Ten Years Alt | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

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

Style: 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: 265 |  Reviews: 242
Photo of nrpellegrini
1.39/5  rDev -64.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Caramel brown color with a thick creamy tan head. Smelled of plenty malts. The strongest malty beer I've ever had. This beer was so extremely bitter, it was too much. I let my friend have a try and he almost gaged. Yea its beer but whoa, how much malt can be in there? I never got the taste of hops or spice or anything else. It looked promising from the poor but went so far downhill from there. I do not recomend this to anyone that doesn't know what they are getting themselves into.

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Photo of Reagan1984
2.39/5  rDev -39.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

3 Finger + beige head. Big bubbles. Good Structure Deep amber color with mostly brown tones. Good clarity.

Huge Earthy/Musty aroma. Some minerals as well. A bit stinky to be honest. (doesn't smell "bad")

Tastes dirty to me... Interesting... Dark berries, thick malt... Big bitterness or roasted flavor. Slight sweetness underneath this all.

Big Mouth feel and almost puckering...

Not very drinkable or enjoyable. Sorry, Victory, I usually love your stuff

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Photo of Px2GrafX
2.58/5  rDev -34.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

pours a slightly hazy dark cider orange-brown with a light tan 1.5 inch head in a pint glass. head drops quickly, but retains a ringed capper that laces ok. aroma is very cheap lageresque, but with some searching you can come up with sweet bread and maybe a little pineapple. first sip is a rediculously strong yeast bitterness. metallic yeasty dry bitterness takes control and you can't get past it. it's a shame, 'cause if you're able to force the sip back to the front of your tongue, you can notice some hidden sweet bread and fruit along with an earthy spicy hop character. it's there, but it's completely dominated by a biting metallic yeast bitterness like an unripe pecan or an unripe persimmon, that hangs around through the aftertaste making you want to cleanse your pallate with water between sips. mouthfeel is crisp and too light, overcarbonated, but swallows surprisingly well. drinkability is rough to say the least. i suffered through half of it, then poured the rest out. overall, i'm not sure if i got a bad bottle, if this is a bad example of the style, or if maybe i just don't prefer this style, at all. either way, at this point, i cannot recommend this beer despite the high ratings others are giving it. i have one more of these. i'll try that one later, just in case i just had a bad bottle tonight, and adjust my rating if need be.

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Photo of MaltyGoodness
2.76/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12oz. bottle

Pours a beautifully clear chestnut brown with ruby highlights. Has a white head that thins. Mild lacing on the glass.

Aroma is rather mild. Mostly sweet malt with a slight herbal hop scent. An alcohol smell is also present.

Taste is slightly sweet and malty upfront followed by a rather bitey hop bitterness. Has a slight herbal hop flavor, but only very slight. Finishes with the taste of malt and booze and a lingering bitterrness.

Body is rich and full, ok carbonation.

Eh, glad I only bought a single. I have loved every Victory beer up until this one. Seems like a rather poor way to celebrate 10 years of supreb brewing. I'll celebrate with a Prima Pils and a Storm King.

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Photo of jujubeast6000
2.88/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Reviewed 4/12/2006 (12oz bottle):

Thick amber color, small head off-white, quickly diminishing. Very malty aroma, very nutty like Newcastle. Hoppy acidic flavor, unbalanced. Warming up the beer, the acidity goes away, more balanced. Still a semi-sweet aftertaste.

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Photo of cbl2
2.9/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Enjoy by 8/2/06 clearly printed on label.


Pours a hazy orange-brown that glows around the edges. Topped by a thin white layer of foam that quickly settles to nothingness.


Toasted malts dominate underscored by a bit of ripe fruit jam and fresh baked biscuits.


Toasted malts are present, but the overwhelming flavor component is an unpleasantly bitter hop profile. Sweetness of malts creep back in towards the end, and the mouthfeel is rather pleasant, but the odd hop character kills this one for me.

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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 goochpunch
3.01/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Pours out a tawny brown with a thin, white head. Smells of cherry cough syrup, floral hops, and alcohol heat. Flavors of pears, apples, and "Juicy Juice" give way to an excellent assertive hoppiness and an unpleasant medicinal alcohol finish. I am pleased with the mouthfeel being a tad thin. If it were thicker, I don't think I could handle it combined with the alcohol burn. My impression from this is that this could be a really good beer. Unfortunately the alcohol is too wild and mucks everything up. This could use to sit a while.

