V-Twelve - Victory Brewing Company
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Reviews by Dantes:
4.28/5 rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
Package: 750ml caged & corked bottle, labeled 12% ABV, Cork stamped 2002, label marked “Mar 11 03.” Bottle-conditioned.
Cost: $6.99 at Bottle King
Presentation: tulip glass at 45º. Cork was tight, but easily removed if opened properly: hold bottle in one hand and wrap your other thumb and index finger tightly around the cork (a bar-towel or napkin helps with grip), and twist and pull THE BOTTLE.
Appearance: Glowing, burnished auburn-ruby color. Lazy, large-beaded carbonation. Remarkably clear for a bottle-conditioned ale. Only the lightest dusting of lees at the bottle's bottom. Vigorous pour generated a thin, evanescent head.
Smell: HOT! After the alcohol onslaught; malt and yeast were detected, along with a faint spiciness. Alcohol overwhelmed any expected esters.
Taste: The alcohol jumped out hotly at first. Then the malty sweetness became apparent, along with more complex components of banana, sweet-tart apple, candied fruit, yeast, and faint nuttiness. The hops played a minor role. There was also an oxidized taste, which provided a drier edge. Evolved greatly as it warmed. The finish was sweet, warm, and very long; flirting with becoming cloying. Age will likely dry this out.
Mouthfeel: Very warm and mouth-filling, giving a creamy, full-bodied sensation. This was very slick and unctuous. Carbonation was secondary to the hotness on the tongue. Seemed much stronger than 12% ABV.
Drinkability: Normally, I don’t judge drinkability on the quantity I can drink in a sitting. However, with this beer, I have to say that the sweetness, strength of flavor, and alcohol made this more like a cordial than a beer.
I set aside a bottle of this for the final round of The Masters. I took it out about 15 minutes early so that it warmed up and the lees would settle. Next time, I'll serve this closer to 40º to see if the alcohol and sweetness are subdued. This beer knocked me on my butt. I felt a buzz almost immediately! Maybe it was psychological, or because of the big nose and heavy sweetness; but this seemed to have more of an effect on me than Raison D’Extra or WWS! Also much bigger than the similar Unibroue 11. This is a bruiser. That said, I was impressed enough that I went back and bought more for cellaring. I expect that this will evolve very well. A work-in-progress. A V-12 Ferrari would be proud of!
Bottom Line: If Churchill had this instead of his beloved Pol Roger, his “V for Victory” hand-signal might have meant something else!
Serving type: bottle
04-15-2003 11:01:28 | More by Dantes
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