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Red Thunder - Victory Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
87
very good

451 Ratings
THE BROS
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no score

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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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Ozzylizard

Pennsylvania

2.63/5  rDev -32.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Caged undated bottle at 42 degrees into goblet; cork firm and intact.
Weak aroma of cheap red wine
Head small (1 cm), fizzy, light brown, rapidly diminishing to a broken 1 mm ring.
No lacing
Body dark brown/black with ruby highlights, clear
Flavor begins badly, distinctly bitter, with no redeeming maltiness, no hoppiness, no chocolate overtones, just bitterness. Ends with afterburn which lasts one – two minutes. Not pleasant.
Palate thin and watery, flat

Not what I’ve come to expect from Victory: a blatant attempt to cash in on the popularity of barrel ageing. A shame this is not half as good as unbarreled Baltic Thunder. Perhaps a bad bottle? Then so were the first two. Drain pour time.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2014 12:58:57 | More by Ozzylizard
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

2.83/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This poured out as a dark brown color with some highlights of red in it. The head was thin and didn't leave much evidence behind on the glass. The smell of the beer gives off a roasted malt aroma which is decent. Nothing too exciting really. The taste of the beer gave off some chocolate like flavors, some roasted malt and a slight bitterness in the finish. The mouthfeel was thin, not much body as all, the carbonation was fine but not much depth at all. Overall this was a disappointment, I didn't get much of the wine barrel characteristics at all from this beer. This beer seemed entirely different from the original version of Baltic Thunder... I'm not sure if this beer was old or if it was just a flop from Victory but I wasn't much of a fan of this at all.

Serving type: on-tap

11-24-2012 03:02:08 | More by Knapp85
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avalon07

South Carolina

3.14/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a mahogany brown color and a thick texture. There was an inch of tan-colored, fairly long-lasting head. No lacing to speak of.

S: A very muted aroma of chocolate, malt, and dark fruit.

T: Tasted of malt, fig, cocoa, and a slight vinous quality as well. This is an unfortunate flavor. It has some OK qualities, but it, like the smell, is quite underwhelming. It felt as though the brewer held back while making it.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a smooth finish. Medium-bodied.

O: A disappointing beer. I've had worse, but I expected more from this one.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2013 17:37:24 | More by avalon07
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KTCamm

New Jersey

3.35/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Served on tap at Morris Tap and Grill on 10/12.

Pours Really dark red. Light malt bread nose. Sweet caramel taste. Sweet trumps the bitter, which backs the flavor, but not enough. Could use more bite. Light carbonation mouthfeel. Good but not outstanding. 35 325 35 3 325

Serving type: on-tap

12-29-2013 15:16:41 | More by KTCamm
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KFBR392

Illinois

3.44/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours with a dark red brown color and sits black in the glass. Off white head of about half a finger was present on the pour and was present on the edges of the glass while drinking. Above average active carbonation in glass.

Smell: The tannic sour grapes from the barrel character really dominate the aroma. An oaky, slightly smokey malt pops up toward the back end. Not overly complex but is interesting.

Taste: The front is willed with cherries, oak, sour grapes, and soapy crayon like texture. Mossy oak continues to pick up in the body with some roasted chocolate, coffee, and vanilla beans. The finish picks up with some more sour grapes and semi sweet malt character.

Mouthfeel: Easy drinking, barrel character definitely dominates with a lasting sourness left behind.

Overall: An okay brew. I was certainly hoping for something more complex here. Really surprised at how much the wine characteristics take over. Not bad for the price though, a solid brew from Victory.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2014 23:25:10 | More by KFBR392
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kojevergas

Texas

3.45/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

750ml brown glass bottle with understated label art and hood-and-wire cap (aka cage) over a cork acquired at me local bottle shop and served into an Independence Brewing pilsner glass in me gaff in low altitude Austin, Texas. Reviewed live. Expectations are high given the brewery and style. 8.5% ABV confirmed. Reviewed as a Baltic Porter because the label identifies it as a porter and notes that this is the red wine barrel aged version of Blatic Thunder. I don't notice a bottle date on the label, but I do find it curious that this is a winter seasonal and I was able to purchase it in early October...

Served cold, straight from me fridge, and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: No bubble show forms as I pour.

Pours a one finger wide head of khaki colour. Nice creaminess and thickness. Nice soft complexion. Head retention is pretty decent for the highish ABV - about 3 minutes. Little lacing clings to the sides of the glass when I tilt the glass, and none really sticks.

