hopdog (9713) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 11, 2005
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured a dark mahogany color with a smaller off white head. Subtle malty aromas. Tastes of bread, caramel, molasses, and toffee. Light alcohol in the finish.
Sammy (9443) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 2, 2007
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 16/20
Reddish brown with initial substantial foamy head. A malt work of art. Malty aroma and dark lager complex taste. Numbing on the tongue, dark fruit and very tasty. Very smooth and well done.
Dogbrick (9350) - 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.
GT2 (9272) - 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 (8962) - 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.
3fourths (8554) - 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 (8500) - 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 (8492) - 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.
j12601 (7700) - 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.
Ughsmash (7354) - 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.