Ten Years Alt | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

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Ten Years AltTen Years Alt

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 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 djrn2
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of BEERchitect
3.58/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Though it is a tasty brew, it's about 100 miles out of style. The mild, but solid malts add sweetness and textures, but the hops are more akin to IPA. American hops accentuate the crispness and cleanness, but the flavors that are offered kick the beer into a grassy, herb-like brew instead of the easy-on-the-palate session beer. Though still easily drunk, the hops contribute an unnecessary bitter and floral quality that hurts it's drinkability. Aside from being an overly aggressive Alt, its a good brew.

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Photo of brentk56
3.73/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clear copper color with a beige head that leaves some splashes of lace

Smell: Caramel and fruity green apples

Taste: Starts with a nice caramel base; after the swallow the bitter, earthy hops kick in and nicely balance the malt; the finish is a bit of a problem, however, as an astringent quality takes over the sides of the tongue after about 20 seconds and leaves an unpleasant lingering sensation

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied (slightly resinous) with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: The astringent aftertaste detracts from what would otherwise be a very drinkable beer

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a deep hazy brown color alt with a large foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of deep caramel malt is very nice with some subtle toffee notes also noticeable. Taste is very refreshing with some rich caramel malt notes and some balance sweetness. Hops are very hard to distinguish which is a good thing since the malt bill is generous enough and need no complement. Full body with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Interesting take on the style and easily drinkable.

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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 DrBier
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of Gagnonsux
3.58/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

One of two or three alt beers I've been able to sample. Color is a gorgeous dark caramel with a bit of ruby glow. The small head is light brown and creamy. Aroma is of sweet dark malts, caramel is noted. Some herbal hop creeps in as well. Overall smell is a bit weaker than expected. Sip starts with sweet dark malt flavor, caramel again, with an edge of mild roastiness. A nutty malt taste is also in the mix. Towards mid-sip herbal German hop flavor takes over, with a fairly high level of bitterness. The overall flavor is very good, yet, for me, the amount of hop flavor in this beer was too high. The hops really seemed to take away from the malt profile I was really enjoying. Probably a dopplesticke isn't a ideal style for my taste buds.

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

Acquired from JeffKrenner courtesy of Birthday Club 2, so a big “Thank you” goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a cloudy light brown color with a thin off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of caramelized malts, brown sugar, spices, a little alcohol and a touch of hops.

T: The taste is malty and very sweet with flavors of caramel and brown sugar. There’s a nice hops presence for the style, which certainly is an attribute of an American influence on an Altbier and that’s not necessarily a bad thing if done well and I think this one has been. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and pretty smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down very easily for a beer with an 8.50% ABV and an “Enjoy by date” of 8/10/06, not too filling, good representation of style. This is a beer that might not be the best to pound down, but I’ve had very few beers that are comparable in terms of straight characteristics, thus giving it the unique factor going in its favor. However, if you’re holding onto this beer, I’d recommend drinking it now because I believe any additional age with only harm its flavor.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.38/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

G: Poured into a Tom Collins glass. Bottle has an enjoy by date of May 7, 2009.

A: Reddish brown with a beautiful, crisp rust-colored head. Plenty of visible carbonation. Great lacing.

S: Sweet with some fruit notes. Very inviting. Caramel notes and some hops. Maybe some candied sugars.

T: Absolutely lovely. All of the aroma definitely comes through and there is a good amount of complexity to this one. Excellent malt backbone with some hops coming through. Similar to many of the darker American Strong Ales that I've had. There are some slightly spicy notes in addition to the aforementioned aromas.

M: Medium-to-full body with a moderate amount of carbonation. Very nice. Some slight alcohol presence.

D: Could definitely drink this all day.

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

Impressive head but little lace to show for it. The head has great staying power. The beer has a slight haze and is wonderful dark amber/light brown color to it.

Slight sourness to the aroma; largely malty with a subtle sweetness that suggests something akin to a Scotch Ale. The hop smells are light but present.

