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St. Victorious - Victory Brewing Company

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552 Ratings
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Ratings: 552
Reviews: 375
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 10.59%
Wants: 84
Gots: 19 | 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 gloveman
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of eclectic
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a deep brown with minimal head.. a sweet malted yeasty bread aroma.. medium bodied... initially dry and malty, finishes with a hoppiness that doesn’t seem to flow with the rest of the flavors..

Not what I was expecting for the style.. which in this case is a bad thing.. hard to say much else about it since it was so lackluster.. would try it again but am in no rush to do so.

Photo of ajdemma
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of gafferjohn
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of Zetcha7x
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of deapokid
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of jophish17
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of gehlbach
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of barnzy78
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of MunchkinDrinker
3.51/5  rDev -13.5%
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.

Photo of thagr81us
3.53/5  rDev -13.1%
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.

Photo of MookDawg
3.53/5  rDev -13.1%
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.

Photo of boulevard2
3.54/5  rDev -12.8%
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.

Photo of MuddyFeet
3.55/5  rDev -12.6%
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.

Photo of wahhmaster
3.57/5  rDev -12.1%
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.

Photo of Redwood21
3.58/5  rDev -11.8%
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

Photo of Knapp85
3.58/5  rDev -11.8%
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.

Photo of Tucquan
3.58/5  rDev -11.8%
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.

Photo of bum732
3.6/5  rDev -11.3%
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.

Photo of dsa7783
3.62/5  rDev -10.8%
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...

Photo of gmcfarre
3.62/5  rDev -10.8%
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.

Photo of PSUDREW
3.62/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark, brown soda color, with a little bit of aged-bone colored head. Nose reminds me of a abv-heavy, sweet, roasted nutty-ness. Tatse boastes an interesting mix of nutty-ness, wine-quality, solid malt, sweet taste, with a spicy/sweet hop finish. Not the most complex dopple i have had, but, surely a solid competitior, that mixes well on several occasions.

Photo of justintcoons
3.64/5  rDev -10.3%
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.

Photo of SilentSabre
3.64/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This was a nice treat. In the way of doppelbocks, it's a few notches above average. The pour was very nice, indeed, looking like something you'd see in an ad. A lovely red bronze colour with a voluminous, sticky sand coloured head that remained for several minutes. This looked great. Smell fairly average for the style with some caramelised sugar, very faint dark fruit hiding way in the back, some toasted grain; your average doppelbock. Taste was nice and flavourful without being too strong. Very enjoyable and almost thirst quenching. Quite a statement for a brew that's 8,5%, eh? There's a "non-threatening", but certainly noticeable hop bitterness on the finish. I think that balances things out quite nicely. Mouthfeel is smooth and pleasant, but nothing extraordinary. Considering the style and abv, I think the drinkability of this one is fantastic! My only regret is that I have but one. Many thanks to Aprilluvsbeer for tossing this in on a trade.

Photo of claytri
3.65/5  rDev -10.1%
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.

St. Victorious from Victory Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 552 ratings.