St. Victorious - Victory Brewing Company

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552 Ratings
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Ratings: 552
Reviews: 375
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 10.81%
Wants: 79
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:
Limited seasonal draft only release. Doppelbock brewed w/ smoked 2-row German malt from Bamberg.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-27-2002)
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Photo of ballewblake
4.35/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into my NB Sniffer.

Tiny tan head on initial pour that vanished almost instantly. Dark purple body lets a little light in. Lacing doesn't last long. Nose has lots of coffee and chocolate in it. Wow, very tasty, chocolate and coffee notes on the tongue with some alcohol heat. Great mouthfeel, carbonation is there and in force. Love this one, thanks to Adam (PEBKAC) for the brew.

Photo of drtth
4.55/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Lighly chilled and poured into Duvel glass and allowed to warm to room temperature over the course of the tasting. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: Clear dark brown with reddish undertones. The fine bubbles in the 1/4" light tan head quickly thin leaving a small rim around the glass, a thin layer of foam on the surface and virtually no lacing. Eventually even the surface foam fades away.

Smell: The aroma is of rich sweet malt with brown sugar, a faint bitter roast smell, a trace of dark fruits and a trace of alcohol.

Taste: Begins with dark semi-sweet malt and quickly shifts to brown sugar or dark caramel sweet malt and traces of dark fruit followed by a hint of bitterness. This is very complex.

Mouthfeel: The mouth feel is medium bodied with faint light carbonation and a long, dry and slightly bitter finish.

Drinkability: Very good drinkability but this is a beer for sipping and savoring so one a night is just right.

Photo of SuperWhite92
4.03/5  rDev -1%
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...

Photo of Jimbo87
3.8/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Clear dark copper with ephemeral pale copper head. Great malt nose. Taste is buttery bread and caramel malt. I find the taste to be pretty simple.

Medium body, carbonation on the lower side I'd say. I'd say this is drinkable, but I personally can't drink multiple sweet beers in a row, so when I finished this I didn't want a second. This was my first doppelbock and I didn't like it as much as I'd hoped. I'll try it again if I can.

Photo of jamesdantes13
3.98/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

Photo of Lambstrong
4.33/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Dark brown almost amberish in color. White head, little head retention.

Aroma: Sweet caramel aroma with a hint of vanilla.

Taste: Beautiful sweet malty taste with plenty of caramel. Slight toasted malt aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Less carbonation which fits this style of beer. The beer rolls of the tongue wonderfully.

Photo of glid02
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.

Photo of HitokiriNate85
4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

A - Poured a nice dark amber with a brown hue. Forms a nice tan head that fads within the first minute to a think covering. Pretty moderate carbonation with lots of lazy streams in the center. If I was a monk, this would give to contemplate while I enjoyed a glass.

S - Not too strong of a smell. Some nice malts with some bready notes. Definitely subdued. It's not really a bad thing, but it's not standout, either.

T - Mmm. Immediately getting way more out of the taste than the smell. There's a nice, big malt kick with some spiciness and some alcohol on the tongue. Definitely getting a nice bready note mixed in with the malt, too. This still needs to warm up some, but I'm already getting a lot out of it. As it starts to warm more, I'm getting more of a spicy note out of it. The bready, spicy notes are really great and what I love about this style. Delicious.

MF - Even with the carbonation, I still get a really nice, full feel. Leaves a smooth coating. Like I mentioned before, there's that tinge of alcohol on the tongue, which I consider a plus here.

D - It goes down fantastically well for the ABV. I'd have no problems having a few of these while relaxing with a book, or any other stationary activity. Also, considering the style, I'd say $10 is definitely a good price for a six pack, especially here in PA.

Photo of IronCitySteve
4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A really clear dark red/amber color with ample foam tan head. The head quickly disipates.

S: Some faint aromas of caramel and bread malts, a touch of dark fruits. Not too much going on, but as it warms, becomes a tad stronger.

T: Taste was extremely well balance, was not sure what would happen as the smell was not strong. Lots of roasted malts, chocolate, caramel, brown sugar, faint spice and some dried fruit such as raisins.

M: A smooth and creamy full-bodied beer.

D: Definitely a good beer to try. 8.5% ABV, but a really nice dessert beer.

Photo of gdfan47
4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- pours a nice dark amber with a small head and aggressive lacing
S- yeast, sugar, malt, wheat, booze
T- sugar, malt, booze, wheat
M - a touch of hops, very sweet, the malt is def the focus
D- nice, I could def taste that it was a higher abv

a very complex beer, it reminded me of a samilclaus.. but i actually preferred this over samiclaus

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

Bottle from Wine Warehouse, Charlottesville, VA. Poured into a cervoise.