Body colour is an extremely dark auburn, bordering on black. Opaque. No yeast particles are visible. It's an interesting colour for a baltic porter.

Within style conventions. Overall, it's pretty standard fare for a baltic porter and I'm looking forward to trying it. Not unique or special, but there are no obvious flaws.

Sm: Faded red wine with accompanying tannic character. A kiss of lactic sourness, but it doesn't seem infected. Slightly acetic. A biteen vinous. Restrained oak lacks the toasty/vanilla notes I've come to expect from a good oak-aged beer. Cocoa. Chocolate malts. Dark malts. Some vague dark fruit - maybe prunes or dates. Cinnamon. Raisin.

No hop character, yeast character, or alcohol is detectable. You wouldn't know it was a baltic porter just off the aroma; there's no evidence of lager yeast per se.

An appealing aroma of mild strength. I'm looking forward to trying it.

T/Mf: I do get a hint of red wine up front, but it's far from pronounced. Surprisingly, there's a pleasant acetic and lightly acidic character on the open, with even a hint of lactobacillus sourness - and no evidence at all of infection. I'm a bit taken aback, but it's a nice introduction to an interesting beer. The body is comprised mainly of dark malts, chocolate malt, cocoa dust, and some minor spicing - primarily cinnamon. A biteen vinous and raisiny, but neither is overpowering and never affects the mouthfeel detrimentally. Some very buried cherry skin; I'd like much more of that in particular.

It's got a powdery, smooth, and wet texture with enough coarseness to coax out some nuance from the flavour profile. Unrefreshing. Good body and thickness, supporting the flavour profile well. Good presence on the palate. Lightly soft feel. It complements the flavour profile quite well. Good execution. A biteen overcarbonated, though.

The chocolate is interesting, but isn't as rich or evocative as it could be; I don't get any deep chocolate notes like you'd find in some of the best baltic porters. The oak is also lacking; I hardly pick up on it at all, and then only via the tannic wine qualities. No vanilla, roast, or toasty character here. I do think the barrel aging is complementing and adding to the base beer, which is more than I can say about many barrel aged beers. I really have to dig deep to find any dark fruit notes, but I do pick up on some timid prune.

It's got interesting complexity as well as some limited subtlety; the buried red wine character plays well against the more conventional dark baltic porter base. Well balanced but not gestalt. It's got good cohesion; the barrel definitely blends with the base and they never feel separate. I like it.

There is some alcohol presence, but there are no other off-notes. No real hop presence is noticeable.

Not oily, harsh, astringent, gushed, hot, or boozy. Could be softer on the palate.

I dig the cocoa powder; that's a highlight for me. I also like the subtle acetic character.

Dr: Quite drinkable for the high ABV, though it is something of a sipper. This wasn't exactly what I expected when I opened it, and in some ways it's better. A very interesting winter seasonal that seems to have developed with age. I'd be interested in trying a bottle with even more age on it in the future (~2-3 years of age seems ideal). Definitely worth trying. Victory is quickly rising in my mental ranking of breweries. I'll have to seek out more of their other offerings. I'd recommend it to friends provided the price isn't ridiculous. A well-executed Baltic Porter with worthwhile barrel aging; there are relatively few breweries currently attempting this premise.

I doubt the pilsner glass is doing this justice; I'd recommend a snifter, goblet, or teku.

High B-

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2013 03:34:26 | More by kojevergas
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micromaniac129

Pennsylvania

3.48/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

I'm assuming this is Baltic Thunder aged in wine barrels since you can't find any infomation on the website, which is odd.

Pours a deep auburn brown color with a thin head on top after a vigorious pour. Fades to froth on top.
In the aroma I get a big toasted malt smell followed by oak barrel or church pews. The oak is light and sutle and you need to draw in deeply to smell it.
Taste was really disappointing. Perhaps this is just a malt beverage in wine barrels.
Taste of oak and wine barrels are there but where is the beer. I'm not getting any evidence of a porter style beer.
Mouthfeel is thin and watery with a husky bitter finish.
To me while this beer drinks smooth and easy it lacks in flavor. One can hardly notice any beer at all. I would thick that Baltic porter was aged in wine barrels to give the beer sutle hints of wine and oak perhaps leaning towards a port. Not the case here, and since I can't find any info on the website maybe they know it too.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2013 13:17:29 | More by micromaniac129
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srandycarter

California

3.55/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Murky dark brown, with red notes. Light tan head, stays for some time. Some cling lace.

S - Metallic, coffee, malt and some chocolate.

