RATINGS: 245   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.

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mansquito (6885) - Nueva York, New York, USA - OCT 18, 2013
Barcade, Brooklyn tap ($6): Pours dark brown with a tan head. Aroma is cocoa, wood, sugar, a hint of booze, and barely any roasted malts. Taste is malty, somewhat sweet, full of chocolate, woody, but not quite winy. Well-balanced enough for sure. A good beer overall, but far from exceptional and not weird enough for the genre bending methinks.

kathouse (1940) - LAS VEGAS, Nevada, USA - OCT 17, 2013
Deep brown with a moderate head. I like Baltic Porters but I think the wine barrel aging has thrown off the style. Chocolate malts are flavorful. Wine notes add a sherry and almost sour body. Finish is sweet. Middle of the road.

Patrickctenchi (6730) - Cox’s Knob, columbus, Indiana, USA - OCT 16, 2013
Deep brown-red with a small tan head. Definite wine-barrel scents. Taste is choloate, oak.....vinous. Very good, though a little heavy handed on the alcohol presence.

jcos (1855) - Maryland, USA - OCT 15, 2013
Location/Date:Bottle spit with Dave on October 11th, 2013.

Appearance: Pours a black opaque with light white head..
Aroma: Aroma of chocolate and dark fruit.
Taste: Sweet - chocolate, hints of dark fruit, faint hop.
Palate:Medium body, sweet.

Summary: I really enjoyed this one. Porters, and especially baltic porters, tend to be under hyped. Really enjoyed this.

Miked1687 (608) - Buffalo, New York, USA - OCT 14, 2013
Bottle to glass. Dark Brown black pour with a red tinge and a thin tan head. Nose is tobacco, oak, vanilla, some coffee that has been tamed by the wine barrel. Unique aroma. Taste is definitely heavy on the Baltic Porter; smooth mouth feel with some dark malt and chocolate that works into some oaky coffee notes. Not as much wine as I figured would be in there from the nose. The barrels serve here to mellow out the flavors and add an oak earthiness to the beer.

MacBoost (1939) - Victor, New York, USA - OCT 13, 2013
750ml bottle courtesy of me. Man, how I love me some Baltic porters. Pours a semi-thin looking deep brown, almost black. Almost no head. Aromas of cigarette butts, ashtrays and some oakiness. Flavor is oak filled cigarette butts, some roast, some creamy ashes. So good. Not getting a huge amount of wine or vinous notes, but there are some there. Finishes dry and okay, with loads of tobacco and nicotine. Low carb. Really good. This beer is so underrated.

callmemickey (4561) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 13, 2013
Deep black-brown body, medium to thin light tan head, sparse lacing. Aggressive oak, tannic red wine, vanilla, and bittersweet chocolate. A bit too oaky-tannic for me as it clashes with the malts here. Medium to full bodied, gentle carbonation, tannic finish.

pilgrimoutlaw (888) - Wayne, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 11, 2013
On tap at brewpub. Pours opaque black with than head. Excellent lacing. Oak, vanilla, roast, chocolate, grapes. Moderately bitter and sweet. Medium bodied. Creamy with light carbonation. Starts off strong, but less appealing when you get to the bottom of the glass.

Caytinator (1005) - Waco, Texas, USA - OCT 11, 2013
Goblet on tap. Well, it’s not red...or thunderous, but it looks the part. Very nice aroma, matches the taste well. Decent baltic porter mouthfeel, rich, but missing some aftertaste, Nutty(?), which is a little odd for a baltic porter, some alcohol in the taste as well. A little lacking in complexity, I didn’t taste no fruit, neither.

Ughsmash (7510) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 7, 2013
750 mL bottle. Poured deep brown with a short-lived, toasted beige head. The aroma picked up lots of vinous notes and oak over burnt black malts and a little molasses. The flavor found black currants, ashy roast, and toasted oak over burnt coffee and black malts.. more peppery through the oaky, vinous finish. Medium-bodied with low carbonation.. really nice barrel character, but I don’t love the base beer.

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