ludhaber (62) - Massachusetts, USA - MAR 18, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Surprisingly mild hop bitterness with subtle hop aroma. Finishes malty but not too rich. Beer is easy to drink given the dark heavier characteristics.
hopsandvines (61) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - DEC 22, 2009
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Like an American Style Barley Wine with less body, still rich and sticky with a lot of crystal malt and some Munich character, hops are there mostly in flavor and bitterness, but are not crisp or identifiable. Typical Victory house yeast character is apparent is this one. Good but not outstanding. Needs more hop aroma for what they are going for, try more dry hops or more late addition hops. Cheers, Alex
Brew42 (61) - - JUL 14, 2013
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pretty bitter beer. Tastes a lot like what I would imagine pine trees taste like. If you like bitter beers, I would recommend it.
hellomisterp (56) - Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 25, 2010
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
32oz growler. Pours a dark, but attractive brown with a 1 inch head that fades away. Chewy and maltly. Malts dominate this beer. The ABV shows up at the end while hiding behind the cabonation during the initial taste. 1 pint is the right amount for this crafty beer.
dink (50) - Sudbury, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 28, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pour in tulip glass. Rich mahogany color, sad thin, pale-white head. Great aroma of big wet hops as well as oak and vanilla, some fruit like cherry. Good sweet caramel malt combines with bitterness. Has a measure of peppery in there too. Enjoyed the taste of this Black IPA over Flying Monkey’s because of the subtle notes and non-caffeine taste. Finishes very dry and quite bitter.
wolfenstein62 (48) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 13, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
I wished I liked Hoppie Ales more than I do because this appears to be a special ale. Love the color because it is so unlike a normal IPA. Flavors is everything you would expect plus a mid palate maltiness that ends just a bit too quick. Enjoyed none the less
Bennywisest (43) - - JUN 30, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Tasted bottle. Deep mahogany red/brown color. Thick fizzy cream colored head. Aroma of resiny hops, roasted malts, caramel.
JoeyBeerBelly (34) - New York, USA - FEB 21, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
12oz bottle served in a standard pint glass. The aroma and taste are a nice balance of piney hops and roasted malts. The abv is not noticable in the taste and the beer goes down smooth and easy. Another solid offering from the folks at Victory.
alesandangling (32) - Pueblo, Colorado, USA - FEB 7, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Distinctive malt characteristic. Nice rich body. There isn’t as much hop characteristics as I would have liked or expected. Overall a very enjoyable beer
stephen7424 (30) - Burns Harbor, Indiana, USA - FEB 8, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Hazy mahogany pour supporting a medium and creamy dark tan head. Aroma of pine and resin, flavor of hop, citrus, spice - but also has a rich, malty backbone. A good brew by the guys from Victory.