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St. Victorious - Victory Brewing Company

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St. VictoriousSt. Victorious

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

537 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 537
Reviews: 375
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 10.57%
Wants: 73
Gots: 14 | 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 djcira
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

djcira, Nov 16, 2013
Photo of Number3red
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

Number3red, Feb 17, 2013
Photo of MmmIPA
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.

MmmIPA, Apr 30, 2007
Photo of sacfly
4.15/5  rDev +2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoy by Jul 27 06 on front label.

Pours a remarkable dark red color. The head is modest and brown with small to medium bubbles. Looks great in the glass.

Aroma is sweet. Smells of plums. Taste is not as sweet as expected. Hints of burnt caramel. Just a touch of chocolate and plum in the background.

A tad light on the body for a Doppel Bock. Not bad. Easy to drink.

sacfly, Apr 08, 2006
Photo of gafferjohn
3.5/5  rDev -14%

gafferjohn, Jan 17, 2012
Photo of jaluria
3.48/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Very excited to try this beer once it became available in my area; just a few weeks ago.

Poured a nice dark brown/burgundy color in my goblet with a slight tan colored head that didn't stay long, but left behind a touch of scattered lacing. Aromas of malt and alcohol dominate with the faint odor of astringent (Windex or other cleaning substance); not entirely appealing, but above average. The taste was rather watered down with little complexity as the malt didn't seem to have any dimensions. The alcohol was present and worked well with the malt. Felt rather thin in my mouth. I wouldn't mind having a few in a sitting, but it's not nearly as flavorful, complex, or interesting as other doppelbocks I've had. To me this was more like an altbier or unbalanced amber ale rather than a member of the bock family.

jaluria, Mar 29, 2006
Photo of MrKennedy
3.18/5  rDev -21.9%
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.

MrKennedy, Jun 22, 2011
Photo of battlekow
4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pretty typical doppelbock appearance: thick, murky brown with a minimum of head. I've come to associate this kind of look with spicy notes of alcohol, but I don't get any from St. Victorious. I do get the expected raisiny notes, but it's all pretty mellow. The taste, however, explodes in your mouth, primarily with chocolate, which surprised me a bit. This beer really tastes great. As with the smell, the alcohol is laying very low. Expectedly gooey mouthfeel. I'm not a huge doppelbock fan, but this one is fantastic.

battlekow, Oct 16, 2006
Photo of KolbMarley
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

KolbMarley, Jul 17, 2014
Photo of timjim1327
3/5  rDev -26.3%

timjim1327, Jul 24, 2013
Photo of PSUDREW
3.65/5  rDev -10.3%
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.

PSUDREW, Mar 02, 2005
Photo of mquinn919
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

mquinn919, Apr 14, 2013
Photo of jurbanik
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

jurbanik, Sep 07, 2012
Photo of Liverocks
4/5  rDev -1.7%

Liverocks, Jul 10, 2014
Photo of mempath
4.68/5  rDev +15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

deep reddish-copper with big carbo-bubble head that settles very fast.

something in the nose is very enticing. at first (oddly) like beef jerky. then it's more like dark dried fruit. earthy malt sense.

oh this is much more than i imagained. again, getting this interesting (in a good way!) beef broth sense. then the fruity-alcohol esters kick in nicely. this is pretty impressive. i didn't expect such a hard-hitter. can't say the alcohol is the answer. very well hidden. but has that same viscous sense as, say, a DFH raison d'etre. there is heft. my o my, another swallow and i get tangy marinated-in-vodka berries. alot going on here, unfolding as it warms up slightly. perfect for watching the Olympics.

mouthfeel simply supports the whole, completing it. and making this stealthy doppelbock a very drinkable, daring session brew. a great brew to be stuck with during and after two blizzards. inadvertent monastery?

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED

mempath, Feb 16, 2010
Photo of mobyfann
4.68/5  rDev +15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Paid around $11 for a 6 pack in Maryland...

The beer pours a clear chocolate colored base, with minimal head retention and lacing on the glass. The aroma is bold with sweet caramel and roasted malts.

The beer is creative and almost true to pure style, it's starts off slightly syrupy and transforms into a blast of malts and settles on a sweet aftertaste... it's a great sequence in consummate and dry enough to let it stick to your palette, what a gem! Is this a double bock at 8.5%? Very easy going down the hatch and an ideal session beer for its style... so impressed!

Final Thought: Remarkably modest in it's presentation, this beer knocks your socks off!

mobyfann, Aug 06, 2010
Photo of mdvatab
4.9/5  rDev +20.4%
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!

mdvatab, Jun 15, 2011
Photo of wvbrewcrew
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

wvbrewcrew, Aug 08, 2014
Photo of Jesse13713
2.65/5  rDev -34.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Appearance - There isn't much head here. The brew pours a very pleasing light brown and ambery red color. It also leaves a pleasant film on the glass and looks consistent with average carbonation.