Appearance: A clear, deep mahogany, crystal clear in fact, with a relatively fast-fading tan head. Lacing doesn't stick around for long, and a steady stream of average-sized carbonation rises slowly from the bottom center of the cervoise. The head and lacing don't give you too much to write home about, but the color and clarity are really nice.

Aroma: Light fruits and bready, roasted malts dominate, fairly well in balance, though fairly faint as well.

Taste: A really nice balance between sweet, roasted malts, heavier, dryer toasted notes, and nice, authentic-tasting fruits. Caramel, brown sugar, molasses, raisins, lighter fruits, a faint, underlying bitterness and a fainter-still tartness, toast, hints of chocolate, slight spices and pleasant phenols. It's not dry, but it's not sweet, just very wholesome, bready, roasty, fruity, and tasty.

Mouthfeel: The perfect amount of carbonation in a nice, thick body, resulting in a slightly crunchy, smooth, creamy mouthfeel, chewy in the right places but delicate and soft in the others. It's full, but not too full - a very nice balance.

Drinkability: A real winner of a brew, IMO, and one of Victory's finest. The alcohol's up there, but it's well masked and made up for by a fine assortment of flavors and an absolutely fantastic mouthfeel. I might be picking up a sixer of this next winter - seems like an excellent malty "go to" winter brew.

Photo of mikereaser
3.98/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - pours a clear nut brown with no foam, only a ring of bubbles around the glass

S - caramel malts and spices, some molasses

T - sweet malt, cloves, spices and hints of smoke

M/D - easy drinking light bodied beer. For me though, not one that I would reach to time after time, the spices in it keep me from enjoying more than one

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

a: This was a clear ruby/mahogany color. It poured with a large, short lived, light tan colored head.

s: warm dark fruits with just a hint of milk chocolate, sweet grains, and a little perfumed hops.

t: Sweet up frony with flavors of dark fruits and subdued chocolate. The finish stays sweet with the addition of some perfumed hops that aren't really bitter.

m: Full bodied with lush, gentle carbonation.

d: A great American doppelbock from Victory. Loved this one.

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.98/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A. Poured into a mason jar. Hearty in color with an amber hue. Small off white head sticks for a while.

S. Bready and chocolatey. Sweet pumpernickel smell. A fantabulous splendor to behold.

T. Very malty, with a noble hop. Caramel malt and toasted grains . Slight solvent alcohal character, but balances very well with the roasted malt flavors.

M. On the light to medium side of "Full Bodied". Smooth and flavorful.

D. Warming and filling. Great for the cold winter months. Very strong but also very welcome. Solid brew from Victory here.

Photo of Jmamay22
3.68/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This saintly beer pours an dark acorn hued brown with a toffee colored head that slowly fades. Smells lightly yeasty and biscuity. Rich malt aroma of nuts, molasses, and caramel.

Very smooth feel that glides along the tongue with understated carbonation. The taste is full and malty. The sweetness held in check by a barely noticeable level of hops. Bready flavors come through in full force with a nutty undercurrent. Delicious even if it doesn't reach the height of complexity found in the best from Germany.

Photo of umtox
4.47/5  rDev +9.8%
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.

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

Poured with little head, slightly off-white. Thin ring, the odd whisp top this pleasingly colored lager, clear ruby red.

A spicy sweet nose. Maple. Some citrus. Raisins. Fruit cakey bread notes.

Raisins, dates, dark chocolate. Slight peppery notes may be the only way that the ABV pronounces itself. Roasted quality.

Medium bodied, with a nice and appropriate level of CO2 prickliness. Tasty. With the well-hidden ABV, I could definitely see myself drinking this a bit faster than it should be consumed.

Photo of Herrbrokt
4.38/5  rDev +7.6%
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...

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

A- pours a coppery color with a thin cream colored head that disapates quickly with no lacing.

S- lite wiffs of caramel and malt with a slightly fruity undertone.

T- Sweeter that expected with a malty finish but no hint of the 8.5% ABV.

M- Meduim carbonation, not thick and chewy, not watery, somewhere in the middle.

D- A little too sweet for a session beer, but at 8.5% it's not trying to be one. The sweetness is the only thing that slows me down on this one.

A good one from Victory but not my favorite one.

Photo of Pencible
3.9/5  rDev -4.2%
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
4.45/5  rDev +9.3%
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 -23.8%
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
3.03/5  rDev -25.6%
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 -1.7%
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
4.4/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

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