St. Victorious - Victory Brewing Company
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4.45/5 rDev +9.3%
Clear, deep mahogany. Thin cap of light brown head. Lacing is pretty full. Really nice aroma. Baked bread aroma. And yeastiness. And sweet malts. Nice blend on the nose. On the palate, cinamon bread come forth quickly. A little molasses. Rich malts. Doughiness. Lots of good things going on. Smooth in the mouth and flavor. Medium-full body. Silky feel. Great Dopple.
04-26-2006 03:56:01 | More by Bighuge
4.33/5 rDev +6.4%
Clear, dark chestnut with more intense reddish highlights under illumination. The foam was light brown and didn't form an overly thick cap with a vigourous pour, but did exhibit short-lived lacing throughout. Malty aroma, lots of breadiness with some toffee and a hint of cocoa. Dried fruits (prunes and raisins) melded nicely with light alcohol. Mild bitterness made itself apparent at the back of the palate. Very malty, but not overly sweet. Notes of bread crust, toasted grain, and caramel on the malt side, with plum and raisin rounding out the fruitiness. Alcohol warmth and flavour became integrated in the finish. Medium bodied, actually lighter than I expected, with carbonation that started crisp yet quickly became creamy. Good texture with just a little dryness. I really liked this - very malty without the cloying sweetness that can appear. Too bad it's only a seasonal, but at least I can get it.
02-18-2007 19:28:21 | More by DrJay
3.88/5 rDev -4.7%
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.
03-04-2011 21:50:13 | More by billab914
4.22/5 rDev +3.7%
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.
02-14-2009 20:07:41 | More by glid02
3.75/5 rDev -7.9%
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.
02-13-2011 03:51:46 | More by Brad007
4.2/5 rDev +3.2%
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.
08-12-2007 17:17:15 | More by Bitterbill
3.58/5 rDev -12%
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.
05-04-2011 16:30:37 | More by thagr81us
4/5 rDev -1.7%
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.
04-30-2011 12:00:54 | More by OWSLEY069
4.25/5 rDev +4.4%
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.
04-09-2006 03:48:16 | More by tavernjef
4.05/5 rDev -0.5%
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.
11-30-2007 04:20:39 | More by DefenCorps
3.95/5 rDev -2.9%
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.
10-26-2010 17:34:04 | More by claspada
4.47/5 rDev +9.8%
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....
05-19-2006 04:09:45 | More by ZAP
4.1/5 rDev +0.7%
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.
03-03-2005 02:29:30 | More by RoyalT
4.4/5 rDev +8.1%
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)
($10.99 / 6-pack)
12-27-2006 20:04:15 | More by RBorsato
3.95/5 rDev -2.9%
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.
07-15-2007 23:03:25 | More by illidurit
4.22/5 rDev +3.7%
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.
02-27-2006 15:56:36 | More by francisweizen
4.5/5 rDev +10.6%
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, its 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, its 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. Id be picking this up by the Six-Pack if I could.
Music: Splodgenessabounds, Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps Please
06-01-2006 06:45:12 | More by TheLongBeachBum
4.15/5 rDev +2%
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!
03-10-2006 03:02:12 | More by whartontallboy
4.13/5 rDev +1.5%
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
04-23-2009 03:35:02 | More by blackie
St. Victorious from Victory Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 534 ratings.