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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 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
valpoaj (634) - 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!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
ttutony (660) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 25, 2013
Coffee and chocolate malt aroma. Medium brown in the glass. Quite smooth on the palate. Rich mouthfeel. Lingering chocolate and coffee finish. Well done.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
annunz123 (862) - Taunton, Massachusetts, USA - APR 12, 2013
Vegetable aroma breathes off after a bit leaving caramel, molasses, and dark fruit. Sweet flavor caramel and some coffee bitterness. Sweet, toffee finish with just a little drying alcohol. Really, really good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
lachrymalisis (387) - Pennsylvania, USA - APR 5, 2013
great example of the style. big chocolate, fruity-roast aromas and flavors all over this beer. lots of creamy body, goes down very smooth, virtually no alcohol burn,

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
brian60625 (742) - Illinois, USA - MAR 30, 2013
22 ounce bottle. Roast flavor aspects pop out and there’s some spicy chile that gives it some sizzle on top of the noticeable abv character. Dark tan color, thin residue on top but minimal lacing and low levels of foam. Aroma is negligible, maybe there’s a minor amount of toasted oats in the nose. Palate is notably light and there’s an above average dose of carbonation for a porter. Overall, not bad, but not exceptional either...I’d rather have this in a taster glass in a brewpub than a 22 ounce bottle.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Frothmeister (559) - Ontario, CANADA - MAR 20, 2013
1pint 6 oz bottle. Pours a dark ruby brown with a tan head. Vanilla, cocoa, espresso, faint red fruit, faint caramel, and dark malt notes on the nose. Medium bodied, and flavourful the taste has molasses, espresso, a slight fruity tang, chocolate, caramel, faint smoke, alcohol, and finishes big. I love this porter. Easy drinking, and the alcohol is hidden well. Awesome. I’ll definitely pick up another next time I’m in the US.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Mittenator (1309) - Michigan, USA - MAR 16, 2013
Bottle. Deep brown with red. Caramel and toffee aromas and flavor. Also tart and astringent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
phikus01 (103) - New York, USA - MAR 9, 2013
Something different, smooth black clean mocha with maybe some currant subtlety

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SoberDave (135) - Ontario, CANADA - MAR 7, 2013
Pours dark with a sweet aroma. Taste of toffee and bitter roasts and coffee. Very smooth and delightful.

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