richlikebeer (839) - Easton, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 30, 2004
The bottle I had was only 3 weeks old when I drank it. This was the first stout I can think of that smelled like hops out of the bottle. The color and head are more or less a stout standard, black and tan..the head feathered down and stayed lightly on top throughout the beer. Flavor is outstanding, a mix of the coffee and chocolates with some minor hints of spices. A very complex and full taste, and you can actually feel the thickness as you drink. Just a tad bitter on the tail end, but this is an utterly outstanding stout. NobleSquirrel (3439) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 30, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 24, 2004 Jan. 20, 2004 bottle. This smells awesome. Not quite as good as Expedition, but then again, what does. Looks exactly like Old Rasputin, which is a pretty good thing, thin foam head ring. Smells initially of hops, followed by chocolate, berries and coffee, finishing with some pine. Taste is heavily coffee with some chocolate. Actually a lot less hops than I expected. Is a touch thicker on the tongue than Old Rasputin. Hops come through in the middle and finish, though in between, it’s roasted coffee beans. What I like about this, as compared to Stone or WWS is that it is drinkable. It is craft brewed. It is artfully done, with skill. The goals for this beer were different from WWS or Stone. A damn good beer.
(12/23/4) Dec. 2004 bottle-Having recently tried the January 2004 bottling and now this, it is amazing what 10 mths can do for this beer. Instead of tasting bitter, as the fresher bottling does, the January bottle tastes hoppy, but not bitter. Instead, the aromatics and flowery tastes come out of the hops. I can’t wait to have more of this in time! meathookjones (245) - Sterling, Virginia, USA - NOV 30, 2004
12 oz bottle with a date of Jan 2003. Pours a used motor oil black with a large tan head. The head fades fairly quickly and leaves a nice lacing around the glass as it goes. This one smells of roasted coffee, dark chocolate with a hint of citrus hops thrown in. The taste starts with the chocolate and coffee flavors before the balancing bitter hops come in to even things out. No sign of the 10% in the nose or the taste of this beer. This has a good mouthfeel being creamy and smooth with decent carbonation. The drinkability on this one is amazing, I could drink this all day if it was 10%. Definitely one of the best imperial stouts available. goldtwins (4319) - Nesconset, New York, USA - NOV 26, 2004
’04. Pours black with a thin tan head. Aroma is of chocolate, coffee, alcohol and very slightly vinous but light. Flavor is chocolatey,roasty, some coffee but I don’t find it very bitter. More like coffee with cream rather than black. Smooth, slick almost creamy. Swirling it in the snifter leaves an oily film but this isnt syrupy or sticky. It actualy finishes a little thin but very tasty. Easy to drink a bunch of these for an IS. qwak (25) - Yokosuka, JAPAN - NOV 26, 2004
very hoppy aroma, more like an IPA than a stout, solid black in color with very little head, though nice lacing. extremely hoppy as far as stouts go, with a pleasent malty introduction. This is a sep 2004 bottle, and its alot better than i remember it being (i think i last had it in ’02, and it was still good then). If you consider yourself a hop head, this is the stout for you.
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 (815) - 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 (1863) - 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 (2626) - 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.