T - Very coffee, small amounts of chocolate at finish. Somewhat bitter.

M - Creamy, good carb, medium to full body, finishes to overcooked coffee.

D - Good to try. Not a favorite.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2012 03:18:52 | More by srandycarter
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lovindahops

New York

3.58/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Giving red thunder a try

A- dark and opaque with a foamy head that subsides. Some good lacing on the edges

S- dark fruit, candied sugar, black coffee, cocoa, and strawberry scent. The wine and oak emerge as well.

T- It's definitely different. The porter flavor us basked in a sweet wine flavor the leads way to the cocoa flavors. The red wine swings in for the finish. Very different With the oak flavors chiming in

M- smooth but lingering red wine flavor

O- not for everyone, but red thunder is unique with the combinations. Might change a little more over time

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2012 01:02:06 | More by lovindahops
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champ103

Texas

3.59/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a dark brown, nearly black with a bit of ruby highlights. A two finger tan head forms, and recedes in a minute. Light lace is left behind.
S: Light wine, tart fruits, and chocolate all intermingle. Nothing wants to take over, which makes it balanced in a sense, but not sure if I really dig it?
T: Like the nose, everything intermingles. Slightly tart fruits like cherries, and a vinous, grape flavor. Mixed with the roasted malt and chocolate. Interesting, and certainly not bad. Just missing something IMO.
M/D: A medium body with moderate carbonation. Fairly smooth. Not hard to drink at all. Enjoyable for the most part.

This is unique and interesting. Though nothing really jumps out as being exceptional. The tart fruit/wine character with the roasted malt are balanced, just not something I particularly think is a good combo. Worth a try, but probably a one time purchase for me.



Serving type: bottle

01-19-2014 21:05:29 | More by champ103
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farrago

New Jersey

3.6/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Mediocre head of about half a finger, lots of larger bubbles which diminish its staying power and it’s all quickly gone, lacing likewise on the weak side. Clean black liquid of full opacity, no real orange or yellow tints, just some brown around the edges, no real way to visually gauge the carbonation. Malty nose with cocoa, mocha, coconut, butterscotch and vanilla bean, maybe a hint of sour red wine but no real “vinous” presence, at the same time no real hoppy bite either, dries out the longer it lingers in the nostrils, seems like a straight up porter. Medium-bodied, slightly creamy during the attack then gets quite dry and close to dusty in texture. Chocolate, vanilla, caramel, a light dose of black licorice and coconut as well as scone bread. The carbonation is weak and it moves at a sluggish pace. Glimmer of cherry to plum fruit, not a lot of lactose or milky qualities. While it’s posture is nice, still wish it moved more gracefully. Still not sure what the wine barrels contribute, except some sour notes through the finish. By no means a bad beer, just unsure of what makes it “unusual” versus a basic rendition of a traditional style.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2013 03:54:13 | More by farrago
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brentk56

North Carolina

3.61/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: A pretty dark pour, verging on black, with a very modest head that disappears quickly though it leaves a smattering of dotty lace

Smell: Dark fruit, black bread, red wine, oak, vanilla and chocolate shavings

Taste: Dark fruit (prune, primarily) followed by charred black bread, vanilla and chocolate shavings; the vinous character builds in the middle and dominates the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Overall: I was expecting a bit more, frankly, though I never thought the base beer was a top flight Baltic Porter, either; the wine barrel tends to clash rather than complement; wine barrel aging is a tricky thing and I have tasted some hits and some misses; this one is OK but a bit of a miss

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2013 23:33:31 | More by brentk56
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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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weonfire

Illinois

3.64/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A - Dark mahogany, light head, opaque, tiny amount of lacing.

S - Red sour grape, cherry, carmel

T - Dry red wine, chocolate, carmel, cherry, oak

M - carbonation is good, low/med body, grape tastes lingers for a bit

O - This was a bit strange and also a bit of a let down. Initially it smells and tastes likes a sour - or heading that direction. But in an instant I felt fooled. What you may think is about to be sour cherry is actually dry red wine which turns to mild sweetness as the chocolate and carmel flavors come through. Mouth is avg at best being too watery but the 8.5 ABV is hidden quite well and is very easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2013 00:33:01 | More by weonfire
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CurtFromHershey

Pennsylvania

3.69/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a deep brown with Ruby red hues where the light hits it. Minimal head, but strong retention. Looks thin.

Smell is more wine than beer, and it's not close. Someone poured a dash of beer into a cheap pinot.

