CapFlu (4714) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 29, 2003
2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 6/20
(Bottle) Pours a thin, beige, frothy head and a cloudy, reddish body. Nose of sweet, bruised bananas, yeast, tartness and slight caramel. Awfully sour notes though the banana comes through. Great texture, beautiful body - so sad about the infection. As noted in the RB forum, Victory is suffering serious contamination problems for their best before date batch of August 20, 2004. So sad this will likely be my only opportunity to sample this beer...
ClarkVV (3970) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 24, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: OCT 18, 2004 2003 draught. Muddy caramel brown, with some dark browns, tans and lighter brownish yellows. Very cloudy, big medium brown light coffee colored head. Light wheat aroma, some alcohol, definitely peaches and mabye some brown sugar or caramel malt. Begins with a big dose of malty sweetness, which is accented even further by a rich peachy flavor. Wonderful chewy/grainy texture that provides a full body. Tons of wheat in here. Lighter, sharper hops come out in the finish; apricots sugar and finally some nice yeasty flavor. Big alcohol notes, (but not too big). Bananas and more sweetness linger on the palate after the finish. Very impressive, though could definitely stand to tone down the sweetness.
beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - NOV 19, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Super nice concentrated color, looks like a solid glass of dark caramel, some yellowness peaks around the edges, a thin loose tannish head emerged that didn't last and the lacing is very minimal. Aroma is super tangy of fruity citrus, ripe melon, orange peels, mango, peach, dulled grapes, quite a fruit juice effect in the aroma, underlaying sweet malts and musty yeast, notes of ethanol. Taste is a lip smacking attack of tangy dullish citrusy fruits, mostly orange peels and peach skins with some mango and light banana mixed in. Pretty sweet and quickly tangy, malty, twingy with notes of raw orange peels coming through late in the finish as it drys out somewhat and keeping a sweetly souring, almost puckering tang. Feel is a bit thin at first but begins to fill in as it goes and drys out some in the finish. Sneaky alcohol hits your head after half the glass. A pretty decent brew, the tangyness is pretty high with a overall orange peel effect throughout its character. I can see where some would like this, but I don't think I'd try this again, but I wouldn't turn it down if offered either. I'm kinda torn with this one, I want to like it cuz Victory makes some fantastic brews, but something with this beer keeps me from thoroughly enjoying it.
guzzler67 (1538) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - NOV 18, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Yeasty aroma with banana esters. Cloudy, dark amber appearance. Tart taste leaned toward a spicy, fruity flavor with a moderate amount of malt sweetness. Deceptive alcohol content. Light acidic finish.
Kinz (3414) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - NOV 16, 2003
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pretty hazy amber appearance, nice head. Huge bursting aroma of clove, banana, juicy fruit gum. An almost oily mouthfeel. Flavor was sweet, really a bit cloying. Some citric tartness tried to break through, but was ultimately unsuccessful. Clove and berry flavors throughout. Just couldn't get past the sweetness, a typical problem I have with this style.
ToadMan (559) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - NOV 9, 2003
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very big yeasty, candy corn aroma with hints of spice and bannana. Drak orange color with small head and light lace. Flavor starts sour and appley(pear perhaps), then the yeast and malt shine through a little more. Finishes tart and tangy. Slight alcohol presence notcieable throughout. Spicieness comes through as it warms as do hints of bannana
Terminus (3316) - Las Cruces, New Mexico, USA - NOV 9, 2003
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: NOV 24, 2003 Bottle-dark mahogony appearance-very cloudy. candy coated aroma between a tripple and a dopplebock. super complex palate-sweet and sour. aggressive needle feeling on the toungue. pretty sour. sugary finish, which was pretty good. I wonder what aging this brew would do to the flavor profile? thanks to Bunkypop for hooking me up with a suprise from my want list!
JahNoth (1039) - Rochester, New York, USA - NOV 8, 2003
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sweet banana aroma. Gorgeous cloudy, rich amber appearace. Nice malt flavor with a hint of cinnamon The citric juices are also delectable. Finish is crisp with a sour lime taste. Very nice indeed.
booyaatribe (453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 3, 2003
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Dear Gawd! It's got way too much sour in it. I'm starting to think this beer skunks easily or something because many of the ratings reflect a similar off taste I found here. Not one of the best Victorys by any means.
Drew (2411) - Kent, Ohio, USA - OCT 31, 2003
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Started off odd - aroma seemed off - some herbal/clove, but also a tiny bit "acidy". Sweet banana cinnamon bread maltyness, but too fizzy. Gained sour acid qualities as I drained the bottle. Mine was also "best by 8/20/04" - not a good sign.