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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.


3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
vadavid (142) - Fredericksburg, Virginia, USA - JAN 19, 2008
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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
mwelsh13 (499) - Maryland, USA - JAN 18, 2008
Deep brown pour with a nice brown head that sticks around. Little to no hop aroma and some malt aroma. Almost stout like. Smooth mouthfeel where the is no noticeable hop bitterness but alot of malty, biscuit-like goodness. There was a fruity/floral like hop flavor present. NIce porter. Did not go down like 8.5%, but like a much lighter beer. Worth another try.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jason (1675) - Easton, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 18, 2008
Draft. Dark brown/black body with thin head. Lite aroma, roast. Flavor was very smooth, lite chocolate, roast, and some fuit noted. At 8.5% alcohol, this was very drinkable. Victory did a good job on this one.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
alexanderj (3266) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - JAN 17, 2008
Draft at Blind Tiger with golubj. Poured black with only a small amount of light brownish head. Aroma was a little bit sweet with chocolate, caramel and roasted malt. Flavor was very similar; came off a little sweet stoutish to me. Overall it was just ok.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
golubj (1377) - San Mateo, California, USA - JAN 17, 2008
Draft at Blind Tiger. Black pour with minimal head. Aroma is very milky and a little roasted / smoked malt. The flavor is the same with some chocolate malt. This doesnít seem true to the baltic porter style, and the flavor is good but not great.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
adrian910ss (2277) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 16, 2008
22 oz bomber. Pours a cola black with a medium sized light brown head. Aroma of malt, cocoa powder, nuts and a hint of smoke. Taste is malty with a cocoa flavor and hints of smoke and nuts. Not bad, but I remember the Heavyweight Perkunoís Hammer being a bit better.

3.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
weeare138 (936) - Collegeville, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 16, 2008
I had this bottle after a bottle of Baltika 6, and HW Perkunoís Hammer... Appears a near black, dark brown with mahogany tones on the outskirts of the beer when held to the light. A small beige head of fluff slowly fades into a mild cap. Scattered spots of lacing are left around the glass. Smell is of obvious cocoa, caramel, nuts, gentle smoke, with a hint of coffee...some green grass in there too with a touch of white grapes. Taste is of the mentioned aromas with some sweet chocolate milk coming to the forefront followed by some roasted espresso beans, cream, and grassy, florally hops that seem to be in the way of that chewy Baltic goodness that was there for the Baltika 6, and the Perkunoís. Mouthfeel is medium-full bodied, creamy, softly carbonated, with a somewhat odd, herbal, semi-dry finish. IMHO, just a close relative of Perkuno that isnít as attractive and doesnít have the charm, or personality. Iíve heard that this particular bottling was a bit of a mix-match of a few different batches that the brew house ran. Perhaps future bottles will be more to my liking...not that this is that bad but when lined up side by side with the other aforementioned Baltic Porters, this one fell short of the mark.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Miver (609) - Silver Spring, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 14, 2008
On draft at the Drafting Room for the release party. Poured dark brown in color with little head. Aroma is of roasted caramel, and toffee. Tastes of a roasty malty dark chocolate, toffee, and some dark fruits. Hints of nuts evident. Not bad.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DocLock (7481) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 14, 2008
Draft at Caponeís. Deep blackish pour with tan head. Aroma is roasty dark malt, heavy chocolate, some figgy fruit. The taste is rather sweet with a heavy chocolate element coupled with a solid dark malt bill. Figgy fruit is present also, but this one stays a bit sweeter than Iíd like, and the body is a tad thin. The alcohol is very well hidden, and this one is eminently drinkable. I had higher hopes for this one, but it was still a very good beer that I canít wait to try in a bottle.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MrBendo (1064) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - JAN 13, 2008
Draft at Caponeís. Itís quite a shame that I never got to taste Perkanoís FRESH. The most outstanding thing about Baltic Thunder is the lager yeast flavor; crisper and lighter than most porters...even baltic porters.
Other than that, I tasted roasted malt and coffee and plenty of dark fruit (plums). There was absolutely no trace of alcohol and it finished with a nice bitterness. This is an outstanding brew from Victory, and worth the wait.


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