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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.


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
nhorween (645) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 4, 2008
22 ounce. Reddish coffee colored pour, not opaque, beige head. Aroma of cherries, dark chocolate, caramel malt, hint of alcohol. Semi-sweet smelling. Medium with a finish just like really dark chocolate - more in astringency than in actual flavor. Sort of an unsweetened cranberry/cherry type flavor. Some bitterness. Overall, I think I like Perkuno’s Hammer more - seemed more complex to me then, but I’ve had quite a few beers between then and now. Definitely worth having.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
pforei (338) - USA - FEB 4, 2008
Dark body with tan head. Mild aroma of roasted chocolate caramel and dark fruit. Sweet molasses and milk chocolate taste with more hops than typicallly found in the style.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
rajendra82 (951) - Alpharetta, Georgia, USA - FEB 3, 2008
Solid black in color, and opaque, the body had a smallish head, and unlike several other Baltic Porters I’ve sampled, the head was not brown in color. The smell was roasty and somewhat hoppy. Some chocolate aroma was present, but it was mostly light. The taste was sweet and sour in a classic Porter manner. Chocolate was more prominent in the taste as were notes of lightly roasted coffee. The astringency was mild, but the carbonation was a little prickly. Well done representation of the style IMHO.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheBeerGod (5224) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - FEB 3, 2008
Bottle. Very dark brown to near black opaque pour. Small tan head. Roasted malts, dark choco notes, toffee, plums and molasses in the nose. Taste is hoppy but still sweet with more molasses, toffee, dark chocolate, and roasted malts. Light alcohol as well. Body is creamy and chewy with a medium-full feel and a moderate carbonation. Light alcohol warmth. Ends with more roasted malts, molasses, toffee, and dark chocolate. More hops come through here as well as some dark fruit flavors. Very nice!

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
axilla (962) - New Providence, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 3, 2008
Tap at Drafting Room Exton. Pours a somewhat opague black with some brown notes around the edges and a small beige head. Aroma is moslty roasted malts with some chocolate notes and dark fruits. Flavors are coffee, bitter baker’s chocolate, some mild toffee, dark fruits, and a mild alcohol bite. Very nice palate though w/o being super thick.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mgumby10 (1856) - Jupiter, Florida, USA - FEB 3, 2008
TheCheeseman strikes again! Pours dark brown, with a smallish light brown head. Smells of mild caramel malts, light chocolate, and mild roast. The flavor is bigger on the chocolate wih a silky smoothness to it. Light bitter alcohol presence was evident throughout. Defnitely got some heat in the finish. Solid baltic porter.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
dmac (3998) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - FEB 3, 2008
22oz bomber purchased at Spirits RB. Pours a deep dark ruby red aound the outer most edges with a solid brown center mass and a fizzy slightly off white head. Aroma became drastically sweeter as the beer warmed but initially there were notes of espresso beans, chocolate and floral notes. Thin bodied with fizzy carbonation which was slightly distracting and not what I was hoping for. Flavor of chocolate, espresso, a slight fruitiness yet a hop bitter finish. Very appropriate that I was sipping a Victory as i watched Ricard Almeida go on to a first round submission victory in his UFC re-debut.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
SSSteve (3755) - - FEB 2, 2008
black with a small brown head. aroma of roasted malts and coffee with some dark fruits. flavor is bitter coffee, chocolate, plum, cherry. medium bodied. very nice fruit and dark roast blend. pretty good.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jrob21 (2531) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - FEB 2, 2008
Big creamy tasting off white head. Nice roasted malt aromas and flavors that kick this porter up a notch. Get you some caramel in this one. The finish has a faint fruity hop bitterness that I did not expect but am pleasantly surprised by.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hophead75 (2008) - Largo, Florida, USA - FEB 2, 2008
22 oz Bottle. Very dark brown in color with a tan head. Aroma is malty with coffee, and light fruity esters. Taste: Coffee/light roast up front, with some fruity esters, lighty yeasty with some bread. Medium bodied, and light to moderate amount of sweetness with a moderate bitterness in the finish. Good, but I think I might like the original better.


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