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RATINGS: 453   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.54/5   SEASONAL: Spring   EST. CALORIES: 237   ABV: 7.9%
From the tradition started by the monks of St. Francis of Paula in 1634 comes this warming beer of rich heritage. A dark, rich lager of sublime complexity and character, St. Victorious is created from multiple German malts. Laborious decoction mashing yields the choicest elements of the malt. Long, cold aging mellows the strong temperament of this subtle beer. Celebrate the end of winter with a warming draft of St. Victorious Doppelbock!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BBB63 (6557) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - APR 16, 2005
Bottle: Slightly darker cola red hue with a fizzy and fading head and no lace. The aroma has notes of roasted and caramel malts, grassy and herbal hops, hints of peaty scotch, and moderate phenols. The taste starts with a hint of lactic sourness followed by a sweet malt and sharp bitter balance. The finish displays some chocolate notes and a sublime sherry quality. The feel is lively but not heavy enough for the style IMO. This beer was sampled next to Sprecher Dopplebock and isnít near the quality, it seems thinner and less towards style. Quaffable but not overrated in bottle. Perhaps it is that much better on tap.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
DYCSoccer17 (3629) - Woodland, California, USA - APR 9, 2005
Bottle, sampled with members of the San Diego crew...thanks for whomever brought this...Roasty, mildly sour and nutty caramel aroma. Mildly hazy amber color with a small yellowish head. Roasty, sweetness turning astringent and quite thin with a small bitter kick to finish. Metallic notes.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Sickboy282 (1114) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 8, 2005
Poursa a deep ruby brown hue with no head and no lacing. Aromas of caramel, a hint of sherry and a hint of wheat and brown sugar and some roasted nuts. Flavors are grassy and medicinal with a light bitterness. Lingering alcohol finish. Overall, lacking any depth or quality flavor.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
pjk33 (390) - Sligo - Curllsville Heights, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 6, 2005
Bottle. Enjoy by August 1, 2005. Ok, if you insist. Pours a red copper color with no head to speak of, but I can see active carbonation. Nose is sweet malt, roasted malt actually there along with nothing else. No hop aroma at all. Sweet malty taste with hints of hop bitterness and alcohol that really climb out and say "hello" as the beer flows to the back of the tongue and goes down the throat. Medium palate with very little carbonation, but the carb has very fine bubbles like a Belgian yeast creates. Not a bad beer, but I donít think a top notch Victory brew. I have made better Doppelbocks than this one.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TheBeerGod (6010) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - APR 6, 2005
Bottle. Thanks to BuckNaked for this! Ruby body with a medium frohty tan head. Nose is a bit thin, to me. Light caramel, sweet malts, faint hops, dark fruits, and light chocolate. Taste is MUCH better. Rich sweetened malts, dark fruits, top quality caramel, hints of brown sugar, light hops, and light alcohol. Body is medium-full with moderate carbonation feel and slight alcohol warmth. Finishes semi-sweet with more caramel, light hops, chocolate, dark fruits, sweet malts and mild sugary notes. Good stuff!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
NVBeer232 (467) - Reno, Nevada, USA - APR 3, 2005
Cleveland Local Gathering. Thanks to our Youngstown connection, Mike McCallister for bringing this! Rust red body and a slightly off white head. Fruity, estery, aroma with a light back drop of carmel malt. Light bodied, but not quite watery. Malty, with notes of carmel. Slightly bitter finish that isnít really what I expected. Decent bock.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
boto (2102) - Granby, Connecticut, USA - APR 2, 2005
Draught @ Victory. This beer pours a dark brown color with a bit of a head on it. The aroma is nice, with notes of caramel and some fruits. Maybe a whiff of alcohol. The taste is rich and a little thick: very malty and sweet, with a good hop balance. A very good Bock!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 2, 2005
Pours with a deep amber/red body topped by a thin to medium thick head with little lacing. Itís slightly sweet and malty with notes of alcohol, a little brown sugar and a slight bitter hoppiness that throws it off. Full bodied, slightly tingly and a touch warming.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Jonathan3584 (323) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - MAR 28, 2005
Very enjoyable. Dark brown pour, sweet malty smell. Solid flavor. ABV not noticeable. Really enjoyed that it wasnít over sweet.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
herbjones (742) - Orange, California, USA - MAR 28, 2005
Bottle thanks to zathrus for the opportunity to try this. Dark chestnut brown pour raising a peanut butter head only when poured vigorously. Sweet malty nose. Kinda reminded me of squaw bread. Very nice brew, sweet but not cloying. Abv well hidden. Finishes clean.

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