Taste is a huge improvement over the smell. Rich chocolate, seductive tannins, and a slight hint of coffee. Really nice.

Body is pretty thick although on the thin side for a big porter. A little slick booziness.

Overall a tasty beverage, although honestly think the wine qualities are a bit overpowering here.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2012 00:08:50 | More by CurtFromHershey
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stakem

Pennsylvania

3.7/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml corked and caged into a snifter. The brew appears brown in color with a khaki head. Strings of oatchy lace stick to the glass. Some ruby clarity is seen running through the body without even holding it up to the light.

The smell is roasty with coffee. Some raw oaky barrel presence with vanilla and toast. A mild tangy alcohol inclusion is present before a bit cheesy aspect emerges when swirled mixing with sulfur.

The taste is roasty with fruity alcohol and some barrel tannins. Raw oak and almost hints of incense-like spicy character maybe like cedar. A bit of vanilla and herbal hops break things up a bit and increase the overall complexity of the brew.

This is a light bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. It is easy drinking and crisp in the feel. Overall not bad, the barrel presence really took hold in this brew and it is nice. Nothing ground breaking here but worth a try. It is a pleasant offering and at a very reasonable price point.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2012 16:28:24 | More by stakem
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corby112

Pennsylvania

3.7/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Draft at Capones in Norristown, PA.

Pours a very dark copper color with mahogany edges and a two finger frothy head that slowly fades into a lasting ring.  Streaks of lace left behind.

Roasted dark malt aroma with an earthy barrel and dry vinous notes integrated into the base beer.  Toasted oak and dark grapes complimented by smokey, roasted malt.  Hints of dark chocolate and burnt toast along with some charcoal and smoked meat but the oak and vinous fruit notes overpower the smoke beer characteristics a bit too much for my taste.

Full bodied with a moderate barrel presence that's nicely integrated into the base adding another dimension to the intense smokiness.  Dry, toasted oak with vinous red wine notes countered by smoked/burnt malt, toast, charcoal and dark chocolate.  Sweet up front from the barrel presence followed by smoke and roasted malt before finishing dry.  Decent job barrel aging this beer but the wine and barrel notes take away from the smokiness that I like so much in the base beer.

Serving type: on-tap

02-15-2013 03:20:38 | More by corby112
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beerthulhu

New Jersey

3.71/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Enjoy by 11/05/15.Consumed 2/22/13. C&C.

A: Dark plum coloring has a dense rise of effervesce that rapidly ascends up along the inner walls. A one finger barley tinted head has a marshmellow like texture with a spledily lengthy hold you dont want to wait around for. Waverly stratified rings of lace condesend down the vessel.

S: Hints of oaky sherry with a small tartness can be had on the nose.

T: Cocoa with creamy chocolate and toasty oak with some creamer-laced coffee. Vanilla, soft hazelnut, and a caramel sweetness with some soft fruity accents of berry skins. Sweet plums, a soft yeastiness and tartness concludes things.

M: Creamy textured, playful carbonation presence, medium-full bodied with a tart finish.

O: Overall a good complexity with a silky smooth tartness that is gentle, A good easy blend that works smoothly together and doesnt seem forced.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2013 23:50:52 | More by beerthulhu
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Chaney

District of Columbia

3.71/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Served in a DC Brau tulip.

A: Not black... or even dark for that matter. Kinda dark, dark brown actually, with a nice mocha head to boot.

S: Definitely smokey, bordering on ash tray territory. Definitely got the wine barrel in the middle.

T: Much more coffee-like than I was expecting. I usually don't associate that with a Baltic Porter at all... more like licorice. After a few more sips, this damn near becomes a Flanders Aud Bruin. Very odd, yet enjoyable in a curious sort of way.

M: Lots of lacing here, not thick and snot-like like I was expecting, and the carbonation is pretty good.

O: One would have to have a microscope to detect any Baltic Porter characteristics here, but that doesn't mean it's bad.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2013 23:16:49 | More by Chaney
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philbe311

Pennsylvania

3.71/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - A fairly vigorous pour yields a full finger's worth of highly dense slightly lush and creamy bone white colored head... Modest at best retention gives way to a full thick and rich lacing... The color is a dark brow with some faint notes of reddish hue... A few stray streaks and bubbles of moderate paced carbonation can be seen towards the top of the glass... Rather sophisticated looking... A bit of lacing clings to the sides of the glass...

