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RATINGS: 739   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.62   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
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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.


4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
DeadGuyFrank (347) - http://westchesterbeer.com, USA - JAN 31, 2008
Deep, rich, full flavored stout/porter. Has a interesting mouthfeel, smooth and silky, but robust and somewhat chewy. Rich stout flavors, but not much chocolate. Actually I found the lack of noticeable chocolate undertones aI nice mark of distinction. I have never had a "Baltic porter" before, but I must say it is really a accomplishment for any palate to notice the difference between this style and the imperial style. Regardless of labeling - what we have here is a great beer. It was worth the wait!

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jblendy (519) - Hawthorne, New Jersey, USA - JAN 30, 2008
Pours deep mahogany brown with a thick beige head. Aromas of roasted coffee, some sweet creamy malts, and a bit of smokiness, but overall a bit subdued. Flavors of sweetened coffee and anise right up front, with a bit of molasses and slight notes of caramel and dark bitter chocolate coming through mid-palate. Slightly fruity throughout, and lightly alcoholic towards the finish. Palate is medium, a bit sticky, and slightly alcoholic.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ajm (1063) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JAN 30, 2008
I would go out of my way to drink this again - ESPECIALLY if on tap at the Brick Store in Decatlanta, GA. Great dark, roasted coffee quality, some very dry chocolate notes - but absolutely purged of sweetness. Very relaxing. Moderately smoky.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
dmtroyer (431) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 29, 2008
22oz, Best by Dec 31 08. Fluffy white head on top of a black body that has ruby edges. Aroma seems a bit subdued, I get mostly sweet malt. Body is similar with licorice, sweet malt, caramel, toffee and a bit of alcohol on the finish. Awesome carbonation and a thinner body makes this ridiculously drinkable. A bit sticky. Very interesting.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
PhillyHomeBrew (176) - Forest Hills, New York, USA - JAN 27, 2008
The beer is dark blackish brown with a small brown head. The aroma is qutr interesting with a lot of fruit aroma- cherries. the flavor is a typical porter with a hint of he black-eyed peas.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
3fourths (7797) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JAN 27, 2008
Nose instantly reeks of Cracklin Oat Bran, dog food, bran muffins and chocolate malt. There’s some smaller notes of maple malt and wood in there, but overall this beer starts bad and gets worse over time. Tannic, lactic, vegetal, dry, ashy, pasty. Not exactly good stuff, but I’m glad other people seem to like it.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JohnC (3000) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - JAN 26, 2008
Thanks to eaglefan for getting me this beer. This pours jet black with a one inch (2.5cm) tan head. The body was a bit thinner than I’d expected, it was medium. The aroma has some cherry chocolate notes. The flavor is slightly sweet, with chocolate hints. I was expecting something a bit richer. a good beer, but not quite great.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
keepersj12 (2560) - Sicklerville, New Jersey, USA - JAN 26, 2008
Beautiful black with a creamy tan head. Aroma is subtle fruits and malts. Very rich flavor of coffee and fruits. Very smooth creamy finish leaves you wanting more.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
WeeHeavySD (3359) - San Diego (Hillcrest), Oregon, USA - JAN 26, 2008
Bomber Via Ty5592. Shared with Cyn, she loves Pennsylvania, beer from there doesn’t rate to low either. Pours brownish black with a thin 1 finger tan head. Sweet malty nose, altogether average nose. Taste is sweet, and malty and overall pretty nice on one level but on the other level it feels a bit thin, its okay, but not great.

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
pawkon (1) - USA - JAN 24, 2008 does not count
An excellent beer. I particular enjoy the chocolate taste with the roast malt toffee.


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