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Ten Years Alt - Victory Brewing Company

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254 Ratings
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Ratings: 254
Reviews: 239
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 10.91%
Wants: 4
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Victory Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
Altbier |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

A Doppelsticke Altbier brewed for Victory Brewing's 10th Anniversary, released in Feb 2006 and debuting at BeerAdvocate's 3rd Annual Extreme Beer Fest in 2006. A dark ale with malty depth, but with the fragrance and bold, brassy tang of European hops. 8.5%. According to Victory, they believe that this could be the first Doppelsticke brewed in the US.

(Beer added by: Todd on 01-05-2006)
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Photo of maek228
4.35/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

appearance: a dark reddish/brown with a ruby hue. nice head with excellent retention. this one is really a looker

smell: sweet malts...distinctly sweet malts

taste: wow this one tastes just as advertised! heavy on the malt and then a twangy hop finish. this beer is wonderfully "american" in its production. its so nice to get a malty beer that has a hop finish. bravo.

mouthfeel: crisp, fresh, refreshing, bold....what more can i say? this is like ambrosia

drinkability: for 8.5% it goes down good

maek228, Mar 06, 2006
Photo of Gueuzedude
3.63/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a brilliantly clear, deep, dark, reddish color that shows ruby notes when held up the light. The head is initially one-finger thick, through it quickly disappears and is a light tan color. The aroma is fruity with a bit of sweet candied cherry note to it. There is also a light herbal and spice type note here as well as a light toasted malt note, which combines with a sweet caramel malt note.

The beer is full and coating up front, yet is not as sweet as I would expect from a beer of this heft. An immediate, herbal, almost raw hop note is noticeable up front and continues on into a mouth gripping, solid bitterness. I was expecting this to have an aggressive hop character like the best Alts I have had, which it does, but I was hoping for that intense, smooth fruitiness as well, which is not in this beer. The hops, especially the herbal notes, seem to combine with some alcohols and perhaps some fusels to give this a bit of a harsh note towards the end. This is pretty tasty, I just wish it were a bit less herbal and aggressive and a bit more balanced. I have a feeling though, that this will mellow and become a much more rounded and balanced mix of flavors once it gets a couple months more of age. Or perhaps it is just that I am haunted by the wonderful memories of tasting fresh Ale in Düsseldorf.

Gueuzedude, Mar 06, 2006
Photo of proc
4.43/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

The fine folks at Victory have scored, yet, another nice beer. This one pours out to a light reddish color in the glass with a slight head. The aroma is malty with hints of light fruit and bread dough. The taste is quite good, to near excellent. This beer has a style unto its own. At points, I thought I was drinking a barleywine and then an IPA/Pale. Its complex enough to make you think that its these styles and then some. An amazing piece of brewing.

proc, Mar 05, 2006
Photo of ADR
4.35/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bright and clear mahogany color with a cherry red cast to it. Compact head that leaves thick dripping laces on the glass. Nice aroma, fruity with some apricot jam qualities. Medium mouthfeel and ample carbonation going on. Flavor follows the aroma to start, establishes a malty sense with fruit notes -- but tight in profile without a broadly spreading sweetness. There's a well-done gradual transition to a crisp tobacco-like bitterness, some old leather, and by the swallow its pretty distinct and puts a nice punctuation on the finish. Without a doubt, a nice hop and drinkability to this one. Unique and it doesn't flaunt its alcohol at all as you drink it. A winner...

ADR, Mar 05, 2006
Photo of beveragecaptain
3.85/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle. Victory 10 year Alt pours out a clear copper color with a sizable head. The aroma is malty caramel with lots of nuttiness. Leafy hop aroma in the background. The flavor is sweet at first with a toasted malt and caramel flavor. Turns quite bitter in the finish with a surprisingly large dose of hops. Mouthfeel is clean. There's a noticable level of alcohol. The body is a little too heavy, and the drinkability suffered for it. A nice flavor, but I suspect this beer is best enjoyed fresh (even more so than most beers). I'd love to try this on tap.

beveragecaptain, Mar 04, 2006
Photo of whartontallboy
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out a deep, bright brassy color, clear with a creamy head in my stange. Looks like a goodl alt should.

