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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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
chucklemation (1207) - Royal Oak, 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 itís 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jb (2783) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
nearbeer (4675) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
bth122 (1439) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Theydon_Bois (16017) - Tourist Town (West), Berkshire, ENGLAND - JAN 20, 2014
Bottle shared at Bruceís 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
madvike (3172) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 19, 2014
Bottle - Pours cola-colored with a filmy tan head. Red wine on the nose that mingles with roasty malt and a bit of sweet molasses. Taste is lightly sour dark malt, a bit of brown sugar, and a lightly oaky red wine finish. Thinnish an slick with low carbonation. Not my favorite.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Scopey (11563) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 18, 2014
Bottle cheers to C-Dogg. It pours deep brown with a small tan head. The nose is wood, medicinal notes, toast, toffee, jammy red fruits and coconut. The taste is roasted malt, toast, cocoa, wood, vanilla, coconut, vinous, jammy fruits and nice level of bitterness. Medium body and moderate carbonation. Iím not exactly blown away, but it is decent nonetheless.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
maneliquor (3482) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - JAN 17, 2014
Bottle cheers to Colin for this get. Pours a clear chestnut brown with a big, frothy beige head. Nose is big liquorice and milk chocolate with bright red berries coming through - raspberry, cranberry and some tarty cherries. Taste is more vinous and tarty than the nose which works in nice balance with milk chocolate and roasted coffee. Loads of raspberry and blueberries. Woody and earthy stuff. Booze has a nice presence. Not over the top barrel ageing, works very well with the bold notes this beer has. Really well done brew

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
madmitch76 (20984) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JAN 17, 2014
16th January 2013
Tasting at the pad of the ever gracious Bruce. Thanks to renowned author and publisher Mr Bois. Hazy amber - brown beer, little pale tan head. Smooth palate, soft malt, litle cream. Nice touch of wood, very slightly bitter. Ligt red wine fruity tang. Marmalade bitterness. Finishes smooth and semi dry. Good stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Leighton (17473) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 16, 2014
Bottle shared in London - big thanks to Colin. Pours clear, rich brown with a foamy beige head. Dusty cocoa on the nose with a bit of wood, dried berries. Light to medium sweet flavor, loads of barrel presence, dry toffee, tangy wood. Medium bodied with fine to average carbonation. Dry, burnt wood finish with slight dark and tangy berries, oak, tannins, hints of earth and chocolate. Tasty though the barrel is quite present.

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