Heathen (1458) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - NOV 4, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
THOUGHTS: Definitely different Thought it would be the best of both styles, but it wasn’t. It wasn’t awful or anything, but it wasn’t as good as I was expecting. The two styles never truly blended with each other. I’d say it smelled more like a dubbel and tasted more like a smoke. It does improve as it warms and does start to blend a little better when warmer, but not enough to say this was a great success.
TECHNICAL: Bottle. Poured a clear, light, orangey brown with a small, off-white head that mostly diminished. The aroma was sort of weak. There was light caramel; light hops; slight yeast; light smoke; dark candy sugar; and a little fruitiness when warmer. The initial flavor was light to moderately sweet and lightly bitter; while the finish was moderately sweet and lightly bitter with an average to long duration. There was mostly smoke, some caramel, burnt bacon, BBQ sauce, a little yeast, a little hops, spicy yeast, acrid smoke from something that was half way burnt, hints of chocolate, a little fruit, a little molasses or maple syrup, dark fruit and raisin. The medium body was slightly oily with fizzy carbonation and a smokey and lightly metallic finish.
SphinxTX (2876) - Mata Gorda, Texas, USA - NOV 4, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
750 ml bottle. Pours dark amber/brown with tan head. Aroma is very Smokey and in a way, almost appears to have notes of chipotle. Flavor is same with an added "oddness", kinda an earthy, dirty, weed-like astringent quality in the finish with subtle hints of fruit. Mouthfeel is medium body with high carbonation. Overall, not sure how to feel but I am finishing the bottle non the less.
drowland (5999) - Valdosta, Georgia, USA - NOV 4, 2011
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
11/4/11. 750mL bottle. Dark amber pour with a small tan head. Astrigent slightly smokey aroma with a touch of bitter woodiness... bitter, astringent flavor as well with lingering burnt smokiness. Nothing special, but not as offputting as I was expecting.
ChainGangGuy (4370) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - NOV 3, 2011
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: NOV 22, 2011 750ml bottle - $7.99 at Olde Crabapple Bottle Shoppe in Alpharetta, Georgia. Bottle On: Sept 27, 2011.
Appearance: Pours a clear, bright mahogany-hued body with a full-sized, faintly beige head.
Smell: Displays a myriad of jumbled notes: campfire smoke, cloves, toasted bread, brown sugar, dried fruits (raisins and cherries), bananas, and a recently bandaged finger cut.
Taste: Toasted malts with some sweet additions of caramel, treacle before the phenolic hit of smoke-flavored chewing gum with a touch of banana peel before rolling into some thick-cut bacon, powdered cloves, and Concord grape jelly. Strays, for the most part, on the sweet side of things. Low hop character, bitterness. Some alcohol detected on the lightly smokey, fruity finish with lingering alcoholic heat and clove.
Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium-high carbonation.
Overall: A curious combination (I recall tapping my chin thoughtfully for a moment when I first heard about it), a smoked ale and a Belgian dubbel. I’m not entirely sure that the smoked malt is playing nicely with the clove-producing yeast strain utilized, as there is, sadly, a displeasing hint of Band-Aid on occasion.
r464 (1918) - Earth, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 3, 2011
2.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
Brown with a tannish colored head. Smokey, burnt, rubbery, charred, but still a bit malty. Lingering aftertaste -- reminds me of smoked oysters served on a plate of fried rubber bands.
dagimp (715) - Philly, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 2, 2011
2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
First off let me say, my 1973 VW Thing’s name is Otto, so I’m somewhat biased towards the name... but read further. From a cork n caged 75cl (metric bitches!) into a snifter. Pours a medium brown with a good amount of head. Head dissipates quickly with little to no lacing. Aroma, as a prior reviewer stated, is like a band-aid with a little smoke. Mouthfeel is very fizzy. Taste is of band-aid, campfire, liquid smoke and lemon. This was a real swing and miss by Victory. Kudos for them trying, but this should have never made it out of the brew pub.
Tmoney99 (10590) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 2, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Poured clear dark brown with an average light brown frothy head that was mostly lasting with good lacing. Moderate to heavy smoke, cheery wood and musty aroma. Medium body with a smooth texture and soft carbonation. Medium wet smoke sweet flavor with a medium sweet finish of moderate duration. Complex unbalanced beer.
patrickfannon (1240) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 1, 2011
0.5 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 1/20
Well, the moderators erased my original rating for this beer because of language which they thought was abusive or uncouth, so, in keeping with the spirit of my original review, I’d simply like to point out that this beer is one of the worst pieces of shit--I hope that’s okay to say, moderators--I have ever had the profound displeasure to drink. The beer pours the color of, smells like, and tastes like a burnt rubber Band-Aid. My friends and I immediately poured it down the drain after a few sips each. Screw you Victory, you bundle of sticks.
drjay44 (2618) - Salida, Colorado, USA - NOV 1, 2011
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
750 ml. bottle. Pours a huge, lasting, ivory head, with some lacing, over a clear amber (SRM 10) body.....nose is light smoke, toffee/caramel, cereal....taste is light smoke, toffee/caramel, light brown sugar ending with a sharp, harsh, terpene like bite...mouth feel light, carbonation high. This is obviously a Smoked beer. However, the smoke is done with a light hand and really does not show its best qualities. The Dubbel component is minimally present. Finally, there are some very harsh tones that do show up, especially in the finish. BJCP 6/3/11/4/6
JaBier (4854) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - NOV 1, 2011
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle sample at the high gravity tasting at Blacklick Wine & Spirits on 10/21/11. Pours a clear copper with a medium off-white head. Smoky aroma with caramel and a bit of fruit. Flavor is hamtastic with a bit of malt. Not my thing.