Smell is malty, with a light grassy European hop aroma and a bready sweetness. Not much of the apple and nut aroma I'm used to in the style, but certainly pleasing to the nose.

Flavor is similarly sweet and malty, but the hops come through more clearly to give it a little bit of a bitter bite. Nutty, with slight caramel-apple flavors that are quite nice. Mouthfeel is crisp and clean.

Overall: Not a fantastic alt, but one of the better American examples I've had, and worth tracking down.

whartontallboy, Mar 04, 2006
Photo of tgbljb
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a crystal clear deeep copper color with moderate tannish head, that fell to a thin ring. Smellmis roasted malt, caramel, and a bit of dark druity sweetness. Taste follows through with toasty malt at the foreground follwed by a nice hoppy bitterness slowly presenting itself and pushing aside the malt. Finish is mainly dry , and very enjoyable. Each taste beckons for the next one. A bit of alcohol notes begin to become noticeable at the end. A nice beer for a cold winters night. Thanks to Phatz for the trade.

tgbljb, Mar 04, 2006
Photo of walleye
3.05/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

from the bottle. poured cloudy amber with a very small off white head and no lacing. aroma, brown sugar pops out first, than malts, citrus. flavor some hops, bitter, dry, as it warmed alcohol. this was a strange beer for me, since I got a sixer I will try again

walleye, Mar 02, 2006
Photo of goodbyeohio
3.13/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

thanks to blitheringidiot for the sample

12oz best by 8/06... thats not too far off!

magnificent appearance on this beer. crystal clear dark amber and full of skinny bubble streams. just enough creamy, thick head to cover the beer in a dignified manner.. a beerkini! lacing is solid and unflinching. looks meaty. smells clean, a bit plasticy. those hops dance around the nose but really don't have the assertive power to effectively dominate, and the malt aroma is weak at best.

this is a substantial beer, and feels rather thick and viscous in the mouth, limiting drinkability. smoothness struggles here.. a nice malt overlay shows some banana, some sweet squash flavors, some caramel. earthy. sweet. the roasty, rock candy flavor provides a solid background and is somewhat offset by a sour hop flavor- tart at first, and intensely bitter chalkiness reminiscent of vitamins or aspirin.. the description on the bottle calls it "robust tang," but sour is a more accurate arrow in the bullseye. perhaps a bit too overhopped? i wish the maltiness was more in control here.

expected a bit more from this 10th anniversary beer.. especially considering that this might just be the weakest beer in the current victory lineup. regardless, may you enjoy many, many more years, victory... (without this beer)

goodbyeohio, Mar 01, 2006
Photo of Imstillthegman
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer poors a beautiful amber-brown color with very thick tannish head that dissipates rather quickly. The aroma isn't as strong as I thought it would be, but caramel and brown sugar is what stands out. The taste is dominated by malts. There is a slight bitterness from the hops but not like what I am used to in most American beers. Now the mouthfeel...it stills feels like it's coating my toungue 5 minutes later. It has a dry feel to it though. If you like to taste the malts in your beer than this one is for you. Will get more of this before it goes away.

Imstillthegman, Feb 28, 2006
Photo of granger10
4.35/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Great auburn copper color with a smooth looking, rather large cream head. Aroma is nutty and spicy at onset but also toasty with caramel syrups and a citrus fruit characteristic. Very intriguing indeed. Taste had more of a medium fruityness to it. Apples and grape skins upfront. Malts were dominant though with caramel and a good dose of brown sugar. The nutty precense lurked underneath continuously. Spices and volatiles from the hops start to dominate toward the middle. Almost smoky towards the back but not quite, I'll call it toasty with breaded characteristics. Finish is a bit floral with the slightest alcohol twinge. Very drying. Never really too sweet, even with the strong maltiness. The balance was great imo. Body might have used a little more weight to it but then this beer might not have gone down so smoothly. This Victory offering is a must try.

granger10, Feb 28, 2006
Photo of ypsifly
3.63/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz wuth an enjoy by date of Aug 01 06 poured into a Tom Collins glass.

