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Red Thunder - Victory Brewing Company

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very good

561 Ratings
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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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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!

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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.

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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.

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Red Thunder from Victory Brewing Company
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