Victor's MemoriAle Altbier - Two Brothers Brewing Company
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Reviews by mdm46410:
3.45/5 rDev -15.2%
Poured from a 22oz bomber and served in a shaker. This beer poured a deep, dark, mahogany brown hue with a thin head of tan foam that quickly faded into a lasting ring. Some clingy lace was left around the glass. The aroma of the beer was made up of toasted caramel, light chocolate, brown sugar, and some fruit. The flavor consisted of bittersweet chocolate, lightly bitter roasted malts, caramelized sugar, dark fruits, and a bit of alcohol. The mouthfeel was medium to full-bodied with minimal carbonation. Different and a little unusual. Way over the top for the style, but that's what the brewer intended.
05-26-2008 23:37:24 | More by mdm46410
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4.53/5 rDev +11.3%
Recently picked up this 22oz bomber. Always like to find a new treat from Two Brothers, the artisnal series has produced some really good brews. This one pours into my glass a extremely dark brown with some dark red hues. A nice half inch of foam tops the brew. Wonderful clarity as well. Aromas explode from the glass big spicy, roasty dark bready malts. Chocolate, roasted nuts and a touch of coffee come through as well.
First sip brings a spicy, dark bread maltiness upfront that's nice and roasted as well. Chocolate flavors move in along with a hint of bitter coffee as well. Somewhat nutty, it flows down with a nice herbal, noble hop bitterness. Light hints of dark fruits are there as well. Wonderfully balanced with a great flavor...this is a damn fine brew!
Mouthfeel is great. Wonderful medium body and smooth carbonation. This one goes down incredibly easy and is quite refreshing. An intensely tasty, big altbier...I could get myself into trouble drinking this one I imagine. I'm sitting here kicking myself for only buying one bottle, it's time to go pick up some more. One of the best altbiers I have ever sampled. Cheers to the memory of Victor and everyone at Two Brothers...keep 'em coming!
03-20-2007 00:12:18 | More by orbitalr0x
4.38/5 rDev +7.6%
22 oz bottle pours a clear and radiant ruby brown body with a 2 cm beige head. Good retention and lots of spotty lacing.
Aroma features chocolate, McIntosh apples, floral hops and a hint of roast.
Mouthfeel has a satiny crisp carbonation and medium body.
Taste is caramel and chocolate, dark fruits, fruity red apples, walnuts, and spicy and floral hops. Some doppelbock character here. Alcohol is hidden well. Very Germanic all the way through.
One of the best alts I've had. Very well done!
05-21-2007 12:54:40 | More by merlin48
3.75/5 rDev -7.9%
(Served in an American pint glass)
A- This beer has a dark brown body with a thin head of tan foam that fades to a ring after a bit. There is a strong carbonation of tiny bubbles that glide to the surface.
S- The soft notes of dry dark roasted malt has hints of light toasted malt in the background. The aroma is nice but pretty soft.
T- The smooth dark toasted malt flavor has hints of chocolate malt and a note of prunes in the background. The finish is a very light dry spice note that might be from hops followed by a soft bitterness from hops. There is a light biscuit malt note and a soft nougat note that comes through when it warms and each add a nice bit of depth.
M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with no alcohol heat in the finish.
D- This beer has a smooth but light flavor. Even though it has a nice malt quality there isn't much depth.
03-05-2007 20:42:05 | More by rhoadsrage
3.58/5 rDev -12%
I'm glad I have a chance to taste how this beer is supposed to taste. I left my original post below which I rated 1.5 or so. With the #12 of 15 retro release the beer is quite drinkable. Great malt character and easy to drink....love those retro releases.
Found a bottle of this in Indianapolis...no date on the bottle, so I have no idea how old it is...yeah....overprimed....smelled like fermented milk...the appearance was nice very dark with red hughes....tasted awful. Perhaps it was good when fresh....but nasty now!
07-29-2012 00:48:15 | More by WoodBrew
4.2/5 rDev +3.2%
Presentation: Poured from a brown bomber into a standard pint glass. Label depicts a family crest, Ebel, and explains that this beer is brewed in honor of thier grandfather, Victor. Very cool.
Appearance: Pours with 1/2 inch of light tan foam than settles quickly into a very thing layer and ring around the glass. Good lacing. The beer itself is a dark ruby brown with some activity.
Smell: Tons of caramel and dark, sweet molasses aroma upfront! I love it. Hints of alcohol at the end.
Taste: Caramel and roastiness at first, trails into a decent malt body and a mild bitter finish.
Mouthfeel: Good body and average carbonation. Just enough bite to help get the flavors to your taste buds.
Drinkability: I unfortunately only picked up one bomber of this while in Illinois, and am now disappointed I didn't get more. A great, flavorful beer I could drink all the time.
12-18-2007 01:22:32 | More by beveritt
4.68/5 rDev +15%
I do love alts. But I tend to like them on the smaller side. But Cain and Ebel haven't let me down yet.
And they certainly deliver on this one. It manages to have a lot going on while remaining quite quaffable, which to me is what alts should be all about.
