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RATINGS: 228   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.59   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
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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.


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
EithCubes (5249) - 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.

3.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
sitzds (318) - - SEP 29, 2013
Bottle poured dark brown with thin head and small bubbles. A floral aroma with vanilla and coconut. Flavors were coconut, hazelnut, onion, and caramel. Did not get the barrel or wine flavors that others are noting. Maybe need a second try as I was 10 beers into a tasting. Mouthfeel was nice with light body and a dry finish.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tdmuel (251) - South Carolina, USA - SEP 28, 2013
Pours a dark brown with red around the edges, and a fluffy light tan head. Lots of roasted malt and oak on the nose, burnt caramel, dark fruits like cherries and plums, light chocolate notes, and a touch of coffee. Dark coffee on the taste and an earthy and oaky taste, molasses, raisins, very light citrus note, cocoa, and a touch of dates. Very well done. I love what the barrels do for this beer.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
sherm1016 (1247) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 26, 2013
750ml bottle, been in the fridge a while. Pours a deep, dark brown color with a thin tan head that fades pretty quickly. Aroma is chocolate, fruity, cherry, red wine. Medium to heavy on the palate with soft, creamy carbonation. Flavor is sweet, malty, chocolate, oak. Red wine, some tartness, with a dry, tart, red wine finish. Interesting.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
shrubber85 (9143) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - SEP 25, 2013
Bottle. Chocolate, raisin and tannins. Dark brown with small head. Mildly sweet chocolate malt up front followed by light dry wine flavor. Very wine-like.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
5000 (6300) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - SEP 24, 2013
Bottle:   Deep dark caramel, moderate frothy light beige head, nice lacing.   Has a slight sour Red/Brown like aroma, slightly vinous, woody, with a hint of sweet roasted malts.   I would never guess Baltic Porter at all based on the aroma.   Slight tartness up front, more of a roasted malt profile than the nose suggested, slightly fruity in a red wine sense, with lingering woodiness.   A weird combo, not that big for a Baltic Porter.   Seems the barrel aging is more pronounced.   Body and mouthfeel are moderate.   Finish is a bit more vinous than Baltic Porter.   Not bad, but nothing extraordinary either.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
NikkTwist (2049) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 24, 2013
Draft at Moriartys. Very dark black ruby pour topped with some off-white foam that mostly disappeared. Deep red fruit notes married with some dark malt. Medium-thick creamy body. Plum pudding. Brandied cherries. Coffee mousse. Dark chocolate clear candy. Blackberry molasses pie. Currants. Burnt pomegranates. Gets increasingly interesting as you drink it. Really unusual flavors coming out. Did not figure the red wine barrels into it originally but that clearly is adding to the complexity without feeling "wine flavored." Liked this way more than expected (and apparently better than most reviewers) - but please give this a chance. Great stuff!

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
glennmastrange (2445) - hobe sound, Florida, USA - SEP 22, 2013
Bottle. Moderate to heavy toasted and strong coffee for the malt, light to moderate resin for the hops, light leather for the yeast with hints of wood and tobacco. Head is small, frothy, light tan, with some slippery lacing and is mostly diminishing to a small ring. Color is fairly dark brown. flavor starts lightly acidic, and finishes lightly acidic and moderately to heavily bitter. Palate is light to medium, watery with a lively to fizzy carbonation and a lightly astringent and dry finish. Strong coffee notes with a dry and bitter finish. This is one unique Baltic Porter.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
SudsMcDuff (6950) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - SEP 22, 2013
750ml bottle .. . pours a deep ruby brown .. . some foam .. . chewing toast, chewy grain, and cheap red wine .. . decent but not at all sure what the heck iím drinking .. . . Moyes must have forgot to plug the hairdryer in.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
PorterPounder (6299) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - SEP 20, 2013
Tallahassee, Fl - New Leaf Market - 750 ml cage corked bottle - dark reddish brown pout with a tight off-white head. Aroma has some molasses, some port-like notes. Rich, full-bodied flavor with some chocolate notes, a touch of port, some sweet dates, a touch of red wine. Mouthfeel has a nice thick smoothness to it. Nice belly warmer.


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