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St. Victorious - Victory Brewing Company

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St. VictoriousSt. Victorious

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

523 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 523
Reviews: 374
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 10.81%
Wants: 71
Gots: 10 | 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.

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MuddyFeet

North Carolina

3.55/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Beertruth for this bottle.

Pours a dark brown in color. Not thick like a poert or stout but thinner like a dense bock. Fairly flat in appearance. Nose is malty and peaty with a bit of heat from the alcohol.

Flavor is actually fairly simple. Heavy on the malts. Nice roasted character to it. Some toffee too. Picking out some fruits, particularly overripe cherries. A rather nice burn from the alcohol too. Pleasant and soothing actually. Heavy and full mouthfeel. It would coat the cheeks but the alcohol evaporates nciely and thins it out. Solid beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2007 23:28:51 | More by MuddyFeet
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bozebus17

Michigan

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2007 02:08:52 | More by bozebus17
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BassAssassin

Massachusetts

3.93/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Deep ruby in color, with a thick tan head that lasts forever.

S: Light malt aromas with a very faint tea like hop presence. Not bad, but not what I was expecting from a doppelbock.

T: Malt flavor is dominant, as it should be. It tastes very similar to brown sugar. Hints of dried fruits and a very subtle smokiness are present also. A pleasant spiciness really balances everything out. Finishes with a tea like hop bitterness that is not unpleasant, but quite unexpected. Alcohol is well hidden.

M: Smooth, round mouthfeel. Medium bodied. A bit thinner than I would have imagined.

D: This is a good beer and quite drinkable. However, I believe there are better examples of the style.

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2007 01:44:03 | More by BassAssassin
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pavandal

Pennsylvania

4.33/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beer poured a hazy brown into my mug. A slight head formed after I poured, but it dissipated quickly to an oily film on top.

This has a great bouquet of smells. I detected a sweet, malty caramel smell along with a hint of grapes. It had a slight chocolate smell in the finish.

This is an awesome dopplebock. Not very carbonated, it has a caramel like body, with a soft grape bite and a very slight coffee finish. It is lightly hopped, as the style is supposed to be. It has a sweet sugary finish. Delicious!

This is a great dopplebock. There are many flavors in this, and it's not as thick as other DBs i've tried, which is good because I'd love to have another. Watch out though, at 8.5% ABV, it could catch up to yah if you're driving!

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2007 02:19:24 | More by pavandal
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lackenhauser

Maryland

3.4/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Deep brown in color with a slight head. Somewhat hazy. Low aroma-somewhat metallic and sharp. Malty enough flavor but has a real homebrew like wang to it. Somewhat nutty taste. Ok body. Overall I am not very impressed. I prefer the helles/maibock from Victory. Rather average for me to be honest

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2007 20:53:34 | More by lackenhauser
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blitz134

California

4.08/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Half inch of light tan head on top of a dark caramel, red hued body. Head reduced quickly to only a skim layer of bubbles. Head retention and some lacing would really help the appearance out.

Toasted malts and and some light dinner roll bread form the base. A good bit of spice characteristics, probably from the yeast. A little clean grassy, floral hopping. Aroma is nice, but not as good as some of the top of the style.

Flavor is nice and full. Lots of dinner roll maltiness forming the base again. A little toastiness and nuttiness and some hints at chocolate. Clean grassy hopping again. Simple, but up front. No hints at the alcohol level.

Solid mouthfeel. I've never described any dopple as chewy, and I won't with this one either. But it coats the mouth well with its medium body; finishes a touch dry. Has a nice carbonation level to make it refeshing.

A solid brew that is too easy to drink. At 8.5% this could be really dangerous. Been wanting to try it for a while, I'd pick this up and drink it often if it was around.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2007 02:00:47 | More by blitz134
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shertz

Pennsylvania

3.98/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12 oz bottle into a Pint glass. No date on bottle.

A- Amber red with little head, less than 1 finger. No lacing while drinking.

S- Sugary, pleasant fruity smell, possible grapefruit. Very nice.

T- Sugar and malts with alcohol not noticeable at all. Refreshing.

M- Rather thick and syrup like. Slides down nicely.

D- I can not tell that this beer is an 8.5% through taste. However, you will not be able to drink many with this ABV. It goes down well and is a very nice beer. Will drink many again.
Cheers,
Scott

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2007 23:18:33 | More by shertz
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penguinjive7

New York

4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark mahogany with couple fingers of off-white head. Smell is of dark malts with a hint of brown sugar. Taste is definitely dark malts with a hint of sweetness in the finish but not much more to speak of. The mouthfeel was nice and balances throughout.
This is a fairly drinkable brew. I gave it a solid four because it is no doubt a nice brew, but I think it lacks complexity and would expect a bit more from a doppelbock from Victory.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2007 15:27:30 | More by penguinjive7
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riversider76

New York

4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a ruby brown, with a thin tan head. Decent retention, and lacing. Smell is of dark fruits,and malts. Body is medium,with carbionation. Taste is of sweet dark fruit,with a nice hop balance in the finish. The alchol is there big time. Good stuff.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2007 22:27:26 | More by riversider76
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HugoGrim

Pennsylvania

4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap at the Victory brewery in Downingtown, PA.

