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Red Thunder - Victory Brewing Company

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88
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114 Reviews
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Reviews: 114
Hads: 572
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 8.4%
Wants: 18
Gots: 79 | FT: 7
Brewed by:
Victory Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
Baltic Porter |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: confer on 11-23-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Aged in Wente Vineyards red wine barrels.
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Photo of pat61
4.75/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

From tasting notes. L: It pours brilliant red highlighted chestnut under a 1” quickly receding white foam collar. S: Raisin and wine aromas rise from the glass. T: The attack starts with wine and fruit flavors, primarily plum and then it goes through an array of flavors such as light coffee and chocolate to the finish where the hops are in the background. F: The body is medium to full carbonation is a little below medium. O: A big, bold Baltic Porter. (457 characters)

Photo of yuenglingfan101
4.68/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Very unique beer. Poured into pint glass. Dark black color with medium thick head. Smells like a porter and taste like Porter mixed with a sweet red wine. Not a bad combination Easy drinkability. Overall an above average beer. Worth trying for both Porter and sweet red wine fans (279 characters)

Photo of Morey
4.51/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Reddish-Brown in the glass (perhaps a bit thin for the style).

Aroma: Big dry red wine notes, subtle roasted char, dry.

Taste: Huge notes of dry red wine. Subtle roasty flavors underneath.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with low to moderate carbonation.

Morey's Bottom Line: This is an Amazing beer IMO. I feel that it's underrated in a big way.

Full Review here.... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nfsXFnzKTto (419 characters)

Photo of Oakenator
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: On the lighter side for a porter, but still a deep brown with a hint of amber. Off colored head is ample at pour but retains well for a strong beer. Solid lacing.

S: Malt and wine grape smell. Nice twist.

T: Dark, sweet malt and wine barrel presence definitely. Nice mix of quality porter in the red wine barrell.

M: Relatively medium bodied for a barrel aged brew.

O: Really enjoyable and wish I had bought more. (424 characters)

Photo of JamieDuncan
4.43/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Split a bottle with my beer guru, could not remember where I had picked it up. Outstanding appearance, very interesting to the nose, kinda of a mix of the porter with the wine which is very interesting. Very good taste, the same mix of porter with the wine sweetness and chocolate, plus there is not bitter aftertaste. Plus bonus points overall for the drinkability with the ABV. Surprisingly tasty, Victory has done it for me again, hope to buy more of this little surprise. (475 characters)

Photo of wisrarebeer
4.4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: deep dark copper/dark brown color, very nice thick rocky head, tan head
S: mild to medium nose, malt with some tannins noticeable from wine, almost like a Baltic Porter with some lambic undertones
T: nicely done, deep roasted chocolate malt, underlying tannins from wine
M: creamy and highly drinkable for ABV (312 characters)

Photo of Gryphon69
4.39/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

750 bomber
8-7-2013

A- Pours a dark brown with a deep red hue, has a off white head that fades fast but leaves a ring around the glass, light lacing up the sides. Visible small bubbles up the sides.

S- When I brought it out of the 18degree truck it was mostly Oak, smoke and wine. After it warmed to room temp - Dark roasted malts, strong oak, burnt sugar, some smoke, some vanillas. Much better warm.

T- Much like the nose but strong oak up front with a nice earthiness at the finish, taste is pretty damn good, all sorts off stuff going on. Not much alcohol presence.

M- Very easy to drink, medium to full body with a soft smooth feel that borders creamy. Not as much bubbles as was seen in the glass imo.

O- Victory is still keeping my interest, and this beer is wonderful. From the deep oak aromas to the full body taste, they have put out a damn good drink with this one. I plan on going and getting a few more for my shelf and would suggest you do the same lol. (972 characters)

Photo of ClavisAurea
4.37/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2013 vintage bottle served in a tulip glass at cellar temps.

Appearance: Nice bottle artwork. The beer poured pretty thin and didn't appear to have my ch body to it. There was a nice dark tan head that disappeared quickly. Bubbles are rising to the surface so there is still a fait bit of carbonation in there. Deep brown with hints of red gleaning through.

Nose: alcohol, fruity, cherries, raisins, coconut, oak, fresh cut lumber

Taste: thin, very little body, no alcohol presence, fruity, balanced, dominant red wine acidity and tannins.

