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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.

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Reviews: 241 | Ratings: 262
Photo of rayjay
4.6/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

From BeerBeing in the never again.again! BIF. 2006 release, but now I hear it's being brewed again.

Pours a brite leathery brown with moderate foam, with only a slight haze, probably from bottle conditioning, of at least from being unfiltered.

Great example of when an artist uses high quality German malt; lots of highly kilned pale malts and extra special malts, Munich malt, etc. I'd guess the base malts are about 60% pils and 40% Munich. reminds me of munching on malts. Copper kettles show their mark with a gentle tangyness and smooth hop bitterness. Melts together perfectly. Followed by a smooth bitter and sweet, slightly charred aftertaste.

Moderate carbonation and refreshing drinkability, coupled with smooth but deep complexity. One of the best Victory beers I've ever had. Cheers!

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Photo of marcpal
3.49/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer is no longer retired- must be new batches on the shelves because the best by on this one was in 2009.

12oz bottle was a nice find at the Foodery, poured into pint glass.

A: Gold color with a fluffy off white head. Hazy caramel body with the thickest bubbles Ive seen in a while.

S: Caramel malts with a surprising amount of hops. Something metallic in there is distracting. Definitely balanced between the earthiness and the sweetness from the malts.

T: Extremely sweet yet hoppy. Again a bit of a surprising taste from an alt but nice. Honey sugary flavor pretty deep and rustic floral taste behind it. The malt dominates here more than it does in the aroma- in the end, all malt. Candy covered yogurt raisins soaked in alcohol.

M: Some bitter aftertaste but full bodied and creamy. Very full to match the malts and alcohol, considerably more so than the visual carbonation would let on.

D: A sipping beer. The alcohol is definitely not hidden but its got a combination of flavors that makes this a good beer. Pretty solid.

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Photo of SixpointJMH
3.6/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice looking crisp amber colour with a medium sized creamy off white head that leaves patches of residue on the glass.

The aroma is very malty: earthy and caramel aromas blend nicely, along with some darker fruit notes, with a bit of a rubbery vibe to it as well.

Flavour is more of the same, with malt dominating all the way through to the finish, where a big burst of alcohol kicks in for a hearty finish. Earth and sweetness from the caramel again blend nicely, and are foiled by the tartness of the dark fruit notes. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and a bit slick, but also too hot from all of the alcohol that's present. I would certainly tone said alcohol down a bit, but that's just me.

This is a pretty nice brew overall. Very malty but still features some well blended additional flavours. A nice rare find from Victory.

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Photo of currysage1
3.63/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a solid one finger khaki head, sinks but stays around for a while, good lacing down the glasss, dark orange in color.

Smell is overwhelmingly of malt and a light alcohol soaked raisin finish.

Taste is decently complex, black pepper, dark fruits, lots of obvious malt, bitter orange peel, vodka like flavor for a second, finish is sourdough.

Feel is very good, great carbonation, enough to be lively but not too much to be annoying. Texture is wonderfully chewy, nice and smooth on the palate.

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Photo of nrpellegrini
1.39/5  rDev -64.7%
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 Jmamay22
3.52/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Enjoyed on tap as part of the Victory Brewing event at the Blind Tiger.

This alt pours a ruby red and its head thins to a paper thin cap. No lacing.

Dark fruit notes rise to my nose. Plums stand out clearly. Among the fruit is a good helping of spices and especially heavy on clove. There's a nice scent of brown sugar as well.

Long lasting taste that lingers. Fruit is more subdued than in the nose. The spice and sugar dominates, but ends with a sharp bitter finish that is heavily influenced by its alcohol content. At times the alcohol shows through overwhelmingly.

Medium mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. Given the alcoholic kick I would have expected a firmer and fuller feel. This hurts the drinkability as does the spices that can be too much.

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Photo of fitzy84
4.08/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Moan and Dove had this on tap under the "Limited Ale" title. The drink had a dark red-amber appearance with a thin but creamy head and lacing. The aroma was packed, utterly packed with malts. A little overpowering at times, I was able to get used to it after a bit, but you might want to enjoy heavy malts before trying. Taste had a great bitter-sweetness to it. The sugary aspects of it were somewhat light in touch while the bitter aspect dragged with it a great smoky characteristic. The mouthfeel definitely helped in balancing those flavors and really helped make it a smooth drink. Overall, I hope it brews this drink every anniversary.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4.08/5  rDev +3.6%
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 chinabeergeek
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

seems to be a new brewing, with "best by" date of 5-7-09

poured into shaped pint glass

coppery, somewhat dulled amber with minimal haze. decent head gradually fades to wispy layer. lacing a bit sparse.

aroma starts with heavily toasted caramel, almost burnt. hint of dried fruit (prune?) and some kind of ...spice? whiff of hops.

slight phenols in flavor soon give way to a malty, slightly fruity backbone. very caramelized, almost savory. good, moderate bitterness and spicy hop bite. finish is dry w touch of malt sweetness, and approaches a coffee aftertaste.

smooth, not thin. almost syrupy, yet not. nice, moderately prickly carbonation.


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Photo of Doomcifer
3/5  rDev -23.9%
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 david131
3.58/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I was confused about when the was bottled based upon reading the 6-pack, but in looking back at recent reviews, I see that this was recently re-brewed.

