frankenkitty (1958) - Oak Lawn, Illinois, USA - AUG 5, 2010
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
(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).
nike (822) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 9, 2011
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
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.
jrallen34 (3475) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 24, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
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.
Thorpe429 (4944) - , Illinois, USA - NOV 23, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
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.
TheEnemy (562) - Chicago, USA - OCT 14, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
kuphish (378) - Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA - AUG 8, 2010
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle courtesy of EithCubes. Pours a hazy, amber body with a moderate, beige head that is frothy and tight. Caramel and toffee in the nose with some brown malt and light brown sugar. Hints of pitted fruit. Flavor has plum and raisin up front. Some alcohol and astringency are also present. Medium bodied with a good malt presence and nice, firm bitterness. Astringent finish. Overall decent but weird. Not the clean, German character that I would expect.
patrickfannon (1201) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 6, 2010
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draft at Belgian. Pours a clean amber with a thin, creamy tan head. Aroma of chestnut, hazelnut, Burt, bitter malt, and wet dog. Medium bodied with a smooth, slightly bitter palate. Finishes with a coppery, metallic note. Average.
Boutip (4292) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 14, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle: Poured a deep hazy brown color alt with a large foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of deep caramel malt is very nice with some subtle toffee notes also noticeable. Taste is very refreshing with some rich caramel malt notes and some balance sweetness. Hops are very hard to distinguish which is a good thing since the malt bill is generous enough and need no complement. Full body with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Interesting take on the style and easily drinkable.
italianjohn (2149) - Penndel, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 28, 2010
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Murky amber-brown pour off white-tannish head .... creamy light lacing aroma of caramel, toffee and bready malts .... very malty taste caramel and toffee, roasted malts with a hop bitterness in the finish ... a nice brew the hops changed the style a little but didn’t hurt it
vtafro (2169) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - APR 22, 2010
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 8/20
Draft. Brown pour with white head. Weird malty aftertaste which put me off towards this beer. Mostly malt flavored, some hops possibly and spices are in the background. Not so good...