willblake (2626) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - NOV 3, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
20091103 12oz bottle from State Line. Cola brown with medium sized, fading beige head. Aroma is inviting with fruit cake, curacao, clove, tobacco, and intense pine. Medium carbonation is a bit overly spritzy to me but not bad and keeps the hefty beer from becoming cloying. Woodsy hops up front give way quickly to medium roast malts, slight molasses sweetness, then a punch of grain that could have gotten ugly but for an attack of dank, resinous, wonderful hops and intense bitterness. Fun beer. Too bad it’s 9% or I’d be loading up.
PilsnerPeter (3028) - Flushing, New York, USA - NOV 3, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cask at Barcade: Deep hazy rusty amber with a lacing dense light tan head. Has a big rich dark fruit & berryish hop presence with a dense crystal malt undertone. Silky/creamy palate- a well conditioned cask. Has a big crystal malt presence- slightly sticky with a husky note and lots of rich berryish hoppiness. Mildly resiny at the back with a balancing bitterness. Not bad, though a tad one dimensional, it’s still tasty.
piscator34 (1844) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - NOV 2, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On draft at The Happy Gnome. Dark amber-brown in colour with a fair bit of carbonation. Aromas start with orange and flowers before drifting into cocoa powder, caramel, and toasted malt territory. Hoppy in the mouth with dank citrus notes backed up with a bit of char and sticky caramel. Medium bodied.Coming into this, I was expecting more of an IPA-Porter hybrid like Phillips Black Toque, but this is definitely more like an IPA with a bit of mellow dark roasted malt added. Pretty tasty overall.
urbnhautebourg (997) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - NOV 2, 2009
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This is what Storm King tasted like before they dialed back the hops a few years ago. Wow, there are a lot of hops here, and they show flavors that I particularly like. Not the woodsy DFH stuff, not the simple pine of Avery, this is something very Victory--weird peach or something like it. I loved this.
sloth (2340) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - NOV 1, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Medium statured tan head, fair retention and nice lace. Clear amber/brown with a pretty red glow when light struck. Piney inky nose, some bubblegum and caramelly malts. Body is fully medium, lightly oily with a good carbonation level, chewy and a bit juicey. Rich maltiness, toasty, grainy and fresh. Nice little fruitiness, dark malts and buried citrus flavors. Dry, juicey hoppy and malty finish. Not a big bitterness but a blanced one. Bottle procured @statelineliquors.
HighGravity (926) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - NOV 1, 2009
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
(Best by 10/14/2010) I am guessing that this was bottled on the 14th of Oct 2009. It is certainly fresh and green without a doubt. Hops hops and more hops. This beer dark color is deceptive, because the hops washout any of the malt underneath this beer. Very dry for an almost 9% beer too.
eaglefan538 (2802) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - NOV 1, 2009
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from SL. Poured a full and bright orange-amber with a nice big head that had excellent retention and yielded continuous rings of fine lacing all the way down. Really a good looking beer. The aroma was quite nice too: strong piney and resinous hops get you first with some caramel and toffee malts underneath. The flavor was amped up with hops, the alcohol somewhat tame, but like Victory’s other IPA/dIPA brews, their hop profile doesn’t have the right flavors for me, just the amped bitter hops. An ok brew (flavor/aroma), but only that. Mouthfeel full and big, might have pushed sticky, but the hops kept it too clean to call it that. Based on flavor, I regret my rating comes out this high, but it did well in the "other" stuff.
GT2 (7035) - Riverslime, California, USA - OCT 29, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
355 mL. This is awesome! Pours a dark, clear amber with a thin beige cap that has okay retentions and leaves some spotty lacing. Huge piney hop aroma with rye toast, black pepper, toffee, caramel, burnt sugar. Taste is a lot like Arrogant Bastard- huge piney and resiny hops but there is a nice heavy rye malt backing that is spicy and a bit alcoholic. Chewy, syrupy mouthfeel. This is like having a dark DIPA. Really awesome. Gotta drink it fresh though.
Gabe511 (9) - Sicklerville, New Jersey, USA - OCT 28, 2009 does not count
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a dark mahogany with a big fluffy head. Aromas are of pine and citrus with a sugary aspect as well. Taste is very much the same but is not over powering and stays just long enough. Its not as big as most strong ales and makes it good for a 6 pack format. Another great beer from Victory!
RCL (2030) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 28, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very resinous hop character in the aroma. Dark, rich malts backed up with a huge hops. Nice, velvety mouthfeel.