axilla (962) - New Providence, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 19, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poura hazy deep red body with a quickly disappearing white head. Aroma is Sweet carmel malts and cherries with a subtle nuttiness. Somewhat sweet carmel and raisin flavors with a little smoke and a small hop kick in the finish. A little alcohol also coming out in the finish. Medium bodied.
pineypower (2479) - Pine Barrens, New Jersey, USA - FEB 18, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Never dissapointed in Victory and it holds true once again. Pours out with a nice sweet malty aroma. The color is cloudy dark brown with a slight head. The taste is nice and balanced with notes of roasted malts and some carmel notes with a slight typical bitterness on the finish. Great brew that goes down smooth
richlikebeer (838) - Easton, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 15, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
2005 bottle: an almost sweet aroma mixed with generous amounts of malt, the color is a medium to dark cloudy brown, with a thin layer of tan head that clings to the side of the glass. very smooth malty taste, with hints of spices and a slight sweetness that i cant nail down. just a tad bitter on the tail end and the body is a little less than i was hoping for, but altogether an excellent beer
bombshelter (349) - San Francisco, California, USA - FEB 14, 2005
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAY 8, 2006 from tap at RFD strong beer tasting: notes: appearance: cloudy dark brown. aroma: roasty, malty. taste: smooth malt, with roast goodness. honey? cloves? the caramelization from decoction mash is evident. excellent brew.
tried a year or two later in bottle, and recipe seems to have changed very little. differences: clear dark amber instead of cloudy, and the body is full. really good stuff.
argo0 (11317) - Washington DC, USA - FEB 10, 2005
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Clear garnet body with beige head. Aroma is medium sweet, raisin, caramel. Taste is moderately sweet, raisin, caramel, some chocolate, light roast. Fairly clean medium-full body.
egajdzis (5253) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 1, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: FEB 8, 2005 Poured a purplish red color with a small, light tan head that quickly diminished, leaving sparce lacing on the glass. Aroma of sweet caramel malts, smoked peat, toasted nuts, and light cherry. Roasted, sweet caramel, light smoke that finished hoppy. Light alcohol noticed. Bottle displays more roastiness and slightly more alcohol, though its rather enjoyable this way.
SeamusNeko (45) - Anacostia, Washington DC, USA - APR 29, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Setting: Served in a sample cup at the Michael Jackson Beer tasting held at RFD’s.
Appearance: A slightly murky cherry red/burgundy colored liquid topped by a light tan head that dissipated to a small ring of foam. No real lacing of note was left.
Aroma: Aromas of prunes, cherries, assorted fruits, and caramelized malts beckon you, sirenlike, to sip upon their goodness.
Flavor: Mesmerized by the siren-song of the nose, a hearty quaff gives you sweet and dark caramel malt flavors with a hint of smokiness lingering in the background.
Palate: Solid medium body. Nice and crisp.
Overall: A lovely and contemplative beer. One to quaff while poring over the Old Testament or maybe Homer, I’d say. I’d have no problems drinking a decent amount of this stuff.
Marginalia: In a total beer geek moment, and I blame Randall th’ Enamel Animal for this, I was able to pick out the rauch malts used in this. It’s such a small amount of rauch that you’d be hard pressed to taste it if you didn’t know beforehand. I "blame" Randall for this since all the other taste receptors in my mouth were still reeling from Randallized 120 Minute IPA. The only thing that I could taste with assured clarity was smoke.
MaiBockAddict (1497) - Good Beer Bar Deprived, New Jersey, USA - APR 17, 2004
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap at the brewpub. Malty aroma. Flavor is smooth and malty, with smokey notes. Good stuff.
WISEGUY572 (1372) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 17, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Not quite as dark or as opaque or as heavy as an Ayinger Celebrator. A good beer, with great sweet fruitiness, great dark malt backbone, toffee and coffee flavors not as intense as the Ayinger. Adequately hopped, but authentically, not heavily American hops. Really a good beer. But given how much like an Aventinus their Moon Glow is, I had expected this to be more like a Celebrator, much as Fish Tale did with Detonator. I had mine from a growler and had no idea that the alcohol level was over 8 — nicely hidden under the malt and the sweetness.
Wakie (612) - Centreville, Virginia, USA - APR 16, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Not exactly what one expects from a doppelbock, but quite good and easy to drink several in one sitting. Big head, rather malty, mix of toffee and light hops. Nice.