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RATINGS: 218   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.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
boto (1850) - Granby, Connecticut, USA - FEB 22, 2014
750ml bottle: This one pours a fairly opaque, dark mahogany brown color. There was just a wisp of head on it. It has a nice nose. I definitely can smell a bit of oak and red wine. I get some cocoa too, as well as some faint roasted malts. The taste is very good. Just a bit bitter. Taste is some cocoa, roasted malts and a bit of a dry red wine. A touch of the oakiness comes thru too. This is a very nice brew.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
RolkaNation (141) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - FEB 18, 2014
Nice beer. Aroma of roasty malt notes flanked by a little of the red wine reminiscent booze. Taste is solid with more malt and then even more of the red wine oak notes shine through. Just medium bodied which I expected. Pretty much exactly what I’d expect a Baltic porter aged in red wine barrels to be like. Well done.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Ed5388 (2089) - Forked River, New Jersey, USA - FEB 18, 2014
Sampled at Big Brew Beer Festival (Morristown). Poured brown in color with a small dark tan head. Aroma is fruity, with dark chocolate, and roasted malt. Taste of roasted malt, sweet fruit, caramel, and chocolate.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 11/20
Beerenberger (1442) - Fischer, Texas, USA - FEB 18, 2014
Aroma of cola, chocolate, and oak. Pours a deep brown with a red-wine highlights, no head or lacing. The taste has a pleasing light sweetness with notes of chocolate, cola, and hints dark fruit oak. Medium body and mioderate carbonation. Overall, a very impressive, complex beer.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
swoopjones (5887) - Buffalo, New York, USA - FEB 12, 2014
draft at Blue Monk, medium bodied black pour, Interesting beer with Roastiness of the porter to red wine notes of the barrels. Red wine fruitiness, drt tannins surprsingly melded well with the baltic porter. Nive

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
chucklemation (476) - Pontiac, Michigan, USA - FEB 7, 2014
Dark brown porter with a nice off-white head. Smells oaky, and gives off hints of the wine whose barrels it’s been aged in. Oak is the strongest flavor I could detect. The fruits of the wine were more subtle for me. This is a very smooth, very tasty beer.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jb (2187) - Rochester, New York, USA - FEB 5, 2014
Lots of cocoa in the nose along with a bit of red fruit. Palate is thick, powdered chocolate, rich, dry. Not bitter, thick mouthfeel, nutty, decent, not the most complex baltic but very drinkable. Dark, few visible highlights, nice thick lacing/retention.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
nearbeer (3715) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - FEB 1, 2014
On tap. Nearly opaque deep brown with a ruby tint and a small film of bubbles. Mild aroma of red wine and chocolate. Taste is cherry, chocolate, toasted oak and merlot. Medium-heavy body is balanced, has medium carbonation and shows only a hint of the abv.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
bth122 (1267) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 26, 2014
Torpedo Bottle. Dark brown color. One finger high head. Aroma of musky oak, cocoa, vanilla. Medium light sweetness. Light bitterness. Slight smokey. Texture is creamy. Average carbonation. You can definitely taste wine barrel oak goodness. A little strange but not too bad. Worth a try.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Theydon_Bois (8652) - The ’Sham, Surrey, ENGLAND - JAN 20, 2014
Bottle shared at Bruce’s pad, from the brewery thanks to DLJ for letting me liberate this one from his stash, 16/01/14. Extremely dark mahogony brown with a good sized tan head that collapses to a swirl and edgework. Nose is earthy cocoa, vinous, dark fruit, toffee, woody, brown sugars. Taste comprises cocoa powder, mellow red wine tang, oaky grape skin, light roast, dark toffee strains, berry fruits. Medium bodied, fine carbonation, light roasty closure. Nice BA baltic, not OTT in anyway, subtley done, easy drinker.


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