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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 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
GT2 (8444) - San Diego County, California, USA - JAN 12, 2013
750mL thanks to noodleuser. Pours a clear, deep brilliant ruby. Medium coffee head. Nose is butter, oak, sweet cream, milk chocolate, nice red wine barrel/peper/spicy wood. Taste is tangy, oaky, brown sugar, mild red wine barrel, pepper. Very clean, well integrated. Palate is spicy, denser, some ginger spice. Dry, clean, actually refreshing. No off character. Works very well.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mikesaum (596) - Newark, Ohio, USA - JAN 11, 2013
UPDATED: SEP 1, 2013 cork and cage, pours dark dark brown with a thin tan head. aroma is very fruity, vinous winey notes, not much porter notes, the wine barrel is really apparent in the aroma. Taste isnt as complex as the aroma but its still great, taste is berry, wine notes, some bitter chocolate notes, slight earthiness cant wait to see what some age does to this brew. came back to a bottle i had cellared for about a year. Aroma developed some sour properties, it still has the red wine notes but now there is a sour berry aroma along with some vanilla and Wood. The taste has a light lacto taste now along with berries, faint cocoa and red wine. Ages nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
douglas88 (6033) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 10, 2013
750 thanks to Dan. Pours a dark burgundy color with a medium white head. A dusty dry nose of caramel, some wood. The flavor has dry white wine, caramel, light roast, cocoa, seemingly less of a porter, pushing toward a Quad. Good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
LtDan (1784) - Los Angeles County, California, USA - JAN 9, 2013
Appearance: Pours amber brown with a small tan ring around the top.

Aroma: Chocolate covered raisin and red wine barrel/red wine soaked cork.

Taste: Tossty chocolate malt, red wine barrel, tannins, a touch of tartness in the chocolaty finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied. Soft carbonation.

Overall: Very delicious. Great balance of malt,wood,wine and tartness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jstraw (1922) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 9, 2013
Dark brown with cream beige head (barrel-aged) / Musty, dry nose of cocoa, roast barley, grass and cream / Medium body, creamy, acidic, good balance with lots of astringency and bitter finish / Subdued flavors of cocoa, dark roast coffee, roast grain, prune, licorice, and oak / No fireworks, and could use a little more "fruit" punch, especially for a Baltic, but a solid brew all around.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
zathrus13 (1716) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - JAN 8, 2013
Pours reddish brown, with a tan head. Aroma is fruit, red wine, and a little wood. Flavor is fruit and red wine. Dry and tannic. Medium to light body. I wouldn’t have guessed the base was a baltic porter.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
norsedoc (248) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 7, 2013
Pours a red-brown with medium tan head. Aroma of cocoa, cherry, blackberry. Dry chocolate, coffee malt flavor with a fruity grape mildly sour tang. Fairly quick finish with a hint of hops.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sledutah (4690) - Utah, USA - JAN 6, 2013
750ml bottle shared by Doug
Appearance: Clear dark mahogany with a small tan head and good lacing
Aroma: Smokey, toasted malts and chocolate
Taste: Roasted malts, chocolate, smokey and woody

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
MikeJslc (755) - USA - JAN 5, 2013
Brown, clear, off-white head. Aroma: bread crusts, melanoidins, biscuit, a light rotten fruit note, some red wine barrel. Flavor: toffee, light baker's chocolate, bread crusts, light toast, a little fruit. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
GMUcrew7 (576) - Mason, Ohio, USA - JAN 5, 2013
Transparent brown pour with a ruby hue and tan head. The cocoa comes through the strongest of the aromas, a little oak and fruity as well. Wow, I didn’t get a lot of the red wine in the aroma (could be because I am getting over a cold) but it is the highlight of the flavor. The initial flavor is the cocoa and roasted malts but the finish is all red wine, fruity and pungent with the typical tannin astringency. I thought this was an interesting, and welcomed, sibling of the Baltic Thunder.

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