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Ten Years Alt - Victory Brewing Company

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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 jdhilt
3.46/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a four finger cream head that fades slowly and leaves a good lace. Clear amber/mahogany color. Good carbonation and medium bodied. Malty/hoppy nose. Flavor is caramel with the hops balancing. Unusual Alt. Very smooth with a very late hop bitterness. $2.00 for a 12oz bottle from Yankee Spirits South Attleboro, Ma.

Photo of morebeergood
3.13/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Tried this on tap last Friday night at Deep Ellum. Served to me in a tall Radeberger pilsner mug. Dark brown/orange color with a large white head that clung to the sides of the glass. The smell and the taste didn't blow me away. A decent amount of malt on the palate, but not much else. Could have used a bit more hops to give it some backbone. One positive aspect I will note is that it is very smooth and quite drinkable for an 8.5% beer. Not one of my favorite releases by Victory.

Photo of fishtownhxc
3.65/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

for a doppel alt, this beer is a monster. i don't know if they bottled it in 22 oz. bombers, but if they did, i'd love to get my hands on a few. this beer is no joke. tons of malty goodness. could probably use a bit more hopping, in my opinion, since this is an alt styled bee. but, since it's a doppel, i sort of expected to have less of a hop flavor and more of a malt forward beer.

pours a nice dark brown/copper red color and you can smell a bakery right after the pour. this isn't the type of beer you'd session all night, but it tastes amazing and doesn't mess around.

if anything, could use a bit more hops to balance out the overall flavor, unless of course you like more malt forward beers. i'm not necessarily a hop head (but i do like my double and imperial IPAs), so that's ok by me. but, for the style, could use more of a crisp hop flavor on the backend.

Photo of ABCJiugui
3.85/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- slight ruby tints, clear amber, 2 finger head on hard pour, no lacing. Head is dense, creamy/sticky looking, retains halfway thru drinking.

S- Malty sweet, floral hops. Very enjoyable balance as the malt is not overpowering nor are the hops.

T- Malt sweetness up front, sharp bittering hops come in quick and linger strongly, not overpowering. Finishes soft and bitter at the same time, well balanced and enjoyable.

M- smooth, soft, sticky/creamy. Medium bodied

Overall, this is a very nice beer- well hopped without going overboard, malty sweet without being cloying. Tasty and balanced.

Photo of jwc215
3.88/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best by May 07, 09 on neck:

Pours medium, shiny brown with a tan head. Small-bubbled trailing lace slides down glass with minimal stickage.

The smell is of caramel, bready notes, a touch of herbal spicing, a slight touch of alcohol.

The taste is of caramel, a touch of brown sugar. Spicy, herbal/resiny bitterness is a bit forward for the style, but makes for a unique interpretation that works well enough. Unfortunately, there is a slight metallic tinge. Spicy tang balances malty sweetness in the finish. Alcohol is covered very well in the taste.

The body is pretty creamy and full.

Not the "malt bomb" that is usually associated with the style, though it makes a nice enough showing. Glad that this was re-released this year!

Thanks to Wasatch for including this one in a recent trade, though it fizzed over/exploded. Fortunately, though, it became available locally.

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

Brew pub reopened and it is really nice compared to what it was previously. The beer was brought out to celebrate the reopening which was terrific. Nice taste, smooth feel going down and a bit of hoppyness that I was not expecting at all. Not sure you would realize that it was 8.5% beer unless I saw it on the menu.

Well worth a taste. Recommended.

Photo of thequeen711
3.33/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Yes, this beer was rejuvenated in celebration for the recently remodeled pub. Nice dark amber, 2 finger head that slowly laced to the remaining liquid. Taste of roasted malts, then those German and Czech hops kick in and gives a citrusy sweetness to drink. I was impressed with the 8.5%ABV that managed to sneak up on you at the end of the pint...

Photo of SkinnyElvis
4.2/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Recently rebrewed in celebration of the renovations at the brewpub. Dark amber in color. Thin head. Very sweet & malty smell. The taste matches & the sweetness is quite nice. There is some sneaky hoppiness in there to boot. Mouthfeel is smooth & the 8.5% ABV will sneak up on you. I have been on a German kick & this is a fine brew.


Photo of AltBock
3.44/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I was able to try this Victory beer at High Street Grill's Victory promo on 5/20/2008. They served it to me in a standard Victory pint glass.

This Altbier poured a beautiful dark crimson red color. On top of this beer was a creamy 2 inch head of white foam. There was so much foam that the bartender had to take his time pouring the beer. This head of foam had great retention that left behind a small white film and a tons white streaks of lace around the glass.

I thought the aroma was pretty simple with some apples, grapes, bready malts, and a splash of caramel in the background.

