dagimp (747) - Philly, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 13, 2009
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JAN 10, 2010 On tap at Lucky Dog Saloon, Lafayette Hill, PA. Pours dark amber/brown/red with a small amount (1inch tops) of thick head which dissipates in a few minutes. Aroma is mild and is of icky sticky citrusy-pine hops. Taste is of a wide variety of hops. No one hop flavor (e.g. pine, grapefruit, orange, lemon or other fruit) stands out, yet they’re all present. It’s a fairly thick beer with a lot of carbonation. Originally, I thought this would be classified as an IIPA, but when I tasted it, it seemed to fit more in the category of a strong ale, which it is. Either way, it’s a beer with a very strong, if not sticky, malt backbone and copious amounts of hops. I did think there was a bit too much carbonation which took away from the mouthfeel and turned it into a gurgling mess. I did very much like this beer and would absolutely drink it again. Definitely worth a taste.
italianjohn (2398) - Penndel, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 13, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
dark amber pour light off white head strong floral hop aroma light malt detected as well .... taste of straight hop ... a citrus blast and a worthy heir as a seasonal to hop wallop ... spicy finish that really smacks you hides the abv very well ... if you love hops this is for you
blutt59 (6049) - Dallas, Texas, USA - NOV 13, 2009
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
bottle, by trade with beachbum25, amber color with a good sweaty hop aroma, flavors of caramelly bitter grapefruit, malty bitter finish
BMan1113VR (7880) - Los Angeles, California, USA - NOV 13, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle thanks to blutt59. Pours with a tan head and a brown body. Aroma of what smells like simcoe, herbal and dankness. Taste is really herbal, fresh and hoppy with grass, pine needles and caramel. Medium carbonation. Nice!
daleharshman (944) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 12, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap at Toronado for special Victory day during San Diego Beer Week. Pours a deep amber/copper color with only small layer of foam. Aroma of mellow hops -- herbs, pine, citrus, flowers. Flavor is full of brighter greener hops but there is also a lot of well-balanced malt goodness in there as well. Flavor reminds me of a mellower Stone 13th Anniversary. Smooth and velvety mouthfeel with a tangy bitter finish. Feels a little light relative to the strength.
BroSpud (1754) - , Massachusetts, USA - NOV 12, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle. This one pleasantly took me by surprise. Pours a dark amber with a rich creamy head that lingers. Excellent hop and pine tastes much like some of my favorite IPAs but different somehow. Alcohol is extremely well masked. A great brew!
Pwn3d (1961) - Manhattan, New York, USA - NOV 11, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On cask during Victory night @ the Pony Bar. Pint glass which I then captured for my taking! Pours a deep brown with excellent 3 finger off white head atop. Hoppy, grainy, with fig. Perhaps a splash of citus. Alcohol hidden very well. I thought this was great!
pepsican (1454) - @ $13.99, Iowa, USA - NOV 9, 2009
2.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
dark amber pour with a small off white head. Aroma is pine tar and grass. Flavor is all pine. The malt tries to pull through but it can’t. Finishes beyond bitter, and I love hops. I could barely get through 2 ounces. Very interesting and I’m glad to have tried it.
patrickfannon (1241) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 9, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. 12 oz. Pours hazy amber, with a thick, pillowy off-white head. Aroma of bitter hops, pepper, roasted malts, and hints of dried cherries. Full bodied with a very clean, crisp mouthfeel. Finish packs quite a bite. Very nice American strong from Victory.
halfonit (1192) - Fall River, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 8, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Appears to have a nice dark amber color. Aroma is basically full of floral hops. Taste is of hops, some caramel, grain, and a little citrus. Leaves a nice hoppy aftertaste leaving me wanting more. Another good one from Victory.