S - The red wine barrel aging is at the forefront... That being said, it isn't overpowering in any way... Quite contrary, it's rather appealing and pleasant... There is also a slightly vinegar presence... Some raspberries and cherries as well... Any notes of of the base baltic porter seem to be missing... That's not necessarily a bad thing, it's just an observation...

T - A light merlot presence to start... It's subtle and rather pleasing... A light acidic character... Dark chocolate and raspberries... The only sign of Baltic porter, other than the chocolatey notes, are some very minor roasted malts that rise on the finish...

M - On the lighter side of full bodied... Sleek and smooth... Even and consistent.... Well rounded... Limited carbonation... The finish is a touch on the try side...

D - Having never had regular old Baltic Thunder, I wasn't quite sure what to expect... The red wine components dominate in all facets, but they never overpower... Interesting enough and pleasant enough, but not stellar... A very good beer that wine lovers would likely enjoy...

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2013 01:51:49 | More by philbe311
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cindyjeffsmith

Georgia

3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

appearance: Very dark brown. Nearly opaque. Average tan head and lacing.
smell: Just out of the fridge smelled like an average Baltic Porter. mostly roasty, a bit of char. As it warms the wine really cuts through, fruity and sour. Not stellar but interesting to be sure.
taste: Much like the nose. a little chocolate comes through. The finish is almost like a cordial. Again, not stellar but interesting.
overall: nice brew to try.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2013 22:03:47 | More by cindyjeffsmith
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videofrog

Texas

3.78/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 750ml cork & caged bottle into a tulip. Allowed to warm outside of the fridge before serving. Bottled on date of 8/8/13.

A: Really dark reddish brown. Opaque with a thin khaki head that fades to a thin wisp.

S: Mostly barrel here, with the vinuous notes at the forefront. Oak and vanilla there as well. Sweet chcocolate malt there to balnce things out.

T: Getting more of the chocolate and roasty notes of the base beer here, but the barrel characteristics are still pretty strong.

M: Weakest aspect of the beer for me as it is a bit thin bodied. Low carb. Dry, oaky finish.

O: I like how the barrel flavors and base beer worked together on this one. May buy another to cellar to see where this one goes over time.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2013 04:31:00 | More by videofrog
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dar482

New York

3.78/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

The beer comes in a brown Coca Cola color.

The aroma has roasty malt, some cocoa powder, and then this red wine barrel character of oak and red wine.

The flavor has lots of wine character. There's a good melding of the lightly roasted malt and cocoa notes. Lots of toffee sweetness. A bit of alcohol drying on the end.

This is not a robust porter, but the sweetness balances well with the medium amount of wine barrel character.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2013 01:08:26 | More by dar482
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maximum12

Minnesota

3.78/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a bottle after having this on tap at a place we were not nearly cool enough to be in, & paying a massive premium for it. 750 ML skeet-shot split with my wife.

C&C comes off handily enough, with a foof gentle enough for a wine bottle. Looks like dark, thin blood just exposed to the air, with roughly the same amount of carbonation. I end up with a wet face before I get much off the surface - not much aroma at all, vague wine & oak, but that could be just because I read the label.

Red Thunder might hit about sixty decibels, but not much more. Wine is nice up front, good red kick with a ton of burnt, oaky tannins running all the way through the beer. Middle consists of mild smokiness, water-softened malts, unvarnished quarterstaff, Very dry. So easy to drink, I'm mulching it down like crazy.

This almost seems like a wine without the alcohol & acetic bite to it. A gentle beer that seems to spit in the face of the over-the-top crowd, this grew on me as my expectations took a break. Enjoyable, & a good beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2014 03:39:28 | More by maximum12
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jwhancher

Pennsylvania

3.79/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bought 2 corked & caged bottles from Victory 's retail shop at the brewpub. Roughly $10 a piece. Poured into a snifter for review. Light pop of the cork. Bottled on date reads August 06, 2013. Pours a very dark garnet red, almost brown in complexion. Nice foamy head after a generous pour. Smells of dark malts with very noticeable tannin character from the wood. Red wine is there - very subtle but appears more as it warms. Seems like a complex nose of chocolate malt, red wine,and wood. Tastes of dark malts with oaky tannins and a very light red wine presence. Slight burn in the back of the throat from alcohol. Feels medium full with nice carbonation and an even bitterness. Overall, a nicely subtle foray into a used red wine barrel program. Red wine isnn't in your face, and that's fine. This one seems to be about more quieter complexities rather than a tongue punch full of flavors. Will be curious what another few years do to the other bottle. Will likely save for another 2-3 years.

Serving type: bottle

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