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

Freshly tapped and poured into an Aventinus glass.
Dark at the top, clear at the bottom, caramel colored, edging on a bright crimson...attractive creamy tan cap atop.

aroma: sweet and spicy, with notes of toffee, peppers, leather, nougat, and the slight sting of brandy.

Taste: rich, thick, and warm. Great grit in the texture, full bodied, long, sweet, considerable finish. Huge malt, tenacious cling on the palate, toasty and ultimately dry. Quite complex.

Terrifically balanced doppelbock. Not too sweet, full of flavor, the caramel never quits,...deeply delicious, roundly rewarding. Higher alcoholic content creeps up quietly, then takes command and let's no one forget it's there.

A masterfully conceived and brewed beverage. One I've had on the to-try list for many years, and am glad to know it and enjoy it at last!

One more word on the subject: Yum!

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Photo of jwc215
4.34/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

"Enjoy by" Jan 5 2011:

Pours brown with ruby highlights. A thin head immediately falls to wisps.

The smell is of toffee - towards chocolate with medium-dark fruitiness. Rich malty aroma is complemented by earthy, floral notes in the back.

The taste is very malty - caramel/toffee - dark fruits - fig, prune, some dark cherry. The malt is balanced by some bread and and earthy, floralish touch. Sweetness is balanced sufficiently, while keeping a malty sweet character. Some warming alcohol shows, though not raw or masking.

It has a rich, full, silky body.

A very enjoyable, malty but with a hop touch - traditional-style doppelbock. Easy to drink despite alcohol warmth and overall richness. Complex maltiness with a hop touch in the finish....Well done!

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Photo of WesWes
3.67/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer pours a ruby red/brown color with little head tospeak of. The aroma is good. It's full of burnt caramel and warm alcohol. It's rich with quite a bit of malty sweetness. The taste is good. It's smooth and full bodied with loads of malts and a nice sweet finish. It's low on CO2 which doesn't do the beer justice. I imagine it's much better than what I'm tasting right now. The mouthfeel is lacking. It goes down slow and seems a bit flat. This is a good tasting beer, but the carbonation issue needs to be addressed. Maybe I got a bad bottle.

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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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Photo of GClarkage
4.35/5  rDev +7.4%
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!

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

Poured from the bottle into a pilsner short style glass at Roscoe's Pizza Takoma Park.

A sticky caramel and toffee like head is presented with tiny uniform bubbles and succinct. Body is a cloudy brown and orange, sort of dull. While drinking the beer gives a good solid puck. There is no lacing on this whatsoever.

Nose has a malt stickiness and toffee classic to the style, some mild hints of chocolate and banana, but sort of clean and wet smelling. There is also a faint anise smell here too.

Taste brings a light bodied and very wet malt. Light toffee aromas in the mid palate which also mix with a sort of wodden like character, almost teak like. Texture though is very wet for such a doppelbock which I expect to be bolder and thicker.

Overall pretty solid and enjoyable, but lacking in body and fullness in the feel otherwise.

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Photo of Gavage
4.38/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: pours a clear dark copper color with a nice two finger head. The head lasts a while. Some spotty lacing develops. Slow rising carbonation bubbles are visible.

Smell: caramel candy and brown sugar sweetness.

Taste: nice malt backbone. Tons of caramel with some ripe fruits and mild bitterness. A brief hint of smokiness does hit the tongue during the swallow, but is short lived. Some alcohol is noticeable.

Mouthfeel: basically smooth, leaning towards syrupy. Long aftertaste as caramel and sweetness linger on the tongue. Medium-heavy in body.

Drinkability: very easy drinking for the style. Must pick up a six pack or try on tap. Great beer.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.97/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoy by date of January 2008, Sampled December 2007
A brisk pour produces a frothy, fat-one-finger thick, tan colored head that sits on top of a dark, deeply concentrated, amber colored beer. When held up to the light, the beer shows a lightly hazy, dark cranberry color. Ah, what a rich and malt aroma; concentrated, richly caramelized malt flavors mix with drier, toasted malt notes of biscuits and whole grain bread crust. This is malty enough that it is starting to pick up those malt notes that lean towards soy sauce (though definitely not this) flavors that are umami like. At times the malt has a touch of dark fruitiness to it that is reminiscent to something that is a cross between raisins and concentrated pear.

Sweet tasting, though not cloying. It is a touch lighter bodied than I was expecting, but it is rich with a full heft to it. Interesting notes of bitter cocoa and dusty browned malt come through in the middle and linger on through to the finish. Herbal hop notes play a supporting, but noticeable role here as does a hop bitterness that provides an anchoring note towards the finish. Malt, hop and carbonation notes combine in the finish to give this beer a light astringency. Dark, caramelized malt sugars provide flavors of brown sugar, hints of molasses, flavors from that slightly burnt syrupy drippings left in the pan after baking a black, holiday, sweet bread / cake.

