thornecb (5920) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 6, 2009
Pours deep mahogany into a snifter. Tan head with good retention leaves sheet lacing. Dark caramel and grapefruit aromas. Fully with upfront deep, dark caramel changing to a lasting resin and pine finish. East coast arrogance... billdrinksbeer (18) - Washington DC, USA - NOV 6, 2009
UPDATED: NOV 15, 2009 Very flowery pungent aroma, almost lush like a greenhouse. Very hoppy Pours a medium dark brown with a thin white head that’s gone quickly and doesn’t leave much lacing. Very floral hoppiness up front. Some malt bitterness in the back. Lots of anise on the finish that becomes more pronounced the more you drink. Very nice palette, like a DFH 90. Great beer, I like this very much. Great cost/ABV ratio too. Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - NOV 6, 2009
Bottle, thanks to Victor for the share. Pours an amber body with an off white head. Very hop dominated. Pine, gassy herbal and pine accents. Woody hop resinous with some tea like bitterness. Nice brew. willblake (2654) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - NOV 3, 2009
20091103 12oz bottle from State Line. Cola brown with medium sized, fading beige head. Aroma is inviting with fruit cake, curacao, clove, tobacco, and intense pine. Medium carbonation is a bit overly spritzy to me but not bad and keeps the hefty beer from becoming cloying. Woodsy hops up front give way quickly to medium roast malts, slight molasses sweetness, then a punch of grain that could have gotten ugly but for an attack of dank, resinous, wonderful hops and intense bitterness. Fun beer. Too bad it’s 9% or I’d be loading up. PilsnerPeter (3046) - Flushing, New York, USA - NOV 3, 2009
Cask at Barcade: Deep hazy rusty amber with a lacing dense light tan head. Has a big rich dark fruit & berryish hop presence with a dense crystal malt undertone. Silky/creamy palate- a well conditioned cask. Has a big crystal malt presence- slightly sticky with a husky note and lots of rich berryish hoppiness. Mildly resiny at the back with a balancing bitterness. Not bad, though a tad one dimensional, it’s still tasty.
piscator34 (2534) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - NOV 2, 2009
On draft at The Happy Gnome. Dark amber-brown in colour with a fair bit of carbonation. Aromas start with orange and flowers before drifting into cocoa powder, caramel, and toasted malt territory. Hoppy in the mouth with dank citrus notes backed up with a bit of char and sticky caramel. Medium bodied.Coming into this, I was expecting more of an IPA-Porter hybrid like Phillips Black Toque, but this is definitely more like an IPA with a bit of mellow dark roasted malt added. Pretty tasty overall. urbnhautebourg (997) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - NOV 2, 2009
This is what Storm King tasted like before they dialed back the hops a few years ago. Wow, there are a lot of hops here, and they show flavors that I particularly like. Not the woodsy DFH stuff, not the simple pine of Avery, this is something very Victory--weird peach or something like it. I loved this. sloth (2906) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - NOV 1, 2009
Medium statured tan head, fair retention and nice lace. Clear amber/brown with a pretty red glow when light struck. Piney inky nose, some bubblegum and caramelly malts. Body is fully medium, lightly oily with a good carbonation level, chewy and a bit juicey. Rich maltiness, toasty, grainy and fresh. Nice little fruitiness, dark malts and buried citrus flavors. Dry, juicey hoppy and malty finish. Not a big bitterness but a blanced one. Bottle procured @statelineliquors. HighGravity (926) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - NOV 1, 2009
(Best by 10/14/2010) I am guessing that this was bottled on the 14th of Oct 2009. It is certainly fresh and green without a doubt. Hops hops and more hops. This beer dark color is deceptive, because the hops washout any of the malt underneath this beer. Very dry for an almost 9% beer too. User37895 (3042) - - NOV 1, 2009
Bottle from SL. Poured a full and bright orange-amber with a nice big head that had excellent retention and yielded continuous rings of fine lacing all the way down. Really a good looking beer. The aroma was quite nice too: strong piney and resinous hops get you first with some caramel and toffee malts underneath. The flavor was amped up with hops, the alcohol somewhat tame, but like Victory’s other IPA/dIPA brews, their hop profile doesn’t have the right flavors for me, just the amped bitter hops. An ok brew (flavor/aroma), but only that. Mouthfeel full and big, might have pushed sticky, but the hops kept it too clean to call it that. Based on flavor, I regret my rating comes out this high, but it did well in the "other" stuff.