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St. Victorious - Victory Brewing Company

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St. VictoriousSt. Victorious

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

534 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 534
Reviews: 375
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 10.57%
Wants: 70
Gots: 10 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Victory Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
Doppelbock |  7.60% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes/Commercial Description:
Limited seasonal draft only release. Doppelbock brewed w/ smoked 2-row German malt from Bamberg.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-27-2002)
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Reviews by BCMan:
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BCMan

Pennsylvania

3.73/5  rDev -8.4%

This beer poured up a deep ruby red. Little foam formed with a heavy pour and it all faded with right away to nothing. The nose is subtle and sweet. The flavor is not as strong as I would have expected. Sweet with a smooth mouthfeel. The taste doesn't linger but it warms a bit after swallowing. This seasonal seems to a bit less than it's billed to be but is still pretty good. Not the best from Victory but definetly worth a try. I would reccommend it.

04-28-2005 00:22:19 | More by BCMan
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oberon

North Carolina

3.98/5  rDev -2.2%

Poured into a standard pint glass a hazed deep russet color with a tight 1/2 finger slight off white head that decent lasting power.Aromas of dark fruit ala raisin and prune along with some sweet caramel mainly,flavors were alot like the aromas heavy handed raisin and brown sugar with some caramel sweetness and a bit of a doughy element.A solid doppelbock very flavorful it is pretty big and warming.

04-14-2008 12:33:56 | More by oberon
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Marty

Maine

4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

Pours a dark amber/brown with a reluctant head that materialized slowly after a stiff pour, but dissipated more quickly than I'd have liked. Not a terribly CO2riffic beer, and not particularly aromatic, but those are my only complaints. The malts in this beer are very complex. I taste molasses, roasted somethingorother, and a little tangy apple. Very drinkable for such a strong brew. Springtime is finally here!

04-22-2007 03:35:01 | More by Marty
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RoyalT

Ohio

4.1/5  rDev +0.7%

Appearance – This one was dark brown in color with an unusually large head that was lightly browned and showed terrific retention.

Smell – The malts here are really big. They are heavily-toasted and taste more like a Dark Belgian Ale than a DP. There are some refined raw sugars in here as well.

Taste – This one is big and malty, again more like a Belgian than a German Doppelbock bier. The sweetness is like brown or raw sugar and very granular and smooth.

Mouthfeel – This Victory offering is somewhere between medium and full-bodied. It is evenly balanced between malts and sugars.

Drinkability – This is a great-tasting beer that is a bit off-style from an authentic German Doppelbock. I enjoyed it very much though and will definitely seek out again.

03-03-2005 02:29:30 | More by RoyalT
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orbitalr0x

Illinois

4.13/5  rDev +1.5%

Pours from the 12oz longneck bottle into my tulip glass a deep, dark garnet hue that borders on brown. A half inch of khaki head rises up and quickly falls. Aromas of dark, rich bread along with dark fruit scents. A touch roasty with a hint of smoke hidden in there as well. Raisins, brown sugar, and a touch of hops. Quite the deep aroma here.

First sip brings a big, rich, fairly sweet bready maltiness upfront. Dark fruits, raisins, cocoa and a faint smokiness in the background that sets this one apart from other dopplebocks I have sampled. Hops are there as well. Overall, I found this to be a tasty brew.

Mouthfeel is nice with plenty of chewy malt character. Goes down quite easily and hits the spot. A tasty dopplebock to be had here from Victory. This is one that I'd like to have again sometime. Thanks to FoolCircle for the opportunity.

08-18-2006 02:35:54 | More by orbitalr0x
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blitz134

California

4.08/5  rDev +0.2%

Half inch of light tan head on top of a dark caramel, red hued body. Head reduced quickly to only a skim layer of bubbles. Head retention and some lacing would really help the appearance out.

Toasted malts and and some light dinner roll bread form the base. A good bit of spice characteristics, probably from the yeast. A little clean grassy, floral hopping. Aroma is nice, but not as good as some of the top of the style.

Flavor is nice and full. Lots of dinner roll maltiness forming the base again. A little toastiness and nuttiness and some hints at chocolate. Clean grassy hopping again. Simple, but up front. No hints at the alcohol level.

Solid mouthfeel. I've never described any dopple as chewy, and I won't with this one either. But it coats the mouth well with its medium body; finishes a touch dry. Has a nice carbonation level to make it refeshing.

