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Yakima Glory - Victory Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
89
very good

1,533 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 1533
Reviews: 768
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 11.59%


Brewed by:
Victory Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
American Black Ale |  8.70% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
According to the brewery's website: "A dark IPA".

Available November to January.

(Beer added by: sholland119 on 12-06-2008)
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OldSchoolGamer

Ohio

4.22/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Victory's new winter seasonal. I have enjoyed almost every beer from them, and this one does not disappoint. Here is my review:

A: Pours a brownish-red. Pretty dark, but very clear. No haze or sediment to speak of. Head is very creamy and leaves nice lacing on the glass.

S/T: The aroma is very fruity. It is both very hoppy and very malty. Taste is very nice. Reminds me a lot of Hop Devil, but kicked up a notch. You get hops upfront. Lots of citrus, grass, and pine. The excellent and complimentary malt profile rounds out the hops. Very toasy and slightly sweet. Finish is pretty clean. Very balanced and drinker friendly.

M/D: Mouthfeel is medium bodied. Both bitter and sweet in the finish. Slight dryness makes you go for another sip. Very drinkable.

This is another winner from Victory. A perfect balance between IPA-like hops and strong malt profile. Pretty sessionable at almost 9%ABV as well. One of Victory's best.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2009 19:46:41 | More by OldSchoolGamer
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jwinship83

Illinois

3.48/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle drank from my new belgium globe glass. best by nov 16, 2010.

A- this one pours out a clear dark brown colored body with ruby highlights when held up to the light. a rather large fluffy khaki colored head. the head lasts the entirety of my drink and leaves behind solid walls of lacing.

S- the main attraction here is grapefruit. faint semisweet dark malts and maybe a bit of chocolate. pretty simple.

T- the taste is more complex. sweet dark malts upfront. coffee and chocolate follow that. the end is an enormous blast of bitter grapefruit-like hops.

M- medium to full bodied with ample carbonation. leaves the mouth very dry.

D- easy to finish. more of a DIPA than a strong ale. i found it to be mediocre overall.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2009 05:16:28 | More by jwinship83
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jera1350

Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Transparent garnet in color with a two finger head of tight fluffy suds that leave tons of lace all over the glass.

Complex scents of sweet bread, bright citric hops, prune and dark berries.

Lots of unsweetened bitter hops. Dark malts, notes of coffee and plenty of grapefruit peel. Some warm alcohol is present. I guess this fits as a hopped up strong ale. I think some age will smooth out the flavor and mellow the extreme bitterness of the hops.

Smooth, slightly creamy carbonation, close to full bodied, pretty bitter on the tongue. Extremely dry on the finish.

Pretty strong in alcohol and especially in the hop department. I'm a hop head, but one of these is enough. I think some age on this will be very positive. Unique beer that's worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2009 01:47:42 | More by jera1350
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xanok

Connecticut

4.28/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Eli Cannon's in Middletown, CT. Psyched to try this.

A-Pours a thick reddish brown that's see-through. Great thick, creamy, 2" white head. Leaves crazy good lacing.

S-Fruity and floral. Great scent of malts and bread as well. Faint hop smell.

T-Grapefruit is the dominant fruit taste. Some malts and toasted charcteristics in the middle. Has a clean hop finish.

M-Great body and medium carb. Just the way I like it.

D-The high abv is well hidden for the most part.. I could probably have two of these in a sitting without any trouble.

This is a helluva brew. To me, it's one of the best of it's type. My oly complaint is a bit too much grapefruit flavor, butI will definitely grab a sixer of these in the near future.

Serving type: on-tap

12-10-2009 21:16:46 | More by xanok
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womencantsail

California

3.58/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours an opaque dark amber color with a finger's worth of off-white foam. Some nice lacing on the glass.

S: The smell is not quite what I was expecting. A floral, fruity aroma in the first whiff, followed by a very sweet caramelized fruit type smell. I keep flip-flopping as to whether I like it or not.

T: Similar to the nose. The initial part of the sip has some nice bitter hoppiness to it, which then goes into a sweet, caramel malt flavor. The finish goes back to bitter, but still some sweetness.

M: The body is quite full and the carbonation is actually quite abundant.

D: This was an interesting beer. I'm glad that I only bought a single instead of a sixer. It's a nice strong ale, but it seems as though the beer can't decide whether it wants to be a hop-bomb or a sweet malty beverage.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2009 02:41:04 | More by womencantsail
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BeerFMAndy

Wisconsin

4.03/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a Unibroue tulip. Best by Oct 14 2010, 8.7% ABV.

Thanks to johnmichaelson for this bottle in a trade!

A - Pours with a giant pillow of tan, dense head that rises up to three fingers and has great retention with some good lace. The color is a mahogany amber red color that's totally clear.

