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St. Victorious - Victory Brewing Company

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Ratings: 558
Reviews: 376
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 10.59%
Wants: 89
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: 558 | Reviews: 376
Photo of Pencible
3.88/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This poured a clear, dark mahogany with tan head. It smelled like fresh barley and wheat with light lemon and copper hops. It tasted like lots of copper hops and roasted barley, with some lemon hops and bready yeast. It was somewhat thick with some carbonation, and had a bittersweet aftertaste. Overall this was very much like an Oktoberfest but stronger. It hid the alcohol well, and had decent body. The flavor was good, but wasn't as sweet or complex as I was hoping. Perhaps a couple years of age might help that? If so, this could become a very enjoyable beer.

Photo of righthereisay
4.43/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Decided to try this for the 1st round of the divisional playoffs. It went well with the Cardinals/Falcons game.

Nice dark color. Very nice dark flavor. Full bodied, which was a surprise, based on the alcohol content.

I cannot taste the alcohol (compared to other brews, such as Brooklyn Chocolate)

I consider this beer a great Winter treat. I may purchase again. Would like to see it in a Victory variety pack.

Photo of chakadrum
3.1/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

For starters, I expected this beer to smack me with some impressive. Unfortunately, drinking it just felt so plain and boring. There is nothing necessarily wrong with an average beer, but I just expect a richer deeper more impressive product.

A - virtually no head or lacing which was surprising since I poured the beer rather aggressively. Color has a nice ruby hue to it.

S - I don't really smell all that much. Maybe a little whiff of raisins?

T - A bit sweet, but I actually expected it to be sweeter. Not a domination of malts. I taste a variety of holiday-type fruits but in a very subtle nature (figs, etc). A bit of bitterness on the end which is pleasant.

M - Watery. Where is the thickness? Carbonation is good.

D - Despite it being boring to me, it has above average drinkability.

Photo of marcpal
3.04/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

On tap at the brewpub after samples of several others. Poured into a short imperial glass.

A: Copper penny red. What I found interesting was the head that started thin and ended in the same exact thinness. I mean, this thing went nowhere.

S: Intensely sweet and sugary. Liquor soaked raisins and confectioners sugar. It needed something in the way of hops to bring something to the dance. Diabetics, beware, this is going to be candy like.

T: Abundantly sweet and chocolatey. Mind numbingly sweet with a powdered sugar, cotton candy pounding sweetness. Sugar cookie of a doppelbock in every part and parcel. Was it me or was it like an Old Fezziwig on HGH.

M: Thick, chewy but not that knife and fork thickness that the greats present. Oily and virtual nil in the way of carbonation.

D: Pretty good for what the style should represent outside of the cloying sweetness.
This would be incredibly difficult to session over the course of a night but that's not what it was designed for. Not the best from Victory, had high hopes for their overseas styles.

The alcohol is not the limiting factor, its the feeling of rising blood sugar level.

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

Served on tap at the VBC on 12/12/08.

Pours a deep, clear, amber with a finger of creamy tan head (but almost off-white in color)that shrinks down into a solid, thin layer of retention, with a good flare-up that leaves some nice looking swathes of lacing behind. The aroma is nice and assertive smelling with notes of cocoa, nuts, bread, dark fruits, caramel and some fresh, floral hops in the back.

The taste is thick with bready malts, chocolate, dark fruits, and brown sugar. It's all very smooth and malty up front but there is also some welcome notes of roast and hops that punch up the back and add a little more character to the equation. Finishes with sticky remnants of dark fruit and caramel tang and even a little bitterness at times. The mouthfeel is medium-fuller bodied with a firm carbonation up front but then smoothes out into a chewier layer that rides underneath.

Very nice. Full flavored and chewey yet still smooth on the palette, this is a well done Doppelbock from Victory. I haven't visited this since having it in the bottle a couple of years ago, so this was a nice catch-up on a good beer.

Photo of corby112
4.38/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very dark amber/ chestnut brown color with thin tan head hthat settles into thin lace. Nice roasted chocolate, malty aroma. Roasted malty flavor that lasts throughout, with hints of chocolate, caramel, chestnut and licorice. Very well-balanced and quaffable with a bitter sweet dry hoppy finish.

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

A deep set shade of blood orange colour with dazzling ruby that absolutely blazes to the light. This melange makes up the entirety of the beer's appearance less perhaps the thinnest of white lace around its perimeter. Rather gorgeous by all accounts.

It is a delicate but luring bouquet, one that marries dark buttery caramel with dark sugar coated fruits. It smells filling. There is a hint of chocolate or cold coffee. Raisins and plums seem actively fermenting in sugary sweet malt serum.

The taste fully explores this combination of flavours and even introduces another component: hops. A green leafy bitterness, full of resin and sap, finds its way between notes of raisins, gingerbread, brown sugar, plums, and molasses - all of which are coated in the sticky sweet malt sugars.

The mouthfeel isn't quite as gooey and sticky as the best, but it sure is viscous. Notes of dark caramel and rum soaked raisin stay glued to the palate. Its level of carbonation is properly adjusted so as not to interfere with the delicacy of the flavours.