The starts off gentle enough with bready malts and some fruit backing it up. After the fruit had passed, the taste suddenly goes hoppy with bitter citrus hops, dried roasted wheat, a pinch of grapefruit, and ends with a big bite alcohol and a slight metallic flavor. Not quite rust, but it was getting there.

The mouthfeel is in between being a medium bodied beer and a full bodied beer. It was hard to tell which side it wanted to be on. The aftertaste was hoppy with bitter citrus hops and alcohol. After a while, the alcohol will kick in and will make the aftertaste taste like it's burning.

In the end, I was glad that I got to try Victory's Altbier. It was unique and it has to be one of the hoppiest Altbiers out there. If it wasn't for the slight metallic flavor at the end of the taste, I would have enyoyed it a bit more. If you can still find it, it's worth a shot.

Photo of dsa7783
3.68/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Single, twelve ounce bottle copped from State Line Liquors in Elkton, Maryland...
An aggressive pour yielded a ruby-red, mahogany brown hue with an immense foamy and frothy head that lingered on for a while before slowly receding...
Aroma was replete with thick malts, caramel, and a tinge of vanilla...
Taste strongly complemented the aroma... A strong burst of rich malts, grapes, a mild dose of hops, with a hint of caramel, figs, prunes, and dates...
Rich mouthfeel, very creamy, but headily alcoholic as well, which detracted from the overall drinkability of the brew...
Not Victory's best, but a strong, full-bodied beer for sure...

Photo of deepsouth
3.62/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

this beer poured an orangish color with no head. the smell is a bit sour and malty and i detect faint hops, clove and spices. this beer tastes like it's on brett, but i'm sure it's not. maybe my tastebuds are a bit off on this. a good bit of malty sweetness to it. the mouthfeel is medium with little carbonation. this was my first alt ale, so i am not really sure what to expect from it. it was drinkable enough and i'd like to try some other beers in this style.

Photo of BMan1113VR
4.11/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Special thanks to ilovedarkbeer (of ratebeer) for this underated retired brew. Marked to "enjoy by Aug 01 06." My first expiriance with Altbier. Aroma is heavy bready malts with an undertone of spicy orange hops and dried fruits. Appearence includes some of the best lacing I have seen in a while, truly excellent. Head is a largish tan with good retention. Body is a hazy amber-orange ala oktoberfest style brews. Taste over the long duration ends bitter and slightly metallicy in the aftertaste (a product of being bottle aged?). Medium body with a creamy texture and lively carbonation. I feel that it is missing some sort of boldness in the finish, but that could be due to my lack of familiarity with this type of beer. Very good, and underrated in my opinion.

4.04/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A murky wheat amber colored body hosts a quick fading even tan head.

Nose is a nice mingleing of malts and hops with notes of crisp citrus, dark sweet fruit and even hints of port.

A shocker to the mouth at first sip with piney sharp hop motes and a malty feel that is slightly sweet and almost taffy like. Avery unique collaberation of flavors going on here that does reflect a German style well. The wheat is raw and alive as this beer really grows on you.

Sweet fuzzy hue on the mouthfeel that becomes richer with warmth.

This beer is a pleasure to drink.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.17/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Acquired from JeffKrenner courtesy of Birthday Club 2, so a big “Thank you” goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a cloudy light brown color with a thin off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of caramelized malts, brown sugar, spices, a little alcohol and a touch of hops.

T: The taste is malty and very sweet with flavors of caramel and brown sugar. There’s a nice hops presence for the style, which certainly is an attribute of an American influence on an Altbier and that’s not necessarily a bad thing if done well and I think this one has been. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and pretty smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down very easily for a beer with an 8.50% ABV and an “Enjoy by date” of 8/10/06, not too filling, good representation of style. This is a beer that might not be the best to pound down, but I’ve had very few beers that are comparable in terms of straight characteristics, thus giving it the unique factor going in its favor. However, if you’re holding onto this beer, I’d recommend drinking it now because I believe any additional age with only harm its flavor.

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

So lucky I felt to get a hold of a bottle of this one. I don’t remember trying an Alt beer before but I am sure I have, but I treated this one like it was my first. Poured a nice medium brown with somewhat of a hazy quality to it, but not too bad. A good amount of carbonation could be seen streaming up from the bottom and this formed a nice one inch thick head across the top which faded down to only a layer of lace which hung around for a good long time. Smell was fully of a grainy brandy sort of aroma, a nice touch of grapes mixed in and the flavor followed that right along. It definitely had some ear markings of an English ale in the malts used, but was very strong. A nice warming came over you and the finish was actually a touch sweet. A very smooth feel, not too thick with a decent overall drinkibilty. This was a very nice nighttime sipper. Overall I was glad I was able to try it. It was very complex and had a lot more flavor then I thought it would, lots of earthy grains and grapes mixed in. A very nice combination indeed. If you can get your hands on this I would highly recommend it. It seemed like a really fine choice and something I would be glad to try again.