S - Wow. The aroma is very different from the first whiff. There is a lot of fruitiness here; mango, peach, and a bit of crisp apple. The fruitiness may be derived from the hops. Aside from that there really aren't any hop notes. A funky un-bathed dog aroma slips in between the fruity notes and the sweet, brown sugar like malts.

T - The fruitiness on the nose goes to the back-burner a bit in the flavor. Lots of grapefruit citrus and some pine across the tongue. The malts are toasty like a golden slice of bread and somewhat sweet behind the mountain of hops.

M - Medium-bodied and crisp with a well-balanced carbonation level, the finish is dry and bitter but not tongue-shreddingly so.

D - A different take on the style for me. I like it a lot but wouldn't partake in its uniqueness all that often if given the chance.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2009 22:49:49 | More by BeerFMAndy
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

4.35/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap 12/3/09 at Doherty's East Ave Irish Pub in Pawtucket, RI, served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a bright reddish brown color, large off-white head that fades very slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of floral hops, caramelized malts, dark fruits and citrus.

T: The taste starts with a strong burst of hops bitterness followed by mildly sweet flavors of citrus, dark fruits and caramel. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy and brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly hoppy and slightly sweet.

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

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, strong kick, good representation of style, it's a very good beer to drink for a long time, however I couldn't stop thinking that it seemed like a clone of Arrogant Bastard.

Serving type: on-tap

12-09-2009 18:01:52 | More by TheManiacalOne
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loftisCT

Connecticut

4.18/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Really dark cooper color. It looked almost black at first but clearly some copper colors at the edges. The head has a dark tint to it, not the best retention, but whats left looks really sticky and has some good laceing
S: This beer smells great. Beautifal fresh pine with some citrus in the background. Has a sweet kinda fruity smell going on in there as well
T: The malt hits you up front. Nice roasted malt with some caramel flavor in there. For a moment I think its not as hoppy as it smells but then they hit me. The hops hit hard and they taste delicously dirty. They taste really earthy and almost kinda smokey or herby.
M: The mouthful is medium, with pretty good carbonation
D: The drinkability isn't that high. I do get a little taste of alcohal, about what you expext for almost 9%. The hops are beautifally harsh, but they limit the drinkability a little.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2009 06:51:59 | More by loftisCT
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matjack85

Illinois

4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I found this single 12oz brown bottle in the discount bin at the Binny's in Plainfield, IL for $1.49. It amazes me what little gems you can find in there if you're willing to sort thru the 200 + bottles that are in there. This one had a freshness date on it of 11/3/10 so its got plenty of time before it's past its prime.

The beer poured a clear dark amber color and left a 1-finger creamy tan head that lasted about a minute. It also left behind a decent amount of lacing.

The smell was all hops. Lots of pine and grapefruit scents.

The taste is overpoweringly hoppy. There is a huge amount of grapefruit flavored bitterness to this but there is also quite a lot of malty sweetness as well. No skimping on the hops or the malts in this one, but there is no doubt that the hops win the battle.

The beer has a smooth oily texture to it with only medium carbonation. It also leaves a pretty big dose of bitterness in the aftertaste.

For an 8.7% abv brew, the alcohol stays pretty well hidden amongst the hops and malts so it's easy to drink one or two at a sitting, but any more than that and your head will be spinning.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2009 22:05:21 | More by matjack85
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errantnight

California

3.73/5  rDev -6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A beauty.

Pours a deep, dark, rich, crystal clear garnet hue with a fluffy three+ fingers of head into my Spiegalau tulip. Retention and lacing are superb. It's a joy to look at.

Aromas are mildly sweet, citrus and grapefruit hop with a hint of resin.

On the palate this is exceedingly bitter at fridge temp... it really needs to open up and be consumed at warmer temperatures, which allows some dark caramel sweetness to liven things up. There's a note of roast, but nothing approaching what you'd get in a stout. It's neither the IPA in disguise that is Sublimely Self-Righteous nor the Porter with extra hops that is Alpha Klaus... it's its own beast. Think along the lines of Arrogant Bastard without the malt complexity.

Mouthfeel is a solid medium towards full, rich mid palate but with an easy lift (helped by the assertive bitterness).

It masks alcohol well, but it never quite coalesces into anything particularly remarkable.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2009 21:59:01 | More by errantnight
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donniecuffs

New Jersey

4.08/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

At The Cloverleaf Tavern, Caldwell, NJ: poured dark amber/near-brown, into an American pint glass, with one finger of white head and great lacing. Smelled of earthiness, pine, grapefruit, and orange. The taste yielded more in the way of maltiness, mixed with the aforementioned flavors, and then dissolves to some slight burnt flavor, and then finishes on a woody dry note. A little thicker than expected, but smooth, with only a hint of carbonation. Not a slam-dunk session beer (too heavy and strong for that), but a great beer nonetheless.

