RATINGS: 745   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.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
zathrus13 (1776) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - FEB 8, 2008
Pours a clear, deep brown, with a tan head. Aroma is roasted malt, caramel, chocolate, and molasses. Flavor is roasted malt, caramel, coffee, molasses, and dark fruit. Bodys a little thinner than Id like.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
kkearn (1165) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 7, 2008
Sampled this on tap at the debut at Drafting Room Exton, Jan 5th 2008. Sampling a 22oz bottle tonight. Pours ruby-brown with a large khaki head that fades to a thin cover. Aroma is big on chocolate, with oats, herbs, and smoke. Roasted chocolate malt, dark fruit and oats are the primary flavors, with some toffee and herb in the background. Thinner bodied than I expected. Finishes fairly sweet. I think I have a bottle of Perkunos left in the cellar; Ill have to sample it side-by-by side with Baltic Thunder some day.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
ukoolaid (580) - Amherst, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 7, 2008
Bottle. Pours very dark brown, almost black, with medium tan head. Aroma is medium sweet and clean with a little caramel and dark fruit (fig?). Very smooth mouthfeel, with light chocolate, dark fruits and milky coffee flavors. Very nice. I could drink this all night.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
auerbrau (3203) - Ithaca, New York, USA - FEB 4, 2008
On tap at Zenos Pub - State College, PA. Aroma yields warm caramel to softened chocolate. Cracker crust provides support. A subtle, warm animal in the nose. Tangy. Decent. Pours an appreciable deep mahogany and teak, with fading bubbly head in coffee-cream. Flavor moves in sneaky bursts of caramel, lager malt, and toned fruits. Mildly complex and delicate. Lays off the roasted qualities for a more reserve presentation of caramels, creamy malts, and brown sugars. A minty leaf of hop glows through. Theres a curt tanginess to malt that cuts my appreciation short and leaves me wanting a longer sustaining complex of darker character. A great balance of sugar and alcohol. I dont know what Im looking for in this beer, but it just doesnt wow me as much as I had hoped.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
nhorween (645) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 4, 2008
22 ounce. Reddish coffee colored pour, not opaque, beige head. Aroma of cherries, dark chocolate, caramel malt, hint of alcohol. Semi-sweet smelling. Medium with a finish just like really dark chocolate - more in astringency than in actual flavor. Sort of an unsweetened cranberry/cherry type flavor. Some bitterness. Overall, I think I like Perkunos Hammer more - seemed more complex to me then, but Ive had quite a few beers between then and now. Definitely worth having.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
pforei (338) - USA - FEB 4, 2008
Dark body with tan head. Mild aroma of roasted chocolate caramel and dark fruit. Sweet molasses and milk chocolate taste with more hops than typicallly found in the style.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
rajendra82 (1073) - Alpharetta, Georgia, USA - FEB 3, 2008
Solid black in color, and opaque, the body had a smallish head, and unlike several other Baltic Porters Ive sampled, the head was not brown in color. The smell was roasty and somewhat hoppy. Some chocolate aroma was present, but it was mostly light. The taste was sweet and sour in a classic Porter manner. Chocolate was more prominent in the taste as were notes of lightly roasted coffee. The astringency was mild, but the carbonation was a little prickly. Well done representation of the style IMHO.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheBeerGod (6168) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - FEB 3, 2008
Bottle. Very dark brown to near black opaque pour. Small tan head. Roasted malts, dark choco notes, toffee, plums and molasses in the nose. Taste is hoppy but still sweet with more molasses, toffee, dark chocolate, and roasted malts. Light alcohol as well. Body is creamy and chewy with a medium-full feel and a moderate carbonation. Light alcohol warmth. Ends with more roasted malts, molasses, toffee, and dark chocolate. More hops come through here as well as some dark fruit flavors. Very nice!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
axilla (962) - New Providence, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 3, 2008
Tap at Drafting Room Exton. Pours a somewhat opague black with some brown notes around the edges and a small beige head. Aroma is moslty roasted malts with some chocolate notes and dark fruits. Flavors are coffee, bitter bakers chocolate, some mild toffee, dark fruits, and a mild alcohol bite. Very nice palate though w/o being super thick.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mgumby10 (1856) - Jupiter, Florida, USA - FEB 3, 2008
TheCheeseman strikes again! Pours dark brown, with a smallish light brown head. Smells of mild caramel malts, light chocolate, and mild roast. The flavor is bigger on the chocolate wih a silky smoothness to it. Light bitter alcohol presence was evident throughout. Defnitely got some heat in the finish. Solid baltic porter.

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