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RATINGS: 223   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.57   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
thornecb (4511) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 5, 2012
Pours black into a snifter. Mocha head with medium retention recedes leaving spidered sheets. Cocoa and oak aromas. Medium bodied with dark pit fruit and oak upfront turning to dark chocolate before the lasting espresso finish.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bp (807) - Queens, New York, USA - DEC 1, 2012
Bottle: pours dark black with a thin tan head, some of the wine aroma present, taste of chocolate, some dark fruit, fairly full bodied, very smooth

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
keanex (1493) - Atco, New Jersey, USA - NOV 28, 2012
Best before November 8, 2015.
Appearance: The body is pitch black with light only visible on the edges exposing a brown body, the head is tan and thin with average retention dissipating into a light coating.
Aroma: Cocoa, vanilla, coconut, oak, with a light wine fruitiness to this. It smells decent but a bit faint.
Taste: Cocoa, vanilla and coconut are on the intro, but oak hits in the mid-taste with citrus and dries out somewhat with a red wine finish with a light acidity and some lingering cocoa.
Palate: Thick and full bodied with light carbonation.
Overall: I guess I expected more, but as much as the red wine aspects work with the beer, I can’t help but think that a lot of the beer has been lost in translation. I enjoy this, but I guess I was expecting more.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
egajdzis (5385) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 25, 2012
Reddish brown color with a medium sized, light tan head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of roasted malts, cocoa, vanilla, red wine, dark fruits, and lighter alcohol. Taste of roast, light smoke, vanilla, red wine, wood, and a slightly wild finish.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
dmac (4174) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - NOV 24, 2012
Draft at Capone’s Black Friday event. Poured a super dark brown with an average to large foamy beige head. Aroma is lots of chocolate up front, barrel, coffee, dark berry, cake batter and a touch of red wine. Big full body that start off a bit chalky but turns to a more creamy feel, average to softer carbonation. Flavor is much like the aroma where the red wine is rather subdued, chocolate dominates along with some barrel notes, dark toast. Not bad but maybe a bit more red wine to hold up against the big chocolate malts.

2.5
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
PhillyCraft (3395) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 24, 2012
Glass compliments of Jimmy at Capones. Deep black pour with small head and lacing. Very malty, grainy, normal tasting. Just nothing to remember here, real bland and uninspired.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
alobar (2835) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 24, 2012
Pours dark reddish brown with an aroma of chocolate, vanilla, wood, and hint of wine. Chocolate,roasted malt, vanilla, wood flavor with hint of wine at the back end. Nice beer.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DocLock (8016) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 23, 2012
Draft at Capone’s. Pours dark blackish brown with ruby edges. Nose is roasty dark malt, cacao, some tartness. Tastes or roasty dark malt, with mild acidic tartness and a medium mouthfeel. Late woody notes emerge.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jredmond (5564) - Manhattan, New York, USA - NOV 23, 2012
Draft at capones during his black Friday event with Vinny and Bill. Pours a deep black body with thin white frothy lacing. Aroma is light malt, very restrained overall. Mouthfeel is medium with notes of sweet caramel. Overall very plain. No red wine accents.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
eaglefan538 (2904) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - NOV 22, 2012
From bottle directly from the brewery via pops. The pour was light brown mahoganey colored, very thin off white to tan colored head. The aroma was oak, vanilla, chocolate. The flavor followed, the oak and vanilla almost leading you to think a sticky bourbon finish was coming. Instead, tannic, acidic, clean finish, fruity red wine flavors, sort of non-optimal in terms of flavor blends/combinations..... but interesting and better than bourbon barrel aging beers. Mouthfeel was medium with a dry finish, low to medium carbonation. Thanks, pops!


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