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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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Nephilium (1572) - Ohio, USA - DEC 24, 2012
Very nice tart and winy aroma. Pours a dark ruby red, with a thin off-white head. The flavor is very complex, with vanilla, oak, red wine, and chocolate. There’s a little lingering vanilla and oak for a finish. Slick and full mouthfeel, and very drinkable. If you like barrel aged beers, I would recommend trying this one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
FunkyBrewster (1518) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 23, 2012
Bottle. Pours deep brown with a small light tan head. Aroma is mostly roasty as the standard thunder is, some vinous characters, touches of oak and wine notes but it is fairly reserved. Flavor has much the same, roast and chocolate with hints of red wine and barrel. Medium body and a soft carbonation. I like a lot about this but I wish there was more body behind it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Steeeve (327) - Ambler, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 21, 2012
Bottle poured into my Golden Monkey tulip glass. Reddish dark brown pour with a nice one inch light tan head. Immediately I am greeted by the presence of oaky red wine, which combined with this robust baltic porter, creates an essence of dark chocolate covered cherries. It is quite an odd aroma for a beer, and one I have never quite experienced. Very earthy, with leather and tobacco aromas, complemented by a subtle note of toasted oak. Flavor is bitter at first like the skin of a grape, but it instantly fades in to a roasty, almost charcoal-like flavor, with a lot of notes of coffee and cacao nibs. A small stream of dried berries is the undercurrent for what is otherwise a sturdy porter. It doesn’t add a lot of fruit flavor, but it does become very dry and tannic, with the oak flavor most present as the last drop slides down your tongue. Mouthfeel is a little thinner than expected, though carbonation was on point. I feel like I almost wanted to hate this beer, but I found myself constantly going back for another sip to see what else it had to offer. It is certainly unique. It is roasty and dry like Founders Porter, but with a sharp, oaky tannic bite that takes it to a whole other level. Well made.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
reggiedunlop (3538) - The dub c, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 20, 2012
Pours a deep ruby with minimal off white head. Aroma is mild but has chocolate cherries. Flavor has dark chocolate, mild burnt notes, vanilla, and dark fruits...oak and tannins creep in. Mouthfeel is light/medium...a bit creamy...and the finish is oaky/chocolate with dark fruit.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Beerman6686 (5619) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 20, 2012
This one poured a medium brown color with a beige head. Aroma was of milk chocolate, light roast, some raspberries and some oak. Flavor was much the same, only small hints of the barrel, with the main flavor of the porter shining through. Ok.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Niko100 (2390) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 20, 2012
Dark brown/black color; Medium creamy body; Aroma of toasted malt, coffee, chocolate, & some dark fruit; Flavor of roasted sweet malt, oak, caramel, chocolate, dark fruit, and some licorice; Nicely balanced; Overall, some traces of wine - pretty decent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DoublEE (783) - South Euclid, Ohio, USA - DEC 20, 2012
The taste begins with the porter flavors, Mostly mildly bitter coffee and is followed by the red wine flavor. The wine taste fades quickly and the bitterness returns. Very low carbonation and a creamy feel round off this beer. Overall an interesting tasty drink that hides the ABV very well.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DrSilverworm (9107) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 18, 2012
750ml bottle, shared with Alden and co. Mostly clear dark red / brown color. Minimal off-white / khaki head. Few dots oc lace. Very nice chocolate notes, and cocoa nibs. Woody light red wine. More of a subtle dark red grape note, but it’s there, and it’s very nice. Very smooth texture, light carbonation. Bigger body, but nice dry smooth and drinkable finish. Very impressed with this. Was excellent with the meaty shepherd’s pie served.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
johnnnniee (3163) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - DEC 17, 2012
Pours a clear dark brown color with garnet highlights and a smallish tan head that slowly dissipates to a cap. Aroma’s of chocolate and caramel with a hint of earth make up the bulk of the nose. A light vinous, raspberry and strawberry fruitiness is subtle but rounds things out nicely. The flavor is rich with lots of caramel, vanilla, and chocolate with a sweet sugary edge. Light berry tartness as well as faint earthy hops and a vinous quality provide a nice balance against the sweet flavor. Medium to thick body with a light level of carbonation and a sweet light sugary mouthfeel. I quite enjoyed this one. The red wine qualities are subtle but provide a nice background note. I should have bought a couple more of these.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
dfhhead25 (251) - Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 16, 2012
Aroma- huge barrel qualities, berries, nice fruitiness, some roasted notes, slight funk Appearance- pitch black with a crescent white head Taste- nice roasted notes upfront followed by some chocolate, oak, ripe berries, and finally red wine on the finish Palate- nice body and a quality mouthfeel Overall- Very, very nice take on the Baltic Porter from Victory. I wasn’t sure what to expect but this was a pretty damn good BA brew from Victory.

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