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St. Victorious | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

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St. VictoriousSt. Victorious

Brewed by:
Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Pennsylvania, United States | website

Style: Doppelbock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.60%

Availability: Spring

Notes / Commercial Description:
Limited seasonal draft only release. Doppelbock brewed w/ smoked 2-row German malt from Bamberg.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 03-27-2002

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Photo of MrKennedy
3.19/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz bottle obtained via trade with Knapp85. Poured into a Mikkeller tulip glass.

Pours a reddish-ruby colour, with a nice shine to it and a relatively deep tan coloured head of creamy looking foam that dissipates over time to be just film.

Sweet malt aroma, mixed with a touch of smoke and a slight hint of vanilla. Doesn't seem to work too well together though, despite the uniqueness.

Tastes mostly malty and of alcohol, does improve as it warms up. Quite a fullness to the finish of it.

Malt coated mouthfeel to it that has a bit of a tang at the end. Some creaminess comes through.

A little bit all over the place, some high points, some lows as well.

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Photo of chodinheaven
3.65/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark ruby colored beer with a little head that sticks around for a little and then dissapates into a patchy form on top. The smell is interesting and hard to place. I get a smoky quality, like tobacco, and possibly a faint sweetness backed by a little boozy twinge.

Malty indeed, but with a medium body and high carbonation. The combination of the three create a different mouthfeel, one that is boozy and spritzy and very dry. The taste is unique. That smokiness in the aroma comes out in the taste as well, but in a way that is almost weird. Like maybe that flavor is a little off to me. The hops are there as well, hitting a little in the front of the taste, and then again in a bigger way in the finish. The booziness comes out more and more while it warms up, becoming slightly more than just a zest of it. It adds another dimension to the brew however, and it's actually a pretty enjoyable boozy taste.

Overall, this isn't my favorite from Victory, but it feels old school and for that I respect it. Also not my favorite style admittedly, but other doppelbocks that I've had are not like this. Definitely one to try for those of you into the style. You won't regret its uniqueness.

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Photo of mdvatab
4.88/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from 12oz bottle into shaker pint.
Best by 12/17/2011

Aroma: Sweet molasses, carmelized sugar, black cherry, & vanilla.

Appearance: 1.5 finger of light tan foamy head gradually settles to 1 finger. Beautifully clear, reddish-amber body.

Flavor: Rich, chewy caramel supported by a hoppy balance. Manages to achieve a rich, malty sweetness without being cloying. Dried black cherry with herbal hop in the background. Reminiscent of iced tea on the back end.

Mouthfeel: Medium carbonation. Medium-full delicious body.

Overall: EXTREMELY tasty! Complexity of aroma, substantial body, maltiness w/ balance, and it begs you to have another sip. Definitely one of my new favorites. Thanks for the trade, Curious Monk!

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Photo of ZeroSignal
4.42/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle with freshness date, poured into a SA Perfect Pint

A - Dark amber pour with a good finger's worth of light brown head and a nice lace.

S - Notes of toasted bread crust and golden malts. Light fruity aroma.

T&M - Deliciously bready with both a crustiness and a bit of cereal. Big malt bill with lot's of toasty bits. Fuller bodied with a big feel. Sweetness comes through with a good dose of caramel. Some of the sweetness sticks around at in the finish, and makes me think of toffee.

O - What a delicious beer. Lot's of malty goodness and pretty much everything I think a Doppelbock is supposed to be, and executed brilliantly.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.58/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This Doppelbock pours out with a nice brown colored body. The head was a tan color that was kind of fizzy. The smell of the beer had some good malty aroma with some soft yeast on the nose. The taste of the beer is pretty good. There's a softness to the taste, the flavors are mostly sweet. The mouthfeel was medium bodied. Overall not a bad brew.

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Photo of JunkYardJake
4.35/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle to pint glass.
Nice looking bock from Victory. Dark brown with shades of amber and a respectable foamy head. Smells of malty goodness. Palate is complex and robust, yet very traditional. Layers of bready malt flavor and a touch of fermented dark fruit are complimented by a clean German yeast that adds to the depth of flavor. Full bodied with a clean finish. Another wonderfully brewed German-style lager from PA.

