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St. Victorious - Victory Brewing Company

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St. VictoriousSt. Victorious

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

522 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 522
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.

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glid02

Georgia

4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this at Firefly in Washington DC.

Pours a clear chocolate brown color with a one-finger off-white head. The head dissipates fairly quickly into a wispy layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of sweet caramel malts with medicinal hops and chocolate flavors that poke through every now and then.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Sweet caramel malts kick things off, followedy by slightly bitter hop flavors that carry through the end of the sip. Chocolate flavors are a bit stronger than I would've gathered from the aroma, but they complement the malt flavors very well.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness for the style, with medium carbonation that makes this go down smoothly.

Drinkability is good. I had no problem finishing my bottle and I thought about buying a sixer at the store nearby.

Overall this isn't quite world-class, but it's one of the better U.S. micro-brewed doppelbocks I've had, if not THE best. Definitely worth a shot.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2009 20:07:41 | More by glid02
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Brad007

Vermont

3.75/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a mild burgundy color with a one-finger head into my glass. Beautiful colors are always a good thing.

Sweet, possibly chewy malt greets the nose. The smell of spring is in the air, is it not? A slight alcoholic edge is present as well.

Thick, chewy malt dazzles the tongue with a slight hint of plum. Lots of alcohol warmth as well.

Good overall mouthfeel. The alcohol kind of overwhelms the palate though.

A decent example at best.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2011 03:51:46 | More by Brad007
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billab914

Virginia

3.88/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my brand new Three Floyd's glass. It poured a very nice looking, deep mahogany color. It started with a full and fizzy half inch head to it, but settled to a thin and spotty layer shortly after.

The aroma is not surprisingly very malty with toffee and caramel playing a prominent roll. Just a hint of a roasty, coffee like flavor comes through, as well as some fruity, cherry notes.

The toffee and caramel flavors are there throughout the flavor as well. It starts with more of the sweet, malty flavors to it, and as it finishes I get some balancing bitterness to it. Like the aroma, I get just a bit of a roasty, coffee like flavor to it as well.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied and carbonation is moderate, but sharp. It's crisp and clean in the finish, making for a pretty easy drinking beer. Drinkability was good, I enjoyed the flavors a lot. A good version of the style, and a good beer overall.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2011 21:50:13 | More by billab914
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afsdan

Colorado

4.75/5  rDev +16.7%

04-16-2014 02:42:51 | More by afsdan
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Bitterbill

Wyoming

4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Received in a trade with Wasatch. Thanks, John!

Best by date on this 12oz bottle is Jan 22 08 and it pours a clear deep amber-brown with a nice large head of foam that lasted right through the session as a solid 1 finger layer and it has plenty of nice lacing.

The smell is light to my nose. I'm getting some fruitiness and a bit of roasted malt.

The taste is malty and fruity with some roasty flavour and it's very smooth. Further sips in and as the beer warms, I start to taste some fig, raisin, toffee, and dark fruit as well as *some* chocolate.
Man, this is a very complex Doppelbock and all the different flavours are working very well together. 8.5%abv, eh? I know the style can get up there but it's very well hidden here. Once again, kudos to Wasatch for sending this one. It's a winner for sure.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2007 17:17:15 | More by Bitterbill
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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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OWSLEY069

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clean orange-ish to amber color with a light tan head. In the aroma, roasty caramel and a small presence of alcohol. In the taste, caramel, roasted malt, with a small presence of earth and hops. A small hop bite and a medium bodied mouthfeel, with a small sticky caramel like aftertaste. Big caramel and a bit sticky sweet, small boozyness and a nice mellow hop.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2011 12:00:54 | More by OWSLEY069
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tavernjef

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Blue Nile: Big lusterious head of thick yellowy ivory foam sits atop a luminous moonlit blood black. Glares brightened dark red in certain light along the edges and bottom, but make no mistake this a a darkened bloody black. Cap recededs slowly, patchy strings of lace take shape along the receding lines of foam keeping a firm skim always present and the lacing sticky.

Lofty yet somewhat shortened on the nose hairs with a dark fruity center of dark cherry and a good portion of dark toffee. Seemingly plummy and rendering a high ended sugary sweetness from a complex layering of malts.

Taste is sweet and complexly so. Lots of little nuances to it that sway to and fro with a dark fuityness preliminary of highly tanged dark cherry. There, and mixed well, is the toffee/caramel, and again a little more to the tang to it then gathered as it has a leathery backing along its course of flavor. Good sense of plummy stuff and seemingly port-like in some areas of its profile as it peaks a tad more towards the finish with a slight smokey tang and soft, dark chocolate waffer-like fluff.

Feel is tender, smooth, malty, and warming, semi light to medium body yet set within a soothingly sweetened texture and character.

A fairly decent effort here, quite Belgain-esk in some fashion as its complexity is more then enough to lift the eyebrows and swirl the mouth buds into a firm sense of stability in smoothened sweetness.

