Ten Years Alt | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

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Ten Years AltTen Years Alt

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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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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 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 BuckSpin
4.18/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12oz bottle (best by of 8/10/06) in a Pilsener glass

BAside: to my knowledge cellared before coming into my possession this past summer & cellared since. This would be about 1.75 years since bottling. Also a thanks to BA stefgriff for this opportunity!

Poured lively, nice crackle to it, smooth. Nose is full, sweet with mild raisin and a strong wood quality. It has a slightly musty aspect as well and even a tiny bit vinous. With some time to bloom traces of dried fruit are in the background. A pencil's worth of loose, sticky, vellum hued foam lightly yet audibly crackled with life, eventually settling to a thin blanketing that is already lacing in sheets. Thick with sediment having in Matrix-esque suspension, the hazy, dark apricot body shifts from a brassy gold near the base to a burnt blood orange near the head.

Oh, this is nice. Sweet & thick, wet in mouth-feel, it paints the mouth with a soaked brush full of slightly burnt caramel, toffee, soft raisins, plump figs & ripe prunes. The wood quality from the nose acts as a floor for all the aforementioned loveliness to dance & sing on. Those deep German hops used in brewing a Doppelsticke are present but in the background and add a rounded bitterness that plays off the sweet malts, creating a very balanced brew.

The alcohol doesn't wait for the palate to begin its warming as my mouth is slowly enveloped in a cold heat that doesn't grow as much as remains a steady constant throughout the rest of this sipper by choice & command. I do so love a beer that demands (asks nicely?) to be savored slowly, gearing everything else down in the process.

This has some qualities to it that I have encountered with barrel aged beers, primarily the noticeable fruits raisin/fig/prune, as well as been sweet and the obligatory wood aspect.

It grows a little smoky on the palate, drier but the damp side of semi-dry at best, clean & even. I'm getting some mild apricot now and stale bread crusts as it finishes syrupy, warm with alcohol, a little chewy, traces of wood floating around.

A very enjoyable beer & great beer experience. I do not have the luxury of knowing what it was like fresh, but it was damn enjoyable on the short side of 2 years. I'm note really sure I would want to pare with anything. It could be a great after meal cordial, or it could work with some mild, smooth cheese (aged Gouda?) or maybe with the right dessert (fig/etc). If you are cellaring these its drinking very nice now. Who knows what it could evolve into?

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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 Risser09
4.56/5  rDev +16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a large snifter - Bottled in 2006 to commemorate Victory's 10th Anniversary. Served at cellar temperature.

Appearance: Pours a deep brown color with a tan head that rises to half an inch. The head had various sized bubbles, with little lacing.

Smell: Completely noticable upon opening the bottle. Strong malt sweetness bursts from the glass. Leather, rum, raisin, pumpkin pie and caramel. Big, bold and complex.

Taste: Densely malted and plenty of flavor. Tobacco, toast, rum soaked raisin, sweetened fig, baked outmeal and a hint of smoke. Great combination of thick, complex flavors for a fall night.

Mouthfeel: Sugary at first and plenty of flavor. The alcohol is evident and welcomed. Slight bitterness in the finish makes this a beer you want to quaff.

Drinkability: I love this beer. I think this is the second Altbier I've had, and it's a style I really enjoy. This one is aged and could probably go on for quite a few years to settle that bitter finish. The sugars might attenuate even further to enhance the mouthfeel and add flavor complexity. I am very satisfied with this one. Buy it if you see it. I would have no problem drinking 2-3 of these in a night.

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

in fairness this anniversary brew is now a year beyond the recommended drink by date if I noticed it correctly. while I found this to be a good beer overall, the aging effect on mine seems to have come through as a primarily dominant toasted / dark toffee taste. It starts off sweet and then has a quick spike into a roasted toffee taste. Nice but good limited to 12oz for me.

I would love to have tried this fresh. as it is, it's an interesting beer with some time on it. Could get better with age, could stay the same. Best of luck with your tastings!

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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 blgianbeer
3.69/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I recently opened a 3 liter bottle of the Ten Years Alt that was bottled in 2/2006. First off, I had a very difficult time getting the cork out. Half an hour and a broken steak knife later, I finally got some of this fine beer into my glass. Color was on the hazy side, sort of looked like an amber Hefe. Smell was floral with nice lambic-like, citrus aromas as well. Taste was also "winey", a bit astringent and definitely there were some bret/lambic flavors there. No real hop taste to speak of and the malt was very subdued. Full bodied mouthfeel. I had no problems finishing the jereboam with my wife, so I'd say it was drinkable. If you have this aging, I'd say it will last another year.

