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

Saw this at the Beer & Pop Warehouse in Erie, Pa., and just had to buy the case for $42. Poured into my SA glass at fridge temp. A hard pour produces red hued brew, the color of a ripened peach. Head color is fawn, but the size is small (to be expected for a beer this big). A small amount of lacing left on a swirl, but no big lacing.

The nose is malty as expected, but with an unexpected hop twang in the background. Toffee and cocoa are the malt aromas I'm picking up.

The taste is led by the malty goodness, and like the nose, there's plenty of toffee, caramel and cocoa in there, along with some biscuit flavor. Very complex. German noble hops provide an earthy twang way in the background, perhaps to add to the complexity. If all monks had during Lent was St. Victorious, they'd be living high on the hog ... great flavor. Mouthfeel is a shade over medium. Carbonation is low, adding to the mouthfeel. Hard to give this big boy top marks for drinkability at this strength. A couple of these will probably have you doing a Victory dance. Not a session brew, but I bet some will try to make it into a session brew. It certainly has all the makings.

Victory is one of my favorite craft brewers. All the beers I've had from them are SOLID. This one is no different. If you like doppelbocks, seek this out. If you don't like doppelbocks, seek it out anyway ... you'll be glad you did.
Recommended!

Na Zdravje!

Photo of Dan3279
4.22/5  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.

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 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.

Photo of ski271
4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the brewery. Dark mahogany with a small, creamy, off-white head that quickly diminishes to a faint film, and leaves light wisps of lacing. Smell is of super rich malts with some dark fruit, toffee a some light estery alcohol. Taste is wonderfully malty and complex. Fairly sweet but not cloying, as there’s just enough hops to cancel some of it out on the finish. It has a medium-full body, creamy texture and soft carbonation. Another very good beer from Victory that’s definitely worth trying.

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

Beer pours a dark amber with a thick creamy head, looks like a milkshake almost. Malt is the first smell to come to mind, has a break like quality to it. Taste is also malty with some caramel with a slight bitter aftertaste. Carbonation seems to appear at the end. Alcohol is not overpowering at all, hard to tell it is over 8%ABV. Feels very thick in the mouth and has a little burnt flavor to it that is nice. Overall a really good beer from Victory and one I would definitely buy again.

Photo of DrStiffington
4.22/5  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.

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

Pours a dark amber/brown with a reluctant head that materialized slowly after a stiff pour, but dissipated more quickly than I'd have liked. Not a terribly CO2riffic beer, and not particularly aromatic, but those are my only complaints. The malts in this beer are very complex. I taste molasses, roasted somethingorother, and a little tangy apple. Very drinkable for such a strong brew. Springtime is finally here!

Photo of Fcip78
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of KolbMarley
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of Doc_Hops
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of stereosforgeeks
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of cliff1066
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

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

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

A- Dark brown/glowing ruby-like color- tan/caramel colored beer. Small head, not much retention either. Very ordinary looking, nothing stands out.

S- Immediately hit with a whiff of fruits and sweet caramel malt up front. Some grainy qualities but overall its entirely sweet.

T- Tofee, malt, chewy hazlenut, faint grape/black cherry. Very candy-like and tasty. No hop presence at all and a slight burn from the alcohol.

M- Chewy, sticky, and medium bodied.

D- I could polish off a few of these in a sitting, easily. Very enjoyable. Would purchase again.

Photo of djcira
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

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 Oakenator
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of Iamstryker
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of BoOmerG
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of RedneckBeerz
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of BARFLYB
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of wvbrewcrew
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of paulys55
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

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

This beer had a great appearance, deep brown, almost black, but with crimson around the edges. Slight carmely colored head. The smell was malty and good but didn't have everything the taste did. The taste was malty, chocolaty and carmely, at first but quite smooth, with an extended finish of all types of deep, almost tart fruity flavors with enough alcohol kick to make them enjoyable. You definitely notice a slight hop presence as well. It had a great body for a doppelbock, not too thick and malty, pretty easy to drink.

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

Poured into a pilsner glass.

This brew is a deep amber color with a one finger thick tan colored head that leaves minimal lacing and a thin, wispy layer is left behind.

Smells of roasted malts, toffee, caramel, sweet dark fruit - raisins and maybe cherry.

Tastes of rich, roasted malts and dark fruits - caramel, toffee, raisins and cherries. There is also a faint spicyness that is somewhat earthy and herbal.

Smooth and creamy with a dry finish.

In spite of the abv, I enjoyed several of these - sweet, but not overly so. A nice sessionable brew.

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