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St. Victorious - Victory Brewing Company

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St. VictoriousSt. Victorious

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

523 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 523
Reviews: 374
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 10.81%
Wants: 71
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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MunchkinDrinker

Maryland

3.5/5  rDev -14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - Slightly hazy deep mahogany with a dark cream colored head that comes up out of nowhere. Not much lacing.

S - Bready with some subdued overripe dark fruit. Some odd sweetness and spiciness.

T/M - The sweetness from the smell doesn't come through. Very strong steely malt flavor with a pleasant frothy/chalky mouthfeel, like what you'd expect out of a quad. Bready, the frutiness from the aroma doesn't come through either, though the general spiciness does.

D - Though the alcohol is masked, I just don't think this is that quaffable.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2009 02:51:52 | More by MunchkinDrinker
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ajdemma

Georgia

3.5/5  rDev -14%

10-19-2013 18:37:54 | More by ajdemma
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gafferjohn

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -14%

01-17-2012 19:01:50 | More by gafferjohn
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Zetcha7x

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -14%

04-15-2014 00:47:15 | More by Zetcha7x
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deapokid

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -14%

12-03-2011 18:35:40 | More by deapokid
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jophish17

Georgia

3.5/5  rDev -14%

12-24-2011 00:31:05 | More by jophish17
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gehlbach

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -14%

07-05-2014 19:59:31 | More by gehlbach
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barnzy78

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -14%

12-04-2011 22:48:47 | More by barnzy78
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MookDawg

Vermont

3.53/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle decanted into a Celebrator .3l glass

A - crystal clear, deep carmel color, reddish highlights, 1/2" tan head, dissipated within a minute. Carbonation keeps lightly bubbling up, with constant thin ring around the top edge.

S - dark fruits, alcohol, sweet malt, and dark sugars. Not as aromatic as I think doppelbocks should be.

T - hints of alcohol, sweet malt, and fruits. A little burnt/carmelized aftertaste.

M - chewy, a little syrupy, but smooth.

Overall - A decent doppelbock, but not the greatest. I think more time in the bottle will allow it to balance some of the harsher alcoholic notes out and let the malt sing.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2011 00:04:17 | More by MookDawg
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MuddyFeet

North Carolina

3.55/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Beertruth for this bottle.

Pours a dark brown in color. Not thick like a poert or stout but thinner like a dense bock. Fairly flat in appearance. Nose is malty and peaty with a bit of heat from the alcohol.

Flavor is actually fairly simple. Heavy on the malts. Nice roasted character to it. Some toffee too. Picking out some fruits, particularly overripe cherries. A rather nice burn from the alcohol too. Pleasant and soothing actually. Heavy and full mouthfeel. It would coat the cheeks but the alcohol evaporates nciely and thins it out. Solid beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2007 23:28:51 | More by MuddyFeet
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wahhmaster

Virginia

3.55/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams Boston Lager glass.

Appearance: Pours a deep brown color with ruby hues. Has a small, foamy head that dissipates quickly and leaves little lacing.

Smell: Has a strong smell of sweet and caramel malts reminiscent of most doppelbocks.

Taste: Slightly bitter up front. Gains a strong maltiness as it develops. Has a slight alcohol edge to it as well. Pretty typical doppelbock.

Mouthfeel: For a doppelbock, a little light-bodied but still pretty good.

Drinkability: A pretty decent doppelbock. Certainly not as good as its German incarnations but a decent interpretation. I'd certainly have it again.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2010 17:52:58 | More by wahhmaster
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thagr81us

South Carolina

3.58/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served from tap into a sampler tumbler. Poured red-orange with a half finger off-white head that subsided to a minimal amount slowly. Maintained decent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, caramel, and dark chocolate. The flavor was of sweet malt, caramel, coffee, dark chocolate, dark fruit, and subtle sweet alcohol. It had a light feel on the palate with low carbonation. Overall this was a decent brew. Wow! Where did all of that flavor come from!? Based on the aroma I would have not expected there to be much going on in this one. It was definitely a pleasant surprise when I took my first sip. The flavor is really as that saved this one for me as the aroma was VERY weak in intensity. Worth trying for the flavor but that is about it.

Serving type: on-tap

05-04-2011 16:30:37 | More by thagr81us
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bum732

Lesotho

3.58/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a clear reddish brown, ring of foam. Smells of strong raisins, other dark fruit, some breadiness, touch of alcohol, touch of citrus. Tastes similar to aroma, bold raisin, grape and fig sweetness. Decent earthy bitterness cuts through the sweetness. Decent mouthfeel and carbonation.

