jtclockwork (9869) - , New Jersey, USA - MAR 22, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle thanks to Boliv for free beer week. Pours caramel brown with off white/light tan head. Nose is very full - lots of caramel, toffee, vanilla bean, dark fruit, oak, bourbon barrel, Taste is same with some alcohol soaked citrus. Medium body.
drowland (6517) - Valdosta, Georgia, USA - JAN 31, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sampled while visiting IL in June, 2014. 750mL bottle brought by me, I believe. Amber pour with a small khaki head, mild lacing. Disappointing aroma, not much barrel, just a wisp of vanilla and oak, otherwise lots of sweetness, caramel, fruity. Sweet flavor, too much again, not enough barrel, dark fruits, brown sugar, syrupy. Disappointed.
RickTStiles (811) - Houston, Texas, USA - JAN 21, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JAN 22, 2015 Pours a deep red brown with a wispy white head. Big Woody, vanilla aroma. Taste has woody, cherry, general whisky and vanilla notes. Mouthfeel is pretty sticky. Finish is sweet and boozy. Excellent.
Beerdedone (2794) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 20, 2015
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours reddish brown with a thin off-white head. Aroma of caramel, vanilla and bourbon. Flavor was sweet with caramel, bourbon, oak, vanilla, toffee and some brown sugar. Syrup texture, medium-plus body, soft carbonation.
alliance100 (877) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - JAN 17, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
750ml bottle - 2013 vintage - pours a deep rusty orange with off white head . Herbal oaky aroma . Lots of barrel flavors ... Strong woody oak , vanilla .... Faint bourbon sweetness with a strong hop presence .
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rollingwood (87) - Maryland, USA - JAN 12, 2015
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
A well-balanced and nuanced take on their Old Horizontal, mixing subtle notes with Victory's tendency to amply hop. Lay this one back for a year and see what happens.
48FanInCali (772) - California, USA - NOV 30, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2012 bomber - interesting. Maple brown sudsy pour with thin white head that lingers. Nose of malt, light vanilla, and toffee. Taste follows the nose. Barrel notes are very subdued from the small amount of aging. Almost like a BABW light but with enough heft in the base beer you are not left wanting more. Good stuff.
FROTHINGSLOSH (5168) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 4, 2014
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Rating number 5000!! Sampled from a 750 ml corked brown bottle this beer poured a red-brown color with a large creamy orange-tan head that lingered forever and left decent lacing. The aroma was sweet pineapple upsidedown cake, bouron, oak, sugar, toffee and dark fruit. The flavor was sweet toasted coconut, vanilla, oak, pineapple upsidedown cake, toffee, dark fruits and a boozy presence that pervaded. Very long finish with lingering pineapple, toffee and booze. Full bodied, almost syrupy. Outstanding.
cbfobes (2601) - Quad Cities, Illinois, USA - OCT 31, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured from 2013 bottle picked up just tonight, kids get candy I get this, seems fair. Pours a clear dark reddish brown with an off white head, aroma has quite a bit of bourbon and vanilla with quite a bit of malt and sweetness as well, the flavor has a really sweet front end but itís offset from the bourbon in the finish, seems like itís faded a bit, abv is well hidden, pretty malty over all, kind of wish this was a fresh bottle and not a year old.
Nickls (1902) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - OCT 24, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Creamy eggshell head, slightly hazy deep cooper brown. Lacquer hops, vanilla, oak, slight bourbon and raisin malt sweetness in the aroma. Actually big hops on this, lacquer, toffee, bourbon, and very warming. Medium to thicker body with solid carbonation.
Heathen (1500) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - OCT 22, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
THOUGHTS: Cheap cork almost broke in half. Little pieces of cork wound up in the beer. Otherwise it was nice and interesting. Just like the other two Victory barrel-aged beers, the original barrel contents seemed to dominate, not compliment, the beer flavors. It didnít hide the ABV at all. A little harsh still. It could probably use some more aging. The alcohol just continued to get stronger as it warmed.
TECHNICAL: Drank 3/31/2013. Bottle. Poured a clear, very dark, reddish amber with a small, off-white head that mostly diminished. The aroma had heavy molasses and caramel; moderate pine hops; wood; vanilla; bourbon and that barley wine smell. The initial flavor was heavily sweet and lightly bitter; while the finish was heavily sweet and bitter with a long duration. There was caramel, molasses, pine hops, lighter citrus hops, vanilla, wood bourbon, mostly bourbon, that barely wine flavor and alcohol. The medium to full body was oily with fizzy carbonation and a moderate to heavily alcoholic finish.