Clear dark copper under one finger of cream that shows good retention.

The nose has a lot of caramel hops that are cut by Noble(?) hops. Nuts, metal, and a little spice in the back.

This tastes a lot like it smells although the leafy hops are a bit more assertive and there is a powdery dryness that seems to linger. The alcohol is almost unnoticable as it shows up as a pinch of pepper. Has an earthy nutlike quality throughout.

The mouth is a bit scratchy, perhaps from the hop oils and spicyness? The dryness in the finish gives it a powdery texture if that term can be applied to a beer. I found the mouth to be the weakest attribute for this beer. Rough.

An interesting mix of flavors that shows complexity and I would gladly sip another or two. The story on the side of the label regarding how Bill and Ron met at the age of ten and opened the brewery ten years ago reminded me of one of my favorite Led Zeppelin songs:

"I'm never gonna leave you. I never gonna leave
Holdin' on, ten years gone
Ten years gone, holdin' on, ten years gone"

ypsifly, Feb 28, 2006
Photo of NClifestyle
3.93/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bright copper, slightly hazy appearance. Huge head of tan/oragne foam, craters in the top as bubbles burst, tiny bubbles stream up from the glass. Nice rings of fluffy lace.
Smells of earthy hops, sharp malt; a touch of caramel and spicy orange in there too.
Sharp malt is quickly followed by tangy, piney hops. Another sweeter malt taste, brown sugar like, makes a quick appearance before a strong bitter aftertaste settles in. A bit metallic, strong and somewhat complex. The alcohol presence makes itself known as the beer warms, and the tangy hops become more and more obvious in the back of the mouth.
Mouthfeel is smooth yet tingly. A zing crosses the tongue, but the beer is slick feeling as you swallow medium in nature.
This one is a super beer, might be too strong for many tastebuds.


NClifestyle, Feb 28, 2006
Photo of Phatz
4.72/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I have had this beer several times now. I had it on-tap Friday night at the Victory party, On-tap Saturday night at the victory party and from the wooden barrel. I am now having it in the bottle and it is just as good. In fact I enjoyed it even more at home. I didn’t take notes previously so I do not know if it really is better in the bottle or just the fact that there are less enthusiastic distractions in my home; and the relaxed experience allows me to focus on the beer better at home. Nonetheless, those of you who had this beer at the party, do not fear that you’ll get something less in the bottle. I did worry it wouldn’t be as good, and it is great!

I my opinion this beer has absolutely no faults whatsoever. It is an instant favorite of mine.

Appearance: It is a dark amber color that is pretty much transparent (very enticing just by appearance). A nice whit head and decent lacing.

Smell: This beer portrays a big but gentle sweet malt aroma. It smells of caramel, brown sugar, birch or cherry wood, a sprinkle of spices and a hint of brandy.

Taste: The flavor is dominantly a brown sugar sweet malt. It also featured caramel, a hint of molasses, a dash of pepper and just a hint of cherry and apple. I know this beer was not aged in a wooden barrel, (I had that version at Victory’s party) but it still seemed to have a hint of that wood flavor like in a Woodford Reserve Bourbon. As a huge fan of Bourbon and Brandy all I could think of was my dream come true, a whiskey beer. That does not mean you could taste the alcohol. The 8.50% ABV was completely masked; buried so deep that you would never imagine it was more than 5% until you finish the second one and realize it :)
The hop character is firmly yet discretely present. The floral hops show them self only through mild spices and grannysmith apple or lime peel presence found alongside the pepper flavor. Not overly green just enough to keep it nice and crisp. What a perfectly balanced flavor. Excellent!

Mouthfeel: It is smooth and slick at the beginning and the end with a hint of peppery crispness just before the swallow.

Drinkability: I can drink this till I fall over! Wow. I am flabbergasted. It is so smooth an yet crisp; sweet yet bitter, it is IMO, everything a beer should be!
What else can I say. It is an absolute must have. Try it and see what you think!

