Drake (8546) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - OCT 6, 2008
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz. bottle shared by Alraomon. Thanks Sean! Pours a cranberry color with a thin tan head. Very wheaty dark fruit aroma. Taste is bitter hops, bread, raisin, toffee and caramel. Full bodied, smooth and slightly tart.
GT2 (8433) - San Diego County, California, USA - APR 9, 2010
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottle. Pours clear copper with a healthy yellow head that has no retention and no lacing. Aroma is raisins, old cherry soda, some light smoked bacon. Taste is metallic, copper penny, not much else. Ick
JoeMcPhee (8410) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 16, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap at Blind Tiger. Deep brown-amber beer. Aroma is quite subtle, toasted lean malts with some light plummy fruit. Sweet and toasty with a kiss of caramelly mlats. Lighty chewy, sweet and a little bit fruity. Bready but there is a bit of light berryish fruit. A bit of lingering sweetness with a pronounced raspberry fruitiness. It is good, but it ain’t no dopplebock.
Dogbrick (8139) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAR 5, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sample at Duke’s Alehouse & Kitchen in Crystal Lake, IL. The beer is a reddish-brown color with a medium thin tan head that dissipates slowly. Rings of lacing on the glass. Aroma of sweet malt and toffee plus some fruit. Medium body with flavors of malt, dark fruit and a touch of hops. The finish is sweet with a lingering dark fruity aftertaste. Above average overall.
3fourths (8029) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - SEP 2, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle. Fresh. Deep purple and red colored body with a really nice foamy, fine-bubbled tan head, almost looks like a cask pour head. Rich, sweet nose of plum, port wine, wood tannins, red grapes, sweet oak, vanilla, toffee and amaretto. Rich and sweet and thick flavor of old plums, a little bit of brown sugar, some more toffee and wood. A really nice doppelbock, smooth and creamy and rich and very malt-forward. My expectations these days for Victory are very low, so I was genuinely surprised by this one. Very well-made.
DocLock (7860) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 12, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours amber/reddish. Aromas of caramel, toffee, fruit, malt, and hops. Tastes firm, smooth, malty, with a sweet, firm, malty, slightly fruity and hoppy finish.
MartinT (7811) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 6, 2005
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: AUG 4, 2010 The Lure:
Grassy, wooden hops seeped into lightly smoked caramel. Munich malt and alcohol dew tint the aforementioned lusciousness. The fiery light red colour is quite appealing.
Cherries seep from the Munich malts, dominating the herbal hops. Body is rather drinkable, bubbly and not heavy at all for the style.
The sharing of knowledge is so pleasant.
Ughsmash (7135) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 24, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled. Poured slightly hazy medium copper with a lovely initial cap of beige head (settled down to a film after a minute or so. The aroma was sweet with a hefty dose of aged caramel and dark fruit.. held in check by what was either herbal hoppage or the malts breaking down a bit (either way it worked).. warmth brought out a bit of chocolate. The flavor was supported in a very positive way by the same aged caramel with significantly lesser notes of dark fruit and baker’s chocolate.. peppery alcohol and herbal bitterness surrounded, and carried through the longer finish.. almost too hot at the end, but it held up. A tad heavier than medium-bodied on the palate with a syrupy feel and lower carbonation.. maybe a bit too hot, but otherwise quite enjoyable.
CaptainCougar (7132) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - FEB 28, 2005
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle thanks to richlikebeer: Pours a nice rich dark brown with a thick light tan head. Aroma is very caramely sweet with an authentic German lager yeast presence with a hint of floral noble hops. Starts with a caramelized malty sweetness quickly turning very sticky and dry toward the doughy finish. Something’s just wrong with the palate. Not quite sure how, but it’s very sticky and astringent without being that sweet. Has some nice authenticity, but I’m having trouble finishing the 12oz bottle because of its off-tasting stickiness. It’s very strange as I have never had this extreme a sensation with a beer before. Seems like it would be a good brew otherwise. Perhaps a rerate is due in the future.
j12601 (6584) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - MAR 1, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Holy Smoke. Pours a clear caramel color with a thin white head. Light caramel, toast. Medium bodied, caramel and toast and a nice light sweetness. Gentle toast, soft finish, toast, caramel, and a gentle bitterness. Very nice session beer.