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RATINGS: 392   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.5/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 261   ABV: 8.7%
The Victory version of this ‘secret’ offering is inspired by the rich brewing heritage of the alt beers. It is a dark ale exhibiting the love of hops and mastery of malt that Victory has displayed for 10 years. Initially assertive with spicy hops, Ten Years Alt concludes ever so comfortably in rich, roasted malts and burnished hop character.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
frankenkitty (2006) - Oak Lawn, Illinois, USA - AUG 5, 2010
(My notes had this listed as "20 Year Alt", which is obviously wrong since it seems Victory started brewing in 1996.) Deep, reddish/caramel colored under a fairly thick ecru head which falls to a ring and leaves a nice lace spackle. Call me crazy, but the dominant aroma is that of grape Bubble-Yum. Tang. Cranberry. Minor dark fruit. Flavor is surprisingly hoppy to start (peppers), but a malty base does well to temper and balance. Dry caramel. Tea bitters. Old Ale leanings. Regardless of whether or not it’s "to style," it’s still a really nice beer. ~~~~~~~~ Draught pint at Victory brewpub, several years ago (old notebook).

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
IndianaRed (3845) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JUL 28, 2016
On tap at BitterCreek Alehouse clear redish brown with a fine dense tan head leaving smooth even sheets of lacing. Smooth malty woody slightly sweet flavors. Mild hop character. Very nice

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mcberko (14655) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 29, 2016
On tap at Bailey’s, pours a hazy orange amber with a medium beige head. Aroma is quite hoppy for an alt, with notes of German lager yeast, bready malt and some dry hopping. Flavour is extremely hoppy for an alt, with piney dry hopping and bready malt. Quite astringent on the finish. Well-made avant garde alt beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
MacNJ (49) - New Jersey, USA - MAR 24, 2016
Victory’s 10 Year Alt, I believe, is much higher than 4.7% at 7.8%.This special anniversary lager has been offered again on tap at the brewery for their 20th birthday. The lacing is good, and the malts and mouthfeel are the backbone for this one. However, there is a nice, bitter finish. Cheers!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Travlr (21638) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - MAR 19, 2016
Draft at Churchkey. Clear ruby amber color, off white head with solid lacing and good retention. Aroma of burnt caramel and burnt toast. Taste is peppery burnt toffee very good example of the style.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
benpickens (487) - Camarillo, California, USA - MAR 16, 2016
On tap at hop city in Bham; Clear brown with little head; brown sugar aromas; syrupy but not cloying palate; hops in the finish; good beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
GenDV138 (6092) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - MAR 10, 2016
4 oz pour on draft at ChurchKey during the Victory 20th anniversary event. Clear golden amber with off-white head. Aromas of citrus, malt, light floral notes, biscuit. Tastes of citrus, tropical fruit, floral notes, light biscuit. Medium-light body with a dry finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
solidfunk (7695) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - MAR 10, 2016
Some tobacco and some light roast. Some basement resin vibe. Light caramel. Amber pour with decent head. Light bittersweet finish. Tap at churchkey.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mansquito (5454) - Nueva York, New York, USA - FEB 18, 2016
Beer Table To Go, NYC tap: well apparently this beer is back because I had it on tap at a reputable establishment. Pours clear brown with a beige head. Aroma is malty and hoppy... Some toffee and sugar and stuff. Taste is malty and not too sweet. Hops give themselves a nice presence. I like it when altbiers do things right. This is one of them.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
nike (966) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 9, 2011
A great strong brew, doesn’t taste like your typical 8.5% brew. Amber color, big foaming head that leave laces on the glass. Nice spicy hop flavors as well as roasted malt character. Well balanced. One of my favorites from Victory.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
chibuck (3510) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 24, 2011
I pop the cap and come back after writing an email and thier is 2 inch growth hanging from the bottle. There is huge carbonation that is chunky and heavy and puffy. When its poured into the glass the beer is very dark brillant amber color with a huge 5 finger light tan head that lasts several minutes. The peak of the head is awesome with big bublles and creaminess that makes you want to let your lips sleep on it. The lacing is great. As that huge head falls it coats the whole glass, like a film falling all the way to the body. The aroma is very malty, lots of sweetness and spice. The taste is almost very malty, reminds me of a lighter quad. There is light hops and a very nutmeg spice finish that lasts a little to long.

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