Ten Years Alt | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

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Brewed by:
Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: German Altbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by Todd on 01-05-2006

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Ratings: 266 |  Reviews: 242
Reviews by SheepNutz:
Photo of SheepNutz
3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz. bottle poured into a standard cylindrical altbier glass. It pours a hazy deep copper color with two fingers of head. There's a good amount of lacing. The smell has lots of caramel, with a certain malty sweetness. There's also a good dose of hops to round it out. The taste is sweet and malty up front, with lots of that caramel coming through. It's a little toasty and biscuity as well. The finish is all hops, very spicy hops. In fact, I think it has just a little too many hops (did I just say that?) for even a sticke alt. The mouthfeel is nice and creamy, decently thick. The drinkability is fantastic for an 8.5% brew. This beer went really well with my brats. A big thanks to Kevin for this one.

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Photo of oberon
4.4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A great ten year anniversary beer in my opinion,poured a deeper brown with some amber tint with a tighter white well retained head.Aromas are malt tilted some caramel malt and a nice peppery hop zip,flavors are alot like the aromas and let me say the alc% is so well hidden in this beer that I thought it was at 5-6% alc at most,flavors of molasses and caramel up front but there is a definent spicey hop profile that made me wanna continue on with this brew.Well my favorite alt to date better than the Urige line in my mind,soon to be a classic in my opinion.

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Photo of JudgeRoughneck
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

10 years Alt is a dull brownish ruby color with a big malted-milk color head that fades quickly to a thin layer and laves splashes of lacing. Aroma is soft and faint and of earthy hops, caramel malt, and slight roasted grain. Starts with intensly sweet caramel and then soft bready and roasty characters introduce spice notes and very soft hop flavors for a bitterswet finish. This develops a kind of apple-tasting crispness as the beer warms. Very slight alcohol, bitter hop twang, and roast in the aftertaste. This beautiful and smooth. I am a big fan.

Mouthfel is rich and creamy. I could drink alot of this.

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Photo of orbitalr0x
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First off, congrats to Victory for 10 years of brewing some damn fine beers. The 10 Years Alt pours from the 12oz bottle a dark reddish brown hue with a small creamy white head atop the brew. Sticky patches of lacing stick to the glass. Aromas of sweet caramel, roasted nutty maltiness alongside a healthy dose of spicy herbal hops. Really fresh, crisp and clean. Somewhat fruity as well.

First sip brings a rush of sweet malty goodness. Caramelly, fruity and nutty flavors combine all backed by a well placed spicy, herbal hop bitterness. A touch of roasted grain as well. Finishes smooth and a tad sweet with a bit of a lingering hoppiness. Good stuff.

Mouthfeel is smooth and medium bodied. It hits the spot and goes down smooth. Another tasty brew by Victory that I'm glad I was able to sample. Here's to another 10 years and beyond. Thanks to blitheringidiot for sending this my way. It's one that's worth tracking down and sampling.

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Photo of chOAKbarrell
4.3/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wow, after a string of mediocre beers, this one really hits the spot.

This has a lot of stout and/or dopplebock qualities, in the dark body w/tan head, and most noticeably in the taste.

A sweetish, malty scent. Deep roasty rich flavor. Complex and gives you a lot to think about. Now that I think about it, this even has some qualities of a fine English brown ale.

Again, this is a very impressive beer. It has really kick-started my appetite this evening. Must get more!

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Photo of Doomcifer
3/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Pours a pretty clear, bright, reddish-copper color with a creamy tan head that retains quite well, leaving behind decent lacing along the glassware.

Smells sweet, fruity, cherries, tropical fruit punch, a distinct german aroma from the malts, and a quaint grassiness.

Taste is moderately balanced throughout, but perhaps a bit too much hops, or not the "right" hops. Pretty damn hoppy for the style, yet retains the great german maltiness. Aspirin-like hoppiness, subtle cherries, maltiness. The finish is very harsh. Harsh with that aspirin taste.

Moderately heavy brew. Very velvety in the mouth. Semi-dry finish.

I'm not sure I would want many of these. Perhaps one is perfect. Not entirely sessionable, only due to the harsh finish that I mentioned above.

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

I was very happy to see this on tap at DBA last night, as I've had no luck finding it in bottles, so far. Imperial pint, pours a rich shade of almond amber, with an tan head. Leaving typical lacing. Nose has a bit of funky, cheesyness, as well as some alcohol and crisp apple tickling the nostrils, medium bodied, with hearty notes of malts, alcohol, gin, anise, slight juniper. Yum, bold and complex, nice job Victory, here's to many more years of quality brewing!

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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.


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Photo of jcdiflorio
3.83/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours with a light tan head very hazie cloudy reddish orange color.Malty sweet straw like smell slight honey like aroma.Has a sweet malty,earthy taste slight fruitiness very nice sharp hop finish perfectly balanced. Very thick chewy mouthfeel.There is an alcohol taste present,but not overpowering.This beer reminds me of a double bock,really enjoyable could drink a couple and thats it. Another excellent Victory beer.

