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Red Thunder - Victory Brewing Company

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very good

529 Ratings
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Ratings: 529
Reviews: 105
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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4/5  rDev +3.4%

InspectorBob, Sep 23, 2013
Photo of corby112
3.7/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Draft at Capones in Norristown, PA.

Pours a very dark copper color with mahogany edges and a two finger frothy head that slowly fades into a lasting ring.  Streaks of lace left behind.

Roasted dark malt aroma with an earthy barrel and dry vinous notes integrated into the base beer.  Toasted oak and dark grapes complimented by smokey, roasted malt.  Hints of dark chocolate and burnt toast along with some charcoal and smoked meat but the oak and vinous fruit notes overpower the smoke beer characteristics a bit too much for my taste.

Full bodied with a moderate barrel presence that's nicely integrated into the base adding another dimension to the intense smokiness.  Dry, toasted oak with vinous red wine notes countered by smoked/burnt malt, toast, charcoal and dark chocolate.  Sweet up front from the barrel presence followed by smoke and roasted malt before finishing dry.  Decent job barrel aging this beer but the wine and barrel notes take away from the smokiness that I like so much in the base beer.

corby112, Feb 15, 2013
Photo of stakem
3.7/5  rDev -4.4%
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
Photo of superspak
4/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

superspak, Apr 25, 2013
Photo of BARFLYB
3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On Tap at Capone's.

This one looks like a baltic porter, very dark brown bordering on black with a very minimal amount of off tan foam up top barely forming a cap, no lacing. Swirls bring back something, yet not much. Smell is in between winey and robust I can pick up the red wine easy with a faint tootsie roll scent and roast. A faint yeast scewnt pops out in the end with some small cocco rounding the scent out. Not picking up any alcohol. Taste is nice with a mix of baltic porter roast and wine barrel oak and grape/berry taste. Baltic Thunder is not the thickest BP out there so I can see how so much red wine/oak sprang up. It kind of takes away from the base beer, which I like better on it's own than red thunder. Either way this does not taste off IMO. It sets out what it is supposed to do. Body is a nice medium with low amount of carb, even off the tap, surprisingly, it's not dead though. This is a nice riff on the original baltic porter and I'll be looking for a bottle to drink when it gets real cold out.

BARFLYB, Nov 25, 2012
Photo of Gonzoillini
3.25/5  rDev -16%

Gonzoillini, Jan 08, 2013
Photo of Stinkypuss
3.83/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Victory Red Thunder
Baltic Porter (aged in red wine barrels)

LOOK: Brownish amber, clear, with a ruby hint when held to light. Dense off white foam forms and has some staying power.

SMELL: Once uncorked, the bottle started to emit notes of chocolately malt, cherry and a bit of oak.

TASTE: Chocolatey malt with a vinous touch. Just enough dry oaky tannins to cut sweetness and provide depth of character. There is little hop flavor remaining, and the bitterness is turned way down, this beer actually finishes with a tangy wine like note which works here. Alcohol is noticeable but not overly hot.

FEEL: Smooth, creamy feel. Full bodied and finishes slightly dry. Carbonation level is about medium. Finishes tangy dry and tasty.

OVERALL: I've had my share of barrel aged beers, and Red Thunder stacks up decently. Interesting choice with the red wine barrels. The aging in those barrels imparted a tangy wine like note making me wonder if some Brett may have been involved providing residual tartness. Either way its pretty good. Maybe time will mellow it out a bit, still, I wouldn't sit on a bottle of this too long.

Stinkypuss, Dec 10, 2012
Photo of DrBier
4/5  rDev +3.4%

DrBier, Sep 19, 2014
Photo of rab53
4/5  rDev +3.4%

rab53, Nov 25, 2012
Photo of plaid75
3.94/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On draft at Tap and Barrel, Smithtown, NY.

Poured a deep brown hue with a one finger off white head.

The smell featured a vinous sweetness from the red wine barrels with the accompanying vanilla and butterscotch.

The taste offered an upfront vanilla and butterscotch with a drying roasted malt.

The mouthfeel was toward the drier side of the style and finished a bit too dry.

Overall a tasty barrel aged porter.

plaid75, Nov 27, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

billab914, Jan 28, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

chinchill, Nov 17, 2013
Photo of beerthulhu
3.71/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Enjoy by 11/05/15.Consumed 2/22/13. C&C.

A: Dark plum coloring has a dense rise of effervesce that rapidly ascends up along the inner walls. A one finger barley tinted head has a marshmellow like texture with a spledily lengthy hold you dont want to wait around for. Waverly stratified rings of lace condesend down the vessel.

S: Hints of oaky sherry with a small tartness can be had on the nose.

T: Cocoa with creamy chocolate and toasty oak with some creamer-laced coffee. Vanilla, soft hazelnut, and a caramel sweetness with some soft fruity accents of berry skins. Sweet plums, a soft yeastiness and tartness concludes things.

M: Creamy textured, playful carbonation presence, medium-full bodied with a tart finish.

O: Overall a good complexity with a silky smooth tartness that is gentle, A good easy blend that works smoothly together and doesnt seem forced.

beerthulhu, Feb 28, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

sendbeer, Oct 09, 2013
Photo of dmorgan310
4/5  rDev +3.4%

dmorgan310, May 11, 2014
Photo of Zaphog
3.25/5  rDev -16%

Zaphog, Sep 25, 2013
Photo of liamt07
2.75/5  rDev -28.9%

liamt07, Oct 07, 2013
Photo of PEIhop
4/5  rDev +3.4%

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

ShanePB, Jan 26, 2013
Photo of GarthDanielson
4/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

GarthDanielson, Sep 24, 2013
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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
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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

tobelerone, Dec 25, 2012
Photo of drummermattie02
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

drummermattie02, Feb 25, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

scruffwhor, Jun 23, 2013
Photo of avalon07
3.14/5  rDev -18.9%
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.

avalon07, Oct 02, 2013
Red Thunder from Victory Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 529 ratings.