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Victory Hop Wallop
Victory Hop Wallop

Victory Hop Wallop

Glass: snifter, tulip
Originally Purchased at: Laurenti’s ShopRite, Hamilton, NJ on July 3rd, 2008

Today: A gift from Bryan K and Angel B – Thanks!

Price: $1.83
Size: 12 fl oz
ABV: 8.5%
Estimated Calories: 250 C in 12  oz
RateBeer Rating: 93

Aural: quiet opening, good carbonation, simple pour

Aroma 9 out of 10

Intensity: medium

Balance: sweet

Impression:  very nice

Malt Aroma: wheat, rye, brown sugar, toast ed peanuts, light caramel
Hops Aroma
: dust, fern, star anise, lemon
Other Aroma
: tea, peach

Notes: An absolutely amazing, if faint, aroma. Wondrous and inviting.

Appearance 5 out of 5

Color: copper

Clarity: brilliant

Head Retention: persistent

Lace: intricate

Notes: A beautiful presence, nicely retained white head, simple lacing, and a deep copper body.

Flavor 9 out of 10

Intensity: strong

Balance: bitter

Impression: nice

Malt Flavor: wheat, rye, cane sugar, roasted peanuts, light caramel
Hops Flavor: dust, lemon, orange, zest,
Other: tea, oatmeal

Notes: Likely the best feature of this delicious brew – very hoppy, not well balanced, likely on purpose. Bitterness is key.

Palate 5 out of 5

Mouthfeel

Sensation: sour cream, oil, tea towel

Body: full

Carbonation: faint

Finish

Length: long

Intensity: strong

Balance: bitter

Notes: A delicious and richly textured finish.

General Impression: 18 out of 20

Craftmanship:  excellent

Freshness:  fresh

Personal Taste:  loved

Notes: One of my favorite beers.



Victory V Lager
04/16/2009, 3:04 PM
Filed under: lager (lager glass), Victory | Tags: , , , , ,
Victory V Lager

Victory V Lager

Style; glass: Lager; lager glass
12 fl oz x 4.8% ABV = 57.6 / 60 = .96 beers * 150 C = 144 calories (est.)
Purchased at: Beer Outlet at Franklin Mills, Phila, PA for $1.25

Aroma: corn, hay, rice, grains, barnyard, dust

Visuals: inspiring packaging, propagandistic, bright clear brilliant filtered body, thin white head is fleeting, little lacing.

Taste: clean, crisp, light, mostly malty sweetness, some light hop bitterness follows.

Palate: Crisp, two notes of sweetness and quick bitterness.

Overall: Well done for one of my least favorite styles. I always enjoy Victory brews.



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Victory Wild Devil

Victory Wild Devil

Style; glass: Belgian Ale, Trappist
22 fl oz x 6.7% ABV = 147.4 / 60 = 2.45 beers * 150 C = 367.5 calories (est.)
Purchased at: Canal’s Lawrenceville, NJ for $9.99

It’s a deep bitter style that eludes traditional style descriptions – not quite an IPA, not quite a Belgian, but delicious, dank, and a bit soapy. Recommended as a different direction for hop lovers and Belgian lovers.



Recent Six Packs

Before I clean out my collection of six pack carriers, I decided to take a few shots for those of you who might be keeping track. Enjoy!



Victory Prima Pils

Victory Prima Pils
ABV: 5%
IBU: ?
Calories: 150
Volume: 12 fl oz
Glass: Tulip
Purchased at: Joe Canal’s
Price per fl oz: $8 / 72 fl oz = $0.11 per fl oz
Consumed on/at: home on March 18th, 2008

sensory first impression: No head but a beautiful yellow golden beer. A pilsner, to be sure – pale, clear, and plain, visually. Aroma is smoky. Aroma is deep and rich. Aroma is hints of pork and cabbage. Taste is delicious, rich and hinting of other flavors. I taste bologna. I taste bread. I taste lettuce. I taste toast. It’s wonderfully balanced, a superlative taste but so very simple and unidimensional. Lacing is nice, but head is minimal. Warm with light alcohol. A great simple beer.