A solid brew that is too easy to drink. At 8.5% this could be really dangerous. Been wanting to try it for a while, I'd pick this up and drink it often if it was around.

05-25-2007 02:00:47 | More by blitz134
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chOAKbarrell

Maryland

4.22/5  rDev +3.7%

Nice very dark red. Darker than Paulaner's Salvator, which is the other Doppelbock I've had lately. Small head disappeared quickly, but I may not have poured it very well.

Typical syrupy-sweet maltiness, but with a little smokiness underneath.

The smokiness also comes through in the taste, which is an interesting detail. Assertive bitterness in the finish. I may taste a bit of fruitiness as well. There's a lot going on in this beer.

This is a really great doppelbock. Perhaps my 2nd favorite.

03-18-2006 01:18:48 | More by chOAKbarrell
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Todd

Colorado

4.33/5  rDev +6.4%

12oz brown bottle. Deep and brilliant ruby hued pour with a thin lace. Soft fruity/leaf aroma and complex dark malts in the nose. Carbonation is a bit lively, creaming up the palate a bit. Thick mouthfeel, with loads of malty character with complex flavors of raisin, grape, ebbing blends of caramel and chocolate, and a slight steely/grain note. Sharpish citric-like bitterness strikes from under the malt, then retreats leaving a slightly herbal character on the palate. Wonderfully rich burnt caramel, toffee, and grape flavors become very pronounced as the beer warms. Touch of spicy alcohol. Sweet bready lingers.

Awesome American stab at the style!

03-03-2005 02:25:15 | More by Todd
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Beaver13

Colorado

3.35/5  rDev -17.7%

12 oz bottle. Pours a ruby red with a creamy off white head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is very subdued - some sweet and smoky malts.

The flavor is sweet and sugary candy and some dark fruits followed by a grassy bitterness. The mouthfeel is medium to full with nice carbonation.

Overall, a decent beer, but nothing too special. I'd go with Fort Collins' Rauchator over this any day.

04-30-2007 21:40:22 | More by Beaver13
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TimoP

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -1.7%

06-01-2012 21:11:57 | More by TimoP
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Doomcifer

Rhode Island

4/5  rDev -1.7%

07-17-2014 23:22:34 | More by Doomcifer
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Jason

Massachusetts

4.4/5  rDev +8.1%

Obvious decoction mash here, some many complex levels of maltiness it is crazy! Nice layer of hop bitterness to keep any kind of cloying sweetness away. The mouth feel was so creamy from the dense malt body. Tasted of freshly baked brown bread with a hint of spicy alcohol.

On of the best domestically brewed Double Bocks I have had to date.

03-31-2004 12:00:19 | More by Jason
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tigg924

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -1.7%

Appearance: clear, caramel brown in color, 1/4 inch head, low carbonation

Smell: caramel, chocolate, and toasted malt

Taste: caramel, toasted malt, some bitter coffee, and with a touch of chocolate

Mouthfeel: very sweet with a bitter middle, medium-light body, moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Very good and complex for the style. A nice bitter aspect. I could have a couple. One of Victory's better brews.

04-05-2010 13:45:28 | More by tigg924
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KolbMarley

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

07-17-2014 02:08:55 | More by KolbMarley
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jcdiflorio

West Virginia

4.18/5  rDev +2.7%

poured into a nonic glass from a 12oz brown long neck bottle with a crimped on cap.

Clear,mahogony with reddish hues 2" tan head dissapated a bit quick leaving a constant creamy coating, a bit of spotty lacing.

Sweet candied malty aroma,roasty,burnt toffee,fruity with hints of raisins. Good,clean,inviting aroma.

A good carmell taste sweet with booziness nicely creeping up. Piney,dark fruit,roasty some burnt tastes.Very well balanced,clean,syrupy finish with some nice booziness not overpowering,just present. Very enjoyable

Medium to thick mouthfeel,not as thick as a lot of doubblebocks i've had. some chewyness and a bit cloying. A very enjoyable and very drinkable double bock. Went down easily,smooth a bit boozy,but not overpowering.
Would reccomend this one and would love to try again. Slightly burnt the roof of my mouth earlier, could have effected my taste a slight bit.