Much more hoppy than the smell suggests, also far more dry. The aftertaste is long-lasting with an interesting hop bite. The malt flavors are muted, but some dry crystal flavors do show up. The body is nearly perfect--around the level of 2% milk.

I love beers that offer multiple flavor profiles. This one fits that category nicely. The smells bely the taste, but both are fascinating and complex.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.09/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

The wonder of the depth & breadth of the Bottle Backlog here at Chez Woody is some of the beers that it burps forth as I scrub through in order to eradicate them. This is one such instance.

From the Ten-plus Years Alt Bottle: "We met when we were 10 years old, and we opened our brewery just ten years ago. To honor the past years of great beers and memories, we have reached back to our German brewing roots for inspiration. With this special ale we have given new life to a tried and true style."; "The alt beers of Dusseldorf are legendary ales of delicate malt complexity and surprising hop character. Our Ten Years Alt is an amped-up take on the 'sticke' versions of alt beers that the top brewers make from time to time to reward their loyal fans. With a level of malty depth to anchor the robust tang of quality German hops, Ten Years Alt will both surprise and comfort you, just as you have come to expect from our beers. Cheers, [undersigned] The Brewmasters of Victory[,] Bill [&] Ron".

You must know by now that I would be employing a very gentle pour with this one. I began with a Pop! of the cap & slowly decanted the beer into an awaiting glass. My efforts paid off as its clarity was excellent, but it required a vigorous in-glass swirl to briefly raise a finger of foamy, soapy, light-tan head with limited retention. leaving decent lacing as it sank. Color was Brown to Dark Brown (SRM = > 22, < 27) with garnet highlights. Nose had a leathery, raisin-y quality, almost like an aged Barleywine. Glancing at the ABV, this may have held up very well. Mouthfeel, while only lightly carbonated, was thick & viscous. I let it roll around on my tongue to warm as I contemplated where I might have originally purchased this sixer. It may have been during a trip to the brewery for its release, actually. The taste was earthy, as though both the hops and malts used imparted an earthiness that melded together really well over the past decade. It was very much imbued with a raisin & leather flavor, again making me thing of an aged Barleywine. Finish was dry and the lees that remained on the punt suggested that the yeast had continued to do its job even after bottling. A very interesting time capsule.

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Photo of russpowell
3.81/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Had this in late July in NC

Poured caramel with 2 fingers of sand colored head. Average head retention & lacing

S: Intense toasted malt & caramel

T: Caramel& toasted malt up front. Intense dryness sets in as this warms, along with herbal hops. Finishes dry with more caramel

MF: Medium bodied with low carbonation & decent balance

Drank slow because of the dryness. I'm guessing I caught this beer slightly too old

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.96/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Fiery blood orange, like a jack o' lantern at full blaze. The color of the head is where pastel orange, cream and ecru meet; a great contrast with the color of the beer. The heavily whipped creaminess and the persistence of the crown is impressive, as is the display of lace. This is simply a great looking beer.

Unfortunately, I'm unable to appreciate much in the nose at all. I was all set for malt and hop complexity in all its glory to assault my nostrils, but it's not to be. The aroma is somewhat caramel-like and flowery hoppy... and that's about it.

Ten Years Alt is more of a presence on the palate, although it still isn't the multi-faceted flavor bomb that I was expecting. It's considerably malty and equally as hoppy with flavors of heavily toasted, spiced brown bread (malted rye?), caramel, light molasses, fire-roasted pecans and cherries macerated in vodka. Okay, so maybe it's multi-faceted after all.

The various flavors don't come together as well as they might and I get the impression that another year of rest would do this beer a world of good. It would tame the alcohol somewhat and should allow the flavor profile to coalesce into a more harmonious whole. That's not to say that it isn't good beer right now, just that it might become great beer with more maturity.

The body/mouthfeel doesn't need any more time, it's just fine the way it is. A shade bigger than medium and heavily silky, it's unquestionably the best part about this beer at this point in time and makes me wish that I had used a snifter instead of a pint glass.

