birderbeerer (112) - Virginia, USA - FEB 5, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a deep and dark copper with a white and even three finger head. Lacing is substantial--nearly complete in fact. Though, after a few drinks the lacing dissipates.
Aroma is a clean and fruity hop with a hint of pine. Deep in the aroma there is a rich roasted malt and some buttery sweetness.
Taste is a very piny hop. There is some citrus in there. And some toffee malt bordering on a coffee roast. Overall hoppy though. A nice tang that leaves a sharp bitter and dry aftertaste like any good hoppy beer. A little sticky too. Very refreshing yet also rich and fairly heavy like a good winter beer.
The clean hops make me want to guzzle a couple, but the richness slows me down. I imagine that, at 8.7%, one is refreshing and two would be heavy.
Great beer. Good sipper. Good cold weather beer with great hops.
bag (106) - Bethel Park, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 14, 2011
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
It’s been a while since my last rate. But damn... Great beer. Much thanks to the bartender at fuel & fuddle for letting me know about it. One of my most favorite IPAs ever.
broozer81 (106) - , New Jersey, USA - JAN 20, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAR 2, 2010 Pretty much a battle between big roasted malts and the Yakima hops giving way to a big beer..hops win of course and this beer is damn good..very nice from Victory...
daniellunsford (105) - - AUG 25, 2013
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Appears reddish brown with aroma of sweet malt, raisins, and dried fruit much like a strong ale or barleywine. Incredible marshallow like beige head. Terrible beer if you think you are getting an ipa. Taste of bitter hops, no fresh hop notes as supposed to be. Very dry finish. Great if you think you are getting into a strong ale. Not sure what to think...
phikus01 (103) - New York, USA - MAR 9, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I’m not usually a fan of black IPA but this is delicious. Roasty chocolate currant flavor in the malts balanced well with a heaping of piney citrus hops. A little warmth from the alcohol.
boccefloyd (101) - Bon Air, Virginia, USA - SEP 13, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
pours dark brown with pretty ruby red hilights and clear. Nice thick tan head that hung out and laced the glass nicely. THe aroma is plenty of hops: citrus, pine floral, lemon, orange, grapefruit, etc, with, as it warmed, a background of roasted malts. Medium to medium well body, good carbonation with a bitter hop malt dry finish. On the tongue you will get that fast out of the gate hop charge as smelled in the aroma and it will be followed and overtaken by the roasted malts and some caramel. Hop bitterness lingers. I must admit, the more BIPAs/CDAs, whatever you want to call them, I’m starting to think, why not just hang with the IPAs.
beeratarian (92) - cleveland, Ohio, USA - JAN 13, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a nice amber brown with a creamy, light,1/2 inch head. Smells of spicy hops and some alcohol esters. Taste is all hops up front but are quickly subdued by the roasty malt, Not a dark beer but definately has a nice balanced flavor. Goes along the lines of a non-spiced winter ale with some kick. Very drinkable.
donttreadonme (91) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 8, 2010
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Nice caramel appearance and strong mouth feel - floral hops and smooth finish - another fine brew from Victory.
acblue (91) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 27, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Deep amber pour, thick off-white head, laces nicely. Big hop aroma with malty sweetness in the background. Quite impressively balanced; the hops are definitely at the forefront, but there is a molasses-y sweetness to the malt backbone that is surprising and lovely. Interesting that an East Coast brewery has created such a fitting tribute to Pacific NW hops. A wonderful beer.
pjwalsh2 (87) - Palos Park, Illinois, USA - NOV 29, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
1. Look – An amber-brown color ale with a slightly tan head.
2. Sniff – This dark ale has a big citrus aroma with roasted malt notes as well.
3. Sip – This full bodied dark ale is very complex. It has characteristics of brown ale, but also a citrusy hoppy flavor as well. Also, the roasted malt flavors make this a very flavorful ale.
4. Another Look – This is a good looking ale, with weak lacing.
5. Evaluate – Overall, this is a different ale in many regards. This complex dark ale is full of flavor and has characteristics of a brown ale and IPA. This combination of styles makes for an interesting ale that disguises the alcohol well. I would recommend this ale to those who enjoy brown ales, harvest ales, or hybrid style ales in general.