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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: 3.93
pDev: 10.69%
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:
Beer added by: Todd on 01-05-2006

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.
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Ratings: 254 | Reviews: 239
Photo of Thorpe429
4.38/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

G: Poured into a Tom Collins glass. Bottle has an enjoy by date of May 7, 2009.

A: Reddish brown with a beautiful, crisp rust-colored head. Plenty of visible carbonation. Great lacing.

S: Sweet with some fruit notes. Very inviting. Caramel notes and some hops. Maybe some candied sugars.

T: Absolutely lovely. All of the aroma definitely comes through and there is a good amount of complexity to this one. Excellent malt backbone with some hops coming through. Similar to many of the darker American Strong Ales that I've had. There are some slightly spicy notes in addition to the aforementioned aromas.

M: Medium-to-full body with a moderate amount of carbonation. Very nice. Some slight alcohol presence.

D: Could definitely drink this all day.

Photo of Viggo
4.23/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, DrJay let me have one to myself when I was down visiting.

Pours a cloudy dark reddish brown, some orange highlights, thick off white head forms, drops a pretty tight lace sheet on the glass, great retention as it forms a solid layer, looks nice. Smell is very malty, caramel and biscuit, toast, raisins, sherry, iron, very clean and very rich if lacking a bit of complexity, some dark fruit and earth. Taste is similar, rich malty caramel and biscuit, raisin, iron, toast, some dark fruit, dates, very rich and balanced, very clean finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation, very smooth. Thought this was a regular altbier until Jay told me its 8.5%. WTF! Alcohol is superbly hidden, excellent beer. Thanks Jay!

Photo of claytri
3.58/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer poured a good brown with a nice tan head. The aroma is of sweetish malt. The taste is malty with a sweetness on the back and hop bite in the finish. The feel is smooth, medium, and wet. This is a pretty good alt, a nice enjoyable beer, maybe too enjoyable give the abv.

Photo of eberkman
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy, garnet-colored beer with a nice beige head that sticks around. The nose is dominated by malty sweetness -- honey, molasses, toffee, butterscotch. Tastes like it smells, but with a substantial hoppy bite in the finish to balance things out. Oddly, this made me think of Fuller's ESB going down. Not a bad thing -- totally different style but one of my favorites. Smooth and drinkable -- actually gulpable -- a dangerous thing for a beer of its gravity. Session beer drinkability with extreme beer alcohol presence. A dangerous combination indeed.

I liked this and will be looking for more.

Photo of KOPBeerDrinker
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into pint glass. The beer is hazy and the color of a dark apple cider. A 1 inch tan head was present and left a small amount of lacing.

Smells very sweet and fruity with a hint of caramel.

Taste is of sweet malt up front, with some caramel and bready flavors. Lots of hops in the finish.

Mouthfeel is thick and syrupy with prickly carbonation. A nice beer. Would be difficult to drink more than a couple at a sitting.

Photo of deereless
3.77/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

A: Quite frothy on an easy pour, muted ice tea color, slightest hint of haze - 3.50, S: Very sweet in a ripened fruit sort of way, smells of dates and candied apricots - 4.00, T: Like the nose the palate is predominately a heavy sweetness but hops are quite noticeable, some caramel and a touch of caramelized brown sugar, lots of signs of alcohol but not to the point of being a distraction - 3.75, M: Extremely smooth and creamy, a very pleasant mouthfeel - 5.00, D: A solid beer, the high alcohol would certainly limit my consumption - 3.50

Photo of mikereaser
3.35/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a murky to copper brown with a 1/4 inch of foam

S - caramel aroma with a bit of some nice spicy hops

T - caramel and toffee malt flavor with a bit of a woody/piney hop finish

M/D - full bodied beer that goes down too easily, esp. for the ABV. Nice flavor.

Photo of albern
3.45/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours very thick, almost like sludge. The beer is a very cloudy dirty water mahogany brown with a tannish head that retains a bit and laces. This beer is full bodied and very thick. It is syrupy and loaded with ABV and brown sugar sweetness. The nose on the beer is a dead ringer that this will be a thick, ABV, malty, slightly hopped up, substantial beer.

The taste on the beer is a full palate of malts, brown sugars, some caramels, some florals make their presence felt, and there is just a load of ABV in this beer. There is a hoppy bitterness throughout, and some pear flavors as well. The beer has a throaty ABV burn in the aftertaste and it is just too strong for its own good. It is a complex beer, with lots of balance between the sweet, full palate of malts and the bittering hops. The brown sugar thickness, the sludge like full bodiedness of the beer, is just a bit too much for my preferences. There are some interesting spices in the finish that are hard to pin down; they are not peppery, but more festive for the holidays. Those who enjoy extreme beer will find this more to their liking than I.

