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Red Thunder - Victory Brewing Company

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Ratings: 561
Reviews: 112
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 11.63%
Wants: 19
Gots: 73 | FT: 6
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

Aged in Wente Vineyards red wine barrels.
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Ratings: 561 | Reviews: 112
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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle into snifter, bottled on 8/8/2013. Pours nearly pitch black color with a 2 finger dense khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of chocolate, cocoa, coffee, toast, brown bread, tannic red wine, oak, raisin, plum, fig, vanilla, light char, and roast/oaky earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of roast/bready malt, wine barrel, and yeast ester notes; with good strength. Taste of chocolate, cocoa, coffee, toast, brown bread, tannic red wine, oak, raisin, plum, fig, vanilla, light char, and roast/oaky earthiness. Slight roast/oak bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of chocolate, cocoa, coffee, toast, brown bread, red wine, oak, raisin, plum, fig, vanilla, light char, and roast/oaky earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice complexity and robustness of roast/bready malt, wine barrel, and yeast ester flavors; with a great malt/barrel balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a very smooth, moderately creamy, and lightly chalky/tannic mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is well hidden with only a light warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent wine barrel aged Baltic porter. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of roast/bready malt, wine barrel, and yeast ester flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Poured into a snifter.

3.25 A: Pours a deep brown color. One and a half fingers of frothy/creamy tan head. Retention is below average and a few wisps of lacing are left.

3.75 S: Wow does the wine barrel come through. The nose is surely centered around it. Vinous grape, big vanilla and oak, and moderate supple tannins. The base beer almost gets lost in there, but it does bring forth the barrel elements. Roasty malts, cocoa, tangy caramel, molasses. Again I'll emphasize that this is heavy on the barrel, which isn't such a bad thing.

3.75 T: Like the nose, the barrel stands strong, but the base beer does come through better. The same barrel elements and grape as in the nose. Roasty malts, big caramel, molasses, dark fruitiness underneath. Quite tasty.

4.0 M: Lighter heavy body. Good moderate carbonation. Good creaminess and super smooth. Good here.

3.75 D: Seems like everything gets better when Victory puts their beers into barrels. Pick this one up, it's good.

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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!

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LOOK: Brown to Rusty Red in Color, Not much of a foamy head

SMELL: Fruity Plum and Chocolate Scents

TASTE: Smooth Mild Porter Taste with definite hints of Red Wine, there is the Subtle Sweetness similar to Prunes in every Smokey Sip

FEEL: Smooth with Mild Carbonation

OVERALL: Another Solid Effort by Victory Brewery...Well Made but.....Not My Type of Porter

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Red Thunder from Victory Brewing Company
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