Dominion Baltic Porter | Old Dominion Brewing Company

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Dominion Baltic PorterDominion Baltic Porter

Brewed by:
Old Dominion Brewing Company
Delaware, United States

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!

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

Let it warm a bit after pouring for the traits to emerge.

A= near black brown; very little head if any when poured carefully. Minimal rimming and then none. Very little carbonation activity.

S= interesting and unusual compared to the general run of craft stouts these days. Maybe bready-rye, slight hint of anise/hyssop in the predominant toasty chocolate malts. A whiff of more Turkish chocolate taffy here and there.

T= dry bitterness more so from toasted malts than hops, in fact I'm having trouble finding hops in here. Very nice and interesting, a bit lacking on carbonation however. Some rye pumpernickel bready notes. For its titular claim as a "Baltic Porter," though, it's far too tame. But I see it's listed as an "American Porter"-- titular mis-labeling seems to be getting popular these days.

M= dry and also very slightly sour. Almost numbing on the palate for some reason. In fact, my entire mouth seems slowly becoming numb for some odd reason! Acck! Not detracting, however-- just odd and interesting.

D= decent, could have a few.

As far as local/regional beers, however, I'll take Flying Dog Gonzo Porter any day over this.

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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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Photo of CuriousMonk
3/5  rDev -20%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a deep dark charcoal brown near black with a nice lasting tight beige head. Aroma is lightly hopped, a touch of mint and pine over big chocolate malts, smooth nutty sweetness, toast, and light burnt hint with a touch of diacetyl. Flavor is clean, with good chocolate hints, roast, toffee moderate sweetness and a light leathery earthy finish to dry it out some. But something was lacking from this porter.

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Photo of L4t3rg4t3r
3.88/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

As other recent reviewers have noted, the bottle states that the intended style is Baltic Porter, and that the ABV for this year's version is 6.8%.

A= Pours nearly jet black into the glass. Nice brown head speaks to pretty good carbonation. Lacing clings to the side of the glass.

S=Roasted coffee, some dark cocoa, faintly chalky.

M=Medium, the carbonation is present and keeps the beer from feeling to heavy.

T= Like it smells. Some cold coffee and faint hints of cocoa. As it warms I am detecting a bit of liquorish. The roasted malts leave a nice mildly astringent aftertaste.

Overall, a solid example of the style. Well balanced and not too crazy, this is an approachable offering that would serve as a good introduction to Baltic Porters.

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Photo of jc85
2.95/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz into a pint glass.

Appearance- Pours a opaque black, that lets very little light in. An aggressive pour yielded a very weak head that went away quickly.

Smell- Smells like licorice and chocolate, smells a little like medicine.

Taste- Not a bad taste, the chocolate and roasted malts comes through more in the taste than in the smell.

Mouthfeel- Medium to light body, not very carbonated. I wish it were heavier.

Drinkability- Overall this is an alright beer. Not great, but not a drainpour either. I could probably kick back a few of these in a night, but I dont think I will buy another sixer of these.

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Photo of Traquairlover
3.95/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is the 2010 vintage which weighs in at 6.5% ABV (less than the 7% in the database). At the time of this review it is also filed as an American Porter. However, it is clearly intended to be a Baltic Porter as its label discusses (including being brewed with bottom fermenting yeast). I have reviewed it as such pending a change to the BA database.

A = Very dark mahogany in color and quite thick in appearance during the pour. Around the edges and bottom of the glass you can see a nice ruby red coloration. Forms a 1/2 inch mocha colored head mostly of foam with a few larger bubbles; after a few minutes that has receded into a thin surface covering.

S = Quite a bit of milk chocolate, sweet smells of fresh cooked dinner rolls, light traces of maple syrup with hints of roasted chestnuts, very light traces of pine and mulling spices.