Serving type: on-tap

04-09-2006 03:48:16 | More by tavernjef
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WOLFGANG

South Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

07-07-2013 23:56:01 | More by WOLFGANG
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DefenCorps

Oregon

4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12Oz bottle chilled ; best before Jan 28, 2008

A: Deep amber pour with a two finger head that recedes slowly

S: Sweet dark malts, predominantly caramel with a hint of bourbon and mild clove notes. Smells good as dessert!

T: Starts out sweet, tickling the palate nicely. There is the slightest bourbon taste that disappears quickly. The finish is a bit of a conundrum - something this sweet shouldn't be as try as it is, which i find interesting. Not as full-bodied as it starts out. Tastes a lot nicer once it starts warming up.

M: Feels smooth in the mouth and the initial carbonation dies off leaving a slightly flat mouthfeel.

D: I'm not the biggest fan of dopplebocks (yet) but this one is easy to drink many of.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2007 04:20:39 | More by DefenCorps
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Hopheadjeffery

Illinois

4/5  rDev -1.7%

08-01-2013 02:20:20 | More by Hopheadjeffery
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ZAP

Minnesota

4.47/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A classic doppel that rates with the best of the best.

Pours a nice clear auburn color...nose has some dark fruits...cocoa...very inviting.

Flavor is rich and malty....some dark fruits (plums) and cocoa...toasted malt impressions as well...

Body is on the low side of full....smooth...some nice warming characteristics but it is not harsh at all....very smooth...

Overall a hell of a doppel...reminds me some of Celebrator in that it is not a huge in your face brew....subtle...smooth...tasty...nicely done....

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2006 04:09:45 | More by ZAP
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RoyalT

Ohio

4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – This one was dark brown in color with an unusually large head that was lightly browned and showed terrific retention.

Smell – The malts here are really big. They are heavily-toasted and taste more like a Dark Belgian Ale than a DP. There are some refined raw sugars in here as well.

Taste – This one is big and malty, again more like a Belgian than a German Doppelbock bier. The sweetness is like brown or raw sugar and very granular and smooth.

Mouthfeel – This Victory offering is somewhere between medium and full-bodied. It is evenly balanced between malts and sugars.

Drinkability – This is a great-tasting beer that is a bit off-style from an authentic German Doppelbock. I enjoyed it very much though and will definitely seek out again.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2005 02:29:30 | More by RoyalT
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claspada

New Jersey

3.95/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aromas are mainly like fresh baked goods with some darker kilned malts and a hint of nuts/dark fruits mixed in. Some hopping but not really noticable over all that malt

The taste is also loaded with lightly toasted bready malt, with hints of nuts, caramel and dark fruit. The finish is crisp and slightly bitter with just a touch of alcohol. This beer is sweet, yet fairly dry with a chunky medium full body and moderate carbonation.

Overall this beer is quite drinkable, maybe a but too much so for the ABV. One of my favorites from Victory.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2010 17:34:04 | More by claspada
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RBorsato

Virginia

4.4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Clear bronze-ish amber with a decent light brown ringed head and nice active carbonation. Nice big malty aroma ... Munich malts ? Nice rich malt flavors ... robust. Full-medium bodied and creamy.

Expensive and good but not totally justified in my mind... partially justified maybe :-)

Per label: "German malts and Double Decoction brewing"

Per VBC website:
Malts: 2 row German malt, including Beech smoked malt
Hops: German whole flowers
Alcohol by volume: 7.6%

'06' version ('6002' lasered on bottom)
Tasted: 12/17/06

($10.99 / 6-pack)

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2006 20:04:15 | More by RBorsato
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illidurit

California

3.95/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a nonic, this dark amber beer is cloudy and forms a modest 1 finger head of tan suds. Dissipates quickly into nothingness, no lacing.

Smells of toffee and booze primarily.

Lots of toastiness in this one. Brown sugar, toffee, and caramel provide the sweetness, roasty malt evens it out a bit. No alcohol in the taste.

Kinda low on carbonation and a tad thin bodied for the style. Kinda sticky in the mouth.

Pretty sweet and rich drink, perfect for winter. Easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2007 23:03:25 | More by illidurit
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francisweizen

Alaska

4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Fresh bottles sampled at the brewery upon release. Aromas are all heavy german malts with some pretzels and fresh bread in the aroma and some floral hops are lurking in the back of the room as well. Taste is well rounded. A malt monster, but not one dimensional, nice yeast complexity with chocolate, carmael, and slight coffee flavors emerging as this one gets warm. Dried fruits, and figs come into play as well as the hops. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and drinkability is really exceptional for a doppelbock and for an 8.5% beer. A return to form, of sorts, for my once favorite brewers.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2006 15:56:36 | More by francisweizen
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barnzy78

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -14%

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

California

4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12 ounce bottle with a very colorful but classically styled Victory label which is styled along similar lines to the St. Boisterous which I tried last night. Dark purple background with a cheery Father Xmas like chap sporting a Monk style hair job and an under proportioned hand clenching a bottle which is raised with a classic V sign. Lots of blurb to the left describe the background to this brew and references the German Doppelbock style which it trades as. No strength listed but it has an ‘Enjoy By July 27 06’ Date.