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Photo of soze47
4.27/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is the second year in a row I've had this one. First time review.

Appearance: Ruby brown in color with a pale white head the disappears throughout the glass. Lots of bubbles dancing through out the glass, even as it warms through to the end.

Aroma: The nose reminds me of spring time. Lots of notes of malt with a multitude of roastiness, but there is a grassy, almost budding quality to the hops.

Taste: Very complex and layered. Right after the pour and still cold, this beer is much more malt forward with the roasted qualities standing out. However, after a few drinks and as it warms, a fruitiness of grapes and raisins comes forward and mixes really well with the hops to create an almost dry finish. This one gets less sweet as it goes.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: Nice, loose body lets the flavors dance. This one is not nearly as heavy as the ABV may suggest. This one goes from being bubbly to creamy as it warms and settles. That makes this guy all too drinkable and a potentially dangerous brew to give to someone who is not in the know on the ABV.

Overall: Great brew. I like this one a lot and enjoy pondering how it evolves throughout the drink. I should make a point to pick up more of these before they are gone.

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Photo of Dan3279
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured the 12oz bottle into into a snifter glass to find a deep, dark, clear amber body that had a small tan head that left no lacing. The aroma had a great malty sweetness to it with hints of caramel. I thought that the taste was great, you pick up everything from the aroma but its kicked it up several notches. There are some great malty flavors and the sweetness of caramel and toffee. There also seem to be some bread notes along with small hints of chocolate and dried fruits. The mouth feel was solid, its was an easy beer to drink and I could easily enjoy several of these in one sitting. Also you would never guess that the ABV is at 8.5%, it is hidden so well.

Overall this is a great beer and a solid doppelbock. I will defiantly be on the look out for this one again and I would recommend it for anyone who loves doppelbocks & German beers.

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Photo of thagr81us
3.53/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served from tap into a sampler tumbler. Poured red-orange with a half finger off-white head that subsided to a minimal amount slowly. Maintained decent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, caramel, and dark chocolate. The flavor was of sweet malt, caramel, coffee, dark chocolate, dark fruit, and subtle sweet alcohol. It had a light feel on the palate with low carbonation. Overall this was a decent brew. Wow! Where did all of that flavor come from!? Based on the aroma I would have not expected there to be much going on in this one. It was definitely a pleasant surprise when I took my first sip. The flavor is really as that saved this one for me as the aroma was VERY weak in intensity. Worth trying for the flavor but that is about it.

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Photo of matjack85
4.34/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I found this single 12oz brown bottle at the Binny's store in Glen Ellyn, IL for the rather steep price of $3.19 a bottle, so it better be good. There was an enjoy by date of 12/17/11 on the front label along with a small historic blurb about the beer.

The pour was about the only disappointing thing about this beer. The crystal clear mahogany red color was nice, but it only produced a ½-finger of beige head that dissipated quickly, and it left no lacing whatsoever.

Nice brown sugar and rich malty smell.

This is a very malty brew. A bit of caramel is thrown in for a touch of sweetness and the noble hops are there for balance. Delicious.

Mouthfeel is smooth and medium bodied with fairly low carbonation.

I'm not sure where BA got the abv fjgure of 8.5% as the Victory web site lists the abv for this beer at 7.6%, but in either case it is hidden very well and makes this a very enjoyable brew.

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Photo of jpro
3.72/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had a pint at Closed for Business...

A: Ultra crystal clear amber-red; cream head fades quickly, leaving no lace or retention.

S: Rich caramel malts and bready. Nice and malty!

T: Richly malty with sweet caramel and toffee; perhaps some figs, too; a light dash of earthy hops round things out.

M: Medium-full body and moderate carbonation; pretty crisp, despite the sweetness.

