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RATINGS: 390   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.5/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 261   ABV: 8.7%
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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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3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
frankenkitty (1991) - 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).


3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mcberko (12383) - 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.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Travlr (19872) - Washington, Washington DC, 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.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
benpickens (473) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
GenDV138 (5230) - 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.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
solidfunk (6837) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mansquito (4932) - 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.

4
   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.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
chibuck (3504) - 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.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Thorpe429 (5016) - , Illinois, USA - NOV 23, 2010
G: Poured into a Tom Collins glass. Bottle has an enjoy by date of May 7, 2009. A: Reddish brown with a beautiful, crisp rust-colored head. Plenty of visible carbonation. Great lacing. S: Sweet with some fruit notes. Very inviting. Caramel notes and some hops. Maybe some candied sugars. T: Absolutely lovely. All of the aroma definitely comes through and there is a good amount of complexity to this one. Excellent malt backbone with some hops coming through. Similar to many of the darker American Strong Ales that I’ve had. There are some slightly spicy notes in addition to the aforementioned aromas. M: Medium-to-full body with a moderate amount of carbonation. Very nice. Some slight alcohol presence. D: Could definitely drink this all day.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheEnemy (564) - Chicago, USA - OCT 14, 2010
12oz bottle.
Two caveats here: one, I generally don’t like the altbier style; and two, the sample I tried was 5 years old, with a note on the label to "enjoy by Aug 07 06." very cloudy, chestnut brown. Flaky yeast owigng to age.nice head, decent amount of lace. Aroma is malty, nutty, crisp hop bitterness and notes of maple syrup. Flavor: rich malt, nutty, bready, crisp assertive hop blooms at the end of the swallow. Finish: full body, rich, long bitter, sugary. Best alt I’ve ever had. I actually enjoyed it even though I usually hate the style, which has me wondering if it was done well outside of style guidelines. Other than yeast flaking, it survived its 5 years in my pantry quite admirably.


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