Overall: This is a great beer. I really like the wine notes with the Baltic porter base. I wish it had more body but it is to be expected from a beer that is 2 years old. I'm surprised I found some of the oaky notes in there as well; especially ones that I would expect from a fresh barrel. Great find and another winner from Victory. (878 characters)

Photo of Darkmagus82
4.34/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from corked 750 ml bottle into a snifter

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.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the thicker and creamier side with a carbonation level that is on the lower side. The lower carbonation and thicker body are wonderful for the roasted and sweeter dark flavors of the brew, allowing all the tastes to linger on the tongue all while bringing out the more subtle wine flavors and accentuating them nicely, allowing them to meld in a very nice fashion with the big Baltic flavors.

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. (2,409 characters)

Photo of Shroud0fdoom
4.3/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

25.4 oz. bottle corked and caged.

Let me break it down. I've seen this brew for a year now, just chilling on the shelf. I bit the bullet the other day. Im glad I did. I'm going to inform those who might be thinking of picking this up. I popped this baby's cork, but no paazaz it just made a subtle "clock" sound. Well, that part doesn't matter, what is inside the bottle is what counts. Red Thunder pours gorgeous per Porter style. Dark brown body thats opaque with very dark red hues that shines as an aura for this beer. Very nice light khaki head thats made up of tight fizzy bubbles. Looks outstanding to me!

How can a beer at 8.5% be this full of depth? This aroma is very rich, almost intoxicating to the senses. The first waves of aromas from this brew can be described as very vinous with a slight vinaigrette edge. Behind the scenes there's a roasted malt sweetness that is full of chocolate and toasted nuts. Almost roast coffee airiness that fills in for your enjoyment. Fantastic smelling brew!

Continuing with the flavor is going to be a chore, I see. The brew first hits the palate with milk chocolate sweetness that quickly followed by a nice blast of roasted almonds and coffee. The barrel notes closes the deal right before the brew is swallowed.Slight vinegar touches the sides of the palate giving through with some tart vinous quality. Red Thunder finishes dry, fruity with very low bitterness making you want to consume a next sip. Lingering roasted malts giving notes of toasted bread and toasted almonds. Very delicious. The way the brew feels on the palate is light with some very active carbonation. The carbonation feels like its massaging the palate and keeping the beer alive.

Overall: Why haven't I bought this brew before now? This brew is very intriguing and simply put, Delcious. This was 2013's vintage I'm going to have to see how this year's holds up. The vinegar tartness is a refreshing factor to this brew, IMO. It adds a depth that makes this malt beer not too cloying nor syrupy on the tastebuds. Back to basics, this brew is Recommended! (2,086 characters)

Photo of jhartley
4.26/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cork and caged 750ml. bottle poured into a poco grande flute glass.

A-Poured a ruby red to brown color with a tan 1 finger head which had real nice tight bubbles but it dissipated quickly.

S-Cherries, booze, coffee, really picking up on the red wine and something like leather.

T-Decent porter and wine flavors from the barrel. Real light sweet and tart cherry flavors. Smells boozy but I don't really pick up on as much as the smell implies. Really starts to come into its own as it warms.

M-Nice and dry finish with a lingering red wine flavor. Sweet, but not cloying

O- I really like this beer. I wasn't able to get any of the Dark Intrigue release last year and was happy to hear that Victory and produced a lot more of this so it would be out in a larger distribution for a longer period of time. I really like the red wine flavors matched with the porter, it's awesome to see Victory trying more with barrel aging. (925 characters)

Photo of mfnmbvp
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle, with no apparent bottled on date present, but I am going to assume that this is a 2013 vintage. A new beer to me, and my first big bottle from Victory Brewing Co. I have not yet tried the base beer Victory Baltic Thunder, so I can't comment on how the two compare.

Poured into a clear balloon snifter.

A - Pours a dark cola brown colored body; nearly opaque in the glass with one finger of creamy tan head. Leaves behind good spotty lacing. Looks very nice.

S - The smell is very nice - the dry wine-like notes are noticeable first, but then they sort of fade off into the background. Oaky barrel character, chocolate, vanilla, cherry, & some band-aid. Smells like it has some sort of herbal holiday spice rack notes in there also, but I'm not sure which ones.

T - Taste follows the nose - there is the initial puckering red wine tartness / dryness, mild alcohol warmth, chocolate, mild roastiness, some tart cherry, silky vanilla, and oaky barrel notes. There is really a lot going on here, and all the flavors are in good harmony with one another. Delicious.

M - Feel is smooth and creamy. Medium-full bodied with wonderful carbonation. Nice red wine tartness / tannins, and a dry finish.

Overall, a wonderful wine barrel aged effort from Victory, probably one of the best that I have had from these guys in recent memory, and they have been cranking out some real winners lately. Highly recommended.

Victory Red Thunder ---4/5. (1,452 characters)

Photo of horshamguy
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750 ml bottle poured into a pint glass.

