Red Thunder | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

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Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: Baltic Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
Aged in Wente Vineyards red wine barrels.

Added by confer on 11-23-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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3.45/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours with a dark red brown color and sits black in the glass. Off white head of about half a finger was present on the pour and was present on the edges of the glass while drinking. Above average active carbonation in glass.

Smell: The tannic sour grapes from the barrel character really dominate the aroma. An oaky, slightly smokey malt pops up toward the back end. Not overly complex but is interesting.

Taste: The front is willed with cherries, oak, sour grapes, and soapy crayon like texture. Mossy oak continues to pick up in the body with some roasted chocolate, coffee, and vanilla beans. The finish picks up with some more sour grapes and semi sweet malt character.

Mouthfeel: Easy drinking, barrel character definitely dominates with a lasting sourness left behind.

Overall: An okay brew. I was certainly hoping for something more complex here. Really surprised at how much the wine characteristics take over. Not bad for the price though, a solid brew from Victory.

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2.75/5  rDev -28.9%

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3/5  rDev -22.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

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3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Having allowed the finely corked bottle to sit for about 20 minutes, it began with a quick rush and slowly settled into a dark ruby body capped with a heavy foam crown. There is a nose heavy on spice and wood. The palate receives an intense miasma of black cherry, malt and nut, supplemented by a boozy finish that suggests a tanic red wine. The balance could be better and the mouthfeel more weighty. Add a plate of Irish cheddar and ..... yes! All in all, a nice quaff to while away a snowy March afternoon.

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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4.08/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

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3.73/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Very interesting aroma and flavor, doesn't taste much like a porter at all. Rather, it tastes exactly like a red wine but without the unpleasant tannin aftertaste.

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

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4.17/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a teku glass

A: Deep red, mahogany body with medium sized off white head. Some lacing on the glass.

S: I love the smell that comes from wine barrel aged beers, and this comes through strongly on the nose. Smells similar to other American Wild ales, tart and oaky, Consecration is one that comes to mind. Some sweet, fruity, roasted malts, typical from Baltic porters, are coming through as well. Complex and great smelling brew.

T: Upfront the wine barrel really comes through again. A dry and sweet, lactic/tart grape flavor that is followed by the cocoa and dark porter characteristics. Nicely done, but the flavors need to come together a bit better

M: Medium body, but really creamy which is a big plus for. Good amount of carbonation, somewhat dry and roasty. A pretty drinkable beer all things considered.

O: I really enjoy beer thrown into wine barrels, and I'm eager to try more dark and heavy beers from either red or white oak barrels. I think a beer like consecration has flavors that blend together better which make for a better beer. Even so, Victory did a solid job on what they set out to do and for the price, this is awesome. I recommend this one.

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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

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3/5  rDev -22.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

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3.65/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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Red Thunder from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Beer rating: 3.87 out of 5 with 593 ratings