I like that they've stuck true to style and haven't skimped on one ounce of what makes dopplebocks so delicious: the malts! Victory certainly are victorious here. I could guzzle this down pint after pint and, fortunately or unfortunately, there seems to be no sign of the 8.5% here to stop me!

Photo of brentk56
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a clear dark amber color with a creamy tan head; a few lacing shards spring up from the foam

Smell: Understated but distinct elements of caramel, raisins and cocoa powder

Taste: Plenty of caramel and raisin/prune flavors in the front end, with some grassy bitterness peeking through by mid-palate; after the swallow, the sweet flavors are balanced by the hops as well as some cocoa

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate but creamy carbonation

Drinkablity: World class! Really enjoyed the balanced approach to the style

Photo of sholland119
3.7/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours a deep red with a thin tan head and little lacing.

S-Sweet and malty with a strong scent of sweet dark fruits.

T-Good, not great. Lots of malty sweetness but nothing to really balance it out.

M-Nice carbonation, a little bit thick.

D-Nice enough but probably too sweet to enjoy a second one.

Love Victory beers as a rule but this is not a favorite.

HV

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.73/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours clouded brown with a creme head. Thickly sweet. Malts are present, but the strong sweet flavor is what dominates. Kind of one-dimensional to me. Feel is decent on the body. Carbonation has a bit of a bite. Overall it seems a bit too cloying really. It's okay at best I guess.

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

Had on tap at BSP recently.

A - red body, hints of dark orange and ruby when held up to light, topped by a khaki head

S - vaguely smokey, malt and hops are present as well

T - sort of wheaty/bready, toasted malt shows up with a piney hop kick at the end and enjoyable aftertaste

M - medium bodied with a bit of carbonation

D - pretty solid despite the ABV. Goes down fairly smoothly. Could drink several.

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

A - Deep red w/ a respectable head. No lace at all.
S - Dark fruits, malt, sugar.
T - Very sweet malt w/ dark fruits, alcohol, and some salty, smoky flavors.
M/D - The sweetness lingers in your mouth, the carbonation is low, and the alcohol presence is low for such a high ABV beer. A great doppelbock.

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

**Winter 2007-2008 Release**

A: Poured into a tall weizen glass. An absolutely gorgeous clear copper red color with a dense two-finger head of khaki-colored foam. Head quickly dissipates leaving a fine layer that completely covers the surface of the beer. Lacing is minimal and retention is average.

S: As this is a lager I'm trying to drink it cold, so there's not much going on in the smell department. Regardless, the presence of caramel malt makes itself more than apparent. Overall a slightly sweet smell.

T: Here is where this doppelbock really starts to shine. Obviously this is a malt-forward beer, but there is a little more going on here. First and foremost are the dominant roasted malts backed by a pleasant caramel flavor. There are also hints of vanilla and raisin that all blend together into an incredibly smooth taste. Hop bitterness peeks out here and there, always complimenting, never dominating, and helping to suppress cloying sweetness.

M: After a semi-vigorous pour, the carbonation was spot-on with this beer, and balanced out the sweetness nicely. Unlike many high-ABV doppels, this one doesn't feel like you're drinking syrup. Full-bodied and creamy, but never over-the-top.

D: I could and have drank 3 or so of these in a sitting. Eventually the ABV catches up with you and your palate gets fatigued by a sweetness that tends to compound over time, but for a winter beer that's meant to be enjoyed on a cold, snowy night, this one is hard to beat. I've held 6 aside to enjoy next winter, so we'll see how these fare with age.

Photo of Proteus93
4.29/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A nice, reddish pour... almost looking like a raspberry iced tea or something. The head forms up decently, but is a little fizzy and dwindles in very little time.

S: This is quite a pleasant smelling brew... spicy dark fruits, bready, toffee aromas. Quite an arrangement of malty scents going on.

T: Spiciness, some notes of creamy caramel, breadiness - like a nice, dark wholegrain bread. Dark fruit flavours mingle in, particularly fig and date, and a little bitterness right on the finish.

M + D: Quite a lovely character... full bodied, rich. Not quite silky (a little on the heavy and/or slightly sticky side for that), but trying for it. A nicer feel for the style, and quite nicely done all around. This is a nice representation of the style by Victory, and I look forward to the other 4 bottles in this 6-pack!

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

Appearance: Dark ruby red, brilliant clarity with a off-white head

Aroma: biscuits, raisins and malt, rich aroma.

Taste: starts with big fruity malt flavor, ending with a smoky sweetness

Mouthfeel: Chewy, rich body with moderate carbonation levels

Drinkability: Good drinkability. A tad on the heavy side to be a session beer, but it is a nice rich, flavorful and malty doppelbock well worth trying, esepcially for an american version of this style.

Photo of johnyeast
3.97/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear and copper in color with a slight beige head. Sweet and smoky in smell. Also a slight odor of lemon or tartness. Very mellow in taste. A bit of the smokiness, but not overpowering. A good beer. Not a favorite style. Decent drinkability. Would like to try again to form more of an opinion.

Photo of tpd975
3.33/5  rDev -18%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark brown in color with a big billowy head. The head is a mixture of cream in caramel in color. Rather nice. It lingered and lingered and left behind several nice patterns of lace.

