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RATINGS: 237   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.6/5   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 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Caytinator (1005) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - OCT 11, 2013
Goblet on tap. Well, itís not red...or thunderous, but it looks the part. Very nice aroma, matches the taste well. Decent baltic porter mouthfeel, rich, but missing some aftertaste, Nutty(?), which is a little odd for a baltic porter, some alcohol in the taste as well. A little lacking in complexity, I didnít taste no fruit, neither.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ughsmash (7428) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 7, 2013
750 mL bottle. Poured deep brown with a short-lived, toasted beige head. The aroma picked up lots of vinous notes and oak over burnt black malts and a little molasses. The flavor found black currants, ashy roast, and toasted oak over burnt coffee and black malts.. more peppery through the oaky, vinous finish. Medium-bodied with low carbonation.. really nice barrel character, but I donít love the base beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
kidmartinek (4047) - austin, Texas, USA - OCT 6, 2013
Deep brown color with a red tint. Stinks like beer when you open the bottle. Somewhat thin yet oily on the pour. Not much foam but holds a nice white film head. Aroma of roasted nuts, coffee and chocolate. Flavor is rich dark, malt, chocolate, and barley. Tasted like a red cocoa porter if there was such a thing. Nice change of pace.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jackl (6112) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - OCT 5, 2013
Keg @ Mekong. Brown pour with a small head. The nose is dominated to a crazy level by the barrel aging. Huge red wine notes. Oak. mineral, red berry, moderate boozy. The taste is somewhat more even-handed. Chewy dark malts, caramel. Cocoa shake. Rich roast, burnt toast. Cocoa. Tannic woodiness. Medium body, fine carbonation. Overall, just too barrel heavy to be really enjoyable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Bacterial (2454) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - OCT 5, 2013
Lightish brown pour from a 750. Slight offwhite head with just a little bit of lacing. Red wine and dark malt in the nose. Taste is nice, though I wish this were a sour. Oak, red wine, roasted malt and some dark fruits in the taste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jmohno (1351) - Iowa, USA - OCT 5, 2013
Dark with slight red hue,low carbanation,short pour to a newcastle glass, Very oaky-malty sweet aroma, wine/woodytannins,lightly bourbon- tartness,probably some roast underneath,faint dark caramels. Taste is oaky,malty with sweetness tannic,,some mild tart bourbon tones,some hoppy bittersweetness with mild roasty/dark carmels underneath,dark berry. As nice as I would expect from Victory.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheBeerGod (5689) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - OCT 5, 2013
Bottle - 750mL corked and caged. Black pour with a short tan head. Aroma is slightly woody and burnt with wine notes, roasted malt, burnt caramel, smokiness and burnt earthiness. Strong red wine notes, plenty of earthiness and roasted malt, charred wood, dark chocolate, burnt coffee and soft cocoa notes. Body is medium with a soft, bubbly carbonation and dry finish. Ends with more charred wood, earthy notes, roasted malt, dark chocolate, red wine, dark fruits and burnt caramel.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
keepersj12 (2985) - Sicklerville, New Jersey, USA - OCT 1, 2013
Pours a dark amber with red highlights. The aroma is the weak link of this beer. A bit of roast malt and some caramel. The taste has some chocolate, vanilla, the wood and what I first thought was bourbon but I guess is the wine. Very dry for the style. Nice brew. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
fluffy (2023) - St Petersburg, Florida, USA - SEP 30, 2013
Honestly I wasnt expecting to like this that much. But damn it's tasty. Tastes of cherries, dark chocolate, vanilla, ice cream, raspberries, some aged wood in the background. Super good. Kudos, victory! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
EithCubes (5307) - New Jersey, USA - SEP 29, 2013
Growler from JCís. Nose is boozy and the first thing I notice is the apparent bourbon barrel character, or apparently, wine barrels -- just not a rough vanilla/oak dump, more of a sultry caramel spirited. Fruity/berry (red grape, sure, and just beautiful cherry) with cocoa powder, chocolate, roast, mild woody goodness. All of these things intensified in the mouth - the barrel character is huge and domineering, but itís an enjoyable one and . Very sweet with the added alcohols, some tar and ash in the back, dries out only barely, but strikes a highwire balance with alcohol and sugar. Pours deep brown-black with a rocky, lacing tan head. Creamy very light body with the lovely complexity, again, of a nice spirit.

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