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

Into a pint glass, pours a the color of red oak, a deep, opaque caramel with an orange hue around the edges, a small amount of sediment found when finishing. A light, creamy head stays for a while before settling to a patchy film, sparse lacing down the glass. The nose is rich with caramel malts, a slight flowery, citric zing of hops, quite nice.

The taste is even better, actually quite delicious. A hefty dosing of caramel malts bringing on fruits in subtle variety. The hops come on a little after the initial impact and play along with the dominant malt, a leafy and slightly citric spritz of bitterness that fits perfectly. The finish is short but sweet, drying, bitters slightly. The mouth is great, a shade over medium, velvetty smooth with just the slightest carbonation thats balanced just right, just the slightest bit warming, a foreshadowing of the strength that will eventually catch up to you.

Now, this is my second chance with this beer (courtesy MuenchenerKindl, an excellent trader), and I must say, I didn't quite appreciate the subtlety in possesses. Either that, or it has aged well the last 6 months and developed into an even better beer. I can't put into words how much I wish I had a case of this stashed in the cellar. It truly is a fantastic beer.

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Photo of number1bum
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of our group was lucky enough to find a full case of this left so it could be part of NEPA BC split #3.

Pours a really murky looking dark copper/ brown with a half finger tan head, and not a whole lot of lacing. There is sediment in the bottom of the bottle and I have a few floaties in the glass. Smell is sweet malts, caramel and toffee, and some toasted aromas, as well. Also just a hint of fruity hops.

Taste is malty goodness in the mouth, with lots of toasted malt, and even a bit of burnt malt flavor, also caramel which gives a nice sweetness. More toasty flavor than in the nose. Not much of a hop presence at all...just a very feint fruitiness at the end.

I wonder if the hops were more pronounced earlier in this beers life. Either way, it was really tasty and smooth and I enjoyed it.

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

A- Thin tan head on a cloudy light amber body.
S- Sweet caramels, light hops, some hints of toffee. The smell isn't to complex. The sweetness over powers the hops (not by a lot) and there is a light hint of some grass hops in there.
T- Complex malt body. You have toffee, sweet caramel, roasted, hints of burnt malts also. Nice amount of hops in there too (and this is after a year too). Leaves a medium bitterness on tongue. Hops are grass and some earthy tones. Ever so light warming from alcohol but pretty much not there.
M- Full body and sort of creamy. Low carbonation on it.
D- It is pretty good. I would of like to try this fresh but to late now. Also keep that in mind reading this review. The best by date on the bottle is Aug, 7th 06 and I am reviewing it on 5/18/07.

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Photo of IntriqKen
4.3/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark, dark tea color with lots of reddish tones.
Aromas are caramel malt, dry powdery breadiness (is there rye in here?) and just a little hop-back as it warms. As it warms even more, you get a substantial amount of fruitiness in the aroma as well.
Taste is wonderfully complex. A lot more going on the tongue than in the nose. The toasted malts give a nice bit of bite to balance their caramel sweetness Brown sugars and a definite hop citrus finish dries it all out. Alcohol presence is noticeable. Slight vanilla in the aftertaste as well.
Mouthfeel is creamy with light carbonation nipping at your tongue.
This is a very pleasant surprise. I really hope Victory considers making this a seasonal rather than just the one off for their Th Anniversary. It's too good not to be enjoyed again.
Thanks for the bottle, Blitheringidiot.

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Photo of ArrogantB
4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I received this bottle as an extra from leftmindedrighty, thanks! I think this must be about a year old at this point. I poured it into a standard pint glass (was I supposed to use a pilsener?). The color was a murky brown, not a color I usually see in my ales. The smell was faint (my sense of smell sucks) but malty. The taste was a little sweet but that did not affect drinkability. The alcohol was unnoticeable. I was expecting to get some sort of banana or clove taste but I didn't. I would definitely buy this if given the chance. Another victory for my taste!

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Photo of MuddyFeet
4.15/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thank you goes out to Warriorsoul for this bottle. Thanks Tom!

Pours a dark brown color. Thin scuzzy head on top. Kind of cloudy. Bits of stretchy, cobweeby lace on the side of the glass. Nose is loaded with earhty malts and hints of peat.

Flavor is a solid malt backbone. Holds up well. Spring-like hops. Malts have kind of a nutty, earth-like quality. Not quite peaty. Actually reminds me a bit of a scotch. Medium mouthfeel. Hops come out a bit more as it warms. Victory needs to brew some more of this beer.

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Photo of yeastpuppet
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours with a thick foamyness at 55 Deg . almost brown , slightly cloudy in the mug .Cascading head .

A noseload of malt , sweet and fragrant , reminds me of a massive dopplebock , some fruityness , salivation .

