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RATINGS: 1570   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.01   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
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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.


4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Gusler (2653) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JUN 29, 2002
Re-Rate 06/29/02: Deep ruby red, the head is beige, the lace in sheets to hug the glass. The nose is deep malt, earthy, hits of alcohol, hops and caramel, a great sniffing beer. Start is sweet, the top is medium to full, the finish hop laden ,dry, lightly acidic and the alcohol warms the tummy, a ’World Class’ barley Wine. A gift from Jayme

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MrRomero (1975) - Nolanville, USA - JUN 28, 2002
Five swallows, five different tastes. I couldn’t figure it out. First taste was like a nice ale. Then the sweetness kicked in. A little too sweet for me. Barleywines are not my favorite style so this won’t be a regular in my fridge. Addendum: Oh, I see it says it’s a winter ale. That’s what’s wrong. It’s summer.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Schroppfy (2360) - Łódż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - JUN 25, 2002
The aroma is a masterpiece of smoke, wood, high alcohol and deep malt. A touch of the trademark victory hops as well. Tremendous mouthfeel; not as ’ heavy’ as some other barleywines, IMO. In fact, very quaffable for this kind of animal. Fruity flavors is right...but nothing small there, either. Overripened plum? Prune? Sugary Date? Yum.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
mwsf (360) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUN 21, 2002
Wow! This beer is phenomenal. A stunning ruby-red, this is possibly the most beautiful beer that I’ve ever seen. Pours with a one-finger head that disappears quickly. Nice malty and slightly hoppy aroma with a hint of alcohol. Tastes moderately bitter with a powerful sweet, slightly caramelized malt flavor. The alcohol is imperceptible in the taste. Full bodied. A little hoppier than an English Barley Wine but certainly not as hoppy as a Bigfoot or Old Crustacean. This might be my new favorite Barley Wine. It certainly gives Old Foghorn a run for its money!

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
beerbukkake1956 (4) - New York, USA - JUN 17, 2002 does not count
How do they hide the 11% alcohol? They don’t. Victory is one of my very favorite breweries. Their Hop Devil and Storm King deserve the considerable praise that has been heaped upon them, and their Golden Monkey and Prima Pils are amongst my very favorite brews. However,I think they missed the boat here. There are undoubtedly some wonderful flavors in here, with admirable fruit, but they are overshadowed by the hot, heavy handed approach. Save for a late, cold night in front of the fire.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
austinpowers (2826) - New York, New York, USA - JUN 14, 2002
Whoa Nellie! The absolute best barleywine. Malty and flavorful.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 16/20
kprell197199 (1) - mt.pleasant, Michigan, USA - JUN 14, 2002 does not count
Excellent Taste, Good balance between hops and malt,You nead to get some...

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ernest (6216) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUN 10, 2002
UPDATED: DEC 22, 2010 Bottle (Nov 15, 2010 bottling). Head is initially small, frothy, light brown, mostly diminishing. Body is medium to dark amber. Aroma is moderately malty (caramel, cookie), moderately hoppy (flowers, orange, apricot), with notes of dried mango, honey, alcohol. Flavor is heavily sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, moderately bitter. Medium to full body, watery/velvety texture, lively carbonation, moderately to heavily alcoholic. Seems more boozy, less rich, and more carbonated than I remember (it’s been 3-4 years since I’ve rated one). Still nice, but not the 4+ beer I used to love.

3.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Andrew196 (1091) - Katy, Texas, USA - JUN 8, 2002
Excellent aroma, hops and notes of alcohol. Little head, dark amber color. Taste was good, but I wished the hops came out in the flavor like they did in the smell. Close, but no cigar.

3.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
AceOfHearts (1375) - Mountain View, California, USA - JUN 8, 2002
Very clear amber and exceptionally weak head. Nice aroma, candylike with notes of caramel. The flavor was a bit too overpowering though, I didn’t think that this was nearly as good as the other top 10’s.


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