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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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Reviews: 377 | Hads: 565
Photo of pavandal
4.29/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beer poured a hazy brown into my mug. A slight head formed after I poured, but it dissipated quickly to an oily film on top.

This has a great bouquet of smells. I detected a sweet, malty caramel smell along with a hint of grapes. It had a slight chocolate smell in the finish.

This is an awesome dopplebock. Not very carbonated, it has a caramel like body, with a soft grape bite and a very slight coffee finish. It is lightly hopped, as the style is supposed to be. It has a sweet sugary finish. Delicious!

This is a great dopplebock. There are many flavors in this, and it's not as thick as other DBs i've tried, which is good because I'd love to have another. Watch out though, at 8.5% ABV, it could catch up to yah if you're driving!

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Photo of palffyfan
3.8/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Amber red, quite transparent, forms head pretty easily.

Smell - Fruity notes dominate along with some malty tones. Smell is unique but quite faint.

Taste - Rich malty taste, with some grainy background. Feels like a very full beer, with abundant flavors. Although the flavor might not be the best out there, the beer certainly packs a punch and is worth a try.

Drinkability - Definately worth drinking, but this is not a beer to enjoy with friends on a casual occasion (I think its more sophisticated than that).

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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 Herrbrokt
4.37/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Fuel & Fiddle Pitt. PA.

Pours an amber hued nutty brown, beige head didn't stay long but left a neat ring.

smells of butterscotch, maybe maple, raisin, little citrus spice

Flavor is really complex. similar to aroma. wonderful balance of intricate malt and hop possibilities. Warm alcohol.

Smooth mouth feel. Hop undertone keeps away any sticky mouthfeel. Creamy and dense but not overly so.

Proves to be an excellent accompaniment to a meal or a great desert . I wouldn't go further than two solely due to the abv ...

Overall mmm...

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Photo of javincik
3.97/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a pilsner glass

A-Pours a deep rustic reddish brown with a 1 finger off white head that quickly settles down. Not much visible lacing left behind. The color hue is very appealing though.

S-Lots of bread, caramel, toffee, toasted malts. Maybe a hint of dark fruits and candied sugar.

T-Lots of up front sweetness with heavy bread and caramel flavors predominating. Leads to some toffee and dark fruitness in the middle with some brown sugar in there also. Finish is battle for balance between the malt sweetness and hop bitterness from the noble hops-the sweetness wins out, but this is not a bad thing.

M-Viscous and full bodied lager here. A little chewy. Really is just like liquid bread. Carbonation a touch on the high side, but finishes with a crispness despite the full body.

D-Two of these is really no problem. A great full bodied lager for the spring time. Despite the 8% ABV, there really isn't much evidence of alcohol in the taste or mouthfeel. I plan on picking up a case of this every spring while I'm in PA.

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Photo of outdoorbrewer
4.12/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into glass briskly to create a nice rocky off-white head that lasts awhile and fades to cover an bright amber brew with decent lacing. Dark bread, melanoidin malty aroma true to bock character. Brisk flavors of malt greet the palate with light bitterness to balance fades with roast grains. Finishes with bitter/sweet smoothness medium to full body, creamy texture, and an almost lively carbonation. Well worth a taste again. Enjoyed!

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Photo of oceanman
4.12/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

amber brown color, smallish head. smells of caramel malty goodness. similar palate plus black cherry and a trace of spicy hops. pleasant levels of sweetness and carbonation. slightly thinner body than expected. surprisingly refreshing and extremely drinkable.

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Photo of stingo
4.33/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at home - pours a rich orangey amber with a creamy white head. Some nice lacing too. Both parts of the mouth (front and back) are made happy by the texture and the taste of this magnificent beer. Nice malt flavor at the front and a very agreeable dryness at the back. This elegant seasonal makes the year round Festbier seem clumsy and awkward by comparison. Also beware, it hides its 8.5% ABV well. Run, don't walk to Victory to taste it before it's all gone (esp as it is not available in bottles).

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Photo of boulevard2
3.54/5  rDev -12.6%
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.

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Photo of BassAssassin
3.91/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Deep ruby in color, with a thick tan head that lasts forever.

S: Light malt aromas with a very faint tea like hop presence. Not bad, but not what I was expecting from a doppelbock.

T: Malt flavor is dominant, as it should be. It tastes very similar to brown sugar. Hints of dried fruits and a very subtle smokiness are present also. A pleasant spiciness really balances everything out. Finishes with a tea like hop bitterness that is not unpleasant, but quite unexpected. Alcohol is well hidden.

M: Smooth, round mouthfeel. Medium bodied. A bit thinner than I would have imagined.

D: This is a good beer and quite drinkable. However, I believe there are better examples of the style.

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Photo of Eldalonde
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep ruby red with a beautiful creamy head. The head is dense and doesn't diminish. Smells a bit rich and malty, booze, sweet and yet tart cherries. Chocolate is predominately upfront and is the first notable flavor. This is followed by some sweet and tart cherries. Hops are barely noticeable, but the finish is a bit dry. Thick rich chewy malts, chocolate, and a light tart cherry are the most notable flavors.

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Photo of monkeybutler
4.12/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark red with a small head, moderate carbonation and little lacing.

