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St. Victorious - Victory Brewing Company

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St. VictoriousSt. Victorious

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538 Ratings

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Ratings: 538
Reviews: 375
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 10.57%
Wants: 73
Gots: 14 | 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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Photo of DefenCorps
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.

DefenCorps, Nov 30, 2007
Photo of kwakwhore
4.33/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful reddish brown pour with a light tan head which leaves some lacing down the glass.
Rich malt dominates the aroma, some caramel and sweet scents as well.
Malt dominates the flavor as well, caramel, a bit of licorice, and faint hop bitterness in the finish.
Decent mouthfeel, very smooth on the palate.
Perilously easy to drink especially for the style. For such a strong beer the alcohol is not noticeable at all.
An excellent example of a doppelbock. Another typically excellent beer from Victory.

kwakwhore, Nov 24, 2007
Photo of grub
4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

got this one from Aprilluvsbeer as part of BC2. thanks april!

12oz bottle. that says to enjoy by Jan 22/08.

pours a beautiful deep ruby red, not quite brown, with a small dense off-white head. no lace.

aroma is delightful. lots of great caramel. hints of toffee. multi-grain bread. hint of alcohol.

taste is good. bit of roast. toasted multi-grain bread. biscuit. nice light caramel sweetness. low bitterness level. hint of dark chocolate. bit of alcohol, but it's pretty well hidden. hints of dark fruit too. maybe a touch of smoke.

mouthfeel is good. nice big body. medium-low carbonation level.

drinkability is great. excellent balance. great malty base. really nice doppel.

grub, Nov 23, 2007
Photo of gmcfarre
3.6/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into bowtie glass

A - Pours a dark ruby amber color with a smallish light tan head. Lacing is rather minimal.

S - Lightly roasted, caramelized sugar and grain. A hint of plum and perhaps raisin. Very little hop activity. A touch of earthy peat rounds out the smell.

T - Toasted caramel malt flavor with a strong sweetness. Raisin dark fruit flavors stand out. Alcohol is evident in a slight sharp, burning sensation but its not overpowering. Not much action on the middle of palate as it glides over your tastebuds with a slightly oil effect.

M - Medium to full-bodied (a touch lighter than normal for the style). Moderate alcohol burn as it goes down, with some residual sweetness left on the tongue. Light carbonation.

D - Hmm, not exactly what comes to mind when I think of a Dobbelbock. Almost tastes more like a Scotch Ale at times. Nevertheless, it is pretty drinkable considering the high ABV and slight alcoholic taste. Enjoy on a cold winter night with some hearty sausage or chili.

gmcfarre, Nov 07, 2007
Photo of tayner
3.25/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

dark amber with small head that laced well

Smelled fresh and bright. it had a floral fragrance as well. had a slight smell of rubber bands too.

tasted slightly spicy (pepper or ginger maybe)

carbonation was good

fit the style well, but apparently just not really my style. i wouldnt decline an offer for this one, but i wouldn't seek it out either.

tayner, Nov 01, 2007
Photo of Rainintheface
4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoy by Jan. 22, '08. I'm sufficiently rehydrated after The German Beerfest and the Pats are putting Buffalo away. What's in the fridge?

A: Dark reddish amber with one finger head with minimal lacing. medium carbonation

S: brown sugar molasses, dark fruit, faint chocolate and very malty

T:dark caramels, malt sweetness, faint chocolate

T: full bodied, fairly creamy

D: awesome. very tasty. I bought a single. Next time a sixer.

Rainintheface, Sep 23, 2007
Photo of RedHaze
3.95/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Best by Jan 22 2008

Pours a very attractive copper tinged brown with a thick two finger head that fades slowly to a solid cap. Despite the significant foam topping this, the lacing is minimal.

Smell; sweet caramel and brown sugar up front, followed a nice toasted biscuit aroma. There's also a slight fruitiness in the background with a touch of figs or maybe dates.

Taste; the brown sugar and caramel follow through to the flavor, as well as the toasted biscuits and a little herbal hops. The fruits are more defined in the flavor with dates coming through very nicely, with a hint of raisins.

Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with a low carbonation, giving this a nice smooth creamy feel, and the drinkability is really good. If not for the high abv I would be able to have a few of these in a row.

