Kinz (3622) - 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 (3444) - St. Louis, Missouri, 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 (450) - 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.
fraternie (958) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 30, 2003
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cloudy amber body, thin head. Fruity aroma of bananas and pears. Spicy fruit malt with lots of banana and pear, lightly carmelly and wheaty. Finish is a little too acidic for me, but alcohol content seems not present. A good autumn brew but not one of my favorites from this outstanding brewery.
jsquire (3964) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - OCT 29, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: NOV 2, 2004 Enjoy by Mar 01 05. This bottle is so much better than the last one. Color is same, with whispy off-white head. Nose of clove, banana and Kraft caramels. Syrupy mouthfeel with a noticable amount of alcohol. Lots of caramel sweetness, spicey bight, and well balanced citrus hops in the finish. Like a huge German Wheat. This is what I expected the first time. Very tastey beer.
Murky, almost transluscent orange color with hot-chocolate looking head. I also had the "enjoy by 8-20-04" bottle, and it did taste like it was starting to go. The initial taste was strong banana clove with a nice wheat mouthfeel, but then it got very acidic with a funky sourness to it. It seemed like a once good beer that may have sat in the sun too long. I almost didn’t rate it, but with almost a year left on the date, be forwarned if you see it. I’d like to try another batch.
steview (1037) - Petaluma, California, USA - OCT 27, 2003
2.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: DEC 28, 2003 foggy, huh? wheat, citrus aroma. citrus lemon orange, banana. leathery. a very high acidic orange/citrus taste. feels good.
better aftertaste than initial taste, probably because of the acidity. wait a minute... bad bad sourness. sour done bad. there's a problem here, it cannot be the brewer's intention. i have to re-rate.
Ernest (7025) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - OCT 26, 2003
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle is "enjoy by Aug/04". Head is initially average sized, frothy, light brown, mostly diminishing. Body is murky medium brown. Aroma is moderately malty (bread, caramel), lightly yeasty (cobwebs), with notes of banana, toffee. Flavor is moderately sweet, moderately acidic, acetic. Finish is lightly sweet, heavily acidic, lightly bitter, acetic. Medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation. The sourness is off here, like orange juice that has begun to turn...infected, perhaps. Nice enough aroma, but nearly undrinkable.