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RATINGS: 825   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.7/5   EST. CALORIES: 261   ABV: 8.7%
The tenacious grip of big, juicy hop aroma and character slides smoothly into rich, dark malts. This heavyweight battle between fresh, Yakima Valley hops and dark, roasted malts is resolved harmoniously as the flavors merge to deliver complex satisfaction with a warming edge. Enjoy the twilight for the bright and brassy hops!

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ben4321 (6139) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - DEC 17, 2009
Location: 12 oz bottle from Gillys, 12/17/09

Aroma: A nose of sweet pine, grapefruit, toasty caramel malts, and just a bit of a sugary background that reminds me of those candy hearts with the words on them you always see around Valentines Day
Appearance: Clear reddish-brown color with a thick, creamy beige head, lots of lace
Flavor: Taste is sweet grapefruit, caramel, and pine followed by a long bitter finish
Palate: The body is medium-full, it has a long, dry finish, and the ABV is pretty well-hidden
Overall Impression: This a pretty interesting beer, sort of a dark IPA that I would describe as being somewhere between two other sort-of-styles (a Black IPA and an Imperial Amber). It has a few German characteristics to it as well. No matter what you call this one, its pretty good. Not sure it does (or could) live up to the hype, but its a nice beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
KornDogg (570) - Lancaster, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 17, 2009
Bottle thanks to Miver. Hop aroma, Tall fluffy tan head...Bitter hop flavor balanced with roasted malts... warming power... long bitter aftertaste

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
cking (1175) - North Canton, Ohio, USA - DEC 17, 2009
Incredibly phenomenal fresh hop monster, well done Victory. Brown color with a dark copper tint. Large, bubbly khaki head and great foamy lacing. Resinous pine and grapefruit aromas galore followed by orange marmalade, light caramel and clover honey. One of the freshest hop aromas Ive ever come across. Bitter hops with a lightly sweet malt base this beer is aggressive, sturdy, and dangerously drinkable. Soapy citrus hops ringing with grapefruit, lemon and orange. Loads of sticky evergreen. Biscuits, toffee and mild glazed doughnut malt flavors to back up the abundant hops. Beautiful beer, all around spectacular.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
satan165 (1020) - River Grove, Illinois, USA - DEC 16, 2009
malty caramel nose with hint of citrus. on alternate examinations of aroma (or alternate bottles) the hops seem more forefront -- this is truly a clash of the titans with no real winner. flavor echoes supreme balance with sturdy malt and sharp lingering bitterness. more sticky then crunchy, the caramel notes are not quite developed enough to reach toffee levels and hops subside mostly with a wind of puckering bitterness rather then outright fruits, though occassional notes of grass and resin come through. body is deep, dank ruby red with handsome lacing and filmy head.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
nightrider (754) - encinitas, California, USA - DEC 16, 2009
On tap at Small Bar. Dark black color with an off white tannish head. Aroma is of fresh citrus pine. Medium bodied with a bit of prickly carb on your tongue. Flavors are excellent with aggressive bitter tasty hops with a good balance of dark roasted smoky malt. Finish is well balanced with the hops leaving its presence. Would classify as a Black IPA in my book. Great beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beerman6686 (6592) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 16, 2009
This poured a ruby red color with a big fluffy off white head. Aroma was sweet roasted malts, some caramel, and fresh ahdn crushed hops. Flavor was a big load of hops upfront, mostly citrus, followed by some thick mlatiness and a nice bittering finish to balance it out. This is the best new Victory beer ive tried in a while.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
joeymacaroni (309) - Wagontown, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 15, 2009
pours mahogany brown with a fluffy tan head. aroma is sweet, sticky aromatic resiny hops and caramel. nice malty edge. flavor is BITTER floral hops, caramel, dark fruit. loads of malt, bold spicy, earthy, succulent hops. finish is long, dry, bitter. thick and heavy strong ale. glorious.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
kp (10882) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - DEC 15, 2009

Date: December 02, 2009
Mode: Bottle
Source: Hop City, Atlanta
Appearance: clear dark red, lasting creamy beige head, streaks of drippy lace
Aroma: sweet dark caramel malt aroma, fresh floral and earthy hops
Flavor: rich malt flavor, lots of earthyness, mostly dry and bitter, long bitter finish
Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 6/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 12/20
Rating: 3.1/5.0
Drinkability: 7/10
Score: ** /4

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
zebracakes (1339) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 14, 2009
Bottle. Pours clear dark ruby amber, off white head. Aroma is hoppy (fuzzy kiwi) and caramel. Flavor is bitter hoppy: citrus, kiwi, caramel, vanilla. This beer is nicely bitter and not too sweet. Malty without being too syrupy.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Frank (4148) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 14, 2009
I guess this is something of a double IPA only darker in color. Pours a nice coppery brown w/ a big head. I didnt really find the addition of roasted malts to make a huge impact on the overall character though I suppose it did taste a little brown-ale-like. Certainly, it is not in the range of a porter or anything like that. I am surprised to see that its such a high alcohol content. It does not really come across as such a big beer to me. It would have guessed more in the six or seven percent range, just going by flavor. The higher alcohol content does explain why I have a headache this morning though.

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