TheBeerLover (1027) - DC Metro Area, USA - FEB 17, 2006
Outstanding domestic example of sticke bier, which is a brawnier version of Dusseldorf altbier. 10 years of Victory, and a wonderful beer to celebrate that milstone with. Its hard to find a good example of alt, let alone sticke outside of Dusseldorf, but I’m happy to say Victory has got this one right. Ten Years Alt pours to a beautiful, bright, deep copper color, with a thick, white head that fades, and a moderate amount of carbonation. The nose is excellent with snappy and zesty herbal hop aroma, that leads into a slighty slick, nutty/sweet malty and fruity palate. This beer is very polished, round, and smooth on the tongue. Ten Years Alt finishes with more good smooth malt and fruit up front, then ends with a snappy burst of herbal/grassy hop bittereness that lingers. Stylistically, a very accurate example of sticke, and this beer joins the ranks of the few impressive, domestic examples of the style. Great beer, well worth seeking out. Phatz (225) - Paradise, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 2, 2006
I have had this beer several times now. I had it on-tap Friday night at the Victory party, On-tap Saturday night at the victory party and from the wooden barrel. I am now having it in the bottle and it is just as good. In fact I enjoyed it even more at home. I didn’t take notes previously so I do not know if it really is better in the bottle or just the fact that there are less enthusiastic distractions in my home; and the relaxed experience allows me to focus on the beer better at home. Nonetheless, those of you who had this beer at the party, do not fear that you’ll get something less in the bottle. I did worry it wouldn’t be as good, and it is great!
I my opinion this beer has absolutely no faults whatsoever. It is an instant favorite of mine.
Appearance: It is a dark amber color that is pretty much transparent (very enticing just by appearance). A nice whit head and decent lacing.
Smell: This beer portrays a big but gentle sweet malt aroma. It smells of caramel, brown sugar, birch or cherry wood, a sprinkle of spices and a hint of brandy.
Taste: The flavor is dominantly a brown sugar sweet malt. It also featured caramel, a hint of molasses, a dash of pepper and just a hint of cherry and apple. I know this beer was not aged in a wooden barrel, (I had that version at Victory’s party) but it still seemed to have a hint of that wood flavor like in a Woodford Reserve Bourbon. As a huge fan of Bourbon and Brandy all I could think of was my dream come true, a whiskey beer. That does not mean you could taste the alcohol. The 8.50% ABV was completely masked; buried so deep that you would never imagine it was more than 5% until you finish the second one and realize it :)
The hop character is firmly yet discretely present. The floral hops show them self only through mild spices and grannysmith apple or lime peel presence found alongside the pepper flavor. Not overly green just enough to keep it nice and crisp. What a perfectly balanced flavor. Excellent!
Mouthfeel: It is smooth and slick at the beginning and the end with a hint of peppery crispness just before the swallow.
Drinkability: I can drink this till I fall over! Wow. I am flabbergasted. It is so smooth an yet crisp; sweet yet bitter, it is IMO, everything a beer should be!
What else can I say. It is an absolute must have. Try it and see what you think!
Hope this is helpful.
Cheers! Skeegle (566) - Maryland, USA - FEB 20, 2007
UPDATED: JAN 5, 2008 FANTASTIC! I loved this beer because it’s so convoluted. There are just too many flavors to sequester. Perhaps this beer has the best marriage of malts and hops Ive ever experienced, both are very heavy and almost overbearing, but there is so much of each that the beer melts together in a smooth, hoppy, complex, experience. StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 22, 2006
Beautiful pour to a translucent red-clay color with a creamy tan head quickly recessing to an icy, oily web on top with a creamy tan rung at the sides. Beady vellum lacing slowly cascades down the glass as we go. Aroma is ignited with cherry toffee, maple beachwood, copper accents, spicy peppery touches, amaretto coffee creamer and honey nectar. Such a rare, unique display of aromatic affection. Flavorful force pushes full stream ahead. Hoppy sticke accents come to the forefront, dancing with a dry, clean, caramel and chocolate percussion. Dry, woodsy balsa tendencies, sticking with a piney, cedar sap vibrancy. Buttery pecans and pralines partner with expressive caramel ribbons. Clean, dry and bitter, and then an unquenching, unflinching meld of the tongue to the top of the mouth is upon us. Splices the inner mouth’s central domain in two. Quite a hoppy alt creation, but a priceless introduction and foray by an American craft brewery into the world of alts. Bitterness crests on the arc at the back of the throat in the finish, along with some cedar resin and peppered toffee cubes with a maple liquor heart. lemasney (398) - Trenton, New Jersey, USA - MAY 30, 2008
You can take your 10 malts - 10 hops - 10% abv anniversary ales; I’ll side with this testament to 10 masterful years of brewing at Victory any day of the week. Huge thanks to bstill and Jhop for the bottles!
