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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 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
davidm (2069) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - MAR 11, 2012
Bottle at Dispensary Enoteca. Exceptional, very malty beer. Aromas of chocolate, caramel, nuts, and grain. Taste is sweet, with bitter notes, and long length. Palate is creamy, and full bodied. Dark brown, with a frothy head.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
obxdude10 (2270) - Pottstown, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 20, 2008
What an awesome porter! Basically black in color, opaque, started off with a very modest dark brown head but it quickly amounted to nothing more than just a little rim around the edge of the glass, very little lacing left on the glass either, but that’s where the shortcomings end, everything else about this beer is outstanding, the nose is full of licorice, toffee, caramel, dark chocolate & espresso, the body was near perfect, it wasn’t too heavy & it certainly wasn’t too light, the texture was smooth & sensual, had almost a velvet feeling, the flavors were intense & delicious, up front I tasted more toffee, a littl e hint of licorice, dark roasted coffee & chocolate, the back of the flavors had subtle hints of caramel, more toffee and a just a touch of alcohol, this 22 oz bomber was gone in less than ten minutes, this is truely a satisfying & delicious beer, most likely the best porter I’ve ever tasted

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
SanfordBrewer (1505) - Sanford, Florida, USA - NOV 16, 2011
translucent mahogany with a dense tan head; velvety full body, but not heavy; somewhat high carbonation to go with the body.

aroma: carob, cocoa powder, silage, dark malt, leafy hops, and warm alcohol.

taste: sweet dark malt, astringent charred malt, dark chocolate, baked dark fruits, leafy hop bitterness, alcohol warmth, and a unique earthy character. complex, balanced, and compelling.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ajm (1072) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JAN 30, 2008
I would go out of my way to drink this again - ESPECIALLY if on tap at the Brick Store in Decatlanta, GA. Great dark, roasted coffee quality, some very dry chocolate notes - but absolutely purged of sweetness. Very relaxing. Moderately smoky.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
DeadGuyFrank (347) - http://westchesterbeer.com, USA - JAN 31, 2008
Deep, rich, full flavored stout/porter. Has a interesting mouthfeel, smooth and silky, but robust and somewhat chewy. Rich stout flavors, but not much chocolate. Actually I found the lack of noticeable chocolate undertones aI nice mark of distinction. I have never had a "Baltic porter" before, but I must say it is really a accomplishment for any palate to notice the difference between this style and the imperial style. Regardless of labeling - what we have here is a great beer. It was worth the wait!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
delirium11 (28) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 8, 2010
Hard to believe this is a lager, but alas it is. Very smooth with chocolate and espresso taste. Very drinkable, very unique style.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
FROTHINGSLOSH (6835) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 5, 2008
Sampled from a 22 oz brown bottle this beer poured a very dark brown color with a large dark tan head. The aroma was a nice mix of sweet chocolate, vanilla and caramel. The flavor was a rich and complex mix of sweet malty chocolate, vanilla and licorice with a lightly bitter roasty middle and a long sweet chocolate & licorice finish. The mouthfeel was amazingly silky and smooth for not being overly thick. Remarkable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Dacrza (861) - Great Meadows, New Jersey, USA - AUG 10, 2009
More spoils from Ryan--I can no longer in good conscience discuss fantasy sports conquests on this location... pitch black body with a two-finger brown head... head is creamy and settles evenly--adorns a Hop Devil glass with attitude... malty presence is obvious.... no scent of peas or olives (!?).... clean and a bit toasted... smooth, medium-bodied, slightly effervescent at the throat... strangely no hints of alcohol mixed beautifully... consistent malty character with a toffee sweetness at its finish.... exhales reveal some grapefruit/citrus hints, soft and understated.. my first opportunity to taste a Baltic porter, I can admit my expectations were somewhat accurate, but the citrusy finish is a surprise. What isn’t is Victory crafting another winner...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BigBen2120 (688) - Derry, New Hampshire, USA - AUG 17, 2009
22oz bomber from the Liquor Shop in Tyngsborro, Mass. My first Victory beer! Pours a nearly opaque black body with ruby-red highlights and a quarter inch of short-lived light tan head. Hints of chocolate, caramel, and coffee characterize the aroma. Chocolate, coffee, caramel, toffee, a tinge of grassy hops. Full-bodied with ample carbonation. Way too drinkable for the flavor and ABV. Wow. A phenomenal beer; flavorful, balanced, one sip definitely invites another. The best Baltic porter I have ever had.

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