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St. Victorious - Victory Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

539 Ratings
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Ratings: 539
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.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-27-2002)
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Photo of MaltyGoodness
3.45/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle

Pours a beautiful chestnut brown with a rich ruby hue. A small tan head fades to the edge of the glass. Mild lacing.

Very unassuming aroma. Light scents of caramel malt with a slight fruitiness. Also, some alcohol is also present.

Taste is sweet and malty upfront with some nice caramel and fruity tones. There is also a noticible smokiness before a slight hop bitterness appears. Finishes sweet with a light lingering bitterness and a hint of alcohol.

Full body, ample carbonation.

A solid dopplebock and easy to consume.

MaltyGoodness, Apr 05, 2006
Photo of orsulacp
3.83/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I got a 1/6 of this and the beer poured a dark brown with ruby highlights and a nice creamy off white head, it looked really inviting. The nose was a sweet malty milk chocolate with some toasty smells coming through too. The taste is very toasty, it is not as sweet as the smell would indicate, and there is a little bitterness, like a semi-sweet chocolate. The mouthfeel is full and silky smooth. It is hard to drink more than one or two these because it is so filling.

orsulacp, Mar 29, 2006
Photo of jaluria
3.48/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Very excited to try this beer once it became available in my area; just a few weeks ago.

Poured a nice dark brown/burgundy color in my goblet with a slight tan colored head that didn't stay long, but left behind a touch of scattered lacing. Aromas of malt and alcohol dominate with the faint odor of astringent (Windex or other cleaning substance); not entirely appealing, but above average. The taste was rather watered down with little complexity as the malt didn't seem to have any dimensions. The alcohol was present and worked well with the malt. Felt rather thin in my mouth. I wouldn't mind having a few in a sitting, but it's not nearly as flavorful, complex, or interesting as other doppelbocks I've had. To me this was more like an altbier or unbalanced amber ale rather than a member of the bock family.

jaluria, Mar 29, 2006
Photo of phisig137
3.78/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Best by July 27, 2006. Pours a dark brown with red highlights. Head appears and fades quickly, leaving just a ring around the glass.

Smells great, malty complexity, caramel, grainy, and sweet.

Flavor is different. Good malt complexity, and slightly roasty. Caramel shines through on the finish. No hops to be seen. Mouthfeel is thick and chewy, and drinkability is high.

This is a solidly good brew all around, but for being a dopplebock... I think it's a little off. It's just missing that thick, syrupy sweetness that I look for and love in a dopple bock. It's good, but those crazy germans just know what thier doing... we still have a lot to learn over here.

phisig137, Mar 29, 2006
Photo of ADR
3.95/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Transparent brown color with a decided red cast to it. Yellowish head is flat, medium in duration. Leaves very little lace on the glass. Deep malty aroma, slight cinnamon and coffee, ripe pears. Mouthfeel is lighter than some, carbonation is lively and the texture overall comes out at about medium. Starts out with spicey flavor qualities, molasses and elements of tangy mincemeat. The malt component is certainly adequate. What stands out as different is the considerable hop bittering on this one, German in style, very dry with elements of asphalt. Interesting in its balance. Alcohol is moderately well-hidden but noticeable by the end of the glass, and the ashy hop is ever-present in the aftertaste. Maybe what's missing for me is a bit more of a sturdy mouthfeel, and I tend to like the overall impression to be sweeter in a Doppelbock.

