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RATINGS: 814   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.7   EST. CALORIES: 261   ABV: 8.7%
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The tenacious grip of big, juicy hop aroma and character slides smoothly into rich, dark malts. This heavyweight battle between fresh, Yakima Valley hops and dark, roasted malts is resolved harmoniously as the flavors merge to deliver complex satisfaction with a warming edge. Enjoy the ‘twilight’ for the bright and brassy hops!


4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
talon1117 (1152) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - DEC 11, 2009
UPDATED: JUL 11, 2010 So I bought a sixer of this, just figuring Victory has done some nice stuff in the past. Turns out the beer is quite amazing. The only problem I have, I waited until the sixth beer to rate, and it was a bad bottle!?!? ..... After attaining a good bottle... Mostly clear, dried blood color body, excellent head, full, yellowish-beige, nearly fully lasting, and creamy/frothy with lots of drippy lace. Explosive hops in the nose with great rustic tones and ruby red grapefruit citrus, lightly spicy, delicately floral, faint bread crust, hints of roast, and some light toasted caramels. The flavor is more malt balanced with light roast, hints of roasted hazelnuts, light bread crust, and some toasted caramel with hops still dominating; rustic all over the place, light twigs, more ruby red grapefruit, and a moderately high bitterness with a moderately low sweetness. Palate is nice with a medium to full body, nearly lively carbonation, and a velvety, oily mouthfeel. Finishes long and mostly bitter with rustic winning out, grapefruit still there, and the roast finding its way in with an almost dry cocoa note. An aggressively-hopped American winter warmer without the intense richness. I am upset that my first rating was so short but I am glad that I found more of the stuff in this season. Almost a perfect combination of fresh hop boldness matched with darker malt notes without being incredibly dry or ashy. Being from CO, I am sad to say that I find this equally as enjoying Hibernation which is almost bliss this time of season. Nevertheless, I will look forward to this next year. I tried one with about 8 months of age and the hops still dominate but more with the bitterness than flavors. A toasted marshmallow note also enters into the malt bill, maybe due to the lack of intense rustic and grapefruit notes. Still awesome but in a less hop-forward way.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
leems (406) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 29, 2009
I was disappointed during my day trip to Seattle to find out Bottleworks cooler was broken so no beers on tap! I took the cashier recommendation and went down the street to the blue blahblah, it has a mural, pub. While irritated that they don’t serve food from 245 to 315 when I arrived at 246 I was surprised by a nice taplist. I chose this beer because Victory does good work and I was not disappointed. The hops are definitely there but the huge malt body balances them. A very easy to drink delicious American strong. I would definitely drink this again, if only they did growler fills!

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Kinz (3188) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - DEC 30, 2009
I had been disappointed with some Victory brews recently, but I have to say, with this one I think they have hit their stride again. I loved it. Draft at Cap Ale Innsbrook. Deep amber, clear, nice creamy head. Aroma is big hops, but smoothly of citrus and pine, not terribly biting. Simply fresh. Flavor is caramel backbone of malt, then grapefruit, pineapple, and pine resin hops, all just bursting like fresh fruit. Awesome. There is a suggestion of roast on the finish, but one is left with a sensation of bright, not overly bitter hop flavors. Must have hit this either very fresh or very well taken care of. Either way, fantastic.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
allfreej (550) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - APR 19, 2010
Bottled. Pours a dark, coppery brown, with a nice, foamy tan head. Nose is spicy hops. Flavor is sweet, caramel, toffee malt balanced by a spicy, resiny hop finish. The 8.7% is well-hidden by the excellent balance in this beer.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Billicus (286) - @RED BHUT JOIKIAS!, Paulsboro, New Jersey, USA - FEB 21, 2012
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!

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
JoeyBeerBelly (34) - New York, USA - FEB 21, 2012
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.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
johnluvsbeer (120) - Arizona, USA - FEB 28, 2012
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.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Bennywisest (43) - - JUN 30, 2012
Tasted bottle. Deep mahogany red/brown color. Thick fizzy cream colored head. Aroma of resiny hops, roasted malts, caramel.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
vogt5059 (30) - Michigan, USA - DEC 20, 2012
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

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
trujahwarrior (478) - Monroe, Washington, USA - MAR 17, 2013
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.


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