T = This is a very tasty beer. Most of the scents in the aroma are found in the taste and there is a crisp, light bite that I think arises from the yeast, more bitterness on the tongue than was apparent in the smell, but still a well balanced to even sweet beer. The chocolate flavors are perhaps closer to cocoa powder than the milk chocolate smells; they do predominate from tip of the tongue to back of the throat though. Everything else is an accent added to their base. There are hints of well browned toast, pine trees, orange rind, cinnamon. Quite complex.

M = Medium bodied, with good mouthcoating, fairly light carbonation but enough to give just a bit of a stinging sensation in the middle of the tongue.

D = The drinkability on this one is pretty high. It taste good, feels okay and goes down quite easily.

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Photo of Ego
3.37/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

brought back from my trip to the cliffs of calvert county...
bottled date: 10.27.2010

the head fizzles into obscurity in a flash of sizzle, no head to speak of after that (on par for the style), almost opaque dark brown hue, minimal legs drape the sides of the glass, looks very much your standard fare baltic porter

nice roast notes, hints of cocoa and old burnt wood (the must not the smoke), candy bar chewy smell, straight forward - not a bad thing a'tall

taste etc...
little to no carbonation as expected, the flavors don't seem to develop until way late in the after taste, slight warming from the alcohol, you have to really let this take residence on your tongue to get much out of it, even then the roasty quality that adorns the nose is only barely noticeable The malts are also a bit subdued for my liking. Weight wise this seems a little thin for a porter.

not a bad beer, a bit lacking in spots, worth trying if it is easy to obtain.

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

The beer is a very dark brown, mahagony color with a small light brown head which does not stay for long. Very typical for this kind of beer.
The smell invites to coffee,chocolate, caramel and roasted malts.
As soon as you taste the beer those flavors are confirmed in the beginning with chocolate and coffee, than turning sweeter into caramel and brown sugar, but being checked by the bittersweetness of hops. Nice medium body almost a little creamy mouhfeel.Maybe just a little more carbonation would do the beer good.A very drinkable winterbrew. Very good job.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a moderately dark brown color with a tan head. Nose is of caramel, a bit if roast, chocolate, and dark fruits. The taste is mildly fruity with some darker flavors taking the front. Good feel with good carbonation and a bt of heat. Drinks well bt fairly ordinary.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.22/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A mildly rough pour brings up a bit of a head, but not much. It's a frothy lid of dark tan atop an almost black dark mahogany brown. As might be expected, the short head dwindles away fairly quickly and leaves only tiny spots of lace behind. Perhaps part of that is the alcohol at work; and for sure it needs a bit of a rougher pour.

The aroma is pleasant and welcoming with a nice bit of coffee-like roastiness and an edge of caramel and chocolate.

In the mouth it's medium/full in body, and malty with just a gentle sweep of carbonation across the tongue. For the style it's on the lower end of body, and having said that, a bit more carb might have helped out the head, but it would certainly have hindered the mouthfeel. Quite nice, creamy and smooth.

The flavor is as the nose suggests with a bit more complexity. It delivers a soft coffee-like roastiness upfront along with some nuttiness, cocoa, and dark caramel. Across the middle it suggests brown sugar, a hint of leafy hops, a flicker of dark fruit, and then some burnt sugar as it heads into the finish with more nuttiness, a bitter roastiness, and a swirl of leafy hops. It lingers in the mouth with a hint of smokiness. It's malty but it's not sweet. There are some sweeter notes to it, but there's also an underlying bitterness that keeps it in check along with the subtly roasty edge. It's nicely balanced and fairly complex. It could be a bit fuller for the style, but it's certainly not out of spec.

As to drinkability it holds up remarkably well. The flavors are not so powerful that you've discovered all of its nuances within the first half of the glass, nor is it so powerful that you've blanketed your palate or become tired of it. It's maltiness is not overdone, nor is it underdone; and it's quite smooth across the palate. It's actually a really nice beer. Well worth trying!

