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RATINGS: 240   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.61/5   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.


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3.8
   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.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
zgaier (1842) - Coral Springs, Florida, USA - FEB 20, 2016
Bomber. Pours a dark brown with a dissipating tan head and aroma of cocoa, coffee, and vanilla. Taste is of chocolate, coffee, and dark fruits along with nice vanilla and wood notes into the finish. Delicious and flavorful brew

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
jjgmd (1909) - Coral Springs, Florida, USA - FEB 20, 2016
With Z, pours a thick deep dark red mahogany brown pour with no head. Nose is a nice wooded oak and tannic ! Taste is fruity and oaky with a dry ness that captures the barrel aging . Finish is dry fruit, short and ends on the tannic oaky notes . Nice ! Quaff Score 8 / 10

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DavoleBomb (1867) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 10, 2016
Poured into a snifter. 3.25 A: Pours a deep brown color. One and a half fingers of frothy/creamy tan head. Retention is below average and a few wisps of lacing are left. 3.75 S: Wow does the wine barrel come through. The nose is surely centered around it. Vinous grape, big vanilla and oak, and moderate supple tannins. The base beer almost gets lost in there, but it does bring forth the barrel elements. Roasty malts, cocoa, tangy caramel, molasses. Again I’ll emphasize that this is heavy on the barrel, which isn’t such a bad thing. 3.75 T: Like the nose, the barrel stands strong, but the base beer does come through better. The same barrel elements and grape as in the nose. Roasty malts, big caramel, molasses, dark fruitiness underneath. Quite tasty. 4.0 M: Lighter heavy body. Good moderate carbonation. Good creaminess and super smooth. Good here. 3.75 D: Seems like everything gets better when Victory puts their beers into barrels. Pick this one up, it’s good. ★ 996 characters DavoleBomb, Oct 28, 2014

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Fritz123 (1535) - Boca Raton, Florida, USA - NOV 28, 2015
Poured a deep reddish brown with ample tan/reddish head. The aroma is red wine barrels, mild chocolate and cocoa nibs. some mild roasted malts, graham cracker, and dark fruits. The taste is pretty similar with dark chocolate, red wine, dark fruits, and some tart cherries. Dry finish. More tart than I thought it would be. Maybe some infection? Medium mouth, cotton. Pretty good overall.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
weihenweizen (2832) - Charleston Area, West Virginia, USA - NOV 12, 2015
Refrigerated 75 cl brown bottle poured into a glass. Brown with no head. Aroma is red wine, medium body, low carbonation, and no lacing. Taste is dark malt.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
corby112 (2804) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 12, 2015
Draft at Capones in Norristown, PA. Pours a very dark copper color with mahogany edges and a two finger frothy head that slowly fades into a lasting ring. Streaks of lace left behind. Roasted dark malt aroma with an earthy barrel and dry vinous notes integrated into the base beer. Toasted oak and dark grapes complimented by smokey, roasted malt. Hints of dark chocolate and burnt toast along with some charcoal and smoked meat but the oak and vinous fruit notes overpower the smoke beer characteristics a bit too much for my taste. Full bodied with a moderate barrel presence that’s nicely integrated into the base adding another dimension to the intense smokiness. Dry, toasted oak with vinous red wine notes countered by smoked/burnt malt, toast, charcoal and dark chocolate. Sweet up front from the barrel presence followed by smoke and roasted malt before finishing dry. Decent job barrel aging this beer but the wine and barrel notes take away from the smokiness that I like so much in the base beer.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ARH (1093) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 24, 2015
750mL bottle poured into a snifter. The full bodied aroma is malty and thick with cherry wood and a light booze note that fades quick and takes a turn towards undertones of bakers chocolate and fruit with some wood. Overall, the aroma mellows relatively quickly. The beer is a deep, rich red brown with a brown dense, fizzy head that has mild retention and light lace. The taste is a medium high sweet and medium high bitter in turns. The texttire is oily and slick with a fizzy carbonation. The full woody body includes dark, tart fruit and molasses notes. The finish is crisp with tones of berry, mild licorice and a muted chocolate touch. The sticky aftertaste is mostly clean with a subtle alcohol warmth that turns to berry, then to a light chocolate and light caramel blend with some roasted coffee late.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Lightrider (344) - Bristol, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 27, 2015
Pour is a dark brown with a little head. Aroma is full and rich, deep malt. Taste is thick and rich. Finish is warm.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
michcam8 (466) - Ohio, USA - SEP 20, 2015
On sale for $2.99 750ml. For the price, you can’t beat it. Pours a light black, dark ruby red color, with a tan head. Aroma of burgundy, and dark fruits. Taste is similar, cherry, wine, crackers, and grass. Not much detection of alcohol. Medium mouthful. Overall, pretty good.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
madelfonatree (317) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - SEP 14, 2015
Bottled August 6, 2013 and enjoyed September 14, 2015 in a Hopslam tulip/snifter. Look - Dark reddish brown. Very thin tan head. No lacing. Bubbles are large the ones that form. Tasty for a beer I expected to be light. Smell - Heavy booze smell, more like bourbon as opposed to wine. Weeds (not the kind you light and smoke). Sweet. Dark fruits. Taste - Sweet and boozy but subdued. I really wish I had a fresh one to compare this to. It is good. I will not lie and say there is no skunked taste, but only slightly in the finish. Feel - Very smooth. Heavier than water with no harsh carbonation. Fluffy. Overall - I opened this as a $3 or so discount special expecting to pour it down the drain. This held up well. Label says malt beverage but is more specifically a baltic porter!


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