D: A little too sweet for me - definitely a nice change of pace, though.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clean orange-ish to amber color with a light tan head. In the aroma, roasty caramel and a small presence of alcohol. In the taste, caramel, roasted malt, with a small presence of earth and hops. A small hop bite and a medium bodied mouthfeel, with a small sticky caramel like aftertaste. Big caramel and a bit sticky sweet, small boozyness and a nice mellow hop.

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Photo of obrendano
4.7/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

WHAT A BEER! Got this in a random mix and match 6 pack grab

A - at first was a little disappointed as the head on this was thin while pouring, until at the last second a light tan creamy foam filled the top of the glass. the head was thick and sticky all throughout the drink. beer is a clear dark ruby.

S - initial smells of brown sugar and citrus, clean dark malt. some fruit skin comes through with more smells.

T - SCORE. this quickly has become one of the best tasting beers I've come across. complex mix of raw citrus and sugar, toffee, touches of the high alcohol content, and a nice toasty flavor under it all akin to English ales

M - creamy and sticky, not too light, not too heavy, goes down nice and smooth

D - there really is no reason to skip over this one, highly recommended and a nice surprise

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Photo of bamadog
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review is from notes taken on 4/17/2011 and poured from the bottle to a pint glass.

Appearance: Pour is a ruby/coppery color and it starts with a 1 and 1/2 finger creamy off-white, nearly light tan, head with decent retention; body is very clear and shows moderately strong carbonation bubbling up throughout;

Smell: A lot of graininess running strong through this one, very wet and mulchy, kind of like wet bran -- smell is very hearty and pretty robust, not overly complex, but just really good.

Taste: Really matches the nose -- lots of wet mulchy graininess that is bran and cereal-like; bit of a burnt toastiness to it as well as just a touch of chocolate malt; lastly there is a bit of an alcoholic bite to it (but at 8.5%, not to be unexpected) as well as a touch of lager yeast; as mentioned in the smell, this tastes just as hearty as it smells and it's solid and a great spring beer that is solid, not overly complex.

Mouthfeel: Body is actually a touch heavier than I would have expected, and is close to medium bodied; the carbonation is quite strong, though, and it really keeps the heavier body lively; a thin and and cottony dry coating is left on the roof of the mouth and it helps hold the cereal graininess well into the aftertaste; due to the carbonation, the gums are left tingly and the belly is left warm -- you know you're drinking this one.

Overall: This is a solid and filling beer, but the weight and the higher ABV would help me limit it a little bit, and I likely wouldn't drink more than 2 of these on any given night; a simple beer that has been done very well.

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Photo of JizackFH
3.7/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - This beer pours a clear deep mahogany brown color. It has a small 1-finger light tan head that falls quickly. The leaves just a few specs of lacing behind on the glass.

S - It smells of rich caramel malts and dark fruits. There are also some notes of cherry, chocolate, and a touch of alcohol.

T - It starts of sweet and malty, and then intensifies. There are some big dark fruit flavors here like plum, raisin, cherry, grape, and even some notes of apple. There are also some notes of caramel, chocolate, brown sugar, and a hint of hops. The finish is pretty clean, there is just a touch of bitterness and alcohol presence.

M - This has a medium body and moderate carbonation. It is rich and smooth. There is a bit of a chewy quality here as well. The finish is crisp and pretty clean.

O - This has pretty good drinkability. It goes down smooth and has nice flavor. I could drink a few of these in a sitting. Overall, I thought this was a good beer, but not one of the best of the style that I've had so far. I enjoyed it though, and I'd drink it again.

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Photo of axeman9182
3.22/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle, best before date of January 10, 2012, allowed to warm some before being poured into my Duvel tulip.