Deep ruby color. Nice head which remained around quite a long time, and left behind some good lace.

Aroma is that of cranberry juice, red wine, and other dark fruits.

Flavor is brilliantly complex. Acidic, spiced, roasted coffee, raisins, grapes, and piny hops. Malt to spare. Another excellent beer from Victory.

Serving type: on-tap

05-08-2007 23:08:47 | More by HugoGrim
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ski271

Pennsylvania

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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-04-2007 19:39:42 | More by ski271
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SilentSabre

North Dakota

3.65/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This was a nice treat. In the way of doppelbocks, it's a few notches above average. The pour was very nice, indeed, looking like something you'd see in an ad. A lovely red bronze colour with a voluminous, sticky sand coloured head that remained for several minutes. This looked great. Smell fairly average for the style with some caramelised sugar, very faint dark fruit hiding way in the back, some toasted grain; your average doppelbock. Taste was nice and flavourful without being too strong. Very enjoyable and almost thirst quenching. Quite a statement for a brew that's 8,5%, eh? There's a "non-threatening", but certainly noticeable hop bitterness on the finish. I think that balances things out quite nicely. Mouthfeel is smooth and pleasant, but nothing extraordinary. Considering the style and abv, I think the drinkability of this one is fantastic! My only regret is that I have but one. Many thanks to Aprilluvsbeer for tossing this in on a trade.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2007 03:59:06 | More by SilentSabre
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Beaver13

Colorado

3.35/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle. Pours a ruby red with a creamy off white head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is very subdued - some sweet and smoky malts.

The flavor is sweet and sugary candy and some dark fruits followed by a grassy bitterness. The mouthfeel is medium to full with nice carbonation.

Overall, a decent beer, but nothing too special. I'd go with Fort Collins' Rauchator over this any day.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2007 21:40:22 | More by Beaver13
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Redwood21

Virginia

3.58/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: This is the color i wish all beer was, just because it is soooo nice. Its a nice dark amber brown red type thing. The head was nice, but could have lasted a little longer.

S: sweet caramel and malts almost a coffee toffee aroma, very faint.

T: The thing that suprised me was the hop bitterness it cuts the sweetness from the caramel flavor there is also some obvious alcohol here.

M: its creamy and if you roll it around your mouth enough it will foam like crazy. Its got a nice smooth feeling
D: 8.5% is a bit high for a more than one beer, beer. its good a little strong in the alcohol not the best doppelbock, but good

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2007 03:38:06 | More by Redwood21
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MmmIPA

Pennsylvania

3.13/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear ruby body with a nice one finger tan head.The head looks a bit soapy.

Smell is some carmel and some fruit from the hops maybe.Maybe some plums.

Taste is carmel and some booze it seams.The taste is very sweet.The taste is a bit warming also

The mouthful is bit thin and the carbonation is very easy on the palate also.

This is a ok beer from a great brewery.Ive had the style before but none like this.I dont know if I would have this again.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2007 01:25:39 | More by MmmIPA
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oelergud

Virginia

4.47/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Clear mahogany and ruby body. Big tan head of tiny to large bubbles. Good retention and decent lace.
Nice caramel sweet scent with abit of smoke. Floral, grass and grain notes.
Honey, malt, caramel and spice. Delicious flavor with just enough hops. Great aftertaste of dry hops and spiced malts.
Medium mouthfeel and good coating. Dry finish.
Highly drinkable though high abv, then again, this IS a dopplebock and a good one at that.

-Oelergud

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2007 02:08:16 | More by oelergud
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Marty

Maine

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!

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2007 03:35:01 | More by Marty
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soupyman10

District of Columbia

4.08/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Nose is medium strength, malty sweetness, some roasted scent, but fairly mild for a doppelbock. Taste is much better. Strong and sweet, with lots of spiciness. Some breadiness, Alcohol taste is almost non-existant, impressive given the fairly high ABV. Some interesting ESB-like saltiness, although not drying like in some ESBs. Also a lot of fruity goodness; maybe grapes or peaches or something that I can't quite put my finger on. A tasty doppelbock, although a little all over the place - great taste, but just okay smell and feel. Definitely one to try though, all around.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2007 01:51:01 | More by soupyman10
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guinnessfan

Pennsylvania

2.85/5  rDev -30%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

My 100th review. Figured it to be a small victory. So... St.Victorious here I come. Heard/read a lot of hype behing this beer.
12 oz fresh bottle poured into pint glass.

A: Nice clear dark brown, with a reddish hue. Little head recedes into nothingness instantly. No lacing, no retention...Nothing.

S: Virtually nothing. Very little sweet malt. Very unimpressive.