RedHaze, Sep 20, 2007
Photo of smcolw
3.48/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nice dark amber-orange. Clear. Very little head; absolutely no head.

Strong metalic aroma. Very little sweet malt. Disappointing.

Better flavor; malty and full bodied. There is good hop balance and enough carbonation to keep the sweetness in check.

This would be a good D-bock if the smell could be rectified.

smcolw, Sep 01, 2007
Photo of Bitterbill
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.

Bitterbill, Aug 12, 2007
Photo of Sammy
3.95/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Reddish brown with initial substantial foamy head. A malt work of art. Malty aroma and dark lager complex taste. Numbing on the tongue, dark fruit and very tasty. Very smooth and well done. Satisying, though drying aftertaste. Beers of the World. Great representation of the style.

Sammy, Aug 03, 2007
Photo of walshclimb
4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours clear dark red amber with thin, light tan, bubbly head and lots of small bubbles moving up through the body. The smell is complex malt with light bread and slightly nutty aroma. The initial flavor is moderate sweet malt nicely balanced with hop bitterness that finishes a little acidic and moderately bitter with a little salty right at the end. Nice complex malt layering. The mouthfeel is medium to full-bodied with slightly oily texture and lively carbonation. This is a tasty beer for cool evenings or an air-conditioned summer day. The complex flavor is interesting and well-balanced, and I would definitely purchase again.

walshclimb, Jul 30, 2007
Photo of hoppymeal
4.08/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours amber with dark copper hues, clear, a small light tan head quickly fades away. Nice sugary maltiness in the aroma, sweet sugary, buttery caramel, some good cola sweetness and raisins, a little smokiness in the aroma as well as some grassiness. Somewhat peaty smokiness in the taste both up front and in the finish, a flash of the sweet sugary malts in the middle, followed by a decent sized grassy bitterness before moving to the somewhat smoky finish. Light to medium in body, mouthfeel is not overly heavy and the beer is not overly rich, a little stronger on the hops side than I expected from a doppel wit a decently dry and somewhat spicy finish, but this keeps it refreshing and the light to medium body makes it highly drinkable. The alcohol is barely evident. Very drinkable beer.

hoppymeal, Jul 19, 2007
Photo of BlindPig
4.53/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Thin tan head on a lightly cloudy amber body with some orange hues.
S- Caramel and a hint of toffee malts, some dark fruits are in there as well, cherries, hints of sugar, and light dry grass hops.
T- Sweet caramel malts with hint of toffee (like in the aroma). Flavors of cherries and another dark fruit come in also, along with some dry grass hops that leave a nice size bitterness on mid tongue. Alcohol also warms up back of throat a little bit.
M- Medium body with medium/low carbonation.
D- I think this may be the best doppelbock I have had. It just feels like the perfect balance between sweetness yet still enough hops and the fruit flavor. Just a great beer.

BlindPig, Jul 16, 2007
Photo of NEhophead
4.47/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 fl oz brown bottle; served in a mug.
Enjoy by 01.22.2008.

Deep amber with a glowing mahogany hue. Half-inch of creamy tan head that settles as a thin, intact sheet. Spots of dimpled lacing.

Sweet molasses and toffee with a generous hint of nutmeg and brown sugar. Hints of milk chocolate and sweet cream; warm, cutting alcohol.

Caramel and tofee sweetness with a mix of nutmeg, allspice, and brown sugar spice. As the rich, malty sweetness subsides, a clean toasted biscuit flavor presents itself. Notes of fig, raisin, and plum with a lingering, warming alcohol presence.

Full bodied; slick, yet airy. Rich and creamy texture on the palate.

A well balanced, full flavored Doppelbock. Tremendous flavor profile; one of the best American Doppelbock's I've had to date.

NEhophead, Jul 15, 2007
Photo of illidurit
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.

illidurit, Jul 15, 2007
Photo of MuddyFeet
3.55/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Beertruth for this bottle.

Pours a dark brown in color. Not thick like a poert or stout but thinner like a dense bock. Fairly flat in appearance. Nose is malty and peaty with a bit of heat from the alcohol.

Flavor is actually fairly simple. Heavy on the malts. Nice roasted character to it. Some toffee too. Picking out some fruits, particularly overripe cherries. A rather nice burn from the alcohol too. Pleasant and soothing actually. Heavy and full mouthfeel. It would coat the cheeks but the alcohol evaporates nciely and thins it out. Solid beer.

