BBB63 (6557) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - APR 16, 2005
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle: Slightly darker cola red hue with a fizzy and fading head and no lace. The aroma has notes of roasted and caramel malts, grassy and herbal hops, hints of peaty scotch, and moderate phenols. The taste starts with a hint of lactic sourness followed by a sweet malt and sharp bitter balance. The finish displays some chocolate notes and a sublime sherry quality. The feel is lively but not heavy enough for the style IMO. This beer was sampled next to Sprecher Dopplebock and isn’t near the quality, it seems thinner and less towards style. Quaffable but not overrated in bottle. Perhaps it is that much better on tap.
DYCSoccer17 (3620) - Woodland, California, USA - APR 9, 2005
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle, sampled with members of the San Diego crew...thanks for whomever brought this...Roasty, mildly sour and nutty caramel aroma. Mildly hazy amber color with a small yellowish head. Roasty, sweetness turning astringent and quite thin with a small bitter kick to finish. Metallic notes.
Sickboy282 (1114) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 8, 2005
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Poursa a deep ruby brown hue with no head and no lacing. Aromas of caramel, a hint of sherry and a hint of wheat and brown sugar and some roasted nuts. Flavors are grassy and medicinal with a light bitterness. Lingering alcohol finish. Overall, lacking any depth or quality flavor.
pjk33 (390) - Sligo - Curllsville Heights, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 6, 2005
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Enjoy by August 1, 2005. Ok, if you insist. Pours a red copper color with no head to speak of, but I can see active carbonation. Nose is sweet malt, roasted malt actually there along with nothing else. No hop aroma at all. Sweet malty taste with hints of hop bitterness and alcohol that really climb out and say "hello" as the beer flows to the back of the tongue and goes down the throat. Medium palate with very little carbonation, but the carb has very fine bubbles like a Belgian yeast creates. Not a bad beer, but I don’t think a top notch Victory brew. I have made better Doppelbocks than this one.
TheBeerGod (5997) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - APR 6, 2005
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Thanks to BuckNaked for this! Ruby body with a medium frohty tan head. Nose is a bit thin, to me. Light caramel, sweet malts, faint hops, dark fruits, and light chocolate. Taste is MUCH better. Rich sweetened malts, dark fruits, top quality caramel, hints of brown sugar, light hops, and light alcohol. Body is medium-full with moderate carbonation feel and slight alcohol warmth. Finishes semi-sweet with more caramel, light hops, chocolate, dark fruits, sweet malts and mild sugary notes. Good stuff!
NVBeer232 (467) - Reno, Nevada, USA - APR 3, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Cleveland Local Gathering. Thanks to our Youngstown connection, Mike McCallister for bringing this! Rust red body and a slightly off white head. Fruity, estery, aroma with a light back drop of carmel malt. Light bodied, but not quite watery. Malty, with notes of carmel. Slightly bitter finish that isn’t really what I expected. Decent bock.
boto (2086) - Granby, Connecticut, USA - APR 2, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draught @ Victory. This beer pours a dark brown color with a bit of a head on it. The aroma is nice, with notes of caramel and some fruits. Maybe a whiff of alcohol. The taste is rich and a little thick: very malty and sweet, with a good hop balance. A very good Bock!
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 2, 2005
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours with a deep amber/red body topped by a thin to medium thick head with little lacing. It’s slightly sweet and malty with notes of alcohol, a little brown sugar and a slight bitter hoppiness that throws it off. Full bodied, slightly tingly and a touch warming.
Jonathan3584 (323) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - MAR 28, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very enjoyable. Dark brown pour, sweet malty smell. Solid flavor. ABV not noticeable. Really enjoyed that it wasn’t over sweet.
herbjones (742) - Orange, California, USA - MAR 28, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle thanks to zathrus for the opportunity to try this. Dark chestnut brown pour raising a peanut butter head only when poured vigorously. Sweet malty nose. Kinda reminded me of squaw bread. Very nice brew, sweet but not cloying. Abv well hidden. Finishes clean.