jredmond (7241) - New York, New York, USA - DEC 13, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle. Pours a dark brownish red body. Aroma is grapefruit, pine hop and maybe some peach. The mouthfeel is somewhat aggressive hop, with dominant flavors being grapefruit, citrus, and pine hop.
mmmbeer (1378) - Austin, Texas, USA - DEC 13, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On draught at the Draught House- a somewhat hazy ruby brown color with nice tan lacing. Nose has a candi sugar nose with the malt underneath. Hits the mouth with a medium body, malt tastes like it was slightly roasted, a hard yet very enjoyable sweetness that just lingers around like bad company. I really liked this one.
lamas (1536) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 12, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Enjoy by: 10/14/10. The label says 8.7% ABV. A super-deep amber/mahogany pour with a thick khaki head. An earthy aroma that features grapefruits and pine in addition to a good bit of caramel, chocolate, vanilla extract, and some rye bread. Medium to full-bodied. The flavor starts off rich and roasty with caramel, light chocolate, and rye. A great malt backbone. Finishes with plenty of resiny hoppiness and bittering grapefruits. Another solid brew from Victory.
talon1117 (1152) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - DEC 11, 2009
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUL 11, 2010 So I bought a sixer of this, just figuring Victory has done some nice stuff in the past. Turns out the beer is quite amazing. The only problem I have, I waited until the sixth beer to rate, and it was a bad bottle!?!? ..... After attaining a good bottle... Mostly clear, dried blood color body, excellent head, full, yellowish-beige, nearly fully lasting, and creamy/frothy with lots of drippy lace. Explosive hops in the nose with great rustic tones and ruby red grapefruit citrus, lightly spicy, delicately floral, faint bread crust, hints of roast, and some light toasted caramels. The flavor is more malt balanced with light roast, hints of roasted hazelnuts, light bread crust, and some toasted caramel with hops still dominating; rustic all over the place, light twigs, more ruby red grapefruit, and a moderately high bitterness with a moderately low sweetness. Palate is nice with a medium to full body, nearly lively carbonation, and a velvety, oily mouthfeel. Finishes long and mostly bitter with rustic winning out, grapefruit still there, and the roast finding its way in with an almost dry cocoa note. An aggressively-hopped American winter warmer without the intense richness. I am upset that my first rating was so short but I am glad that I found more of the stuff in this season. Almost a perfect combination of fresh hop boldness matched with darker malt notes without being incredibly dry or ashy. Being from CO, I am sad to say that I find this equally as enjoying Hibernation which is almost bliss this time of season. Nevertheless, I will look forward to this next year. I tried one with about 8 months of age and the hops still dominate but more with the bitterness than flavors. A toasted marshmallow note also enters into the malt bill, maybe due to the lack of intense rustic and grapefruit notes. Still awesome but in a less hop-forward way.
Rosebud butternuts (2396) - Denton, Texas, USA - DEC 10, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottle thanks to blutt59. poured dark amber with a white head. aroma was citrus, pine, and butterscotch. flavor was pine, caramel, and bitter grass.
mcox90 (1862) - Wilton, New Hampshire, USA - DEC 10, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz bottle. Pours a dark amber/brown with a full beige head. Minimal lace. Fairly strong pine resin hop aroma with some caramel malt background. Smooth, full bodied palate with average carbonation. Flavor is pine, citrus hops as well as some caramel, light chocolate and dark fruit. A nice blend of bitter and sweet.
scrizzz (2223) - Bothell, Washington, USA - DEC 10, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAY 23, 2011 Full hoppy aroma, dark amber color, sticky tan head. I dig a 9% beer in a 6pack just like anyone else, but I find this a bit stemmy and too earthy. The hop finish has an unbalanced bite and the malt backbone is too thin to hold up. All of this is only slight and the beer is enjoyable as a whole. There’s a touch of caramel and a warming finish. 052411 Perhaps I’ve come around a bit as I find these flavors more complimentary now. Deep full roasted malt backbone allows for a unique contrast with the leafy hops that I don’t find in most black IPAs
kidmartinek (4447) - austin, Texas, USA - DEC 9, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Caramel colored with a decent unlasting head. An arma that’s at battle with itself between the dark malt and the generous hopping. Flavor is the same in a delicious way. Morw drinkable for most than their pils r hop devil. Memorable.
Ratman197 (12826) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - DEC 7, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle poured a clear dark reddish brown with a lasting amber head. Aromas of carmel, earthiness, pine, and grapefruit. Palate was medium bodied and smooth with a dry finish. Flavors of carmel, earthiness, grapefruit and pine with a smooth dry lingering bitter finish. BIG Hops in this one!
Trev (2023) - Lakeville, Minnesota, USA - DEC 7, 2009
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
ruby pour with a thick tan head.
Aroma is piney and some citrus hop. toasted caramel maltiness under that.
Flavour is hop forward. predominantly piney. some toasted malt character backing that. hints of citrus, as well as some raisiny sweetness. some burnt sugar tones in the finish as well.
super drinkable for almost 9%