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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!


3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
hopson (635) - Williamsville, New York, USA - NOV 15, 2009
bottle- big time bitterness up front- an interesting aroma- near solvent like- fusels perhaps- with some hop contributed fruitiness. Taste is hop dominated- grapefruit, pine, balanced by a nice roasty flavor- good, but worth the praise/hype it’s gotten thus far? Not quite.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
iowaherkeye (2686) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - NOV 17, 2009
UPDATED: JAN 6, 2010 Rerate from an undated bottle. Actually, I feel the exact same way. Nevermind. Old rating follows. On tap @ Father’s Office. Clear ruby with a one finger light beige head, good retention. Lots of scorched toffee and earthy notes dominate, with some sweaty lemony herbal hops behind. Flavor has some stronger lemon sweat, but still plenty of the scorched toffee. Dry finish with bitterness peaking @ a 4-5, with some alcohol. Medium prickly carbonation with a medium-full body. OK. 7-4-6-3-13--3.3

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Drake (7940) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - NOV 20, 2009
12 ounce bottle from Beer Run in Charlottesville, VA. Pours a dark brown color with a moderate offwhite head. Good head retention and lacing. Aroma of citrus and resin hops. Taste is very hoppy with big sticky resinous notes along with some wood notes. Berry-like notes in the finish. Medium bodied.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
potbeerjob (1343) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 6, 2009
Draught in a pint glass during a connection at Philadelphia Int. Airport. Caramel and roasty malt aroma. Thin, light caramel head that sticks around while you drink it, decent lace, dark blood red/caramel color. Flavor is what you expect from a winter seasonal American strong ale- bitter hops dominating the sweet without completely snuffing them out, light spice (subtle, but i wanted more), and a very satisfying malt aftertaste. At 8.7abv, this beer hides its booze well. Fair warning.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BuckNaked (1230) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - DEC 18, 2009
12oz bottle: Pours to a dark amber-brown with a medium tan head. The aroma is spruce, citrus hops, along with mild hints of licorice, roasted malt, light chocolate and a bit of over-ripe plum. The taste is bitter citrus/earthy hops up front, with a bit of fruity, almost strawberry hops next, then dry chocolate/roasted malt, a bit of fried banana, mild alcohol flavor, and then more hops. Finishes with a bit of earthy, grassy hops and bits of roasted malt, though definitely much milder roast flavor than that of a porter. Medium bodied, medium carbonated.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
shp555 (2024) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - DEC 28, 2009
Pours a deep rich amber color with a tan head. Aroma is toast, biscuit, some roast, grassy, earthy, and some citrus. Flavor is caramel, biscuit, roast, and a bitter slightly astringent citrus finish.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ScottyP (425) - Brentwood, Tennessee, USA - JAN 2, 2010
Pours a clear, dark reddish/amber with tan head. Aroma of citrusy hops, roasted caramel malts, hint of grapefruit. Similar taste, although spicy with a dry, warm finish. Not one of my favorite offerings from Victory.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
jrmac (329) - South Carolina, USA - JAN 3, 2010
A very intriguing brew. Looks like a brown ale, but has a massive amount of hops thrown in. It taste is like a charred IPA or something. I will re rate this later.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
SuzyGreenberg (1603) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 22, 2010
12 oz. bottle; clear dark brown with glowing red glow against the light; foamy light tan head fading to a soapy film; big dirty hop nose with some caramel and chocolate; earthy, almost dank, dry, leafy hops; digging the nose for sure; light caramel texture with bitter dry bitter bite on first sip; doughy malt and resinous bitterness; pine, spice and a little astringent; a dirty ASA

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JohnC (3000) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - JAN 25, 2010
On tap at Hollingshead deli dark brown pour with a small head,the flavor is a bit hoppy with some caramel notes, ok


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