muddyfeet (72) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - JUL 16, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a dark brown in color. Not thick like a poert or stout but thinner like a dense bock. Fairly flat in appearance. Nose is malty and peaty with a bit of heat from the alcohol.
Flavor is actually fairly simple. Heavy on the malts. Nice roasted character to it. Some toffee too. Picking out some fruits, particularly overripe cherries. A rather nice burn from the alcohol too. Pleasant and soothing actually. Heavy and full mouthfeel. It would coat the cheeks but the alcohol evaporates nciely and thins it out. Solid beer.
penguinjive7 (72) - Buffalo, New York, USA - NOV 21, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a dark mahogany with couple fingers of off-white head. Smell is of dark malts with a hint of brown sugar. Taste is definitely dark malts with a hint of sweetness in the finish but not much more to speak of. The mouthfeel was nice and balances throughout.
This is a fairly drinkable brew. I gave it a solid four because it is no doubt a nice brew, but I think it lacks complexity and would expect a bit more from a doppelbock from Victory.
Reviewed on: 05-21-2007
Dopplebock1538 (71) - Sanatoga, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 29, 2005
2.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
With very little effort, this could be a great bock. But for now, average! Pours smooth. But it’s AMERICIANIZED!
brosen561 (70) - Minnesota, USA - MAY 28, 2010
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
12 oz. Pours a pitch brown with small, dense tan head. Aroma is very nutty with the sweetness of vanilla. First thing that came to mind with the flavor was hot chocolate supported by caramel and more nuts. Good thick mouthfeel, finishing with a little sweet residue left behind.
SBor02 (67) - Delaware, USA - MAR 12, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This beer pours a rich deep red with khaki colored thick head. There is a sweet toffee and mild chocolate aroma under the head that blends nicely. This beer is mild in sweetness and bitterness which makes it very mellow and enjoyable. A nice warmth from the alcohol comes through at the end with a silky smooth mouthfeel. This beer is a real joy to drink.
millysdaddy (67) - Alexandria, Virginia, USA - MAR 13, 2007
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12 oz. bottle. Pours a dark, reddish brown with a medium, off-white head. Aromas of raisins, caramel, and bourbon. Flavors of plums, peach, raisin, and nutty malts. Solid but not great.
skisangelo (60) - Collingswood, New Jersey, USA - APR 21, 2005
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a maroon-brown from the bottle, with a whole lot of head that hangs around a bit. Smell is lightly sweet. Taste is dominated by molasses, a sweet malty characteristic. Very solid doppelbock. Becoming a fan of the Victory Brewing Company.
Zombeer (59) - New Jersey, USA - MAR 24, 2013
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
had this on tap. Dark color, nice light smoke taste. An easy drinking, good beer that i would recommend to everyone to try at least once.
JohnnyFlake (53) - Henderson, Nevada, USA - NOV 6, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz Bottle - Pours a very dark amber with a modest creamy head. Lacing is modest as well. Aroma is kind of light, not very distinct, sweet fruit and malt, with nuances of caramel. Flavor is mostly sweet malt and dark fruits, maybe raisin with a touch of caramel.
Mouthfeel is full but not truly rich. The alcohol is obviously there, not very well hidden. Finish is semi-sweet and malty, with nuances of caramel. This is a very nice, easy drinking beer.
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.