micronaut129 (241) - chalfontborotowntonbergville, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 2, 2012
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a rich and velvetty deep maghoany color withan equally tall dense head. Aroma is of rich malts with a hoppy sort of muddle hop bouquet.
Taste is rich dark with roasted malts. Not overly roasted but adding a nice sutle accent. Hops seem mudle with no particular taste coming through. You can taste though a brightness and freshness around the edges.
Smooth and easy drinking with a bitter finish. One should also note a nice alcohol warming throughout the session.
A good beer but potent. j
hfmejias (938) - Dover, Delaware, USA - JAN 12, 2013
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Really Liked this one... Poured dark cloudy brown, no much head. Great and bold strong malt aroma. taste is a smooth a good combination of bittersweet flavors.
rangerred (989) - Johnson City, Tennessee, USA - JAN 14, 2013
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 19/20
12oz bottle into a pint glass.
Pours a clear dark ruby with a one finger dark tan head. Nice fluffy head retention and decent lacing.
Aroma is different than any other ABA I have had. Very nutty, almost like hazelnut, along with cocoa and a little bit of caramel and cinnamon. Nice Earthy hop undertones to prop it up. I don’t know how they got that aroma without the use of spices!
More cocoa and hazelnut in the taste. Lots of caramel too almost reminds me of cinnamon roasted almonds or something. Wonderful light earthy hop flavor along with assertive bitterness. Mouthfeel is on the slick and sweet side but just barely stays restrained. Finish is a little sticky but understandable given the abv and amount of specialty malt.
Overall, a really great example of an American Black Ale. Great, unique, malt character and wonderful interaction between malt and hops. I really need to get some more of this this winter.
CpyNPrnT (478) - Indiana, USA - MAR 13, 2014
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Aroma. One of the best beer aroma’s I have ever had the pleasure of experiencing. Rich malt and fruity hop notes. taste is similar, with a larger dark malt presence and sweet fruity hops. Wonderful beer! Favorite so far by Victory!
Billicus (289) - @RED BHUT JOIKIAS!, Paulsboro, New Jersey, USA - FEB 21, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
aroma hoppy sweet maltness, mild, mellow sutle, color, nice hue livey boby, lacing white head, taste, front end is hops mildy flora, some bittness, then carmel sweetness, and mlty richness on the backend, overall awesome brew, a wonderful balance of hops and malts!
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.
johnluvsbeer (120) - Arizona, USA - FEB 28, 2012
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark ruby red. Rich looking head of light tan rose up from the sides of the glass and reached a height of around two fingers before settling back down with a smooth and even lacing and a nice consistency hugging the glass. Aroma is a good bit hoppier up front. This one just seemed to be full of surprises. Rich caramel and earthy grains lie underneath a bouquet of pine like hops. Quite light and very complex. Very nice black IPA.
vogt5059 (30) - Michigan, USA - DEC 20, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured out of a bottle
Dark copper to light brown in color
Small off white head that lingers
Aroma is of sweet malt with a hint of hops
Taste is robust and malty but has enough bitterness to balance everything out
A very complex yet easy drinking and enjoyable beer
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
trujahwarrior (509) - Monroe, Washington, USA - MAR 17, 2013
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a mahogany color with a thick tan head that leaves great lacing. Smells of pine, grapefruit, chocolate and roasted malt. Tastes of all the same things with a dark fruit flavor mixed in. Mouthfeel is heavy and chewy light carbonation and a dry finish. I really like the east coast style ipa mixed with roasted malts, its very well balanced yet strong at the same time.
TylerGreenDC (524) - - NOV 21, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
On draft. Holy wow. Big aroma of floral and citrus hops, followed by a dark chocolate bomb of a beer. Almost stout-likr in depth if flavor. More raisin and red wine flavor as it warms. An all-timer.