Aroma/Olfactory:
Malt flavor is: bread, cereal, nuts, toast, oats.
Hop flavor is: resinous, floral, very herbaceous
Yeast flavor is: doughy, thick, moldy, leathery, deep.
Other flavors include: bubblegum, lightly cherry, ginger, raisin, smoke

Visuals/Appearance:
Color is: pale, golden, amber, light, thin, white.
Liquid is: clear, immaculate
Head and lace are: minimal, white

Taste/Flavor:
Maltiness or Sweetness level is: medium to heavy
Hoppiness or Bitterness level is: light to medium
Sour level is: none

Palate/Tactile:
Body or Mouthfeel is: medium
Texture is: creamy, thick, silky
Carbonation is: lively
Finish is: long and wonderfully balanced.

Overall experience: Visually this is not a stimulating beer, but so rewarding in other ways. It’s delicious in terms of taste, though not overwhelming in any way. It’s feel is enveloping, smooth, and mellow. Its aroma is enticing, but not overwhelming. It’s a wonderful beer, and easily my favorite pilsner.



Victory Baltic Thunder

ABV: 8.5%
RateBeer rating: 89
Calories: estimated at 375 C
Volume: 22 fl oz.
Glass: stem glass, tulip, English pint
Purchased at: Laurenti’s Shop RIte, Hamilton, NJ
Price: $4.99
Consumed at: home

First Impression: Seems like many other brown ales and porters. Looking forward to the hit of the 8.5%. Respectable head, good deep ruby color. Aroma is faint and quiet, plums perhaps. Visuals are a deep ruby with a relatively persistent head. Taste is in a word, plain. Not watery – good hops, nice dark finish, but kind of flat in terms of layered flavor. Palate is crisp, carbonated, roasted, with a medium finish. Second Impression: Not bad at all, but victory has a lot better choices on offer. I’d take it over many other brands, because it has a nice depth, color, and hoppy finish, but only because of Victory’s lineup. Having just had Mikkeller’s Beer Geek Breakfast for the first time the other night didn’t help this brew’s standing with me, either.  See Hop Wallop or V12 for what Victory does great things with.