An interesting doppelbock, definitely more dark fruit forward than malt forward. Didn't really care for it, the winey notes and dark fruits was pretty intense, i'd prefer more of a bready profile.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2010 02:51:23 | More by bum732
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Redwood21

Virginia

3.58/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: This is the color i wish all beer was, just because it is soooo nice. Its a nice dark amber brown red type thing. The head was nice, but could have lasted a little longer.

S: sweet caramel and malts almost a coffee toffee aroma, very faint.

T: The thing that suprised me was the hop bitterness it cuts the sweetness from the caramel flavor there is also some obvious alcohol here.

M: its creamy and if you roll it around your mouth enough it will foam like crazy. Its got a nice smooth feeling
D: 8.5% is a bit high for a more than one beer, beer. its good a little strong in the alcohol not the best doppelbock, but good

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2007 03:38:06 | More by Redwood21
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

3.58/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This Doppelbock pours out with a nice brown colored body. The head was a tan color that was kind of fizzy. The smell of the beer had some good malty aroma with some soft yeast on the nose. The taste of the beer is pretty good. There's a softness to the taste, the flavors are mostly sweet. The mouthfeel was medium bodied. Overall not a bad brew.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2011 04:43:03 | More by Knapp85
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Tucquan

Pennsylvania

3.58/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this on 2011-11-23 in Columbia, PA

Notes: It says on the bottle label "Enjoy By Dec 17 2011" so I'm having this near the end of the recommended range.

A - Mostly clear but mostly impenetrable mahogany with a 3/4-finger tan head that fades very quickly and leaves moderate lacing.

S - Grapes, mild roasted malt, mild caramel and mild hop floral.

T - Grapes, medium roasted grain, touch of caramel, fig, touch of citrus flesh and rind. Never quite dries but pallet clears well with a lingering grape/fig flavor and very moderate hop bitterness.

M - Thinner than I expected. Medium body and light-medium carbonation give a cream soda-like feel. Not chewy but not watery.

A - I like it well-enough but the grape sweetness/kool-aid isn't my cup of tea for this style. I'd rather have a hearty, toasted spicy-bready flavor for my doppelbock.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2011 23:01:15 | More by Tucquan
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dsa7783

New Jersey

3.6/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

After trying just about every Victory beer on the market (sans on tap at the brewery), this is the latest offering I've had the pleasure to sample... A crisp, sweet-tasting, spritzy depiction of the style with a noticeable pepperish bite... Alcohol was difficult to detect despite the 8.5% ABV...
Good stuff but certainly not the brewery's best offering...

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2009 17:43:05 | More by dsa7783
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justintcoons

Pennsylvania

3.6/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a pilsner glass.

Appearance
Reddish mahogany with 1 finger of tan head that dissipates quickly. Excellent clarity with low carbonation.

Nose
Toast, biscuit, brown sugar, toffee, cocoa and sugar cookies.

Taste
Dark toasted breads, biscuit and sugar cookies. Brown sugar, toffee and cocoa nib with touches of dates. Maintains an earthy residual bitterness along with hints of smoke and floral hops.

Mouthfeel
Medium-full bodied, smooth, silky and bitter.

Overall
The flavors are right-on for a good Doppelbock, but the extra bitterness kind of kills it for me.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2013 14:26:59 | More by justintcoons
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gmcfarre

Colorado

3.6/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into bowtie glass

A - Pours a dark ruby amber color with a smallish light tan head. Lacing is rather minimal.

S - Lightly roasted, caramelized sugar and grain. A hint of plum and perhaps raisin. Very little hop activity. A touch of earthy peat rounds out the smell.

T - Toasted caramel malt flavor with a strong sweetness. Raisin dark fruit flavors stand out. Alcohol is evident in a slight sharp, burning sensation but its not overpowering. Not much action on the middle of palate as it glides over your tastebuds with a slightly oil effect.

M - Medium to full-bodied (a touch lighter than normal for the style). Moderate alcohol burn as it goes down, with some residual sweetness left on the tongue. Light carbonation.