Hope this is helpful.

Phatz, Feb 27, 2006
Photo of weeare138
3.9/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears a transparent dark amber with a lush white head. Lots of sticky lacing is left around the glass.
Smell is of toffee, hard candy, molasses, a touch of cocoa, roasted nuts, along with a super blast of hops. There was a mild amount of grassyness that seemed to be buried in the background that wasn't overly appealing but didn't detract from the beer too much.
Taste is of the same aromas with a bitter hop blast running along the malty taste.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, malty with a molasses sweetness, cocoa, and green hops with a touch of grass.

weeare138, Feb 26, 2006
Photo of GeoffFromSJ
4.3/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured for me at Tria in Philly into a pint glass. They seem to be doing a fantastic job with German styles.

Really nice color. Little to no head. Minimal lacing. Ruby peaking out everywhere.

Nice chocolate tastes. Not as much boozy tastes as Urge's doppelsticke. Could be imagining some roastiness from chocolate malt.

Very smooth mouthfeel at first and then gets less so as it warms.

Oh yeah, happy birthday to one of my favorite breweries. And many, many more.

GeoffFromSJ, Feb 26, 2006
Photo of ggaughan
4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this bottle the other night at Tria in Philadelphia. I was suprised to see it out there and had to try it. The beer poured a nice deep brown/amber color with a medium tan head. The Alt has a good aroma of caramal malt, floral hops and a bit of fruit in the background. The taste is a pleasant mix of the hops, a bit of toasted caramel and some sweet fruit tones. This is a nice drinkable beer despite checking in at 8'5% abv. This is a good respresentation of the Alt style. I will be sure to make at rip to the brewery to pick up what I can before there is no more to be had.

ggaughan, Feb 26, 2006
Photo of dirtylou
3.93/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz, got a 6 pack at Riley's...Victory/Smutty/Allagash first day in madison = Glorious!

Enjoy by August 10, 06. Props to victory on 10 years

appearance: pours a a mysterious and vibrant garnet with a thick beige foam head with mild lacing around the rim, very clear body...appearance is solid

smell: sweet toasted malt, dry grain, grassy, oak, vanilla, alcohol...sweet caramel, apple, pear, honey. very full and potent aromas...woody and grainy

taste: at first, the metallic taste threw me off and i thought i wouldnt dig this...thick sweet caramel malt, lots of sweet fruitness...apple, pear...very woody and grassy, german grain, interesting lime flavours, slight bitterness in the aftertaste, heavy alcohol

mouthfeel: oily and thick, powerful alcohol, great feel

drinkability: a little inhibitive, metallic, strong alcohol

dirtylou, Feb 25, 2006
Photo of gbarron
4.13/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle. Bottle states "enjoy by Aug 02 06." No problem.

A - deep ruby, dark copper/amber. Perfectly clear. Nice off-white head, slightly tan. Fades away into a nice ring with a puddle of bubbles in the middle. A little bit of lacing.

S - biscuity, yeasty, bready. Smells like . . . a freshly fermenting homebrew. As it warms up, aroma turns more to the hops. Earthy, spicy. Sweet, toasty malt in the background.

T - very unique flavor. Can taste a bit of alcohol in this one. Spicy bitterness balanced against rich malty flavors, but not overly sweet. Toasty, bready malty goodness. Hops earthy, floral, a bit spicy, indicative of noble hops. Light fruitiness in there. Pineapple.

M - moderate body on this beer, sticks on your tongue - both the hops and malt. Low carbonation.

D - very, very tasty brew. Well balanced, alcohol present but fits into the overal taste profile very nicely. As with the aroma, this beer tastes like a very fresh homebrew, with very 'live' yeast, hop flavor, and rich malt bill. If you can locate this one before it sells out, pick up a six pack and enjoy a rare 'double alt.'

gbarron, Feb 25, 2006
Photo of BigDaddyWil
3.68/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a pint glass.
Bottle states best before August 2006.

