Dominion Baltic Porter | Old Dominion Brewing Company

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Dominion Baltic PorterDominion Baltic Porter
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Old Dominion Brewing Company
Delaware, United States
olddominion.com

Style: Baltic Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.80%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
Dominion Baltic Porter is brewed to meet your need for warmth on a cold winter’s night. Hints of licorice, toffee & chocolate mingle with a touch of Rye giving our Porter a full-bodied taste. Raise your mug to those who were bold enough to brave the Baltic!

Added by VaTechHopHead on 11-15-2008

BEER STATS
Ratings:
230
Reviews:
111
Avg:
3.75
pDev:
10.4%
 
 
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5
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Ratings: 230 |  Reviews: 111
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5/5  rDev +33.3%

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4.75/5  rDev +26.7%

Photo of esurreal
4.62/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

this beer cuts through. Sometimes a brew tastes amazing up front, but falls short half way through and doesn't taste like anything. This beer always keeps it's hoppy bitterness meets touch of molasses sweetness. You'll always have a nice taste in your mouth when drinking this brew. It's similar to terrapin's india ale. It lingers longer though.

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Photo of cdkrenz
4.52/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks Rob for the brew!

A - Jet brown body, nearing black. The head has some solid stamina starting out at a half inch and maintaining very well in a tint of tan.

S - Mild chocolate and a rich, yet subtle coffee flavor.

T - The flavor of long roasted grains are evident throughout. There is a deep coffee and chocolate ending to this brew. The finish has a slight hop but nothing overwhelming.

M - The texture of this porter is very unique. I'm going to attribute that to the lager yeast used to create this porter. It has a smooth milky touch, yet it's light and airy.

~ I'm very impressed with this beer. I really appreciate the way this porter is crafted. I recommend this brew to all porter fans.

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4.5/5  rDev +20%

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4.5/5  rDev +20%

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4.5/5  rDev +20%

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4.5/5  rDev +20%

Photo of wisrarebeer
4.5/5  rDev +20%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Well, unfortunately one of the last from a great brewery.

A: nice deep copper/brown color
S: rich, chocolate, treacle toffee
T: very nice, perfect for Baltic Porter with not too much hops as in other breweries, chewy, chocolate, burnt malt
M: velvety smooth
D: divinely good

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4.5/5  rDev +20%

Photo of tanousa
4.5/5  rDev +20%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Nice tan color , thin head that dissapears fast, still leaves a nie lacing to enjoy

S- deep roasted coffee and malts , hints of chocolate and molasses.

T- Again , molasses, chocolate and dark fruits to taste in this awesome porter.

M- Nice body, midium carbonation , nicely done.

D- Rich, beautiful beer, really enjoyed and was ready for more...I need to get a six pack of this gem!

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Photo of Cyberkedi
4.45/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours an opaque dark chocolate brown with a thick tan head. Rich aroma is chocolaty with smoky, nutty and coffee hints. Flavor is like a fine chilled mocha, mainly of chocolate and coffee with smoky, nutty and molasses touches. Texture is smooth, fizzy and lively - a winner.

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Photo of ViveLaChouffe
4.42/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured 12/2009

Pours black as night with a thin brown head that quickly evaporates to nothing at all. Smells of roasty malt, mixed with dark fruit and a just hint of smoke.

No surprises in the mouth as it reflects the nose almost perfectly. Roasty and dark fruit (raisiny) with a fairly chewy body but creamy as well. The roasted malt and fruit mix nicely and the creamy texture makes it go down smooth. The alcohol sneaks up on you a bit since there's nary a hint of booziness. Creamy, mocha-like finish and a lingering roastiness in the aftertaste.

It's as straightforward as a Baltic Porter can be, balanced the fruitiness and the roastiness well and is smooth as velvet. What's not to like? Six years is a long time to wait between samples...but I think they have improved the recipe since then

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Photo of Nate139
4.4/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Creamy tan head. Black with dark brown around the edges where light barely shines through

S - Strong licorice and chocolate

T - Hit chocolate and toffee upfront, followed by touches of rye and some malty sweetness with hints of caramel, ending with a hint of licorice. warming towards the end from the alcohol.

