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St. Victorious - Victory Brewing Company

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St. VictoriousSt. Victorious

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377 Reviews

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Reviews: 377
Hads: 565
Avg: 4.05
pDev: 13.09%
Wants: 97
Gots: 21 | 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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Photo of tzieser
4.55/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured from a 12oz bottle into a standard pint glass (AC/DC themed, if you must know)

a: pours a deep dark ruby color with a thick two finger head that slowly settles into a thin lacing.

s: rich aroma. notes of sweet toasted malts, caramel and ripe fruit. i can already tell this is gonna be a deliciously malty dopplebock.

t: deliciously malty. great malt complexity. notes of caramel, toasted malts (bready character) and a very subtle crispiness (hops?). very very good. probably one of the best US made dopplebocks i've had. even rivals weihenstephan korbanian (my fav)

m&d: smooth mouthfeel; good drinkability.

again, this is probably the best US made dopplebock i've had. i keep seeing people mentioning Troeggenator dopplebock....the troegs' bock is good, but it just doesn't have the same german character that this one does. well done.

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Photo of drtth
4.55/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Lighly chilled and poured into Duvel glass and allowed to warm to room temperature over the course of the tasting. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: Clear dark brown with reddish undertones. The fine bubbles in the 1/4" light tan head quickly thin leaving a small rim around the glass, a thin layer of foam on the surface and virtually no lacing. Eventually even the surface foam fades away.

Smell: The aroma is of rich sweet malt with brown sugar, a faint bitter roast smell, a trace of dark fruits and a trace of alcohol.

Taste: Begins with dark semi-sweet malt and quickly shifts to brown sugar or dark caramel sweet malt and traces of dark fruit followed by a hint of bitterness. This is very complex.

Mouthfeel: The mouth feel is medium bodied with faint light carbonation and a long, dry and slightly bitter finish.

Drinkability: Very good drinkability but this is a beer for sipping and savoring so one a night is just right.

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Photo of Hefe
4.55/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a beatiful mahogany with a thick tan head that over time becomes a thick ring of lace. Great nose of caramel and tree fruits along with the slightest hint of smokiness. The smoked malt is a little more prevalent on the tongue, provides a great undercurrent of complexity, flavours are mostly plum, burnt caramel, milk chocolate, the finish is dry and lightly spicy. Mmmm good drinking!

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Photo of BlackJeremiah
4.57/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

A: Dark ruby in color, gemlike against the light. Low carbonation, low head, but lots of lacing.

S: Sweet, raisiny malt scents, like candy. Brown sugar, too, makes itself apparent. Delicious-smelling.

T: Candy-sweet plums, raisins and brown sugar, with just a hint of balancing hops floating over the top. A very well-rounded flavor, with a surprising feel that seems to have a lot in common with a dark Belgian. Chewy, metamorphic, and delicious.

M: Nice, subtle effervescence. Soft and velvety on the tongue and palate.

D: Good, slow sipper, really nice characteristics that develop as one drinks.

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Photo of JackTheRipper
4.57/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Dark amber~brown in color. Thin but persistent head with a touch of lacing.
S: Heavy notes of a toasty malt aroma. There's also a sweet spicey smell here, some clove aromas are noted. I had my nose in the glass nearly from start to finish, this one is a beer to savor.
T: Complex ripe fruity/spicey flavors. There's a generous malty character, with just a hint of hops, enough to keep this from being overly sweet.
M: Very nice level of carbonation. Alcohol is strongly warming. There's a syrupy mouthfeel to this one that carries the flavors all around the mouth and really enhances things.
D&N: Yes, I gave it a five. This one has everything I like, it's a great example of the style; great smells and flavors, and it's from my state. Had this one on tap at Sharp Edge Beer Emporium with beergeek279 and cupbeerman.

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Photo of adamette
4.57/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Live Review. Poured from the 12 oz. bottle that was given to me by my friend Bill, a fellow BA who picked it up in Erie, PA a few weeks ago. I have never seen this beer in a store here in Ohio. "Enjoy by Jan 5, 2011" stamped lightly on the label. Poured into my Cooperstown Beverage Trail pint glass. I appreciated the following, printed below the name of the beer on the label: "A dark, rich, lager beer of sublime complexity and character." Per Bill's recommendation, I let it warm a bit before opening it, it was probably near 50 degrees F as I opened it.

