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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 Ďtwilightí for the bright and brassy hops!


2.8
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
fluffy (1466) - St Petersburg, Florida, USA - MAY 28, 2012
im not a big IPA person, but i thought id give this a try anyway. its definitely more balanced with the attention to flavor that you expect from Victory. the maltiness curbs some of the citrus-y bite of the hops. pretty good.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Brew42 (61) - - JUL 14, 2013
Pretty bitter beer. Tastes a lot like what I would imagine pine trees taste like. If you like bitter beers, I would recommend it.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
hopmelt (144) - Painesville TWP, Ohio, USA - AUG 11, 2013
Pours reddish brown, half finger tan head, nice lacing. Aroma toast, dough, toasty malt, earthy hops. Taste is bitter dark malt, earthy hops, slight caramel and toasted malt, bitter finish. Mouth feel medium, lower carbonation, astringent bite from black malt, finish is slightly on the dry side. Overall, not bad, a bit bitter, not well balanced, doesnít fit my palate.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
illidurit (2115) - Petaluma, California, USA - OCT 23, 2013
Dark amber beer, toffee and dark rotting fruit smell, crystal malt, molasses, raisins, molding oranges. Gave me a headache.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
beersearcher (2315) - Glendale, California, USA - DEC 31, 2009
Hazy dark brown in color. No hop smell coming from this one. Sweet with a definite hit of alcohol. I am on the fence with this one. I have had better strong ales from Unibroue. This one has some intriguing flavors but not what I expected.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Ernest (6143) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JAN 11, 2010
Bottle. Head is initially large, frothy, light brown, mostly lasting. Body is dark amber. Aroma is lightly to moderately malty (toasted grain, cookie), moderately hoppy (resin, grapefruit), moderately to heavily yeasty (dough, sweat), with a note of black tea. Flavor is moderately to heavily sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, lightly to moderately bitter. Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, moderately to heavily bitter. Medium to full body, watery/syrupy/velvety texture, lively carbonation, moderately alcoholic, moderately astringent. Victory really needs to get a handle on their frickiní yeast...this is a raw yeast bomb; vitamin B and dirty feet dominate the aroma, with hops playing only second fiddle. Not much else of interest in the nose, so...yeah, hard to give it anything above a 5 there. Flavor balance is crude and brash, as most American big-and-hoppy beers are...but then, "punishing" is a glowing term to most hopheads, right? Sigh...we have so far to go still. Mouthfeel is decent other than the gum-numbing astringency....itíd get a 4 otherwise. Overall, itís just another crude, brutish hop bomb, except with a severe yeast problem.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
maltdog (616) - Colorado, USA - MAY 29, 2010
Blood red ale sports mousselike mocha foam. "Hopsack" nose, pine needles and foggy forest, jasmine, herbal and faintly cheesy... impressions of chocolate milk, green tobacco/weedy fields, and souring fruit. On the tongue, vigorous dark fruit and zesty, peppery hop spice abound; a buttery malt backbone is shattered by a strong astringent black tea taste. Fleshy palate and cotton candy carbonation. Dry finish, ending on a strident alkaline note of bitter chocolate and harsh charcoal-grapefruit (Chinook?) hops. Tire store aftertaste. This beer is nothing but rough edges, itís a miracle that my mouth isnít bleeding.

2.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
pepsican (1438) - @ $13.99, Iowa, USA - NOV 9, 2009
dark amber pour with a small off white head. Aroma is pine tar and grass. Flavor is all pine. The malt tries to pull through but it canít. Finishes beyond bitter, and I love hops. I could barely get through 2 ounces. Very interesting and Iím glad to have tried it.

2.6
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Elwood (3027) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - JAN 21, 2010
Serving: 12 oz. bottle. Pours brown with red highlights and a small, off-white head. The nose has a slight off medicinal note. I got some varnish and slight earthy hops as well. Needless to say, not a good combination. The palate is a little better with slight chocolate notes, lots of bitter herbal hops, and a lot of soap. A medium soapy finish ends what really isnít all that great of a beer. Based on what Iíve read about this beer, I have to think this one is past itís prime. A re-rate is in order.

2.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Barreras (931) - Diamond Bar, California, USA - APR 16, 2011
Pours a deep dark black and purple. Aroma of roasted malt, and hops mixed with a strong alcohol smell. Taste is of dark licorice with a heavy bite in the aftertaste. A deep dark beer that is not for the faint of heart.


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