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Beer #46 – February 15, 2010: Victory Baltic Thunder

February 15, 2010

In celebration of Victory Brewing Company’s 14th Birthday today, I am tasting one of my favorite Victory beers… a beer with a history that starts before Victory began brewing it… read on to learn more…

Beer: Baltic Thunder

Brewery: Victory Brewing Company, Downingtown, Pennsylvania

Style: Baltic Porter

Serving Type: 750 ml bottle

Price: $4.99 / bottle

Availability: Limited release

Glassware: Shaker pint

Strength: 8.5% ABV (alcohol by volume)

Drinkability: Smooth, rich and flavorful.

Tasting Notes

Appearance: Pours a deep opaque walnut brown with a thin fizzy tan head and an audible fizz of carbonation.

Aroma: Chocolate, with a tinge of bourbon.

Mouthfeel: Slightly thick with moderate carbonation.

Taste: An initial dark amber honey sweetness with herbal notes, followed by spice-tinged flavors of chocolate and bourbon.  Vanilla, sarsparilla and woody root flavors are followed by a slightly bitter roasted finish.

Pairing: Pairs great with meaty, saucy barbeque, or even chocolate desserts.

Trivia: While this beer is brewed by Victory, this porter is based on a recipe created by Tom Baker, owner and brewer of the former Heavyweight Brewing Company, a small but innovative New Jersey brewery.  Tom decided to close Heavyweight to move onto his latest project, Earth Bread + Brewery, a restaurant and brewpub in the Mount Airy neighborhood of Philadelphia.  However, his Baltic Porter known as “Perkuno’s Hammer” was among his most popular offerings, and to allow this beer to live on, Victory approached Tom to create a worthy tribute to his original beer, and “Baltic Thunder” was born.

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