Tdevil (13) - Feetood, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 31, 2008
UPDATED: AUG 15, 2009 Easily the best of the Victory series. Being desperate to try this one, it griped me a bit to spend $95 for a 12-pack of this, but I had no idea of the treat I was about to be in for. The cork was very difficult to remove, but once I got it out I immediatley smelled the yeast and mild spices. It poured very dark with a thick brownish head. Despite being an ale it was astonishingly easy to drink. It didn’t have the usual dryness of an ale, instead it had the smooth drinkability of a lager. Incredibly mild flavor with an immense alcoholic punch. I could not finish the bottle for it had such an immense alcohol content. Will be sharing with someone next time I open a bottle. I certainly recommend this one for the experience and I hope I will be able to buy this again. lemasney (398) - Trenton, New Jersey, USA - APR 16, 2008
Obviously my ultimate beer. heavily malty. Grain, toasted, nutty, caramel, mild coffee, wonderful flavor. heavily hoppy, perfumed, piney, resinous, grapefruit, lime signatures. doughy, spicy, yeast flavors. banana, apple, white wine, oak cask, allspice, alcohol, paper, and sulfur flavors throughout. Banana overall. Very carbonated. off white head with no longevity. clear yellow, amber, orange body. deep. lightly sweet, moderately acidic, heavily bitter, and quite sour. salty, acetic aftertaste. medium to full body, dry, creamy, fizzy and lively carbona, with astingent, alcoholic finish.
An absolutely fantastic amazing creation. kirk36 (223) - Peabody, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 18, 2013
Raisins, meaty, deep darkest depths amber. Tasted like the DFH raison which is my personal favorite. This beer is two years old and it is wonderful!
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My favorite beer. Deep color and complex mouthfeel, with sugar, apple, and other fruity characteristics. Alcohol is definitely noticeable but surprisingly balanced for such a strong brew. I’ve heard it’s being discontinued, which is a shame. Guess I’ll have to stock up while it’s still in stores Beachmaster (572) - Oklahoma, USA - FEB 23, 2014
Poured into a tulip. Pours a clear medium copper color, with a small khaki head which fades quickly, leaving little lacing. Nose is caramel, toffee, and dark fruit. Taste is moderately sweet dark fruit and caramel. Very well balanced, with a clean finish. Mouthfeel is a little on the thin side for the style. Just delicious.
Rvrndmaynard (47) - Berkeley Heights, New Jersey, USA - JAN 8, 2007
Easily the best beer i’ve had in quite a while. Well worth my 2 hour drive to get a case from the brewery. Slick (1969) - Thief River Falls, Minnesota, USA - AUG 21, 2003
2002 vintage.Nice amber,orange color.Small white head that faded quite fast.With these allergies it's hard to get a decent smell but here goes.Light malt aroma with a strong sweet fruit presence,very floral,just a faint hint of alcohol in the aroma almost undetectable.Very sweet taste and more carbonation then what it let on to having.Fruity taste mildly malty with a heavy syrupy feel at first but it smooths out nicely in the middle of the tasting.The alcohol for the most part stays fairly well hidden until the late middle or end with it giving a mild taste and burn at the end of the tasting.As it warms up i can start to detect more caramel,and toffee.This is one hell of a brew much better then i expected it to be.The alcohol kind of sneaks up on you,i'm getting a bit tipped from this brew already,or it could have been the other 4 macro's i had b4 this one.The after taste is spicy and fruity with a nice alcohol hit to it.Thanks to Hopscotch for this one,and i'm glad to say i have a few more on the way for later enjoyment courtesy of Pabobcat. crazyvin (2026) - New York, USA - OCT 1, 2003
I could certainly taste the alcohol in this one! I diffinitally could sense a nice malty presance in sweet alcoholic taste. The thin head was disappointing, but still a great brew. jhumphries69 (1034) - Tyrone, Georgia, USA - NOV 11, 2007
750ml caged & corked bottle. Pours a gorgeous hue of amber - like liquid caramel - cloudy with highlights of caramel and orange. The head pours thick and light tan, with variously sized bubbles, though mostly small and tight bubbles. The head quickly fades into a tight, persistent layer of off-white bubbles. The aroma is sublime and sweet, big in alcohol, flowery (Saaz hops?), slightly grassy, and full of sweet fruit - particularly citrus and orange. The flavor starts with a lovely balance of flavors: fruity and estery, sweet and malty, balanced with notes of spice and citrus. And let’s not forget the dose of alcohol - noticeable, albeit quite mild considering this brew is packing 12%. The sweetness grows towards the middle of the tongue - caramel-covered biscuits with a touch of orange glaze. The esters and spices plateau around mid-to-back tongue, too. Towards the back of the tongue, grassy and hoppy flavors emerge - though malt and yeast are still the kings. The finish is medium and dry and has a tinge of ethanol flavoring. Needless to say, it has a slight warming effect as it goes down. The malt profile is very complex and delectable. The mouthfeel is also exceedingly beautiful. It is medium to medium-full in body, but it feels so light and delicate - thanks to alcohol and the right level of carbonation. The flavors in the beer also trick to the tongue into feeling a lighter and more delicate beer than really is in there. Genius. I most thoroughly enjoyed it.