ADR, Mar 29, 2006
Photo of kmpitz2
4.38/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours into a Celabrator glass a very solid amber ot ruby color with a 2 finger light tan head that falls quickly to a coat of about a quater inch over top. A moderate carbonation bubbles from the bottom of the glass. Nose is nice and toasty, with deep sweet caramel and lighter figy fruityness in there. Definately dominated by melanoidans, but with good sweetness in there to balance. I like the aroma. Flavor is very full and hits the aroma pretty well. It starts out as a caramel and fig sweetness, but moves very quickly to a light grainey toastyness. There is the lightest of bitters hanging on the finish. This is tasty. Feel is very thick, with a light to moderate carbonation. Its very chewy and almost a touch slick. As far as things go, I don't detect any of the alcohol that is in this brew. I really like that light bitterness that hangs on, as I think it works very well with the other flavors. This one is a winner in my book. I'd have it again any day.

kmpitz2, Mar 28, 2006
Photo of feloniousmonk
4.35/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Freshly tapped and poured into an Aventinus glass.
Dark at the top, clear at the bottom, caramel colored, edging on a bright crimson...attractive creamy tan cap atop.

aroma: sweet and spicy, with notes of toffee, peppers, leather, nougat, and the slight sting of brandy.

Taste: rich, thick, and warm. Great grit in the texture, full bodied, long, sweet, considerable finish. Huge malt, tenacious cling on the palate, toasty and ultimately dry. Quite complex.

Terrifically balanced doppelbock. Not too sweet, full of flavor, the caramel never quits,...deeply delicious, roundly rewarding. Higher alcoholic content creeps up quietly, then takes command and let's no one forget it's there.

A masterfully conceived and brewed beverage. One I've had on the to-try list for many years, and am glad to know it and enjoy it at last!

One more word on the subject: Yum!

feloniousmonk, Mar 27, 2006
Photo of Jaynuze
4.72/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a beautiful dull amber with very little foam. The head evaporates almost immediately after pouring. The nose is strong with a malty spiciness and hints of caramel.

As it washes over the palette, it leaves a very malty flavor with a touch of earthiness and light citrus cut by a sweet hint of alcohol. Like a good Doppelbock, the alcohol taste does not overpower the flavors of the beer but actually enhances them. Drinker be warned; at 8.5% ABV one might find it a bit difficult to grab the third or fourth bottle from the fridge!

This beer has a wonderfully "wholesome" mouthfeel ... almost creamy. It is a joy to drink, especially during those last few weeks before Spring's arrival.

Make sure to pick up more than one six pack when you see this beauty in the store! No matter how many you buy, you'll wish you had more. Arguably one of the finest German styled beers brewed by an American brewery. Prost!!

Jaynuze, Mar 24, 2006
Photo of chOAKbarrell
4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice very dark red. Darker than Paulaner's Salvator, which is the other Doppelbock I've had lately. Small head disappeared quickly, but I may not have poured it very well.

Typical syrupy-sweet maltiness, but with a little smokiness underneath.

The smokiness also comes through in the taste, which is an interesting detail. Assertive bitterness in the finish. I may taste a bit of fruitiness as well. There's a lot going on in this beer.

This is a really great doppelbock. Perhaps my 2nd favorite.

chOAKbarrell, Mar 18, 2006
Photo of Foxman
4.35/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It came to me a deep and ruddy dark amber, nicely carbonated. A finger of dense off-white head lingered some time before settling to patchy froth. Delicate was plentiful.

The aroma was rich with brown sugar and malty caramel, as well as a baked bread component. A layer of hops spice blanketed the periphery softly.

Upon sipping, there came a veritable wave of roasted malt sweetness, carrying in its wake notes of caramel, black cherry, coffee, and a touch of leather. Swirling in the middle were traces of vinous grapes, baked dough, and a smidgeon of alcohol. Peppery hops came through more toward the close, spicy and poignant, but never overbearing. the finish was dark malt and hops bitterness, but rounded nicely for a long lingering. The hops presence is a pleasant surprise, and lends an intriguing counterpointf or the strong malt character.

Medium bodied, it coats sweetly, and leaves behind a pleasing hop tingle as it washes slowly away.

Sure, it's about the malt, as well it should be, but the hops put a fine touch on things and lended an air not often seen in the style. It's big, no doubt, and the ABV comes through in spots, but it would also be easy to ignore, and that might not be wise. Still, in spite of the size, it's a joy to drink, with the sweet and spicy playing off each other like to happy puppies. I wil be revisiting this unique number often in the future.

