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Red Thunder - Victory Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
87
very good

522 Ratings
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Ratings: 522
Reviews: 103
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 11.6%
Wants: 16
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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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

teak, Jan 06, 2013
Photo of bbrown12
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

bbrown12, Jan 05, 2013
Photo of Jonada
3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: 750ml corked and caged bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance: Pours a dark brown with hints of ruby red. Nice carbonation streaming through the glass. There was about 1 finger of a light tan head that dissipated to a ring around the edge of the glass.

Smell: Red wine, chocolate, tart cherries, oak, booze, red berries. This smells surprisingly tart, but that's not a bad thing.

Taste: Porter characteristics are more apparent in the taste. Chocolate, roasted malt, slight coffee. More oaky and vinous notes as well. Finishes dry.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, creamy mouthfeel. Moderate carbonation. Very drinkable.

Overall: Interesting stuff. The red wine characteristics were much more prominent than I was expecting and added some additional complexity. I really would liked to have seen more of the base beer shine through, but this was still a solid brew. Glad I picked this one up, and I wouldn't be opposed to revisiting it in the future.

Jonada, Jan 04, 2013
Photo of TMoney2591
3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a shaker pint glass.

I so thoroughly enjoy the base that a wine-barreled version piqued my interest greatly. Expectations were high. It pours a deep garnet topped by a finger of dusty tan foam. The nose comprises cinnamon, brown sugar, lightly-vinegar-y red wine, and light cedar. The taste brings in more of the same, along with some dark chocolate and some extra red wine for the sake of it. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a drying finish. Overall, this turned out to be pretty tasty, though it falls quite short of the base, if you ask me. It's thinner and not quite as robust as the base would lead you think it'd be. Still, fairly good times here.

TMoney2591, Jan 03, 2013
Photo of claspada
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear dark brown color with bright ruby highlights and a small tan head that slowly recedes to leave some decent lacing.

Aromas begin with chocolate and lightly roasted malt initally. Then I get some oak, light vinous notes and some toffee sweetness as it warms.

The tastes begin with the same roasted and dark cocoa maltiness up front with hints or red vinous wine and oak creeping in mid-sip. The red wine imparted flavors aren't jumping out as much as I would have liked but they are still there enough to balance the dark roasted base beer.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation. Finish is pleasantly balanced between the roasted base beer and the oaky, vinious sweeter notes.

Overall I enjoyed this beer as it is very drinkable due to the lesser ABV (compared to most American barrel aged beers these days). The red wine flavors should have been bumped up to really make this special but it was still above average how it currently is.

claspada, Jan 02, 2013
Photo of Ryan011235
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Founders snifter on 1/1/13

Dark brown with an ample two and a half finger head. The foam thins after several minutes. Lots of webbed, crackling lace remains. Lace becomes solid further down.

The wine barrels add a dark, vinous overtone to the base of chocolate and roasted grains. The aroma is simple and smooth. I'm impressed by its subtlety.

Roasted grains and chocolate are at the fore in terms of taste. Notions of red wine creep in around the mid-section. Hints of earth, too. Over time, the focus shifts toward smooth chocolate working in conjunction with the wine. The finish has a wood note and is rather dry.

The body is on the upper end of medium, accentuated by smooth, plush carbonation. It's all a bit surprising since carbonation started off kind of rough. Very east to drink.

I was a little hesitant to buy a bottle of this. Thankfully, it worked out in my favor. The wine barrels don't come across as being over the top and a Baltic Porter seems like a decent style to wine barrel; several I've tried had dark fruit notions as they were.

Ryan011235, Jan 02, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +16%

jwat, Jan 01, 2013
Photo of stakem
3.7/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml corked and caged into a snifter. The brew appears brown in color with a khaki head. Strings of oatchy lace stick to the glass. Some ruby clarity is seen running through the body without even holding it up to the light.

The smell is roasty with coffee. Some raw oaky barrel presence with vanilla and toast. A mild tangy alcohol inclusion is present before a bit cheesy aspect emerges when swirled mixing with sulfur.

The taste is roasty with fruity alcohol and some barrel tannins. Raw oak and almost hints of incense-like spicy character maybe like cedar. A bit of vanilla and herbal hops break things up a bit and increase the overall complexity of the brew.

This is a light bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. It is easy drinking and crisp in the feel. Overall not bad, the barrel presence really took hold in this brew and it is nice. Nothing ground breaking here but worth a try. It is a pleasant offering and at a very reasonable price point.

stakem, Dec 31, 2012
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3.55/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Murky dark brown, with red notes. Light tan head, stays for some time. Some cling lace.

S - Metallic, coffee, malt and some chocolate.