Smell - It's a bit malty and nutty, but not much going on here. A slight hint of wheat and barley as well.

Taste - It is quite alcoholic and fairly nutty. However, at the same time, it can be very smooth despite being so alcoholic. It is more reminiscent of a nutbrown ale rather than a doppelbock. I would start to taste dark fruits but was then overcome by the taste of alcohol; so much so that at one point the taste reminded me of vodka.

Mouthfeel- A good balance of malts and dark fruits. Tasted very alcoholic at first but then balanced out more as I got used to the taste.

Drinkability - Not very drinkable. I would not drink it frequently and it was a little difficult to get through the whole thing because of how alcoholic it tasted. The nut and fruit tastes were very subtle and I would have preferred the alcohol not overcome them.

St. Victorious has a lot of good things going for it. It has a complex mixture of wheat and dark fruit hints to it. However, I was quite disappointed that these tastes weren't balanced well with the alcohol.

Jesse13713, Feb 08, 2011
Photo of abcsofbeer
4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

No drink by date on the bottle. A generous pour led to a two finger, rich, light brown head that leaves a good amount of sticky lace and excellent retention. Color is a dark reddish brown.

Aroma is some light alcohol with garlic and pepper. The smell is earthy and slightly buttery.

Taste is a nice blend of malts and hops with an obvious lean toward the malt. I detect some warming alcohol presence as well.

The mouthfeel is medium to heavy and exerts its tanginess as it warms up. Excellent beer here.

abcsofbeer, Nov 06, 2006
Photo of ToddT
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- pours a coppery color with a thin cream colored head that disapates quickly with no lacing.

S- lite wiffs of caramel and malt with a slightly fruity undertone.

T- Sweeter that expected with a malty finish but no hint of the 8.5% ABV.

M- Meduim carbonation, not thick and chewy, not watery, somewhere in the middle.

D- A little too sweet for a session beer, but at 8.5% it's not trying to be one. The sweetness is the only thing that slows me down on this one.

A good one from Victory but not my favorite one.

ToddT, Jan 18, 2009
Photo of Toddv29424
3.98/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

WOW thats a lot of malt! This beer pours a dark amber color with a strange haze in it. The smell is overpowering, and its simply all malt, no hops or spices. The taste is the same. In fact, if I didn't know any better I would have to say this is simply a malt beverage (although the 8.5% abv proves different). Pretty syrup-like consistancy as well, but the little bit of carbonation ensures that the taste doesn't get to old on the tongue.

Toddv29424, Sep 23, 2006
Photo of kiddynamite920
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark, ruddy brown. Head is nice and tight and frothy, just a bit off-white. Deep, dark and complex looking.

S: Good sweet caramel malt aroma, bit of a kick of alcohol. Noticing some cherries, some honey and a bit of a bready aroma. Very complex malt profile, and haven't even gotten to the hops yet. I think I may be confusing some of the hotness with the hops present. I know Victory loves their hops, and wouldn't skimp even on a doppelbock. Good bitter hops that balance the malt sweetness very nicely. Super complex aroma.

T: Sweet malts and burnt sugar, some caramel. More of a burnt, bitter sugar though. Very hoppy for a doppelbock, but the hops only hit in the middle. You are hit with a delicate sweetness first, hops follow and a thick sugary sweetness remains on the back of the tongue after swallowing. Definitely has nice lager characteristics. Hops are kept at a low enough level for the bready malts to shine. Still has a good wet grain type flavor that I find in most lagers. Very flavorful.

M: I would venture to say that this beer is borderline chewy. The initial sip presents itself with a plain lager mouthfeel, but after swallowing you begin to notice how well it coats the mouth. The beer is quite thick. Well crafted Doppelbock.

D: I am enjoying sipping on this beer while watching a movie, but I could see putting a few of these back and regretting it. The alcohol is hidden very well so beware. Almost the same experience as with Troeganator, but I find this beer has so much more complexity to offer. Well worth a try.

kiddynamite920, Mar 05, 2010
Photo of mjc410
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.

mjc410, Apr 03, 2007
Photo of dbalsock
4.58/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was sooo good.

Appearance: Dark dark brown with a slight tan head.

Smell: Rich malts, molasses, brown sugar, alcohol and sweet bread all hit the nose, but leave any sense of hops behind (if they were even there to begin with).

Taste: Molasses and brown sugar are intense on the palate, but a hint of alcohol evens it out. It kinda tastes like an amazing brownsugar bread-pudding.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth on the palate with almost no bitterness, just enough to make me think about it. Very light, subdued alcohol with carbonation that is a little too heavy.

Drinkability: I found this very easy to drink. There's nothing harsh about it, and nothing unpleasant. The carbonation is a little heavy, but that's all that keeps it from being perfect.

dbalsock, Jan 14, 2007
St. Victorious from Victory Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 537 ratings.