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 GnomeKing
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

8.5 %, eh? This tastes smoother than that, put you do feel the booze coursing hot through your veins after just a few sips.

It's a gold-tinged, medium brown, hazy, with just a bit of head. The lacing dissipates quickly.

Let's start back to front: the aftertaste lingers for a long time, with plenty of hops and with malt flavors that taste a little whisky-like. The hops taste a bit grassy as the aftertaste hangs around; I could have done without this grassiness.

Upfront? The taste is simpler when it first hits your tongue, revealing more complexity in the aftertaste. It's a little sweet up front, with hints of whisky-soaked cherries.

One-off? Boo. I would like to bring this one of the bench once in a while. If this were a seasonal, I could imagine it becoming a stand-out brew with some tweaking from batch to batch. As is, it's good, but the tastes don't all come together as well as I'd like.

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Photo of sulldaddy
4.12/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I split a bottle with Stopper and poured into a snifter at room temp.
The beer pours a clear chestnut with small beige head that fades to a minimal edge lacing quickly. Aroma is very mild but roasted malt and caramel with a touch of graininess as well.
First sip reveals an average body with average and tingly carbonation.
Flavor starts caramel like the nose but rolls to a surprisingly bitey hop finish. The brew goes down very easily and there is not hint of alcohol to be found. I was surprised by the hops but they didnt make the beer any less enjoyable.

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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 feloniousmonk
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: clear, cherryish, tea-like color, a lovely rubyish tint, under a slim cocoa/creamy layer of foam, soon down to a slight ring.

Earthy aroma, big malts, mild fruit, herbal, crisp, clean, classy.

A malty explosion once on board the mouth, big caramel and dark fruit, splashes every inch of the palate. Bright caramel, rich and delicious, delights the tongue, just long enough before gently drying and fading handily away. That's the key to this terrific brew, has all the taste and strength of a doppelbock, yet holds into well into check, with the attributes of an altbier.

Taste is brighter with fruit, cherries and grapes, further in.

Strength is not felt right away, but creeps along.

Full-bodied, boldly flavored, well-constucted, a display of skill and imagination.
Great way to celebrate 10 victorious years!

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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 aaronh
3.48/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I ordered a case of this, but the distributor sold it the same day it came in. So I went to D's and bought a couple bottles. Honestly, Cappelli's did me a favor by selling my case. Typical alt copper coloration, maybe a bit lighter than normal. Aroma was faint, less hops than expected. really, almost nothing on the aroma. Typical for an alt; maybe not for a sticke. The flavor had a bit more caramel-type maltiness than I'm used to. More Munich malt maybe? But then an herbal, sharp bitterness wipes the palate nearly clean. A hint of astringency lingers on the finish. Mouthfeel starts solid, finishes a little dry. Drinkability? I wouldn't want a case of this, let alone a keg or two. The malt profile is unique. The hops are a nuisance in this beer. Really. A disappointment from the crew at Victory, but still a better-than-average beer.

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Photo of Frozensoul327
3.68/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A solid offering. Pours out to a copper orange color with a small head and minor notes of lacing. Medium low carbonation. Aromas of hops bite at the nose, with touches of malt and alcohol. Taste is medium to medium-full bodied and packed with flavors; grass, malt, grain, bitter hops, warming alcohol, some sweet husk notes. Not bad at all. Mouthfeel was good, sort of slick, but dense at the same time. Heavy beer. Drinkability is average. One is enough for me. Worth a try for fans of Victory.

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

Pours out a lovely red-mahogany, clear, with good head and lacing. Nice toasted bread aroma with a crisp spicy-hop backbone. Good malt taste initially, but quickly overpowered by a dry, powdery bitterness. Forcibly dry finish. Creamy, smooth texture.

Now, sticke bier isn't a style I know much about, having only read about it in Zymurgy a couple years back and never tasted any, but I find the bitterness of this beer way too high for an Alt. I'd like to enjoy the malt, but 90% of the flavor is bitter. Not as drinkable a beer as I was looking for.

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Photo of santoslhalper
3.6/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2

Appearence: A beautiful, clear copper with a creamy, off-white head. Head retention is fabulous.

Smell: Strong malt aroma with subtle, noble hop smells in the background. Balanced and full, with no sign of the 8.5.

Taste and Mouthfeel: The malt profile is dead on for an alt. Very dry and very good. Perfect in every way. But the hops seem like they're a bit too much. When the beers in your mouth it tastes great, but when it goes down, the bitterness seems a bit over board. Other than that, it's a clean, well-balanced brew, with a thick, full body.