St.Victorious pours a deep, clear maroon. Plentiful cherry highlights shine through when the beer is backlit though. The ivory head rises to about 2.5 fingers in height, before slowing collapsing down the side of the glass. Not much is left in the way of lacing though. The nose doesn't quite hit all the marks of a great doppel, but it's still pretty good. It's an almost even blend of milk chocolate and plummy dark fruits. On my palate the beer gains a slight nuttiness, but at the expense of that creamy milk chocolate from the nose morphing into a more bitter, roasted dark chocolate (which doesn't really work for me int he context of the style). The flavor's also a touch weak and watered down. The carbonation is spot on, enough to cut through the malt, while simultaneously remaining in the background and letting those malts take center stage. The body though is way thin for the style. When I'm expecting a big malt bomb of a beer, there's a certain richness to the body that should come along here, and this beer doesn't even come close to that. I've enjoyed most of the other offerings from Victory that I've had, but St. Victorious ranks as a fairly disappointing doppelbock for me.

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Photo of beerdown77
3.68/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This pours crystal clear brown, very slight lacing, the smell is brown sugar, but a lot of malt in the smell and flavor as well. It is a nice German style flavor, great malt flavor, really good. There is a lot of sweetness, but for the ABV, there is a decent balance to this. It is maybe a little syrupy, but the medium-heavy body is actually pretty tolerable.

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Photo of daliandragon
4.18/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Been searching for this one for a while and have been on a bit of a Doppler kick anyway. Handsome amber color with scarlet highlights and thick wisy head leaving rings of lace frost, Nose has a strong malt backbone tempered with chocolate, alcohol, dark fruit, and a yeasty tang. Overall, quite strong out of the gate.

Big, chewy, crunchy malts with great staying power through to the finish. Baker's chocolate and plums make landfall, as does St. Booze. The carbonation is strong initially but backs off nicely and becomes an advantage in the aftertaste, which is terrific. Mild hopping adds to the dry character.

This one seems different from the authentic Dopplers you see from Deutchland but I think they've done a great job of keeping the flavor but giving it a unique twist. Well made and very enjoyable for me. Among my favorites of the style.

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Photo of DrinkingDrake
3.77/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A dark amber/golden red. No head with minimal lacing. A lot of booze and caramel. Dark fruits some dates. A faint hint of bakers chocolate. Roasted malts a lot of toasted caramel malts/roasted and dried out fruits raisins and dates. A sweet and smooth caramel finish.Dry and faintly tangy but it has a sweet backing.

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Photo of DrStiffington
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

St. Victorious pours with a dark golden color, with little head. The smell is of roasted malts and bread. The taste follows suit, with a slightly sweet, malty flavor. Maybe a little tartness folowing the sweetness. This beer has a pleasantly heavy, bready feel. There's a nice warming feeling as it goes down, no doubt the alcohol. I really like this seasonal from Victory. Good stuff.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured out a very clear, dark hazelnut brown. Lots of carbonation visible throughout the glass. A nice three finger high head of tan colored lace rose up above it and hung around for a few minutes before finally settling down to just a thin film across the top of the glass. Some decent side glass lacing as well, completed it very nicely.

The aroma was rich and sweet. Lots of great earthy and grainy notes mixing in well with a good amount of caramel sugar. The flavor followed suit nicely, with the dominant flavor of caramel really taking hold. Some nice bready malts being located under that as well. The alcohol was very well hidden, and not a factor at all. Nice smooth finish with the long lingering flavor of nutty caramel on the tongue for a few minutes afterward. The feel was a nice medium-bodied ale with a good amount of carbonation and a smooth creamy feel. Awesome session ale for me, as the palate was rich and the feel great. Very refreshing.

Overall, this was definitely a nice little bock. I could have drank this one all night and it just seemed to be really well done. For fans of the style, this was definitely a good choice. I would have to recommend this one to anyone who likes a good dark German beer.

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Photo of Bung
3.98/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. Brownish amber pour, just a thin layer of white head. Does retain pretty well.

Aroma has the malt and caramel, some herbal notes, more tea than hops.

Taste also has a nice prominent malt backbone. Toffee and a toasty earthy peat. Large cocoa midway. There is a little tea and leather like quality, but it fades into a dry herbal hop and lighter roast/cocoa finish.

Well carbonated and medium bodied. A little warming, but normal for the style. I thought this was a rock solid American take on the style.