A--Dark brown, almost to the point of black, but when tilted and held to a light, it was brown. Creamy, tan head that dissipated quickly and left no real lacing.

S--Cocoa, cherries & maltiness are foremost on the nose. A bit of coffee and some alcohol/booziness are noticable.

T--Some cherry cordial. A minimal amount of burnt malts. A bit tannic/oaky. Excellent, excellent stuff.

M--Creamy with good carbonation. Pretty heavy, but still makes me want more.

O--Tremendous. Another home run for Victory. If it wasn't 8.5%, I'd drink this all day/night long. (602 characters)

Photo of Fcolle2
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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. (826 characters)

Photo of emerge077
4.24/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

More Flanders-style than the the base Baltic Porter, and pretty nice actually.

Reddish brown in the glass, dark but with good clarity. Thin layer of tan foam on the surface with minimal lace. Foam has a creamy surface texture and a slight audible crackle as it ebbs away.

Funky barrel aromas of leather and wet wood, toasted staves, a little roast malt from the base at room temperature.

Tart and tannic, plenty of dry oak barrel character, some vinous berry and leather, red wine and roast malt are seamlessly blended. Super dry tannic aftertaste with a hint of grape. Medium bodied, supple carbonation. A nice wild sipper. (628 characters)

Photo of stephens101
4.24/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A tawny head floats solid across this black brew. Some crimson streaks are seen at the edges.

A panoply of dark fruits including cherry, plum and raisin float up to the nose. Underneath lies oak and slightly vinous notes. Burnt sugar, caramel and toffee are also noticed. Very complex and promising.

Burnt sugar, toffee, slivers of oak and ripened dark fruits lay down thick across the tongue followed by cocoa, vanilla and spice. Bitterness is there, but as warranted.

A big bodied sipper that goes down fairly smooth and viscous. The perfect start to a snow day. (570 characters)

Photo of wvsabbath
4.22/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Serving Type - 25.4 oz caged and corked bottle

Appearance - Dark copper tan/brown, red tint, 1/8 inch creamy head and plenty of sticky lacing.

Smell - Roasted malts, molassess, brown sugars, wine, chocolate, cocoa, fig and rasin. Smells like dessert in a bottle.

Taste - Classic roasted chocolate porter flavor, with a backbone of sweet red wine. The chocoalte, cocoa and dark fruits hit you first, then the wine comes in. Works well to balance out the sugars and alcohol. Sweet cherries, orange and grapes really stand out. The finish has some cocoa and roasted malts.

Mouthfeel - Tounge gets lots of malts and chocolate at first, then sweet bold red wine coats it. Palate gets alot of fruits, some sugars and malts. The aftertaste is red wine, cocoa, chocolate and a little dry.

Overall - Hey this turned out good, kinda like a beer version of chocovine chocolate wine, but not as strong and wine forward. Its balanced rather well, easy to drink, and quite different then about any other beer you can have. I still enjoy baltic thunder but like this unique offering alot. Id for sure give this a shot if you enjoy red wine, baltic thunder or chocovine wine. (1,164 characters)

Photo of hagbergl
4.21/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I had Red Thunder on draft at Washington, DC's Smoke & Barrel, a barbeque, beer, and bourbon joint in the Adams Morgan neighborhood. A red wine barrel-aged imperial porter? Yes, please!

Appearance (4/5): Dark black body and a thin, light tan head. Completely opaque.

Smell (4.25/5): Red Thunder may look innocent enough, but one whiff and you know you're in for a very interesting drinking experience. On smelling the beer, you're hit with an interesting melange of black cherry, oak tannins, and the typical roasty, malty porter notes. No booziness to speak of.

Taste (4.25/5): The taste follows the smell. The first taste on the tip of the tongue is oak, sherry, and black cherry notes mixed with a high purity, dry dark chocolate flavor. The wine barrel and dark fruit flavors end up fading towards the end, giving way to the typical dry and roasty porter flavors. Well-balanced, the sweet and roasty elements are in good equilibrium; neither dominates the other. Again, as with the nose, Red Thunder is remarkably un-boozy despite the high ABV. Unexpectedly good with a nice bit of complexity.

