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RATINGS: 744   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.62/5   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Mittenator (1612) - 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 (112) - 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 (182) - Escondido, California, USA - MAR 7, 2013
Pours dark with a sweet aroma. Taste of toffee and bitter roasts and coffee. Very smooth and delightful.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BiddleBrau (1168) - Fort Washington, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 13, 2013
Bomber pours deep brown, clear and translucent. Minimal head around the rim of the glass. Aroma is rich, toffee and caramel malt. Tongue is slickly coated with a roasted malt flavor, hint of burnt malt (slight) with a presence of alcohol. This has a sharp bite but the malt profile provides nice balance for a big beer. I wouldn’t consider this a ’winter warmer’ due to the bite from the roasted malt but it is hearty as one would expect from the style and comforting as a result.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BeerHawk (1810) - Huntsville, Alabama, USA - FEB 8, 2013
Bottle. Poured a cola brown with a quick tan head. The aroma and flavor found roasted malt with a backing of brown sugar. Light to medium body and a roasted aftertaste.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
redpooba (404) - Texas, USA - JAN 28, 2013
A dark-reddish ale with a poppy off-white head. Very full bodied with a bit of spice. A bit subtle for a porter, but a lot smoother too. The extra alcohol makes it bright on the tongue. Surprisingly a really nice beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
AWISLguy (2589) - Wisconsin, USA - JAN 27, 2013
Bomber from B&B in Wind Lake. Pours cola colored with reddish highlights and a minimal tan head. Some lacing. A notable amount of below surface carbonation - bottom of the glass continually had bubbles. Aroma has milk chocolate, caramel with molasses and hints of fruit. Taste is of choco/caramel grapes, if that makes sense. 3 strong elements in fairly equal parts to the flavor, and while it grows on you, it also is not as tasty as it could be if it swung harder to 2 of the 3. Somewhat rough but drinkable when you get used to the flavor. Finishes sweet with a bit of a saltiness & bitterness. Hmmmm. Had this a few times over the years and had remembered it as better. Perhaps old, so more vinious - and to the negative??

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 17/20
nyindiansfan (463) - rochester, New York, USA - JAN 25, 2013
Tap to growler. Pours a brien that looks slightly red in light. Fair flat with. No real carb ot head. Coats tongue but fades. Taste smell. Not really A big smelling beer bit roasty some chocolate. Tastes more there chocolate toffee roasted Malts booze flavor. Pretty damn good itsz sweet rather then nasty bitter some porters give. Solid beer loose points just for stupid reasons thin not really good looking but makes up for taste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
solidfunk (7695) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - JAN 19, 2013
Not bad. Pours syrupy looking without any head or lacing. Clear black/dark brown colour. Medium consistency. Aroma of nut mostly, not much else. On tap at Hopcat.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
pmuzz (400) - AUSTRALIA - JAN 10, 2013
I love baltic porters and this is a great example. Good flavours, great balance and just well put together. It does lose points for appearance and it is a little watery, but overall a fantastic beer.

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