Drinkability and Overall: First and foremost, congrats to Bill & Ron on 10 years. Hope there 110 more good ones in store for you. I'd have to say that Victory is right up there with about the most influential breweries that changed me to the craft side of the drink. They're one of the breweries that truly makes American beer special. Now, as far as the beer goes, this is a very good, solid altbier, but it's really lacking the robustness a sticke alt should have. And for some reason, the further I get into the glass, the less I want to finish it. Why? I have no idea. It tastes great and all, but something makes me not want to have another. Odd. Anyways, good beer, good brewery, and a great 10 years.

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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 tavernjef
4.48/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Clear copper body. One or two mentionable bubbles slowly gliding up within. Smallish firm capping of dirtied tanned froth. Long, boney fingered lace spans across the glass.

Aroma is what I'd call tall and slim. Lovely whole grain bready aroma thats fresh and reaching with a slight nutty dryness, a slim sweet fruityness and a dusting of chocolate.

Taste is well blended and balanced with malts bringing lightly dry bread tones floating off the middle from its sweetish start. From midway to the finish this is all unquitting flavors on the palate. Great bready grains and caramel with very adequately balanced floral hoppyness and dry leafyness. Finds time to squeeze in some fruits just before the swallow. Very intriguing and complex. Lengthy too. One of the higher qualities that I liked about it was that it lasted on the buds and begged for more as it did. Nice!

Feel is just a notch above medium. Fairly filling, yet smooth and succulant with a well rounded appeal thats quite quenchable. Mostly detained from the middle and into the finish where it almost seemed to gain more and more control and attention. Solid carbonation. The hops begin to find their home after a while. And there where and when they find it, which is sooner than later, its dry, grassy, floral, and nutty. Fantastic.

A wonderfully balanced beer with lots of flavor packed fun. It grows on ya might quick and is gone just as so. And 8.5%, please...where it is, is probably a couple more later when you've nearly drained em as fast as you've poured em.

Raise another flag in victory for Victory for this fabulous Anniversary Alt!

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Photo of maek228
4.33/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

appearance: a dark reddish/brown with a ruby hue. nice head with excellent retention. this one is really a looker

smell: sweet malts...distinctly sweet malts

taste: wow this one tastes just as advertised! heavy on the malt and then a twangy hop finish. this beer is wonderfully "american" in its production. its so nice to get a malty beer that has a hop finish. bravo.

mouthfeel: crisp, fresh, refreshing, bold....what more can i say? this is like ambrosia

drinkability: for 8.5% it goes down good

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

Pours a brilliantly clear, deep, dark, reddish color that shows ruby notes when held up the light. The head is initially one-finger thick, through it quickly disappears and is a light tan color. The aroma is fruity with a bit of sweet candied cherry note to it. There is also a light herbal and spice type note here as well as a light toasted malt note, which combines with a sweet caramel malt note.

The beer is full and coating up front, yet is not as sweet as I would expect from a beer of this heft. An immediate, herbal, almost raw hop note is noticeable up front and continues on into a mouth gripping, solid bitterness. I was expecting this to have an aggressive hop character like the best Alts I have had, which it does, but I was hoping for that intense, smooth fruitiness as well, which is not in this beer. The hops, especially the herbal notes, seem to combine with some alcohols and perhaps some fusels to give this a bit of a harsh note towards the end. This is pretty tasty, I just wish it were a bit less herbal and aggressive and a bit more balanced. I have a feeling though, that this will mellow and become a much more rounded and balanced mix of flavors once it gets a couple months more of age. Or perhaps it is just that I am haunted by the wonderful memories of tasting fresh Ale in Düsseldorf.

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

The fine folks at Victory have scored, yet, another nice beer. This one pours out to a light reddish color in the glass with a slight head. The aroma is malty with hints of light fruit and bread dough. The taste is quite good, to near excellent. This beer has a style unto its own. At points, I thought I was drinking a barleywine and then an IPA/Pale. Its complex enough to make you think that its these styles and then some. An amazing piece of brewing.

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

12 ounce bottle. Victory 10 year Alt pours out a clear copper color with a sizable head. The aroma is malty caramel with lots of nuttiness. Leafy hop aroma in the background. The flavor is sweet at first with a toasted malt and caramel flavor. Turns quite bitter in the finish with a surprisingly large dose of hops. Mouthfeel is clean. There's a noticable level of alcohol. The body is a little too heavy, and the drinkability suffered for it. A nice flavor, but I suspect this beer is best enjoyed fresh (even more so than most beers). I'd love to try this on tap.