Aroma: 6 out of 10

Visuals: 4 out of 5

Taste: 6 out of 10

Palate: 4 out of 5

Overall: 15 out of 20



My top 50 on RateBeer after 200 ratings
1 Smuttynose Big A IPA Smuttynose Brewing Company Imperial/Double IPA 3.85 5 6/1/2008
2 Victory V12 Victory Brewing Company Belgian Strong Ale 3.77 5 4/16/2008
3 Great Divide Yeti Imperial Stout Great Divide Brewing Company Imperial Stout 4.07 5 5/9/2008
4 Great Divide Hercules Double IPA Great Divide Brewing Company Imperial/Double IPA 4.04 5 5/26/2008
5 Great Divide Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout Great Divide Brewing Company Imperial Stout 4.18 5 5/30/2008
6 Oaked Arrogant Bastard Ale Stone Brewing Co. American Strong Ale 3.85 5 6/21/2008
7 Nøgne Ø # 100 (Batch 100) Nøgne Ø Imperial/Double IPA 3.89 5 6/1/2008
8 Nøgne Ø Imperial Stout Nøgne Ø Imperial Stout 4.04 5 5/26/2008
9 Ølfabrikken Porter Bryggeriet Ølfabrikken (Gourmetbryggeriet) Porter 4.14 5 6/8/2008
10 Southern Tier Jah-va Southern Tier Brewing Company Imperial Stout 3.95 5 6/6/2008
11 Green Flash Barleywine Green Flash Brewing Co. Barley Wine 3.69 5 6/14/2008
12 Struise Mikkeller (Elliot Brew) Struise Imperial/Double IPA 3.8 4.9 5/23/2008
13 Oskar Blues Ten FIDY Oskar Blues Grill & Brew Imperial Stout 4.07 4.8 4/27/2008
14 Oskar Blues Gordon Oskar Blues Grill & Brew American Strong Ale 3.86 4.8 4/28/2008
15 Stone Old Guardian (Vintages 2004 and later) Stone Brewing Co. Barley Wine 3.84 4.8 6/12/2008
16 OHanlons Thomas Hardys Ale (vintage 2003 and later) OHanlons Barley Wine 3.92 4.8 6/22/2008
17 3 Fonteinen Schaerbeekse Kriek 3 Fonteinen Lambic – Fruit 4.08 4.8 6/12/2008
18 Rogue Shakespeare Stout Rogue Ales Stout 3.9 4.8 5/24/2008
19 Dogfish Head Raison D Etre Dogfish Head Brewery Belgian Strong Ale 3.62 4.8 4/4/2008
20 Victory Old Horizontal Victory Brewing Company Barley Wine 4.06 4.8 5/28/2008
21 North Coast Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout North Coast Brewing Company Imperial Stout 4.11 4.8 4/6/2008
22 Weyerbacher Old Heathen Weyerbacher Brewing Co. Imperial Stout 3.77 4.8 4/8/2008
23 Stone Imperial Russian Stout Stone Brewing Co. Imperial Stout 4.23 4.8 5/8/2008
24 Dogfish Head World Wide Stout 2001/2003-Present (18%) Dogfish Head Brewery Imperial Stout 4.19 4.8 5/8/2008
25 Smuttynose Imperial Stout Smuttynose Brewing Company Imperial Stout 3.96 4.8 6/15/2008
26 Bear Republic Hop Rod Rye Ale Bear Republic Brewing Company Imperial/Double IPA 3.96 4.7 3/9/2008
27 Dogfish Head 90 Minute Imperial IPA Dogfish Head Brewery Imperial/Double IPA 4.07 4.7 2/11/2008
28 Victory Golden Monkey Victory Brewing Company Abbey Tripel 3.71 4.7 2/27/2008
29 Youngs Old Nick Wells & Youngs Barley Wine 3.58 4.7 4/15/2008
30 Sierra Nevada Bigfoot Sierra Nevada Brewing Company Barley Wine 3.89 4.7 4/3/2008
31 Founders Dirty Bastard Scotch Ale Founders Brewing Company Scotch Ale 3.71 4.7 6/21/2008
32 Oskar Blues Dales Pale Ale Oskar Blues Grill & Brew American Pale Ale 3.76 4.7 4/26/2008
33 Great Divide Old Ruffian Great Divide Brewing Company Barley Wine 3.91 4.7 5/10/2008
34 Southern Tier Un*Earthly Southern Tier Brewing Company Imperial/Double IPA 3.87 4.7 5/24/2008
35 Chouffe Houblon Dobbelen IPA Tripel Brasserie d’Achouffe (Moortgat) Abbey Tripel 3.94 4.6 5/22/2008
36 Weyerbacher Double Simcoe IPA Weyerbacher Brewing Co. Imperial/Double IPA 3.96 4.6 4/6/2008
37 Mikkeller Santas Little Helper 2007 Mikkeller Belgian Strong Ale 3.89 4.6 6/13/2008
38 Southern Tier Gemini Southern Tier Brewing Company Imperial/Double IPA 3.91 4.6 6/7/2008
39 Flying Dog Double Dog Double Pale Ale Flying Dog Brewery American Strong Ale 3.83 4.6 4/30/2008
40 Smuttynose IPA Smuttynose Brewing Company India Pale Ale (IPA) 3.71 4.6 2/28/2008
41 Ommegang Three Philosophers Brewery Ommegang (Moortgat) Abt/Quadrupel 3.84 4.6 4/6/2008
42 Unibroue Maudite Unibroue (Sapporo) Belgian Strong Ale 3.81 4.6 4/17/2008
43 Stone Ruination IPA Stone Brewing Co. Imperial/Double IPA 4.06 4.6 2/11/2008
44 Stone India Pale Ale Stone Brewing Co. India Pale Ale (IPA) 4.01 4.6 2/15/2008
45 Brooklyn East India Pale Ale Brooklyn Brewery India Pale Ale (IPA) 3.42 4.6 2/27/2008
46 Abbaye des Rocs Brune Brasserie de l’Abbaye des Rocs Belgian Strong Ale 4.11 4.6 5/24/2008
47 Wachusett IPA Wachusett Brewing India Pale Ale (IPA) 3.41 4.6 4/15/2008
48 Yards India Pale Ale Yards Brewing Company India Pale Ale (IPA) 3.48 4.6 4/27/2008
49 Rochefort Trappistes 10 Brasserie Rochefort Abt/Quadrupel 4.34 4.6 5/3/2008
50 Dogfish Head Indian Brown Ale Dogfish Head Brewery Brown Ale 3.69 4.6 4/8/2008


Victory Donnybrook Stout
06/23/2008, 2:39 AM
Filed under: Dry Stout (English pint), Victory | Tags: , , , , , , , ,

Victory Brewery logoABV: 3.7 %
RateBeer rating: 52
Calories: estimated at 100 C
Volume: 16 fl oz.
Glass: shaker
Purchased at: Kildare’s in Philadelphia at South Street
Price: $5.00
Consumed at: Kildare’s in Philadelphia at South Street

First Impression: Aroma is sweet cocoa, coffee, and mold. Visuals deep black with a long lasting head. Taste coffee, some hops, nice depth and flavor. Palate dry with a short finish. Second Impression a very nice stout, and a great way to celebrate my birthday.