Foxman, Mar 14, 2006
Photo of IrishRedRock
4.3/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Burnt amber in color, the head quickly fading to an ever-present lacing. Sweet, malty, thick brown Irish baked bread in the nose. Flavors of this beer seem so simple, and yet layer after layer keeps coming out. We could make a laundry list of nuances here: herbal spicy yet sweet, chewy, doughy thick malty goodness; toasty burnt caramel and black cherries in the finish, all with a solid undertow of juicy hop bitterness. Alcohol? Quite well hidden amongst the ocean of flavors. Crisp, mildly carbonated. This fine beer truly is liquid bread.

IrishRedRock, Mar 11, 2006
Photo of whartontallboy
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!

whartontallboy, Mar 10, 2006
Photo of TastyTaste
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Nice dark maroon colored body, head is thick, full, and slow fading. Medium tan.

Smell: Sweet, sugary malt, also carmel.

Taste: Flavor is sweet all the way though, nice roasted flavor, carmelly, yet finishes with a hops presence not common to this style, not expected, but welcome. Takes a step in a different direction that traditional dopplebocks. Good.

Drinkability: A beer you must savor to appreciate, appears at first to be harsh and unfinished, but late reveals itself as a different sort of dopplebock, one I can appreciate.

TastyTaste, Mar 09, 2006
Photo of Phatz
4.6/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is one of my absolute favorite beers. I drink it often. I have gotten a growler of it, I have it on tap every time I go to Victory, but this is the first time I have had it from a bottle at home. Thanks to tgbljb for the trade. It does seem to have a more sharp Hop profile in the bottle than it did on-tap, it is not quite as ‘smooth and mellow’, this time. Nonetheless, one of my favorite beers.

Appearance: Pours a beautiful dark amber brown. Translucent but thick.

Smell: Rich caramel and brown sugar malts.

Taste: It is incredibly sweet but then it is nicely balanced with a speckling of sharp hop bitterness. Brilliant! There is a complex web of flavors that make up the sweetness including plums black cherries birch caramel a bit of granny smith apple and some white grape. WOW!

Mouthfeel: This beer has a very full and hearty mouthfeel but it is not heavy. It is somehow both a mouthful and remarkably medium bodied with a very slick oily texture that tastefully slides down my throat (quite rapidly in fact).

Drinkability: If I had to choose a beer to live of of for the rest of my life this is one that would suit me just fine! I love it! I could drink it all night and never tire of it. The ABV will catch up to you so it would not quite qualify as a session beer even though it has an EXEPTIONAL drinkability IMO.

Hope this is helpful.
Cheers!


Thanks to tgbljb for the trade!

Phatz, Mar 08, 2006
Photo of francisweizen
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.

francisweizen, Feb 27, 2006
Photo of monkeybutler
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark red with a small head, moderate carbonation and little lacing.

Smell is malty, with hints of fruit and alcohol.

Taste is also malty, but with subtle hop notes and crisp fruity flavors. Can't quite put my finger on it, but there's a tiny bit of banana, some apple, and some grape.

The mouthfeel is crisp in the beginning, but manages to hang around in the end. Very nice in the mouth.

The drinkability is good. There's nothing too offensive.

I couldn't give this beer higher scores, because it was too sluggish and ale-like in many regards. It works though.

monkeybutler, Feb 26, 2006
Photo of DarkerTheBetter
3.95/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer came a slightly brown grape juice color with a thin off white head.

Smelled of roasted caramel malts and a few dry hints of dark fruits.

Tasted smooth and syrupy with dark heavy malts and a red grape dry sweetness that picks up some dry peppery hops and a little smoky yeast. Finishes a bit oaky with some green grassy hops.

The mouth feel was light bodied but felt heavy in my mouth with a light and easy carbonation that gave the over all impression of water.

DarkerTheBetter, Feb 21, 2006
Photo of NJpadreFan
3.25/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Victory- St Victorious

Served up at the 10 year anniversary party.

