micronaut129 (241) - chalfontborotowntonbergville, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 2, 2012
Pours a rich and velvetty deep maghoany color withan equally tall dense head. Aroma is of rich malts with a hoppy sort of muddle hop bouquet.
Taste is rich dark with roasted malts. Not overly roasted but adding a nice sutle accent. Hops seem mudle with no particular taste coming through. You can taste though a brightness and freshness around the edges.
Smooth and easy drinking with a bitter finish. One should also note a nice alcohol warming throughout the session.
A good beer but potent. j hfmejias (1283) - Marshall, Minnesota, USA - JAN 12, 2013
Really Liked this one... Poured dark cloudy brown, no much head. Great and bold strong malt aroma. taste is a smooth a good combination of bittersweet flavors. rangerred (989) - Johnson City, Tennessee, USA - JAN 14, 2013
12oz bottle into a pint glass.
Pours a clear dark ruby with a one finger dark tan head. Nice fluffy head retention and decent lacing.
Aroma is different than any other ABA I have had. Very nutty, almost like hazelnut, along with cocoa and a little bit of caramel and cinnamon. Nice Earthy hop undertones to prop it up. I don’t know how they got that aroma without the use of spices!
More cocoa and hazelnut in the taste. Lots of caramel too almost reminds me of cinnamon roasted almonds or something. Wonderful light earthy hop flavor along with assertive bitterness. Mouthfeel is on the slick and sweet side but just barely stays restrained. Finish is a little sticky but understandable given the abv and amount of specialty malt.
Overall, a really great example of an American Black Ale. Great, unique, malt character and wonderful interaction between malt and hops. I really need to get some more of this this winter. CpyNPrnT (620) - Indiana, USA - MAR 13, 2014
Aroma. One of the best beer aroma’s I have ever had the pleasure of experiencing. Rich malt and fruity hop notes. taste is similar, with a larger dark malt presence and sweet fruity hops. Wonderful beer! Favorite so far by Victory! 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.
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. thornecb (5987) - 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... scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - NOV 21, 2009
12 oz - The Wine Source. Dark crimson, light tan creamy head. Heavy citric spruce aromas warm to soft swirls of melon and roasty chocolate molasses. Deep fresh spicy citric-pine hop blast rounds with a hints of chocolate roast and nutty toffee. Full bodied, soft carbonation, bitter finish. A great hop fix... smjohnst (203) - , Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 24, 2009
WOW! This pours out an amazing dark brown with great foam. It is like drinking a stronger version of hopdevil with a much maltier taste to it. Amazing beer. HopBackDoc (474) - Hatboro, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 5, 2009
Pours a dark mahogany with big tan head that leaves excellent lacing. Aroma is roasted grains and earthy hops. Flavor was roasted malts, sweet malts and big doses of pine and grassy hops. Medium bodied with a delicious finish of caramel and bitter hops. This beer has a lot going on from start to finish, especially as it warms a bit. Take your time and enjoy all the delicious ranges of flavor as this beer sits and mellows. I am also putting a few aside and let them sit for 6 months or so. Another winner from Victory.