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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 dirtylou
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, shipped by blackness

bottled 10/22/09

appearance: served in a great dane imperial pint glass, dark mahogany body with a creamy tan head and light retention

smell: creamy caramel, milk chocolate, roasted malts, raisin and dark fruit

taste: creamy baltic porter - chocolate covered raisins, caramel swirls, dry roasty base. lacks the overall complexity of some of the heavy hitters for the style, but still an enjoyable offering

mouthfeel: creamy, chewy caramel

drinkability: good

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Photo of beer2day
3.97/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lucky enough to have on tap at my local.

Dark, dark brown pour. Virtually no head, nothing to retain, and very faint viscous lacing.

Nose if chocolate and roasted malt. Very appropriate for the style.

Very dry profile. Roasted malt dominates. Vanilla sneaks in on the back end lending a slight sweetness.

Feel is a little thick for a porter, but that's a plus for me. Nice malt body to go with the rich flavor. Coffee and weak caramel toffee kick in, too.

Very easy to drink and hides the abv extremely well.

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Photo of theozag
3.16/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

first review since i returned from Operation Iraqi Freedom. I guess now I'm really back!

faint coffee and chocolate smells waft up from the empty bottle and glass.

the beer itself is opaque, clear, and very black in color. a mahogany-colored edge around the shallow angles gives the beer a bit of a unique appearance. the sand-colored head never builds very much on the top of the glass, and it fades to a white halo around the black beer in less than a minute.

every flavor i experienced in this beer was incredibly sharp. the drink starts mellow enough with some wood and chocolate notes. like any good porter, though, the experience comes in when the brew settles on your pallete. there i found a medium body and exceptionally strong bitters. i like a bitter beer (a lot) but honestly it was too much for me. the wood becomes an oak note (similar to a good tennessee whiskey) and just keeps getting stronger and more distinct. when you first swallow, the finish is almost painful. in a way, your mouth gets used to it before too long, but it's still one of the strongest beers i've ever tried.

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Photo of goldbot
3.92/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle.

Opaque brown to black and ruby around the edges. Thin beige head, minimal lacing.

Smells of some chocolate and strong fruity notes. Raisins and more, can't pin it down too much. Some hoppy aromas present as well. Tastes of more chocolate, slightly astringent. There some more fruit as well but more subdued. A surprising, though slight alcohol warmth. Finishes with slight hoppy bitterness.

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Photo of drizzam
3.83/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to my buddy Skye for hooking me up with a regional brew I'm unable to get in WI.

A - Poured a clear but very dark brown color with ruby red highlights when held up to a bright light. Nice fluffy tan head with good retention. Wispy lacing was left down the inside of the glass.

S - Not the most aromatic brew, what I did get from the nose was a malt base with hints of buttery toffee and maybe an ever so slight hint of vanilla. Seems like I could smell a bit of alcohol in the nose as well.

T & M - The taste certainly outperformed the nose. The malty backbone plays well with the chocolate and toffee flavors. A bit of alcohol kick toward the back end, along with a slight hop bitterness. The mouthfeel seemed a little light to me, maybe even a bit watery.

D - Overall, a very solid brew, and one I'm glad to have had the opportunity to partake. A solid offering from Old Dominion. I would recommend it to my BA friends.

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Photo of tattooedtolley
4.2/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nearly black. Nose is mainly roasted malt with a bit of sweetness. The taste shocked the hell out of me. I honestly didn't expect much as I'm not overly hot on OD these days but this beer is money. Its got a bigger body than most crisp baltic porters, its a bit more substantial, big enough roasted malt to know its a porter and the sweetness is subtle enough for me. If this thing was hopped up a hair, I think it would be incredible. Well done, OD, I'm not going to be so hesitant from now on to try new things from you.

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Photo of wahhmaster
3.59/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Guinness-branded tulip pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a jet black color. It has a thin, tan head that dissipates quickly and leaves little lacing on the glass.

Smell: Strong smells of coffee and roasted malts come out in the aroma.

