Filed under: Imperial/Double IPA (snifter, tulip), Victory | Tags: beautiful presence, brown sugar, dust, favorite, fern, inviting, lemon, light caramel, oil, orange, peach, rye, sour cream, star anise, tea, tea towel, toast ed peanuts, very hoppy, wheat, Wondrous, zest
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!
Size: 12 fl oz
Estimated Calories: 250 C in 12 oz
RateBeer Rating: 93
Aural: quiet opening, good carbonation, simple pour
Aroma 9 out of 10
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
Head Retention: persistent
Notes: A beautiful presence, nicely retained white head, simple lacing, and a deep copper body.
Flavor 9 out of 10
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
Sensation: sour cream, oil, tea towel
Notes: A delicious and richly textured finish.
General Impression: 18 out of 20
Personal Taste: loved
Notes: One of my favorite beers.
Filed under: lager (lager glass), Victory | Tags: beautiful, brilliant, clear, crisp, dry, golden
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.
Filed under: Belgian Ale (trappist, tulip, tumbler), Victory | Tags: amazing, beautiful, bitter, crisp, dark, deep, dry, hazy, long finish, mold, pine, resin, sour, strong
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.
Filed under: Pilsener (flute or footed pilsener), Victory | Tags: beautiful, bologna, Bread, bubblegum, cabbage, cereal, cherry, deep, doughy, floral, ginger, golden, great, leathery, moldy, nice lacing, no head, nuts, oats, pilsner, pork, raisin, resinous, rich, simple, smoke, smoky, thick, Toast, very herbaceous, yellow
Victory Prima Pils
Volume: 12 fl oz
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.
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
Color is: pale, golden, amber, light, thin, white.
Liquid is: clear, immaculate
Head and lace are: minimal, white
Maltiness or Sweetness level is: medium to heavy
Hoppiness or Bitterness level is: light to medium
Sour level is: none
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.
Filed under: Baltic Porter (pint, stem glass, tulip), Victory | Tags: carbonated, common, crisp, dark roast, deep, faint, hops, not bad, not the best, persistent head, plain, plums, quiet, roasted, ruby
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
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
Filed under: Dogfish Head, Great Divide, Nogne O, North Coast, Oskar Blues, Rogue, Smuttynose, Southern Tier, Stone, Victory