craftbeerdesign (2138) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - NOV 23, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
bottle poured into a snifter... pours a deep red with a thick 2 finger rocky off white head... really nice appearance. the head dissipates after a few minutes and eventually falls to a slim lacing... excellent aromatic balance between citrus hops and deep malts. medium body with soft creamy sides and a nice bitter front. some deep caramel malts throughout... very well blended finish with a good amount of malts and a bitter splash at the back. this one really reminds me of Arrogant Bastard. A nice hoppy American Strong that really shows of hops and blends well with deep malts.
JaBier (4415) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - NOV 23, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle shared by a friend. Pours clear amber with a big tan head. Earthy aroma of fresh hops and a bit of sweet malt. Fresh earthy hop flavor with a bit of malt before a bitter finish.
danielcurtis81 (1517) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 22, 2009
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Served from a 12 oz bottle from OTM. The appearance is a deep bronze with a small dirty white head. The aromas are juicy with hop flowers and a decent roasted malt. The flavors are a bit on the syrupy side. There is a strong burnt malt in there as well. Some pepper noted build tooThe hops are very wet tasting. The mouth feel is sticky with a medium bitterness.
EricE (1368) - Silver Spring, Maryland, USA - NOV 22, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Red tinted brown pour. Roasted malt with lots of hops. Piny and citrus notes on both the nose and tongues.
frylock (1135) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - NOV 22, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark copper color topped by a small off-white head. Hoppy aroma full of pine and spruce with some underlying toasted malts. Faint malt sweetness leads to a pleasant hoppy bitterness with lingering orange and grapefruit flavors. Very nice.
CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - NOV 22, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled: Transparent dark copper amber pour has a well-lacing creamy froth of light tan head. Very resiny piny citrus hop nose has some toasty sweet dark caramel malty undertones. Starts with good viscosity and malty sweetness with lots of fresh grapefruity and piny flavor hops with good bitter balance before a drier, fairly crisp bittersweet finish. Nice complexity and assertive hoppiness throughout. An enjoyable dark double IPA.
smcolw (529) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 22, 2009
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz bottle into a 24 oz glass--4/5 dense head; half the bottled poured. Very rocky recession with some excellent chunk lace on the glass. Dark amber (light brown) color; clear.
Floral but relatively light hop nose.
Nice crystal malt flavor initially. Dry. Strong bittering hop takes over quickly. Rich body with a good balancing carbonation. The aftertaste is loooong lasting, like sucking a hop pellet. A hop head’s beer.
pineypower (2359) - Pine Barrens, New Jersey, USA - NOV 22, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Stateline. Pours out brown with a small tan off white head. Very nice aroma of fresh hops, floral and citrus dominate the hop profile and there is also some roasted malt notes in there too. Taste is fresh resiny hops, with some citrus and floral hop notes in there, with some roasted malts and a slight sweetness. Rather solid brew.
GuilTTy (728) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - NOV 22, 2009
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Total Wine & More in Cherry Hill, NJ. Hazy mahogany pour supporting a medium and creamy dark tan head. Aroma of fresh cut grass and pine resin that hints at a straightforward West Coast style IPA. Flavor has West Coast IPA throughout - hoppy, citrusy, spicy - but also has a rich, malty backbone with molasses and milk chocolate. Silky, inviting texture and a snappy bitter finish. The best Victory brew I’ve had in a long while.
bvc (1136) - Kenmore, Washington, USA - NOV 21, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle from M&V. Deep coffee brown with a big ol’ white head that settles, but never goes away and leaves behind fair lacing. Aroma is very big in earthy floral piney hops, with some sweet roasted malt, slight citrus...but just really piney and resiny. Very creamy with tight prickly carbonation up front. Roasty and nutty malt, caramel, in the mid palate and then big oily pine hops to finish out and coat you tongue. Well made but a bit unbalanced; you must like big earthy hops to enjoy this one. As I work my way through the glass, it is growing on me.