Beer 176/365 – Victory Yakima Twilight

Style: American Strong Ale

ABV: 8.7%

Purchased at: Vintage Estate – Boardman OH

What makes this beer different: Tastes much stronger than 8.7%

Will I be drinking this again: If I am in the mood for something strong yes

Grade: B+

5/3/2010: I honestly thought Yakima Twilight was an IPA from the golden hop on the label. I pour it out and notice how dark it was… hmm this isn’t normal for an IPA. The smell of Yakima Twilight actually is pretty hop filled, so it still had me going on the IPA trail after smelling it. Then I taste it, and I think okay this is a bit strong for an IPA, so I go to BeerAdvocate and see that its actually an American Strong Ale (Home Simpson D’oh moment).

The smell is very bitter hoppy, with some sweet malt. The taste is very complex, a lot of hops going on, with some toasted/caramel malt. Actually the hops/malt are almost an exact 50/50 split. The mouthfeel and carbonation were both a little under average, which dropped this down into the B level for me. Had it been a bit thicker, and more carbonated, it would have really helped in masking the alcohol.

Picture of the day: This guinea piggets around!

Published in: on May 3, 2010 at 10:37 am  Leave a Comment  
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Beer 149/365 – Victory Golden Monkey

Style: Tripel

ABV: 9.5%

Purchased at: Sent to me by the guys at SCAATB

What makes this beer different: Pretty close to a “Real” Belgian, but not quite

Will I be drinking this again: Yes, it is a pretty solid belgian beer for being american made, and reasonably priced.

Grade: B+

4/6/2010: Ugh, been so busy lately that I have been forced to drink my beer in the 10-11 o’clock hour. Makes me feel like a lush drinking so late on a work night. I work at the Mellon Arena as an usher (to watch the pens for free), and on days that I work I don’t end up getting home until 10:30-11pm. Maybe I will start getting up earlier on those days, and instead of coffee I will drink a good coffee stout?

Thanks to Gary and Guy again for sending this to me. Wow there is a TON of yeast in his mad boy. Almost looks like a snow globe in my chalice. The smell is heavy on banana and yeast. Taste is a good bit of banana, and a little spiciness. The alcohol is hidden pretty well, but peeks out a little bit too much. Mouthfeel is close to a true Belgium brewed Belgian beer, but I have yet to drink an American brewed Belgian that really gets that amazing mouthfeel you get with a true belgian beer. This does get close though!

Picture of the day: The subway sandwich artists must have failedGeometry.

Published in: on April 6, 2010 at 9:11 am  Comments (1)  
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Beer 133/365 – Victory Smokin Oats Porter

Style: Smoked Beer

ABV: 5.8%

Purchased at: Victory Brewing – Downingtown PA

What makes this beer different: Smokiest beer I have ever had

Will I be drinking this again: Probably not, only because you are only able to get it at the brewery.

Grade: B+

3/21/2010: Ughhhhh still hungover from beerfest yesterday. Lost count of how many 2-3oz samples I tried, but it was a lot. I usually don’t get hungover unless I start mixing styles back and forth, and I made that mistake. Should have started with pale ales and worked up to stouts. Anyways on our trip back we needed to find a place for me to have my beer a day, our first choice was Troegs in Harrisburg but they were closed on Sundays, so we looked around on the blackberry and found out that Victory was open.

Wow I am glad we ended up here because this place is AWESOME. Huge bar/restaurant in the weirdest location. It’s in a working class suburb, but within a corporate park type of setting. I want to say they had 20 of their beers on tap, and they had this crazy growler fill system that would fill a growler with any of their 20 beers. Didn’t get to ask the bartender the specifics of the contraption but it looked like it was from the 22nd century.

As always I like to try stuff at breweries that I normally could not get in a bottle, so I went for the Smokin Oats Porter (only one review on BA). The smell is smokey as hell with some coffee notes. Taste is meatlike smoke all over the place. Way too much for a first sip. About halfway down it mellowed out and some coffee started to lend support. If it tasted like this the entire way through I would have given it an A, or if I was eating a steak with the beer. Mouthfeel was average with moderate amounts of carbonation. Overall pretty decent but wish there wasn’t soooo much smoke flavor right off the bat.

Picture of the day: Jesus man change your shirt.

Published in: on March 21, 2010 at 9:20 am  Leave a Comment  
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Beer 73/365 – Victory Old Horizontal

Style: American Barleywine

Purchased at: Tony @ Vision

What makes this beer different: Holy mother of Moses is this stuff strong

Will I be drinking this again: I might have to refine my palette a bit before coming back to this one

Grade: B

1/20/2010: No this picture was not taken crooked on purpose, its just after I smelled the beer I had a hard time staying vertical. The name of this beer is VERY appropriate, because you if you have a few of these you will end up horizontal with your face in the gutter. I made the mistake of drinking this one on an empty stomach, and about 1/3 of the way down I could feel it. After I drank the whole thing I won’t lie I was buzzed pretty good.

The smell is caramely and “grainy”. Alcohol attacks your face right from the start… Man this stuff is strong. The alcohol just doesn’t integrate very well to me. I have had other barleywines in the past and I don’t remember them being this strong. The flavor’s I do get behind the alcohol is mostly caramel malt, and a little bit of cherry. A bit of hops in the background but there needs to be more to balance the alcohol. Mouthfeel is actually pretty nice, very creamy. Overall if they would add some more hops, and mask the alcohol just a litttttleeee bit, then I would have enjoyed it a lot more.

Funny Picture of the day: Who is in the mood for a little Subway?.

Published in: on January 20, 2010 at 9:22 am  Comments (4)  
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Beer 40 – Victory Storm King Stout

Style: American Imperial Stout

Purchased at: Tony from Vision

What makes this beer different: VERY hoppy for a stout

Will I be drinking this again: Maybe

Grade: B+

12/18/2009: Thanks to my coworker Tony for this one. The more I am paying attention to where beers are brewed, the more I am realizing the eastern half of my state has a lot of good breweries. I have had many of the beers from them (Troegs, Victory, Weyerbacher), but never realized they were brewed in PA.

The head on this beer was massive. Once you taste it the first thing that hits you with this beer is undoubtedly hops. It is almost overwhelming at first. Once the beer warms up a little the hops back off a little bit, just enough for you to taste a pretty complex malt flavor. I didn’t really taste a lot of coffee/chocolate flavor that you usually do in stouts. I liked this beer but a little bit too hoppy for me. I am sure if it was aged a little bit it would be awesome.

Published in: on December 18, 2009 at 5:20 pm  Leave a Comment  
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