A Light brown, puffy head over a nice, translucent ruby red body, right on target with the style and inviting. Head did not stay around long though (30 seconds?) and it left little to no lacing on the inside of the glass. 4.0

S Light smell of dark fruits, maybe some cinnamon and right after I poured it I thought I picked up some nice malt sweetness. Good and inviting from a style that at one time was my favorite (I was really liking Spaten Optimator for a long time). 4.5

T Oh yes, that great barley malt sweetness, light tastes of the dark fruits, nice lingering (but aftertaste is welcomingly light) moderate sweetness. This is a really great Dopplebock and now I only wish that I had tasted this years ago when I used to buy a few cases of Optimator, thinking that it was the cat's meow. Don't get me wrong, I have great respect for Optimator but this American craft brew rekindles my interest in the style and also it is nice to know that I would not have to buy an "import" at "import" prices to find the taste of a great Dopplebock, which St. Victorious most certainly is. 5.0

M Some bigness with the dark fruits, some malt sweetness but really this is a light to moderate feeling beer which translates nicely to the drinkability. 3.5

D Very good with the light to moderate feel, interesting and delicious tastes. 4.5

Notes: Thanks to Bill for seeing that I was able to enjoy this great beer from Victory, a brewery with a nicely rounded lineup of beers.

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Photo of tapman
4.59/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Red/violet in color, densely packed dark eggshell head. Filtered.

Smells like dutch chocolate, chocolate malted milkshake, hearty german bread. Hops are very minty.

Tastes just like the nose. No detectable alcohol at 58 F. I guess the only thing I could say is that I miss that raisiny taste in a brew like this, though most of the others ones have it so it is a nice change of pace.

Velvety smooth. Carbonation is just right. Good combination of drinkability and chewiness.

A fantastic example of the style from a consistently good brewery.

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Photo of Phatz
4.6/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is one of my absolute favorite beers. I drink it often. I have gotten a growler of it, I have it on tap every time I go to Victory, but this is the first time I have had it from a bottle at home. Thanks to tgbljb for the trade. It does seem to have a more sharp Hop profile in the bottle than it did on-tap, it is not quite as ‘smooth and mellow’, this time. Nonetheless, one of my favorite beers.

Appearance: Pours a beautiful dark amber brown. Translucent but thick.

Smell: Rich caramel and brown sugar malts.

Taste: It is incredibly sweet but then it is nicely balanced with a speckling of sharp hop bitterness. Brilliant! There is a complex web of flavors that make up the sweetness including plums black cherries birch caramel a bit of granny smith apple and some white grape. WOW!

Mouthfeel: This beer has a very full and hearty mouthfeel but it is not heavy. It is somehow both a mouthful and remarkably medium bodied with a very slick oily texture that tastefully slides down my throat (quite rapidly in fact).

Drinkability: If I had to choose a beer to live of of for the rest of my life this is one that would suit me just fine! I love it! I could drink it all night and never tire of it. The ABV will catch up to you so it would not quite qualify as a session beer even though it has an EXEPTIONAL drinkability IMO.

Hope this is helpful.

Thanks to tgbljb for the trade!

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Photo of JednoPivoProsim
4.6/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 FL. OZ. bottle into a pint glass. Purchased at the Victory Brewpub store. ENJOY BY: Jan 24 2014.

Appearance: Pours a clear dark amber body with a thick off white toffee colored head. Good carbonation.

Smell: Aroma of sweet caramel and toffee. Slight sugary molasses. Very sweet aroma. Smells delicious.

Taste: Sweet malty dates, raisins. Slight coffee flavor. Very rich and sweet. Tastes delicious!

Mouthfeel: The body isn't too thick, making this drinkable. Enough malty molasses texture to coat the mouth, but no real strong/offensive aftertaste.

Overall: Absolutely delicious and perfect for this never ending winter. What a doppelbock should be!

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.6/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Pours a deep reddish-brown body with a khaki-colored head.

Smell: A strong, malty aroma laden with fresh fruits, namely cherries, dates, and cooked apples. Some alcohol in the nose, as well.

Taste: Rich butterscotch maltiness upfront enveloped by a fresh fruit taste - black cherries, blood oranges, and dates. Nicely toasty, but also some slight roasted flavors peek through. Mild hop bitterness, but it ultimately finishes sweet. One of the tastiest doppelbocks I've had to date!

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body, and at times both fizzy and sticky.

Drinkability: Ohhh! This beer is quite good! Definitely worth a try.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.62/5  rDev +14.1%
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.

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Photo of mobyfann
4.62/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Paid around $11 for a 6 pack in Maryland...

The beer pours a clear chocolate colored base, with minimal head retention and lacing on the glass. The aroma is bold with sweet caramel and roasted malts.

The beer is creative and almost true to pure style, it's starts off slightly syrupy and transforms into a blast of malts and settles on a sweet aftertaste... it's a great sequence in consummate and dry enough to let it stick to your palette, what a gem! Is this a double bock at 8.5%? Very easy going down the hatch and an ideal session beer for its style... so impressed!

Final Thought: Remarkably modest in it's presentation, this beer knocks your socks off!

