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RATINGS: 450   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
muzzlehatch (4420) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - MAR 15, 2005
12 oz bottle, courtesy of master trader Jeffin, thanks so much bud! Tawny reddish maple, clear and dark, with a thick taupe head and bit of lacing...superb, complex aroma, principally of caramel and old port with touches of latte and orange cream, and later on baked pears, just wonderfully rich and decadent...body, too is rich, silky smooth and luscious without cloying, a chocolate-caramel malted milkshake always hinting at espresso bitterness that finally makes its presence felt at the finish...if there is a problem, it is that the richness is overwhelming; I could never drink two of these at a sitting, though I’m awfully glad for the one!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - MAR 14, 2005
Thanks to Jeff for sending this nice doppelbock out my way. Pours a dark plum red with a tall light tan head. Rich sweet fruity malts with some dry cocoa up front and caramel following. Very smooth and heavy texture to a well balanced brew.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
kane (111) - USA - MAR 12, 2005
Ruddish brown color with a thick small bubble head. a sweet, spicy malt aroma. Thick mouthfeel. Sweet toffee taste with a long sweet aftertaste. Alcohol fairly well hidden. Not one that is big on sweet beers but this was good if not very memorable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - MAR 12, 2005
Pour is deep ruby brown with a thin tan head...smell is rich and malty...taste is nice and sweet with lots of fruit and some biscuit to it...nice brew...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
5000 (6599) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - MAR 11, 2005
Bottle pours a deep plum color, large off-white foamy head, with sticky lacing.   Bready aroma, malty, with a slight alcohol presence.   Light soy, semi-sweet, with an underlying dark pitted fruit on the tongue.   Full bodied, but with a fairly medium mouthfeel.   Definitely warming.   Smooth finish, semi-sweet trailer with lingering dark pitted fruit.   Maybe even a hint of smoked peat hiding in there.   Thanks goes out to egajdzis for the trade!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hopdog (10913) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 11, 2005
Poured a dark mahogany color with a smaller off white head. Subtle malty aromas. Tastes of bread, caramel, molasses, and toffee. Light alcohol in the finish.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
MAP (1133) - Lakewood, Ohio, USA - MAR 11, 2005
Deep dark red color and a thin head that disappeared quickly. Smell is well... bad. Doesn’t open up with any caramel notes or other malty tones, it just has a funk to it. Flavor isn’t bad however. It does hold a genuine smoothness and a robust profile. Maybe something was bad with this batch, because its not up to the standard I have with Victory.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
PWalk (337) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 8, 2005
When a doppelbock is done right it’s toough to be beat. The one came real close to being that beer. Flavor was very tasty and mild.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
barleyPops (1142) - Quad-Cities, Illinois, USA - MAR 6, 2005
TY Rich for this one. 2005 bottle. poured a fiery amber with a tan head. the laceing fades to a small cirle around the rim of my glass and chases its way down as I finish the brew. I just finished a Bell’s Consecrator Doppel so have to compare the two. The St. Vic. is a little less sweet and has a little more balance to it. both are good but the edge goes to the St. Vic, IMO. Thanks Rich.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jeffin7 (613) - Silver Spring, Maryland, USA - MAR 6, 2005
Draft and bottle: Pours blood red when held to light with a thin broken tan head. Very mild aroma of malt, chocolate, and cinnamon. Flavor is a cohesive blend of chocolate, very light soy, and sticky dark malt with bitterness underneath it all. Mild and average but pleasent and drinkable.

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