RATINGS: 392   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.5/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 261   ABV: 8.7%
The Victory version of this secret offering is inspired by the rich brewing heritage of the alt beers. It is a dark ale exhibiting the love of hops and mastery of malt that Victory has displayed for 10 years. Initially assertive with spicy hops, Ten Years Alt concludes ever so comfortably in rich, roasted malts and burnished hop character.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Thorpe429 (5035) - , Illinois, USA - NOV 23, 2010
G: Poured into a Tom Collins glass. Bottle has an enjoy by date of May 7, 2009. A: Reddish brown with a beautiful, crisp rust-colored head. Plenty of visible carbonation. Great lacing. S: Sweet with some fruit notes. Very inviting. Caramel notes and some hops. Maybe some candied sugars. T: Absolutely lovely. All of the aroma definitely comes through and there is a good amount of complexity to this one. Excellent malt backbone with some hops coming through. Similar to many of the darker American Strong Ales that Ive had. There are some slightly spicy notes in addition to the aforementioned aromas. M: Medium-to-full body with a moderate amount of carbonation. Very nice. Some slight alcohol presence. D: Could definitely drink this all day.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheEnemy (564) - Chicago, USA - OCT 14, 2010
12oz bottle.
Two caveats here: one, I generally dont like the altbier style; and two, the sample I tried was 5 years old, with a note on the label to "enjoy by Aug 07 06." very cloudy, chestnut brown. Flaky yeast owigng to age.nice head, decent amount of lace. Aroma is malty, nutty, crisp hop bitterness and notes of maple syrup. Flavor: rich malt, nutty, bready, crisp assertive hop blooms at the end of the swallow. Finish: full body, rich, long bitter, sugary. Best alt Ive ever had. I actually enjoyed it even though I usually hate the style, which has me wondering if it was done well outside of style guidelines. Other than yeast flaking, it survived its 5 years in my pantry quite admirably.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
kuphish (381) - Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA - AUG 8, 2010
Bottle courtesy of EithCubes. Pours a hazy, amber body with a moderate, beige head that is frothy and tight. Caramel and toffee in the nose with some brown malt and light brown sugar. Hints of pitted fruit. Flavor has plum and raisin up front. Some alcohol and astringency are also present. Medium bodied with a good malt presence and nice, firm bitterness. Astringent finish. Overall decent but weird. Not the clean, German character that I would expect.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
patrickfannon (1241) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 6, 2010
Draft at Belgian. Pours a clean amber with a thin, creamy tan head. Aroma of chestnut, hazelnut, Burt, bitter malt, and wet dog. Medium bodied with a smooth, slightly bitter palate. Finishes with a coppery, metallic note. Average.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
frankenkitty (2008) - Oak Lawn, Illinois, USA - AUG 5, 2010
(My notes had this listed as "20 Year Alt", which is obviously wrong since it seems Victory started brewing in 1996.) Deep, reddish/caramel colored under a fairly thick ecru head which falls to a ring and leaves a nice lace spackle. Call me crazy, but the dominant aroma is that of grape Bubble-Yum. Tang. Cranberry. Minor dark fruit. Flavor is surprisingly hoppy to start (peppers), but a malty base does well to temper and balance. Dry caramel. Tea bitters. Old Ale leanings. Regardless of whether or not its "to style," its still a really nice beer. ~~~~~~~~ Draught pint at Victory brewpub, several years ago (old notebook).

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Boutip (6179) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 14, 2010
Bottle: Poured a deep hazy brown color alt with a large foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of deep caramel malt is very nice with some subtle toffee notes also noticeable. Taste is very refreshing with some rich caramel malt notes and some balance sweetness. Hops are very hard to distinguish which is a good thing since the malt bill is generous enough and need no complement. Full body with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Interesting take on the style and easily drinkable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
italianjohn (3038) - Penndel, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 28, 2010
Murky amber-brown pour off white-tannish head .... creamy light lacing aroma of caramel, toffee and bready malts .... very malty taste caramel and toffee, roasted malts with a hop bitterness in the finish ... a nice brew the hops changed the style a little but didnt hurt it

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 8/20
vtafro (7259) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - APR 22, 2010
Draft. Brown pour with white head. Weird malty aftertaste which put me off towards this beer. Mostly malt flavored, some hops possibly and spices are in the background. Not so good...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DuffMan (9998) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - MAR 9, 2010
Bottle. Clear amber brown with a thin white head. Aromas of brown bread crusts, caramel, slightly spicy. Bready and toasty flavours with subtle spice. Nothing to blow you away, but delicious in the same way a simple homemade loaf of fresh bread can be.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Ungstrup (36182) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - MAR 5, 2010
Bottled. A hazy amber beer with a huge brown head. The aroma has notes of malt as well as lighter notes of spices. The flavor is sweet with notes of malt and spices.

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