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Red Thunder - Victory Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
87
very good

451 Ratings
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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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BlurryVisi0n

New York

3.98/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Served in a pint glass.

Appearance: Very dark brown with a reddish/amber tint to it. Bubbles seem to be medium with a tan head rising to just about one third of an inch.

Smell: Smells like malts and wine, little awkward but still good.

Taste: Complex tastes of wine and fruits with a nice smooth malt hit. It is a tad overwhelming and one of the reasons why I can't rate it any higher.

Mouth: Super sticky, and a slight dry at the end. Hardcore grape finish.

Overall: I'm not sure who's idea was it to take a porter yet alone a Baltic porter and age it in wine barrels but I think Victory has themselves a hit. It's not for everyone, but most porter fans would like. Salud!

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2013 20:50:40 | More by BlurryVisi0n
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spointon

Illinois

3.91/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I poured this one from a 750ml brown corked and caged bottle into a stemmed tulip glass.

A= This ale poured a deep reddish brown color with a 1/4" cream colored head. The head dropped to a skim fairly quickly.

S= Little of the base beer comes through in the nose, but the barrel character (wine, oak, coconut, vanilla) comes through nicely.

T= Starts off with some nutty malt and dark fruit notes but is pretty clean, per the Baltic porter style. Some nice alcohol complexity. Not much in the way of hop character. Finishes with lots of barrel flavors similar to the nose (wine, oak, coconut, vanilla) with the coconut character intriguing me the most.

MF= Disappointingly thin mouthfeel. Carbonation is good for the style.

D= Drinkability bolstered by the very pleasant flavor profile. That almost makes me forget about the thin and disappointing mouthfeel.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2013 05:16:23 | More by spointon
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DillanWeems

Texas

4.14/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

A: Dark with a bit of red on the edges. Minimal head and lacing.

S: Red wine, sweet fruit, cherry, vanilla. Slightly savory smell, and a bit woody.

T: Follows smell. More wine and savory flavor than in the smell. Great wood aged flavor as well.

M: Just enough carb. A bit light, but not too much so for the style.

Overall a really tasty beer. The wine barrel flavor is excellent and not too overpowering. Nice complexity and hints of fruit and wine, but not enough to take away from the flavor a Baltic Porter should have. Well balanced all around. I'm usually not a big Victory fan, but they made a great beer in this case.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2013 03:43:26 | More by DillanWeems
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Atlas1

Texas

4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The weather finally got a little cooler in SA today (high in the 60s), so I figured I could start breaking out some of the proper seasonal drinks. It's just a bit hard to drink a Baltic Porter when it's 90 degrees outside.

Poured into a snifter, it's a nice dark brown color. Looks like a proper porter should. Not much head or lace. The nose is strong and all over the place. Dark fruit, molasses, cocoa, chocolate, various spices. I love this aroma. Really pleasant. Complex without being overbearing. The taste is nice as well. Cocoa again, with some faint vanilla. Cherries. With the distinct hint of wine in the finish and aftertaste. Mouthfeel is thinner than expected, but doesn't detract too much.

I've never head a wine barrel-aged porter before, but this was a solid beer. I doubt many other examples of this aged Baltic porter exist, but I'd be happy to try others to compare. Cheers to the folks at Victory for experimenting.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2013 23:28:30 | More by Atlas1
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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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horshamguy

Pennsylvania

4.28/5  rDev +10%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2013 19:44:15 | More by horshamguy
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LI_PO12

Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle into tulip.

Appearance- Very dark brown, with a light tan head that hangs on for a while.

Aroma- Woody, complex malts, light hay, some caramel, slight booze but not much, its hard to fully descrie the smell on this but its awesome.

Flavor- Rich malts, caramel, toasted bread, woodsy and dry tanic bite of the wine barrels is more balanced than I thought it would be. slight booze.

Mouthfeel- Creamy, medium-full bodied, medium-high carbonation.

Overall- Was more impressed with this than I thought I would be. The original is great in its own right, and the wine/wood blends nicley into it. Initially reading the description I was worried it would be a mess but its def worth trying.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2013 03:02:56 | More by LI_PO12
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Jas45678

Michigan

3.84/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle into tulip

Pours a mahogany brown with a small tan head. Smell red wine, chocolate with a little tart cherry and coffee. Taste is red wine, chocolate and oak. Medium body with decent amount of carbonation and a little dry. Overall it is an interesting take on a porter, worth a try a least once.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2013 00:06:25 | More by Jas45678
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lordofthewiens

Maine

3.99/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

In a teku glass this beer was a nice black color with a tiny tan head.

Aroma primarily chocolate and roasted malt. Some fruit and alcohol.

Chocolate taste, charcoal. Vinous.

Dry, smooth.

I thought this was an interesting combination of a porter and wine. It worked well for me, and I will buy this again.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2013 12:12:04 | More by lordofthewiens
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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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Etan

Wisconsin

3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml into a Maine Beer Company wine glass.

A: Pours a glassy black body with a moderate light beige head. Lacing sticks around the glass for a while.

S: Aroma is very vinous, with slightly acidic grape and plum notes rising up first. Baker's chocolate and mild charred grain underneath.

T: Taste brings semisweet cocoa, coffee roast, figgy and vinous, pleasant oak tannins around the edges.

M: Medium-bodied with light carbonation.

