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RATINGS: 242   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 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
FestDecBeet (412) - - NOV 8, 2014
Look: pours a dark brown. Light red or Amber hues. Light brown sugar head. Smell: light chocolate. Apples. Slight sour smell. Taste: red wine. Oak. Light chocolate. Sour wine. Feel: dryness to it. Medium carbonation. Overall: not my type of beer. Too much wine. Too much barell. First drank: home 11/8/14

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
LearninBeer (458) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - NOV 1, 2014
The aroma is malt, roasty caramel. Pours a dark brown red with big off white head, fully diminishing, very little lacing. The taste is medium bitter and a light sour. The body is medium the texture thin, the carbonation fizzy and the finish bitter and a little astringent. Just OK. But I haven’t been a fan of Porters for a while.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
superspak (4312) - Michigan, USA - OCT 24, 2014
750 ml bottle into snifter, bottled on 8/8/2013. Pours nearly pitch black color with a 2 finger dense khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of chocolate, cocoa, coffee, toast, brown bread, tannic red wine, oak, raisin, plum, fig, vanilla, light char, and roast/oaky earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of roast/bready malt, wine barrel, and yeast ester notes; with good strength. Taste of chocolate, cocoa, coffee, toast, brown bread, tannic red wine, oak, raisin, plum, fig, vanilla, light char, and roast/oaky earthiness. Slight roast/oak bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of chocolate, cocoa, coffee, toast, brown bread, red wine, oak, raisin, plum, fig, vanilla, light char, and roast/oaky earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice complexity and robustness of roast/bready malt, wine barrel, and yeast ester flavors; with a great malt/barrel balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a very smooth, moderately creamy, and lightly chalky/tannic mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is well hidden with only a light warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent wine barrel aged Baltic porter. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of roast/bready malt, wine barrel, and yeast ester flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Darkmagus82 (2198) - - OCT 12, 2014
Transfer from BA review on 3-17-14- Poured from corked 750 ml bottle into a snifter Appearance – The beer pours an almost deep brown, bordering on black color with a one finger of tan colored head. The head has a decent level of retention, fading to leave a light level of bubbly lace on the sides of the glass. Smell – The aroma of the beer is quite heavy of a roasted malt smell as well as some other darker aromas of cocoa and some sweet buttery toffee. Along with the these smells are some notes darker fruits mixed with a big red wine smell and a little bit of a woody aroma which with the roasted, dark and sweeter smells produces a nice warming aroma overall. Taste – The taste begins with a roasted malt flavor with some bready flavors and a rather strong caramel and toffee taste. Upfront there is also a nice chocolate flavor that is soon nicely complemented by some flavors of vanilla and some darker fruit flavors of raisin, plum, and prune. The red wine that was detected in the nose starts coming to the tongue more toward the middle of the taste, with it growing stronger as the flavor moves on to the end of the taste. The red wine flavor never gets too strong through and hence just adds nice subtle grapey notes all while not adding the off tannin flavors that are experienced with a higher level of red wine flavor. The grape red wine taste complements wonderfully the roasted flavors, the other darker fruit flavors, as well as the chocolate flavors of the brew. A little bit of a woody flavor develops right at the end of the taste and when mixed with all the wonderfully robust porter and nice subtle red wine flavors, it leaves one with a very robust and warming flavor to linger on the tongue. Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the thicker and creamier side with a carbonation level that is on the lower side. The lower carbonation and thicker body are wonderful for the roasted and sweeter dark flavors of the brew, allowing all the tastes to linger on the tongue all while bringing out the more subtle wine flavors and accentuating them nicely, allowing them to meld in a very nice fashion with the big Baltic flavors. Overall – Fantastic!! I quite liked Baltic Thunder by Victory, and after the aging in the wine barrels, it only gets better. The combination of the big robust porter flavors with that of a subtle but pleasant red wine flavor really creates a wonderfully tasty and enjoyable drink.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Heathen (1500) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - SEP 22, 2014
THOUGHTS: Definitely interesting. I didn’t hide the alcohol well. I don’t know if the type of barrel and the style of beer were a good combo. Instead of the wine improving the beer or adding to the complexity it was almost like it muted or muddied the original beer’s flavors. It was acidic and full of tannins. It become more and more sour as it warmed which salvaged things a bit. The aroma wasn’t bad but the tannins kid of wrecked the flavor and I usually don’t mind tannins that much. TECHNICAL: Drank 3/28/2013. Bottle. Poured a clear, very dark brownish red that looked almost black with a hint of red in the glass. It was bright, almost glowing red when held to a flame. It also had a very small, tan head that mostly diminished and left fair lacing. It also had tiny pieces of cork floating in it. The aroma had light roasted malt; a little cocoa; grape, plum prune raisin, red wine, roses, lots of wood, hints of vanilla and alcohol; and something like woody potpourri. The initial flavor was moderately sweet, heavily acidic, slightly bitter and ever so slightly sour; while the finish was moderately sweet, almost harshly acidic, moderately bitter and lightly sour with a long duration. There was red wine, prunes, a little roasted malt, dark fruit, lots of wood, sour fruit, more wood, sour grapes, amazingly more wood, lots of tannins, grape skins and port. The medium body was a little oily but mostly dry with fairly soft carbonation and a very dry, moderately alcoholic, heavily astringent and lightly metallic finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
AmEricanbrew (6608) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - AUG 15, 2014
Dark brown color with tan sheen. Nice red wine, vanilla, dark fruit, chocolate, dry wood aromas. Medium bodied with average carbonation. Spicy red wine flavors with chocolate malt, dry wood, dark fruit, vanilla---very tasty.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hopscotch (10532) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JUL 17, 2014
Bottle... Cajun Cafe Sour Beer Festival 2014… Pours clear and dark with shimmers of new-penny copper and a small, creamy, beige head. Decent retention. The aroma is chocolaty and fruity – raspberry and cherry cordials come to mind. Full-bodied with an oily mouthfeel and soft carbonation. The flavor is roasty and charred with a generous ration of tannic, carbonic bitterness. Raspy, dry finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jmagnus87 (2912) - Rockford, Illinois, USA - JUL 8, 2014
Draft at old chicago. From notes. Chocolate, port wine and a decent amount of oak. Pretty good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
koleminer20 (1863) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - JUL 7, 2014
From notes. Enjoyed at the Ashley’s Rare & Vintage Beer TasteFest on June 07. The pour is an orange-y brown with a thin off white head, and no lace to be found. The aroma is strong in sour fruit and a sweet booziness, with a nice light roast and is coming off very earthy. The flavor is pretty interesting. Lots of dark fruit, and a lingering sourness to it. It’s surprisingly earthy. Lots of malts here. The mouth feel is definitely thin for what I was expecting in a Baltic porter with minimal carbonation, and the aftertaste isn’t really that great. It’s lingering, and almost like a muddy, or dirty water.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mcox90 (1835) - Wilton, New Hampshire, USA - MAY 26, 2014
From a 750ml bottle, shared by ?, crap, I don’t remember. Poured dark reddish brown with a beige head. Red wine and oak tannins on the aroma, which I would guess is the whole idea. Some roast and chocolate notes as well. Chocolate, red wine and oak in the flavor as well. Some tartness. Wouldn’t call it sweet, but wouldn’t call it sour either. Quite unusual. Moderate in body.

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