It is fairly dry, kicking off with an acidic chocolate tingle on the tongue with a strong earthy blast of noble hops. The finish is light and powdery and just a tad bit sweet.
Every time I take a sip, I notice something different. Strongly acidic black patent, chhocolate, earthy hops, sweet malts, so good. One sip it is like a good German pilsner, and at another like a robust english porter, and at the next like the doppelsticke it is.
A great, great beer.
03-25-2007 04:07:54 | More by shbobdb
4.22/5 rDev +3.7%
This one pours a nice medium to dark brown. Purists would say it's too dark; they would probably also call this a dopplesticke, as it is rather strong. I didn't get much a head with my pour, but what foam was generated seem to last, leaving some thick lace. The body is just about right, medium, with a smooth as satin mouthfeel. The malt flavor seems predominant with burnt caramel and hints of chocolate and coffee (just little bits though). The bitterness at the finish is solid and nicely assertive. Overall, one of the Two Brothers best offerings so far.
04-01-2007 04:22:21 | More by marcobrau
4/5 rDev -1.7%
22oz picked in Columbus OH. From the re-release series.
A sturdy mohoghanny pour, about a finger of cream colored head.
Aroma, quite malty, toffee. Herbally notes, tea, leather.
Taste, Peaty, tobacco, leather up front. Toasted malt and toffee. Pretty strong walnut. A faint anise and cocoa.
Maybe a little lighter than mid body, a nice amount of carbonation. A tad watery may be the only flaw. Drinks get easily.
Not as good as the Sticke brews from Germany, but it is close. Very well done.
11-12-2012 03:39:41 | More by Bung
4.1/5 rDev +0.7%
Appearance: deep mahogany, brilliantly clear; thin ivory head.
Smell: Very slight sweet malt aroma; no hop aroma whatsoever.
Taste: Roast and chocolate malts dominate, with hints of coffee and licorice; very clean with minimal esters; slight alcohol burn; no hop taste or bitterness up front, but blunt bitter finish.
Mouthfeel: Rather full, especially for an Altbier.
Drinkability: Hides its alcohol well; at 7.8% ABV, I can easily drink the 22 oz. bomber in one sitting.
Overall: I'm thrilled to see an American craft brewer attempting a Sticke Altbier. While I've only had a few other varietals (and I'm using Zum Uerige as the standard), this seems a bit too malty to fit the style. A more pronounced noble hop presence along with a slightly thinner body would put this in the same league as anything from Duesseldorf. Style guidelines aside, the beer is delicious. I would almost categorize it as an ale equivalent of a Doppelbock. It's not going to displace Zum Uerige Sticke in my cellar, but a wonderful offering in its own right.
03-13-2007 01:42:27 | More by Windigstadt
4/5 rDev -1.7%
A 22 oz bottle from a trade with Autumnaldave.
A: The altbier is a dark cola color, deep brown with an orange highlight or two when light shines through. The head is nearing two fingers on pour and laces nicely in the glass.
S: A strong malty body emerges from the ale, providing a biscuity nose that has a subtle tart element and some dark alefruits lingering around.
T: The body is thick and dripping with malts. The flavors are biscuity with a great deal of grainy bread. The strength of the malts creates a dry, near tart mouthfeel that fosters some raisin and brown sugar flavors. The finish kicks up a bitter hop flavor that gives a nice flourish on the way down before deferring to the raisins as a lingering taste.
M: A solid malt body that holds its strength throughout and a big hop finish, the mouthfeel is grainy and full.
D: The full mouthfeel and higher abv leave me content with the one bomber that I have. The bier is quite good however, a must-see for fans of the alt style.
07-01-2007 01:35:41 | More by akorsak
4.22/5 rDev +3.7%
This is a one-time release, as far as I know, guess time will tell.
Served in a stange cylinder, around 45º. Two fingers of tan creamy foam have a creamy surface texture. Loopy drips of lacing are left around the edge after every sip. Color is a very deep reddish mahogany that light can just barely pass through.
Aroma of dried black cherry, wood, faint cocoa, and dark malts. It really creates an appeal once the bottle is opened. After sitting in the bottle for the better part of the year, much of the hop aroma that I noticed on draft has diminished. Still it's very unique and pleasant.
Robust feel that is impressively smooth with light carbonation. It rolls across the palate, evaporating quickly. Bitterness of earthy aged hops linger into a mildly dry finish. A little woody in the taste, with a big malt bill. Some light nutty character with a light sweetness that is balanced by an equally mild bitterness in the finish.
Very light feeling despite it's robust flavor profile. Easy to drink, something I could have once in a while. One bomber is the perfect serving size.
02-12-2008 00:19:09 | More by emerge077
4.18/5 rDev +2.7%
A deep blackish brown body yeilds a ruby glow on the edges when held to light. Head is a two finger perfect tan that leaves thick frothy lace. Nice wheat and malt balances dance with a hint of sweetness and dark fruit on the nose. As it hits the tongue you get a very rich malt backboned beer. Smokey feel is even and well balanced with slight rich sweetness. This beer drinks very easy with nice character. Mouthfeel is very thick and glazing. Meaty rich and long on the mouth which translates well into the overall taste. Nutty and burnt biscuit like notes do also develop as you enjoy this one. A success of a beer in a tough time for the brewers.