Smell is malty, with hints of fruit and alcohol.

Taste is also malty, but with subtle hop notes and crisp fruity flavors. Can't quite put my finger on it, but there's a tiny bit of banana, some apple, and some grape.

The mouthfeel is crisp in the beginning, but manages to hang around in the end. Very nice in the mouth.

The drinkability is good. There's nothing too offensive.

I couldn't give this beer higher scores, because it was too sluggish and ale-like in many regards. It works though.

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Photo of rokoch27
4.05/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours sweet, syrupy, dark amber with the underplayed malt aroma of a rich lager. Warming malt flavors slide in with a hint of spice, but presents as a nice, chewy doppelbock. Smooth like molassas; Victory knows how to make a good lager and I'll certainly be looking for this one next winter!

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Photo of umtox
4.44/5  rDev +9.6%
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.

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Photo of Erix
4.35/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle filled pint glass
Appearance: This is a nice, dark glass of beer here. Not the pitch black of a porter, but a mahogany darkness highlighted by hints of red. Decent head from the pour, which subsided to an off white skin with a foamy ring around the glass.
Smell: The sweet smell of malt hit me as soon as the bottle was opened. Comes across mostly as dark fruit, with a nice softness to it. I like it.
Taste: Very tasty! Doppelbocks are not my usual style, so I'm having a little trouble picking out flavors. Of course malt dominates, giving a very rounded taste. Plum, and maybe carmel? It ends with a spiciness that I suspect comes from the alcohol. Good stuff.
Mouthfeel: Incredibly creamy and smooth, with a little bit of alcohol warming. Less than I expected from a beer this strong though.
Drinkability: I am pouring this stuff into my mouth at a dangerous rate, and would gladly continue to do so for the rest of the night, if I did not have to work tomorrow.

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Photo of nase
3.26/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle Enjoy by 1.22.08

Tasting against an aged S'muttanator. Quite light against the S'muttanator which enhances drinkability for me. Feels considerably thinner. Same medicine-type aftertaste. Typical of doppelbocks?

App - 3, Smell - 3, Taste -3.5 , Mouth - 3, Drink - 4

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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 eclectic
3.5/5  rDev -13.6%
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.

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Photo of SuperWhite92
3.98/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very dark but transparent brown- obviously not bottle conditioned. Good carbonation with an off-white head that fades quickly. Smells sweet, maybe a little bready or something along those lines. Smell is also a little smokey perhaps? Taste is superb. Plenty of malts, plenty of substance, hints of smoke, some fruitiness, and a well balanced spice note. Mouthfeel is thick, exactly what I want and surpassing my expectations for the style. Very impressed with this offering- Victory does a great set of brews and this is one of my favorites. Too bad they refuse to distribute it here...

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Photo of PCampbell
3.95/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a tulip glass. Pours a nice dark brown / burgundy color with a medium tan head that linger on the edges for a while.

Has a very heavy smell of crystal / caramel malts, with some dark fruit and roasted malt notes as well. The taste has the same qualities as its smell: caramel & roasted malts, some great malty sweetness but there is a little bit of hops to break up all the malts.

A nicely done doppelbock, very malty and flavorful, well worth picking up if you get the chance.

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Photo of jamesdantes13
3.98/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark brown-red, almost ruby, with a white head.

Bread, fruit, and malt in the nose with a bit of astringent in the back (alcohol).

Creamy and nicely carbonated; breadly and caramel malt flavors dominate with hints of fruit and bitterness in the background. Finishes warm from the alcohol.
Alcohol is very present, but it's not hard to drink (or I am just used to high ABV beers).

My first doppelbock and it didn't disappoint. Hopefully I can get a hold of more for comparison.

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Photo of ubermunkey
4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a deep reddish amber color with a thick inch high off white head. smelled malty and a little fruity, like oranges. tastes big on bready malt at first, next onto a sweet and sour, slightly dry finish. a little residual hop bitterness can be tasted in between sips. mouthfeel is smooth, not much carbonation in here. this one goes down easy, i can't even taste the rather high ABV, it's very well covered by the malt. this is the kind of beer that can get you in trouble, nice taste, no hints of alcohol, and a fairly high ABV. it's rather good none the less.

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Photo of MookDawg
3.53/5  rDev -12.8%
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.

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Photo of PABeerHiker
4.13/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from my notes on 8/21

A - A clear dark caramel colored with little to no head.

S - A mixture of molasses and sour fruits.

T - Caramel, bitter coffee, and a slight touch of dark chocolate.

M - A nice level of carbonation and slightly chewy.

D - A real enjoyable beer. Would recommend to drink it during the late summer through the fall.

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Photo of rwillh
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Dark Amber. It looks like a double bock. About one finger head.

Smell: Malt, Chocolate, Spice. Not all that strong of a smell for a double bock

Taste: Awesome. One of the best double bocks I've had. Its Malty, and sweet, but not overly sweet. Hints of chocolate and spice, maybe some caramel and coffee too. "Liquid Bread" is not a bad description

Mouthfeel: Very full/chewy, which is what I am looking for in a doubhle bock.

Drinkability: Alcohol hidden well, could definitely have more than one in a sitting. Not something you are going to polish off 4-5 in one go, but that's not the idea.

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