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St. Victorious - Victory Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

552 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 552
Reviews: 375
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 10.81%
Wants: 79
Gots: 18 | 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 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.

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!

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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!

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.

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.

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.

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Smoother and rounder than many, it's just that edge that gives St. Victorious enough of an edge to put it at the top of its class. It pours a beautiful crimson-chestnut with glowing orange highlights at the base and a creamy yellowed-paper head. The retention is quite good, and holds admirably considering its strength. The lacing is somewhat limited, but that's common for the style; and when tasted side by side with a competing brand, it was quite obvious that the St. Victorious dominated. The nose is rich with soft creamy caramel, a waft of juicy dark fruit, toasty malts, and just the essence of some floral hops. In the mouth it's delicately crisp and then malty smooth across the palate with a dextrinous medium body and fine-bubbled, moderate carbonation. The flavor is very much as the aroma suggests, but with a wider breadth of character that includes a fuller Vienna/Munich maltiness, a judicious amount of alcohol, and a touch of what seems like Beechwood smokiness. The bitterness is restrained as might be expected; and it finishes dry with a light wash of drying alcohol and some lingering bready, and very subtly smoky, malt. Quite nice indeed! In fact, ....world class! This ranks right up there with Paulaner Salvator and Ayinger's Fortunator/Celebrator.

Photo of ikats
4.38/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours rich, dark ruby color with minimal tan head which dissipates rather quickly. Aroma is powerful and is apparent as soon as you pour it. Its sweet and toasty bouquet is so pleasant that I start thinking that some company should capture it in an air freshener. The flavor is sweet and rich. The beer goes down easy. May be too easy, as reviewing it proves to be a challenge since I just want to enjoy it without thinking about the technical mambo jumbo. Somewhat high alcohol content blends perfectly into the drink and packs a nice punch. As the beer goes down your throat you are left with sweet warmth wanting more. This would be perfect on a chilly night. Enjoyed from bottle in a quietness of my home. Best before August 2005 (drank May 2005).

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

I'd always had this in bottles and thought it was so-so, but I recently had it on tap at home and it really changed my opinion of this beer. Fantastic dark ruby-brown color, rich malty aroma. Taste is heavy on the dark fruits, rich malty profile. Somewhat bready, nice and chewy. Reminds me a bit of Celebrator. Sweet, but not too much so. Quite drinkable. A fine example of the style.

Photo of bigbubba
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer is a cloudy brown with yellowish highlights. The head was small and short lived. The smell is good, very sweet and malty. There is a alcohol smell and a sort of musky or woody smell. There is lots of flavor. It is sweet and malty, and very fruity. There is a slight bitterness that keeps the sweetness from overpowering. The mouthfeel is thick and round with a warm feeling even though it is cold. The alcohol is very evident. The drinkability is good. A very nice beer.

Photo of CRJMellor
4.15/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Davo for this sample.
Pours a mahogany brown with gold and red highlights. Obvious carbonation does not really play into self into a big head retnetion but rather bubbles up into a thin tan head.
Aroma of dark citrus fruits and caramel, almost like a make your own ice cream Sundae, the fruit and caramel seem so fresh and alive. Hints of estery alcohol and even a bit a bit of bready yeat make there way through the sweetness as it opens a bit. A faint hint of nuttiness and some roasted malt also emerge upon closer inspection.
Flavors of caramel dominate with some underlying complex fruit and nuttiness interwoven into the flavors. Highly complex, some rye bread notes come across mid palate as well as a light dusting of some earthy hops.
Mouthfeel is rich, thick and palate coating. Doesn't have as pure or crisp feel as some of this style but what it lacks in style adherence it more than makes up for in the complex taste and sensuous coating and work out it gives the tastebuds.
Drinkability is very high. Really went down easy (sort of like Davo) with the only disappointment that I did not have an another to immediately follow it with. Really well-made and complex beer can only imagine how smooth easy and dangerously inebriating this one would be on tap.

Photo of BCMan
3.73/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured up a deep ruby red. Little foam formed with a heavy pour and it all faded with right away to nothing. The nose is subtle and sweet. The flavor is not as strong as I would have expected. Sweet with a smooth mouthfeel. The taste doesn't linger but it warms a bit after swallowing. This seasonal seems to a bit less than it's billed to be but is still pretty good. Not the best from Victory but definetly worth a try. I would reccommend it.

Photo of Boto
3.63/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer poured a dark brown color. Not much head to speak of. Aroma has a rich malty sweetness to it, with mayge a hint of fruitiness. The taste is very malty and sweet, with a hint of caramel to it. There is a good hop balance. A very good Bock! Maybe not up to some of the better ones, but still very drinkable.

Photo of beermanbrian
3.85/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours with a deep amber color. Nice head but it disipated quickly. Strong hoppy aroma with a definate hint of caramel. Caramel smell carried over to the taste. A little sweet and high in alcohol to drink more than one or two in a sitting. Overall a beer that i would drink again.

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

One minor thing: this was unfortunately served in a really cold glass. Couple with that is this was my last beer of the night, so I couldn't sit on it as much as I wanted to because I had to leave. Still, I did all I could do and I think by the end it opened up enough for me to have a pretty good idea of what it's capable of.

Appearance: White head quickly disappeared after the pour, maybe due to the temperature? Beautiful dark red / amber color that looked amazing in the light.

Smell: Fruit, fruit punch, complex malt sweetness, yeast, bread, and some caramel or toffee creeping in, too.

Taste: Fruity, malty, and yeasty for the most part. Balanced extremely well, but I was hoping for more complexity for taste as great as the aromas were. Almost like a weaker barley wine without the hops? Or a really young barley wine without the hops?

Mouthfeel: Medium to full-bodied, chewy, and medium carbonation.

Drinkability: This is a pretty strong beer, and it's pretty sweet as I think most Doppelbock's are. However, I still feel this would be great a year or two down the road as I think mine was pretty green off the tap, not to mention the cold glass. Still, very enjoyable, a great take on the style, and if I can find some I'll definitely buy it and cellar it to see what happens.

Photo of tgbljb
3.85/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed from bottle with use by date of Aug 1, 2005. I am glad to see Victory bottling this beer this year. Poured a beautiful deep copper color with large head. Was not initially impressed with first taste, but it began to grow on me as the glass disappeared. Nice finish. will definitely enjoy again

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

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.

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

12oz brown bottle. Deep and brilliant ruby hued pour with a thin lace. Soft fruity/leaf aroma and complex dark malts in the nose. Carbonation is a bit lively, creaming up the palate a bit. Thick mouthfeel, with loads of malty character with complex flavors of raisin, grape, ebbing blends of caramel and chocolate, and a slight steely/grain note. Sharpish citric-like bitterness strikes from under the malt, then retreats leaving a slightly herbal character on the palate. Wonderfully rich burnt caramel, toffee, and grape flavors become very pronounced as the beer warms. Touch of spicy alcohol. Sweet bready lingers.

Awesome American stab at the style!

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