auerbrau (2952) - Peace Dale, Rhode Island, USA - APR 18, 2005
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUN 2, 2006 Bottled Dec 16 2004, almost four months ago to the date. This “King” is pouring a soupy tar black, with black currant ruby fringes and glint of that in the light. A thin brown head forms then fades…a little growth of carbonation settles in the center of the beer. The lacing is fantastic. Aroma is strong, with good aged malt and black currant aromas, backed with cherry, oak, and chocolate wafts. This smells extremely impressive, with depths and kick of hoppy sugars in the nose. Flavors are strong and flower on the tongue with roasted sugars, pecans, raisins, rum and coffee. Extreme complexity and depth to this beer…wow. Alcohol? It’s hardly even noticeable to me…and may have benefited from 4 months in my cellar. That beautiful little hoppy kiss at the end is nicely balancing the strong malt front end. This is again a character I look for in a beer, over and over, is strong flavor with good balance, and this beer certainly has it. I don’t want this to end, as the flavors are improving and blossoming as the beer warms and my palate adjusts. The palate is extremely smooth, but with a sugary dry lingering aftertaste of oak and light pipe tobacco. It’s extremely chewy and full, as I feel like biting into this beer, only to find it dissolving down my throat. Good to the last drop! Wait! I poured the rest of the beer out…and a new flowery yeast has added yet another dimension to the flavor. It never ends.
JK54B (1535) - Helsinki, FINLAND - MAY 21, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Mild slightly grassy nose. Large brownish head. Dark brownish black color. Roasty bitter taste. Not very sweet. Alcohol well hidden.
oneeighthcuban (92) - - MAY 20, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Smell is roasty and hoppy. Taste is very bitter, dark chocolate/coffee like flavors as well as hop bitterness. Alcohol at 9% is hidden well. Really solid imperial stout.
Ed5388 (520) - Forked River, New Jersey, USA - MAY 19, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle. Pours pitch black with a thin mocha colored head. Aroma of roasted malt, chocolate, some coffee, and a subtle hop aroma as well. Taste is hoppy and roasty. Lots of coffee, dark chocolate, piny hops, and some carmel malt sweetness.
hman43 (27) - Pinehurst, North Carolina, USA - MAY 18, 2013
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark black color with an aroma that was surprisingly not that strong. The taste has a blended combination of coffee and a slightly bitter after taste.
Mrnoluv (41) - long beach, California, USA - MAY 17, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAY 18, 2013 Aroma is coco, little vanilla almost vanilla extract, roasted coffee bean, no light comes through pitch black dark, light head, bitter aftertastes, smokey taste, at charcoal/cofffee/bitter palate. I just wish it had a little more sweetness to match the bitterness, that could be achieved with a little more ABV, this one needs to be a 10-10.5 imo. Great beer, just a little more kick, sweetness and it is up there with the best bitter stouts.
kcorum10 (94) - Arizona, USA - MAY 10, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours black with cream colored head. Has flavors of a mild hop bitterness up front with a toasted malt finish with hints of coffee.
deaconmike (59) - Roswell, USA - MAY 8, 2013
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at Taco Mac. I’m an IPA guy, so this was right up my alley. Plenty of hops in this imperial stout. The aroma is somewhat subdued - roast, chocolate, coffee. The hops dominate the taste. If you are looking for sweet, caramel maltiness, look somewhere else. Nice smooth, drinkable brew. I’ll be back! Another great offering from Victory.
Steverus0 (68) - Shreveport, Louisiana, USA - MAY 5, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A hoppy stout!? Plenty of character, the hops on the front of the palate somehow balance with the toasted malts.
Opens up like an IPA and closes out like a coffee stout, I suppose that I'll have to keep drinking to be sure what I think here...
Yup, still "experimenting"...
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
Superman75 (9) - - MAY 3, 2013 does not count
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Kolsvart o krämig med enormt stor smak, bland dom bästa imperial...................
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
Danyel (182) - Colorado, USA - MAY 2, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours very dark, tan head. Smells roasty. Tastes like coffee, roasty, slightly bitter, creamy. Full, heavy. Good.