russwbeck (117) - Tyrone, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 18, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
From rough notes. Dark mahogany pour, little head (which could have been because the server wanted to fill the glass with beer and not head, kudos for the effort, but I like some head on my beers.) Sweet and hoppy up front, malt backbone. Nice dry hoppiness on the taste, mixes well with the coffee/stout taste and malts. Finish is dry. Medium bodied with little carbonation. Dryness of the aftertaste keeps you drinking. This was definitely more dark than IPA
DConMan (114) - Ballwin, Missouri, USA - JUL 24, 2012
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bought a 12 FL. OZ. bottle of this from The Beer Shoppe in Yakima, WA for $2.40. Poured from the Yellow/Green/Purple/Orange and Semi-Tie Dyed label into 16oz Arcadia IPA Pint Glass. Has ENJOY BY: NOV 30 2012 on the front of the label in white.
Aroma- Has tons of hops and caramel blend from the beginning. Malts and sweetness shoots in towards the end of the nose. Well balanced!
Appearance- Pours a 1 finger head that has average retention. Has a deep brown, semi-hazy body. Leaves tons of suds behind.
Flavor- Sweet, hoppy, malty, and light sugars pop through. Medium-High Bitterness. Lacks a bit of character...
Mouthfeel- Medium-Full Bodied, Medium Carbonation, Sweet, and has a caramel finish.
Overall Impression- Very nicely done by Victory but almost a dull Black IPA in my books... Nonetheless, its still an above average brew and wondering who else besides Schlafly and Victory who brews their own "Yakima" brand labeled beer? Good stuff.
AlephNull3 (114) - New Jersey, USA - NOV 26, 2010
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours with a very dark brown hue. Nice bold consistent look. Great smell of toasted hops. Nice bitter bite followed by a wave of smooth and great tasting hops. Just a hint of sour aftertaste but overall an excellent beer.
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.
phikus01 (111) - 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.
grundsow (107) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 15, 2013
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAR 7, 2014 What a great beer! Rich, smooth malts contrasted by the zing of hops. Tons of flavor but too much alcohol. Perfection in flavor and balance. Eek! Did I say balance?
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...
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.