argo0 (11167) - Washington DC, USA - JAN 24, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(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.
WISEGUY572 (1372) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 24, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
Kinz (3159) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - JAN 24, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
ryan (3187) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - JAN 23, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JAN 22, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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...
JoeMcPhee (8168) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 22, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
craftbeerdesign (2138) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JAN 21, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
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.
k4df4l (154) - DTown, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 20, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap @ Caponeís - dark brown/black pour with a light brown head that lasted to the bottom of the glass. Aroma of light roasted malts and lightly fruity. Flavor was similar, smooth with moderate roasted malt flavors, light fruit and finishes with a molasses/sweet malty note. Alcohol is completely hidden and doesnít display itís heft until the pint is gone...dangerously drinkable.
puzzl (3232) - New York, New York, USA - JAN 19, 2008
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap at Blind Tiger. Nice coffee/toffee aroma, pungent, with a definite bean note. Good brown head. Flavor has a great roastiness, balanced, and is very unique. The beans come through in a big way and give this beer a fantastic body and some nice flavor notes and complexities that I doubt would there otherwise. A big step up from Perkunos, if you ask me, and an absolute delight to drink.
vadavid (142) - Fredericksburg, Virginia, USA - JAN 19, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 20, 2008 Pours a mahogany-brown color that is translucent at the edges. A large bubbled beige head forms and then fades to a thin ring. The aroma is of chocolate and molasses and is somewhat reserved. The taste is chocolate and roasted malt with some lingering sweetness and molasses. The mouthfeel is light and pleasant, though a bit thinner than I had expected. The 8.5% ABV of Baltic Thunder is very well-masked. I didnít detect any alcohol burn.