Dough77 (821) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - OCT 1, 2004
A new favorite of mine. Heard and read lots of good about this brew, finally had the chance to grab some and was not disappointed. Aroma was overwhelmed with hopiness, which is a bit strange for an i.s. but not bad by any means. also had obvious notes of chocolate, roasted malts, and coffee. Tastes were similar, with the hops still showing up in a big way, providing for a really different experience. am really looking forward to having the rest of this six pack over the next few years and seeing how it ages. but as a younger brew i really enjoyed it. bb (9621) - Alamo, California, USA - SEP 30, 2004
Bottle. Black body with a small tan head. Chocolate and roasted malt aroma. Big coffee flavors to go with hop bitterness, burnt grains, and some underlying fruit. S bit of a creaminess to it. Hides alcohol well. Another disapointment. Just too much burnt flavors. Sancho (245) - Da Bronx, New York, USA - SEP 27, 2004
UPDATED: SEP 29, 2004 bottle from new american beer LES nYC
pours a pitch black with a thin tan head.
roasy malty flavors with the coffee chocolate note that goes with the IS territory.
smooth creamy mouth feel,can taste almost no alcohol. damn fine stout must buy more Loddeer (171) - USA - SEP 25, 2004
UPDATED: OCT 16, 2004 This is the best stout I have had (usually not my favorite type of beer) ... Victory has once again set the microbrew standard. Very dark and chocolately, with a very sublime and smooth after-taste. Strong, yet soothing, it’s an extremely enjoyable experience. I would highly recommend this to anyone who loves darker beers. jzzbassman (1638) - Arlington, Texas, USA - SEP 17, 2004
About the only cmoplaint I had was a faint strange off aroma that smelled like spoiled milk. However, the hop and roast malt aroma also were there. Poured black with a nice tan head. The flavors were coffee and malt with a hop bite. The palate was really creamy, and the alcohol was only noticed upon finishing it and getting out of my chair. Superb IS.
rhapsouldize (174) - Phoenixville, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 13, 2004
12-oz. bottle. Pours an opaque ebony with a dark tan substantial head. Aroma isn’t as strong as you’d think....roasted mocha....you can definitely smell the hops. Thick-bodied and sits well on the tongue. Strong flavor of roasted malts, nuts, and mocha. Goes down smoothly with a bitter but sweet finish. Yummmm. Metalhead (644) - Lake Zurich, Illinois, USA - SEP 12, 2004
When I first tasted this pretty fresh I must admit I did not think much of it. It was too roasty and I do not think a hop presence belongs in an Imperial Stout.
Now that it is a year old this beer has mellowed with age beautifully. Pours coffee color with no head. Big mocha/chocolate aroma with just a bit of roastiness. Flavor is mostly mocha and bittersweet chocolate. Mouthfeel is silky smooth. Alcohol strength is hugely masked.Overall a great beer. Great dessert with Choco-chunk cookies,or as a nitecap.Good stuff Maynard. TerryR (391) - Oswego, Illinois, USA - SEP 9, 2004
Opaque black. Fairly good head.Lots of hops in the nose. Flavor is rich,roasted malt. Victory does it again. leitrim65 (402) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 7, 2004
Pours a solid black color and a minimal tan head. The aroma is of chocolate milk, a hint of roast coffee, and some alcohol. Oily texture and not too heavy for a stout. Flavors are sweet malt and chocolate that builds to a roasted coffee and finishes with a touch of hops. This is a great one. AcctError14093 (196) - New Mexico, USA - SEP 4, 2004
Black opaque color with red highlights. No signs of effervescence in the body. A rich full tan head that diminishes rather quickly, but leaves a clingy lace. Aroma is of hops, roasted grains and chocolate. Mouthfeel is creamy like no other -- full bodied and smooth with low effervescence. The taste has a slightly sweet start roasted flavors in the middle and a welcome hop finish.
I can see what all the rage is about.