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

Pours out a deep, bright brassy color, clear with a creamy head in my stange. Looks like a goodl alt should.

Smell is malty, with a light grassy European hop aroma and a bready sweetness. Not much of the apple and nut aroma I'm used to in the style, but certainly pleasing to the nose.

Flavor is similarly sweet and malty, but the hops come through more clearly to give it a little bit of a bitter bite. Nutty, with slight caramel-apple flavors that are quite nice. Mouthfeel is crisp and clean.

Overall: Not a fantastic alt, but one of the better American examples I've had, and worth tracking down.

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Photo of tgbljb
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a crystal clear deeep copper color with moderate tannish head, that fell to a thin ring. Smellmis roasted malt, caramel, and a bit of dark druity sweetness. Taste follows through with toasty malt at the foreground follwed by a nice hoppy bitterness slowly presenting itself and pushing aside the malt. Finish is mainly dry , and very enjoyable. Each taste beckons for the next one. A bit of alcohol notes begin to become noticeable at the end. A nice beer for a cold winters night. Thanks to Phatz for the trade.

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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 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 Imstillthegman
4.04/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer poors a beautiful amber-brown color with very thick tannish head that dissipates rather quickly. The aroma isn't as strong as I thought it would be, but caramel and brown sugar is what stands out. The taste is dominated by malts. There is a slight bitterness from the hops but not like what I am used to in most American beers. Now the mouthfeel...it stills feels like it's coating my toungue 5 minutes later. It has a dry feel to it though. If you like to taste the malts in your beer than this one is for you. Will get more of this before it goes away.

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Photo of granger10
4.33/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Great auburn copper color with a smooth looking, rather large cream head. Aroma is nutty and spicy at onset but also toasty with caramel syrups and a citrus fruit characteristic. Very intriguing indeed. Taste had more of a medium fruityness to it. Apples and grape skins upfront. Malts were dominant though with caramel and a good dose of brown sugar. The nutty precense lurked underneath continuously. Spices and volatiles from the hops start to dominate toward the middle. Almost smoky towards the back but not quite, I'll call it toasty with breaded characteristics. Finish is a bit floral with the slightest alcohol twinge. Very drying. Never really too sweet, even with the strong maltiness. The balance was great imo. Body might have used a little more weight to it but then this beer might not have gone down so smoothly. This Victory offering is a must try.

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

12oz wuth an enjoy by date of Aug 01 06 poured into a Tom Collins glass.

Clear dark copper under one finger of cream that shows good retention.

The nose has a lot of caramel hops that are cut by Noble(?) hops. Nuts, metal, and a little spice in the back.

This tastes a lot like it smells although the leafy hops are a bit more assertive and there is a powdery dryness that seems to linger. The alcohol is almost unnoticable as it shows up as a pinch of pepper. Has an earthy nutlike quality throughout.

The mouth is a bit scratchy, perhaps from the hop oils and spicyness? The dryness in the finish gives it a powdery texture if that term can be applied to a beer. I found the mouth to be the weakest attribute for this beer. Rough.

An interesting mix of flavors that shows complexity and I would gladly sip another or two. The story on the side of the label regarding how Bill and Ron met at the age of ten and opened the brewery ten years ago reminded me of one of my favorite Led Zeppelin songs:

"I'm never gonna leave you. I never gonna leave
Holdin' on, ten years gone
Ten years gone, holdin' on, ten years gone"

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Photo of NClifestyle
3.91/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bright copper, slightly hazy appearance. Huge head of tan/oragne foam, craters in the top as bubbles burst, tiny bubbles stream up from the glass. Nice rings of fluffy lace.
Smells of earthy hops, sharp malt; a touch of caramel and spicy orange in there too.
Sharp malt is quickly followed by tangy, piney hops. Another sweeter malt taste, brown sugar like, makes a quick appearance before a strong bitter aftertaste settles in. A bit metallic, strong and somewhat complex. The alcohol presence makes itself known as the beer warms, and the tangy hops become more and more obvious in the back of the mouth.
Mouthfeel is smooth yet tingly. A zing crosses the tongue, but the beer is slick feeling as you swallow medium in nature.
This one is a super beer, might be too strong for many tastebuds.


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Photo of Phatz
4.68/5  rDev +19.1%
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.

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Ten Years Alt from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Beer rating: 72.8% out of 100 with 265 ratings
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