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RATINGS: 217   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.


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3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Scipio (682) - Palatine, Illinois, USA - JAN 17, 2013
Pours a dark copperish brown with an average tan head that recedes quickly. Aroma leans heavily towards raisin and wine. It has an impression of wood, and a bit of cocoa as well. A very appealing mixture here. The taste takes a step back from the heavy notes of wine. While still prevalent, I get the main themes as chocolate and cocoa. Still woody. The aftertaste is chocolate and wine. Not quite as appealing as the aroma. Medium in body, a texture that is slightly sticky, average carbonation. This one is a bit more unusual than most. I liked it. I think it has enough going for it that most people would also.


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hopscotch (8907) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jmagnus87 (2401) - Rockford, Illinois, USA - JUL 8, 2014
Draft at old chicago. From notes. Chocolate, port wine and a decent amount of oak. Pretty good.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
koleminer20 (548) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mcox90 (1529) - 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.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
AirForceHops (2990) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - MAY 24, 2014
750 ml bottle purchased at Julio’s. 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. Doesn’t thrill me.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
hman43 (311) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dr_MedievAle (159) - 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.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Rastacouere (6123) - 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, I’m really fond of dark malt aromas without the exagerated acidic/bitter roughness that usually comes along. We’re 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). I’m surprised this is not rated higher. Has 8.5% gotten too meek to score here nowadays?

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beerdedone (2584) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DrinkinWell (246) - - 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.


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