Taste: Starts off chocolaty and finishes with a coffee/roasted malt flavor. Has a moderate hoppy bitterness to it as well.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with a large amount of carbonation. Goes down pretty smooth, however.

Drinkability: A decent porter. I was expecting more from this beer, however. For something billed as a Baltic Porter, I was expecting a bit more complexity to it. Regardless, this is a decent beer and a good winter seasonal.

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

I had this winter warmer, ideally, during the Blizzard in D.C. It poured a dark chocolate brown with a brownish head.

The smell was of deep, roasted malt with a bit of hop and alcohol aroma in the mix as well. The taste had a rich, roasted body and a medium hop flavor that was well balanced. There was only a hint of the 6.8% ABV present. The carbonation was light/medium and the mouthfeel was medium/thick.

Altogether, this was a solid porter that was a bit on the stronger side. It was a nice showing from ODB, although I would've liked to have seen it brewed & bottled in VA instead of DE. This is a nice winter beer and I will definitely buy more.

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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 clayrock81
3.58/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a dark, almost black body with a tan head on top of a stoutish smell of roasted malts, coffee, toffee and hints of dark chocolate. A smooth, creamy, stick medium almost full body that has a sweet taste of chocolate and a tad vanilla as well as a mix of roasted and toffee malts. Gives off a balance as it is smooth and passes easily but finishes crisp and dry. A duller than top notch porter but still a good beer that is enjoyable and will pick you up in the winter.

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

12 ounce bottle - $1.49 at Hop City in Atlanta, Georgia. Bottling Date: 10/20/09.

Appearance: Pours out a tremendously dark brown body with well-sized, foamy, light beige head.

Smell: Dark, roasty malts with a thin whiff of smoke. Black licorice, coffee, dark fruits, and far lesser note of chocolate are also on hand this evening.

Taste: Flavorful dark maltiness touched up with a pop of roast and tastes of licorice, chilled espresso, and dark chocolate powder with a restrained level of sweetness. Small bit of spice in there. Smoked, candied prunes for some background fruitiness. No big hop profile leaping out at me (not that I was ever expecting one), with any available bitterness coming from those darkened grains. As it begins to warm, a toasty quality slides into place as well. Finishes with just light, final touches of sweetness, roastiness, and fruitiness.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Pleasantly smooth mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Surprisingly, it's not half bad! That recent Beach House whatever was a complete dud for me, and their Oktoberfest was so-so, so I was a little hesitant in regards to this winter seasonal, but here I am, enjoying this bottle while watching Blade Runner. It's smooth and easily drinkable with a nice dark maltiness, like a poor man's Kalamazoo Stout.

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Photo of glid02
3.85/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased from Hop City in Atlanta.

Pours a dark brown color with a half-finger light brown head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving light lacing.

Smells of roasted malts with a touch of smokiness. Also present are hints of dark chocolate.

Tastes good. Strong roasted malt flavors up front are joined quickly by hints of smoked malt and coffee grounds. Midway through the sip a hint of semi-sweet chocolate makes an appearance and carries through to a solidly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a solid thickness with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I finished the bottle without a problem and could have another.

Overall this was a good beer and I was a fan of the light smokiness. Worth a shot.

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Photo of BeerBelcher
3.96/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Quite solid. A nice Baltic Porter. Dry roastiness that is clean but not overpowering. Body is dark, and head is plentiful. The beer had this cool nitro-tap look to it when I poured it - tan head on top, but a level of raging-rising bubbles below the head and above the body. Aroma is dry roasty and slightly sweet and is reminiscent of not overly-bitter coffee. Flavor is a touch sweet and milky, but mostly dry and roasty. Mouthfeel is a touch slick for this style, but still quite pleasant.

This beer pleasantly surprised me. I bought a six-pack at the brand-new Wegman's in Dulles/Sterling, VA.

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Dominion Baltic Porter from Old Dominion Brewing Company
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