Ughsmash (7505) - 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.
jredmond (7183) - New York, New York, USA - DEC 26, 2008
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz bottle. Pours a dark amber red body. Aroma is feint roasted malt, with some notes of nut and caramel. The taste is very smooth and delicious.
Ernest (7164) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JAN 6, 2006
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: APR 14, 2007 Bottle.
Head is initially small, fizzy, light brown, mostly diminishing.
Body is dark amber.
Aroma is moderately malty (toasted bread, caramel), with a note of smoked meat.
Flavor is moderately to heavily sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter.
Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly acidic, moderately bitter, husky, slightly unclean.
Medium to full body, watery/syrupy texture, lively carbonation, lightly alcoholic.
Poor aftertaste, unfortunately...very husky and dirty. Victory just isn’t trying anymore.
CaptainCougar (7133) - 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.
swoopjones (7021) - Buffalo, New York, USA - AUG 28, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle. Medium amber brown color. Nice sweet, caramel, toffee malt aroma. Medium body, little to no carbonation. Tasty, sweet toffee & molasses. Would like to try on tap
Radek Kliber (6937) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - NOV 14, 2007
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle 355 ml
Appearance :Good depth of amber with medium top
Nose :Clean malty aroma with light scent of alcohol
Flavour/Palate : Medium full bodied. Malts as a base with clean alcoholic side. Good brew to start fall.
TaktikMTL (6919) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 7, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bouteille de 12 oz partagée avec MartinT et Beerbuzzmontreal. Arôme: Odeur de caramel avec une pointe de noix et d’alcool. Apparence: La couleur est ambrée avec une très faible densité de bulle. Présence d’un mince col mousseux et d’une fine dentelle sur le verre. Saveur: Goût de caramel légèrement fruité. Durée moyenne de l’arrière goût. Palette: Le corps est moyen avec une texture légèrement huileuse. Faible effervescence en bouche. Présence de caramel en arrière goût. (Rating #3208)
radagast83 (6795) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - NOV 6, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Dark reddish. Aroma is malty, with some roast and Chocolate. Very malty, with a touch of cherry.
5000 (6599) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - MAR 11, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle pours a deep plum color, large off-white foamy head, with sticky lacing. Bready aroma, malty, with a slight alcohol presence. Light soy, semi-sweet, with an underlying dark pitted fruit on the tongue. Full bodied, but with a fairly medium mouthfeel. Definitely warming. Smooth finish, semi-sweet trailer with lingering dark pitted fruit. Maybe even a hint of smoked peat hiding in there. Thanks goes out to egajdzis for the trade!
BBB63 (6510) - 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.