MuddyFeet, Jun 23, 2007
Photo of bozebus17
4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Beertruth for the sample!

Pours a dark copper/red with a thin cream colored head that leaves a small layer but doesn't hang on real long.

Smells of sweet caramel with some roasted notes. Not as strong of a nose as I expected.

Taste is full of big sweet caramel malt. This is met well by nice roasted flavors. There is hardly any bitterness to think of. Delicious.

Mouthfeel is big and creamy, like this beer should be. It goes down quite easily, really tasty stuff.

Overall this is a fantastic brew. I will definitely have to seek it out next winter. It is smooth and delicious, unbelievably so considering the 8.5% ABV. This beer gives me something of a warm feeling, I can picture drinking it by a fire on a cold winter's night.

bozebus17, Jun 18, 2007
Photo of BassAssassin
3.93/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

BassAssassin, Jun 06, 2007
Photo of pavandal
4.33/5  rDev +6.4%
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!

pavandal, May 26, 2007
Photo of lackenhauser
3.4/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Deep brown in color with a slight head. Somewhat hazy. Low aroma-somewhat metallic and sharp. Malty enough flavor but has a real homebrew like wang to it. Somewhat nutty taste. Ok body. Overall I am not very impressed. I prefer the helles/maibock from Victory. Rather average for me to be honest

lackenhauser, May 25, 2007
Photo of blitz134
4.08/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Half inch of light tan head on top of a dark caramel, red hued body. Head reduced quickly to only a skim layer of bubbles. Head retention and some lacing would really help the appearance out.

Toasted malts and and some light dinner roll bread form the base. A good bit of spice characteristics, probably from the yeast. A little clean grassy, floral hopping. Aroma is nice, but not as good as some of the top of the style.

Flavor is nice and full. Lots of dinner roll maltiness forming the base again. A little toastiness and nuttiness and some hints at chocolate. Clean grassy hopping again. Simple, but up front. No hints at the alcohol level.

Solid mouthfeel. I've never described any dopple as chewy, and I won't with this one either. But it coats the mouth well with its medium body; finishes a touch dry. Has a nice carbonation level to make it refeshing.

A solid brew that is too easy to drink. At 8.5% this could be really dangerous. Been wanting to try it for a while, I'd pick this up and drink it often if it was around.

blitz134, May 25, 2007
Photo of shertz
3.98/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12 oz bottle into a Pint glass. No date on bottle.

A- Amber red with little head, less than 1 finger. No lacing while drinking.

S- Sugary, pleasant fruity smell, possible grapefruit. Very nice.

T- Sugar and malts with alcohol not noticeable at all. Refreshing.

M- Rather thick and syrup like. Slides down nicely.

D- I can not tell that this beer is an 8.5% through taste. However, you will not be able to drink many with this ABV. It goes down well and is a very nice beer. Will drink many again.

shertz, May 21, 2007
Photo of penguinjive7
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark mahogany with couple fingers of off-white head. Smell is of dark malts with a hint of brown sugar. Taste is definitely dark malts with a hint of sweetness in the finish but not much more to speak of. The mouthfeel was nice and balances throughout.
This is a fairly drinkable brew. I gave it a solid four because it is no doubt a nice brew, but I think it lacks complexity and would expect a bit more from a doppelbock from Victory.

penguinjive7, May 21, 2007
Photo of riversider76
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a ruby brown, with a thin tan head. Decent retention, and lacing. Smell is of dark fruits,and malts. Body is medium,with carbionation. Taste is of sweet dark fruit,with a nice hop balance in the finish. The alchol is there big time. Good stuff.

riversider76, May 16, 2007
Photo of HugoGrim
4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap at the Victory brewery in Downingtown, PA.

Deep ruby color. Nice head which remained around quite a long time, and left behind some good lace.

Aroma is that of cranberry juice, red wine, and other dark fruits.

Flavor is brilliantly complex. Acidic, spiced, roasted coffee, raisins, grapes, and piny hops. Malt to spare. Another excellent beer from Victory.

HugoGrim, May 08, 2007
St. Victorious from Victory Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 538 ratings.