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Red Thunder - Victory Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
87
very good

541 Ratings
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Ratings: 541
Reviews: 106
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 11.89%
Wants: 15
Gots: 72 | FT: 8
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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4.05/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

a: Deep ruby tinted chestnut color; poured with a small fizzy head.

s: Fairly muted; vinous oakiness, a trace of vanilla, and tart sort of cocoa.

t: Lots more going on flavor wise. Some vinous fruit from the barrel, but cherry from the original beer as well. Oaky cocoa at the finish and a lingering dry tartness. Grew on me as the bottle dwindled.

m: Smooth and gently carbonated.

o: Barrel treatment worked extremely well, much better than the original.

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3.79/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

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4.35/5  rDev +12.4%
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.

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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.

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Red Thunder from Victory Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 541 ratings.