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RATINGS: 744   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.62/5   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
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.

   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...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JoeMcPhee (9267) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
craftbeerdesign (2254) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
k4df4l (154) - DTown, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 20, 2008
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
puzzl (3259) - New York, New York, USA - JAN 19, 2008
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.

   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.

   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jason (1834) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
alexanderj (3539) - Branson, Missouri, 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.

   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.

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