monkeyman (57) - Alabama, USA - AUG 14, 2002
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
I’ve enjoyed this monstrous ale over several years’ efforts. The hops have been increased a bit of late; much more than 1998 or 1999. Initially, the case bottled in 2001 had a faint green apple presence, which has faded nicely over the past 8 months. This is all that’s kept this from a flat out ’5’.
All of the pieces are here: coffee, subtle chocolate, great hearty mouth-feel and amazingly well-hidden alcohol. Proceed with caution, this brew strikes without warning.
jayme9874 (756) - Hamburg, New York, USA - AUG 12, 2002
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: SEP 7, 2004 (Rerate) All black, nice brown head with a decent lace. Nose of roasted malt/grains, coffee, fruity (maybe subtle blackberry) and loads of cascades. Medium bodied, fairtly rich, incredibly smooth with loads of flavor. Huge roasted malt profile, licorice, lots of coffee bitternesss and dark fruity tastes. This is all without mentioning the huge piney hop presence that detracts a bit but subsides as it warms. Never would guess the strength of this badboy. Awesome Imperial, although done a little differently. After a year in cellar, hops mellow out and the malt complexities explode.
dirtymike (2016) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - AUG 4, 2002
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Dark,roasty,full bodied...I wish it was available where i live.
blank (996) - Austin, Texas, USA - JUL 25, 2002
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
a little rough on the first sip, but still and VERY nice stout
KegMan99 (3) - USA - JUL 25, 2002 does not count
4.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
This beer is great. One of the few beers a enjoy drinking cask conditioned. Not a big ale drinker, but this beer is great.
Jayb0 (959) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - JUL 17, 2002
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
love this beer. holds it’s dark creamy head. great balance of strong flavors
mwsf (360) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUL 16, 2002
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Malty, roasted, slightly hoppy, slightly alcoholic aroma. Nice two-finger head and black as night. Bitter, roasted, coffee, and mild alcohol flavors. Quite thick and full-bodied, although not nearly as full-bodied as something like Expedition Stout. Overall, a nice, big, drinkable Imperial Stout.
papajohn (1248) - San Diego (Mira Mesa), California, USA - JUL 16, 2002
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very nice, rich imperial. Very strong roasted malt flavors with bitter chocolate
and milk chocolate presence.
MoeStCool99 (6) - Delaware, USA - JUL 14, 2002 does not count
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
So far, Victory hasn’t disappointed with any of their offerings
RAUCHFEST (122) - PROSPECT PARK, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 10, 2002
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
was at the brewery last night 7/9 tried the 97 vintage what a beer time does this brew wonders hop aromas still aparrent the malt mellowed some and this beer is dangerously drinkable a treat most likely only available at the brewery