Zach Diesel (906) - Sisters, Oregon, USA - OCT 18, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
yeasty aroma with slight lemon and banana esthers, cloudy reddish orange appearance is a perfect synergy between bock and weizen, soft mouthfeel with bock sweetness and hints of lemon with a bitter finish
igneous1 (1505) - Davenport, Iowa, USA - OCT 13, 2003
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
wow...dont think i've ever gotten as big a banana aroma from anything other than an actual banana. some citrus present in the aroma as well with maybe a little clove, but the spices are mostly masked to this nose. big banana flavor and large amounts of citrus (orange), but not bitter at all...alcohol is 100% masked. this is one of the strangest beers i've tasted, but damned good.
VAYankee (333) - Virginia, USA - OCT 11, 2003
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Dark amber with a tan head. Nice aromatic beer - banana, clove, and spice. Tastes of banana, yeast, spice, and malt. Sweet fruity aftertaste. Higher alcohol content not noticeable in the flavor. Excellent!
estoppel (1028) - Buffalo, New York, USA - OCT 9, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Hazy reddish brown, tan head, banana, clove and a hint of alcohol in the nose. Tart start, banana middle, slightly bitter finish. Minimal alcohol presence on the palate is a plus.
unclebleen (620) - California, USA - OCT 8, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Nice burnt caramel color with off-white head. First sniff is fruit and wheat. Initial taste is sweet bananas. Chewy mouthfeel. Really like this lager.
WabashMan (1014) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - OCT 5, 2003
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A lovely dark amber color and impressive light tan head start off this one from Victory. Nose is wheaty, with some very nice fruit (banana?) notes. Banana is even more noticable on initial tasting. Good full flavor, dominated much more by the fruits than the wheat, but perhaps a little too much of the banana is present here. Also, there is an interesting aftertaste I can't place my finger on, and that just doesn't sit too well with me. Not a bad beer, by any stretch of the imagination, but not my cup of tea, either.
MaxPower (961) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - OCT 4, 2003
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Cloudy reddish-brown color with a small off-white head that quickly disappears, no lacing. Fruity and spicy aromas of bananas, cloves and vanilla. Wheat flavor with sour apples, vanilla and bubblegum. Full bodied with a full and thick mouthfeel, perfect carbonation, finishes sweet and sour. Alcohol very well hidden, very nice.
IPFreely (1470) - Sanborn, New York, USA - OCT 3, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Deep ruby/brown color, hazy, with a tan head. Yeasty and fruity aroma. The full flavor was of fruit, yeast, malt, and spice. Nice body. Some warming. Yummy.
happy4hops (376) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - OCT 2, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JAN 6, 2004 Very tasty,yeasty,dark,
bananna-malt,hops,smooth,decen bananna coloured head,nice lace(in goblet)There is a nice citric appeal that lingers ever so slightly in the finish(dry)I love you Victory(Bill&Ron&staff)Just to let you guys know this was from the best before 9/11/04.The whole infection thing is sad considering they sent the best before 9-11 batch first then the sour BB 8-20 batch shame on you victory.I never did have a bunk one and feel like victory owes their consumers some hop wollop refunds for this mishap?
JFGrind (1860) - Glenside, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 1, 2003
3.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
It's hard to put down this excellent bock beer. Moderate yeasty aroma, dark amber color with a doughy-yeasty, smokey flavor. A fresh draft of Moonglow is a rare treat, and worth seeking out.