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Red Thunder - Victory Brewing Company

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very good

530 Ratings
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Ratings: 530
Reviews: 105
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 11.89%
Wants: 17
Gots: 65 | 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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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Valentno7, Mar 14, 2014
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

jkball01, Mar 12, 2014
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

paulgarrison, Mar 10, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

bismarksays, Mar 10, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -16%

nodder, Mar 07, 2014
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

BuckTuckian, Mar 05, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

dcp27, Mar 03, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

jaymo18, Feb 25, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

KillaB, Feb 24, 2014
Photo of Boto
4.21/5  rDev +8.8%
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.

Boto, Feb 22, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -16%

rickcrip76, Feb 18, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

williamjbauer, Feb 16, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

WVUbrew, Feb 16, 2014
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4.14/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: Dark brown-black pouring into the glass and black when the glass is full. Small head doesn't stick around long.

S: Definitely a red wine aroma with some roasted malt in the background.

T: Red wine flavors that are slightly acidic. Porter flavors are also evident and blend nicely with what the barrel is providing.

M: Smooth porter body with an appropriate fullness.

O: A really nice offering and a nice change in the barrel aged department.

CMUbrew, Feb 16, 2014
Photo of brutusmuktuk
4.05/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Dark brown porter with a nice off-white head. Smells oaky, and gives off hints of the wine whose barrels it’s been aged in. Oak is the strongest flavor I could detect. The fruits of the wine were more subtle for me. This is a very smooth, very tasty beer.

brutusmuktuk, Feb 15, 2014
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

King_KongDCO93, Feb 15, 2014
Photo of cjgiant
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I'm not much of a porter fan, really, and I'm not sure if this fits on the category well with the wine barrel aging, but this beer worked for me. I wouldn't choose it over the styles I enjoy, but I enjoyed the flavors in this beer, especially the notes from the barrel aging.

The beer poured dark auburn tending towards black, with decent retaining head. In the nose it get the woodiness of the barrels (oak I guess), fronting an underlying nuttiness.

The taste had a little more smokiness, but otherwise followed the nose. There was a little bite of alcohol in there as well. The taste also included a molasses sweetness and a hint if the wine. The ending was a little dry completing the barrel-aged feel.

cjgiant, Feb 13, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

AMCPhD, Feb 12, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

tommy5, Feb 11, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

clemson14, Feb 10, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

XicanoBeerRun, Feb 09, 2014
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2.63/5  rDev -32%
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.

Ozzylizard, Feb 05, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -16%

mp756, Feb 04, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

psoriasaurus, Feb 03, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

IdrinkGas, Feb 03, 2014
Red Thunder from Victory Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 530 ratings.