Victor's MemoriAle Altbier - Two Brothers Brewing Company
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3.8/5 rDev -6.6%
Label explains that this alt is brewed in memory of their grandfather who was a dairy farmer.
Bomber bottle pour of deep mahogany eggplant topped with an ivory khaki splotchy cap that instantly settles to a collar with a coating.
Nose appears with a light toasted caramel and red grape aroma, but seems to be lacking a malt front.
First swigs: Toasted malt with some grain breakfast cereal aspects of Wheaties. Light buttery caramel. Some rock candy sugar aspects, perhaps from some unfermented sugar? Finish of walnut shell finally wraps up the show.
Feel is brisk and bitter fast finish with a ton of tea bag like astringency and raw unbridled oatmeal.
Last swigs: A porter meets altbier, but an altbier in the end. Now if I could only remember where this bottle came from? Clocking in at 7.8% ABV is impressive.
07-26-2007 02:53:51 | More by blitheringidiot
3.83/5 rDev -5.9%
Victor's MemoriAle pours a dark mahogany color with a small, thin light tan head on top. The beer almost looks black in the glass. On top, the head dissolves quickly to a foamy ring around the beer leaving only a few spots of lace on the glass.
The aroma is malty with notes of caramel, toffee, brown sugar and a touch of raisin fruityness. Each sip of this medium bodied beer is slightly chewy with a moderate fizz on the middle of the tongue. The flavor is mainly malt. It begins with caramel and roast malt with some chocolate and brown sugar mixed in. In the middle dark fruit notes of raisin take over, before the hops announce themselves with some bitter nutty notes of pistachio. Once gone a caramel-raisin flavor lingers on the palate.
This is a tasty, well balanced beer. Reminds me of a Belgian Dubble. I thought the appearance was a bit flat and mouthfeel a little thin. Otherwise a great brew.
06-07-2007 22:39:50 | More by WanderingFool
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
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
4.08/5 rDev +0.2%
From: Binny's, Schaumburg, IL
Date: None listed, arrived on shelves around early October
Glass: Ayinger willi glass
Two Brothers' Victor's Altbier finds itself a dark and toasted version of the style that lands itself in "sticke" territory. With a very nice expressive aroma and taste that features toasted bread and nuts, a bit of cocoa, and some nicely bittering European hops. Would definitely get again and would appreciate this being a seasonal or rotating release.
Pours a moderately dark tan, 2cm head of small to medium-sized bubbles, quite dense, producing quite a thick head. Head gradually falls to a thick ring around the glass Lacing is present, somewhat modest, small spheres of foam sticking to the sides of the glass and a few lines. Body is a very dark brown color, nearly opaque, with light bringing out orange-amber hues. Carbonation is not visible, but clearly present in supporting the head.
Aroma is of darkly toasted brown bread, toasted walnuts and hazelnuts, slight black tea, very faint herbal European hops, and general thick, malty sweetness. Overall impression is of toasted bread and nuts with some minor complexity added by the hops and tea scents.
Taste is influenced by the toasted walnuts and hazelnuts meeting modest cocoa. Front of palate picks up toasted dark bread and nuts, cocoa, even a bit of coffee and marshmallow. Mid-palate features these flavors alongside spicy European hops and tannins as from black tea. Back of palate continues spicy European hops alongside decreased toasted bread, nut, and cocoa presence. Lingering aftertastes of toasted bread and nuts, cocoa, even a bit of marshmallow: not a stout, but a heavy German-style brown ale that veers towards one.
Beer is medium to medium-heavy in body, with moderate to moderate-light carbonation. The resulting mouthfeel is smooth and creamy, with just enough carbonic pep to make this move across the palate smoothly and easily. Closes rather dry, with substantial stickiness around the lips.
11-14-2012 02:30:27 | More by falloutsnow
3.03/5 rDev -25.6%
I like altbier's, and I really like other Two Brother's beers I've tried, so I was really excited when I heard about this one. It was pretty good, but I couldn't help feeling a little disappointed by this beer.