I'm fairly certain that Ten Years Alt will be a much better beer on the brewery's eleventh anniversary; possibly even their twelfth. I don't believe, however, that it will ever be a serious contender for the dopplesticke crown worn by Uerige Dopplesticke. That's okay though. I'm just glad that Victory continues to push the envelope and continues to brew quality beer.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.08/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Decanted cool into a standard pint.
A - A deep caramel brown w/ deep amber highlights and a half inch white head.

S - The smell is a bit fruity w/ a sweet caramel odor.

M - Nutty dry and malty with a good dose of carbonation and a semi-sweet finish.

T - A nice smooth malty intro w/ a gentle nuanced flavor. A hint of ale fruitiness w/ a bit of caramel sweetness. The hops start to stand out about halfway through w/ a hint of spice. The taste is dry w/ a tinge of woody flavor. The flavor is hoppier in the final sips w/ both pine hop bitterness that accents the malt nicely

D - A finely balanced ale, very smooth malt flavor w/ substantial hop taste to back it up. A brilliant display of brewing technique since there has not been a doppelsticke brewed in the U.S. before. A decent ale w/ very good drinkability.
I realize this bottle was brewed last year, but it was stored cool and I don't feel the flavor was affected in this sample.

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

So lucky I felt to get a hold of a bottle of this one. I don’t remember trying an Alt beer before but I am sure I have, but I treated this one like it was my first. Poured a nice medium brown with somewhat of a hazy quality to it, but not too bad. A good amount of carbonation could be seen streaming up from the bottom and this formed a nice one inch thick head across the top which faded down to only a layer of lace which hung around for a good long time. Smell was fully of a grainy brandy sort of aroma, a nice touch of grapes mixed in and the flavor followed that right along. It definitely had some ear markings of an English ale in the malts used, but was very strong. A nice warming came over you and the finish was actually a touch sweet. A very smooth feel, not too thick with a decent overall drinkibilty. This was a very nice nighttime sipper. Overall I was glad I was able to try it. It was very complex and had a lot more flavor then I thought it would, lots of earthy grains and grapes mixed in. A very nice combination indeed. If you can get your hands on this I would highly recommend it. It seemed like a really fine choice and something I would be glad to try again.

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Photo of rab53
5/5  rDev +27.2%

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 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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3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

Photo of RblWthACoz
4.08/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear ruby hued brown with a creme head. Sweet grainy nose. Super smooth flavor. Sweet and bitter on the back. A bit too pungent, but it's nice. Thicker liquid feel. Kind of sticky. Carbonation is lower. Very nice to drink. The first sip turned into a gulp.

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

Thanks goes out to MuenchenerKindl for this brew.

Pours a cloudy amber color, nice carbonation, nice small creamy off-white head, nice oil slicks in the middle. The nose is malty, tangy, slight hops, spices, and caramel. The taste is malty, tangy (cherries), slight spices, maybe some vanilla, and lots of caramel. Slightly dry finish. Alcohol is hidden very well. Medium body, a complex well rounded brew. Drinkable, a very tasty brew, I can honestly say I've never tasted anything like it so far. Highly recommended.

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Photo of jwc215
3.88/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best by May 07, 09 on neck:

Pours medium, shiny brown with a tan head. Small-bubbled trailing lace slides down glass with minimal stickage.

The smell is of caramel, bready notes, a touch of herbal spicing, a slight touch of alcohol.

The taste is of caramel, a touch of brown sugar. Spicy, herbal/resiny bitterness is a bit forward for the style, but makes for a unique interpretation that works well enough. Unfortunately, there is a slight metallic tinge. Spicy tang balances malty sweetness in the finish. Alcohol is covered very well in the taste.

The body is pretty creamy and full.

Not the "malt bomb" that is usually associated with the style, though it makes a nice enough showing. Glad that this was re-released this year!

Thanks to Wasatch for including this one in a recent trade, though it fizzed over/exploded. Fortunately, though, it became available locally.

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