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 (6841) - 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 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.
maltdog (621) - Colorado, USA - MAY 29, 2010
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
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.
DietPepsican (1546) - @ $13.99, Iowa, USA - NOV 9, 2009
2.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
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.
Elwood (3336) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - JAN 21, 2010
2.6 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
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.
Barreras (1324) - Diamond Bar, California, USA - APR 16, 2011
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
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.
JoePeesie (919) - Long Lake, Illinois, USA - SEP 28, 2011
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
a so so beer at best, I am anti Black IPA and have always and will always rate appearance a 1. That being said, The Yakima hops an interesting choice, I didnít love them, but I can see how others might. Decent malt back bone. By no means a drain pour but not something I would buy again.
tomthompson89 (1949) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 25, 2009
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
at Coleís rare beer fest, dark brownish color although was dark in the bar when i had it, small ring of foam. nose is hoppy with lotsa bitterness not alot of malt... flavor is resiney bitter... some malt but not balanced for my liking...
TheGB (572) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - DEC 18, 2009
2.5 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pours a nice dark brown with nicely laced head. Aroma is horrendous, smells like burnt plastic. Taste is decent, but the aroma ruins it. I donít see anything to that nature in other peopleís comments so maybe I have a bad bottle.
berniecarbo (148) - Holliston, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 18, 2013
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
The deScription says this is a "heavyweight battle between Yakima hops and dark roasted malt", battle over, hops crushed malt and not in a good way. Pours a dark brownish, strong hop persents. Taste comes through with strong piney, resiney and bitter. Great label, down hill after that.