Ten Years Alt | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

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

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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241
Ratings:
262
Avg:
3.94
pDev:
11.17%
 
 
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5
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4
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Reviews: 241 | Ratings: 262
Photo of Phatz
4.68/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I have had this beer several times now. I had it on-tap Friday night at the Victory party, On-tap Saturday night at the victory party and from the wooden barrel. I am now having it in the bottle and it is just as good. In fact I enjoyed it even more at home. I didn’t take notes previously so I do not know if it really is better in the bottle or just the fact that there are less enthusiastic distractions in my home; and the relaxed experience allows me to focus on the beer better at home. Nonetheless, those of you who had this beer at the party, do not fear that you’ll get something less in the bottle. I did worry it wouldn’t be as good, and it is great!

I my opinion this beer has absolutely no faults whatsoever. It is an instant favorite of mine.

Appearance: It is a dark amber color that is pretty much transparent (very enticing just by appearance). A nice whit head and decent lacing.

Smell: This beer portrays a big but gentle sweet malt aroma. It smells of caramel, brown sugar, birch or cherry wood, a sprinkle of spices and a hint of brandy.

Taste: The flavor is dominantly a brown sugar sweet malt. It also featured caramel, a hint of molasses, a dash of pepper and just a hint of cherry and apple. I know this beer was not aged in a wooden barrel, (I had that version at Victory’s party) but it still seemed to have a hint of that wood flavor like in a Woodford Reserve Bourbon. As a huge fan of Bourbon and Brandy all I could think of was my dream come true, a whiskey beer. That does not mean you could taste the alcohol. The 8.50% ABV was completely masked; buried so deep that you would never imagine it was more than 5% until you finish the second one and realize it :)
The hop character is firmly yet discretely present. The floral hops show them self only through mild spices and grannysmith apple or lime peel presence found alongside the pepper flavor. Not overly green just enough to keep it nice and crisp. What a perfectly balanced flavor. Excellent!

Mouthfeel: It is smooth and slick at the beginning and the end with a hint of peppery crispness just before the swallow.

Drinkability: I can drink this till I fall over! Wow. I am flabbergasted. It is so smooth an yet crisp; sweet yet bitter, it is IMO, everything a beer should be!
What else can I say. It is an absolute must have. Try it and see what you think!

Hope this is helpful.
Cheers!

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Photo of weeare138
3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears a transparent dark amber with a lush white head. Lots of sticky lacing is left around the glass.
Smell is of toffee, hard candy, molasses, a touch of cocoa, roasted nuts, along with a super blast of hops. There was a mild amount of grassyness that seemed to be buried in the background that wasn't overly appealing but didn't detract from the beer too much.
Taste is of the same aromas with a bitter hop blast running along the malty taste.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, malty with a molasses sweetness, cocoa, and green hops with a touch of grass.

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Photo of GeoffFromSJ
4.27/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured for me at Tria in Philly into a pint glass. They seem to be doing a fantastic job with German styles.

Really nice color. Little to no head. Minimal lacing. Ruby peaking out everywhere.

Nice chocolate tastes. Not as much boozy tastes as Urge's doppelsticke. Could be imagining some roastiness from chocolate malt.

Very smooth mouthfeel at first and then gets less so as it warms.

Oh yeah, happy birthday to one of my favorite breweries. And many, many more.

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Photo of ggaughan
4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
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 dirtylou
3.93/5  rDev -0.3%
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 gbarron
4.08/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle. Bottle states "enjoy by Aug 02 06." No problem.

A - deep ruby, dark copper/amber. Perfectly clear. Nice off-white head, slightly tan. Fades away into a nice ring with a puddle of bubbles in the middle. A little bit of lacing.

S - biscuity, yeasty, bready. Smells like . . . a freshly fermenting homebrew. As it warms up, aroma turns more to the hops. Earthy, spicy. Sweet, toasty malt in the background.

T - very unique flavor. Can taste a bit of alcohol in this one. Spicy bitterness balanced against rich malty flavors, but not overly sweet. Toasty, bready malty goodness. Hops earthy, floral, a bit spicy, indicative of noble hops. Light fruitiness in there. Pineapple.

M - moderate body on this beer, sticks on your tongue - both the hops and malt. Low carbonation.

D - very, very tasty brew. Well balanced, alcohol present but fits into the overal taste profile very nicely. As with the aroma, this beer tastes like a very fresh homebrew, with very 'live' yeast, hop flavor, and rich malt bill. If you can locate this one before it sells out, pick up a six pack and enjoy a rare 'double alt.'

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Photo of BigDaddyWil
3.68/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a pint glass.
Bottle states best before August 2006.

Pours a nice deep, golden, amber color, very clear, no haze. A one inch off white, head forms with some lacing. Heavy malt smell, combined with suttle hints of light fruits, and caramels. Bold malty taste, that finishes with some bitterness. Semi sweet and slightly dry. Good carbonation, with a slight oily texture. My first brew of this style. Be careful this brew does have an abv of 8.5%. A very refreshing taste and worthy of trying.

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Photo of Skidz
4.13/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours out amber brown and sits deep ruby-amber in the glass with a large beige head. Fades slowly to a light skim while lacings surround.

