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 (1146) - 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.
keepersj12 (2627) - Sicklerville, New Jersey, USA - NOV 21, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A good one for the hop heads out there. Dark brown with a big fluffy off white head. Flavor is nice and malty sweet at the front followed by an intense hop hit after. Great after taste. Very bitter clean finish. Excellent.
acearl (384) - The Ham, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 21, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Clear mahogany pour with light tan head, dark and hoppy, nice balance between hops and malt with light carmel and bitterness, very nice combo
cheap (3940) - Beaver County, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 21, 2009
1.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 4/20
So when I pop the lid, wew big double IPA aroma, so I thought that’s what would come out of the bottle. But no, this is a very dark beer, darker than dark iced tea and it has a half inch creamy head that does not fade. Strong and rude (for a lager lover) initial flavor. Bitter resin from spruce trees. Beautiful lacing on the glass. very strong, yes it does have a high alky taste bud impact but i would say it is not like a 9 percenter. It does have some detectable carbonation, but just barely. There are some dark beer attributes hidden deep down inside this brew but for the most part, just plain in yer face. Finish is long bitter lasting rude rotto-tilling across your tongue impact that seems to last ferever. Double IPA fans better seek this out. Me? I don’t like hops and I bought this on a whim.
scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - NOV 21, 2009
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
12 oz - The Wine Source. Dark crimson, light tan creamy head. Heavy citric spruce aromas warm to soft swirls of melon and roasty chocolate molasses. Deep fresh spicy citric-pine hop blast rounds with a hints of chocolate roast and nutty toffee. Full bodied, soft carbonation, bitter finish. A great hop fix...
jasonp (1555) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - NOV 21, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a beautiful mahogany with some suspended particles and a thick manilla head which lasts the duration of the beer. The aroma is strong, yet balanced blend of pine, grapefruit, earthiness and toasted malts (reminds me of what SN Celebration Ale used to smell like) - very nice. Flavor has a huge malt backbone to support the hops - notes of toffee, munich malt (I think), woodiness and then a blast of pine and grapefruit. The bitterness is ample but balanced-out nicely by the malt. Thankfully, it doesn’t come across as too sweet, definitely a hop heavy beer. Palate-wise, you can’t ask for anything more - medium to full bodied, creamy texture and the carbonation level is just right; not too dull, not too prickly. Well done, Victory.
Drake (8030) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - NOV 20, 2009
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 ounce bottle from Beer Run in Charlottesville, VA. Pours a dark brown color with a moderate offwhite head. Good head retention and lacing. Aroma of citrus and resin hops. Taste is very hoppy with big sticky resinous notes along with some wood notes. Berry-like notes in the finish. Medium bodied.
daknole (8851) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - NOV 20, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a dark amber with a big tan head. Aroma is citrus/spicy hops. I also detect some notes of caramel and honey. Flavor is hoppy, but not overly bitter. Light yeast, resin and some bready notes.
carl4beer (522) - Fairfax Station, Virginia, USA - NOV 19, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
pours a dark copper with off white head. aroma is big resiny pine hops, a bit of grapefruit. mouthful is a pleasant assault of bitter hops. the roasted barley tries to make a showing but is lost in the bitter finish.