Photo of BuckSpin
4.18/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12oz bottle (best by of 8/10/06) in a Pilsener glass

BAside: to my knowledge cellared before coming into my possession this past summer & cellared since. This would be about 1.75 years since bottling. Also a thanks to BA stefgriff for this opportunity!

Poured lively, nice crackle to it, smooth. Nose is full, sweet with mild raisin and a strong wood quality. It has a slightly musty aspect as well and even a tiny bit vinous. With some time to bloom traces of dried fruit are in the background. A pencil's worth of loose, sticky, vellum hued foam lightly yet audibly crackled with life, eventually settling to a thin blanketing that is already lacing in sheets. Thick with sediment having in Matrix-esque suspension, the hazy, dark apricot body shifts from a brassy gold near the base to a burnt blood orange near the head.

Oh, this is nice. Sweet & thick, wet in mouth-feel, it paints the mouth with a soaked brush full of slightly burnt caramel, toffee, soft raisins, plump figs & ripe prunes. The wood quality from the nose acts as a floor for all the aforementioned loveliness to dance & sing on. Those deep German hops used in brewing a Doppelsticke are present but in the background and add a rounded bitterness that plays off the sweet malts, creating a very balanced brew.

The alcohol doesn't wait for the palate to begin its warming as my mouth is slowly enveloped in a cold heat that doesn't grow as much as remains a steady constant throughout the rest of this sipper by choice & command. I do so love a beer that demands (asks nicely?) to be savored slowly, gearing everything else down in the process.

This has some qualities to it that I have encountered with barrel aged beers, primarily the noticeable fruits raisin/fig/prune, as well as been sweet and the obligatory wood aspect.

It grows a little smoky on the palate, drier but the damp side of semi-dry at best, clean & even. I'm getting some mild apricot now and stale bread crusts as it finishes syrupy, warm with alcohol, a little chewy, traces of wood floating around.

A very enjoyable beer & great beer experience. I do not have the luxury of knowing what it was like fresh, but it was damn enjoyable on the short side of 2 years. I'm note really sure I would want to pare with anything. It could be a great after meal cordial, or it could work with some mild, smooth cheese (aged Gouda?) or maybe with the right dessert (fig/etc). If you are cellaring these its drinking very nice now. Who knows what it could evolve into?

Photo of russpowell
3.81/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Had this in late July in NC

Poured caramel with 2 fingers of sand colored head. Average head retention & lacing

S: Intense toasted malt & caramel

T: Caramel& toasted malt up front. Intense dryness sets in as this warms, along with herbal hops. Finishes dry with more caramel

MF: Medium bodied with low carbonation & decent balance

Drank slow because of the dryness. I'm guessing I caught this beer slightly too old

Photo of Risser09
4.56/5  rDev +16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a large snifter - Bottled in 2006 to commemorate Victory's 10th Anniversary. Served at cellar temperature.

Appearance: Pours a deep brown color with a tan head that rises to half an inch. The head had various sized bubbles, with little lacing.

Smell: Completely noticable upon opening the bottle. Strong malt sweetness bursts from the glass. Leather, rum, raisin, pumpkin pie and caramel. Big, bold and complex.

Taste: Densely malted and plenty of flavor. Tobacco, toast, rum soaked raisin, sweetened fig, baked outmeal and a hint of smoke. Great combination of thick, complex flavors for a fall night.

Mouthfeel: Sugary at first and plenty of flavor. The alcohol is evident and welcomed. Slight bitterness in the finish makes this a beer you want to quaff.

Drinkability: I love this beer. I think this is the second Altbier I've had, and it's a style I really enjoy. This one is aged and could probably go on for quite a few years to settle that bitter finish. The sugars might attenuate even further to enhance the mouthfeel and add flavor complexity. I am very satisfied with this one. Buy it if you see it. I would have no problem drinking 2-3 of these in a night.

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

Decanted cool into a standard pint.
A - A deep caramel brown w/ deep amber highlights and a half inch white head.

S - The smell is a bit fruity w/ a sweet caramel odor.

M - Nutty dry and malty with a good dose of carbonation and a semi-sweet finish.