T: Sweet and cloying. Somewhat boozy and astringent. Not nearly as good as expected. Not really complex.

M: Full bodied, syrupy, but no carbonation.

D: Drinkable, but I really don't want to. Not one of the better doppels, IMO. I was really let down by this one. Normally, I like Victory beers better than this.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2007 13:12:45 | More by guinnessfan
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flexabull

California

3.98/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark amber/brown color, clear, and with a nice sturdy looking head.

Beer smells, bright, bread like, and a bit dusty.

Flavors are full and quite tasty. Nutty, creamy, and cereal like. Finish is crisp, with a nice bit of zip from the alcohol and carbonation.

Mouthfeel is very good. This beer really sits well in your mouth, and coats your taste buds with nice full flavors.

Drinkability is good. A very nicel, and well done Doppelbock.

Thanks for the bottle nlmartin!

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2007 03:12:52 | More by flexabull
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mjc410

Vermont

3.4/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

The pour into my Mahr's Der Weisse Bock glass, not even terribly hard, raises a towering 1.5 inch head that settles visibly. It's a medium-light tan, and leaves virtually no lacing. Below, the body is a lovely deep ruby-brown. The nose is a bit acidic and malty, but not as much as expected. There's also a normal, grainy lager scent. The taste is sweet and malty, with an obvious alcoholic kick. Despite being a lager, it has a bit of a berry flavor to it. Even with the alcohol coming through as it does, the taste works for me. Not great, but good. The mouth is on the thick side, close to being syrupy, but in a good way. The carbonation is perfect. A workable DB, but not among Vic'ry's best.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2007 19:23:05 | More by mjc410
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Damian

Massachusetts

3.93/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Drank from a 12 fl. oz. bottle purchased at Julio's Liquors, Westboro, MA

Poured a clear, dark mahogany with a small, fizzy, light chestnut head that quickly faded to a thin ring of lace.

Aroma was rich, sweet and alcohol-rich. Caramel malts were apparent along with a rummy alcohol kick and an underlying buttery quality.

The taste was caramel sweet and bready up front with German malts and a slightly oaky and nutty quality mid-palate. As the beer warmed, fruity notes and some vanilla became detectable as well. On the back end, the sweet and and spicy alcohol hit rather hard, but was never overwhelming. The semi-dry, lingering finished contained notes of oak and possibly some smoke.

Mouthfeel was fairly thin but outrageously frothy and creamy. At times I felt like the carbonation was a bit excessive.

Overall, this was a rather good dopplebock. At 8.5% ABV, the alcohol definitely made its presence known, yet the hearty flavors never let it get out of control.

I would recommend pairing this with some smoked meats, dark greens and sweet potatoes on a cold evening.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2007 13:30:01 | More by Damian
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Nipitato

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a bottle at Julio's Liquors in Westborough, MA.

A: Good looking deep amber hue with a finger thick off white head. Visibly effervescent. Good clarity.

S: Mild toasty malt aroma with just traceable grape scents as well. No hop aroma.

T: Rich thick toasty malt flavor dominates. Bitter flavor prominent on the back end. Lingering finish.

MF: Medium body with a thick filling mouthfeel. Moderate carbonation. Smooth - not harsh.

D: This is a good thick dopplebock. Good complex and well balanced flavor.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2007 16:46:45 | More by Nipitato
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Slatetank

Pennsylvania

4.15/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into my small snifter cold
A - Deep beautiful chestnut brown lager with garnet higlights. Almost like a few drops of black coffee dissipating into medium grade maple syrup. A lovely medium tan head that diminishes into a a practically absent one that allows minimal lacing.

S - Vinous malt and sweet wood scents waft up to my nostrils. Dry graham cracker sugar like biscuit scents emanate from the the core of this bock. A pleasant almost port like scent with slightly floral hop underpinnings is detected.

T - A rush of nutty grainy and sweet date-like flavors greet the tongue. Tannic ever so faint grape skin fruitiness makes its way around the boundaries of my mouth. More nuts and woody flavors mix with sweet and somewhat sap like flavors. Subtle roastiness manages to give a sweet nutty grainlike quality along with minute hints of vegetal flavors.

M - Rich, sweet, slightly effervescent textures here. Syrupy light maple qualities just shy of cloying with tinges of bitteness.

D - A greatly drinkable lager for the substantial gravity. It is consumed best in limited quantities-a finesse beer with many strengths. Excellent for winter with warming qualities

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2007 17:42:04 | More by Slatetank
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techdiver

Pennsylvania

4.47/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy reddish brown with a decent two finger head that dissipates moderately.

Malt most evident to the nose with caramel and toffee notes.

Taste echoes the nose. Smooth and enjoyable, but still a notch below my favorite so far - Korbinian.

Medium bodied with little carbonation to the mouth.

Drinkability is good as there is nothing at all unpleasant about his brew, just not as impressive as the above mentioned.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2007 03:36:50 | More by techdiver
St. Victorious from Victory Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 523 ratings.