Photo of jujubeast6000
2.88/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Reviewed 4/12/2006 (12oz bottle):

Thick amber color, small head off-white, quickly diminishing. Very malty aroma, very nutty like Newcastle. Hoppy acidic flavor, unbalanced. Warming up the beer, the acidity goes away, more balanced. Still a semi-sweet aftertaste.

Photo of OStrungT
4.05/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a slightly cloudy copperish brown color, with a fluffy light tan head. The head fades slowly, leaving a good lace.

This beer has a sweet slightly caramel like aroma. It has a pleasent spicy hop aroma as well.

This beer tastes more hoppy than it smells. It has a nice spicy hop flavor, with a good, mild sweet caramel flavor. Alcohol is well hidden in the flavor.

This beer is full bodied. It goes down smooth, leaving a spicy caramel aftertaste. Carbonation iw good for the style. The alcohol is well hidden in this one.

This beer may not be the best session beer simply due to the high alcohol content. It sure is good though.

Overall: Thanks to DrJay For the hook up. This beer was good. Actually, it was better than I expected. It was not at all boring, like I sometimes feel that Altbier can be. Worth trying.

Photo of donkeyrunner
3.83/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours an opaque, cloudy, buttescotch color. Huge, craggy tan head with good retention and a snowstorm of lace.

Smells like sweet, caramel malt, fall fruit and raisins.

Ten Year Alt is robust yet smooth. A complexity of malts, mainly a deep, sweet caramel malt followed by a fig and date maltyness after, pave the way for a herbal hop finish. Slight warming with the swallow is the only evidence of a 8.5% abv. Very well done beer.

Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.58/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed on 7/22/08. Bottle. Pours a deep dark amber/brown with a thick tan head. Aroma of roasted and burnt malts. Flavor of roasted lager malts (similar to a Doppelbock), apple juice, bread, soda-like quality. Very malty, not much hops at all. Full palate. I liked it but it is quite burnt/malty in the doppelbock style, if that appeals to you. Tasty beer!
7/4/7/4/15 (3.7/5)

Photo of corby112
4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark amber/ chestnut brown color with a thin tan/ yellowish head. Malty aroma with hints of hazelnut and subtle hops. Nicely balanced with a strong malty flavor evening out the hops, chocolate and roasted nuts. Much more complex than the usual suspects in this style.

Photo of rayjay
4.6/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

From BeerBeing in the never again.again! BIF. 2006 release, but now I hear it's being brewed again.

Pours a brite leathery brown with moderate foam, with only a slight haze, probably from bottle conditioning, of at least from being unfiltered.

Great example of when an artist uses high quality German malt; lots of highly kilned pale malts and extra special malts, Munich malt, etc. I'd guess the base malts are about 60% pils and 40% Munich. reminds me of munching on malts. Copper kettles show their mark with a gentle tangyness and smooth hop bitterness. Melts together perfectly. Followed by a smooth bitter and sweet, slightly charred aftertaste.

Moderate carbonation and refreshing drinkability, coupled with smooth but deep complexity. One of the best Victory beers I've ever had. Cheers!

Photo of marcpal
3.49/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer is no longer retired- must be new batches on the shelves because the best by on this one was in 2009.

12oz bottle was a nice find at the Foodery, poured into pint glass.

A: Gold color with a fluffy off white head. Hazy caramel body with the thickest bubbles Ive seen in a while.

S: Caramel malts with a surprising amount of hops. Something metallic in there is distracting. Definitely balanced between the earthiness and the sweetness from the malts.

T: Extremely sweet yet hoppy. Again a bit of a surprising taste from an alt but nice. Honey sugary flavor pretty deep and rustic floral taste behind it. The malt dominates here more than it does in the aroma- in the end, all malt. Candy covered yogurt raisins soaked in alcohol.

M: Some bitter aftertaste but full bodied and creamy. Very full to match the malts and alcohol, considerably more so than the visual carbonation would let on.

D: A sipping beer. The alcohol is definitely not hidden but its got a combination of flavors that makes this a good beer. Pretty solid.

Photo of SixpointJMH
3.6/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice looking crisp amber colour with a medium sized creamy off white head that leaves patches of residue on the glass.

The aroma is very malty: earthy and caramel aromas blend nicely, along with some darker fruit notes, with a bit of a rubbery vibe to it as well.

Flavour is more of the same, with malt dominating all the way through to the finish, where a big burst of alcohol kicks in for a hearty finish. Earth and sweetness from the caramel again blend nicely, and are foiled by the tartness of the dark fruit notes. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and a bit slick, but also too hot from all of the alcohol that's present. I would certainly tone said alcohol down a bit, but that's just me.

This is a pretty nice brew overall. Very malty but still features some well blended additional flavours. A nice rare find from Victory.

Photo of currysage1
3.63/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a solid one finger khaki head, sinks but stays around for a while, good lacing down the glasss, dark orange in color.

Smell is overwhelmingly of malt and a light alcohol soaked raisin finish.