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Photo of kpantz
3.68/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Executive Summary: Would have expected more from Victory as a 10th anniversary offering. Still, it's tasty. I'm very much interested in tucking a few of these away for a few months to see what happens, as the hop bitterness is a little too aggressive for me. I appreciate the presence, as the "twang" is good, but for some reason it doesn't seem to match the rest of the profile yet.

Appearance: Hazy deep amber/mahogany with an off-white head that starts moderate and dies off to a bit more than a film. Kinda just has that "I'm a filling brew" look to it. Nice lacing on the glass as well.

Smell: Maybe it's just me, but I don't sense a very strong aroma here. A bit bready/yeasty. No alcohol to speak of in the nose.

Taste: Not at all what I expected. Granted, I've never had an Altbier before, but judging by the appearance, I would have imagined something sweeter and with a heftier malt presence. This one has some of that, but it's got at least an equal bitterness component. An interesting mix of the two plays out on the tongue.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and a bit sticky, which is more along the lines of what I expected. Light carbonation.

Drinkability: Very drinkable for an 8.5% ABV beer. Don't really notice the alcohol. It's a moderately heavy brew, but nothing that would keep me from downing a few. Honestly, though, I think I'm done after one or two, and looking for something a little more interesting.

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Photo of ADR
4.33/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bright and clear mahogany color with a cherry red cast to it. Compact head that leaves thick dripping laces on the glass. Nice aroma, fruity with some apricot jam qualities. Medium mouthfeel and ample carbonation going on. Flavor follows the aroma to start, establishes a malty sense with fruit notes -- but tight in profile without a broadly spreading sweetness. There's a well-done gradual transition to a crisp tobacco-like bitterness, some old leather, and by the swallow its pretty distinct and puts a nice punctuation on the finish. Without a doubt, a nice hop and drinkability to this one. Unique and it doesn't flaunt its alcohol at all as you drink it. A winner...

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.6/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance is caramel light brown hue forms a nice sized off whtie cream colored head leaves behind a good bit of lacing. Aroma contains sharp but roasty sweetness somewhat of a mineral character herbal German noble hops toasted nut character with a citrus under tone. Taste has more depth that arises as it warms flavors complement eachother well, malts not overly sweet toasted nut some alcohol notes roling hop profile herbal grassy light citrus flavors ample bitterness very nicely done. Mouthfeel has a medium body smooth carbonation stays on the palate nice Drinkability...well, I quaffed a few of these at Victory during the 10th anniversary party had to revisit to give it a worthy review found it in Pittsburgh for $1.99 a bottle so I picked up a couple.

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Photo of OStrungT
4.05/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a slightly cloudy copperish brown color, with a fluffy light tan head. The head fades slowly, leaving a good lace.

This beer has a sweet slightly caramel like aroma. It has a pleasent spicy hop aroma as well.

This beer tastes more hoppy than it smells. It has a nice spicy hop flavor, with a good, mild sweet caramel flavor. Alcohol is well hidden in the flavor.

This beer is full bodied. It goes down smooth, leaving a spicy caramel aftertaste. Carbonation iw good for the style. The alcohol is well hidden in this one.

This beer may not be the best session beer simply due to the high alcohol content. It sure is good though.

Overall: Thanks to DrJay For the hook up. This beer was good. Actually, it was better than I expected. It was not at all boring, like I sometimes feel that Altbier can be. Worth trying.

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Photo of JollyRodger
3.92/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pour out red with cloudy yeastness. Good malt sweetness. Spicy German noble hops and malt in the aroma. The first time I have this Alt the aroma and taste were laced with alcohol notes. Had another bottle recently and found this aroma and taste mellowed out. A little age made a huge difference for me.

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

(Served in an American pint glass)

A- This beer has a clear warm brown body with a medium light tan head that last a good while. There is a gentle carbonation of tiny bubbles that rise to meet the head.

S- The smell of sweet lightly toasted malt has a faint gumdrop aroma that is interesting.

T- The smooth malt has a light toasted note with a faint hint of something a bit darker. There is a green bitter hop flavor in the finish along with that gumball flavor.

M- This beer has a medium light mouthfeel and is a bit watery in the texture.

D- The soft sweet malt is nice with a big bitter hop finish that walks all over it. It would be nice to taste more malt so that they can compete with the hops. The gumball smell and taste were interesting and added a twist to this beer.

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

I had this bottle the other night at Tria in Philadelphia. I was suprised to see it out there and had to try it. The beer poured a nice deep brown/amber color with a medium tan head. The Alt has a good aroma of caramal malt, floral hops and a bit of fruit in the background. The taste is a pleasant mix of the hops, a bit of toasted caramel and some sweet fruit tones. This is a nice drinkable beer despite checking in at 8'5% abv. This is a good respresentation of the Alt style. I will be sure to make at rip to the brewery to pick up what I can before there is no more to be had.

