Ernest (6219) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - AUG 17, 2003
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Head is initially small, fizzy, off-white, fully diminishing. Body is hazy medium amber, bottle conditioned. Aroma is lightly malty (cookie), lightly hoppy (flowers), lightly yeasty (cobwebs), with light notes of peach and alcohol. Flavor is heavily sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, moderately bitter. Medium body, watery (almost syrupy) texture, lively carbonation, lightly alcoholic. Adequately hidden alcohol. But too sweet and a bit thin/watery, and the aroma is light and unexciting. Expected more.
mrkimchee (1414) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 16, 2003
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
hazy deep gold, big white head. alcohol, yeast and honey-ish malt aroma. flavour has some fruity orange and peach notes, but they seem to get drowned out in the alcohol slo burn. not bad, maybe it needs a bit of aging.
MilkmanDan (1943) - Eagan, Minnesota, USA - AUG 15, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bright auburn, thick white head. Nose is rich and deeply fruity, raisins and sweet molasses predominate. Alcohol definitely noticeable in a sip, but still relatively well-masked. Somewhat light and fruity, get a nice peachiness and some orange peel-esque spiciness. Burns a bit at the end, but not overpowering. Nice heft and body, good stuff.
OlJuntan64 (1265) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - AUG 14, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Medium amber clear colour with a medium pale amber yellow head. Sweet rawish alcohol and lighter malt with a hint of maple syrup aroma. Medium body. Flavours match aromas reasonably well. A relativley simple and uncomplicated but clearly drinkable beast.
MartinT (7811) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 11, 2003
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: SEP 12, 2005 (Young): Sweet peaches forever burning in alcoholic Hades...Sleeping pears cannot withstand the hot onslaught...Not bad, but a simple number from Victory...
(2 1/2 year-old 2003 bottle): Not much appears to have changed in the course of 2 and a half years...The same peaches are burning in the hot alcohol...Maybe the sweetness has increased a bit, taking it near to Stille Nacht territory, and thus cloying due to its low carbonation (for a Belgian style) and thick body... Both experiences yielded the same points for me as well, so my impression of it hasnít changed at all apparently...Not quite "very good" to my tastes, but Iím sure some will enjoy sipping this to get through the coldest winters...
CapFlu (4521) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 10, 2003
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
(Bottle) Little head with a deep copper body. Caramel and barleywine taste. Surprisingly off...
argo0 (11533) - Washington DC, USA - JUL 30, 2003
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
(Bottled 3/11/03): Clear copper body with minimal head. Aroma is bubblegum, orange, caramel. Taste is orange, bubblegum sweet, finishing with an orangy alcohol warming/burn. Full body, sticky. Improves as it warms. For now, put me in the unimpressed camp, though it's possible this beer will improve with age.
iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JUL 25, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nice dark amber colour, with a thin persistant head. . . nutty orange flavour with a good amount of spice. Very nice, but a little more harshness on the tongue than the V10. . . good hops coming through in the end.
Blake (396) - Orange, California, USA - JUL 17, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Had on July 16th, 2003 - Day 16 of Blake's Beer Monthô
I've been slacking a bit on Blake's Beer Month - not because of a lack of beers, but just because I haven't really been in the mood for any of the beers in my fridge - mostly stouts & porters left. But anyways, I broke out the V12, shared some of it with valcanan and then proceeded to drink a good amount - and, wow! was I surprised. I really enjoyed this beer - it's got a great look to it - a nice amber coloring with a large head that diminshes quickly but leaves behind a hint of lacing and a nice amount of carbonation. The aroma and flavor are what get you though - the aroma is very citrusy with a bit of flowers - very nice, very sweet, very good. The taste is great though - very nice sweet taste with a lot of hops and a good amount of alcohol. You can really tell the alcohol is there, but it doesn't overpower the flavors, nor does it hide behind the aroma. This was just a great brew - kudos to the Victory Brewing Company - the Golden Monkey wasn't a favorite of mine, but this V12 is magnificent! It finishes perfectly with a slight bitterness, but mostly alcohol and hops. Keep up the great work!
valcanan (12) - Apple Valley, California, USA - JUL 17, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
A golden amber color with a good intital head on it. Slightly citrus and spicy aroma.