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RATINGS: 242   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.61/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Rando7 (778) - Iowa, USA - OCT 23, 2013
Bottle pours almost black with thin tan brief head. Odd aroma of rotted prunes, oak, red wine. Taste nice blend of strong porter, mats and chocolate with oak and red wine. Finish mainly a continuation of the taste with mild oak. Full palate.

Pretty good, the aroma brought down the score a bit.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Travlr (20929) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - OCT 23, 2013
Draft. Pretty much black, although it’s a bit dark in here, so it’s hard to tell. Tan head, that much I can see well enough. Aroma of cocoa powder, vanilla, latte macchiato. Taste is very roasty, with slightly sour coffee. Decent enough.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
41cubs (250) - , New Jersey, USA - OCT 23, 2013
Cocoa powder dominates the aroma with some pickled cabbage type spice and dryness I’m their as well. The flavor has heavy notes of wood barrel and a floral quality that balances the chocolate in here. The mouthfeel is so refreshing for this style. It’s silky but not heavy in any way and allows me to drink the entire bottle enjoyably. If this were he last porter I ever drank, I’d still be happy. Thank you victory brewing. 2013 large bottle.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
portableparty (2279) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - OCT 22, 2013
750 ml bottle. Pours dark brown almost black with a thin faint wispy film and collar. Aroma has roasted malt some chocolate nuts dark fruit and subtle red wine. Taste the red wine barrels show well and enhance some nice dark fruit flavors. There is roasted malt some burnt chocolate and nuttiness. Palate is medium slick and drying with no real signs of alcohol. Really nice brew!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
italianjohn (2848) - Penndel, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 22, 2013
Bottle from original release so aged about a year ... Deep reddish brown pour with a thin off white head ..... aroma of red wine, oak, some chocolate malts, acidic and dark fruits (aromas are overwhelmingly red wine and oak) ..... taste is of red wine, dark fruits, very oaky, mildly acidic, some cocoa and a nice mellowed balance .... mouthfeel is real creamy and the finish is dry with a soft carbonation and a light lingering bitterness ..... abv hidden well .... this brew definitely paid off to age

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
bob_w (373) - new york, New York, USA - OCT 20, 2013
some aged fruit notes in the nose. the room lighting is too dark to describe color. the flavor has some tartness, mild sour note, aged dark fruit. tangy vinous quality, the body... the flavor is saying light, but it actually has a medium mouthfeel. balanced with some malt. complex flavors are in balance -- nothing really overtakes the beer and drives it too hard in one direction.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
wlajwl (5551) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - OCT 19, 2013
Aroma is dark fruit, raspberries/fruit, coffee and toffee. The flavor is dark fruit, raspberries, mild sweetness, coffee and a mild/medium acidic/tart finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mansquito (5109) - Nueva York, New York, USA - OCT 18, 2013
Barcade, Brooklyn tap ($6): Pours dark brown with a tan head. Aroma is cocoa, wood, sugar, a hint of booze, and barely any roasted malts. Taste is malty, somewhat sweet, full of chocolate, woody, but not quite winy. Well-balanced enough for sure. A good beer overall, but far from exceptional and not weird enough for the genre bending methinks.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
kathouse (1562) - Nevada, USA - OCT 17, 2013
Deep brown with a moderate head. I like Baltic Porters but I think the wine barrel aging has thrown off the style. Chocolate malts are flavorful. Wine notes add a sherry and almost sour body. Finish is sweet. Middle of the road.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
Patrickctenchi (5870) - Cox’s Knob, columbus, Indiana, USA - OCT 16, 2013
Deep brown-red with a small tan head. Definite wine-barrel scents. Taste is choloate, oak.....vinous. Very good, though a little heavy handed on the alcohol presence.

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