TheBeerGod (5178) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - APR 6, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Thanks to BuckNaked for this! Lovely copper hue with a dense foamy tan head. Nose is malty with light nuttiness, caramel, and some grassy hops. Taste is a bit hoppy and grassy, light nutty notes come through here as well, more chewy caramel, and sweet malts. Very nice! Body is medium with a full carbonation feel to it. Finishes with more hoppiness, though more earthy this time, caramel, light honey, nuts, and dried dark fruit. Nice beer!
Dickinsonbeer (5077) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - MAR 25, 2002
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
For a Dunkel this is pretty good. I would have liked it if it had more hop flavor and bitterness but a good malty brew, you will like this. I thought the appearance was pretty good for a dunkel, if it were any darker they would have to call it a schwartzbier but the slightly lighter brown color is suiting to the style. I have had other darks that werent as good, you need to get this one fresh, as i have had some other dark lagers like penn dark that were old and you can certainly taste the difference. A must try if you like others from Victory.
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 13, 2002
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 9, 2008
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Copper color with a moderate off-white head. Scent of dry caramel, and herbal hops. Flavors of stale grain and toast. Just did not set well with me. Some DMS and perhaps bad line qualities. Mostly a drain pour. At least the bartender let me keep the glass.
thedm (4925) - Fort Wayne, USA - FEB 28, 2013
3.9 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
This draft brew from the brewery poured a small sized head of foamy finely sized white colored bubbles that were mostly diminishing and left behind a softly carbonated transparent caramel brown colored body. The mild aroma was nutty. The crisp and clean mouth feel was tingly at the start and at the finish with a mellow caramel hop aftertaste. The good flavor contained notes of wood nutty and caramel. A wonderful best in class brew.
FROTHINGSLOSH (4831) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 29, 2005
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: AUG 26, 2007 I rather like Victory Brewing. They make a number of fine beers. What I especially like about them is that they make rather tasty versions of beer styles that I am not high on. Dunkels for instance are not one of my preferred styles, but this was pretty tasty. Sampled from a 12 oz brown bottle this beer poured a chestnut color with a medium tan head. The aroma is sweet roasted malt. The flavor is bitter, nutty and has a strong roasted malt presence. The roasted malt lingers on the tongue.
EithCubes (4730) - New Jersey, USA - MAR 29, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap. Beautiful deep-dark honey color with orange and brown tones over the ruby and golden, and a clingy lacing beige head. Nose with a good helping of Munich, some earth and dark caramel and surprisingly competent nuts. Dry, lightly bitter, a touch of tang, but thank goodness it’s not a cloying mess - a very repeatable Dunkel is hard to find stateside. Nuts with a woody-spciy finish. Light body with faint fruity esters, some brown sugar, fizzy tight little bundles of carbonation. The malt relatively complex and has a great feel.
tiggmtl (4548) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 19, 2005
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bready malt aroma is clean, pleasant and appealing. Clear brown body is topped by shy, off-white head. Bread dough and clean malt flavours with fair finishing bitterness. Medium-light body with low carbonation. A pleasant way to kick-off RBSG’05.
TomDecapolis (4437) - Milton, Delaware, USA - AUG 1, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This was the first Dunkel I’ve rated. Pours a darker amber with a small tan head. Slight aroma of malt, roasted nuts and even some prunes. Picking up the malts and slight alcohol in the taste. Some similarities to Victorys "regular" lager, although I enjoyed this one a bit more.
muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - JUL 12, 2005
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Sample from bottle at RBSG Montreal. Darkish, thick amber body, light retained head...loads of caramel, light vanilla, smelly grasses in the nose...light doughy body, fairly full at first fading to somewhat watery and thin at the finish, lightly smoky...ehh, bit of a disappointment from Victory.