Travlr (17662) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - FEB 17, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at the source. Very dark maroon color, tan head, solid lacing. Aroma of dark cocoa. Taste is chocolate, coffee.
hopdog (10255) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 22, 2009
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at the Victory Brew Pub. Poured a medium amberish/brownish color with a small sized off white head. Aromas of toasted graininess. Tastes of the toasty/roastiness, grains, and just all around ’interestingly different’. Lacing left on the glass.
GT2 (9412) - Oceanside, California, USA - JAN 12, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Growler 1 day old thanks to MrChopin. Pours a clear, deep cola. Thick, coffee foam. Big retention and lace. Nose is grassy hops, hazelnut, whole wheat pizza crust, earth. Taste is dry, bitter, coffee, dark chocolate, waxy bitter chocolate bar. Really good. Palate is snappy, crusty, bready... bringing that Victory pils palate to a schwarzbier. Quite nice and very different. A special treat!
JoeMcPhee (9004) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 11, 2009
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tap at Blind Tiger. Deep brown pour with almost no head at all. The aroma is lightly herbal with a pronounced grassiness and a touch of cocoa as well. There is a light spicy hop note but also a touch of soapiness as well. The hops are quite pronounced with a fairly assertive herbal/earthiness. The flavour never really seems to come out all that much though. Fairly bitter with a kiss of roasty astringency. Warming improves this really with the lighter zesty hoppy notes throwing a bit more complexity. When it’s cold, all you get is a clash of herbal hops and cocoa. Not bad, but it’s a strange one.
DocLock (8798) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 16, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at Victory, and the 2nd beer I’ve been the 10th rater of today, after having that happen only twice in the last 7 years. Pours deep brown. Nose is earthy malt, some hops, dark fruit, and cherry notes. Tastes malty, hoppy, with an earthy caramel note at the base, and earthy notes throughout. Unique, but I think we need to classify that Victory called this a pils, not a scwarz.
j12601 (8000) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - MAR 1, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Holy Smoke. Pours a clear caramel with a medium sized white head. Lightly floral, toast and malt. Clean hop profile. Malty, big noble hop flavors coming through, with some more light floral notes. Nice big bitterness and toast. Long tannic finish with toast and more hop bitterness.
douglas88 (7585) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 4, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
A really unusual brew. On tap at Fat Heads. Pours a brown color with a medium white head. A light nose of pine and sweet Pils malt. The flavor is rich bitter hops, pine, roast, chocolate. All in a pretty small beer. Good. Interesting and drinkable.
blipp (7342) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 30, 2009
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft. Pours copper brown with a beige head. Light roast in the aroma, with a hint of sweetness. A surprising amount of hops in the flavor, with lighter notes of roast and sweet malt. Pretty good.
nimbleprop (6341) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - JAN 19, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Growler pours a watery, opaque black with some creamy, white head. Nose is nice, fruit, malt, chocolate, plum. Flavor is malty, brown sugar, chocolate, grass, a little vegetal. Dry finish. Insanely drinkable.
egajdzis (5695) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 26, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
[Draft @ EB+B] Poured a dark brown / amber color with a small, off white head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of roasted malts, toast, toffee, citrus, and light floral hops. Taste was bitter roast, hops, light citrus, some toast, and a bit of sweet toffee. The roasted notes were a bit too much, considering the strong hop profile in this one.