Taste is decently complex, black pepper, dark fruits, lots of obvious malt, bitter orange peel, vodka like flavor for a second, finish is sourdough.

Feel is very good, great carbonation, enough to be lively but not too much to be annoying. Texture is wonderfully chewy, nice and smooth on the palate.

Photo of nrpellegrini
1.39/5  rDev -64.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Caramel brown color with a thick creamy tan head. Smelled of plenty malts. The strongest malty beer I've ever had. This beer was so extremely bitter, it was too much. I let my friend have a try and he almost gaged. Yea its beer but whoa, how much malt can be in there? I never got the taste of hops or spice or anything else. It looked promising from the poor but went so far downhill from there. I do not recomend this to anyone that doesn't know what they are getting themselves into.

Photo of Jmamay22
3.52/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Enjoyed on tap as part of the Victory Brewing event at the Blind Tiger.

This alt pours a ruby red and its head thins to a paper thin cap. No lacing.

Dark fruit notes rise to my nose. Plums stand out clearly. Among the fruit is a good helping of spices and especially heavy on clove. There's a nice scent of brown sugar as well.

Long lasting taste that lingers. Fruit is more subdued than in the nose. The spice and sugar dominates, but ends with a sharp bitter finish that is heavily influenced by its alcohol content. At times the alcohol shows through overwhelmingly.

Medium mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. Given the alcoholic kick I would have expected a firmer and fuller feel. This hurts the drinkability as does the spices that can be too much.

Photo of fitzy84
4.08/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Moan and Dove had this on tap under the "Limited Ale" title. The drink had a dark red-amber appearance with a thin but creamy head and lacing. The aroma was packed, utterly packed with malts. A little overpowering at times, I was able to get used to it after a bit, but you might want to enjoy heavy malts before trying. Taste had a great bitter-sweetness to it. The sugary aspects of it were somewhat light in touch while the bitter aspect dragged with it a great smoky characteristic. The mouthfeel definitely helped in balancing those flavors and really helped make it a smooth drink. Overall, I hope it brews this drink every anniversary.

Photo of RblWthACoz
4.08/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear ruby hued brown with a creme head. Sweet grainy nose. Super smooth flavor. Sweet and bitter on the back. A bit too pungent, but it's nice. Thicker liquid feel. Kind of sticky. Carbonation is lower. Very nice to drink. The first sip turned into a gulp.

Photo of tai4ji2x
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

seems to be a new brewing, with "best by" date of 5-7-09

poured into shaped pint glass

coppery, somewhat dulled amber with minimal haze. decent head gradually fades to wispy layer. lacing a bit sparse.

aroma starts with heavily toasted caramel, almost burnt. hint of dried fruit (prune?) and some kind of ...spice? whiff of hops.

slight phenols in flavor soon give way to a malty, slightly fruity backbone. very caramelized, almost savory. good, moderate bitterness and spicy hop bite. finish is dry w touch of malt sweetness, and approaches a coffee aftertaste.

smooth, not thin. almost syrupy, yet not. nice, moderately prickly carbonation.


Photo of Doomcifer
3/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Pours a pretty clear, bright, reddish-copper color with a creamy tan head that retains quite well, leaving behind decent lacing along the glassware.

Smells sweet, fruity, cherries, tropical fruit punch, a distinct german aroma from the malts, and a quaint grassiness.

Taste is moderately balanced throughout, but perhaps a bit too much hops, or not the "right" hops. Pretty damn hoppy for the style, yet retains the great german maltiness. Aspirin-like hoppiness, subtle cherries, maltiness. The finish is very harsh. Harsh with that aspirin taste.

Moderately heavy brew. Very velvety in the mouth. Semi-dry finish.

I'm not sure I would want many of these. Perhaps one is perfect. Not entirely sessionable, only due to the harsh finish that I mentioned above.

Photo of david131
3.58/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I was confused about when the was bottled based upon reading the 6-pack, but in looking back at recent reviews, I see that this was recently re-brewed.

A- A beautiful red/orange clear liquid with a wonderful off-white head. The retention is good.

S- Very subtle and malty. Some cotton candy. Very good for what is there, but still could use some more oomph.

T- Very unique. Some malt sweetness and a surprising hop bitterness. Surprisingly flavorful considering the aroma. Some fruitiness in there as well.

M- A nice level of carbonation. A bit bitter, but smooth. A dry but clean aftertaste.

D- A very unique and interesting beer. Definitely a sipper though.

Photo of DefenCorps
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Max's

A: Deep copper with an off-white head. Great lace

S: Complex sweetness with figs, plums, ginger and candy.

T: Starts spicy and earthy and is followed but a very noticeable ginger note and a mild sweetness. Tasty. Bitter, tannic finish, alost smoky with some tobacco.

M: Great carbonation, fairly light, nice finish.

D: I'd drink again - made sure I grabbed a bottle too!

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Ten Years Alt from Victory Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 254 ratings.