T - Very coffee, small amounts of chocolate at finish. Somewhat bitter.

M - Creamy, good carb, medium to full body, finishes to overcooked coffee.

D - Good to try. Not a favorite.

srandycarter, Dec 31, 2012
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

mrbojangles31, Dec 30, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

VaTechPhilly, Dec 30, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

ububru, Dec 29, 2012
Photo of EgadBananas
3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark ruby color. Surprising with the base Baltic porter... Nonetheless, there's a tan head and it looks nice, though its somewhat perplexing, The aroma makes you thing what the wine barrels have done. Heavy on the vinous notes, some smoke, some work, some sweet grape. Tastes smoky, malty, with a boozy wine note, caramel and peated wood. Body is pretty much full, creamy, and a touch coating. It's a good beer. Unique, and perplexing.

EgadBananas, Dec 29, 2012
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

brotherloco, Dec 28, 2012
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

throwback, Dec 28, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

SFC21, Dec 27, 2012
Photo of VelvetExtract
4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours a semi-hazed mahogany. Easy to see through the body. Light for a Porter. Head is full and creamy and light tan in color. The whipped head leaves long, droopy hanging curtains of lace. Glowing body.

S-Starts off initially quite tart. Vinous notes. Lactic. Porter aromatics are dull. Keeping into account the light Porter notes, this brew smells a bit like a raspberry flavored chocolate. The tartness is far more expressive than I was expecting.

T-The beer's base comes out more here. A bit more coffee and a bit more chocolate. Even some hoppy bitterness. The wine barrel lends some awesome tart and tannic dimensions. You can even taste the oak from the barrel. I would love to know what type of wine was in these barrels…Cabernet? Syrah? Pinot Noir? Meritage barrels? Reminds me of cherry cola a bit. A pleasant mixture of beer and wine.

M-Pretty drinkable. The sourness almost increases the beer's drinkability. It definitely does leave a lot hanging on the tongue however. Medium bitterness. Alcohol masked very well.

O/D-I borderline loved this. Great hybrid brew. The barrel aging really, really, really morphed this brew into a new species. A 750ml (I think) for $8 is a pretty legit price too. When was the last time you bought a wine-barrel aged brew in this size bottle for well under $10? I am very happy I went after this one. A big time success in my book.

VelvetExtract, Dec 27, 2012
Photo of Gavage
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: pours a dark brown color with a one finger head.

Smell: chocolate, oak, and somewhat of a wine aroma rises from the glass.

Taste: nice malty profile here. Chocolate, a hint a coffee, prunes, and a nice woody and earthy flavor arrives late. Bitterness is moderate and alcohol is noticeable. Alcohol is noticeable here.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Ligh crispness throughout with a bit of dryness late.

Overall: this a slow sipping beer that has some nice oak and wine characteristics to it. Definitely worthy of a try.

Gavage, Dec 27, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

2dogbrew, Dec 26, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

tobelerone, Dec 25, 2012
Photo of jjchristiano
4.23/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Always love all Victory products.
Christmas Eve dinner with family and my brother-in-law pulls this out of the fridge.
Supposedly the story is that this is Baltik Thunder that is aged in wine barrels.

Definitely can pick up on some tannins at first sip but then the malt sweetness takes over.
High alcohol content subdued in flavor. Nice Porter flavors develope with further sips.
Great beer to start the night with and with my Christmas Eve appetizers

jjchristiano, Dec 25, 2012
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

Hophead717, Dec 24, 2012
Photo of thecheapies
4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Red Thunder, poured into a snifter glass.

Pours opaquely dark brown. Very dark, and with a light tan-colored head that looked much better in my girlfriend's glass (she's using a chalice). The head in my glass fell pretty quickly to a thick-walled ring. A few floaties rest along the surface.

All kinds of vinous notes in the nose, which is precisely what I was hoping for. Red wine, cereal grains, tobacco, prune, and saltwater. I'm already fascinated.

Big-time red wine notes fill this up. Cabernet, leather, stouty malts, dry roasted grain, some salinity, red currant, and finishing booze. Flavors are a little hard to pick out, as everything seems to conglomerate. Light raisin and coffee notes flutter on the tongue, but this beer is heavily influenced by the barrel aging. A delightful spin on a Baltic Porter, if I may say so myself.

Drinks with softness. Carbonation is light and the body is milky. Disguised strength.

I love this brew. It's still Baltic Thunder, at heart. Just aged to a near-souring point with some effective cab barrels. Brilliant stuff. Recommended.

thecheapies, Dec 24, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -29.1%

IPAchris, Dec 23, 2012
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

BeezNeezy22D, Dec 23, 2012
Red Thunder from Victory Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 522 ratings.