corby112 (2804) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 19, 2009
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Picked this up today at Hawthornes after hearing good thing about this beer.
Pours a very dark amber/chestnut brown color with dark golden orange/ruby edged when held to a light source and a 1.5 finger yellowish light beige head that quickly dissipaes into a thin lasting ring that coats the glass with lacing.
Fresh earthy and floral hop aroma with subtle citrus notes and a prominent toasty caramel malt backbone. Hints of dry piney notes as well as some citrus peel an grapefruit but there is a very prominent hazelnut/biscuit malt aroma that kind of takes away from the more pleasing aromas. I haven’t tasted it yet but it seems like another east coast IPA that has way too much balance and not enough dry citrus piney hops.
Medium bodied and very hop forward with a lot of earthy, dry piney hop bitterness that is countered by a strong malt back bone with hints of sweet caramel and biscuit. Slightly toasty with hints of hazlenut. The bitterness and dry palate remain prominent throughout even though the malt character is a bit too strong. All of the pleasant dry bitter hops are half cut down halfway through. This beer started off amazing but like most IPAs from around here the malt backbon balances things out a bit too much for me. Still, this is a pretty comex and the high ABV is excellently masked, making this very easy to drink.
reggiedunlop (3633) - The dub c, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 18, 2009
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
pours a deep ruby color with a huge foamy light tan head...great retention and lacing. aroma has a sweet roastiness and very floral hops that exhibit earthiness and subtle spice. very nice! flavor has some roastiness but is quickly dominated by loads of earthy, spicy hops! mouthfeel is slightly oily and lively with a dry lingering spicy hoppy finish. outstanding beer.
CheersMate (1335) - Portland (Sellhood), Oregon, USA - NOV 18, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz. bottle from Mac’s on West Peachtree. Nice looking beer; huge fluffy head that doesn’t fade away quickly. Reddish brown color; this beer looks pretty damn good. Very aromatic pine and citrus hop aroma. Ah...this beer has a very nice and refreshing aroma. Not a great palate, but a nice pine hop flavor. Wish it were creamier, but you can’t always get what you want. Slight malt sweetness. I like the pine hops, and I love the ABV, but the flavor isn’t exactly nuanced. A nice A.S.A. but I wish it had more malts and more hops to kick it up a notch.
iowaherkeye (2703) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - NOV 17, 2009
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: JAN 6, 2010 Rerate from an undated bottle. Actually, I feel the exact same way. Nevermind. Old rating follows. On tap @ Father’s Office. Clear ruby with a one finger light beige head, good retention. Lots of scorched toffee and earthy notes dominate, with some sweaty lemony herbal hops behind. Flavor has some stronger lemon sweat, but still plenty of the scorched toffee. Dry finish with bitterness peaking @ a 4-5, with some alcohol. Medium prickly carbonation with a medium-full body. OK. 7-4-6-3-13--3.3
LiebeBier (808) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - NOV 17, 2009
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
I really like this beer. On the pour I could tell it was going to be special. The pour resulted in a big, thick head, which to me usually indicates quality. Aroma is hops. This is what I remember from some of my first Victory beers where the hops seem to reach out and grab you. Knew I was in for a treat. Great flavor and so enjoyable. A really well done beer - a new favorite.
mreusch (851) - Olathe, Kansas, USA - NOV 16, 2009
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz. bottle, with thanks to mtoast for the nice bonus. Pours a clear dark cola brown with a good sized fluffy tan head and thick lacing. Aroma is roasty malts, caramel, pine and some citrus. Flavor is more pine, caramel and roasty malts. Good lingering bitterness and resin on the finish. Thanks again Hart!
argo0 (12856) - Washington DC, USA - NOV 15, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle, BB 10/14/10. Large beige head atop dark brown body. Aroma is moderately sweet, resin/pine, caramel, grapefruit. Taste is moderately sweet, roast, pine/resin, some grapefruit, chocolate, light alcohol. Resiny medium-full body.
hopson (635) - Williamsville, New York, USA - NOV 15, 2009
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
bottle- big time bitterness up front- an interesting aroma- near solvent like- fusels perhaps- with some hop contributed fruitiness. Taste is hop dominated- grapefruit, pine, balanced by a nice roasty flavor- good, but worth the praise/hype it’s gotten thus far? Not quite.
bp (868) - New York, New York, USA - NOV 15, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft: pours a dark brown with a tan head, aroma of hops, roasted malt, taste is the same, roasted malts taste is strong, fairly bitter finish
pressboxjoe (385) - , New Jersey, USA - NOV 15, 2009
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Was looking forward to this since its announcement. Pretty and dark. Robust, balanced aroma, everything from celery to caramel to chocolate. Everything is amplified with this beer - big malt, big bitterness. Nothing really subtle about this beer IMO. Big flavor. Almost tealike in its dry bitterness. Actually kind of smells like a brewery - but its a mustiness I actually find appealing. I love this beer.