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Baltic Thunder | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

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Brewed by:
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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Ratings: 926 |  Reviews: 539
Photo of LoganMc
4.2/5  rDev +8.5%

Photo of ithinkimasofa
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of assman79
3.65/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of seaoflament
2.86/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to tangfoot for sending me this one in the Top 100 BIF.

Enjoy by Dec 31 08 stated on the label.

Pours the a few shades darker than brown sugar crystals and has a good ¾ of an inch of foam.

The aroma is different from other Baltic porters I have had. This one is really nutty with some caramel/toffee, toast, and some hops in the background but something just seems off. I don't get too much fruit. It smells "thin" and gaseous. The aroma is just ok.

The flavor is just all over the place and has a weird buttery aftertaste. Toast is there, toffee, but also what seems like diacetyl which just doesn't go well. The malt taste is also just odd. None of the flavors seem to balance well in this beer. There's a bit of bitterness that wants to come through as coffee or chocolate but neither really holds, they both get run over by the buttery flavor.

Mouth-feel is decent but seems a bit too carbonated because of the lack of balance in the flavor, the malt just doesn't have strength to hold on to the palate.

Color this one disappointing. Either way I'm glad I got to try this one.

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Photo of aorloski
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of wdarcy77
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of jpro
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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Photo of mmcnaughton
4/5  rDev +3.4%

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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

Been looking for this for a long time. Finally got my chance when this hit Minnesota last week.

Pours a deep ruby brown color with a creamy white head. This is actually a very impressive head. It looks like I just got served this on nitro-tap, it's that creamy. Decent retention and leaves nice lacing. I'm just not a fan of the color, I was expecting something darker for a Baltic Porter, but thats just me.

The nose is very sweet, with lightly toasted malts. There is also a dark dried fruit character there.

The taste is slightly different, including a less pronounced toasted malt character, sweeter dried dark fruits, with faint hints of chocolate and toffee.

Mouthfeel is medium, with a fine carbonation. Drinkability is great, the alcohol is hidden exceptionally well.

Overall, yet another solid offering from Victory. Before I had this, I had plans of buying a bunch for cellaring, but I just don't think this would benefit much from cellaring. It's a little watery, and the flavors could be much more pronounced. Still, it's a very good baltic porter, and I'm glad I tried it.

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Photo of Risser09
4.2/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle poured into a Riedel goblet - 2007 bottling - Fridge temp

Appearance: Pours pitch black with a 2" tan head. Decent retention, minimal lacing.

Smell: Musty toasted malt, robust coffee and some cocoa nibs. Earthiness of leather and tobacco.

Taste: Sugary espresso and lots of silky dark chocolate. I love the chocolate flavor of the brew. It is much richer than the aroma leads you to believe. Fantastic.

Mouthfeel: Creamy smooth with lots of decadence. Some bitterness from the chocolate flavors.

Drinkability: The got surprisingly better from what I remember tasting upon it's release. Still not as good as Perkuno's Hammer. A good brew!

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Photo of Murchmac
3.56/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Shout out to ncvbc for putting this in a trade.

Pours from the bomber into a glass well if you dont spill it. Dark opaque, a coffee head that quickly goes away. Chocolate Thunder.

Not much of a smell. Faint coffee, raisins, some stingy alcohol smell. Was hoping for more of a smell.

Not a bad taste. Gets better as it warms. Burnt sugars, chocolate taste. Cocoa, caramel, some hops at the end? or alcohol? Maybe alcohol soaked hops? Stingy either way.

Mouthfeel is kinda weak. Was expecting more, but maybe I shouldnt. More carbonation than i'd want from a porter.

Overall not a bad beer, there are better ones. This beer is the equivalent of blue balls.

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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

Thanks to smellysell for this beer. Been wanting to try this ever since I heard that Victory was making it. I only had one chance to try Perkuno's Hammer and It definitely on the old side, but it was obvious it would have been great fresh.

Pours a dark brown with ruby highlights and a thin quarter inch head that fades quickly to a thin ring. The resulting lace is thin, only leaving little specks of foam behind.

Smell; mildly roasted malts with a little bit of molasses and brown sugar. Some dark fruits are evident, but it's hard to discern any particular ones, and touch of coffee to top it all off. Despite the higher abv, it's not noticeable in the aroma.