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Photo of walleye
3.06/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

from the bottle. poured cloudy amber with a very small off white head and no lacing. aroma, brown sugar pops out first, than malts, citrus. flavor some hops, bitter, dry, as it warmed alcohol. this was a strange beer for me, since I got a sixer I will try again

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Photo of nickg902
3.11/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This is my first review and I thought id give it a try. Pours a deep amber/red color, a bit hazy, small head. Aroma is of spice and light malt, perhaps raisin. Taste is of bitter hops and mild spices, hint of carmel and malt but not enough balance for me to really enjoy it. Bitter aftertaste lasts quite awhile after. One bottle is enough for me and I probably would avoid this. One of the few mistakes by Victory in my mind.

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Photo of morebeergood
3.13/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Tried this on tap last Friday night at Deep Ellum. Served to me in a tall Radeberger pilsner mug. Dark brown/orange color with a large white head that clung to the sides of the glass. The smell and the taste didn't blow me away. A decent amount of malt on the palate, but not much else. Could have used a bit more hops to give it some backbone. One positive aspect I will note is that it is very smooth and quite drinkable for an 8.5% beer. Not one of my favorite releases by Victory.

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Photo of goodbyeohio
3.14/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

thanks to blitheringidiot for the sample

12oz best by 8/06... thats not too far off!

magnificent appearance on this beer. crystal clear dark amber and full of skinny bubble streams. just enough creamy, thick head to cover the beer in a dignified manner.. a beerkini! lacing is solid and unflinching. looks meaty. smells clean, a bit plasticy. those hops dance around the nose but really don't have the assertive power to effectively dominate, and the malt aroma is weak at best.

this is a substantial beer, and feels rather thick and viscous in the mouth, limiting drinkability. smoothness struggles here.. a nice malt overlay shows some banana, some sweet squash flavors, some caramel. earthy. sweet. the roasty, rock candy flavor provides a solid background and is somewhat offset by a sour hop flavor- tart at first, and intensely bitter chalkiness reminiscent of vitamins or aspirin.. the description on the bottle calls it "robust tang," but sour is a more accurate arrow in the bullseye. perhaps a bit too overhopped? i wish the maltiness was more in control here.

expected a bit more from this 10th anniversary beer.. especially considering that this might just be the weakest beer in the current victory lineup. regardless, may you enjoy many, many more years, victory... (without this beer)

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Photo of mrasskicktastic
3.22/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

A - Cloudy dark copper / auburn with one finger of tan head that leaves no lacing behind.

S - Powerful pine hops and a bit of whole wheat crackers with a caramel malt backbone.

T - There is a strong pine flavor upfront. It is almost too crisp. There is a bit of caramel malt flavor and a discernable nuttiness as well. The aftertaste is a strong lingering pine bitterness. I can't find too much depth here.

M - Medium viscosity, it is bitter enough to make my mouth water after drinking it, so it is refreshing then.

D - An easy drinking brew. Too strong to session and I can't think of foods that would go with it. Another style hop bombed by Victory. It is a good beer, like all Victory beers, but it seems to be, again, one-dimensional. Victory lives in the hop dimension.

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Photo of dgherm
3.25/5  rDev -17.3%

Photo of thequeen711
3.33/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Yes, this beer was rejuvenated in celebration for the recently remodeled pub. Nice dark amber, 2 finger head that slowly laced to the remaining liquid. Taste of roasted malts, then those German and Czech hops kick in and gives a citrusy sweetness to drink. I was impressed with the 8.5%ABV that managed to sneak up on you at the end of the pint...

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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 mikereaser
3.35/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a murky to copper brown with a 1/4 inch of foam

S - caramel aroma with a bit of some nice spicy hops

T - caramel and toffee malt flavor with a bit of a woody/piney hop finish

M/D - full bodied beer that goes down too easily, esp. for the ABV. Nice flavor.

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Photo of hanco005
3.37/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle, enjoy by Aug 10 06 on the label, poured into a pint glass

A—pours dark amber brown, cloudy and thick, with a ½ inch fizzy head, fades down to a thin sheet in about 10 minutes or so, lacing is sparse

S—chocolate and caramel, a little alkaline smell, very sweet, smells a little like cola, candy tones and brown sugar linger

T—bittersweet, roasty, toasty malts, faint chocolate and caramel swirl around, too, bits of coffee…very interesting overall, finishes on the dry side

M—a bit chalky, medium/light bodied, light carbonation

D—it’s ok. Doubt I would seek it out again.

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Photo of
3.37/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle. Light brown with copper highlights. Slightly cloudy. A small head forms on pouring and departs very quickly. Aroma is very hoppy, and consists of mint and pine. Malt was quite mild, and had a hint of honey. Taste was very hoppy - citrus and pine. As with aroma, malt was mild. Finish was quite bitter. Mouthfeel was of medium body, quite acidic - almost astringent, and highly carbonated. Overall, a decent beer, but it seemed overly hoppy for the style.

