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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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
AirForceHops (5980) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - MAY 24, 2014
750 ml bottle purchased at Julioís. Dark crimson color with nearly no head. Aroma is dirty gym socks soaked in port wine. Hints of chocolate.

Flavor is vinous with an under current of Baltic porter. The chocolate is subdued with a tannins oak finish. Hints of cocoa powder, lactic oak. Dirty gym socks show lightly in the finish. Medium body with dry oak texture. Drinkable but really just ok. Doesnít thrill me.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
hman43 (1057) - Pinehurst, North Carolina, USA - MAY 24, 2014
The first thing the hits the nose is the hit of wine and chocolate. There is an aroma of roasted malts as well. There are also hits of oak as well and a sour smell as well. The color is a dark amber with tinges of red. The is minimal head and minimal lacing. There is a heavy roasted taste mixed with chocolate mixed with tinges of wine.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dr_MedievAle (201) - Alabama, USA - MAY 22, 2014
Chocolate and cherry on the nose. Pours a murky auburn with foamy beige head. Taste is interesting: tart fruits and bitter chocolate dont seem to cohere with the roasty malts. As it warms, though, what you have a mild sweetness that gives way to a refreshing tart flavor that cleans up nicely on the palate. Dry body with lively carbo, no doubt that the former feature is from the red wine barrel. Good stuff, really.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Rastacouere (6174) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 12, 2014
Minimal light tan ring covers the deepest Brown pour. Captivating aroma focusing on the fruit, but pairing its raisin/plum juicy profile with liquorice, woodsy, cocoa nibs and slightly vegetal intricacies. Multi-faceted, yet well focused in mouth - juicy and chocolatey enough to give a perception of sweetness, yet in substance, it is dry and actually thin for a beer of this magnitude. I love the acidity dosage and perhaps even more how restrained the roastiness is, avoiding any acid-roast clash. Akin to how trendy it is nowadays to prefer hop aromas over hop bitterness, I must say in sourish beers, Iím really fond of dark malt aromas without the exagerated acidic/bitter roughness that usually comes along. Weíre left with a fruit play with texture and smokey, chocolatey complexity, one that could easily play the dessert substitute and one that was a stunning match to my Madagascar chocolate I ate on the side (gotta hate life). Iím surprised this is not rated higher. Has 8.5% gotten too meek to score here nowadays?

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beerdedone (3204) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 10, 2014
Bottle. Pours dark brown with a faint tan head. Aroma of red wine, chocolate, and oak. Flavor of oaky red wine, vanilla, dark fruit and cocoa. Medium body, moderate carbonation, dry finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DrinkinWell (389) - - MAY 9, 2014
750 ml bottle. Pours a very dark, almost black, brown with little head or lacing. Cocoa nibs, vanilla, licorice, on the nose. Definite notes of dark fruit, cocoa, smoky oak, malts, with bourbon. An interesting Baltic porter.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
flatmatt (1442) - Northville, Michigan, USA - MAY 3, 2014
750 mL bottle. Pours black with a light tan head. Chocolatey with red and green grape, a little creamy. Fruity grape and raisin with creamy, light coffee and dark cocoa. A nice blend of flavors.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
JMerritt (1940) - Macomb, Illinois, USA - MAY 2, 2014
Corked and caged bottle. Pours a really deep chocolate brown with a thin, fizzy light brown head. Aroma has some ripened plums intermingled with rich brown sugar, molasses, lightly charred oak and leather leading into moderately alcoholic red wine. Earthy flavor with dusty bakers chocolate, slightly smokey wood, moderate alcohol, and dried pumpernickel bread. Very dry, somewhat acidic finish with decent tannins again brings to mind red wine. Chalky dry mouthfeel. Iím just not feeling it - a little too dry and punctuated with a little bit too much acidity for my taste.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Chalsk (1104) - North Caldwell, New Jersey, USA - APR 26, 2014
Pours a dark brown color with off white foam head. Aroma of oak, red wine tannins, with chocolate and roast beneath. Sweet tarty dark fruit start with chocolate and roast after and a dry oak finish. A little too tart for me to love. But very solid. Just donít think the wine barrel works with a roasty porter. But the sour guys will likely enjoy.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Spab (3294) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 19, 2014
750 ml bottle from Premier Gourmet. Pours a dark chestnut brown with modest-sized beige head. Aroma is oak, red wine and some dark malts. Flavour has definite red wine character, fair amount of barrel, chocolate, lightly roasty, caramel and some dark fruit. Below average carbonation. Slick mouthfeel. Quite nice.

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