SudsMcDuff (8427) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - JAN 30, 2010
wow, ..had on tap, in Texas, that’s all mr. govt .. . dark muddy brown .. . smells of syrup and honestly, hangover diarrhea .. i don’t care if my eardrums blow out .. . medium mouth .. decent, but for who makes it, and what it should halfway be, Absolute Pants! .. .crap .. . http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GmoEYxvLvF0 ..1:35 .. fluffy (2472) - St Petersburg, Florida, USA - MAY 28, 2012
im not a big IPA person, but i thought id give this a try anyway. its definitely more balanced with the attention to flavor that you expect from Victory. the maltiness curbs some of the citrus-y bite of the hops. pretty good. Brew42 (62) - - JUL 14, 2013
Pretty bitter beer. Tastes a lot like what I would imagine pine trees taste like. If you like bitter beers, I would recommend it. hopmelt (197) - Painesville TWP, Ohio, USA - AUG 11, 2013
Pours reddish brown, half finger tan head, nice lacing. Aroma toast, dough, toasty malt, earthy hops. Taste is bitter dark malt, earthy hops, slight caramel and toasted malt, bitter finish. Mouth feel medium, lower carbonation, astringent bite from black malt, finish is slightly on the dry side. Overall, not bad, a bit bitter, not well balanced, doesn’t fit my palate. illidurit (2338) - San Francisco, California, USA - OCT 23, 2013
Dark amber beer, toffee and dark rotting fruit smell, crystal malt, molasses, raisins, molding oranges. Gave me a headache.
beersearcher (2382) - Glendale, California, USA - DEC 31, 2009
Hazy dark brown in color. No hop smell coming from this one. Sweet with a definite hit of alcohol. I am on the fence with this one. I have had better strong ales from Unibroue. This one has some intriguing flavors but not what I expected. Ernest (7692) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JAN 11, 2010
Head is initially large, frothy, light brown, mostly lasting.
Body is dark amber.
Aroma is lightly to moderately malty (toasted grain, cookie), moderately hoppy (resin, grapefruit), moderately to heavily yeasty (dough, sweat), with a note of black tea.
Flavor is moderately to heavily sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, lightly to moderately bitter.
Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, moderately to heavily bitter.
Medium to full body, watery/syrupy/velvety texture, lively carbonation, moderately alcoholic, moderately astringent.
Victory really needs to get a handle on their frickin’ yeast...this is a raw yeast bomb; vitamin B and dirty feet dominate the aroma, with hops playing only second fiddle. Not much else of interest in the nose, so...yeah, hard to give it anything above a 5 there. Flavor balance is crude and brash, as most American big-and-hoppy beers are...but then, "punishing" is a glowing term to most hopheads, right? Sigh...we have so far to go still. Mouthfeel is decent other than the gum-numbing astringency....it’d get a 4 otherwise. Overall, it’s just another crude, brutish hop bomb, except with a severe yeast problem. maltdog (626) - New Mexico, USA - MAY 29, 2010
Blood red ale sports mousselike mocha foam. "Hopsack" nose, pine needles and foggy forest, jasmine, herbal and faintly cheesy... impressions of chocolate milk, green tobacco/weedy fields, and souring fruit. On the tongue, vigorous dark fruit and zesty, peppery hop spice abound; a buttery malt backbone is shattered by a strong astringent black tea taste. Fleshy palate and cotton candy carbonation. Dry finish, ending on a strident alkaline note of bitter chocolate and harsh charcoal-grapefruit (Chinook?) hops. Tire store aftertaste. This beer is nothing but rough edges, it’s a miracle that my mouth isn’t bleeding. DietPepsican (1591) - @ $13.99, Iowa, USA - NOV 9, 2009
dark amber pour with a small off white head. Aroma is pine tar and grass. Flavor is all pine. The malt tries to pull through but it can’t. Finishes beyond bitter, and I love hops. I could barely get through 2 ounces. Very interesting and I’m glad to have tried it. Elwood (3336) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - JAN 21, 2010
Serving: 12 oz. bottle.
Pours brown with red highlights and a small, off-white head. The nose has a slight off medicinal note. I got some varnish and slight earthy hops as well. Needless to say, not a good combination. The palate is a little better with slight chocolate notes, lots of bitter herbal hops, and a lot of soap. A medium soapy finish ends what really isn’t all that great of a beer. Based on what I’ve read about this beer, I have to think this one is past it’s prime. A re-rate is in order.