Appearance- dark mahogany brown with a decent fluffy head.
Smell- sweet molasses, sugary syrup, and malt.
Taste- sweet syrupy malt with hints of molasses and cherry.
Mouthfeel- a little to thick and sweet for me. Although smooth and warm on a cold evening.

Overall- a decent doppelbock, just too sweet.

NJpadreFan, Feb 19, 2006
Photo of ggaughan
4.08/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the Victory brewery bar.

This beer pours a nice medium amber color with a nice tan, thick head. There was a nice malty sweet aroma to this beer and some subtle hints of fruit. The taste gives you a nice toasted malty sensation to roll around in your mouth and it stays with you for awhile which is enjoyable. This is a very nice beer from Victory and at the brewery made it taste just a bit better.

ggaughan, Jan 31, 2006
Photo of BillyB
4.93/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Had on tap at Victory.
Pours a deep, dark, ruby red with a thick tan head but the head disappears quickly.
Smells of sweet beechwood smoked malt, dried fruit; plums, raisins, wine. Also, caramel, molasses. Hint of whole flower german hops.
The taste is of strong immense malt. Sweet and smokey. Slight toffe/caramel character. Very rich, very complex taste. Chocolate, cherry, bready yet tangy.
Mouthfeel is velvety smooth with slight alcohol warmth. A bit sticky.
Simply excellent.

BillyB, Jan 29, 2006
Photo of deejaydan
4.18/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours deep mahagony with ruby hues. Head and head retention are slightly disappointing. Aroma is bready and slightly vinous. Taste is good, but I find a twang in there that is distracting. Could be from overroasted malts. Sticky and slightly sweet on mouthfeel. Light enough to drink and be dangerous.

Another solid brew from Victory.

Thanks to FoolCircle and SS'05.

deejaydan, Dec 15, 2005
Photo of GClarkage
4.38/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12/08/05- Received via trade with Santoslhalper.

Presentation- 12oz bottle with a best by date stamped on the bottle. Poured into my dimpled mug.

Appearance- Off brown chocolaty colored pour. Small 1/4 inch head with specks of light lace here and there.

Smell- Sweet toffee malt with maybe some dates and raisins as well.

Taste- Very nice sweet and maybe a bit tangy roasted malt with a touch of brown sugar for that sticky taste. Dates and maybe some prune action going on as well.

Mouthfeel- A bit thick and definitely sticky. Heavier mouthfeel.

Drinkability- Quite a nice doppelbock. Right up there with my two favorites (Celebrator and Weltenburger). Would have again if it was out here. Thanks for the sample Santos!

GClarkage, Dec 09, 2005
Photo of weeare138
4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Ortino's Northside...
Appears a dark brown with a red hue and a light tan head. Very dense and unsure of the visible carbonation.
Smell is of cocoa powder, smoked peat, caramel, molasses, black plums, and roasted nuts.
Taste is equally as enjoyable as the aromas.
Mouthfeel is right on. Chewy, warming, sweet, and balanced with a quick finish.

weeare138, Oct 07, 2005
Photo of woodychandler
4.3/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This started out by pouring with a huge, deep brown head that just dwindled away to nothing, not even wisps. The color was a clear russet-brown/
mahogany. The nose was very malty with an underlying molasses/tar scent. I should point out that this last was not off-putting, just present. It had a really thick mouthfeel with a caramel sweetness on the tongue. The finish was a blend of sweet flavors - caramel, toffee, molasses. Warming, it became even richer, more toffee-like. A very interesting beer.

woodychandler, Jul 20, 2005
Photo of eclectic
3.45/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a deep brown with minimal head.. a sweet malted yeasty bread aroma.. medium bodied... initially dry and malty, finishes with a hoppiness that doesn’t seem to flow with the rest of the flavors..

Not what I was expecting for the style.. which in this case is a bad thing.. hard to say much else about it since it was so lackluster.. would try it again but am in no rush to do so.

eclectic, Jul 15, 2005
St. Victorious from Victory Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 539 ratings.