The taste does not quite live up to the rich promise of the aroma, but it certainly gives it a go. A thoroughly enjoyable beer that is fitting my current mood / needs just right.

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

On-tap at the Blue Nile.

Dark brown body with no head, served in a Westmalle chalice. Smells delicious with dark fruity malts. Taste is rich with licorice and chocolate followed by the fruit. Creamy and somewhat thick mouthfeel and very drinkable. A very fine beer.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.99/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A. Poured into a mason jar. Hearty in color with an amber hue. Small off white head sticks for a while.

S. Bready and chocolatey. Sweet pumpernickel smell. A fantabulous splendor to behold.

T. Very malty, with a noble hop. Caramel malt and toasted grains . Slight solvent alcohal character, but balances very well with the roasted malt flavors.

M. On the light to medium side of "Full Bodied". Smooth and flavorful.

D. Warming and filling. Great for the cold winter months. Very strong but also very welcome. Solid brew from Victory here.

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Photo of Zorro
3.76/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled from a 12 Oz bottle thanks to Imstillthegman.

Poured in to my glass I am rewarded by a clear strikingly crimson colored beer. Back light only intensifies the color and shows a brilliant maroon colored beer with a tan head.

Smell is good clean and malty. A bit grassy in aroma you can smell a fair bit of Nobel hop in this one. Not nearly as good smelling as it looks.

Taste is a little sweet and grassy with a malty after taste. On the dry side for a Doppelbock this lacks complexity.

Mouthfeel is OK.

An OK beer but not anywhere near the best of its style. Not a beer I can really recommend.

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Photo of biegaman
4.13/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A deep set shade of blood orange colour with dazzling ruby that absolutely blazes to the light. This melange makes up the entirety of the beer's appearance less perhaps the thinnest of white lace around its perimeter. Rather gorgeous by all accounts.

It is a delicate but luring bouquet, one that marries dark buttery caramel with dark sugar coated fruits. It smells filling. There is a hint of chocolate or cold coffee. Raisins and plums seem actively fermenting in sugary sweet malt serum.

The taste fully explores this combination of flavours and even introduces another component: hops. A green leafy bitterness, full of resin and sap, finds its way between notes of raisins, gingerbread, brown sugar, plums, and molasses - all of which are coated in the sticky sweet malt sugars.

The mouthfeel isn't quite as gooey and sticky as the best, but it sure is viscous. Notes of dark caramel and rum soaked raisin stay glued to the palate. Its level of carbonation is properly adjusted so as not to interfere with the delicacy of the flavours.

I like that they've stuck true to style and haven't skimped on one ounce of what makes dopplebocks so delicious: the malts! Victory certainly are victorious here. I could guzzle this down pint after pint and, fortunately or unfortunately, there seems to be no sign of the 8.5% here to stop me!

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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 Wasatch
3.88/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Bitterbill for the brew.

Enjoy by 22/08

Pours a nice clean/clear dark brown/ruby color, nice carbonation, nice little fizzy tannish head, not much lacing afterwards. The nose is of sweet malts, and caramel. The taste is sweet/malty and caramel. Medium body. Drinkable, the last three brew's I've had have been Doppelbock's, this is a very good beer, but nothing compared to the last two I've had, sorry Victory. Recommended though.

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

Served on-tap in a Sam Adams 12 oz glass at the Brass Rail Deli.

A: The bock is a deep ruby red color that borders on out-and-out brown. The full depth renders it opaque. A finger of foamy off-white head lasted through the first third of the glass.

S: The aroma is big and strong, especially after the Weihenstephaner helles beer I just had. Dark malts, big and sweet with dark fruit, dominate, alongside a light smoke note. The maltiness is not harsh or syrupy.

T: The maltiness is strong but I find the mild smoke to be the nicest aspect of the lager. Malts are dark and full, grainy with a warming toasted finish. Nuttiness also peaks through, livening up the cereals. Cutting through both aspects is the smoke, light but meaty enough to stand out. Its cured elements, out of place at first, quickly settle in and seem natural, augmenting the sweet fullness of the malts.

M: While not a malt bomb, the lager doesn't shy away from its character. The grains are strong and bold but not harsh. The smoke is a standout element.

D: A rather pleasant beer that I've gone too long since having.

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Photo of corby112
4.38/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very dark amber/ chestnut brown color with thin tan head hthat settles into thin lace. Nice roasted chocolate, malty aroma. Roasted malty flavor that lasts throughout, with hints of chocolate, caramel, chestnut and licorice. Very well-balanced and quaffable with a bitter sweet dry hoppy finish.

