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St. Victorious - Victory Brewing Company

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St. VictoriousSt. Victorious

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377 Reviews

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Reviews: 377
Hads: 565
Avg: 4.05
pDev: 13.09%
Wants: 97
Gots: 21 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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Reviews: 377 | Hads: 565
Photo of weeare138
4.02/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.28/5  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.

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Photo of eclectic
3.5/5  rDev -13.6%
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.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%
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.

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Photo of ikats
4.37/5  rDev +7.9%
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).

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Photo of ChrisBowers
4.2/5  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.

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Photo of bigbubba
4.22/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

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Photo of CRJMellor
4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

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Photo of BCMan
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%
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.

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Photo of Boto
3.65/5  rDev -9.9%
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.

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Photo of beermanbrian
3.87/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

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Photo of asabreed
4.13/5  rDev +2%
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.

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Photo of tgbljb
3.85/5  rDev -4.9%
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

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Photo of RoyalT
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

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Photo of Todd
4.3/5  rDev +6.2%
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!

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Photo of PSUDREW
3.62/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark, brown soda color, with a little bit of aged-bone colored head. Nose reminds me of a abv-heavy, sweet, roasted nutty-ness. Tatse boastes an interesting mix of nutty-ness, wine-quality, solid malt, sweet taste, with a spicy/sweet hop finish. Not the most complex dopple i have had, but, surely a solid competitior, that mixes well on several occasions.

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Photo of goodbyeohio
3.66/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz best by 8/1/05, thanks to geoff..

pours a beautiful brown with red highlights.. no head, but bubbly around the edges. perfect viscosity.

aroma is explosive.. malty and real hoppy with cherry hints and alcohol evident. barleywine-ish for sure with extra sweet.

tastes crazy.. malty but smoky.. barbecue with lots of vegetable flavor.. finishes hoppy and smooth with a mild bitterness and carbonated crisp. tobacco detected as well. truly lives up to its brown color with a delicious charred flavor all around.

for such a complex beer, very drinkable

only negative is a lack of any sweetness in the taste. for 8.5%, very mellow. great accompaniment to a simple meat dish. will seek this out in the future, would like to try it on tap.

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Photo of crookedhalo
4.17/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle dated best before Aug 1 2005. Pours a clear medium copper-brown color with a beigish-tan head that dissipates rather promptly. Deep, vinous toffee and roasted malt profile with some underlying dark berry and plummy fruitiness. Hops do play a role in the aroma, but are overtaken by the aggressive maltiness. Very rich and flavorful. Further vinous fruitiness shows in the flavor and some toasty malt comes through nicely. Light husky astringency in the finish. Alcohol shows through the hefty mouthfeel, but not overwhelming. A very nice doppelbock (better even than some German ones) from the brewers at Victory.

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Photo of santoslhalper
4.67/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearence: Pours a sliky smooth reddish brown with a thin off-white that almost completely dissapears. The clarity is dead-on.

Smell: The smell is of sweet and rich malts combined with a nice alcohol presence that rounds the whole thing off.

Taste and Mouthfeel: This beer is a full on barrage of malts onto the taste buds. The sweet, creamy, gooey goodness of malts clings to your mouth with joy, as the alcohol warms you the whole way down to your toes. The mouthfeel is smooth a lucious.

Drinkability and Overall: A wonderful doppelbock for sure. Smooth and creamy, full of complexity and balance, yet it has enough kick to cure even the heaviest of beer drinkers need for a strong brew. This a warming beer that is one of the best from Victory. I managed to get the only case my local distributor got in, and that was one hour after they got it. Talk about lucky! Well, God bless Victory for making this truly remarkable beer.

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Photo of oxmasterscream
4.23/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear, deep ruby color. Gorgeous. A slow and steady stream of bubbles travel upward toward a tiny head, which should be a bit larger.
Smells of toasty malt, floral hops and caramelized sugar. Some apple-like aromas in there as well.
Tastes of sweetened cereal, toasted malt, spicy noble hops. Sometimes bready. Really clean and dry in the finish, maybe a bit too much for my liking. Not as complex as the best dopplebock I've had but still good.
Mouth is full, thick, smooth and chewy yet riddled with carbonation.
A nice enjoyable dopplebock. Pretty authentic tasting stuff. Just lacking some of the complexity of the real deal from across the pond.

