohol kick. Definitely going to seek other other examples to do a comparison, but I liked this beer alot.

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Photo of takeabrewski
3.74/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a beer mug as I split a large bottle with my wife.

A: Very dark. Almost no head when poured out of the bottle, to my disappointment.

S: Nice coffee, chocolate, and almost a brown bread aroma.

T: Fair representation of the style. I was expecting something bigger and bolder considering the alcohol content. Coffee and chocolate notes predominate, with bitterness but little hop aroma as expected.

M: Very smooth and silky, easy on the tongue.

D: I had no problem getting my mug down.

Porters are my least favorite style, but I did enjoy this one. Victory is one of my favorite breweries.

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

Pours a nice dark brown, no light coming through in the darkened room I am in. Big beige head that dissipates back into the beer but not too fast.

Smell does not overwhelm me but I did just consume a hop bomb so I'm not holding it against it. You can smell some malt which is good for me.

The taste has a bit of roast bitterness on the tongue with hints of chocolate. It's not overwhelming. The bitterness lingers on the tongue after the swallow.

The beer has a slightly sweet taste to it which is no surprise given the style. It's slightly thicker in the mouthfeel but too much.

All in all it's quite enjoyable and certainly something I would look forward to consuming again... and again.

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