WVHouseofBeer (1108) - West Virginia, USA - JAN 11, 2013
Pours a very dark orange color with a frothy off-white head. Nice aromas and flavors mostly consisting of the hops but balanced nicely by the chocolate and caramel malt. Pretty heavy body for an IPA with a moderately bitter finish. Overall a very good beer. jhgrantjr (478) - Tennessee, USA - JAN 11, 2013
Poured from a bottle, dark brown with a reddish, copper tint. Off-white head that does not last long. Aroma of hops, some citrus, grapefruit, and pine, roasted malts. Taste is bitter hoppy up front with a bitter aftertaste. The malts are not showing up for me. Tastes like some IPAs that have too much pine.
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Bottle. Thanks to Seth (again) for the pour! The appearance is deep brown/amber with a small head. It certainly doesn’t look like your typical black IPA! The aroma’s massive sweet chocolate cake, cinnamon, general spices. Some charred grain. The taste is more spicy sweet cinnamon cake. Bitter, green grass. Large roasted malt body, bitter chocolate. Smooth, somewhat thick on the palate. Overall, not bad! 8balls (31) - Winston-Salem, USA - JAN 9, 2013
Tasty offering from Victory. While the packaging doesn’t describe exactly what type of ale this is, it tastes like a robust black IPA to me. It’s got a real nice, lingering flavor that rests comfortably on my palate. Smells great, looks great, tastes great. It’s got a surprisingly high ABV at 8.7%. This one can be sneaky because it’s smooth, so treat it with respect. Prost! jrodooo5 (1749) - DOVER, Delaware, USA - DEC 29, 2012
The pour is dark brown with reddish hues. It has a nice tan head that slowly fades into thick lacing. The aroma is screams IPA as the hops clearly win that battle. The taste goes to the hops as well. I’m not sure of the IBU’s but I feel that it’s a pretty high number. The malts take off the edge on the bitterness making the beer fairly smooth. Another solid and tasty brew from Victory!
jw0406 (1315) - atlanta, Georgia, USA - DEC 28, 2012
12 oz bottle pours a dark brown color with an off white head. Aromas of citrus, pine, dark roasted malt. Full bodies, hops up front with a big malty finish. DedicatedToFun (4003) - Santa Monica, California, USA - DEC 27, 2012
Awesome dark ups love this, not ups damn u auto correct, meant IPA, dark, hoppy, tastes pale, beautiful head Bulk_Carrier (6064) - Vermont, USA - DEC 22, 2012
It pours brown and yields a slightly darker colored body. A nice foamy white one inch head appears and lasts for a good minute before becoming lumpy and settling nicely at the top of the body. A fair amount of spider web yet foamy lacing occurs. Though a slightly transparent body when held up to the light, no carbonation is seen rising. The smell has the hops and the pine up front, a bit of grapefruit there, very subdued. The taste is bitter with the hops and pine dominating this aspect. The mouthfeel is a medium with nothing harsh on the tongue. It leaves a decent dryness. Though a fairly high ABV, still drinkable, the alcohol isn’t really noted or felt. Overall, a good beer by Victory. MattShizzle (618) - Bernville, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 21, 2012
Bottle. Very dark copper color - nearly opaque. Hoppy, somewhat roasty aroma. Really good. Quite strong and very hoppy - a bit like a dark version of Hop Wallop. jbruner (5469) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - DEC 21, 2012
Pours a reddish-hued-brown on tap with frothy tan head that dissipates to leave moderate lacing. Aroma of bitter hops and dark, roasted malts. Taste follows, but the hops fall off except for a bitter aftertaste. Decent, but definitely not the best black IPA, if you can even call it that.