Serving type: on-tap

12-08-2009 03:56:34 | More by donniecuffs
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boogyman

Washington

4.03/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a very dark copper/amber color with a good 2 finger head that had decent staying power. Head looks pretty frothy. Lacing is pretty sticky. Got some crazy looking designs going on in the back of my glass.

S- The first thing i get off this brew is actually sweet dark fruits. Plums and cherries. The next thing that hits me is the malts. Then on the background I get the wonderful hops. This brew smells very fresh and begs me to drink it.

T- Right off the bat I taste the dark malts. It very much starts out as a stout might but it very quickly catches you off guard with the bitter hops. It really is a perfect transition. I definitely enjoy this beer as it has some of the best aspects of my two favorite brews, the stouts and the IPAs. The nose definitely doesn't come out too much to the taste as I start getting more citrus flavors coming out as I drink it.

M- Carbonation is pretty strong. Leaves a bite on my tongue going down. There is a mild warming feeling left on my palate which is nice.

D- I could have a few of these and be happy, not too heavy on the stomach but strong enough that I will be feeling good. Definitely a beer which I will be happy coming back to.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2009 02:33:13 | More by boogyman
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jampics2

Ohio

4.2/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Looks great, 2 fingers of fluffy white head that sticks around for a bit then leaves a devine lacing.

Smells like hops (earthy with a bit of zing) and a deep malt scent like wheat bread crust.

Taste is amazing. This is a hardcore beer, not for the faint of heart. It has some nice, rich malty flavors and an insane amount of hops on top. The hops are grapefruit and pine, sweet and resiny. Everything blends well - this is wonderfully complex and well polished at the same time.

Mouthfeel is awesome. Nice carb is there but not too prickly. A little creamy in the smooth mouthfeel of the finish. Medium body.

Drinkability suffers only from the hardcore aspect of the flavors.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2009 18:56:34 | More by jampics2
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ClockworkOrange

Pennsylvania

3.95/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A 12 ounce bottle purchased at the Beer Stop for $2. Poured into a standard shaker glass. The ale appears a clear deep golden copper with about an inch of fluffy off white foam. The nose and flavors consist of sweet malts, light molasses, citrus-y hops and a lot of em', some resinous pine, mild perfume, white grapefruit, earthy, pleasantly bitter, and not much alcohol heat to speak of. The ale is medium bodied and amply carbonated. pretty nice overall, something I'd come back to each winter.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2009 05:38:26 | More by ClockworkOrange
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kbnooshay

New York

3.15/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a super dark amber color with a thick frothy tan head. The head hangs around for awhile. Aroma is of alcohol, citrus, and bitter hops. Woah. Taste is super dry and bitter with a light sweet malt hint. But the hops dominates and the alcoholic dryness dries the lips. There is a weird fungal/burning rubber flavor that is kinda bugging me. Especially in the burp stage of the brew. Feel is super sharp from the carbonation. This is interesting but not something i would need all the time. This isn't a disaster but it's not very drinkable.

My esophagus is warm.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2009 03:42:25 | More by kbnooshay
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Georgiabeer

Georgia

4.22/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very interesting beer- I love the blast of bitterness coupled with the deep, dry malt. Pours very drk brown with excellent clarity, but a short head. Big citrus and strong, dry malt aromas with a pine backbone and some alcohol heat. Almost treacly, but more in that heavy carmelized way rather than overly sweet. This is a big flavored beer- lots of hops and big almost oxidised malt flavors. Deep pine and earth with a long almost tannic bitterness and hefty malt background but never becomes sweet overall. Big andnot thick, but with a punch. Quite a good beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2009 03:08:56 | More by Georgiabeer
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Jacobob10

New Jersey

3.7/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a 12 oz. bottle of this after a recommendation from a friend.

Deep copper/brown color that I could barely see my fingers through when held up to the light. Strong floral hop aroma with a slight caramel backbone, but mostly hops with this IIPA.

The alcohol is well-hidden for a beer of its strength, which makes the drinkability good as well. A pretty average IIPA, but a decent offering and worth trying.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2009 00:24:03 | More by Jacobob10
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Gavage

New Jersey

4.43/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: clear dark copper almost brown in color with a 2" head that lasts a long time. Nice lace paints the glass.

Smell: malt sweetness and floral hop bitterness provides a nice aroma.

Taste: nice malt profile with big floral hop bitterness, plums, lemon citrus, hint of pine, and a bit of earthiness late. Alcohol is barely noticeable.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Crisp to start, less crisp and lightly dry at the finish. Long aftertaste as the flavors linger in the mouth.

