DocLock (10722) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 27, 2012
Draft at VBC. Pours clear burnt umber with off-white head. Nose was dark roasty malt, resiny hops, cacao, anise, figs. Tastes rich, with a roasty dark malt forefront and the resiny tropical hops hitting at mid-palate, and som earthy and cacao notes late. Ron (3997) - Rochester, New York, USA - JAN 28, 2012
On Tap at MacGregors. Poured nice and dark. Aroma os some malty sweetness and hops. Flavor was good and malty, some hops. Not as sweet as some other black IPAs I’ve had and liked better. This one has a bitter finish. cpetrone84 (1810) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 27, 2011
Pour is a deep ruby red, somewhat transparent and a bubbly white head. The nose is lightly smoked malt, notes of peppercorn, hints of caramel, clean citric hop in back with a touch of orange rind. The taste is malt forward at first, lightly smoked and some notes of burnt caramel. A touch doughy and nutty transitions to a citric hop, orange rind, and faint bitterness. The medium is medium, creamy on the palate, touch of driness and crisp finish. Leans to the malt but balanced and interesting. pushkinwow (2827) - Ottawa, CANADA - NOV 30, 2011
On tap in Philly. Mahogany with tan head. Hops, malt, slight caramelized sugar, grains and barley. Bitter, bit prickly from the booze, great long bitter finish, nice and dry, medium body, good carbonation. Interesting take on the Dark IPA. anders37 (26699) - Malmö, SWEDEN - JUL 18, 2011
Draft @ the brewery. Pours a brownish amber color with a small off-white head. Has a light roasted malty hoppy citrus aroma. Fruity malty light roasted hoppy bitter citrus flavor. Has a roasted malty hoppy bitter citrus finish with weak hints of licorice.
jmm635 (1011) - Havertown, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 16, 2011
Dark brown in color with a medium-sized khaki head. Aroma of roasted malts, toast, without an overwhelming amount of hops. I thought this fell more so on the malty side than bitter side of the flavor spectrum, which was a bit of a letdown. Good beer but didn’t do much for me personally. GT (10000) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 18, 2011
Growler courtesy of MrChopin. The pour is a clear, reddish maroon (not black) with a big, yellow, sheen head. Very nice retention. Aroma is meaty, cinnamon, lemon, Victory’s signature biscuity/cracker malt, black cherries. Taste is spicy, piney, bitter, meaty, sharply bitter, toasty. Palate is oily, full, bitter. Very nice! Not really black, or even IPA though. Could be just a really good brown ale. CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - APR 17, 2011
Growler shared by MrChopin: Pours a clear deep copper mahogany with a spotty-lacing froth of light tan head. Has a lightly sweet toasty pale malty nose with a good amount of piny aroma hops. Starts with pretty good fullness and sweet toasted maltiness with some resiny citrusy hop balance before a drier bittersweet finish. A smooth and drinkable black IPA, but could have a more pronounced hop profile. BeerandBlues2 (13594) - Escondido, California, USA - APR 17, 2011
Growler shared by MrChopin. Pours translucent chestnut with a medium, frothy beige head, medium retention with good lacing. Aroma is average malt (caramel, toast, nutty), heavy hops (floral, earthy, pine), and average esters (fruity) with notes of dates and brown sugar. Flavor is average malt (caramel, toast, nutty), heavy hops (floral, earthy, pine), and average esters (fruity) with notes of dates and brown sugar. Medium body, warmth, and carbonation with a dry finish. ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - APR 17, 2011
Sweet toffee and dark fruit noise with some citrus hops. Taste is moderately sweet, moderately bitter, some raisin, lots of toffee, light roast.