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Photo of IntriqKen
4.3/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark, dark tea color with lots of reddish tones.
Aromas are caramel malt, dry powdery breadiness (is there rye in here?) and just a little hop-back as it warms. As it warms even more, you get a substantial amount of fruitiness in the aroma as well.
Taste is wonderfully complex. A lot more going on the tongue than in the nose. The toasted malts give a nice bit of bite to balance their caramel sweetness Brown sugars and a definite hop citrus finish dries it all out. Alcohol presence is noticeable. Slight vanilla in the aftertaste as well.
Mouthfeel is creamy with light carbonation nipping at your tongue.
This is a very pleasant surprise. I really hope Victory considers making this a seasonal rather than just the one off for their Th Anniversary. It's too good not to be enjoyed again.
Thanks for the bottle, Blitheringidiot.

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

Victory 10 year Alt

out of the big wooden cask! I think I was the 3rd cup poured!

Appearance- dark chestnut/ mahogany brown with a thin but respectable head.
Smell- woodsy hops with a light sugary molases/ caramel aroma.
Taste- light caramel with earthy/ woddsy hints.
Mouthfeel- the first few sips were very clean and crisp but the beer finished off a little thicker and alcohol became more prominent.

Overall- an above average Alt, only the alcohol wasn't masked as much as I hoped.

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Photo of ITK4ever
3.69/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Victory always seems to come up with the right beer at the right time. But in this case, Bill and Ron should fire the guy whose idea it was to brew an Altbier for their 10th anniversary. Not extraordinary to say the least. They got the style all wrong. I don't even think this is close to German Alt. They tried to hop it up too much, which is to be expected from Victory, and that's ok since I'm a hophead, but I wanted soemthing different in a 10th anniversary beer, and this was off the mark.

That being said, it's not a bad brew. It's a very "pretty" pour...clear deep amber, tan head, very nice lacing. Not much in the nose. I was expecting more malt and got a weird German hoppy/piney smell...but not much of it. Bitter, hoppy start and the malt balances things nicely with a smooth, bready, malty finish with a hint of pine.

The one thing this beer is...is smooth. But a disappointment in my opinion for an anniversary beer from one of the top craft brewers of our time.

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of Sammy
3.35/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

On-tap at Dee's. Like a smooth barleywine. Interesting and good. Tea light brown colour, nuts and malt, grapes,molasses, vanilla. roasted barley. Hop in aroma. Medium mouthfeel. Suitable carbonation. Somehow didn't all work, too many different ideas.

Liked it better in the bottle I brought home.

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Photo of Golden2wenty1
4.17/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a single at Riley's here in Madison. Congrats to Victory on 10 years of great beer.

Pours a dark, clean amber with a finger or two of khaki head that fades to a sparse skim rather quickly. Nose is deep and earthy with notes of smoked peat, caramel malt, and herbal hops. Taste is complex with flavors ranging from smokey/sweet malt, spicy/piney hops and a metallic/blood-like tanginess and alcoholic bite in the finish. Mouthfeel is silky smooth and remains drinkable despite 8.5%. My first altbier and certainly not my last. An interesting, complex brew, fitting for an anniversary or trying to survive 90 degree heat in the Upper Midwest.

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

Impressive! Buy it if you can find it! I kind of ignored this release expecting it to be a big version of an alt... and it is, but it's som remarkably balanced and well-rounded that I can't help but sing its praises.

It pours a clear, deep mahogany body with a reddish-orange cast and yellow-orange highlights. The creamy tan head holds quite well before droppping; maintains a solid lid throughout; and leaves short walls, vibrant splashes, and patches of tiny-spotted lace about the glass.

The nose expresses deeply caramelized sugar and bread crust alongside a smear of leafy and floral hops.

It's medium-full bodied and creamy-smooth in the mouth with a very fine bubbled, moderate carbonation.

The flavor is rich without being overly malty, sweet, or hoppy. It delivers a very nice, lightly sweet and toasty caramelized maltiness that's backed by a solid bitterness and a handful of spicy and floral hops. Some really nice, gentle fruitiness appears towards the swallow, and again at the end of the finish, with a combination of subtle dark-skinned fruits (plum/prune) and some apple. It finishes surprisingly short, but also quite dry, with a lingering, firm bitterness. The alcohol is far from directly present, and you probably won't notice it's strength.

Extremely well-done!

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Photo of dirtylou
3.93/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz, got a 6 pack at Riley's...Victory/Smutty/Allagash first day in madison = Glorious!

Enjoy by August 10, 06. Props to victory on 10 years

appearance: pours a a mysterious and vibrant garnet with a thick beige foam head with mild lacing around the rim, very clear body...appearance is solid

smell: sweet toasted malt, dry grain, grassy, oak, vanilla, alcohol...sweet caramel, apple, pear, honey. very full and potent aromas...woody and grainy

taste: at first, the metallic taste threw me off and i thought i wouldnt dig this...thick sweet caramel malt, lots of sweet fruitness...apple, pear...very woody and grassy, german grain, interesting lime flavours, slight bitterness in the aftertaste, heavy alcohol

mouthfeel: oily and thick, powerful alcohol, great feel

drinkability: a little inhibitive, metallic, strong alcohol

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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.

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Ten Years Alt from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Beer rating: 3.93 out of 5 with 266 ratings