scottyshades (130) - Parkland, Florida, Florida, USA - SEP 20, 2012
A: Pours an amber transparent color with a thin frothy white cap. This beer is supposed to be a hybrid of sorts, so the color is not meant to be "to-style"
S: Lots of German yeast notes, grain, wheat, a urinal-cake phenolic-like note, and light earthy hops that make it floral. Not terribly complex, but very inviting
T: The hops give a solid bitterness, grainy, earthy, wheaty, and very smooth. Everything works well together, including the yeast. Not necessarily to-style, but very good
MF/D: Smooth feel to it despite the kind of prickly carbonation, the finish is of light grain and wheat. Body is lighter EricE (1372) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 12, 2013
Growler courtesy of MrChopin. Bubbly black pour with a thick tan head. Chocolaty slight roasty aroma. Tons of grassy citrusy hops. Lightly sweet chocolate flavor. Dry and bready with a bitter grassy hop finish. The hops mix well with the roasty malt. Easy and drinkable. GT (10017) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 12, 2013
Growler 1 day old thanks to MrChopin. Pours a clear, deep cola. Thick, coffee foam. Big retention and lace. Nose is grassy hops, hazelnut, whole wheat pizza crust, earth. Taste is dry, bitter, coffee, dark chocolate, waxy bitter chocolate bar. Really good. Palate is snappy, crusty, bready... bringing that Victory pils palate to a schwarzbier. Quite nice and very different. A special treat! douglas88 (9795) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 4, 2013
A really unusual brew. On tap at Fat Heads. Pours a brown color with a medium white head. A light nose of pine and sweet Pils malt. The flavor is rich bitter hops, pine, roast, chocolate. All in a pretty small beer. Good. Interesting and drinkable. j12601 (13298) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - MAR 1, 2011
On tap at Holy Smoke. Pours a clear caramel with a medium sized white head. Lightly floral, toast and malt. Clean hop profile. Malty, big noble hop flavors coming through, with some more light floral notes. Nice big bitterness and toast. Long tannic finish with toast and more hop bitterness.
Beerman6686 (6611) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 6, 2013
This one poured a dark brown color with a beige head. Aroma was lots of piney hops, light roast and some earthy notes too. Flavor was much the same, lots of flavor between the roast and piney hops for a beer that isn;t that big. Interesting, but not really on style, more like a session black ipa. DocLock (11189) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 16, 2009
Draft at Victory, and the 2nd beer I’ve been the 10th rater of today, after having that happen only twice in the last 7 years. Pours deep brown. Nose is earthy malt, some hops, dark fruit, and cherry notes. Tastes malty, hoppy, with an earthy caramel note at the base, and earthy notes throughout. Unique, but I think we need to classify that Victory called this a pils, not a scwarz. callmemickey (4561) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 2, 2011
UPDATED: JUN 9, 2012 A: Clear, muddy brown body. Healthy off-white head. Decent lacing and retention.
S: Grassy, resinous hops. A little different than expected. Some baked bread in the background.
T: Much like the nose. Grassy hops. Slightly smoky malts which was not expected.
M: Nice light-medium body. Nice bitter bite at the finish.
O: All in all, a decent beer, too many "surprises" for me made it a little tougher to get through than I would like in a pils. boxofrane (2559) - Spring City, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 9, 2013
Draft at liberty union. Pours black with medium sized tan head. The aroma has a nice mix of grass, roast, light smoje. The taste is nice and roasty with a nice hoppy kick and some fire in the finish. Very nice. tcane7 (1674) - Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 15, 2013
Draft at JBs. Pours a near black, dark brown, with thin tan head and nice soapy lace. Nose of chocolate, caramel, roast, pine and grass. Medium body. Really smooth malty flavor with some grass and piney hops coming through as well. Very little harshness from the malt, only mildly bitter. Really nice.