Sipping through the foam ,a pungent malt and hop duet soaks through my heavily bludgeoned face , ( went sledding/snowboarding with the kids).
Tasty , pepper notes , the malt hit rocks ! , Some hops , with a long ,
complex .and pleasant finish .

A bit sweeter than some alts I've had ,..With a heaviness in the mouthfeel that detracts from the over all enjoyment .
Hmmmm. some age , perhaps .

Mixed feelings about this brew .
I like it .
A little to heavy for daily drinking .
On a cold , Jersey night , Just right .

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Photo of Mebuzzard
4.07/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A hazy off brown, yellowish hue. Big head, nice foaming action. Left some lacing and rocky spots.
Aroma is sweet malt and light citrus. Carbonation makes it zing a bit.
Taste: I wanna saw citrus, but it's not that acidic. If you've eaten a Pomelo, that is probably the closest comparison. Some soft lemon and light caramel are also present. It's a good taste, a bit light, but that's the style.
I can drink this again, better on a summer day instead of 11 degrees.

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Photo of BeerBelcher
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I've not had very many altbiers, and am not sure this beer fits within the category. While it was certainly pretty pleasant, I found this beer to much more closely resember a dunkelweiss than an altbier.

This beer pours a light brown body and with a very fizzy and short-lived white head.

The aroma is a very sweet maltiness, like a dunkelweiss.

Aroma is more sweet maltiness, and also reminiscent of a dunkel.

Mouthfeel is full-bodied and appealing.

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Photo of mmmbeer
4.37/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

First tried it in March, but never did a complete review - 12 oz. bottle, best by August '06. It pours a clear, deep copper, with medium carbonation and a finger of tan head that leaves decent lacing. Some dregs on the bottom of the bottle. It smells of sweet and juicy fruits - grape, strawberry, blackberry?, grapefruit - with notes of caramel and pine. It has a deep malt flavor, consisting of sweet fruits and caramel, balanced by leafy, citric hops (grapefruit) that contribute a medium bitterness. The body is medium to thick with medium carbonation and an equal finish. Pretty good, but it's past its prime - wish they would brew some more of this stuff.

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Photo of flexabull
3.52/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very hazy amber, light head... some lacing.

Smells a bit malty, sweet, and bread like. Very mellow but pleasant aromas.

Beer has a bit of a alcohol kick. Very crisp, dry, and surprisingly bitter on the finish.

Mouthfeel is good. Very long finish on this one.

Pretty good beer. Interesting flavors... more like an IPA to me. Not sure if this fits the style though. Not bad, but not a favorite.

Thanks for the try MuenchenerKindl.

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Photo of montageman
4.02/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy, deep amber color - very nice to look at. Smells of caramel, grass, and malt - intriguing. Taste is malty upfront with a hoppy bitter finish with just a hint of sweetness. Moderately carobnated to add a touch more to taste. I could drink this all night, but at 8.5 - don't know if that would be smart. The alcohol is well hidden - there is a slight burn, but hardly noticeable. Great anniversary brew - highly recommended.

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Photo of amatuerbeerguy
3.8/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured out a nice dark ruby/amber color. It had a small head with lacing left behind. Head color of white with small bubbles.

Aroma is a malty, caramel, grainy, grassy.

Flavors of grassy, malt, fruity, peppery.

Mouth feel is a medium bodied, well carbonated.

A very nice brew this is one to brew year round for Victory

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Photo of JollyRodger
3.92/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pour out red with cloudy yeastness. Good malt sweetness. Spicy German noble hops and malt in the aroma. The first time I have this Alt the aroma and taste were laced with alcohol notes. Had another bottle recently and found this aroma and taste mellowed out. A little age made a huge difference for me.

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Photo of JudgeRoughneck
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

10 years Alt is a dull brownish ruby color with a big malted-milk color head that fades quickly to a thin layer and laves splashes of lacing. Aroma is soft and faint and of earthy hops, caramel malt, and slight roasted grain. Starts with intensly sweet caramel and then soft bready and roasty characters introduce spice notes and very soft hop flavors for a bitterswet finish. This develops a kind of apple-tasting crispness as the beer warms. Very slight alcohol, bitter hop twang, and roast in the aftertaste. This beautiful and smooth. I am a big fan.

Mouthfel is rich and creamy. I could drink alot of this.

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Photo of GregBrewski
3.77/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A amber/brownish colored brew with little head. Has a honey sweet, smoked, and nutty smell. Slight hints of the alcohol come through in the smell as well. The taste is mostly dominated by the malt and spiciness of the hops. The alcohol is noticed slightly in the taste as well. Medium carbonation and body with a bitter aftertaste.
Congrats Victory on a good ten years, hope the next ten are just as good or better.

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Ten Years Alt from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
3.93 out of 5 based on 264 ratings.
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