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RATINGS: 244   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.61/5   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
StoeckleJason (22) - - DEC 30, 2012
Smells funny. A little fruity and hop bitter up front. Finishes dry and warm, like red wine. Tasty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
b3shine (8108) - Indiana, USA - DEC 30, 2012
750 ml bottle to snifter. Looks good; a murky brown with light beige lacing. Smells of malt and red wine. Tastes like it smells with a good mouthfeel. Good stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
phaleslu (9380) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 30, 2012
750 ml bottle shared by b3shine - thanks, Beau! Pours a semi-cloudy reddish brown color with a small beige head. The aroma shows a bit of sourness, but I’m not sure if that’s from the beer that was in my glass before. Oak, vinous notes, chocolate, earth, and some cherries. Flavor of oak, earth, wine, chocolate, and nuts- some pistachios stand out. Medium bodied, with moderate carbonation and a vinous, oaky mouthfeel. Interesting beer. Complex and tasty.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
HonkeyBra (4036) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - DEC 29, 2012
750 ml bottle. Dark brown pour with a small tan head. Aroma of chocolate, cocoa, red wine tanins and oak. This smells pretty good. Kind of a weird, but interesting flavor. Rich cocoa and red wine, oak, red fruits. Very rich and dry. This is easy to drink, though not exactly pleasing to drink. Finishes dry with tons of red wine character. Interesting, albeit not a favorite.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tmoney99 (13466) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 28, 2012
Bottle. Poured a clear dark reddish brown color with an average brown frothy head that mostly lasted with excellent lacing. Moderate to heavy toast chocolate malt, tannic wood and small alcohol aroma. Medium to full body with a thick dry smooth texture and flat carbonation. Medium to heavy sweet chocolate flavor with a medium to heavy sweet finish of moderate to long duration. A smooth complex brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tcane7 (1670) - Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 27, 2012
Bottle. Pours deep brown with a slight reddish hue. Thin red-khaki head with a little lacing. Nose of chocolate and red wine grape skins. Taste is chocolate, red wine, vanilla, oak. Slightly boozy finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
dagimp (951) - Philly, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 26, 2012
Bought from The Greeks in Narberth PA. Pours a very dark brown with a slight tinge of red. About an inch of fizzy light mocha head and no lacing. Excellent aroma of red wine, sugar and under-ripe raspberry juice. Mouthfeel is surprisingly light with a lot of carbonation. Taste is where this beer really underwhelms. It's got the red wine tartness, but it clashes horribly with the coffee in the Baltic Porter. And there's a ton of chalk flavor tossed in for bad measure. Put this one under "the road to hell is paved with good intentions." Baltic Thunder is a great beer, go for that instead. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Nephilium (1694) - Cleveland, 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.

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