pjk33 (390) - Sligo - Curllsville Heights, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 6, 2005
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Enjoy by August 1, 2005. Ok, if you insist. Pours a red copper color with no head to speak of, but I can see active carbonation. Nose is sweet malt, roasted malt actually there along with nothing else. No hop aroma at all. Sweet malty taste with hints of hop bitterness and alcohol that really climb out and say "hello" as the beer flows to the back of the tongue and goes down the throat. Medium palate with very little carbonation, but the carb has very fine bubbles like a Belgian yeast creates. Not a bad beer, but I don’t think a top notch Victory brew. I have made better Doppelbocks than this one.
LilKem (1213) - Marietta, Ohio, USA - JUN 12, 2005
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
very thin look to it, virtually no head and muddy water colored. sugary scent and almost like opening a bag of pet food.. hmmm... syrupy. Tatses of syrup and licorice...
WBC (8) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - APR 28, 2005 does not count
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 7/20
More enjoyable & approachable than the first doppelbock I tried this evening. Good appearance and a nose that was not alcohol driven, but this full-bodied lager is clearly equipped to make you stumble if you push your luck. I thought it was pretty well balanced, considering the malty backbone was tempered by a decent amount of acidity that was refreshing for this style of beer.
adrian910ss (2421) - 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 (829) - 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. I’m not a big fan of bocks and this didn’t 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 they’ve 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 (10785) - San Diego, California, 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.