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RATINGS: 741   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.


3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
WeeHeavySD (3360) - San Diego (Hillcrest), Oregon, USA - JAN 26, 2008
Bomber Via Ty5592. Shared with Cyn, she loves Pennsylvania, beer from there doesnít 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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
mephisto (1268) - TAIWAN - JAN 24, 2008
a nice rendering for one of my favorite style. dark brown with a thin layer of beige head, it has a nutty nose that bursts with caramel aroma that is blended with notes of chocolate. this bready brew has the flavor that reminisces roasted barley and munich malt. it has a creamy mouthfeel that leaves a lingering aftertaste of coffee.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
argo0 (11353) - Washington DC, USA - JAN 24, 2008
(22oz bottle, best by 1/4/09, thanks artusory) Medium beige head atop clear cola body. Aroma is medium sweet, smoke, caramel, some herbal. Taste is moderately sweet, caramel, smoke, some herbal, chocolate. Medium body, some stickiness.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
WISEGUY572 (1373) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 24, 2008
High enough alcohol that this requires a serious commitment to the beer. You donít drink this and hop in the car, or hop on your bike, or hop at all, actually. Good looking dark brown body with reddish notes and a small light brown head, very little lacing. Nose of coffee, chocolate, dried fruit. Taste of coffee, milk chocolate, roasted malts, sweet sugar notes, dried figs, and an interesting lactic sourness. Alcohol is well hidden in the beer, which is good, but still there, which I still find requires a cautionary note. Velvet porter mouthfeel; not a stout.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Kinz (3258) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - JAN 24, 2008
This according to the fine folks at Wine and Beer Westpark and now confirmed by this website, is the first cousin of Heavyweightís dearly departed Perkunoís Hammer. Pours black, brown at edges, with a nice tan head that lasts quite well. Aroma is pleasant, primarily bitter coffee with some chocolate notes. Flavor is bitter coffee, some chocolate, and a bit of dark fruit. Struck me as lighter on the tongue than the original, and not quite as well integrated, but an enjoyable brew nonetheless. Considering the popularity of the original, Iím surprised this hasnít received more buzz.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - JAN 23, 2008
Dark brown body with a small tan head. The nose is caramel, toffee, dark fruits, munich and vienna malts and light roast. The flavor is light sweet with milk chocolate, light roast, cracker, brown sugar and raisins. Medium body is round with moderate carbonation and a warm finish.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JAN 22, 2008
22oz - Dense brownish black, creamy tan head. Soft aromatics of creamy cocoa and dark roasted berry warm to a faint nutty smokiness. Mild coffee and chocolate flavors balance on earthy currant-like component. Lightly hopped in the end helps pull this together nicely. Medium bodied, soft carbonation, bittersweet finish. Itís well made and quite drinkable, but itís no Perkunoís. Needs more oomph to it...

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JoeMcPhee (8314) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 22, 2008
Growler from Bowery Whole Foods. Deep brown-black pour with a thick brown head. Aroma is quite nice, light milk chocolate, toasted notes and light sweet raisiny notes. Flavour is nice, medium bodied and showing a clean, well-lagered character. Malty and toasty with raisins, chocolate and a very prominent herbal/coffeeish quality. Quite beany and vegetal, but I canít really say that I donít like it. Itís sweet, but not cloying. Pretty tasty brew.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
craftbeerdesign (2167) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JAN 21, 2008
bomber bought in Philadelphia at The Foodery. very excited to have this so soon to the introduction. overall a very good porter. pours black with a thin tan head. nice malty and sweet aroma. medium body over the tongue with smooth caramel over the sides. the abv does not make itself known at all... extremely drinkable. wonderful finish full of caramel, chocolate and some fruits - maybe plums? great offering from Victory.


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