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Photo of mempath
4.64/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

deep reddish-copper with big carbo-bubble head that settles very fast.

something in the nose is very enticing. at first (oddly) like beef jerky. then it's more like dark dried fruit. earthy malt sense.

oh this is much more than i imagained. again, getting this interesting (in a good way!) beef broth sense. then the fruity-alcohol esters kick in nicely. this is pretty impressive. i didn't expect such a hard-hitter. can't say the alcohol is the answer. very well hidden. but has that same viscous sense as, say, a DFH raison d'etre. there is heft. my o my, another swallow and i get tangy marinated-in-vodka berries. alot going on here, unfolding as it warms up slightly. perfect for watching the Olympics.

mouthfeel simply supports the whole, completing it. and making this stealthy doppelbock a very drinkable, daring session brew. a great brew to be stuck with during and after two blizzards. inadvertent monastery?


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Photo of maybrick
4.64/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I'm quite honored to report the first three people to have this brew publicly were Brew Masters Ron Barchet, bill Covaleski, and myself.

We had it tonight (1/31/2005) and I just can't get over what the new brewhouse is doing!

Upon the pour and rasing it to the light I found it to be a dark ruby color. Head retention is great and translates well to mouthfeel. In all honesty - you know the expression "like a party in your pants?" Well this is like that except it's in your mouth. My goodeness! The malt profile is like ripened plums with a bit of smoke and then like a carmel candy. I love this stuff!

It has attenuated greatly and is SO smooth that thre isn't a detecable alchol burn even though it weighs in at 8.4 ABV!

I highly remomend this brew!

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Photo of santoslhalper
4.67/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearence: Pours a sliky smooth reddish brown with a thin off-white that almost completely dissapears. The clarity is dead-on.

Smell: The smell is of sweet and rich malts combined with a nice alcohol presence that rounds the whole thing off.

Taste and Mouthfeel: This beer is a full on barrage of malts onto the taste buds. The sweet, creamy, gooey goodness of malts clings to your mouth with joy, as the alcohol warms you the whole way down to your toes. The mouthfeel is smooth a lucious.

Drinkability and Overall: A wonderful doppelbock for sure. Smooth and creamy, full of complexity and balance, yet it has enough kick to cure even the heaviest of beer drinkers need for a strong brew. This a warming beer that is one of the best from Victory. I managed to get the only case my local distributor got in, and that was one hour after they got it. Talk about lucky! Well, God bless Victory for making this truly remarkable beer.

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Photo of Jaynuze
4.68/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a beautiful dull amber with very little foam. The head evaporates almost immediately after pouring. The nose is strong with a malty spiciness and hints of caramel.

As it washes over the palette, it leaves a very malty flavor with a touch of earthiness and light citrus cut by a sweet hint of alcohol. Like a good Doppelbock, the alcohol taste does not overpower the flavors of the beer but actually enhances them. Drinker be warned; at 8.5% ABV one might find it a bit difficult to grab the third or fourth bottle from the fridge!

This beer has a wonderfully "wholesome" mouthfeel ... almost creamy. It is a joy to drink, especially during those last few weeks before Spring's arrival.

Make sure to pick up more than one six pack when you see this beauty in the store! No matter how many you buy, you'll wish you had more. Arguably one of the finest German styled beers brewed by an American brewery. Prost!!

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Photo of pheurton
4.69/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

1/2 gallon growler: glowing burnt crimson with a creamy beige head that retreats to a small collar, but leaves little patches of lace on the glass. caramel-dipped candy apple aroma with a touch of noble hops. relatively low carbonation results in a creamy and full mouthfeel. layers upon layers of malt complexity are mind boggling. i taste toasted munich malts, all kinds of fruit, and a caramel backbone. light earthy hops come in at the end to keep things toned down just enough. the drinkability is amazing, considering the style and ABV. the first quaffable doppelbock i've ever had. just fantastic stuff.

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Photo of obrendano
4.7/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

WHAT A BEER! Got this in a random mix and match 6 pack grab

A - at first was a little disappointed as the head on this was thin while pouring, until at the last second a light tan creamy foam filled the top of the glass. the head was thick and sticky all throughout the drink. beer is a clear dark ruby.

S - initial smells of brown sugar and citrus, clean dark malt. some fruit skin comes through with more smells.

T - SCORE. this quickly has become one of the best tasting beers I've come across. complex mix of raw citrus and sugar, toffee, touches of the high alcohol content, and a nice toasty flavor under it all akin to English ales

M - creamy and sticky, not too light, not too heavy, goes down nice and smooth

D - there really is no reason to skip over this one, highly recommended and a nice surprise

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Photo of dahlen22
4.73/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer is awesome. Dark red color with a malty aroma. The taste reveals raisins, toffee and plenty of malts. There is a slight hoppiness at the end. The 8.50% is very deceptive as this beer is extremely drinkable. This is one of the best American doppelbocks that I have ever had and I highly recommend it. Cheers!!

