adrian910ss (2371) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 20, 2006
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pours an amber ruby red color with almost no head at all. Aroma is very malty with soy sauce overtones. Flavor is malty with a slight soy sauce aftertaste and not much else. A weak offering from Victory.
beachbum25 (1085) - Powellville, Maryland, USA - FEB 28, 2009
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
12 oz bottle-medium brown w/a moderate off white head. Roasted malt aroma. Had some roasted malt, some sweetness, yada, yada, yada... bitter finish. Overall, found it to be very pedestrian & forgettable...not horrible, just boring. Very disappointing offering from this brewer, not nearly up to their usual standards.
dagimp (743) - Philly, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 4, 2012
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Best by Dec 2011. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a wine glass. Pours a purpleish brown. Not much head and zero lacing. Mild fruity aroma. Mouthfeel is pretty flat and dull. Little carbonation to liven things up. Taste is pretty flat too. Dark fruit, banana, clove, some alcohol and little else. Iím not a big fan of bocks and this didnít to much for me either.
Hairofthedog (419) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 25, 2005
2.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
The aroma had roast, flowers, very slight citrus, and a slight coriander/spice. THe flavor was meaty, slight roast flowers, grainy, but tastes kinda off. The beer poured a deep reddish borwn color w/ no head and lacing. The mouthfeel was medium bodied, watery w/ no carbonation.
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 23, 2006
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. Clear reddish-bronze body with low carbonation and a smallish, slightly oily beige head. Aroma of cooked squash, figs, toffee, some prominent fruity esters, and light, peaty smoke. Flavor has some buttery caramel plus lingering burnt fruit and squash skins. This is sweet and slick with uneven, disjointed flavors. Perhaps theyíve done better with this in the past, but I have not been enjoying the fresh 6-pack that I purchased. My most disappointing encounter with a Victory beer.
BeerandBlues2 (10099) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - NOV 21, 2006
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle from JHop. Pours a clear tawny with spare off-white head, spare lacing. Aroma is heavy malt (cookie, caramel, toffee, roasted), average hops (flowers, grass), light yeast (leaves) with notes of cassis, butter and brown sugar. Average duration, moderate sweetness and bitterness with heavy acidity. Medium bodied and alcoholic texture, fizzy and astringent.
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 1, 2007
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12oz. Bottle: Aroma is lightly sweet. Smells of malts, nuts, wood, and bread. Poured ruby/amber in color with a small tan head that diminished quickly. No lacing. Clear. Lightly sparkling. Flavor is lightly sweet and lightly bitter. Tastes like soy, malts, sourdough, rye, and little raisin. Medium body. Soft carbonation. Long, malty, bready finish. Overall, not something I would have again, though it is drinkable.
Ernest (6354) - 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 isnít trying anymore.
dirtyc (173) - Erie, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 21, 2006
2.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
very deep ruby color.... light dark head. nice dark appearance, this is the first doppelbock that i have had..... not too shabby
warrior (213) - Mt. Wolf, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 17, 2006
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Aromas of alchohol with medicinal almost wintergreen type aroma with some malt aromas that are faint in the background. Nice med brown color that was very bright and clear. Head was a small tan color but it did last for some time. Odd off flavors that are slightly astringent and lacking the full malt sweetness that I was expecting. I do beleive victory is having some problems with their beers as of late. I didnít care for their 10 years and now I detect some trouble with their doppelbock. Iím surprised to read other reviews on this beer and wonder if they had the same beer as I did. This is far from a classic doppelbock and I have drank quite a few of the style and brewed some myself. I donít know whats going on but I hope they get the problems resolved and start making good beer again. I will try it again in the future and see how it is.