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St. Victorious - Victory Brewing Company

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Ratings: 553
Reviews: 375
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 10.59%
Wants: 87
Gots: 19 | FT: 0
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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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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.


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.

Photo of AltBock
4.06/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle with a cool label that contains a drawing of a happy smiling white haired white bearded monk giving the consumer the peace sign and holding a bottle of beer in the same hand. While the monk is doing this, he's standing in a 17th century German wheat field. To the right of the drawing is the US Government warning and barcode and to the left side of the drawing is a lengthy paragraph describing the beer and the history of the doppelbock style, the brewmaster's signature, and the address of the brewery. The refund values and the Victory "V" can be found on the small neck label. Victory usually has a clearly stamped best before date, but this one was stamped wrong. It's hard to read and it looks like it's best before ?? 08.

Appearance: When poured into a standard Pilsner glass, this doppelbock is a heavly carbonated dark amber that's blended in with some cranberry red highlights. It had a wonderful massive 2 inch head of white creamy foam that took it's sweet time to recede to a point where I could actually taste the beer itself. After the head of foam finally receded, it left behind a milky white film on top of the beer, tons of white foamy rings, and a huge amount of white lace around the glass. It was a treat to see!

Smell: For a style of beer that's usually filled with dark roasted flavors in the nose, this doppelbock in the beginning had a dried floarl based aroma to it. Behind those dried flowers were a pinch of roasted malts, a dab of milk chocolate, and a small dash of roasted hops in the background. At that point I didn't care for that aroma. That was it until it really warmed up and the sweet caramel emerged. When the sweet caramel arrived, it took over as boss and kicked out that dried floarl based aroma. I'm really glad that sweet caramel came into the picture because it saved the aroma from disaster.

Taste: It started off harmlessenough with some gentle and subtle dark roasted malts, sweet caramel, wheat bread, and bitter dark chocolate. It was after the dark chocolate when the taste got aggressive with floarl/citrus hops and big daddy alcohol. I was expecting those hops to come in to that play at all. I thought they would just be a minor taste at best. Quite a surprise! So in the end, the taste basically came in purring like a kitten and in the end it came roaring out like a lion.

Mouthfeel: It was a thick and chewey not quite full bodied doppelbock that happened to have a long lingering aftertaste of roasted malts, milk chocolate, and roasted bitter hops. In was in the mouthfeel where I could feel that the beer didn't want to mask it's 8.5% ABV content.

Drinkability: It was nothing short of a great hoopy American doppelbock. Iwouldn't have thought that a hoppy doppelbock would be this good, but Victory sure changed my mind about that subject. Would I buy this one again? I would at a drop of a hat!

Photo of aaronh
4.37/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Deep brown with an off-white head. Aroma heavy on carmel and toffee notes. Smells almost like perfection, but just a little boozy. tatse is more dark carmel and toffee flavors with just a touch of dark chocolate. Really no roastiness, just creamy malt with a touch of bitterness to wrap things together on the finish. Mouthfeel is very thick and pleasing for a cold-weather beer. Drinkability is good, but the alcohol detracts from the experience just a bit. If it were a bit better disguised (or if I aged the beers a bit more) it would be exquisite.

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

Received from DrJay as part of BC2!

Pours a hazy orange brown, nice thick off white head forms, drops slowly leaving tons of lace, great retention, a very nice looking beer. Smell is sweet and malty, lots of toffee, iron, bread, yeast, some spices and dark fruits, very clean, very malty, nice. Taste is very rich, thick caramel, biscuits, raisins, bread, iron, fruits, brown sugar, nice and caramelized, good flavour, solidly balanced finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with low to medium carbonation. Not world class but a nicely done doppelbock, thanks Jay!

Photo of letsgopens
4.87/5  rDev +20%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I was treated to this insanely tasty Doppelbock while on a trip to Philly. I was visiting Eulogy Belgian Tavern when I spotted it on the bottle list and decided to give it a try. It poured a dark woody amber with some sizable orange highlights. The foamy off-white possibly more beige head (it was very dark in there) held very well and clung to the glass leaving some nice spotty lace.

Tons of woody, earthy fruit establish themselves instantly in the nose. Sweet honey and starchy molasses. The sweetness is prominent but very different and interesting. Kind of like toasted oats and toffee; very wholesome. Candied fruit also comes through in the middle. Sweet in two different ways. Very complex and unique.

The flavor consists of very sweet clover honey and molasses in the begininng then fades into some very earthy wood notes. Buttered dark bread with apples and caramel. A hint of apricot and raisin shine through as well. Slight bits of a malty fruit/vegetable flavor and cedar. All types of wood, bread/grains, fruit, and varying levels of caramelization. Super complex and absurdly tasty. Even better than the Ayinger Celebrator in my opinion.

Heavy and earthy with moderate carbonation and a slick mouthfeel. The finish is full but crisp with a buttery lingering texture. The flavors and textures are all over the place but they still manage to tie together seamlessly; so complex. Probably the best Doppelbock I've ever had. Really an amazing beer.

Photo of Gueuzedude
3.97/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoy by date of January 2008, Sampled December 2007
A brisk pour produces a frothy, fat-one-finger thick, tan colored head that sits on top of a dark, deeply concentrated, amber colored beer. When held up to the light, the beer shows a lightly hazy, dark cranberry color. Ah, what a rich and malt aroma; concentrated, richly caramelized malt flavors mix with drier, toasted malt notes of biscuits and whole grain bread crust. This is malty enough that it is starting to pick up those malt notes that lean towards soy sauce (though definitely not this) flavors that are umami like. At times the malt has a touch of dark fruitiness to it that is reminiscent to something that is a cross between raisins and concentrated pear.

Sweet tasting, though not cloying. It is a touch lighter bodied than I was expecting, but it is rich with a full heft to it. Interesting notes of bitter cocoa and dusty browned malt come through in the middle and linger on through to the finish. Herbal hop notes play a supporting, but noticeable role here as does a hop bitterness that provides an anchoring note towards the finish. Malt, hop and carbonation notes combine in the finish to give this beer a light astringency. Dark, caramelized malt sugars provide flavors of brown sugar, hints of molasses, flavors from that slightly burnt syrupy drippings left in the pan after baking a black, holiday, sweet bread / cake.

The taste does not quite live up to the rich promise of the aroma, but it certainly gives it a go. A thoroughly enjoyable beer that is fitting my current mood / needs just right.

St. Victorious from Victory Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 553 ratings.