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Photo of nomad
4.75/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

1/2 gallon growler

Gorgeous deep ruby with fine carbonation supporting a wispy head. Fairly consistent lacing is moderate and slick. Starts with a thick foamy head but settles away to nothing. The color is most impressive, shining transparent and gem-like.

Smells like a fruit cordial, along the lines of maraschino cherries wrapped in a thin caramel sauce and a nice drop of alcohol. Opens to Munich malts, among others, with a wonderfully grainy accent. Builds a creamy and nutty sense that gently melds into the fruity, malty core. Classy and almost liqueur-like on the nose.

Like its smell, it comes across with a first flavor of a cherry cordial that is actually only faintly sweet, leading to an even better flavor of figs' skin, meat, pit, and all. Next come roasty notes turning to musty/earthy notes with a soft, mellow noble hops deftly blended in. Like a good doppel should, it has rough and sizable malt rippling through the whole profile. Mellow but full of bockness, it slowly develops a smooth sense of grainy, earthy flavors of molasses. Has the definition of a nutty finish from first to last pint.

Yet as fruity, roasty, and quietly dark as it tastes, St. Victorious is in sum none of the above. It has a serene, creamy, and smooth approach that expresses a deep sophistication hard to find in others of the style.

Full bodied but slick, it slides back way too easy. At the brewpub, at home, this beer's mouthfeel greatly helps its dangerous drinkability. I could write about its mouthfeel as much as its flavor - smooth, big, yet silky. Exquisite. God bless the man who figured out the decoction brewing method.

I've been waiting eight months to quaff this beauty, anticipating its release since the first day I became a Philly resident. Take a trip to the brewery to taste the care and love that exudes through this creation.

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Photo of chrismann65
4.83/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I had this on tap @ The Austin Untapped fest .! Wow; This is a Doppelbock brewed w/ smoked 2-row German malt from Bamberg. !!! What a nice smoke, smell with a med. mouth feel . I just love how dark roast brew keeps going & going !! with a long finish .!!
Great beer with BBQ...!!! If you get a chance try this great brew.!!!

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Photo of YamBag
4.83/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

2010 is a great year for St. Victorious. Love the balance and nice hop finish. Had on tap at victory, pours a nice rich amber color with a tan head. The taste is complex with a clean soft finish. Like a good German lager the smell is very clean. Best version of St. V in a long time.

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Photo of Ol_Lefty
4.86/5  rDev +20%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Imagine a cross between shiner and guiness and you get this amazing beer

Color is a deep brown with a slightly earthy sweet smell. The taste is a sweet raisin and toasted malt rich flavor, with traces of citrus behind the two main flavors and a nice heavy but smooth finish

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Photo of letsgopens
4.87/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I was treated to this insanely tasty Doppelbock while on a trip to Philly. I was visiting Eulogy Belgian Tavern when I spotted it on the bottle list and decided to give it a try. It poured a dark woody amber with some sizable orange highlights. The foamy off-white possibly more beige head (it was very dark in there) held very well and clung to the glass leaving some nice spotty lace.

Tons of woody, earthy fruit establish themselves instantly in the nose. Sweet honey and starchy molasses. The sweetness is prominent but very different and interesting. Kind of like toasted oats and toffee; very wholesome. Candied fruit also comes through in the middle. Sweet in two different ways. Very complex and unique.

The flavor consists of very sweet clover honey and molasses in the begininng then fades into some very earthy wood notes. Buttered dark bread with apples and caramel. A hint of apricot and raisin shine through as well. Slight bits of a malty fruit/vegetable flavor and cedar. All types of wood, bread/grains, fruit, and varying levels of caramelization. Super complex and absurdly tasty. Even better than the Ayinger Celebrator in my opinion.

Heavy and earthy with moderate carbonation and a slick mouthfeel. The finish is full but crisp with a buttery lingering texture. The flavors and textures are all over the place but they still manage to tie together seamlessly; so complex. Probably the best Doppelbock I've ever had. Really an amazing beer.

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Photo of mdvatab
4.88/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from 12oz bottle into shaker pint.
Best by 12/17/2011

Aroma: Sweet molasses, carmelized sugar, black cherry, & vanilla.

Appearance: 1.5 finger of light tan foamy head gradually settles to 1 finger. Beautifully clear, reddish-amber body.

Flavor: Rich, chewy caramel supported by a hoppy balance. Manages to achieve a rich, malty sweetness without being cloying. Dried black cherry with herbal hop in the background. Reminiscent of iced tea on the back end.

Mouthfeel: Medium carbonation. Medium-full delicious body.

Overall: EXTREMELY tasty! Complexity of aroma, substantial body, maltiness w/ balance, and it begs you to have another sip. Definitely one of my new favorites. Thanks for the trade, Curious Monk!

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St. Victorious from Victory Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 377 ratings.