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St. Victorious - Victory Brewing Company

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91
outstanding

560 Ratings
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Ratings: 560
Reviews: 377
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 10.59%
Wants: 90
Gots: 20 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Victory Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
Doppelbock |  7.60% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-27-2002

Limited seasonal draft only release. Doppelbock brewed w/ smoked 2-row German malt from Bamberg.
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Ratings: 560 | Reviews: 377
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Photo of oberon
3.97/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Marty
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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!

Photo of RoyalT
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of orbitalr0x
4.14/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of blitz134
4.07/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of chOAKbarrell
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Todd
4.3/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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!

Photo of Beaver13
3.38/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of Jason
4.39/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of tigg924
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of jcdiflorio
4.19/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of far333
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of ADR
3.95/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.62/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of glid02
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of watermelonman
4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of ggaughan
4.08/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of IntriqKen
3.9/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a deep amber with a smallish head that melts to a ring of edge lacing...not sticky at all.
Aromas are sweet toasted malt, a little bread-i-ness, raisens and a few other dark fruits.
Taste is sweet raisins or mincemeat with sort of a rum like alcohol warmth and flavoring...faint but there. Finishes to a biscuit-like crispness and drying.
Mouthfeel is surprisingly tingly and sharp from the tiny carbonation and I suspect a hop I can't discern in either the aroma or taste. Mouthfeel is unfortunately a little weak and thin for style to my mind.

Photo of NJpadreFan
3.3/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Victory- St Victorious

Served up at the 10 year anniversary party.

Appearance- dark mahogany brown with a decent fluffy head.
Smell- sweet molasses, sugary syrup, and malt.
Taste- sweet syrupy malt with hints of molasses and cherry.
Mouthfeel- a little to thick and sweet for me. Although smooth and warm on a cold evening.

Overall- a decent doppelbock, just too sweet.

Photo of tastybeer
4.37/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Color is deep red-brown with glowing orange highlights and a nice cream-tan color head. Aroma is darkly sweet and spicey. Alcohol sharpness, vanilla, cream, bark and maple. Taste comes on like a thick wave in slow motion. Light fruits, cream, spice, toasted and full malts. Real yummy. Heavy chewy deliciousness in the mouth and goes down real easy for is thickness. Slight alcoholic bite gives a nice kick to it.

Thanks again Victory.

Photo of umtox
4.44/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a deep dark hazy amber with little head.

Smell was good - of spice, molasses, and caramel - but faint

Taste very good - one of the best domestic dopplebocks. All the standard flavors are there for this style - just a cut above the rest. Lots of malt and spice.

A developing complexity and lingering finish. Big body.

I could have several of these.

Photo of asabreed
4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

One minor thing: this was unfortunately served in a really cold glass. Couple with that is this was my last beer of the night, so I couldn't sit on it as much as I wanted to because I had to leave. Still, I did all I could do and I think by the end it opened up enough for me to have a pretty good idea of what it's capable of.

Appearance: White head quickly disappeared after the pour, maybe due to the temperature? Beautiful dark red / amber color that looked amazing in the light.

Smell: Fruit, fruit punch, complex malt sweetness, yeast, bread, and some caramel or toffee creeping in, too.

Taste: Fruity, malty, and yeasty for the most part. Balanced extremely well, but I was hoping for more complexity for taste as great as the aromas were. Almost like a weaker barley wine without the hops? Or a really young barley wine without the hops?

Mouthfeel: Medium to full-bodied, chewy, and medium carbonation.

Drinkability: This is a pretty strong beer, and it's pretty sweet as I think most Doppelbock's are. However, I still feel this would be great a year or two down the road as I think mine was pretty green off the tap, not to mention the cold glass. Still, very enjoyable, a great take on the style, and if I can find some I'll definitely buy it and cellar it to see what happens.

Photo of Metalmonk
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Label says "Enjoy by Dec 2 09" and boy, did I squeak right in under the deadline. Pours a deep garnet color with dense, slow-moving bubbles and a small off-white head. Looks pretty viscous; tilting the glass creates long snaky splashes of lace. Looks pretty damn magical from here.

Aroma is one very, very marvelous thing: malty, and on the very sweet side of malty, with Twizzlers, Slo-Poke (or, if you prefer, "caramel"), toffee, various dark berries and Concord grape all intertwined.

Flavor is also rather sweet, fruity and candy-like, pretty much all malt up front...and luckily never cloying, unless you can't stand even a smidgen of sweetness in your beer. Big juicy dark berries and grape/raisin, dark bread (pumpernickel), milk chocolate or watery chocolate milk, and just the right amount of alcohol warmth pushing it all through.

Body is just a little thin, although the carbonation is dialed down, just present enough to keep a smooth, gliding, slick texture caressing the tongue.

Super-enjoyable, very much on the desserty side of things. Chalk St. Victorious up as another victory for Victory.

Photo of BillyB
4.92/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Had on tap at Victory.
Pours a deep, dark, ruby red with a thick tan head but the head disappears quickly.
Smells of sweet beechwood smoked malt, dried fruit; plums, raisins, wine. Also, caramel, molasses. Hint of whole flower german hops.
The taste is of strong immense malt. Sweet and smokey. Slight toffe/caramel character. Very rich, very complex taste. Chocolate, cherry, bready yet tangy.
Mouthfeel is velvety smooth with slight alcohol warmth. A bit sticky.
Simply excellent.

Photo of Sammy
3.93/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Reddish brown with initial substantial foamy head. A malt work of art. Malty aroma and dark lager complex taste. Numbing on the tongue, dark fruit and very tasty. Very smooth and well done. Satisying, though drying aftertaste. Beers of the World. Great representation of the style.

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St. Victorious from Victory Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 560 ratings.