D - Hmm, not exactly what comes to mind when I think of a Dobbelbock. Almost tastes more like a Scotch Ale at times. Nevertheless, it is pretty drinkable considering the high ABV and slight alcoholic taste. Enjoy on a cold winter night with some hearty sausage or chili.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2007 22:40:09 | More by gmcfarre
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boulevard2

New York

3.6/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

16 oz. pint at Monty's Krown

Pours a carmel brown sugar haze with a little carbonation.I was a little skeptical from its appearence being used to darker dopplebocks but was intrested to see how they did. A small head appeared and then disapated quickly. Smells of burnt caramel, raisins and spices, nice for this kind of beer . The taste was much like it smelled and was warming with its 8.5% abv and was a great attempt to a classic European Beer.

Serving type: on-tap

04-22-2006 20:38:03 | More by boulevard2
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claytri

Maryland

3.63/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer poured a translucent amber with a dab of offwhite lace. The aroma was of rich caramel malt. The taste was of caramel malt with a bit of alcohol burn and a medicinal finish. The feel was medium and wet. This was a pleasant enough beer, just nothing that really made it stand out from the pack.

Serving type: on-tap

03-08-2010 13:19:42 | More by claytri
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chodinheaven

Maryland

3.63/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark ruby colored beer with a little head that sticks around for a little and then dissapates into a patchy form on top. The smell is interesting and hard to place. I get a smoky quality, like tobacco, and possibly a faint sweetness backed by a little boozy twinge.

Malty indeed, but with a medium body and high carbonation. The combination of the three create a different mouthfeel, one that is boozy and spritzy and very dry. The taste is unique. That smokiness in the aroma comes out in the taste as well, but in a way that is almost weird. Like maybe that flavor is a little off to me. The hops are there as well, hitting a little in the front of the taste, and then again in a bigger way in the finish. The booziness comes out more and more while it warms up, becoming slightly more than just a zest of it. It adds another dimension to the brew however, and it's actually a pretty enjoyable boozy taste.

Overall, this isn't my favorite from Victory, but it feels old school and for that I respect it. Also not my favorite style admittedly, but other doppelbocks that I've had are not like this. Definitely one to try for those of you into the style. You won't regret its uniqueness.

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2011 05:52:20 | More by chodinheaven
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GCBrewingCo

North Carolina

3.63/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer poured into the glass crystal clear deep amber with a tannish head which rose tall and fell slowly to lace the glass.

The aroma was strongly malty with a moderate alcohol presence. Some chocolate malt character was notable and dark fruits, prunes mostly, but some raisins, existed in the aroma. The aroma also contained a light smoky presence and complexity.

The flavor was malty with a smoky character (can this be right?). The flavor was dark caramel and fairly strong smoked sausage character as if the beer contained some rauchmalt. The smoke was not high enough to be a rauchbier, but was strong enough to really detract from the character of a dopplebock. Some dark fruits, again, more prunes than raisins, were present and in the background.

The finish was dry with a lasting dry smoke character coupled with an underlying chocolate into the aftertaste. The body was medium with a fairly low carbonation. The warming after consumption was only slight. I expected this to be a much different beer and the smoke was completely not what was expected and did not contribute complexity to anything other than the aroma.

12 ounce bottle. Enjoy by Jul 27, 06. Thanks BeerBeing!

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2006 23:18:11 | More by GCBrewingCo
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Boto

Connecticut

3.63/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer poured a dark brown color. Not much head to speak of. Aroma has a rich malty sweetness to it, with mayge a hint of fruitiness. The taste is very malty and sweet, with a hint of caramel to it. There is a good hop balance. A very good Bock! Maybe not up to some of the better ones, but still very drinkable.

Serving type: on-tap

04-02-2005 20:32:20 | More by Boto
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goodbyeohio

Oregon

3.65/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz best by 8/1/05, thanks to geoff..

pours a beautiful brown with red highlights.. no head, but bubbly around the edges. perfect viscosity.

aroma is explosive.. malty and real hoppy with cherry hints and alcohol evident. barleywine-ish for sure with extra sweet.

tastes crazy.. malty but smoky.. barbecue with lots of vegetable flavor.. finishes hoppy and smooth with a mild bitterness and carbonated crisp. tobacco detected as well. truly lives up to its brown color with a delicious charred flavor all around.

for such a complex beer, very drinkable

only negative is a lack of any sweetness in the taste. for 8.5%, very mellow. great accompaniment to a simple meat dish. will seek this out in the future, would like to try it on tap.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2005 15:35:29 | More by goodbyeohio
St. Victorious from Victory Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 523 ratings.