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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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bluejacket74 (1538) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - DEC 13, 2012
750 ml corked and caged bottle. Served in a nonic pint glass, the beer pours a dark reddish/brown color with almost an inch tan head. There’s a decent amount of lacing. The brew smells like roasted malt, dark fruit, chocolate, nuts and oak. It tastes like nuts, roasted and grainy malt, dark fruit/red wine, and some chocolate and oak. It’s a mostly sweet tasting brew, but there’s some tart fruit noticeable too. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it’s slick and creamy with a good amount of carbonation. I like this brew, but I think I like the regular Baltic Thunder more. But this is still worth trying, $7.99 a bottle isn’t a bad price for this at all.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hopdog (9713) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 11, 2012
750ml, caged and corked bottle. Poured a brown color, with a reddish tint and an off white head. Aromas of chocolate, red wine, and dark fruits. Tastes of vanilla, red wine, dark fruits, chocolate, and some wood.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
GL2814 (361) - New York, New York, USA - DEC 9, 2012
There is a very oakey quality to this, permeating both the nose and flavor. With a dry, somewhat sweet flavor, this was very enjoyable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
thornecb (4789) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bp (821) - 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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
keanex (1629) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
egajdzis (5550) - Pennsburg, 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
dmac (4631) - 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.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
PhillyCraft (3875) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
alobar (3059) - 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.

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