Drinkability: this is an extremely easy to drink beer but the alcohol is dangerously hidden here. One of the better offerings from Victory IMHO.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2009 20:02:09 | More by Gavage
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RustyDiamond

Georgia

4.28/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Duvel glass. Pretty carbonated pour, with a good 4 fingers of beige froth. Mahogany in appearance, with really good clarity.
Aroma of earthy grassy hops. Fungal whiffs as well.
Good and fresh piney on the nose. Fragrant spruce tips. Rich malt presence of sourdough pretzel. Extremely aromatic and beautifully hopped. Creamy, spruce tip sappy mouthfeel. Excellent offering by Victory.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2009 19:52:32 | More by RustyDiamond
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TheJollyHop

California

4.25/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An ale to showcase an ingredient most revere,
with a spread of fine aromatics to trigger memory fine,
A deep brown pour a reddish tinge quite a leer,
robust head with many a frothy line.

An ode to flora and conifers abound
but the voice of sweet malt craves attention as well,
and with some warmth the malt aroma is found,
some earthy resin stops by but now for the taste I must tell.

A surge of bitter like hitting a wall that does not give,
thankfully sweet from roasted malts and caramel pad the blow,
A slap of the tongue the bitter aftertaste must live,
with only the faintest warmth at the end of the swallow.

A creamy delight that on the tongue plays it slick,
a light/medium body that makes you crave for a sip.
Malt and hops alternating solos ah what a delicious trick,
such a fine subtle balance worthy of another dip.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2009 14:49:42 | More by TheJollyHop
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jamie2dope

Massachusetts

3.95/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I have not had anything from Victory for a while. Good to see them come out with something new. This beer pours a rustic ruby color, with a good two inches worth of heading. Lots of chunky yeast can be seen floating around in this brew. I am not getting a whole hell of a lot from the smell, but the subtleties of the hops and malt make it pretty decent. Taste is much hoppier than I was expecting. Really earthy, well rounded hops mix with the dark malt really well. Extremely well balanced as well, everything plays well together. It does not come off hot at any point in spite of a pretty high ABV. Black IPAs seem like a sort of trendy new style, but if this one were to fall within that category, it would be a standout. This beer further solidifies Victory Brewing's reputation for being one of the most solid out there. Cheers

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2009 01:02:16 | More by jamie2dope
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far333

Connecticut

4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Burnished copper colored with a low oatmeal colored head that settles quickly. Particulate matter is suspended.

Aroma of tangerine and grapefruit hops.

Fresh and bright hops flavors upfront, lots of fresh ruby grapefruit and orange rind, faint pine. Mild honey malt backbone rides beneath, but this one is mostly tasty hops. Firm bitterness emerges in the lingering finish.

Full mouthfeel, moderate carbonation, finishes crisp. Very tasty and drinkable beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2009 00:20:21 | More by far333
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bminor7

New York

4.15/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz from Savemore in Clifton Park NY.

A - clear copper brown. light tan foam that laces well.
S - strong hop presence. dark malts are muted. almost marzen-y.
T - hoppy. not excessive, well done with the malts. like a baby barleywine. the bitterness is almost undetectable in the finish.
M - creamy carbonation that isn't over the top. teeth's enamel under attack.
D - good. despite the 8.7% (not 8.9% as indicated above). could manage 3-4

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2009 22:20:57 | More by bminor7
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Reagan1984

Massachusetts

3.63/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Finally had a chance to try this in Maryland.

The pint came with a thick tan head that showed very good retention. The beer was very dark and allowed light in around the edges. Like a super dark brown sugar color. A nice amount of lacing.

Aroma is bold and of pine & lemon. I was actually a touch shocked how strong the aroma was.

Bang, out of the shoot the hops make their presence known and let you know, they are not leaving. Very strong hop bitterness mingles with some abv heat.

Mouth feel is almost warming from the ABV. There are beers that I am shocked how much ABV there is based on the flavor. This is one where I thought it was higher based on the amount of alcohol that is present.

This certainly cuts down on the drinkability for me.

Serving type: on-tap

12-05-2009 20:16:00 | More by Reagan1984
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aerozeppl

New York

4.43/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Super dark brown in color with ruby highlights when held up to the light. The lacing is off the charts. The crazy thing is I think it has gone down over the 2 weeks I have been drinking mine.

S: Raw hop cones. Bitterness. A touch of roasted malt. Little bit of burnt stick as well. Lets be honest this is all about the hops and it does not disappoint.

T: The great thing about this beer is the massive hop flavor and the touch of roasted malt they used to balance it out. One of the darkest wet hopped beers I have ever seen and I think it benefited from it.

M: Nice and sticky. Just a bit thick.

D: I love this beer. The hops are off the charts and the dark malt are a match in heaven. Too bad this beer is already gone. Drink them ASAP. Cannot wait to get this next year.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2009 03:05:27 | More by aerozeppl
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