M - medium body, very smooth

O - Fantastic beer, perfect for a snowy winter day

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Photo of AleWerks
4.38/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Direct from the brewery. This beer was delicious! Very dark color with ruby hues around the edge when held up to the light. Smell was of grain, dark malt, licorice and toffee. Goes down smooth on a cold night. Very easy drinking for 7.2% abv. Taste was rich in grain, malt, and spiciness. Mouthfeel was full, rich, and smooth. I could drink a couple of these. Nice job.

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Photo of mikr
4.34/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Mosstrooper
4.32/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a 16oz Samuel Adams Perfect Pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a coffee color with a small brownish head that dissipates quickly and leaves behind a thin ring of lace.

Smell: Smells of chocolate and toffee with a bit of rye spiciness.

Taste: Begins with a licorice flavor which rounds into chocolate and a hint of toffee, finishing with more of the same and a slight spice from rye. It also has some coffee flavors throughout.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with balanced carbonation and a warming finish.

Drinkability: A very nice and somewhat unique Baltic porter. Definitely a great winter brew, and another great offering from Dominion.

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4.31/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of droomyster
4.3/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I have to admit from the outset that Baltic Porter is one of my favorite styles and have some very specific notions about what this style can and should behave. Pours a dark brown with a small brown head that does not retain well, unlike several others of its class. Smells roasty and (like the back of the bottle says) a bit like black licorice, but is remarkably understated to the point of being uninteresting. The taste, however, will knock your socks off. Full-bodied, well-rounded, extremely complex and layered flavors that make you marvel at every sip. This is extremely tasty. Black licorice? Check. Dark chocolate? Check. Roastiness? Smoke? Expresso? Check, Check, Check! This beer spans the entire Baltic Porter flavor spectrum and does so in a very balanced way. This a suberb beer once you get it to your palate.

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Photo of Shandias
4.3/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I found this beer to be fairly tame in terms of intensity, but very drinkable and enjoyable in the long-term.

Appearance is a nice reddish-purple, a little bit thin but pretty. I found the smell to be savory, almost a bit briny.

Head is quite insubstantial and airy. Weak lacing.

Taste is lovely, a bit on the sweet side with some nice burnt flavors to balance. Cereal-y flavor shines through. Comes on smooth and sticks around for a while; evolves into a sticky bitterness.

Mouthfeel is substantial.

Drinkability is high for me-- this is a beer with a good strong flavor, but not so powerful that you can't enjoy several. Look out for the 7% abv, though.

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4.29/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Won in a bet from friend and fellow BA SwillBilly after the Steelers beat up on his "Skins".
Nice big off white head after a hard pour. Lacing left as it fades.Fairly solid darkness explains the color.
Roasted malts, biscuit, hints of bakers chocolate and nuts in the nose.
Taste is full on the palate...fairly big , full mouthfeel.
Bitter hops present. Taste of roasted grain, chocolate malts and bread.
This beer is very, very good.

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4.26/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Another from the big box o' beer as dropped off by local, in-person trader, tone77.

From the bottle: "Dominion Baltic Porter is a bottom-fermented lager brewed to meet your need for warmth on a cold winter's night. Hints of licorice, toffee & chocolate mingle with German Pilsner, Crystal, Dark Specialty Malts & a touch of Rye giving our Porter a full-bodied taste. Raise your glass to those who were bold enough to brave the Baltic!"; "Winter Brew".

Today might be the first day of Spring according to the calendar, but it is still plenty chilly enough to warrant drinking this beer. My aggro pour raised a finger of dense, deep-tan head with reasonable retention. Color was a deep, dark-brown allowing only a modicum of light to penetrate except around the edges, revealing cola highlights. Nose was rich with notes of dark chocolate, anise, and toffee. Mouthfeel was full and creamy with a very chocolaty/licorice taste on the tongue. Finish was semi-dry and the rye gave it a spicy kick. The lacing that it left behind really covered the glass. While it was not really my choice of style, it was stylistically quite good.

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4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

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Dominion Baltic Porter from Old Dominion Brewing Company
3.75 out of 5 based on 230 ratings.
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