03-22-2007 03:05:24 | More by jcdiflorio
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bpfrush

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev -1.7%

11-15-2011 22:00:45 | More by bpfrush
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RyanPS

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -1.7%

11-16-2011 00:29:05 | More by RyanPS
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Doc_Hops

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

04-16-2013 06:08:17 | More by Doc_Hops
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far333

Connecticut

4.28/5  rDev +5.2%

Deep mahogany colored with a low head of light brown foam. Low aroma of lightly roasted malt and marshmallow, some nutty notes. Rich and complex flavors of cocoa and coffee, plus caramel and slight woody notes, some root beer, marshmallow. Full and even mouthfeel, moderate carbonation, slight warming of the cheeks. Very tasty, great beer, and very drinkable despite the strength.

02-10-2011 01:08:13 | More by far333
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ADR

Pennsylvania

3.95/5  rDev -2.9%

Transparent brown color with a decided red cast to it. Yellowish head is flat, medium in duration. Leaves very little lace on the glass. Deep malty aroma, slight cinnamon and coffee, ripe pears. Mouthfeel is lighter than some, carbonation is lively and the texture overall comes out at about medium. Starts out with spicey flavor qualities, molasses and elements of tangy mincemeat. The malt component is certainly adequate. What stands out as different is the considerable hop bittering on this one, German in style, very dry with elements of asphalt. Interesting in its balance. Alcohol is moderately well-hidden but noticeable by the end of the glass, and the ashy hop is ever-present in the aftertaste. Maybe what's missing for me is a bit more of a sturdy mouthfeel, and I tend to like the overall impression to be sweeter in a Doppelbock.

03-29-2006 00:46:34 | More by ADR
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WVbeergeek

West Virginia

4.65/5  rDev +14.3%

Wow, I tell you what there are breweries out there that claim to be world class, but Victory doesn't have to act, they are the real deal. This authentic German style Strong dark lager or Doppelbock is dead on, pours a ruby deep amber tone off white cream colored head not very thick and doesn't stick around very long leaves behind specks of lace on my imperial pint. Aroma deep plentiful layers of malts supporting a cast of other stars, the German Hallertau whole leaf hops and plum esters. Smells predominantly of fruit soaked in alcohol with caramel malts around the edges, hmm hmmmm good. Flavor is flowing with a wave of malts creating over ripened fruit notes and a touch of hop flavor bringing mild but perfect bitterness to the table, I think I'm in love. Rolls down the palate with a slick slightly syrupy texture and medium body packs a nice punch with 8.5% abv. Suprisingly incredibly smooth and drinkable, I am sold never had two doppelbocks in a row, I had two imperial pints of this with dinner tonight damn good. If this is an option I will pass on Celebrator, Salvator, or any other (insert word here)ator knockoff.

03-26-2004 06:18:43 | More by WVbeergeek
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stereosforgeeks

Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

12-17-2012 15:53:10 | More by stereosforgeeks
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glid02

Georgia

4.22/5  rDev +3.7%

Had this at Firefly in Washington DC.

Pours a clear chocolate brown color with a one-finger off-white head. The head dissipates fairly quickly into a wispy layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of sweet caramel malts with medicinal hops and chocolate flavors that poke through every now and then.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Sweet caramel malts kick things off, followedy by slightly bitter hop flavors that carry through the end of the sip. Chocolate flavors are a bit stronger than I would've gathered from the aroma, but they complement the malt flavors very well.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness for the style, with medium carbonation that makes this go down smoothly.

Drinkability is good. I had no problem finishing my bottle and I thought about buying a sixer at the store nearby.

Overall this isn't quite world-class, but it's one of the better U.S. micro-brewed doppelbocks I've had, if not THE best. Definitely worth a shot.

02-14-2009 20:07:41 | More by glid02
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watermelonman

California

4.05/5  rDev -0.5%

This poured to a dark brown and ruby with a minor head.

The smell is of nice and deep dark malts. The taste has a good amount of chocolate on top of the malts, and almost a bit of wheat flavor. Hops are pronounced in the fininsh. The mouthfeel is full, and drinkability is good.

05-09-2006 22:27:32 | More by watermelonman
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ggaughan

Pennsylvania

4.08/5  rDev +0.2%

On tap at the Victory brewery bar.

This beer pours a nice medium amber color with a nice tan, thick head. There was a nice malty sweet aroma to this beer and some subtle hints of fruit. The taste gives you a nice toasted malty sensation to roll around in your mouth and it stays with you for awhile which is enjoyable. This is a very nice beer from Victory and at the brewery made it taste just a bit better.

01-31-2006 01:51:16 | More by ggaughan
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St. Victorious from Victory Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 534 ratings.