10-18-2007 20:17:28 | More by SPLITGRIN
4.68/5 rDev +15%
Acquired this one in a trade a while back and put it in the fridge and to be honest I had forgotten about it. Last night I decided to go ahead and open it when I reached in as I thought it was a Green Flash, boy was I happy. Twenty Two ounce bottle was served slightly chilled in a pint glass. Consumed on 08/20/2008.
Huge rich billowing head was the biggest thing to take away from this one. Really just a mammoth explosion of froth that never really would die down, or hell even calm down. Lots of cloudiness and haze in here as well, really very nice looking, easily one of the best of the style I have ever seen. Lots of carbonation was evident as well. This was really just perfect looking I have to say.
The aroma was charged. Lots of really sweet malt notes playing around in here. Just a tremendous amount of caramel and fruity tones. Figs, grapes, hell almost a wine like aroma coming off of this. Great flavor, in fact I had a hard time not going with a five here. Just an explosion of caramel, and candied sugar. Light fruit notes swirling around with almost a hint of a smoked flavor in there. Long drawn out finish was just what the doctor ordered here with a huge bomb of a bitter taste at the end that rolled up with a kettle corn like flavor that stuck with me until the end. Medium bodied with perfect carbonation, I could really never get sick of sipping on this one for the rest of my life. Truly unique and utterly exceptional in every way.
I was blown away by this overall. I think I may have found my new favorite style. One of the easiest drinking, most complex beers I have had in years. Hands down this was great.
08-22-2008 10:36:37 | More by mikesgroove
3.98/5 rDev -2.2%
Poured this 22 oz. brown bottle into a stange. No date. The body was an iced down cola color with red highlights. The first pour produced very little off-white head. The second (and third) produced a huge fizzy head that left sticky lace.
Smell was toasty, sweet malts. A totally unique aroma-- almost like a clean wet dog and cherries. Cream of wheat, A pleasant sourness appeared. Very interesting.
Taste was sweet up front, with a tangy finish. Black cherries. Very well hidden alcohol. Understated, yet present hops. Rich, interesting flavors.
Mouthfeel was smooth with a slightly oily feel. Medium carbonation. I have really enjoyed every Two Brothers beer I have tried. Good stuff.
03-29-2007 18:47:11 | More by Cresant
3.78/5 rDev -7.1%
Decent initial head with GREAT lacing.
Smell is faint of mainly chocolate malts and a faint hoppiness. Nice, but a little faint.
Taste is very chocolate malty with a hop balance. low bitterness, but nice balance. The alcohol is blended in very well.
Mouthfeel is a little thin, but this beer is fairly easy to drink. It's worth a try.
04-21-2007 06:47:15 | More by jasonjlewis
4.1/5 rDev +0.7%
Served in a pint glass at Sheffield's 5/18/07.
A: Served a dark black with a 1/2 finger cap of tan-colored foam.
S: Nice aromas of toasted malt, rye bread, caramel, toffee, and cola nut.
T: Flavors of toasted malt, chocolate, black cherry, cola, caramel apples, mild roast coffee, rye tang, and slightly bitter hops.
M: Smooth, sweet, with a bitter zing.
D: This is a very refreshing beer.
05-20-2007 15:37:05 | More by GbVDave
4.38/5 rDev +7.6%
It was a hot August day at the North Aurora Beer Fest yesterday, and about a dozen brewers were showing their wares. Points to the local Miller guys for showing up, even though they were outclassed. The Two Brothers rep (Jim and Jason were busy doing demolition in the new digs for their expanded brewery) was very proud that he snagged the second-to-last keg of Victor's Memoriale Altbier for this fest.
The beer poured a cola-brown color with a tan, long-lasting head. Great biscuity malt aroma and flavor, with just enough hops and roast grain bitterness to balance. The dryness helped offset the weight that must have gone along with all that malt, making it an easy drinker out in the summer heat and sun. No idea that it was nearly 8% ABV until I looked at the stats on the beer here before I posted. Maybe if there's enough of an outcry we can get Jason to brew this one again like we did with Cane & Ebel.
08-05-2007 21:15:12 | More by MillRat
3.65/5 rDev -10.3%
22oz bottle purchased as a single from Julio's, Marlboro, MA.
Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/4" tan head over the clear burgundy brew. Head holds well, with ample lacing. Aroma is lightly of dark malty and fruitiness. Taste starts with fruity roastiness, goes a bit dry in the middle, and closes with hints of hoppiness. As it warms, the nuttiness comes out and balances the fruit well. Mouthfeel and drinkability are both okay, but this one just doesn't come together well for me. The late arrival nuttiness helps though.
06-27-2007 20:57:32 | More by ppoitras
Victor's MemoriAle Altbier from Two Brothers Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 74 ratings.