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Victory Brewing Company is known for melding traditional styles and unique concepts to produce the highest quality, full flavored beers. Red Thunder does just that. By aging their popular Baltic Thunder in once-used red wine barrels from Wente Vineyards, Victory Brewing Company created Red Thunder. The burnished cocoa creaminess of the Baltic-style porter is accented by the tannic dryness of the wood to produce a rich, fruity final product.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
queenholly (2611) - South Whitley, Indiana, USA - SEP 14, 2013
Bottle. Earthy coffee, peat, slightly tart dark fruit, chocolate, and light oaky aroma. Deep chestnut with a small tan head. Slightly tart dark fruit, chocolate, coffee, and woody-ashy flavor. Medium body, moderate carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
AR (997) - Georgia, USA - SEP 13, 2013
This is a very good beer. It has a strong aroma of dark fruits and peat. The body is smooth and full with a long lasting aftertaste. The flavor is a mix of a sweet malt with slight bitterness, some grape, bread, cola, and dark cherry.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Lukaduke (1735) - Portland, Maine, USA - SEP 12, 2013
Pours a ruby umber color with a couple fingers of gaseous tan foam. The nose is vinous tootsie rolls, a touch of raisin and sweet dark fruit. The palate is thick and sticky with lots of caramel and toffee overwhelming the vinous berry notes and chocolate roasted undertones. A bit disjointed and sweeter than expected.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
RickTStiles (660) - Rochester, New York, USA - SEP 9, 2013
Pours black with a lasting beige head. Aroma has notes of urine, red wine, wood and chocolate. Taste has notes of chocolate, red wine and bourbon. Finish is grapey and bitter. It just first quite work.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
snoworsummer (1602) - baltimore, Maryland, USA - SEP 8, 2013
Draft at Churchkey. Pours very dark brown with a thin beige head. Tastes like chocolate, licorice, caramel, sweet, bitter, tart. Light body and medium carbonation. Smells like chocolate, liquor, syrup, and waffles.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
sonnycheeba (3042) - Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - SEP 8, 2013
Tap at Churchkey. Pours dark brown with a ruby tint and creamy beige head. Aroma is roasted and cookie malts, red wine grapes, oak, and some faint floral notes. Flavor is dry, roast malts forward, dark fruit esters, some woody notes, and some faint ash; dry finish. Medium body and low carbonation.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
bigrond (1443) - factoryville, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 8, 2013
This brew poured a dark brown and had a big oak after taste. Not my cup of tea. But Victory is a very good brewery so I had to try this one. I normally like porters but this one was tough to finish

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
egg (39) - USA - SEP 6, 2013
Bomber on 9/6/13. Pours clear dark brown with small tan head that lingers. Faint aroma of chocolate and toasted malt. Taste is toasted malt, chocolate and dark fruit, a bit tart or sour from the wine barrels I imagine. Lingering vanilla and oak. Little to no alcohol. Overall a very good beer. Pretty complex.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Guerde (1148) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - SEP 5, 2013
(bottle) Iím a big fan of red wine barrel aged beers, and I thought the regular Baltic Thunder was good, so this seemed like a good thing to give a try. Pours a dark ruby red color that looks black in certain lighting. This is coupled with a large tan head that quickly settles to a thin cap. Lot of wine in the aroma, and this is a welcome sensation to my nostrils. Thereís plenty of oak and some light sour fruit as well. Chocolate lurks underneath the predominant wine barrel scent. Flavor holds more of the base beer with a good dose of roasted malt and dark chocolate showing up. Roasted malt seemed a bit harsh at first, but I got used to it. Barrel comes through on the finish and serves to dry things out quite a bit. Some plum-like quality right before the dry finish thatís matched with a faint booze warmth. Mouthfeel is smooth and carbonation is subdued too. Overall this was a pretty solid beer, but I was expecting a bit more.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
burgy (454) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - AUG 29, 2013
UPDATED: SEP 8, 2013 Wow, the nose on this is truly a heavy tannic wine. Its just lovely when paired with this porter. Some mild vanilla floats in as well. When poured this has a deep dark red / brown look. It sports a off white head. First sips produce a very smooth lactose feel, paired with chocolate, marshmellows, bitter cherry, and red wine. Followed by heavy tannic taste on the backend. Overall, this is damn good. Age may or may not help... Not sure.

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