Aroma: 6 out of 10

Visuals: 5 out of 5

Taste: 6 out of 10

Palate: 3 out of 5

Overall: 12 out of 20



Victory Golden Monkey
06/21/2008, 4:33 AM
Filed under: Abbey Tripel (trappist), Victory | Tags: , , , , , , , , , ,

Victory Golden Monkey Tripel Ale with Spices
ABV: 9.5%
IBU: n/a
Volume: 12 fl. oz.
Glass: shaker
Purchased at: Sherwood Liquors
Consumed on: February 27th, 2008, 10:12 pm

sensory first impression: A very pretty beer with quirky advertising. Overwhelming fruity scent, which I like. No head or lace to experience, but I don’t miss it, since the olfactory is so nice. I poured twice – first time clear – second time because I felt I had missed out on the bottle conditioning yeast. Whoopsie! the second yeasty pour made it downright cloudy. It’s like sandblasted glass now. Nice bite, lots of flavor – I taste bacon, and I smell banana. I’m not crazy about smoke in beers – see my future review of Triumph’s Rauchbier, for example, but this is balanced pretty nicely. There’s lemon and plums and orange and apple — lots of apple — and banana. Nice bite and texture, and the presence is divine. This is a special beer.

Aroma/Olfactory:
Malt is smoky and full of a fruit bowl of taste influences.
Hops are herbaceous, mellow, and leafy. Very nice balance here. In the hands of an amateur, this would be a mess. Hail Victory.
Yeast/Bacteria doughy, earthy, leafy, and reminds one of an aquarium. I just jumped in. Did I mention this is 9.5% alcohol by volume?
Banana seems omnipresent, and I love it. Paprika? Ginger-licious. What an amazing depth of flavor.

Visuals/Appearance:
Color is pale and a solid block of gold.
Liquid is cloudy with yeast.
Head/Lace is nowhere to be found.

Taste/Flavor:
Maltiness/Sweetness is heavy in smoky sweetness – like a banana infused sausage, but delicious.
Hoppiness/Bitterness is light and very balanced.
Sour from the smoke, but in an affectionate way.

Palate/Tactile:
Body/Mouthfeel is quite full and cloying.
Texture is creamy, slick, and thick
Carbonation is softly present in the background.
Finish is long lasting but muted. The cloying aspect amplifies this aftertaste, which is wonderful.

Overall second impression: What a wonderful beer. It wasn’t the first thing to reach out and grab me, but I’ll be sure to keep it on the top of my list when I’m looking for something special to sip, enjoy, and savor. What a treat.



Victory 10 Years Alt

Glass: Concave Pilsener
Purchased at: Canal’s Discount Liquors, Burlington, NJ – Thanks, Mike!
Price: $1.89
Size: 12 fl oz
ABV: 8.5 %
IBU:
Estimated Calories: 175 C
RateBeer Rating: 84

Aroma 8 out of 10
Intensity: Medium
Balance: Sweet
Impression: Nice

Malt Flavor: Grain Bread Sweet Toast
Hops Flavor:
Earth Floral
Other:
Hops, bit of mold
Notes: A very nice aroma, though somewhat faint for the flavor.

Appearance 5 out of 5
Color: Copper
Clarity: Brilliant
Head Retention: Persistent
Notes: A stunningly beautiful beer. It is a deep copper under an off white head that won’t quit. Very nice.

Flavor 9 out of 10
Intensity:  Strong
Balance: Nicely balanced between Sweet and Bitter
Impression:  Nice
Malt Flavor:
Grain Bread Sweet Toast
Hops Flavor: Earth Floral Herbal
Other: Wheat, hops, honey
Notes: A surprisingly hoppy beer, and delicious. Dark, roasty, and deep. A great beer.

Palate 5 out of 5
Mouthfeel

Sensation: Creamy Warming
Body:  Full
Carbonation:  Lively
Finish

Length: Long
Intensity: Strong
Balance:  Bitter
Notes: The finish is one of the best parts of this beer. Thanks again, Victory.

General Impression: 18 out of 20
Craftmanship:  Excellent
Freshness:  Fresh
Personal Taste:  Liked
Notes: A great achievement in both your history and this beer. Fine job, and keep it coming.