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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
PhillyHomeBrew (176) - Forest Hills, New York, USA - JAN 27, 2008
The beer is dark blackish brown with a small brown head. The aroma is qutr interesting with a lot of fruit aroma- cherries. the flavor is a typical porter with a hint of he black-eyed peas.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
3fourths (9318) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JAN 27, 2008
Nose instantly reeks of Cracklin Oat Bran, dog food, bran muffins and chocolate malt. There’s some smaller notes of maple malt and wood in there, but overall this beer starts bad and gets worse over time. Tannic, lactic, vegetal, dry, ashy, pasty. Not exactly good stuff, but I’m glad other people seem to like it.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JohnC (3008) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - JAN 26, 2008
Thanks to eaglefan for getting me this beer. This pours jet black with a one inch (2.5cm) tan head. The body was a bit thinner than Id expected, it was medium. The aroma has some cherry chocolate notes. The flavor is slightly sweet, with chocolate hints. I was expecting something a bit richer. a good beer, but not quite great.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
keepersj12 (3091) - Sicklerville, New Jersey, USA - JAN 26, 2008
Beautiful black with a creamy tan head. Aroma is subtle fruits and malts. Very rich flavor of coffee and fruits. Very smooth creamy finish leaves you wanting more.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
WeeHeavySD (3386) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 26, 2008
Bomber Via Ty5592. Shared with Cyn, she loves Pennsylvania, beer from there doesnt rate to low either. Pours brownish black with a thin 1 finger tan head. Sweet malty nose, altogether average nose. Taste is sweet, and malty and overall pretty nice on one level but on the other level it feels a bit thin, its okay, but not great.

   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
mephisto (1286) - TAIWAN - JAN 24, 2008
a nice rendering for one of my favorite style. dark brown with a thin layer of beige head, it has a nutty nose that bursts with caramel aroma that is blended with notes of chocolate. this bready brew has the flavor that reminisces roasted barley and munich malt. it has a creamy mouthfeel that leaves a lingering aftertaste of coffee.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
argo0 (14107) - Washington DC, USA - JAN 24, 2008
(22oz bottle, best by 1/4/09, thanks artusory) Medium beige head atop clear cola body. Aroma is medium sweet, smoke, caramel, some herbal. Taste is moderately sweet, caramel, smoke, some herbal, chocolate. Medium body, some stickiness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
WISEGUY572 (1377) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 24, 2008
High enough alcohol that this requires a serious commitment to the beer. You dont drink this and hop in the car, or hop on your bike, or hop at all, actually. Good looking dark brown body with reddish notes and a small light brown head, very little lacing. Nose of coffee, chocolate, dried fruit. Taste of coffee, milk chocolate, roasted malts, sweet sugar notes, dried figs, and an interesting lactic sourness. Alcohol is well hidden in the beer, which is good, but still there, which I still find requires a cautionary note. Velvet porter mouthfeel; not a stout.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Kinz (3786) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - JAN 24, 2008
This according to the fine folks at Wine and Beer Westpark and now confirmed by this website, is the first cousin of Heavyweights dearly departed Perkunos Hammer. Pours black, brown at edges, with a nice tan head that lasts quite well. Aroma is pleasant, primarily bitter coffee with some chocolate notes. Flavor is bitter coffee, some chocolate, and a bit of dark fruit. Struck me as lighter on the tongue than the original, and not quite as well integrated, but an enjoyable brew nonetheless. Considering the popularity of the original, Im surprised this hasnt received more buzz.

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