Pours a nice deep, golden, amber color, very clear, no haze. A one inch off white, head forms with some lacing. Heavy malt smell, combined with suttle hints of light fruits, and caramels. Bold malty taste, that finishes with some bitterness. Semi sweet and slightly dry. Good carbonation, with a slight oily texture. My first brew of this style. Be careful this brew does have an abv of 8.5%. A very refreshing taste and worthy of trying.

BigDaddyWil, Feb 25, 2006
Photo of Skidz
4.13/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours out amber brown and sits deep ruby-amber in the glass with a large beige head. Fades slowly to a light skim while lacings surround.

Smells of toasted malts, very lifting with spots of alcohol on the fringe. Some nuttiness and wooden tones throughout. Thick caramel with hints of toffee. Deep leafy hops are reachable, but distant..

Tastes mildly sweet up front, rich toasty malts dominate the forefront. Solid imprints of hop bitterness are left across the tongue, and caramel is strewn about. Mildly spicy with alcoholic notes here and there, marked by white pepper. Finishes moderately bitter with lingering toasted malts and hop residue.

Smooth to the core with mild and teensy-sized carbonation. Medium in body.

Solid Alt all the way. Very assertive hops bitterness. I guess I cold use a little more in terms of the malts, but this is definately within range.

Skidz, Feb 25, 2006
Photo of DarkerTheBetter
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer came a light orange amber with a thin off white head.

Smelled of garden vegetables with celery and a little tomato, red grapes and a dusty dryness.

Tasted of dry brown sugar and a hint of pineapple that is immediately pounced upon by a heavy woody and slightly metallic hop dryness with some lettuce and spicy black pepper.

The mouth feel is light to medium bodied that’s both crisp and creamy.

I liked the vegetable character on this one a lot, along with the prominent but not overly drying hops. This beer was a refreshing change of pace.

DarkerTheBetter, Feb 21, 2006
Photo of goindownsouth
4.33/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Vom Fass. Round and cloud-like head. Well-carbonated. Notes of roasted nuts of some kind, along with the twang of the hop muscle mounted onto this gem. The malt and hops character balance very well in this one, and the alcohol hides very well behind the cloak of this balance. Continuing notes of the freshly roasted nuts with fruit overtones and a wonderful German hop finish. Fantastic offering.

goindownsouth, Feb 21, 2006
Photo of SwillBilly
4.35/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served from 12 oz bottle.

Appearance: Pours a deep, rich, amber, very strong iced tea like in appearance. A nice, 1/2 inch off-white, foamy head lingers. A dense lacing is left on the glass.

Smell: Sweet, caramel malt dominates the nose with the faintest hints of some herbal like hops mixed in. Also, hints of fresh, sweet, bread make an appearance as well.

Taste: Initially, the hops make their presence know with an initial bitterness that transitions nicely to a malty, semi-sweet middle. Ten Years Alt finishes with hops again leaving a lingering bitter, drynesss in the mouth. Very strong, tea like in the finish. Alcohol slowly warms the face but its presence is extremely well hidden.

Mouthfeel: A medium mouthfeel with the right amount of carbonation.

Drinkability: What a fantastic beer from Victory. Very easy to drink and very well balanced in my opinion. I could easily make a session out of these but the 8.50% abv would make itself known rather quickly. Alcohol is well hidden in the flavor profile and the hops and malts mingle together to make an easy drinking and highly flavorful beer. Definitely seek this one out while supplies last. Wish Victory would make this a seasonal or year round offering.

SwillBilly, Feb 20, 2006
Photo of NJpadreFan
3.63/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Victory 10 year Alt

out of the big wooden cask! I think I was the 3rd cup poured!

Appearance- dark chestnut/ mahogany brown with a thin but respectable head.
Smell- woodsy hops with a light sugary molases/ caramel aroma.
Taste- light caramel with earthy/ woddsy hints.
Mouthfeel- the first few sips were very clean and crisp but the beer finished off a little thicker and alcohol became more prominent.

Overall- an above average Alt, only the alcohol wasn't masked as much as I hoped.

NJpadreFan, Feb 19, 2006
Ten Years Alt from Victory Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 254 ratings.