ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - JAN 23, 2008
Dark brown body with a small tan head. The nose is caramel, toffee, dark fruits, munich and vienna malts and light roast. The flavor is light sweet with milk chocolate, light roast, cracker, brown sugar and raisins. Medium body is round with moderate carbonation and a warm finish. 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. It’s well made and quite drinkable, but it’s no Perkuno’s. Needs more oomph to it... JoeMcPhee (9427) - 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 can’t really say that I don’t like it. It’s sweet, but not cloying. Pretty tasty brew. 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. k4df4l (154) - DTown, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 20, 2008
Tap @ Capone’s - 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 doesn’t display it’s heft until the pint is gone...dangerously drinkable.
puzzl (3258) - 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. 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 didn’t detect any alcohol burn. 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. 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. alexanderj (3605) - 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.