raindog (560) - Evansville, Indiana, USA - JUN 25, 2003
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark golden,with a ring and patch of foam.Suprisingly, it lasts. Heavily spicy,malty aroma.Wood, leather,and perfectly hidden alcohol(aroma,so far).Mouthfeel is extremely,soft for the thickness it posesses. Very fruity/spicy flavors,with tons of underlying malt.Alcohol is hidden very well,IMHO.Quite suprising,to me,as I wasn't expecting much(sorry).Pretty well done.
dberger624 (1028) - Phila, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 25, 2003
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Shared 750ml bottle.
Another fine product form Victory. Nice malty flavor that hides the alchol well.
AceOfHearts (1374) - Mountain View, California, USA - JUN 24, 2003
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Okay, this is the part where my rating sheet is sloppy. Very balls-front. Amber, small head. A bit of bubblegum in the aroma, which normally makes me soft, but in this case it seemed to only add to the nice fruitiness. Off-finish, a little bit of nastiness there.
TAR (2401) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - JUN 23, 2003
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: DEC 5, 2006 2003: Clear brass. Dense dusty white foam. Gentle aroma of clove, anise, caramelized sugar, leather, peach, and clean, minty alcohol. Underlying notes of pear, bubblegum, tobacco, and phenols. Lovely fruity, estery qualities. Soft, small bubbled mouthfeel. Viscously thick. Slightly airy. Flavors of rich figs, mint leaf, and leather. Delicate juicy noble hop backdrop. Finishes alcoholic, warming, and brashly leatherish with notes of medicine, assorted berries, melon, esters, and anise. Borderline astringent. The aroma and flavors were overly alcoholic but it still showed some lovely estery qualities. I’ll revisit in about a year to see if the bottle aging tempers its rough edges. Best when served cold.
winterlager (101) - Orchard Park, New York, USA - JUN 23, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
nice amber color, wonderful sweet aroma...lots of spice tastes, very warming and soothing. Another good beer from the wonderful people of Victory.
Nuffield (3612) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - JUN 16, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Like many Victory beers, an SUV sort of style--take a Belgian and make it larger, balls front, to fit the American mold. Undistinguished appearance, light amber. I didn't get a head, but some do. The flavor blossoms with depth despite the underwhelming mouthfeel--lively but fading.
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 16, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours wtih a nice amber body topped by a medium thick fizzy, quickly disappearing head with little lace. Slightly sweet winelike aroma with sour notes and touches of spice. some alcohol was noticed in the nose. Slightly sweet malty flavor with notes of clove, hints of other spices and a touch of alcohol. The finish is slightly sweet and lasting. Full bodied, tingly and warming.
Andrew196 (1091) - Katy, Texas, USA - JUN 15, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This beer is balls front! Tart/spiced apple aroma. Reddish orange in color. Unbelievably masked alcohol in the flavor......12%! Flowed well on the tongue, spicy on the edges.....a great take on the style!
joet (2039) - Santa Rosa, California, USA - JUN 15, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Amazing beutiful candy aromas and flavors, westmalle yeast?, balls front, nice, very bright, wild meandering feel, young flavors might age very well.
estoppel (1028) - Buffalo, New York, USA - JUN 15, 2003
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Clear orange body with rising carbonation, small head, sweet nose with hints of yeast, fruit and light alcohol. Very sweet, fruity finish, no hops to mention, strong alcohol presence in the flavor.