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

12oz bottle from BeerBeing as part of UTBIF. Thanks for the opportunity. Enjoy by Jul 27 06.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 3/4" orangey tan head above the clear burgundy brew. Dense head lasts nicely, with ample lace. Aroma is vinous with malty sweetness and dark fruits. Taste is hearty grain, with light fruitiness mixed in, light alcohol flavor at the close to accompany the ample warmth. Mouthfeel and drinkability are both excellent. Could easily be a dangerous brew to have many of in the fridge.

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Photo of DrJay
4.32/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear, dark chestnut with more intense reddish highlights under illumination. The foam was light brown and didn't form an overly thick cap with a vigourous pour, but did exhibit short-lived lacing throughout. Malty aroma, lots of breadiness with some toffee and a hint of cocoa. Dried fruits (prunes and raisins) melded nicely with light alcohol. Mild bitterness made itself apparent at the back of the palate. Very malty, but not overly sweet. Notes of bread crust, toasted grain, and caramel on the malt side, with plum and raisin rounding out the fruitiness. Alcohol warmth and flavour became integrated in the finish. Medium bodied, actually lighter than I expected, with carbonation that started crisp yet quickly became creamy. Good texture with just a little dryness. I really liked this - very malty without the cloying sweetness that can appear. Too bad it's only a seasonal, but at least I can get it.

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.16/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Received in a trade with Wasatch. Thanks, John!

Best by date on this 12oz bottle is Jan 22 08 and it pours a clear deep amber-brown with a nice large head of foam that lasted right through the session as a solid 1 finger layer and it has plenty of nice lacing.

The smell is light to my nose. I'm getting some fruitiness and a bit of roasted malt.

The taste is malty and fruity with some roasty flavour and it's very smooth. Further sips in and as the beer warms, I start to taste some fig, raisin, toffee, and dark fruit as well as *some* chocolate.
Man, this is a very complex Doppelbock and all the different flavours are working very well together. 8.5%abv, eh? I know the style can get up there but it's very well hidden here. Once again, kudos to Wasatch for sending this one. It's a winner for sure.

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Photo of Viggo
4.05/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Received from DrJay as part of BC2!

Pours a hazy orange brown, nice thick off white head forms, drops slowly leaving tons of lace, great retention, a very nice looking beer. Smell is sweet and malty, lots of toffee, iron, bread, yeast, some spices and dark fruits, very clean, very malty, nice. Taste is very rich, thick caramel, biscuits, raisins, bread, iron, fruits, brown sugar, nice and caramelized, good flavour, solidly balanced finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with low to medium carbonation. Not world class but a nicely done doppelbock, thanks Jay!

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Photo of Bighuge
4.45/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear, deep mahogany. Thin cap of light brown head. Lacing is pretty full. Really nice aroma. Baked bread aroma. And yeastiness. And sweet malts. Nice blend on the nose. On the palate, cinamon bread come forth quickly. A little molasses. Rich malts. Doughiness. Lots of good things going on. Smooth in the mouth and flavor. Medium-full body. Silky feel. Great Dopple.

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Photo of Brad007
3.78/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a mild burgundy color with a one-finger head into my glass. Beautiful colors are always a good thing.

Sweet, possibly chewy malt greets the nose. The smell of spring is in the air, is it not? A slight alcoholic edge is present as well.

Thick, chewy malt dazzles the tongue with a slight hint of plum. Lots of alcohol warmth as well.

Good overall mouthfeel. The alcohol kind of overwhelms the palate though.

A decent example at best.

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Photo of claspada
3.94/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aromas are mainly like fresh baked goods with some darker kilned malts and a hint of nuts/dark fruits mixed in. Some hopping but not really noticable over all that malt

The taste is also loaded with lightly toasted bready malt, with hints of nuts, caramel and dark fruit. The finish is crisp and slightly bitter with just a touch of alcohol. This beer is sweet, yet fairly dry with a chunky medium full body and moderate carbonation.

Overall this beer is quite drinkable, maybe a but too much so for the ABV. One of my favorites from Victory.

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Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a seethru brownish red with constant tan head from carbonation and slight lace patches. A biscuity and roasted malt smell along with caramel (and possibly butterscotch or something like that) with very minor bitter hops. Dry and bready are the first things that come to my mind as I sip this. Medium-to-full bodied, slightly smooth and chewey, has a drying effect that is complemented with some mild sweet caramel and bitter chocolate malt as well as the hops giving off some slight fruit flavors like grape. Sticky on the sides and also a bit of toffee tucked into the sweetness I notice as I drink this; smooth as it warms. ABV complements beer by giving it that strong streak w/o overpowering beer. A complex brew that is great to sip on.

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