O: I was expecting either the wine to wash out the porter or the porter to wash out the wine, but this is well-executed and relatively balanced. Quite enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2013 01:41:07 | More by Etan
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GarthDanielson

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a snifter, the beer is a dark brown-to-black coloring, with a thin, filmy, light brown colored ring on the surface. Aromas of bittersweet chocolate and bitter coffee in the backbone, with heavy merlot and cab wine characteristics all over the place. Very rich and layered, with a decent balance. Flavors are wine-like as well, with a dry, red wine forward flavor on a bitter, roasted coffee backbone. Subtle bittersweet baker's chocolate character builds towards the end of the palate. The body is light, but robust and slick. Chocolate and wine blend in the aftertaste once again, with a dry, red wine linger into a slick, dry, lingering finish. Tasty beer, with robust flavors and a slightly increased ABV that make it a sipper.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2013 21:23:06 | More by GarthDanielson
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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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cyclonece09

Maryland

3.99/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a 12 oz glass. Pours black with a reddish tint with a small head. Smells of coffe and mulled wine. Tastes of chocolate coffee with a nice merlot after tone. Beer is full bodied and is a sipper but to be expected. Overall a very good beer.

Serving type: on-tap

09-17-2013 23:21:08 | More by cyclonece09
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CloudStrife

New York

4.16/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2013 02:19:15 | More by CloudStrife
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BEERMILER12

Maine

4.06/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a deep dark mahogany brown color with ruby hints. A fingers worth of tan head quickly fizzles down to nothing

S: A bit of roast, dark fruits, earthiness, and light barrel notes come through. Quite nice

T: Follows the nose. Starts off with lightly sweet dark fruit notes and roast and slowly goes into some earthiness and definite red wine characteristics with a bit of tannins and woodiness from the barrel. The dryness and barrel character flow well into the finish

M: Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation. Drying and smooth

O: An already great beer made even better by wine barrels. The wine characteristics very nicely and provide quite a bit of complexity towards the back end. Good price point at under $9 for a 750 mL C&C bottle. Definitely recommended along with the original

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2013 05:09:02 | More by BEERMILER12
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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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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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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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Pencible

Virginia

4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: This poured a nearly opaque dark mahogany with a little light tan head.
S: It smelled like roasted coffee and tannic oak, with some bitter dark chocolate and sour cranberries.
T: It tasted like sour oak and bitter dark chocolate and dry roasted coffee, with a little sweet molasses and fig. It had a clean, bitter, sweet and sour aftertaste.
M: It was watery with a little carbonation. Fitting body.
D: This was a really interesting and well done beer. I was skeptical of a red wine barrel porter, but somehow the scents and flavors ended up bring complimentary. The result was complex and bold and tasty. The body was decent but not great. It had a reasonably smooth finish, and well hidden alcohol, so it was pretty easy to drink. Not sure how it would age, but I really liked it fresh.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2013 21:19:50 | More by Pencible
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Oakenator

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +15.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2013 22:20:39 | More by Oakenator
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metter98

New York

4.08/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: The beer is quite hazy brownish red in color. It poured with a thin beige head that died down, leaving a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of oak tannins are present in the nose along with notes of red wine.
T: Like the smell, the taste has lots of flavors of oak tannins along with hints of red wine and vanilla.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. Bits of dryness are perceptible.
O: The red wine barrel aging completely changed the dynamics of this beer so it no longer tastes like a Baltic Porter, but like more like an oak aged ale with some red wine flavors. The beer is quite drinkable and hides its alcohol very well.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2013 01:47:27 | More by metter98
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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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da_beers

Florida

4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this in a trade (again, traded Heady Topper, living in VT has its definite Craft Beer related advantages) in a 750 ml Bomber. Best by 11/8/2015.

A - Pours a dark brown, thin tan head. When held up to light, can see the red from the oak red wine barrels used to age it. Decent lacing.

S - Chocalatey and nutty notes. Some spice notes in there that reminded me of the Holidays. Huge on the nose, get slight dryness of red wine in smell.

T - So interesting - starts as somewhat traditional Baltic Porter, but rapidly evolves into something quite unique. Finishes quite dry, like a Merlot.

M - Smooth and warming. Leaves dryness at end.

O - Overall good beer. Couldn't have multiples, not that drinkable. Leaves me very intrigued and wanting to try more beer/wine collabs.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2013 00:04:46 | More by da_beers
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superspak

Michigan

4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle into tulip glass, best before 11/8/2015. Pours lightly hazy very dark reddish brown color with a 2 finger dense light khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of big red wine, oak, tart dark fruits, clove, pepper, toast, roasted malt, leather, grass, floral, and earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of barrel notes with moderate malt balance. Very barrel forward in the aromas, smells a lot like a wild ale. Taste of chocolate, toast, red wine, oak, light roasted malt, raisin, clove, pepper, leather, grass, floral, and earthy spiciness. Moderate tannic fruitiness on the finish; with lingering notes of chocolate, toast, red wine, dark fruit, oak, clove, light roast, floral, grass, leather, and earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice flavor balance and complexity of moderate roasted flavors with wine barrel character; and no cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a moderately slick and tannic mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice barrel aged Baltic porter. Very nice complexity of flavors with good balance of barrel and roasted flavors; and quite smooth to sip on. A very enjoyable offering; and one of the most unique and interesting beers I have ever tried.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2013 04:05:02 | More by superspak
Red Thunder from Victory Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 451 ratings.