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RATINGS: 1630   WEIGHTED AVG: 4/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
Luxuriously rich in character, this warming winter ale delivers over 10% alcohol in an oh-so-seductive manner. Deliciously fruity flavors lie under a bracing hop nose.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
herbjones (742) - Orange, California, USA - MAR 3, 2003
Pours a beautiful mahogany with a wispy tan head. Nose is filled with cherries,vanilla and just a whiff of alcohol. Big malty body on this one, almost toffee-ish. Wonderful rendition imo. Full bodied not to much sweetness and abv is expertly hidden. Thanks to tar for this one.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
TChrome (1448) - Bedford, Texas, USA - MAR 1, 2003
Very good barleywine ale. Wonderful flavor with caramel in the malt. Has a very long light floral hop finish. Nary a hint of the 11% ABV. Exquisite.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
elnadeau (786) - Laguna Niguel, California, USA - FEB 24, 2003
Clear reddish-brown color, not much foam. Sweet fruity aromatic. Bold flavors in abundance, trying to hide the alcohol but you definitely know it's quite strong. Seems true to the style, which is the first that I've tried. Good stuff, a dessert treat.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
papajohn (1249) - San Diego (Mira Mesa), California, USA - FEB 23, 2003
Pours a deep rich bronze with a light beige head. Nose is sweet, tropical fruity and a little hoppy. Flavor: Start is rich, sweet and fruity followed by some hop bitterness and finishing light , dry and slightly acidic. Alcohol is well hidden, but makes itself known. Delicious!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
muzzlehatch (4420) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - FEB 22, 2003
2002, bottled. Great robust deep reddish-orange, very thin creamy ring of foam lasts throughout. Nose of brandy and figs is to my olfactory sense somewhat disappointingly weak. Flavor of tobacco, caramel, grapefruit is powerfully tangy and full of alcohol and fire; definitely on the "young", hoppy side of barleywines. Really comes into its own at the end, when a lovely smooth vanilla character manifests and the sharpness slowly fades away. A mite overrated in my book, but still very good; I look forward to the bottles I have cellared in a year or two.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Ida7999 (105) - Milford, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 22, 2003
- clear, red/amber color, short white head, aroma is very hoppy, but laced with alcohol and a cherry/prune fruitiness, very clean and almost citrusy; flavor has a strong alcohol presence, but is also well hopped, fruity and tart, smooth, the taste of strong alcohol and hop flavor is definitely different, a sipping beer, nice rich texture

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SpaceMonkey (182) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 19, 2003
A nutty almond aroma with a hint of goat cheese, a frothy tan head that thinly sheets the surface, and a deep dark clear copper color make for dangerously tempting beer. I get pecans and honey in the mouth, so sweet. Hops are big, but can do nothing to catch up to the toasty sweetness in this. Drinks like ginger ale and packs a wallop of a punch; or may be it tastes like punch and packs a sinister ale. I think I'm falling.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
JorisPPattyn (9084) - Ursel, BELGIUM - FEB 19, 2003
Colour: deep red-brown; yellow-brownish head, thick, creamy, regular. Nose: intense aromas of fruit/gingercake, some exotic fruit as melon or papaya, also hints of port wine. Taste: hops first and after, but in between tantalising glimpses of frangipane or marzipan-covered fruitcake. Great balance (palate) as, being so hop bitter, it never really shows, unless by paying special attention to this. Mouthfeel: even cooled down, this beer is rich and feeding, with a marvellous warming alcohol-effect. Aftertaste: all the above fades out, ever so slowly, making one long for the next sip. This is truly a superb beer! Great in aromas as in balance, one wishes for a 750ml version - to end truly horizontal.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
redlem (1306) - Ohio, USA - FEB 15, 2003
Amber in color with a medium head. By the smell you can tell this was brewed by Victory it has that orange/hops aroma. Taste reminds me of their Hopdevil as for the hops taste. Hides the 11% ABV very well.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
EddieG (169) - Palos Heights, Illinois, USA - FEB 15, 2003
Fantastic Offering from Victory. I have yet to be dissappointed. This beers is full of flavor and aroma. Plums and caramel, vanilla and pecan. This would rock if reduced and served with vanilla ice cream. More balanced than Old Crusty with only a moderate hop presence. Nicely done. The monkey is next!!!

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