11026 (1772) - Alabama, USA - NOV 24, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 15, 2006 2003 bottle. Very nice Imperial Stout. Deep black color. Brown head fades out to just ring the edge of the glass. Good lacing. Aroma is hoppy, fruity and of deeply roasted malts. Chocolate comes out in the nose also. Smooth, silky mouthfeel. Full bodied. Nicely balanced flavor between the malts and the hops. An excellent beer to enjoy.9/4/8/4/18<P> Bottle from santa, best before date of Nov. ’11, consumed Dec. ’06. Pours black with a fast fading brown head. Roast malt aroma, some slight sweetness and perhaps floral hops, really a bit muddled in nose. Medium to full bodied, warming but alcohol isn’t at the fore. Roast grain flavor with a decent hop bitterness. I don’t know if I am jaded, burnt out or hooked on phonics but this really doesn’t seem to do it for me at all anymore. Not really a let down but not worthy of a rating of above 4. AlabastorJones (814) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 23, 2004
Sweet somewhat skunked nose, dark brown body with a saopy white ring of white head, chocolately and nutty, malty, alcohol is there, warming finish, a good imperial but not the west’s best. SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 21, 2004
Bottle - thanks to slob (I thiink, this one’s been sitting for a while). Wow, this Imperial is all that it’s cracked up to be - delicious! Pours thick brown that turns to black as the snifter fills. A small light brown head diminishes quickly but leaves slight lacing. Aroma is bold with lots of charcoal roasty malts, chocolate and some bittering. Flavor is awesome, very rich and smooth, like thick dark roasted espresso loaded with dark bitter chocolate and sweetened with malt syurp. The alcohol is well hidden among the massive flavors and I get some hoppiness and black cherry in the finish followed by a puckering bitter chocolate aftertaste. Full body, gentle carbonation, very round in the mouth. A top flight Impy Stout and another reason to love Victory Brewing! brewblackhole (1588) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 20, 2004
Had to send away for this as for some reason, it is not available in the midwest. Small head creamy soft malt chocolate aroma. Nicely blended sweet chocolate taste, but a tad on the light side. A very good stout, amongest the best I’ve had, I bet its superb fesh and on tap, but not the #2or 3 top all around beer, as some beer web site has it. Reid (2527) - Salem, Oregon, USA - NOV 19, 2004
Ok at last these Victory beers are appearing in Oregon, it is about time.
Bought in a 12 oz single from Liquid Solutions.
In appearance its typical good stout, pitch black ,impenetrable by light, small tan head that dissapears fast.Good laceing.
Nice burnt, chocolate, esspresso aromas, also a wiff of alcohol.
This is nice enough..it has the complexitieds expected from a stout, the dark chocolate, rum,esspresso coffee, but I think the alcohol shows through too much and disrupts the flavour parade.But its not unpleasant.
Again I think the palate starts of nice and smooth and the alcohol breaks it down somewhat to near watery.
Its a good winter night drink..but I think I prefer my stouts a little less alcoholic.
Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - NOV 16, 2004
I very good beer as far as Imperial Stouts go. Rich in taste with a nice chocolaty aftertaste. Another great beer from the Victory Brewery. GeniusGirl (221) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 15, 2004
bottle. oh shit. this is good. thank god, because i needed this. bad. thank you victory. makes watching King of the Hill a little classier.... Jine (903) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - NOV 15, 2004
Bottle. I was hesitant to buy a 6-pack of this because it was about 12 dollars. Finally found a single bottle. Very impressed. Warms my heart and lights my fire. Victory for Victory chandernagor (39) - Oak Park, Illinois, USA - NOV 14, 2004
Nice black color, tan head. Looks thick, and ends up with a smooth creamy mouthfeel. Aroma is cappucino, cinnamon, vanilla and some fruity notes as well. Flavor is rather complex: starts sweet with chocolate and molasses, turns into more coffee, but there are definitely a lot hops down there, showing up with a citrusy lime taste and some flowery notes. Smoked wood dry aftertaste, with alcohol kicking in a little bit. Very well balanced, full-bodied beer. My favorite Victory... RCWCPACFP (102) - New Jersey, USA - NOV 11, 2004
Great color and smooth mouth feel. This beer hit on almost every note. I was a little underwhelmed by the finish but would still drink this beer again and again.