I leave for California tomorrow for a week so blogging may be sporadic but I fully intend to document my trip and the beers I have while I am there regularly with the blogger mobile app. I am looking forward to it but I’m also looking forward to getting back to shirt business and reopening my shops.
Last night I sat down after a long day in the office with the Victory Baltic Thunder Porter. I decided to take a break from reviewing I.P.A.’s and to try something that I don’t normally drink. Victory has come a long way with their beers. I remember attending a Victory tap takeover maybe 5 years ago in Rochester, NY and not being very impressed. A little less than a year ago I had attended another Victory tap takeover and the beer was very good, particularly the Hop Devil.
When I opened the bottle there was a definite, delicious, smokey aroma. When pouring into a glass, it’s color was a deep, dark, brown with a nice darker thick head that quickly dwindled to nothing after a few minutes. I tasted hints of fruits, but was mostly a roasted malty flavor. The alcohol percentage of this beer is 8.5% which was surprising because it didn’t at all have a taste that would have indicated this. It was a very smooth and filling beer. Overall, while this wouldn’t be something I would seek out, it was a beer that I did enjoy but would not be at the top of my list of Porters.