A- A beautiful red/orange clear liquid with a wonderful off-white head. The retention is good.

S- Very subtle and malty. Some cotton candy. Very good for what is there, but still could use some more oomph.

T- Very unique. Some malt sweetness and a surprising hop bitterness. Surprisingly flavorful considering the aroma. Some fruitiness in there as well.

M- A nice level of carbonation. A bit bitter, but smooth. A dry but clean aftertaste.

D- A very unique and interesting beer. Definitely a sipper though.

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Photo of DefenCorps
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Max's

A: Deep copper with an off-white head. Great lace

S: Complex sweetness with figs, plums, ginger and candy.

T: Starts spicy and earthy and is followed but a very noticeable ginger note and a mild sweetness. Tasty. Bitter, tannic finish, alost smoky with some tobacco.

M: Great carbonation, fairly light, nice finish.

D: I'd drink again - made sure I grabbed a bottle too!

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Photo of jdhilt
3.46/5  rDev -12.2%
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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Photo of morebeergood
3.13/5  rDev -20.6%
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 fishtownhxc
3.65/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

for a doppel alt, this beer is a monster. i don't know if they bottled it in 22 oz. bombers, but if they did, i'd love to get my hands on a few. this beer is no joke. tons of malty goodness. could probably use a bit more hopping, in my opinion, since this is an alt styled bee. but, since it's a doppel, i sort of expected to have less of a hop flavor and more of a malt forward beer.

pours a nice dark brown/copper red color and you can smell a bakery right after the pour. this isn't the type of beer you'd session all night, but it tastes amazing and doesn't mess around.

if anything, could use a bit more hops to balance out the overall flavor, unless of course you like more malt forward beers. i'm not necessarily a hop head (but i do like my double and imperial IPAs), so that's ok by me. but, for the style, could use more of a crisp hop flavor on the backend.

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Photo of ABCJiugui
3.85/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- slight ruby tints, clear amber, 2 finger head on hard pour, no lacing. Head is dense, creamy/sticky looking, retains halfway thru drinking.

S- Malty sweet, floral hops. Very enjoyable balance as the malt is not overpowering nor are the hops.

T- Malt sweetness up front, sharp bittering hops come in quick and linger strongly, not overpowering. Finishes soft and bitter at the same time, well balanced and enjoyable.

M- smooth, soft, sticky/creamy. Medium bodied

Overall, this is a very nice beer- well hopped without going overboard, malty sweet without being cloying. Tasty and balanced.

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Photo of jwc215
3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
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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Photo of rodcom
4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
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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Photo of thequeen711
3.33/5  rDev -15.5%
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 SkinnyElvis
4.2/5  rDev +6.6%
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 AltBock
3.44/5  rDev -12.7%
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 dsa7783
3.68/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Single, twelve ounce bottle copped from State Line Liquors in Elkton, Maryland...
An aggressive pour yielded a ruby-red, mahogany brown hue with an immense foamy and frothy head that lingered on for a while before slowly receding...
Aroma was replete with thick malts, caramel, and a tinge of vanilla...
Taste strongly complemented the aroma... A strong burst of rich malts, grapes, a mild dose of hops, with a hint of caramel, figs, prunes, and dates...
Rich mouthfeel, very creamy, but headily alcoholic as well, which detracted from the overall drinkability of the brew...
Not Victory's best, but a strong, full-bodied beer for sure...

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Photo of deepsouth
3.62/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

this beer poured an orangish color with no head. the smell is a bit sour and malty and i detect faint hops, clove and spices. this beer tastes like it's on brett, but i'm sure it's not. maybe my tastebuds are a bit off on this. a good bit of malty sweetness to it. the mouthfeel is medium with little carbonation. this was my first alt ale, so i am not really sure what to expect from it. it was drinkable enough and i'd like to try some other beers in this style.

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Photo of BMan1113VR
4.11/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Special thanks to ilovedarkbeer (of ratebeer) for this underated retired brew. Marked to "enjoy by Aug 01 06." My first expiriance with Altbier. Aroma is heavy bready malts with an undertone of spicy orange hops and dried fruits. Appearence includes some of the best lacing I have seen in a while, truly excellent. Head is a largish tan with good retention. Body is a hazy amber-orange ala oktoberfest style brews. Taste over the long duration ends bitter and slightly metallicy in the aftertaste (a product of being bottle aged?). Medium body with a creamy texture and lively carbonation. I feel that it is missing some sort of boldness in the finish, but that could be due to my lack of familiarity with this type of beer. Very good, and underrated in my opinion.

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4.04/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A murky wheat amber colored body hosts a quick fading even tan head.

Nose is a nice mingleing of malts and hops with notes of crisp citrus, dark sweet fruit and even hints of port.

A shocker to the mouth at first sip with piney sharp hop motes and a malty feel that is slightly sweet and almost taffy like. Avery unique collaberation of flavors going on here that does reflect a German style well. The wheat is raw and alive as this beer really grows on you.

Sweet fuzzy hue on the mouthfeel that becomes richer with warmth.

This beer is a pleasure to drink.

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Ten Years Alt from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
3.94 out of 5 based on 262 ratings.
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