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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 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
adrian910ss (2565) - 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 Perkuno’s Hammer being a bit better.

   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 Perkuno’s 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 Perkuno’s. Mouthfeel is medium-full bodied, creamy, softly carbonated, with a somewhat odd, herbal, semi-dry finish. IMHO, just a close relative of Perkuno that isn’t as attractive and doesn’t have the charm, or personality. I’ve 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.

   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DocLock (9999) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 14, 2008
Draft at Capone’s. 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 I’d 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 can’t wait to try in a bottle.

   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 Capone’s. It’s quite a shame that I never got to taste Perkano’s 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
secretstash (8) - New Jersey, USA - JAN 11, 2008 does not count
22oz bottle shared with some freinds i think that it was what a porter should be not too thick as to get it confused with a stout toffee was there as well as other flavors could possablly be one of my favorites this winter

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
imadeadguy (378) - back in NJ!, New Jersey, USA - JAN 9, 2008
UPDATED: FEB 17, 2008 Victory finally grew some. This in my opinion is their best beer out. Lots of toffee and chocolate. Very smooth and drinkable. I would recommend this porter to all.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheRealBastard (145) - The-No, California, USA - JAN 9, 2008
UPDATED: FEB 6, 2008 Wow! This was good. The only bad quality was the body was too thin. The beer fell apart too quick. The flavor is mostly toffee and hints of chocolate, almonds, and coffee. Slightly carbonated too. I recommend this one!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TomDecapolis (4618) - Milton, Delaware, USA - JAN 6, 2008
On tap at Victory. Pours a deep brown with some amber notes and a small bubbly tan head that left some spotty lacing. Aroma of dark chocolate, light coffee, some roasted and light floral notes. Flavor of coffee, roasted malts, toffee, molasses, bitter chocolate and a touch of fruitiness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ty5592 (1018) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 5, 2008
Draft at DR Exton.Black with small tan head. Malty rich roasted malt aroma with light dark fruit and choclate notes. Smooth roasted flavors with sweet finish. Good, but I like the hammer alittle better.

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