DarkElf (3035) - La Jolla, California, USA - NOV 12, 2005
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
(12 oz bottle: Obtained in trade with hopdog, thanks Steve!) I guess I always expect great things from Victory, but Iím a little underwhelmed by this boring beer. Toasty malts, mildly bitter and hoppy, and minimally sweet, thereís just not much here, and the dark malt all but disappears in the "lagerish" finish. Itís kind of like drinking slightly sweetened iced tea. Lightly toasty and malty nose isnít very aromatic. Medium bodied when first sipped, but the finish is pretty watery. Orange-brown color isnít the prettiest, and the small light tan head fades to the tiniest of rings. Iíd been trying to get my hands on this beer for years, but I feel like Iíve been missing anything during my pursuit. Bland and boring.
Ungstrup (29846) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - NOV 2, 2005
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
An orange beer with no head. The aroma is sweet with notes of caramel, and the flavor besides the caramel also have some roasted notes, leading to a dry end. Boring.
scoobyluv (504) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - SEP 24, 2005
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
amber in color. sweet malty smell, toffee flavor but watery. still an overall good beer
urbnhautebourg (997) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - SEP 19, 2005
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Best before Aug. 15, sampled September 18. I have waited to try this for years and was happy to find that it was even better than I had anticipated. Big sweet malt which came into focus and dried out perfectly with a little hop spice, a malty crack and even a bit of acidic snap. Reminds me a lot of Victoryís old All-Malt Dortmunder, actually, just a shade darker in appearance and in malt character. A new favorite.
jcwattsrugger (11215) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - AUG 13, 2005
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz bottle-pours a nice amber color. No head. Good carbonation, taste is malty, caramel. A nice beer.
Ron (2682) - Rochester, New York, USA - AUG 10, 2005
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Had this at the Flour City Brew Fest. Very dark with a decent head. Very creamy malty mouthfeel. I enjoyed this beer.
happy4hops (376) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - AUG 9, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Finally a dunkel I love.Deep authentic bavarian notes abound.As my glass has sat finished for about five minutes.It smells like a really good salty pretzel.
shadey (1911) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - AUG 7, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very nice. Dark color with a creamy head. Deep earthy sweet aroma of malt and caramel. Very nice flavor. A great sesson beer.
jb (2298) - Rochester, New York, USA - AUG 7, 2005
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Had at the Rohrbachís summer beer fest. I believe this was my favorite beer there. Dark amber with thick head. Real malty taste + creamy palate.
joeycapps (1468) - Waterdown, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 2, 2005
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Clear brown-amber w/ fizzy, diminishing light brown foam. Aroma of caramel & raisin bread w/ underlying notes of maple syrup & vanilla that is intruded upon by a mildly soapy yeastiness. Feel is oily but thin. Flavour is moderately sweet & moderately bitter. Disappointing, especially from Victory.