Tuesday, January 15, 2013
Victory Red Thunder
Victory Red Thunder, a red wine barrel-aged baltic porter, from Al’s of Hampden. The beer pours a dark brown color with red hues and a frothy cream colored head. The aroma consists of chocolate, toasted malts, red wine, oak, and hints of vanilla. The taste is bold with strong chocolate and toasted malts hitting on the front end with some coffee interlacing. A red wine dryness and flavor arrives on the finish with oak and vanilla hints. The after taste leaves a bit of alcohol lingering on the tongue and more red wine, and that alcohol definitely comes back in the burps. The alcohol content is 8.5% ABV. I’d say that this was definitely a winner from Victory, as the baltic porter benefited very well from the red wine barrel aging process. The red wine interlaced well with toasted malts and chocolate, complementing each other nicely.