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Photo of Ryan011235
3.9/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into an E&J Cask & Cream glass on 3/1/11

Enjoy by Dec 17, 2011

Really nice-looking color. Rusty, copper-brown; depth of color but still clear. One thumb of foam dissipates quickly to patchy bubbles and a small amount of lace.

Smells of dark bread; toasty and grainy. Seems rather dry. Earthy hops round out the aroma with a touch of spice. Overtones of nuts. Swirling brings out some yeast and a bit of doughiness. The aromas comes across as subtle; the flavor is anything but. Heavy handed, malty goodness throughout. Dark bread and toasted grains. It has a reasonable hop kick but doesn't over take the malts. Mostly dry with a mild, sweet notions on the peripheries. Probably a bit closer to full than medium; the feel is thick, grainy and wont to hang around. Carbonation seemed high on the first sip but it shaped up right quick.

Overall impression: this one really hit me out of the blue. Sometimes buying a single is a good idea; this is not one of those times - wish I had another.

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Photo of AleWatcher
3.33/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Grabbed a blind beer from the fridge.... This one came courtesy of nlmartin in the Blind Beers #4 BIF... The beer is consumed and reviewed blind-- without any knowledge of the style or brewery.

Poured into my New Belgium Globe glass.

Pours a rusty brownish red... Light beige head of less than 1 finger settled quickly and left little lacing... I'm totally unsure of the style from the looks of it-- but I'm guessing over 8% ABV due to the poor head and retention...

Smells like swiss miss hot cocoa... and some fruits? Hard to pinpoint what it is exactly... A hint of roasty, almost-but-not-quite coffee comes into play. The fruit note reminds me slightly of Nyquil-- but like a mix of the red and the green together. I suppose "medicinal" is probably a flaw in most cases, but it isn't a complete turn-off... Still having a hard time figuring out the style-- perhaps a Scotch Ale of some sort?

Ok.... Taste says this is a lager. Actually, the finish says lager. It is crisp and clean, no hints of esters or other "yeasty" notes... So I'll cross off Scottish Ale from the would-be suspects... Well, if my guess on the ABV is correct, and it is a lager, then I don't have too many options, right?
The taste is dry. Really dry. Bitter, dry, powdery cocoa... No notes of dark fruit, but there is a roasty quality that I would compare to cheap coffee. The finish is crisp and clean-- and VERY dry. No real hop notes-- unless they are responsible for a VERY slight earthy quality I seem to find just before the swallow.

Think of the most cloyingly sweet beer you've ever had-- this beer is that beer's polar opposite. This is so dry I feel like I need water.

In any case, I'm betting this is some sort of bock. Probably an American attempt at the style. The body is medium/full with low carbonation... Not bad. It has a little gritty character that keeps it from scoring really high for me.

Overall-- this isn't bad, but it isn't really one I'd pick up again. It drinks pretty easily.

Reveals bottle to be... Victory- St. Victorious Dopplebock...

Hmmm... Ok. So this is another in the long line of Victory beers that haven't "wowed" me. This is decent though, so it definitely deserves a C+/B-, which is respectable. I have another bottle of this kicking around somewhere-- so I suppose I'll revisit this one and edit the review if I deem fitting.

A-3.5, S-3, T-3.5, M-3, D-3.5

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Photo of billab914
3.85/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my brand new Three Floyd's glass. It poured a very nice looking, deep mahogany color. It started with a full and fizzy half inch head to it, but settled to a thin and spotty layer shortly after.

The aroma is not surprisingly very malty with toffee and caramel playing a prominent roll. Just a hint of a roasty, coffee like flavor comes through, as well as some fruity, cherry notes.

The toffee and caramel flavors are there throughout the flavor as well. It starts with more of the sweet, malty flavors to it, and as it finishes I get some balancing bitterness to it. Like the aroma, I get just a bit of a roasty, coffee like flavor to it as well.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied and carbonation is moderate, but sharp. It's crisp and clean in the finish, making for a pretty easy drinking beer. Drinkability was good, I enjoyed the flavors a lot. A good version of the style, and a good beer overall.

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St. Victorious from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
90 out of 100 based on 377 ratings.