T - A nice smooth malty intro w/ a gentle nuanced flavor. A hint of ale fruitiness w/ a bit of caramel sweetness. The hops start to stand out about halfway through w/ a hint of spice. The taste is dry w/ a tinge of woody flavor. The flavor is hoppier in the final sips w/ both pine hop bitterness that accents the malt nicely

D - A finely balanced ale, very smooth malt flavor w/ substantial hop taste to back it up. A brilliant display of brewing technique since there has not been a doppelsticke brewed in the U.S. before. A decent ale w/ very good drinkability.
I realize this bottle was brewed last year, but it was stored cool and I don't feel the flavor was affected in this sample.

Photo of barleywinebrewer
3.65/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

in fairness this anniversary brew is now a year beyond the recommended drink by date if I noticed it correctly. while I found this to be a good beer overall, the aging effect on mine seems to have come through as a primarily dominant toasted / dark toffee taste. It starts off sweet and then has a quick spike into a roasted toffee taste. Nice but good limited to 12oz for me.

I would love to have tried this fresh. as it is, it's an interesting beer with some time on it. Could get better with age, could stay the same. Best of luck with your tastings!

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

Thanks goes out to MuenchenerKindl for this brew.

Pours a cloudy amber color, nice carbonation, nice small creamy off-white head, nice oil slicks in the middle. The nose is malty, tangy, slight hops, spices, and caramel. The taste is malty, tangy (cherries), slight spices, maybe some vanilla, and lots of caramel. Slightly dry finish. Alcohol is hidden very well. Medium body, a complex well rounded brew. Drinkable, a very tasty brew, I can honestly say I've never tasted anything like it so far. Highly recommended.

Photo of blgianbeer
3.69/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I recently opened a 3 liter bottle of the Ten Years Alt that was bottled in 2/2006. First off, I had a very difficult time getting the cork out. Half an hour and a broken steak knife later, I finally got some of this fine beer into my glass. Color was on the hazy side, sort of looked like an amber Hefe. Smell was floral with nice lambic-like, citrus aromas as well. Taste was also "winey", a bit astringent and definitely there were some bret/lambic flavors there. No real hop taste to speak of and the malt was very subdued. Full bodied mouthfeel. I had no problems finishing the jereboam with my wife, so I'd say it was drinkable. If you have this aging, I'd say it will last another year.

Photo of objectivemonkey
4.38/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Into a pint glass, pours a the color of red oak, a deep, opaque caramel with an orange hue around the edges, a small amount of sediment found when finishing. A light, creamy head stays for a while before settling to a patchy film, sparse lacing down the glass. The nose is rich with caramel malts, a slight flowery, citric zing of hops, quite nice.

The taste is even better, actually quite delicious. A hefty dosing of caramel malts bringing on fruits in subtle variety. The hops come on a little after the initial impact and play along with the dominant malt, a leafy and slightly citric spritz of bitterness that fits perfectly. The finish is short but sweet, drying, bitters slightly. The mouth is great, a shade over medium, velvetty smooth with just the slightest carbonation thats balanced just right, just the slightest bit warming, a foreshadowing of the strength that will eventually catch up to you.

Now, this is my second chance with this beer (courtesy MuenchenerKindl, an excellent trader), and I must say, I didn't quite appreciate the subtlety in possesses. Either that, or it has aged well the last 6 months and developed into an even better beer. I can't put into words how much I wish I had a case of this stashed in the cellar. It truly is a fantastic beer.

Photo of number1bum
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of our group was lucky enough to find a full case of this left so it could be part of NEPA BC split #3.

Pours a really murky looking dark copper/ brown with a half finger tan head, and not a whole lot of lacing. There is sediment in the bottom of the bottle and I have a few floaties in the glass. Smell is sweet malts, caramel and toffee, and some toasted aromas, as well. Also just a hint of fruity hops.

Taste is malty goodness in the mouth, with lots of toasted malt, and even a bit of burnt malt flavor, also caramel which gives a nice sweetness. More toasty flavor than in the nose. Not much of a hop presence at all...just a very feint fruitiness at the end.

I wonder if the hops were more pronounced earlier in this beers life. Either way, it was really tasty and smooth and I enjoyed it.

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

A- Thin tan head on a cloudy light amber body.
S- Sweet caramels, light hops, some hints of toffee. The smell isn't to complex. The sweetness over powers the hops (not by a lot) and there is a light hint of some grass hops in there.
T- Complex malt body. You have toffee, sweet caramel, roasted, hints of burnt malts also. Nice amount of hops in there too (and this is after a year too). Leaves a medium bitterness on tongue. Hops are grass and some earthy tones. Ever so light warming from alcohol but pretty much not there.
M- Full body and sort of creamy. Low carbonation on it.
D- It is pretty good. I would of like to try this fresh but to late now. Also keep that in mind reading this review. The best by date on the bottle is Aug, 7th 06 and I am reviewing it on 5/18/07.

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