Mouthfeel (4/5): Full-bodied, medium carbonation, and creamy. A beer that, despite its richness and complexity, is easy drinking. I could probably drink a full 750 mL bottle of this. (1,288 characters)

Photo of Boto
4.21/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle: This one pours a fairly opaque, dark mahogany brown color. There was just a wisp of head on it. It has a nice nose. I definitely can smell a bit of oak and red wine. I get some cocoa too, as well as some faint roasted malts. The taste is very good. Just a bit bitter. Taste is some cocoa, roasted malts and a bit of a dry red wine. A touch of the oakiness comes thru too. This is a very nice brew. (411 characters)

Photo of babaracas
4.21/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Aug '13 bottling. Pours a brown tinted clear dark red with thick fluffy light brown head. Thick sheet for a few inches. Smell: ripe plum, grapeskin... oaky red wine, tart peach, dark chocolate, light roast. Taste: mildly tart peach, mild tannic bitterness, chocolate brownie batter... moving into the finish some toasted brown bread and plum. The wine barrel certainly adds a lot with the tart stone fruit and oaky vinous notes cutting through the chocolaty sweetness. This is well done. (487 characters)

Photo of jjchristiano
4.2/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Always love all Victory products.
Christmas Eve dinner with family and my brother-in-law pulls this out of the fridge.
Supposedly the story is that this is Baltik Thunder that is aged in wine barrels.

Definitely can pick up on some tannins at first sip but then the malt sweetness takes over.
High alcohol content subdued in flavor. Nice Porter flavors develope with further sips.
Great beer to start the night with and with my Christmas Eve appetizers (454 characters)

Photo of johnnnniee
4.17/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear dark brown color with garnet highlights and a smallish tan head that slowly dissipates to a cap. Aroma's of chocolate and caramel with a hint of earth make up the bulk of the nose. A light vinous, raspberry and strawberry fruitiness is subtle but rounds things out nicely. The flavor is rich with lots of caramel, vanilla, and chocolate with a sweet sugary edge. Light berry tartness as well as faint earthy hops and a vinous quality provide a nice balance against the sweet flavor. Medium to thick body with a light level of carbonation and a sweet light sugary mouthfeel. I quite enjoyed this one. The red wine qualities are subtle but provide a nice background note. I should have bought a couple more of these. (728 characters)

Photo of Googs
4.17/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a teku glass

A: Deep red, mahogany body with medium sized off white head. Some lacing on the glass.

S: I love the smell that comes from wine barrel aged beers, and this comes through strongly on the nose. Smells similar to other American Wild ales, tart and oaky, Consecration is one that comes to mind. Some sweet, fruity, roasted malts, typical from Baltic porters, are coming through as well. Complex and great smelling brew.

T: Upfront the wine barrel really comes through again. A dry and sweet, lactic/tart grape flavor that is followed by the cocoa and dark porter characteristics. Nicely done, but the flavors need to come together a bit better

M: Medium body, but really creamy which is a big plus for. Good amount of carbonation, somewhat dry and roasty. A pretty drinkable beer all things considered.

O: I really enjoy beer thrown into wine barrels, and I'm eager to try more dark and heavy beers from either red or white oak barrels. I think a beer like consecration has flavors that blend together better which make for a better beer. Even so, Victory did a solid job on what they set out to do and for the price, this is awesome. I recommend this one. (1,201 characters)

Photo of ksimons
4.17/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A-dark chestnut with ruby highlights and a fingers worth of light tan head

S-rich malt, chocolate, and red wine

T-taste starts with roasted malt, chocolate, and light coffee, and finishes with a bit of oakiness, and dry tart red wine flavor. Alcohol is well hidden.

M-medium body, light to medium carbonation, and a dry roasted feeling in the mouth

Overall I am glad I finally found this beer. I really like the combination of the porter and red wine, I think it really brings out some interesting flavors in the beer. (522 characters)

Photo of CloudStrife
4.15/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750ml corked and caged bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Pours a very dark ruby brown appearing black in the glass. Minimal white head rings the outside of the glass. Spots of lacing on the glass.

S: Nice complex aroma going on here. A blend of sour cherry, chocolate and roasted malt. Can certainly get some red wine character. It could be considered a tad faint but is a enticing blend.

T: Quite the enjoyable beer. The wine barrels add a good amount of flavor as does the wood. Provides some tart fruity tones as well as a mellow notes. Roasted malt is of course a dominant flavor being the basis of the base porter. Lingering roastiness and chocolate makeup the aftertaste. Dark fruits, coffee and smokiness in there as well.

M: Medium body with low to average carbonation. A bit watery but doesnt feel too thin. Is a bold enough beer to sip on yet retains the mouthfeel of something lighter. A bit on the dryer side due to the red wine.

Overall I'd love to get another bottle of this beer. Great complexity and complimentary flavors going on here. Starts off as one beer and finishes as quite another. Pick one up. (1,128 characters)

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Red Thunder from Victory Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 114 ratings.