Glass: Concave Pilsener
Purchased at: Canal’s Discount Liquors, Burlington, NJ - Thanks, Mike!
Size: 12 fl oz
ABV: 8.5 %
Estimated Calories: 175 C
RateBeer Rating: 84
Aroma 8 out of 10
Malt Flavor: Grain Bread Sweet Toast
Hops Flavor:Earth Floral
Other: Hops, bit of mold
Notes: A very nice aroma, though somewhat faint for the flavor.
Appearance 5 out of 5
Head Retention: Persistent
Notes: A stunningly beautiful beer. It is a deep copper under an off white head that won’t quit. Very nice.
Flavor 9 out of 10
Balance: Nicely balanced between Sweet and Bitter
Malt Flavor: Grain Bread Sweet Toast
Hops Flavor: Earth Floral Herbal
Other: Wheat, hops, honey
Notes: A surprisingly hoppy beer, and delicious. Dark, roasty, and deep. A great beer.
Palate 5 out of 5
Sensation: Creamy Warming
Notes: The finish is one of the best parts of this beer. Thanks again, Victory.
General Impression: 18 out of 20
Personal Taste: Liked
Notes: A great achievement in both your history and this beer. Fine job, and keep it coming.
BgThang (126) - Texas, USA - MAY 14, 2009
Received this in an extra on BA. This beer pours a little cloudy golden brown color. a little sweet , with a little hop present. Very nice beer. would love to have this all the time
HomesickAlien (20) - Michigan, USA - FEB 18, 2006
Pours a clear, dark copper/orange. Light copper head of tiny bubbles diminishes quickly. Lots of dense, sticky lacing. Aromas of caramel, light fruit, honey, spices and alcohol. Flavor of fruits, malt, caramel followed by moderate hops and spice. This is a very well balanced brew. Mouthfeel is moderately creamy and slightly oily with moderate carbonation. Just an outstanding beer and an impressive domestic example of the style. ElGaucho (2401) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - APR 23, 2006
Bottle. Stone smoked aroma, with some fruit. Amber body; no visible carbonation. Clear body; excellent lace. Strong initial mouthfeel from a considerable alcohol profile. Excellent Alt. Strong and dry. Almost harsh, almost cloying....roasted caramel malt. An excellent effort with a style that is underutilized and potentially underappreciated. beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - MAY 6, 2006
Clear copper body. One or two mentionable bubbles slowly gliding up within. Smallish firm capping of dirtied tanned froth. Long, boney fingered lace spans across the glass.
Aroma is what I’d call tall and slim. Lovely whole grain bready aroma thats fresh and reaching with a slight nutty dryness, a slim sweet fruityness and a dusting of chocolate.
Taste is well blended and balanced with malts bringing lightly dry bread tones floating off the middle from its sweetish start. From midway to the finish this is all unquitting flavors on the palate. Great bready grains and caramel with very adequately balanced floral hoppyness and dry leafyness. Finds time to squeeze in some fruits just before the swallow. Very intriguing and complex. Lengthy too. One of the higher qualities that I liked about it was that it lasted on the buds and begged for more as it did. Nice!
Feel is just a notch above medium. Fairly filling, yet smooth and succulant with a well rounded appeal thats quite quenchable. Mostly detained from the middle and into the finish where it almost seemed to gain more and more control and attention. Solid carbonation. The hops begin to find their home after a while. And there where and when they find it, which is sooner than later, its dry, grassy, floral, and nutty. Fantastic.
A wonderfully balanced beer with lots of flavor packed fun. It grows on ya might quick and is gone just as so. And 8.5%, please...where it is, is probably a couple more later when you’ve nearly drained em as fast as you’ve poured em.
Raise another flag in victory for Victory for this fabulous Anniversary Alt! fbennett (293) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 31, 2006
Poured a dark amber with a cloudy body leaving a thick tan head in its wake. The smell is sweet initally caramel, pecan, grape juice with a freshly peeled grapefruit aroma. The taste starts with a sharp bitter bite very nice hop presence that excites the tongue. It is followed by a balancing sweetness of caramel, cooked sugar, sweetness. The finish is tannic with a whip of bitterness that has a tongue smacking presence in it. This is a great brew love this style and interpretation. Happy 10th Victory, keep up the good work!