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Average Review High Score Low Score Reviews Tried Consumed
60 78 50 5 17 5
Baltic Thunder by Victory Brewing Company
Baltic Porter
8.50 % ABV

Review by joe1510 on 05/13/10  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
56 2 7 11 3 5 2010
22oz Bomber
Wine Warehouse, Charlottesville

Victory's Baltic Thunder pours the darkest of browns with a hint of garnet showing through thinly along the sides of the glass. When backlit this beer lightens considerably with bright mahogany highlights throughout. The beige head grew to two fingers on the pour and quickly fell to a skim coat, a few seconds later there was nothing but a couple tiny islands of foam here and there with a small ring around the glass. The lack of head is a disappointment on this beer.

The aroma doesn't quite live up to that of a Baltic Porter. There's a subtle roastiness, as a matter of fact the entire aroma of this beer is subtle instead of the big robust aroma I like to find in the style. Mild dark fruits like plum and blackberry show up ghost-like but don't make much of a stand. Floral hops are noticeable, although mild, and bring some of that tea leaf like quality to the aroma.

The flavor follows the aroma pretty closely although there is a little more complexity involved. Roasty malts bring about a somewhat watery coffee bitterness as quick flashes of dark chocolate and barely noticeable dark berries. There's fusel alcohol that warms the throat and the nose after each sip. The flavors are a little on the weak side while the alcohol is a little on the big side.

The mouthfeel isn't bad but isn't where it should be. There's not enough chewiness or density to the body to fit the style of beer. The carbonation feels lazy while the body feels much too light.

This bomber goes down easy enough but that's plenty for me in a sitting. The alcohol is a little too noticeable for the subtle flavors, subtle for a Baltic Porter.

I have been looking forward to this beer since it's been released. I've had my eye on the Heavyweight version since I've joined this site and was expecting a lot out of this beer. I have to say I was let down. Baltic Thunder doesn't live up to Victory standards or the standards of the few Heavyweights I've sampled.

Reviewed: 10/26/08

Price: $5.49 Served In: Snifter

Review by tavernjef on 01/01/10  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
78 3 8 16 4 8 2009
Deep cooked cinnamon brown color with dark amber reddish highlights. Small puffy beige capping of foam stands briefly before fading to a solid collared ring. A few large drippy strings of lace try their best to stick to the glass but slowly slide down into the collar leaving a glaring impression of glaze.

Soft aroma of sweet roasty malts and lighter yet nuts and cocoa.

Flavors are pretty nice as it really unfolds more like a milk stout or porter then Baltic. Soft and round dark malt with deep yet delicate roastyness and a smooth sweetness mixing in well with some milk chocolate. Midrange is nice as it gains some nice nutty sweetness and some mapley tang. Cocoa finish with superb drying softness and dashing with a slight cinnamon, molasses, and nutmeg spice.

Soft and smooth feel and body with a substantial medium character that lasts well and gathers some decent middle ground and finishes with a light likeable complexity. Again, the texture and tone is more akin to a milk stout or porter. I like the simplicity it offers, but as Baltics go this needs a whole nother level of malt to it and another level of dark tang.

Baltic Thunder drinks well for sure as its soft milky smoothness and airy drying complexity offers a tasty and manageable beery treat. Sure, not quite the Baltic it could be but is quite nice as is; no matter what the style differences may calculate.

Price: $7.00 Served In: Pint Glass

Review by SAP on 08/08/08  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
66 3 8 12 3 7 2008
Enjoy by Date January 2009; Sampled August 2008
A vigorous pour yields a three-finger thick, lightly browned, full tan colored head in my 25cl tulip glass. The beer is almost black and when held up to the light shows a brilliantly clear, dark ruby hue. Rich notes of blackened toffee, molasses, some tamari, broiled raisins, at times some notes of candied cherries and candied figs are lightly offset by toasty notes of toasted grain, a medium roast coffee and a slight vegetal note that I sometimes get from roast grain. I definitely like the mix of concentrated, dark fruit and dark sugars that is found here in the aroma.

Rich and creamy up front with a touch of carbonation that lightens things up a bit in the middle. This is actually somewhat light feeling, as it does not have a huge body, but does have enough of one to feel a bit viscous and to allow it to stick to the palate a bit. Lightly sweet tasting, but not overly so, this accents rich fruit flavors, some touches of chocolate, a spike of molasses and a rich, dark, almost burnt, but not quite, caramel note. Fruit flavors are not as accentuated as in the aroma (due to the reduced perception of sweetness in the flavor compared to the nose), but still play a significant role in the flavor with notes of toasted figs, caramelized raisins, some prune notes and something a bit like chalky blueberries. Other flavors of chocolate beans, dusty light roast coffee, cocoa and some concentrated malt notes that lean towards an umami richness that is a bit like tamari or a hint of soy.

This beer is actually quite quaffable, which can be a little dangerous in a beer of this strength. A tasty beer, but it perhaps doesn't quite live up to the original; perhaps it is that extra 1/2% of attenuation, as this seems like it could have used just a touch more body and malt richness.

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by seaoflament on 05/07/08  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
50 2 7 9 2 5 2008
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.

Tastes 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.

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by Tip Top on 05/02/08  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
52 2 7 10 2 5 2008
A - Body is dark brown. Shows clean and clear with bright garnet highlights when brought to the light. Lighter, cleaner body than I expected really. Head started small, fizzy, and light brown. Gone in an instant with a light beige ring around the glass remaining.

S - Root beer? Strong black licorice. Lots of red fruit sweetness. I keep looking for some dark malt notes of chocolate or some roastiness, but keep coming up empty.

T - Starts off with grape juice. Quickly moves to a strong red fruit sweetness with cherry syrup very up front and center. Big time black jelly bean all over towards the end. Root beer. I am still trying to figure this out. Only for an instant can I get the lightest faint hint of cocoa.

M - Medium bodied. Thin for the style. Carbonation is super low.

Overall - Well, this is about as far from the mark of what I expected as it possibly could have been. Sweet and thin rather than rich and thick. Strangely, I thought this was supposed to be the recipe they bought from Heavyweight for Perkuno's Hammer. It tastes nothing like it. Disappointed.

Served In: Snifter

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