It pours a coffee brown with a very minimal head (less than a cm). Aroma is light, pleasant, and toffee-ish. Flavor is slightly sour and heavily caramel-y...more like a bock than I expected. The sourness seems slightly off to me, and I must say that the mouthfeel is over-carbonated, which is odd given the small amount of head when I poured it. This beer is also sticky in your mouth, which in my opinion is consistent with the style. Still, I must say i was a bit disappointed with the flavor of this beer.
04-22-2007 19:38:35 | More by BeerBelcher
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
4.05/5 rDev -0.5%
pours a clear yet almost opaque dark brown color with less than a finger whispiy light tan head that fades quickly to surface. Nice lacing observed.
The smell has creamy, mild roast malt, chocolate and cola characteristics.
The mouth feel is medium bodied with a nice hop characteristic and a tingle from the carbonation.
The flavor is malty and sweet with subtle milky cream notes.
Drinkability - very nice; a new style for me. I'll be out on the hunt for the next opportunity for this. The 7.8% is hidden from the
05-22-2007 23:16:37 | More by jjayjaye
3.8/5 rDev -6.6%
Looks good enough in low light. Guessing mahogany, and definitely red highlights. Nothing exceptional otherwise.
Not a whole lot going on in the nose. What I get is faint and nearly benign. A little grainy and a little malty. Not much else.
Not bold or complex, but well balanced. It tastes grainy, malty sweet and has faint bitterness that mainly balances.
Low/medium carbonation, medium body, clean finish.
I haven't explored the altbier style much, so thought I'd give this one a go. It is smooth, balanced, easy drinking and has some flavor. I think it is pretty well to-style. It is definitely not complex or boundary pushing. But it is a tasty, balanced, well made beer.
12-11-2012 19:20:09 | More by sprucetip
4.25/5 rDev +4.4%
Thanks to SPLITGRIN for this one.
22 oz. bottle poured into a stange.
Pours a dark mahogony with a full one finger khaki colored head that leaves a decent amount of lacing behind. Smell is a musty oak and new leather scent. Hints of caramel malt and some dark fruits in the nose as well. There also seems to be a bit of pepper and spice too. Taste is very similar to the aroma. Sweet potato flavor up front with molasses on the tongue as well. A tiny bit of alcohol finds its way in the flavor but doesn't take away from the overall complexity. Leather makes another appearance in the taste with an almost almond like nuttiness in the aftertaste. Somewhat slick feel with a medium body. Warming alchol flavor towards the end. Such an interesting brew. With the few I've had of this style, this one is easily the best. Glad I had the opportunity to try this one, hopefully more breweries will attempt this style.
02-04-2008 01:45:23 | More by BeerTruth
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
4.18/5 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
4.22/5 rDev +3.7%
What's with the rash of recent Alt beers for me lately? Hmm, no idea.
I grabbed this one at Jungle Jim's some time back. Because of the "HORRIFIC" ice storm in Cincinnati, I figured I'd have a few beers as it's illegal to go and drive for any reason (Good times!!!). 22 ounce brown bomber with no freshness date.
Per the label, this beer was dedicated to the two bros' uncle who was a dedicated and proud farmer out in Nebraska. Keeping in sync with the dedication, I raise my glass to you, Uncle Victor - this one's for you!
Pours a rich, highly cloudy dark brown with orange and cherry highlights. Though the initial pour didn't yield much head, the 1/16 inch, tan lingering head had good retention. This is definitely the darkest brown Alt I've had (although this is only my third alt-style beer ever!)...
The nose was a nice mix of semi-sweet malts, light floral hops and a little bitterness. It might just be me, but I almost detect a roasted chocolate malt presence, as well.
Medium to full bodied beer with medium flavor. Moderate carbonation on the mouth, as well. Nut brown flavors mixed with light chocolate malts, like the nose. Very smooth flavor and enjoyable. The slightest bit of drying, bitter hops is detected in the middle and end.
For what it's worth, I like the nut brown and almost chocolate aspects mixed together.
This is my favorite alt style beer to date. It's a relatively straight forward beer that can be sipped or sessioned.
01-28-2009 00:41:18 | More by beachbum1975
Victor's MemoriAle Altbier from Two Brothers Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 74 ratings.