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While Heavyweight Brewing deserves credit for introducing the Baltic porter style to many craft beer fans, this beer from Victory represents an all new recipe fashioned on the experience of Tom's original intense brew. One noteworthy difference is the higher alcohol by volume of Baltic Thunder, 8.5% compared to Heavyweight's, which weighed in at 8%.

An additional distinction is Victory's use of black eyed peas in lieu of Roman beans. Despite these changes, this dark lager still features a reminiscent roasted character that embodies the fullness of toffee, along with subtle fruit flavors derived from its higher temperature fermentation. Long, cold aging tempers this complex beer into a well-rounded delight that warms with its significant alcohol strength. The final packaged product will be released in 25.4 fluid ounce bottles.

"The first brew of Baltic Thunder was magical. Tom and his original co-conspirator on the beer, Lew Bryson, even came here to Victory to assist. Then, while sharing a pint of Baltic Thunder off of the lagering tank a few weeks later with Tom, I swear the spirit of his departed Perkuno was smiling upon our accomplishment," continued Covaleski.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
kathouse (811) - Nevada, USA - SEP 12, 2013
Poured a deep brown with a nice foamy head. The head died down but the aroma didn’t. Lots of biscuit malt, chocolate, and thick toffee. Light to medium body and a good mouthfeel. Sticky caramel flavors meld with the chocolate. Slight fruit and a lingering toasted finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Blairgus (2416) - California, USA - SEP 6, 2013
5 sept 2013, bottle. Ruby brown. Nose is sweet and bready malt. Very pleasant. Thin body and moderately fizzy. Rich toasty malt, some semi sweet chocolate. Very nice. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
JStax (2601) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - AUG 25, 2013
Poured from a 22 ounce bottle into a brandy snifter. Pours a darker brown with a beige head of foam that quickly diminishes. In the aroma I get notes of mocha java, vanilla beans, and toasted nuts. I taste some toasted marshmallow sweetness with a slight roasty bitterness coming through like the finish of a coffee. Thicker body and mouthfeel. Very nice overall. Wouldn’t mind drinking this one more often.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
TheJester (1727) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 13, 2013
650 mL bottle. Kinda wee heavy coloured, with no head. Mild roast and chocolate, and something else. Not sure. Sweet and malty. Interesting how you can tell that this is a lager, not an ale.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
pilgrimoutlaw (702) - Wayne, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 11, 2013
On tap at brewpub. Pours reddish black with than head. Chocolate, toffee, coffee, roast. Moderately sweet and lightly bitter. Medium, creamy body.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
suprchunk (1952) - Crestview, Florida, USA - AUG 5, 2013
Black pour with a big tan head. The head does not last too long. No lacing. Smells of malt, caramel and roasted coffee - slightly. Sweet roasty taste with a bit of caramel in the back. Not bad.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DrSilverworm (5025) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUL 2, 2013
22oz bottle, from Burritos & Beer in Athens, OH, for $5. Enjoy by: 1/07/12, wow.. Dark brown color, thin khaki head. No lace. Some dark chocolate, dark fruit. Some earthy hop; cocoa. Bigger body; lighter, crisp carbonation. Good bittersweet taste. Alcohol reasonably well-hidden, pretty smooth. Hint of acidity. Little chewiness. Good baltic porter... Drank through the whole bomber myself over a game of poker, without much of a problem. I tied for 4th out of 8.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Cantabrian (762) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - JUN 15, 2013
UPDATED: JUN 16, 2013 Interesting beer. Although the label refers to modern versions from Helsinki to Vilnius, I’m sure they could have replaced Vilnius by Puttgarden, as this beer seems to be a much improved attempt to mirror the very mellow German versions of Baltic Porters. The colour is just dark red, thin as a cola, very much like those Lausitzers or Stoertebeckers. Nothing of the oily black of the Polish, Finnish and Swedish porters. The aroma is again very malty, sweet, mellow honey with a touch of hops, warning the drinker of what is to come. But that was a false alarm! The flavour comes indeed as a very balanced, agreeable surprise. Nothing syrupy, as the nose alerted, but an extremely smooth blend of chocolate, malts, maple, licourice, smokiness and a touch of a grassy hops. The beer hides perfectly the high alcoholic level and the thin body does not affect the enjoyment of the experience. This is what the Balitka 6 should have been like.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
valpoaj (613) - Valparaiso, Indiana, USA - JUN 2, 2013
Pours almost black with a thick, fluffy brown head. Aroma is full of malt and chocolate, hints of toffee and caramel. Flavor is chocolate malt, splash of toffee, hint of booze, slight touch of dark fruit - pretty good stuff. Palate is good for the style - a bit richer than some porters, but pretty indicative of the baltic style - but it is lively and engaging. Enjoyable brew overall!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Kimbo419 (19) - - APR 27, 2013
I love this beer!! We get several Victory beers in Texas, but unfortunately not this one. The aroma is sweet with toffee notes. Color is medium brown, small amount of ivory head. Exactly what I would expect a porter to look like. The taste is sweet, with hints of vanilla and toffee that linger on the tongue. Not overly carbonated, which enhances the smooth mouthfull. Just a bit of alcohol in the finish. Equally as exemplary of the style as their Storm King stout (also fantastic). Good thing I have family in PA, but I wish they sold this beer in Texas. If you have a chance to try it, don’t pass it up!

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