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Photo of Higravity
3.4/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A deepening red copper with a off-white had that laces the entire glass. Smell is malty with a spicy german hops, clean yeast breadiness. Nutty, caramel toffee flavor roll right into a shallow bitter bit and soft floral blossom of fruit. Good mouthfeel and decent drinkablility, but overall not really something I was really into.

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Photo of Litterbean
3.43/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a brown/red/amber color with a nice creamy head.

Smells of grapes, raspberries, bready notes. This is a malty beer with a strong hop smell.

Taste starts off bitter and hoppy, with a slightly burning sensation from the alcohol. A bit sour at the end. Hops seem out of place. Very raw taste and mouthfeel.

I was looking forward to this beer, as it was released on my birthday, but I feel slightly let down by it. I've had my share of alts and they have always been cleaner than this. This is too rough, and I think it was a mistake to make this style so extreme. Just my two cents.

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Photo of AltBock
3.44/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I was able to try this Victory beer at High Street Grill's Victory promo on 5/20/2008. They served it to me in a standard Victory pint glass.

This Altbier poured a beautiful dark crimson red color. On top of this beer was a creamy 2 inch head of white foam. There was so much foam that the bartender had to take his time pouring the beer. This head of foam had great retention that left behind a small white film and a tons white streaks of lace around the glass.

I thought the aroma was pretty simple with some apples, grapes, bready malts, and a splash of caramel in the background.

The starts off gentle enough with bready malts and some fruit backing it up. After the fruit had passed, the taste suddenly goes hoppy with bitter citrus hops, dried roasted wheat, a pinch of grapefruit, and ends with a big bite alcohol and a slight metallic flavor. Not quite rust, but it was getting there.

The mouthfeel is in between being a medium bodied beer and a full bodied beer. It was hard to tell which side it wanted to be on. The aftertaste was hoppy with bitter citrus hops and alcohol. After a while, the alcohol will kick in and will make the aftertaste taste like it's burning.

In the end, I was glad that I got to try Victory's Altbier. It was unique and it has to be one of the hoppiest Altbiers out there. If it wasn't for the slight metallic flavor at the end of the taste, I would have enyoyed it a bit more. If you can still find it, it's worth a shot.

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Photo of albern
3.45/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours very thick, almost like sludge. The beer is a very cloudy dirty water mahogany brown with a tannish head that retains a bit and laces. This beer is full bodied and very thick. It is syrupy and loaded with ABV and brown sugar sweetness. The nose on the beer is a dead ringer that this will be a thick, ABV, malty, slightly hopped up, substantial beer.

The taste on the beer is a full palate of malts, brown sugars, some caramels, some florals make their presence felt, and there is just a load of ABV in this beer. There is a hoppy bitterness throughout, and some pear flavors as well. The beer has a throaty ABV burn in the aftertaste and it is just too strong for its own good. It is a complex beer, with lots of balance between the sweet, full palate of malts and the bittering hops. The brown sugar thickness, the sludge like full bodiedness of the beer, is just a bit too much for my preferences. There are some interesting spices in the finish that are hard to pin down; they are not peppery, but more festive for the holidays. Those who enjoy extreme beer will find this more to their liking than I.

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Photo of Zorro
3.46/5  rDev -12%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Sampled from a 12 Oz bottle thanks to Imstillthegman.

Pours a hazy red brown colored ale that is almost red colored. Skimpy tan head forms and then disappears.

Smell is sweet and a really fruity in aroma. The sweetness carries brown sugar and hay. Quite spicy in aroma Vanilla, cinnamon and black pepper. Fruit aromas are had to pick out fig, raisin, and grape are the ones I can positively identify.

Taste is not sweet with a quite strong hops and chocolate flavor at the start. Smoke joins the initial flavors after a bit. And that is about it. This really tastes a lot more like a Scottish Ale than an Altbier.

Mouthfeel is OK.

This is an OK beer but I really expected more from Victory. This just isn't in the same ballpark as Alaskan Amber much less the better German versions. Honestly I think I could give this better scores if it was classed as a Scottish Ale and not an Alt.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.46/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a four finger cream head that fades slowly and leaves a good lace. Clear amber/mahogany color. Good carbonation and medium bodied. Malty/hoppy nose. Flavor is caramel with the hops balancing. Unusual Alt. Very smooth with a very late hop bitterness. $2.00 for a 12oz bottle from Yankee Spirits South Attleboro, Ma.

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Ten Years Alt from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Beer rating: 3.93 out of 5 with 265 ratings