HomesickAlien (20) - Michigan, USA - FEB 18, 2006
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a clear, dark copper/orange. Light copper head of tiny bubbles diminishes quickly. Lots of dense, sticky lacing. Aromas of caramel, light fruit, honey, spices and alcohol. Flavor of fruits, malt, caramel followed by moderate hops and spice. This is a very well balanced brew. Mouthfeel is moderately creamy and slightly oily with moderate carbonation. Just an outstanding beer and an impressive domestic example of the style.
egajdzis (5196) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 17, 2006
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAR 6, 2006 [Gravity Oak Cask] Poured a dark amber / chestnut color with a medium sized, light tan head. Aroma of caramel malt, citrus fruits, toffee, light spices, and some alcohol as well. Taste of roasted malt, caramel, light chocolate, some citrus fruits, vanilla, light smoke, and a medium bitterness in the finish. Creamy mouthfeel.
TheBeerLover (1024) - DC Metro Area, USA - FEB 17, 2006
4.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Outstanding domestic example of sticke bier, which is a brawnier version of Dusseldorf altbier. 10 years of Victory, and a wonderful beer to celebrate that milstone with. Its hard to find a good example of alt, let alone sticke outside of Dusseldorf, but I’m happy to say Victory has got this one right. Ten Years Alt pours to a beautiful, bright, deep copper color, with a thick, white head that fades, and a moderate amount of carbonation. The nose is excellent with snappy and zesty herbal hop aroma, that leads into a slighty slick, nutty/sweet malty and fruity palate. This beer is very polished, round, and smooth on the tongue. Ten Years Alt finishes with more good smooth malt and fruit up front, then ends with a snappy burst of herbal/grassy hop bittereness that lingers. Stylistically, a very accurate example of sticke, and this beer joins the ranks of the few impressive, domestic examples of the style. Great beer, well worth seeking out.
TheBeerNinja (137) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - FEB 15, 2006
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a very clear amber, with a fizzy tan head that fizzles out fast. Nose is faint and malty with subtle hop notes. Flavor is rich and malty, but not too sweet. A nice dry finish with some bitterness.