Ughsmash (7322) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 7, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
750 mL bottle. Poured deep brown with a short-lived, toasted beige head. The aroma picked up lots of vinous notes and oak over burnt black malts and a little molasses. The flavor found black currants, ashy roast, and toasted oak over burnt coffee and black malts.. more peppery through the oaky, vinous finish. Medium-bodied with low carbonation.. really nice barrel character, but I don’t love the base beer.
kidmartinek (3741) - austin, Texas, USA - OCT 6, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Deep brown color with a red tint. Stinks like beer when you open the bottle. Somewhat thin yet oily on the pour. Not much foam but holds a nice white film head. Aroma of roasted nuts, coffee and chocolate. Flavor is rich dark, malt, chocolate, and barley. Tasted like a red cocoa porter if there was such a thing. Nice change of pace.
jackl (5467) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - OCT 5, 2013
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Keg @ Mekong. Brown pour with a small head. The nose is dominated to a crazy level by the barrel aging. Huge red wine notes. Oak. mineral, red berry, moderate boozy. The taste is somewhat more even-handed. Chewy dark malts, caramel. Cocoa shake. Rich roast, burnt toast. Cocoa. Tannic woodiness. Medium body, fine carbonation. Overall, just too barrel heavy to be really enjoyable.
Bacterial (2065) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - OCT 5, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Lightish brown pour from a 750. Slight offwhite head with just a little bit of lacing. Red wine and dark malt in the nose. Taste is nice, though I wish this were a sour. Oak, red wine, roasted malt and some dark fruits in the taste.
jmohno (1205) - Iowa, USA - OCT 5, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark with slight red hue,low carbanation,short pour to a newcastle glass,
Very oaky-malty sweet aroma, wine/woodytannins,lightly bourbon- tartness,probably some roast underneath,faint dark caramels. Taste is oaky,malty with sweetness tannic,,some mild tart bourbon tones,some hoppy bittersweetness with mild roasty/dark carmels underneath,dark berry. As nice as I would expect from Victory.
TheBeerGod (5489) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - OCT 5, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle - 750mL corked and caged. Black pour with a short tan head. Aroma is slightly woody and burnt with wine notes, roasted malt, burnt caramel, smokiness and burnt earthiness. Strong red wine notes, plenty of earthiness and roasted malt, charred wood, dark chocolate, burnt coffee and soft cocoa notes. Body is medium with a soft, bubbly carbonation and dry finish. Ends with more charred wood, earthy notes, roasted malt, dark chocolate, red wine, dark fruits and burnt caramel.
keepersj12 (2878) - Sicklerville, New Jersey, USA - OCT 1, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a dark amber with red highlights. The aroma is the weak link of this beer. A bit of roast malt and some caramel. The taste has some chocolate, vanilla, the wood and what I first thought was bourbon but I guess is the wine. Very dry for the style. Nice brew.
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fluffy (1908) - St Petersburg, Florida, USA - SEP 30, 2013
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Honestly I wasnt expecting to like this that much. But damn it's tasty. Tastes of cherries, dark chocolate, vanilla, ice cream, raspberries, some aged wood in the background. Super good. Kudos, victory!
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EithCubes (5205) - New Jersey, USA - SEP 29, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Growler from JC’s. Nose is boozy and the first thing I notice is the apparent bourbon barrel character, or apparently, wine barrels -- just not a rough vanilla/oak dump, more of a sultry caramel spirited. Fruity/berry (red grape, sure, and just beautiful cherry) with cocoa powder, chocolate, roast, mild woody goodness. All of these things intensified in the mouth - the barrel character is huge and domineering, but it’s an enjoyable one and . Very sweet with the added alcohols, some tar and ash in the back, dries out only barely, but strikes a highwire balance with alcohol and sugar. Pours deep brown-black with a rocky, lacing tan head. Creamy very light body with the lovely complexity, again, of a nice spirit.
sitzds (318) - - SEP 29, 2013
3.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle poured dark brown with thin head and small bubbles. A floral aroma with vanilla and coconut. Flavors were coconut, hazelnut, onion, and caramel. Did not get the barrel or wine flavors that others are noting. Maybe need a second try as I was 10 beers into a tasting. Mouthfeel was nice with light body and a dry finish.