Smells of toasted malts, very lifting with spots of alcohol on the fringe. Some nuttiness and wooden tones throughout. Thick caramel with hints of toffee. Deep leafy hops are reachable, but distant..

Tastes mildly sweet up front, rich toasty malts dominate the forefront. Solid imprints of hop bitterness are left across the tongue, and caramel is strewn about. Mildly spicy with alcoholic notes here and there, marked by white pepper. Finishes moderately bitter with lingering toasted malts and hop residue.

Smooth to the core with mild and teensy-sized carbonation. Medium in body.

Solid Alt all the way. Very assertive hops bitterness. I guess I cold use a little more in terms of the malts, but this is definately within range.

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Photo of DarkerTheBetter
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer came a light orange amber with a thin off white head.

Smelled of garden vegetables with celery and a little tomato, red grapes and a dusty dryness.

Tasted of dry brown sugar and a hint of pineapple that is immediately pounced upon by a heavy woody and slightly metallic hop dryness with some lettuce and spicy black pepper.

The mouth feel is light to medium bodied that’s both crisp and creamy.

I liked the vegetable character on this one a lot, along with the prominent but not overly drying hops. This beer was a refreshing change of pace.

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Photo of goindownsouth
4.3/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Vom Fass. Round and cloud-like head. Well-carbonated. Notes of roasted nuts of some kind, along with the twang of the hop muscle mounted onto this gem. The malt and hops character balance very well in this one, and the alcohol hides very well behind the cloak of this balance. Continuing notes of the freshly roasted nuts with fruit overtones and a wonderful German hop finish. Fantastic offering.

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Photo of SwillBilly
4.33/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served from 12 oz bottle.

Appearance: Pours a deep, rich, amber, very strong iced tea like in appearance. A nice, 1/2 inch off-white, foamy head lingers. A dense lacing is left on the glass.

Smell: Sweet, caramel malt dominates the nose with the faintest hints of some herbal like hops mixed in. Also, hints of fresh, sweet, bread make an appearance as well.

Taste: Initially, the hops make their presence know with an initial bitterness that transitions nicely to a malty, semi-sweet middle. Ten Years Alt finishes with hops again leaving a lingering bitter, drynesss in the mouth. Very strong, tea like in the finish. Alcohol slowly warms the face but its presence is extremely well hidden.

Mouthfeel: A medium mouthfeel with the right amount of carbonation.

Drinkability: What a fantastic beer from Victory. Very easy to drink and very well balanced in my opinion. I could easily make a session out of these but the 8.50% abv would make itself known rather quickly. Alcohol is well hidden in the flavor profile and the hops and malts mingle together to make an easy drinking and highly flavorful beer. Definitely seek this one out while supplies last. Wish Victory would make this a seasonal or year round offering.

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Photo of NJpadreFan
3.65/5  rDev -7.4%
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 oberon
4.4/5  rDev +11.7%
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 HugoGrim
4.3/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap at Victory's ten year party.

Color is a quite dark copper/amber hue. Head was minimal.

Aroma was of sweet caramel & bitter spicy hops. Just a hint of something nutty.

The hop profile in the flavor is powerful, but not over-powering, which is really the tone of the flavor as a whole. It is a very bold flavor, but it doesn't punch you in the teeth. Strong, yet subtle. Very interesting. Hops create the anchor of the flavor, but allow the malts to come through, as well as a wisp of fruit. Alcohol is very faint for being 8.5%. A great payoff for this highly anticipated brew from Victory.

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Photo of silver0rlead
4.13/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a remarkably clear amber/copper color with a very nice, dense tan head that retains excellently...a beauty of a beer. The aroma has some caramel notes, toasted bread, spicy and floral hops, some nuttiness, and a slight hint of alcohol. The flavor starts off again with some caramel, as well as toasted bread, a big spicy and floral hops character, slight nuttiness, and some warming alcohol. The mouthfeel was medium with light carbonation and a bone dry, hoppy finish. Drinkability was excellent, with very light alcohol presence. A very nice dopplesticke type alt, really gives victory a chance to showcase their expertise with german malts and hops.

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Photo of GCBrewingCo
4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Congratulations on 10 years!

The beer poured into the glass crystal clear medium amber/copper with an moussy yet low almost white head which lasted very well and coated the glass.

The aroma was malty with dark caramel and some hop aroma that was lightly spicy, but hard to determine. The aroma contained a slight level of DMS (vegetal) and a very low, yet present, nutty character.

The flavor was malty with an assertive hop character. The hop presence was mainly bittering and pushed hard against the malty presence to overtake and overpower the caramel malt flavors. Behind the hops was a nice malt level and while the hops were mainly bittering a bit came through in the flavor, but the emphasis was on resinous bittering. As the beer was consumed and the palate fatigued along with warming the malt and hop seemed a bit more balanced than was first described.

The finish was dry with a lasting resinous and over time grassy hop bittering that lasted long into the finish and well beyond. The body was medium and the carbonation a bit lower than expected. The alcohol in the beer really only played a part in the warming which occurred after consumption.

12 ounce bottle, $10 a six at Sam's in Durham. Enjoy by Aug 01 06 on label, but no ABV markings on the beer label and there was no sediment in the bottle. Kinda surprized this one didn't pop up somewhere other than NC and garner a review prior to this one.

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Ten Years Alt from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
88 out of 100 based on 241 ratings.
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