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Photo of 99bottles
4.44/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: On tap at the brewpub, this is served in a tall and slender pint, and has the most beautiful dark garnet body. Atop the beer a tight yellowish-tan head fades to a persistent lace. Beautiful.

Smell: This smells absolutely divine. A full nose of plum and fruit, smooth, rich malts beyond anything I've ever smelled before. Candied sugars and syrup. A sharp malted phenolic twinge prickles the nose.

Taste: This is outstanding. I don't even particularly like the dopplebock style, but this is so good that I ended up taking a six pack home. The rich smells are laid down gently in the taste; smooth candied plums and raisins, some soft carmel, a bit of orange, with a smoothness that is transcendent. What's more, this ends with a bit of a smokey note. This is balanced impeccably. The hops are tight and hide behind all the malted flavor, yet they are there to add structure and to make this so smooth. The complexity is different than say a Celebrator, it's less intense and less viscous, yet equally flavorful. Quite an accomplishment.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: I've never had such a malty beer that drank so lightly. This is amazing, considering that it's up around 9%. This is the antithesis of cloying. This is so nice, with just enough carbonation to keep it on the tip of the tounge, that it is just utterly drinkable, even for a style I've never found drinkable. This is great. This is incredible. I'm interested to see if the bottles are just as nice. I would think so. Make the pilgramage before it's too late.

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Photo of goindownsouth
4.47/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Finally, finally I get to sample this beauty...

A rich, darkened amber brew was poured before me, thanks to Kerry at Victory... The head was thin on top and left little more than faint memories throughout the glass-full... A strong malt aroma with hints of cherries perhaps, not to mention a faint aroma of hops, and a light smokiness. Smooth but not all too creamy, this dopplebock is a chewy, malty brew, which is never a bad thing... Some reviews say the St. Victorious may not be as good as versions past. I really cannot comment on that as this is my first go-around with this gem. All I can say is, I enjoy it... ALL of it...


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Photo of kegerator
5/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

another outstanding beer from Victory. I sampled this from a Growler my bro brought down for me...
poured out a deep mahogany color with hints of copper and ruby with a 1/2 inch head that dwindled to a slight film and ring. lacing was minimal.
smell was big malt sweetness with hints of candied sugar, cherry and caramel.
Taste is about the same as the aroma with a slightly dry finish and a nice alcohol bite.
this was an exceptional beer from an exceptional brewery.

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

Bottle filled pint glass
Appearance: This is a nice, dark glass of beer here. Not the pitch black of a porter, but a mahogany darkness highlighted by hints of red. Decent head from the pour, which subsided to an off white skin with a foamy ring around the glass.
Smell: The sweet smell of malt hit me as soon as the bottle was opened. Comes across mostly as dark fruit, with a nice softness to it. I like it.
Taste: Very tasty! Doppelbocks are not my usual style, so I'm having a little trouble picking out flavors. Of course malt dominates, giving a very rounded taste. Plum, and maybe carmel? It ends with a spiciness that I suspect comes from the alcohol. Good stuff.
Mouthfeel: Incredibly creamy and smooth, with a little bit of alcohol warming. Less than I expected from a beer this strong though.
Drinkability: I am pouring this stuff into my mouth at a dangerous rate, and would gladly continue to do so for the rest of the night, if I did not have to work tomorrow.

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Photo of maybrick
4.64/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I'm quite honored to report the first three people to have this brew publicly were Brew Masters Ron Barchet, bill Covaleski, and myself.

We had it tonight (1/31/2005) and I just can't get over what the new brewhouse is doing!

Upon the pour and rasing it to the light I found it to be a dark ruby color. Head retention is great and translates well to mouthfeel. In all honesty - you know the expression "like a party in your pants?" Well this is like that except it's in your mouth. My goodeness! The malt profile is like ripened plums with a bit of smoke and then like a carmel candy. I love this stuff!

It has attenuated greatly and is SO smooth that thre isn't a detecable alchol burn even though it weighs in at 8.4 ABV!

I highly remomend this brew!

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