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Red Thunder - Victory Brewing Company

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87
very good

451 Ratings
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Ratings: 451
Reviews: 96
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 11.05%


Brewed by:
Victory Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
Baltic Porter |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
Aged in Wente Vineyards red wine barrels.

(Beer added by: confer on 11-23-2012)
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Reviews by bigfnjoe:
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bigfnjoe

Pennsylvania

3.63/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a corked and caged bottle into a pint glass

A- pours a very dark brown, nearly black, with hints of cherry seeping through as well. Looks pretty nice

S- mild char, light vinous character. The scent overall is much more subdued than I expected

T- little bit of char, hints of wine, light tartness. I can definitely tell that this is Baltic Thunder, and I can definitely tell it was thrown in a wine barrel....neither characteristic overwhelms the other

M- huge body, very chalky, lots of depth. Doesn't take anything away from the original Baltic Thunder, adds a lot to it

O- not nearly as wine-heavy as I expected, and the barrel doesn't overshadow the base beer at all like what happens in so many of barrel-aged beers nowadays. Great balance

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2012 23:27:24 | More by bigfnjoe
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Pours a dark cloudy brown with some deep crimson color coming out near the bottom of the snifter. Head is a thin tan film over te top that fades to a ring around the edges.

Aroma has lots of oaky barrel aromas forward. Wood is the first to hot followed by some vanilla tannins from the barrel. Very faint tart smelling dark fruit is hard to miss before a big chocolate malt presence finishes with a mild earthiness.

Taste follows the aroma. There is a solid oaky barrel presence forward followed by a much more mellow vanilla tannin and good amount of acidity from the dark fruit. chocolate malt is on the finishes with a good cocoa flavor, mild amounts of detectable alcohol and more acidity from wine.

Mouthfeel is good. Medium bodied, medium carbonation and some bitterness from the charred malt are all balanced nicely.

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Appearance – The beer pours an almost deep brown, bordering on black color with a one finger of tan colored head. The head has a decent level of retention, fading to leave a light level of bubbly lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma of the beer is quite heavy of a roasted malt smell as well as some other darker aromas of cocoa and some sweet buttery toffee. Along with the these smells are some notes darker fruits mixed with a big red wine smell and a little bit of a woody aroma which with the roasted, dark and sweeter smells produces a nice warming aroma overall.

Taste – The taste begins with a roasted malt flavor with some bready flavors and a rather strong caramel and toffee taste. Upfront there is also a nice chocolate flavor that is soon nicely complemented by some flavors of vanilla and some darker fruit flavors of raisin, plum, and prune. The red wine that was detected in the nose starts coming to the tongue more toward the middle of the taste, with it growing stronger as the flavor moves on to the end of the taste. The red wine flavor never gets too strong through and hence just adds nice subtle grapey notes all while not adding the off tannin flavors that are experienced with a higher level of red wine flavor. The grape red wine taste complements wonderfully the roasted flavors, the other darker fruit flavors, as well as the chocolate flavors of the brew. A little bit of a woody flavor develops right at the end of the taste and when mixed with all the wonderfully robust porter and nice subtle red wine flavors, it leaves one with a very robust and warming flavor to linger on the tongue.

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Overall – Fantastic!! I quite liked Baltic Thunder by Victory, and after the aging in the wine barrels, it only gets better. The combination of the big robust porter flavors with that of a subtle but pleasant red wine flavor really creates a wonderfully tasty and enjoyable drink.

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Red Thunder from Victory Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 451 ratings.