kujo9 (1095) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - FEB 8, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Deep amber body w/ no head. Swirling the glass helps to develope a little, but it doesn't stick around. Aroma starts out with piney hop, then malty, caramel/toffee and fruity. The flavor sort of seems to follow the aroma characteristics with a malty and hop filled start that turns to a drier finish than expected for a barleywine. Fruity esters are in the back ground to hops. It's very well balanced with a warming alcohol, full bodied beer, but it's slightly astringent, but not offensively so. Some aging would probably add a few complexities that seem to be missing from a barleywine, but it's young, it can only improve.
GregClow (3095) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 5, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a hazy orangey-red with very little head. Aroma of floral honey, caramel-malt and pine. Flavour starts in nice and sweet, with dark honey and mild citrus notes in the round middle, and a medicinal tang of hops to finish. A potent brew for a cold winter night.
MartinT (9063) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 3, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUN 10, 2011 Throbbing alcohol heats up this Barley Wine’s green hops...Caramel malts and light oxidation generate strawberry jam...Prickly, intense carbonation lightens the body, as earthy, wooden hops finish each sip...
BATLMULLET (127) - Highland, Indiana, USA - FEB 2, 2003
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very complex and rich. Aroma first comes off as yeasty, then hoppy. Full mouthfeel, quite dark. Hops are nicely abundant. Great winter beer...Appropriately named.
npdempse (934) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - FEB 2, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sweet aroma with hints of pine resin coming through in the bitter hop notes. Ruddy brown with a small whitish head. Flavor hits initially with a sweet, toffeeish malt. Hops are moderately bitter and piney. Mouthfeel is nice, full and somewhat frothy. Finishes dry and rather bitter, leaving behind a sweet aftertaste.
Terminus (3544) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - FEB 1, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: NOV 20, 2003 This was impressive stuff-sampled at the map room-very nice balance here with sweet tangyness along with lots of spices. I must go back to the maproom for more of this stuff.
wow, the flavor profile changes with a hint of Liqorice on the finish. still very well balanced, but less hoppy than it is fresh.
Rockinout (966) - Kent, Ohio, USA - JAN 29, 2003
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: DEC 30, 2003 2002 bottle. Translucent brownish-red color, very smooth on the palate. Hints of raisin, dark rum, plum. Nice hop presence towards the finish.
Jokes (1453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 28, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a caramel brown color with frothy, off-white head. The aroma is comprised of a nice balance of hops and malt. A nice fruitiness to go with the caramel and toffee. The finish has a nice hop crispness that is not overbearing and actually quite nice. A little sweet and a little bitter, a pleasantly balanced beer. I'm happy to have finally found it.
iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JAN 28, 2003
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Full creamy head, firey brown. Light alcohol tickles the nose, while soft juicy pears and oranges sqeeze freshly picked hop leaves. Smooth, creamy, silky. . . dry hoppy finish, with lingering whisps of alcohol, grapefruit and sweet caramel. Amazing.
booyaatribe (450) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 28, 2003
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Wow. No head whatsoever. Syrupy and red in color. The alcohol taste is there, but not overwhelming. Beautiful hops-Victory does hops like no other brewery, bar none. Nice sweet/fruity notes in there too.