Beer Review: Victory Baltic Thunder

I have not reviewed many porters, which kind of surprises me because I really enjoy them and tend to gravitate to them.  Having had a fairly good run lately, with the Victory Brewing Company, my expectations for their beers have been raised.  Their Prima Pils won Beer Brawl 8 – Pilsner and the Victory Saison, from Beer Brawl 6 had some good flavor that we enjoyed, so hopefully this Baltic Porter will live up to it’s sister beers.

Victory Baltic Porter

Victory Baltic Porter

Pour:

Starting with a nice easy pour transition into a hard pour to really open up the head.  This left me with about an inch and half of head.

Appearance:

Poured a very dark mahogany color with ruby highlights, good froathy head.  The head quickly dissapated into a thin amber layer common with the style because they tend to be moderately carbonated.

Aroma:

Toffee and chocolate, bit of plum and a stong malty smoke presence, all fairly well balanced together.

Taste:

This is a very malty beer, the upfront malty coffee flavors transitioned to chocolate then to sweet toffee rounded out by a bit of bitterness.  Also present some mild fruit esters of raisin and plum and a strong effervescence from the carbonation.

Drinkability:

I enjoyed this porter, It had good flavor and appearance.  The 8.5% abv was masked fairly well with the malt, complex with many different flavors, and had a nice mouth feel.

Food Pairing:

This would be a great compliment to some smoked ribs with a sweet bbq sauce (not spicy).

Tasting Method: 22 oz bottle

My rating: 8.9

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One Response to “Beer Review: Victory Baltic Thunder”

  1. Bill Says:

    We agree with the review details. One great food pairing is Baltic Thunder and goat Gouda cheese. Really, try it. It’s crazy good.


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