Taste; the fruitiness is a bit more defined in the flavor with a bit of raisins and dates that mix very well with the brown sugar and molasses. The roasted malts stay on the mild side, and without a real hop presence, there's not much bitterness in here. Overall I have to stay this is very much on the tame side, and while not quite what I was hoping for, still a very enjoyable beer.

Mouthfee is medium bodied with a relatively low carbonation, and a good drinkability.

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

Poured a .5 liter bottle into my Spanten-Franziskanerbrau Happy Holidays glass (been waiting to use this glass) .5 liter glass.

Pours a very dark brew with a fluffy tan head that quickly leaves as you drink - some decent lacing.

Smells of burnt (or smoked) malts and maybe some caramel & Chocolate.

The brew has a very carbonated taste and mouth feel with a taste of chocolate and a hint of sweet caramel, smokey flavor.

The brew has no noticeable presence of alcohol in its taste, and at 8.5% alc that is very nice. The beer has an almost overwhelming bubbly mouth feel to me - maybe its just me.

Good brew - Yet another stellar beer from Victory.

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Photo of bigdeuce
4.12/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is one hell of a beer. Nice creamy head, disappates quickly, however. Dark roasty malts on the palate, with a good balance of hops on the back end. Strong as hell. Black color on the pour, some frosted coffee on the nose. Dark chocolate also on the palate. Well balanced beer, needs to come in sixers.

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Photo of arlingtonjoe
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

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

Pours a clear very dark brown with a good sized head. Nice lacing on the surface. Smell is malty with fruit notes. Toffee. Taste is sweet. Caramel and dark fruit flavors. A little balancing earthy hop bitterness in the finish provide some balance. Quite tasty. Full bodied with a creamy mouthfeel. Easy to drink. Very nice overall.

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Photo of vacax
3.38/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours very dark brown with a thick tan head. Good retention, low lacing. Aroma has tootsie rolls, chocolate, cranberry, apple pie, and earthy hops.

Flavor is initially sweet, cidery and a touch chocolatey, with a moderate earthy hops bite. The earthy quality sticks, then the finish has a roasted character. Good, though surprisingly light and simple for a baltic porter. Fairly approachable considering the ABV. Mouthfeel is medium and silky with lively carbonation. As the beer warms the carbonation drops off and the feel is increasingly creamy.

This is decently tasty, but not as complex as expected. Easy drinking considering the 8.5% ABV. An enjoyable beer, just not something I would prioritize in my beer drinking agenda. Worth trying.

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Photo of wilfonzo
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of timtim
4.13/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

deep, dark, mahogany black with a nice, light tan head that holds very well and leaves nice lace. nose is roasty malt, a lager yeasty smell, some sweetness (dark fruit/toffeeish), and a faint but pretty, hop scent. well balanced, and good representation of the style. a little thinner than i would have hoped for, but smooth and very enjoyable. i detect almost no booze in the taste or finish except a little warming sensation as it goes down. dangerously drinkable. i like this new baltic porter trend. gogo victory.

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Photo of vicsju1991
5/5  rDev +29.2%

Photo of pants678
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The deepest brown, no head to speak of just a light beige.

The hops come off first then toffee, coffee--sorta mocha-y.

Same as the nose, the hops are prominent. So bitter it's hard to to tell the back from the font, not necessarily bad. A lack of chocolate, nuts and toffee are most prevalent. Hits the edges of the tongue and it's quite pungent. Not staining, but striking.

The hop presence keeps the weight down. For a porter, I could keep this glass full.

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

Another yummy brew from Victory; in this case, the complex baltic porter. First, we have the expected billowing head at the initial pour (from a bomber) afterwhich we see a slight dissipation into opaque darkness tinted with small bits of rubies. No lacing here folks, so let's move along to the aroma. Here we detect subtle molasses that invites without being too cloying.

Additionally, we can taste a light hint of toffee that is supported by a minimal wad of chewy malt. My recommendation is to let it sit for a while for maximum affect. The finite degree of temperature is the thing in this case.

The mouthfeel consists of a malty balance that offers a toasty biscuitiness. (This is the only forum that allows me to use the term "biscuitiness.")

This is a fine beer from an always dependable brewer. While, I would not quaff this as a supplement to a hot day of mowing the lawn, it will definitely go well on any cold winter night - unless you tend your lawn on a winter night. Enjoy!

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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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