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Red Thunder - Victory Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
85
very good

531 Ratings
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Ratings: 531
Reviews: 106
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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Photo of VelvetExtract
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
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 +3.4%
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
Photo of 2dogbrew
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

2dogbrew, Dec 26, 2012
Photo of tobelerone
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

tobelerone, Dec 25, 2012
Photo of jjchristiano
4.23/5  rDev +9.3%
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
Photo of Hophead717
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Hophead717, Dec 24, 2012
Photo of thecheapies
4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
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
Photo of IPAchris
2.75/5  rDev -28.9%

IPAchris, Dec 23, 2012
Photo of BeezNeezy22D
4/5  rDev +3.4%

BeezNeezy22D, Dec 23, 2012
Photo of doc17325
4/5  rDev +3.4%

doc17325, Dec 22, 2012
Photo of hollywood_15063
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

hollywood_15063, Dec 22, 2012
Photo of dtx00
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

dtx00, Dec 21, 2012
Photo of fdig23
3.93/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750mL Bottle

Appearance: Nice dark mahogany body with a perfect coffee colored head

Nose: Coffee forward with dark fruits lingering in the background. A malty chocolately-ness is present as well.

Taste: Somewhere between chocolate covered coffee beans and raisinettes. The coffee and chocolate flavors from Baltic Thunder really complement the plum and raisin flavors from the Cabernet Sauvignon barrels, but everything feels kind of subdued.

Mouthfeel: Feels sweet, not as heavy bodied as it should be.

Overall: Different and definitely enjoyable. The fruity red wine and dark chocolate flavors are a perfect pairing. The flavors do feel kinda muted, especially compared to the original Baltic Thunder.

fdig23, Dec 21, 2012
Photo of waddellc2
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

waddellc2, Dec 21, 2012
Photo of ShemRahBoo
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

ShemRahBoo, Dec 21, 2012
Photo of lovindahops
3.58/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Giving red thunder a try

A- dark and opaque with a foamy head that subsides. Some good lacing on the edges

S- dark fruit, candied sugar, black coffee, cocoa, and strawberry scent. The wine and oak emerge as well.

T- It's definitely different. The porter flavor us basked in a sweet wine flavor the leads way to the cocoa flavors. The red wine swings in for the finish. Very different With the oak flavors chiming in

M- smooth but lingering red wine flavor

O- not for everyone, but red thunder is unique with the combinations. Might change a little more over time

lovindahops, Dec 20, 2012
Photo of Gatordaddy
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

Gatordaddy, Dec 19, 2012
Photo of Hopfenpeter
4.2/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer poured a deep clear red brown and produced a tan creamy head, about two fingers high. It dissipated, leaving nice lacing.
It smells of roasted malt, dark chocolate and red wine oak barrels.
The taste is of roasted malts and earthy oak barrel tastes builds the front. The red wine character stays throughout the middle, mixed in with more bitter earthy hops.
The finish is a mild red wine infused, earthy oak barrel feel.
A medium bodied, interesting brew, which deserves respect for the idea! Great job!!

Hopfenpeter, Dec 19, 2012
Photo of PEIhop
4/5  rDev +3.4%

PEIhop, Dec 19, 2012
Photo of johnnnniee
4.15/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear dark brown color with garnet highlights and a smallish tan head that slowly dissipates to a cap. Aroma's of chocolate and caramel with a hint of earth make up the bulk of the nose. A light vinous, raspberry and strawberry fruitiness is subtle but rounds things out nicely. The flavor is rich with lots of caramel, vanilla, and chocolate with a sweet sugary edge. Light berry tartness as well as faint earthy hops and a vinous quality provide a nice balance against the sweet flavor. Medium to thick body with a light level of carbonation and a sweet light sugary mouthfeel. I quite enjoyed this one. The red wine qualities are subtle but provide a nice background note. I should have bought a couple more of these.

johnnnniee, Dec 17, 2012
Photo of JustinMatthew
3/5  rDev -22.5%

JustinMatthew, Dec 17, 2012
Photo of Caterwaul
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

Caterwaul, Dec 17, 2012
Photo of djrn2
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

djrn2, Dec 16, 2012
Photo of acurtis
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

acurtis, Dec 16, 2012
Photo of weltywm
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 25 oz. bottle into my Saranac snifter.

Appearance: Dark red/black with a ton of off-white head that dissipated rather quickly.

Smell: Mostly wine up front, with a little bit of cocoa and oak to round it off.

Taste: A pleasant surprise. Tons of oak and cocoa at first, balanced off by malty, caramel sweetness. As it warms, the wine notes start to come out more: dark fruit, dry tannins, and more oak.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, pretty average for a porter. A lot of carbonation, maybe a bit more than average for the style.

Overall: A really great brew from Victory. Hope they continue to try new, more challenging brews aside from their standard selections.

weltywm, Dec 16, 2012
Red Thunder from Victory Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 531 ratings.