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RATINGS: 8   MEAN: 3.14/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.97/5   EST. CALORIES: 186   ABV: 6.2%
Featured and brewed in an episode of Esquire Network’s Brew Dogs, starring Scottish beer evangelists (and star brewers at the UK’s Brewdog PLC.) James Watt and Martin Dickie, Victory’s Declaration Nation Ale just might be the most American beer ever made. With a small batch actually brewed atop a float in a Fourth of July parade, this historical ale recipe features traditional ingredients used during the colonial era brewing, including molasses and stone-ground corn, but with a very modern twist. The final ingredient, added as fireworks lit up the Philadelphia sky, is 328 million copies of the Preamble to the Declaration of Independence, to represent all of the people living in USA! Don’t believe us? Watch the trailer here.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Leighton (18229) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 5, 2015
Keg at Top Hops - NYC. Pours mostly clear brown with a foamy, off-white head. Very nice, down-the-line brown ale with notes of toasty bread, light smoke and dried caramel. Light bodied with average carbonation. Nicely balanced to conclude, with further toasty malt character, some crackers, light earthy bitterness, dry caramel. Solid.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
jkharper2007 (20) - Grovetown, Georgia, USA - JUL 4, 2014
Very grainy smell and plain. Earthy and Very nutty taste. Pours a dark brown with tan off white head. Lacing is iffy and head retention is good for a while. Lighter body and goes down smooth. Decent but kinda middle of the road for me. Poured from a fresh growler

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
drsandman (1035) - New York, USA - JUN 23, 2014
On tap @ Top Hops w/ Leighton & Blake. Pours brown/black with an off white head. Aroma of roasted malt, caramel, dark cocoa. Sweet dark malt flavor, roasted grain, brown sugar / molasses.. no hops in sight. Easy drinking brown. Very basic, nothing stands out.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jredmond (7413) - New York, New York, USA - JUN 22, 2014
UPDATED: JUN 23, 2014 Draft at Pony Bar HK with Andrew, Ellen and Ricky. Pours a deep brownish black. Aroma is chocolate malt. Mouthfeel is medium with notes of chocolate, dark fruity malts and thin, watered down malt.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
callmemickey (4222) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 26, 2014
Muddy dark brown body, thin off-white head, spotty lacing. Flavor and aroma are a bit odd with light roast, toffee, earth, brown sugar and grainy malts. Medium bodied, mellow carbonation, uneven mouthfeel, lingering muddled finish. A bit unusual for Victory to be this far off--if anything their disappointing beers are well-crafted but too simple.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
MrChopin (4303) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - APR 25, 2014
murky chestnut, lacing but thin oily white top. Sugary soy nose, jammy sugary raisin, faint roast. Roasty, chalky front palate is heavy mineral, chalky with light roast mid before grainy finish, lots of sugar with minor roast and moderate acid for style. Seems confused to me.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
boxofrane (2553) - Spring City, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 18, 2014
Draft at the brewpub. Pours clear reddish brown with a small tan head. The aroma has big coffee and chocolate. The taste has coffee and dark chocolate.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
egajdzis (6075) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 21, 2014
Brown color with a small, light tan head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of caramel malts, some roast, and molasses. Taste of much of the same, with some smoke, and gritty corn.

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