scottyshades (130) - Parkland, Florida, Florida, USA - SEP 20, 2012
A: Pours a barely transparent brownish amber color with a big eggshell color head. Retention is good
S: Really piny and earthy...Sierra Nevada-type hop schedule that kind of smells like peanutbutter. Lots of dark malts give a chocolate note
T: Bitter hops are upfront and dominate the flavor. Dark malts give a nice base, but don’t quite balance the hops. The hops are piney, resinous and a little earthy
MF/D: Carbonation is pretty spot on, but the finish is not my style...plus the alcohol is a little high, but not really invasive
Notes: not really a great example of the "new" style, and as big a joke as Cap’t Krunkles is (trading wise atleast), it is better than this grundsow (130) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 15, 2013
UPDATED: MAR 7, 2014 What a great beer! Rich, smooth malts contrasted by the zing of hops. Tons of flavor but too much alcohol. Perfection in flavor and balance. Eek! Did I say balance? ludhaber (126) - Massachusetts, USA - MAR 18, 2011
Surprisingly mild hop bitterness with subtle hop aroma. Finishes malty but not too rich. Beer is easy to drink given the dark heavier characteristics. TylerPow (122) - Washington, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 24, 2011
Not as dark as I expected. Citrus charcoal smell. Crisp flavor, burnt and kinda smoket. Reminds me of fall. johnluvsbeer (120) - Arizona, USA - FEB 28, 2012
Dark ruby red. Rich looking head of light tan rose up from the sides of the glass and reached a height of around two fingers before settling back down with a smooth and even lacing and a nice consistency hugging the glass. Aroma is a good bit hoppier up front. This one just seemed to be full of surprises. Rich caramel and earthy grains lie underneath a bouquet of pine like hops. Quite light and very complex. Very nice black IPA.
mayday035 (120) - san jose, California, USA - JAN 22, 2011
Bottle. Pours brown with beige head. Nose is immedately pine resin, grapefruit and floral hop. Same roasty caramel and toffee undertones as hop devil but a much more complex hop profile - floral, citrus notes and a nice resiny biternes balancing out the sweet malts. Finishes moderately to strongly bitter. This is essentially the hop devil backbone with a better hop profile. russwbeck (117) - Tyrone, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 18, 2011
From rough notes. Dark mahogany pour, little head (which could have been because the server wanted to fill the glass with beer and not head, kudos for the effort, but I like some head on my beers.) Sweet and hoppy up front, malt backbone. Nice dry hoppiness on the taste, mixes well with the coffee/stout taste and malts. Finish is dry. Medium bodied with little carbonation. Dryness of the aftertaste keeps you drinking. This was definitely more dark than IPA AlephNull3 (114) - New Jersey, USA - NOV 26, 2010
Pours with a very dark brown hue. Nice bold consistent look. Great smell of toasted hops. Nice bitter bite followed by a wave of smooth and great tasting hops. Just a hint of sour aftertaste but overall an excellent beer. DConMan (114) - Ballwin, Missouri, USA - JUL 24, 2012
Bought a 12 FL. OZ. bottle of this from The Beer Shoppe in Yakima, WA for $2.40. Poured from the Yellow/Green/Purple/Orange and Semi-Tie Dyed label into 16oz Arcadia IPA Pint Glass. Has ENJOY BY: NOV 30 2012 on the front of the label in white.
Aroma- Has tons of hops and caramel blend from the beginning. Malts and sweetness shoots in towards the end of the nose. Well balanced!
Appearance- Pours a 1 finger head that has average retention. Has a deep brown, semi-hazy body. Leaves tons of suds behind.
Flavor- Sweet, hoppy, malty, and light sugars pop through. Medium-High Bitterness. Lacks a bit of character...
Mouthfeel- Medium-Full Bodied, Medium Carbonation, Sweet, and has a caramel finish.
Overall Impression- Very nicely done by Victory but almost a dull Black IPA in my books... Nonetheless, its still an above average brew and wondering who else besides Schlafly and Victory who brews their own "Yakima" brand labeled beer? Good stuff. birderbeerer (112) - Virginia, USA - FEB 5, 2011
Pours a deep and dark copper with a white and even three finger head. Lacing is substantial--nearly complete in fact. Though, after a few drinks the lacing dissipates.
Aroma is a clean and fruity hop with a hint of pine. Deep in the aroma there is a rich roasted malt and some buttery sweetness.
Taste is a very piny hop. There is some citrus in there. And some toffee malt bordering on a coffee roast. Overall hoppy though. A nice tang that leaves a sharp bitter and dry aftertaste like any good hoppy beer. A little sticky too. Very refreshing yet also rich and fairly heavy like a good winter beer.
The clean hops make me want to guzzle a couple, but the richness slows me down. I imagine that, at 8.7%, one is refreshing and two would be heavy.
Great beer. Good sipper. Good cold weather beer with great hops.