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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!


4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
donttreadonme (91) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 8, 2010
Nice caramel appearance and strong mouth feel - floral hops and smooth finish - another fine brew from Victory.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MartinT (7797) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 5, 2010
UPDATED: APR 29, 2013 My Bottom Line:
Citrusy and resinous hops grow through delicate roasted malts as light berry notes appear through diplomatic caramel. This American Strong Ale’s multifarious flavor profile is deliciously harmonious.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A lofty head of foam covers the striking mahogany.
-With its bright citrusy hops, berry-like angles to its caramel malts and frothy, soft effervescence, this tastes like a cousin to SNevada Bigfoot.
-Alcohol is perfectly hidden.
-The finishing bitterness is a tandem of earthy hop resins and roasted malts.

Bottles.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MacBoost (1263) - Pouring Bus, New York, USA - JUN 12, 2010
This is a fine example of a Black IPA. Floral hoppy aroma. Roasted malts combine with the huge hop flavor to form the classic dark or black IPA. Slick mouthfeel and slightly warming on the finish. An excellent beer, highly recommended.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
badwhale (356) - Bitterville, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 29, 2010
Bottle to mug. Large light brown head. Good lacing, and a dark red / brown color. Light malt flavors. Heavy hops which include spruce, citrus, orange, and lemon. Medium body, and a chalky finish. IMHO, and excellent beer.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
obguthr (3769) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - NOV 7, 2010
Caramel and pineapple aroma with chocolate and pine underneath. Clear brown, with a medium tan head, good lacing. Licorice and pine. Quite bitter nad in a most welcome way.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bilchak (63) - Ohio, USA - JAN 24, 2011
Had on tap at Dunedin house of beers. Excellent beer. Highly drinkable for such high a high alcohol content. Not overly hoppy. Reminded me of a great double bock.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Gustav1996 (333) - Birmingham, Alabama, USA - JAN 25, 2011
12oz bottle. Poured a dark reddish brown with a nice off-white head. Aroma & taste are much the same: big malts & hops: roasted malts, fruity, citrus, some pine. Medium body with a solid bite. Very good depth and very well balanced. I have not had that many Black IPAs but this one IMHO was excellent.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
nolankowal (929) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - FEB 6, 2011
Bottle. Brownish-red pour with a creamy light tan head. Aroma of orange peel, roasted malt, light milk chocolate, some fresh herbal notes and citrus. Flavors are of roasted malt, chocolate, light pine, citrus, hints of booze and boozey fruits. Medium/heavy-ish body. Bitter in front, malty/roasty and bittersweet throughout with a warming creamy/fruity/long bitter finish. Overall, not really what I’d reach for when I’d need something refreshing, though it is a nice strong ale.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Hawksfan17 (890) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 10, 2011
Smells of fresh hops and pine. There are malty undertones in this dark amber pour. Off white head with lacing. Starts off light and sweet followed by a big hop bite. Smooth finish.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
DrSilverworm (6317) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUL 17, 2011
12oz bottle. Very dark brown-red appearance, minimal head. Very roasty aroma, like a stout almost, but without the creaminess. It has a very crisp, lightly carbonated body, and the roastiness persists in force throughout the aftertaste. I’d expect this kind of flavor to result from an imbalance of malt, but that’s not the case with the brew. It’s hop notes are just noticable enough from behind their roasty veils to make this beer the definitive Black IPA (amongst the two that I’ve sampled so far, anyway)


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