Appearance: Looks the business, right from the first pour to the last sip which I sucked out of the glass. Shimmering body is perfectly pellucid with a crystal clarity that defines the mahogany body with a ruby sparkle. Medium conditioning level with a resilient presence which supports the tan colored head which stays around for the drink and leaves a light splodgenessabounds lacing which slides back into the mire with ease.

Nose: Rich odors of brown Brogues freshly polished with Kiwi Shoe Wax, new leather school satchels and dubbin soaked hiking boots all mixed in with some sweet malts, a bready middle and some caramel with a spicy Edinburgh toffee in the back end. Wow, it’s not often that a beer inspires me to immediately think of new phrases to describe such aromas, but this one does. Hard to slip into descriptive clichés for this one. Oooohh this is good stuff.

Taste: Deeper than the nose, the tastes seem to retain a fantastic composure given the intriguing aromas and complex presentation. The tanned hides and polished leather which I got from the nose runs through the middle of the brew as well. The malts are the headlining act here, toasted caramel and toffee with a Brandysnap finish. Deliciously sinful.

Mouthfeel: Excellent feel, just strong enough to support the laden malt middle yet still impart a light feel that lends an airy texture and continues to draw the drinker back for more. Some alcohol is barely detectable, it’s easy to forget that it is here though, way too easy in fact.

Drinkability: Gorgeously put together, supreme balance, just perfect all around, devastatingly drinkable. Get me a Case!

Overall: Whereas the earlier bottle of the sister brew, St. Boisterous seemed to lack carbonation, the St. Victorious was an awesome highly polished all-round performer, much better than I recall my first taste of this during my first ever visit to the Victory Brewery tap two years ago. Recommended.

A Churchillian V-fingered salute to the main man, BigHuge for this beauty. I’d be picking this up by the Six-Pack if I could.

Music: Splodgenessabounds, ‘Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps Please’

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2006 06:45:12 | More by TheLongBeachBum
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ROGUE16

Delaware

5/5  rDev +22.9%

12-07-2011 12:47:04 | More by ROGUE16
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DmanGTR

New York

4/5  rDev -1.7%

01-31-2013 22:17:13 | More by DmanGTR
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whartontallboy

New York

4.15/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours out reddish-brown with a thick off-white head of tight foam that fades slowly.

Smell has a lot of caramel in it, with some doughiness and a surprising hop aroma.

The flavor definitely has a lot of the classic doppelbock maltiness and doughiness to it, but it's rounded out by a light smoke character and not too sweet. The hops come through fairly well in the mouth, too, which really rounds it out and aids the drinkability.

Overall: I'm admittedly not the biggest fan of doppelbocks, but this one really won me over. Surprisingly balanced, not too sweet, and nicely hopped. I'll take it!

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2006 03:02:12 | More by whartontallboy
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blackie

Virginia

4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: deep brown-amber colored lager with orange coming out around the edges, small wisps of carbonation produced upon pouring soon disappear to leave only a thin ring around my glass

s: rich with malty doppelbock aromas - dark tree fruits and toasty munich malt dominant with a sweet/sour thing going on, apple, hardwood and an interestingly smoky peat aroma, root spice, mild herbal hops, the malt depth makes it

m: carbonation on the low side, body full without being thick

t: a slight letdown after the aroma, with much of the complexity found on the nose not coming through, still, there's a nice toasty munich malt body, notes of dark tree fruit and apple, a brushing of butter on the tongue after swallowing, and a mild, pleasant herbal bitterness in the finish

d: lager-easy, especially for an 8.5 percent beer

single from Norm's, Vienna, VA - best by Dec 02, 2009

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2009 03:35:02 | More by blackie
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tpd975

Florida

3.3/5  rDev -18.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2008 19:44:03 | More by tpd975
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clayrock81

Virginia

4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a seethru brownish red with constant tan head from carbonation and slight lace patches. A biscuity and roasted malt smell along with caramel (and possibly butterscotch or something like that) with very minor bitter hops. Dry and bready are the first things that come to my mind as I sip this. Medium-to-full bodied, slightly smooth and chewey, has a drying effect that is complemented with some mild sweet caramel and bitter chocolate malt as well as the hops giving off some slight fruit flavors like grape. Sticky on the sides and also a bit of toffee tucked into the sweetness I notice as I drink this; smooth as it warms. ABV complements beer by giving it that strong streak w/o overpowering beer. A complex brew that is great to sip on.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2009 02:06:19 | More by clayrock81
St. Victorious from Victory Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 522 ratings.