S: I was expecting alot of malt and I got it. Nice rich sweet malts. Tons of caramel and toffee with a hint of roasted nut.

T: Hints of dark fruit and brown sugar. Tons of malt. A bit of as well not over the top in any way.

M: Medium to full bodied.

D: Not my favorite style but drinkable nonetheless.

Overall: Not a bad brew, just not my cup of tea. This one has a solid malt character both in nose and taste. Being a hop guy I can probably not appreciate this as much as many. That being said, it's a pretty good beer, rather good for a doppelbock.

Photo of brewdlyhooked13
4.02/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - pours a hazed reddish brown. some energetic head formation but it is short-lived. The light mocha foam falls back quickly, leaving no traces of its presence.

Aroma - good heavy, bready smell, some sweetness and roast enhancing nicely.

Taste - chewy malts, bready and a bit boozy. Comes off slightly hot. The swallow has a noticeable little hop bite. No real flavor development, but a definite bitterness. The aftertaste is warm, malty, and vapory with alcohol. Doppelbocks are potent but they don't necessarily have to be so bold about it.

Mouthfeel - appropriately weighty, the beer hangs in the mouth a bit, a real rib-sticker. Carbonation has a little kick to it.

Drinkability - an easy beer to sip and enjoy, and will definitely warm the spirit tonight.

Photo of scottbrew4u
4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Victory in my hand and I am usually a happy man!

This beer pours a fairly small but creamy tan head that looks like it wants to stick around. Brilliant clarity to this beer and a nice reddish amber color with a nice glow to it.

Smell is sweet and warm with fruity esters of raisins and dark cherries. Bready and toffee in the roasted malt. Some sherry like aromas in there too. No hop aroma to perceive but ok for this style.

Satiny smooth mouthfeel with tight carbonation and medium to full body.

Flavors are sweet to begin, with caramel and toffee notes. Next are some stronger nutty flavors that end a little bitter. Just a hint of some bittering hops are noticeable. The alcohol warmth becomes noticeable after a few sips. This beer definitely leans more to the sweeter side. Towards the end I was ready for something less sweet but this did not take away from it being a great beer overall. Victory hit this style right on!

Photo of jwolfie70
3.7/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured out of a 12oz bottle into a Sam Adams pint glass. Thanks go out to Pimpp for the beer.

Pours an reddish amber color (which looked a little bit light to me for a doppelbock). Smell was of biscuity malt, with not a lot of hops coming through. Taste had a biscuity malt flavor, but it was relatively dry and not overly sweet. There was a distinct tanginess/spiciness to the beer that seems to come out in some dopplebocks that kept the beer from being too sweet. Not a lot of hops come through in the taste. A good beer that is worth trying if you come across it, but not my favorite of the style.

Photo of ColForbinBC
4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on tap at the brewery

A beautiful dark red amber with ruby red highlights. A big bubbling coke-like tan head faded in time and left very little lacing on the sides.

Big caramel roasted malt nose with smoke and wood in the forefront. Background smells of dried flowers, milk chocolate and a mellow hop aroma.

Starts off with a nice roasted malt flavor and a hint of chocolate. Other flavors that balance out this tasty dopplebock are of honey, molasses, earthy wood.

The mouthfeel is thick and heavy and has an mellow warming alcohol finish.

The drinkability suffers a bit due to the alcohol that kicks in later, but its still pretty damn good and wouldn't keep me from having another.

This is a great version of an American dopplebock. Victory once again shows of their mastery of german malts.

Photo of mentor
3.09/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Pours a 2 finger caramel head over a slightly hazed oranged-brown liquid. Smells light noble hops. Musty and a touch grassy with oranges riding in late. Not much here.

Tastes wet sweet with minimal hops. Finish dries a bit and aromatic hop rises to take the main role. No flavors are ever intense. Caramel and a touch of coffee roast. Alcohol is well hidden. Honey and a dash of allpsice. carbonation and alcohol leave a subtle sting that comes acrross as more of a zing in the aftertaste. Hop bitterness becomes apparent as I near the bottom of the galss. It's a flat bitter that not pleasing.

Md thick body and strong carbonation.

Photo of Biscuit033
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Dark amber with two finger head that settled to a nice layer across the beer.

S: Caramel and smoke dominate. There is definately some roasted sweet malt aromas as well.

T: Caramel and brown sugar then smoke. It is as if this a Doppelrauch. The sweet and the smoke go very well together.

M: Creamy and full with a long sweet/smoky finish.

D: The balance makes this much more drinkable than some versions of the style that can be overly sweet. At 7.6% the ABV is not too high to keep me from having a few especially here at home.

Photo of ericj551
4.22/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

St. Victorious pours a deep red brown with a fluffy off white head. The freshness dat reads "enjoy by Jan 22, 08. The aroma is sweet caramel and toffee, with plenty of dark raisin fruitiness. The flavor is rich and malty, not quite as sweet as the aroma. There is more of a toasted character, nice and crisp. The alcohol is almost unnoticeable, especially considering the strength.

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St. Victorious from Victory Brewing Company
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