hopscotch (9558) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JAN 18, 2005
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Hand bottled by egajdzis... This beer rocks!... Very, very dark lager with no head worth mentioning (just a creamy, beige ring holding the beer within my snifter). Ruby highlights when held up to the Sun. I really gave this lager time to warm. It stands at 60 degrees F. The nose is of chocolate, light sourgham molasses, dark cherries, dark fruit, seared toffee and alcohol. The flavor is sweet and chocolatey up front, but finishes with citrusy hops and roasted notes and is a touch acetic. Full-bodied with a heavy, oily mouthfeel and mild carbonation. Lengthy, mocha, dry finish. So very underrated. World class effort by Victory!
MullMan (1099) - New Jersey, USA - JAN 17, 2005
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
from FooFaa’s growler. mahogany color, tannish foamy head. slightly smoky and dark roasted malt aroma. roasted malt flavor with mild finish. faint alcohol in the finish.
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - JAN 17, 2005
1.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
Mom said if you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything. Sorry mom but I can’t hold my tongue on this one. I had this from two different sources on back to back days with almost the same results. It looks like a porter and has a nice roasted malt and cocoa aroma. Except, it also has a sour citrus nose. Even worse, it has a lime, lemon and sour milk taste. Another Victory creation that went extremely wrong. Victory may be the most over rated brewery I have drank in a long while. While I still enjoy Storm King and Old Ho, just about everything else tastes worse than bad homebrew. I am sure Victory brewers know what they are doing. Maybe they need time to get used to the new system, but my opinion goes back to stuff they have brewed under the old set-up. (Hop Devil stinks). I hope they get their act together.
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 17, 2005
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draught @ Victory: Smelled sweet and choclatey. Poured a viscous dark brown. Small, lasting light brown head. Good lacing. Tasted of choclate and lots of malts. Too malty for me. I prefer a dryer, more balanced porter. Drinkable. Overall, too malty a porter.
PWalk (337) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 17, 2005
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Malt-ariffic! Poured from FooFaa’s growler into my glass the beer settled in dark almost black with a decent tan head sitting on top. Malts are present everywhere on the palate accompanied with some bittersweetness in the finish.
Would like to try again on tap.
jimmack (1222) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - JAN 16, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
From a growler thanks to FooFaa. I was really looking forward to trying this beer,
unfortunately it was a bit of a letdown.
Black with a good size tan head. Mild, roasted malt aroma with a hint of dark chocolate. Flavor was also rather mild, with roasted malts and dark fruits. Finished dry and somewhat thin. Wasn’t bad, but was kind of lacking in flavor for a baltic porter.
csbosox (1224) - Prairie Village, Kansas, USA - JAN 16, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
First of all, thanks egajdzis/Eric for the chance to try this beer. Expertly hand-bottled 12oz from a growler. 56°. Sampled in NB Worthy glass. Dark black with a light brown head that dissapates quickly. Nice lacing. Roasted malt nose with citrusy hops and a touch of chocolate. Flavor is roasted malt that is initially sweet then slighty sourish with cherry notes and a hint of citrusy hops with a long balanced finish with lingering flavors. The 12oz were gone too fast and it pains me that I can’t open another and enjoy it all over again. This is a great porter.
hopdog (9189) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 15, 2005
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Sample from growler provided by FooFaa. Poured a dark black color with an averaged sized tan head. Aromas of chocolates and smoky. Light cherries as well. Taste was a little bit of a let down. Had a metallic, tinny taste to it. Definitely smelled better than it tasted.
JFGrind (1860) - Glenside, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 14, 2005
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
My first baltic porter was a Balitka straight out of Russia. Victory’s version was a fresh hardy baltic porter. Enjoyable porter, worth seeking out if you can find. Chock full of malts. I’m lucky my local bar has had it on draft for a week now. Victory needs a porter in its line-up (outside the brewery) and this could be it.
DocLock (8054) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 5, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours raven black with a big, tan head. Aroma of malt, chocoff, slight cherries, vanilla, and oak. Tastes malty, with some chocoff, subdued cherries, and a slight oaky dry finish that is very characteristic of a Baltic porter. I could picture myself in the Baltic drinking this with a 300 dollar call girl next to me. I resolve to have more of this in 2005.