Illini08 (542) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - OCT 25, 2005
Thanks to Rich for this one. 12 oz. bottle poured a deep red color with no head. Sweet mixed-berry and pear aroma with just a hint of the alcohol as well. Pretty complex aroma! Wow, the aroma got me excited about this one and it delivers! This is one incredibly smooth, easy drinking brew. Doughy and honey flavors with a smokey touch at the end of it. I’m impressed with this beer. My only complaint is that the great flavors dont stick around too long, so I want to take this one down fast but I want to enjoy it at the same time! beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - MAY 6, 2006
On-tap at the Blue Nile: Big lusterious head of thick yellowy ivory foam sits atop a luminous moonlit blood black. Glares brightened dark red in certain light along the edges and bottom, but make no mistake this a a darkened bloody black. Cap recededs slowly, patchy strings of lace take shape along the receding lines of foam keeping a firm skim always present and the lacing sticky.
Lofty yet somewhat shortened on the nose hairs with a dark fruity center of dark cherry and a good portion of dark toffee. Seemingly plummy and rendering a high ended sugary sweetness from a complex layering of malts.
Taste is sweet and complexly so. Lots of little nuances to it that sway to and fro with a dark fuityness preliminary of highly tanged dark cherry. There, and mixed well, is the toffee/caramel, and again a little more to the tang to it then gathered as it has a leathery backing along its course of flavor. Good sense of plummy stuff and seemingly port-like in some areas of its profile as it peaks a tad more towards the finish with a slight smokey tang and soft, dark chocolate waffer-like fluff.
Feel is tender, smooth, malty, and warming, semi light to medium body yet set within a soothingly sweetened texture and character.
A fairly decent effort here, quite Belgain-esk in some fashion as its complexity is more then enough to lift the eyebrows and swirl the mouth buds into a firm sense of stability in smoothened sweetness. AlchemistZ (493) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - NOV 5, 2006
A beautiful, dark, reddish amber body with an orangey tan head. Aroma has a density to it that is almost like melted chocolatey caramel and alcohol with a hint of holiday spice to balance and an underlying dark, cherry fruit enveloping it all. Flavor and balance are quite the same as the aroma but there is a decisive bitterness and cherry juice acidity balancing with an interesting smokiness to boot. This is delicious. SoLan (1550) - Florida, USA - DEC 6, 2006
Dark ruby/amber and a small, creamy, off white head. Flavor and aroma of caramel, toffee, cocoa powder, roasty malt, earth, subtle ash, biscuits, lightly bitter hops- hops stronger in flavor than aroma. Full body, smooth. Excellent doppelbock. VikingHammer (506) - Lynnfield, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 29, 2007
Pours amber with a brown head. Aroma is very sweet. Some caramel and dark fruits in the flavor. Had with a Ayinger Celebrator and was still impressed.
tbookman (618) - Ephrata, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 18, 2007
Deep amber color - medium head. Aroma of espresso, caramel, dark chocolate and a whiff of alcohol. Flavor is deep and rich, slightly creamy texture, notes of caramel, chocolate. Almost perfect balance of sweet, bitter,and warmth. Very nice. corby112 (2813) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 3, 2008
Pours a very dark amber/ chestnut brown color with thin tan head hthat settles into thin lace. Nice roasted chocolate, malty aroma. Roasted malty flavor that lasts throughout, with hints of chocolate, caramel, chestnut and licorice. Very well-balanced and quaffable with a bitter sweet dry hoppy finish. Pawola22 (3262) - Woodridge, Illinois, USA - JAN 2, 2011
12oz bottle from Lush Wine and Spirits. Pours a clear, very pretty amber-ruby colored body with a finger-width, frothy, tan head that dissipates quickly and leaves a nice lacing. Aroma is really nice. Sweeter caramels with a touch of smoke, dark fruits and cherries, nuts, grassy hops, maple, a light honey-bread, and a touch of toast. Flavor is similar. Rich and lightly toasted caramels, a soft cocoa, grassy hops, smoke, nuts, raisins, dark fruits, maple, bread, a hint of roast, and some toffee. Finishes dry with a light-medium hop bitterness, roast, a touch of smoke, and a nice dark fruity caramel to balance. Lengthy aftertaste following a smooth, clean, medium body and soft, moderate carbonation. Overall, a very impressive doppelbock. Extremely well balanced and easy drinking. Solid, rich caramel maltiness with no cloying sweetness, a touch of bready toast and toffee, a pleasant dark fruitiness, some smoke and roast, and a nice hop presence to dry things out. Loved this one. coolfunnj (374) - Margate City, New Jersey, USA - MAR 18, 2011
isnt that a great description by the way haha..a maple and honey aroma quite strong and strangely pleasant too..nice clear red with a brown tinge..foamy off white head plenty of lacing..tatse is sweet and fruity and complex..plums amybe prunes raisins vanilla spicinessand roasty malts..strong and flavor ful..full body and texture a bit oily and sticky overall a nice maltbomb from a brewery that basically specializes in hop bombs OldRaspy (292) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - MAY 17, 2006
Thanks to Immy for this 12 oz bottle. Poured a deep mahogany with a small beige head. Aroma was roasted malts and caramel with a hint of brown sugar. Flavor followed suit with roasted malts, caramel and the brown sugar with just a hint of the hops in the finish. A very nice brew from Victory.