TAR (2518) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - DEC 1, 2009
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Deep speckled auburn. Voluminous dirty-white head clings to the glass as it slowly settles. Unclean aroma of plasticlike phenols, leafy hops, plum, raisin, caramel malt (instant iced tea), pinesap and grapefruit pith. Quite yeasty with strong scents of chalk and dough. Touch of earthy roast. Soft carbonation. Influx of tacky resins generate substantial weight as they combine with the oversweet and tealike caramel malt, upfront. Resin envelops the tongue, suppressing any bright and delicate hop flavors that might otherwise emerge. Notes of tobacco fuse with a pleasingly earthy blend of earthy roast and cocoa, but many of the malt textures and vivid definition succumbs to the unyielding caramel. Hops are overly acidic, throughout. Pervasive grapefruit further contributes to the body’s flabbiness, though perceptible notes of pine emerges and cleans things up by slightly augmenting the dryness. Intensely spicy and piney, and the chalky/doughy notes link up with distant hop-derived aspirin notes to pummel the juiciness with a raspy astringency. Alcohol and the high concentration of residual sugars creates a medicinal effect toward the finish, which showcases an intense medley of juniper, pinesap and candied pecans. A mixed bag. If they ditch the caramel malt, altogether, and clean up the fermentation (doughy/chalky yeast plagues this, as is the case with many Victory beers) this could be pretty respectable. Hops are also far too brash/resinous, acidic and leafy rather than soft and succulent. Kudos for leaving it unfiltered, though!
Nimrod979 (206) - Hagerstown, Maryland, USA - DEC 19, 2009
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Pours a dark reddish-brown with a big frothy tan head. Overwhelming scent of pine and hops. Taste is hops, hops, hops & HOPS. There is some mild maltiness that balances out the long, bitter finish but this beer is very intense and overwhelming. I’m not too sure about this beer. Perhaps just not in the mood for this style, Sadly this is the only one i have.
SudsMcDuff (6403) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - JAN 30, 2010
2.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
wow, ..had on tap, in Texas, that’s all mr. govt .. . dark muddy brown .. . smells of syrup and honestly, hangover diarrhea .. i don’t care if my eardrums blow out .. . medium mouth .. decent, but for who makes it, and what it should halfway be, Absolute Pants! .. .crap .. . http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GmoEYxvLvF0 ..1:35 ..
Fratto (2709) - Arlington, Texas, USA - FEB 26, 2011
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
On tap at the Gingerman Fort Worth. Dark brown-red pour with an off-white head. Aroma is hops, pine, dark spice, and nuts. Taste is pine a little bread, sweet toffee, and a bitter finish.
fluffy (1847) - St Petersburg, Florida, USA - MAY 28, 2012
2.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
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.
Brew42 (61) - - JUL 14, 2013
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pretty bitter beer. Tastes a lot like what I would imagine pine trees taste like. If you like bitter beers, I would recommend it.
hopmelt (196) - Painesville TWP, Ohio, USA - AUG 11, 2013
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
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, doesn’t fit my palate.
illidurit (2224) - San Francisco, California, USA - OCT 23, 2013
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Dark amber beer, toffee and dark rotting fruit smell, crystal malt, molasses, raisins, molding oranges. Gave me a headache.
beersearcher (2382) - Glendale, California, USA - DEC 31, 2009
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
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.
Ernest (6512) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JAN 11, 2010
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
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 frickin’ 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....it’d get a 4 otherwise. Overall, it’s just another crude, brutish hop bomb, except with a severe yeast problem.