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RATINGS: 1594   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.


4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
goz (359) - Chelmsford, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 11, 2002
Wow! Pour is a deep ruby red, thin head and very low carbonation. Aroma is monsterous - hops, malts, fruit, and alcohol are all present in bunches. Flavor is just as big as the aroma, starts sweet and malty, middle is very citric and flowery, ends with a nice oily hop pine-ish and lingering flavor. Alcohol is definately noticeable, but I think it adds to the deepness of the flavor and mouthfeel. How they pack that much into a little 12 ounce bottle amazes me.

4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
pivo (2605) - GERMANY - DEC 6, 2002
Strong nose of figs and alcohol, brandy-like. Beautiful ruby-brown color and a low, tight head. Powerful malty taste laced with fruity (dates, black cherries) and spicy (pepper) flavors. Clean, silky palette - man this is smooth. Like a port wine, but better because it is beer. Amazing stuff!

4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
YogiBeera (2511) - New Jersey, USA - DEC 6, 2002
Je, that beer rocks! Terrific grain, malt, alcohol, pepper and chocolate nose. Amber red color with a little layer of head leaving brussels lace. Peppery, rum and figs taste. Smooth, silky. Numbs only the sides of the tongue, but the alcohol is in the background. Unbelieveable how silky this brew is, I want more....more,...more!

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
mikejmadden99 (103) - Mountain Top, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 4, 2002
A sweet malty smell with hops too, along with another sweet sem I could not put a name to, it color dark amber, but clear not cloudy. The flavor is very malty with a warn honey alcohol taste.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
hopscotch (9744) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - DEC 2, 2002
2002 This beer rocks. The aroma is malty and sticky sweet. Notes of black pepper and basement musty. There is a definite hop presence but, címon. Although itís brewed by Victory with their hoppy, Left Coast leanings, this barley wine has to be all about the malt, right? This is a very dark, crystal clear amber beer. The head is medium-sized and off-white. Frothy head that is mostly diminishing with excellent lacing. The flavor? I was right.. Malt!! Sweet, sticky, thick Malt!! Malt, Malt, Malt!!!... and guess what! Thatís just the flavor on the frontside. Hops galore disguise the huge malt presence on the backside. Warm alcohol throughout. Clover honey in there too. Full-bodied with a syrupy mouthfeel. Softly carbonated. A long, dry woodsy, bitter finish with a burst of clover at the wee end of the finish. Excellent barleywine!

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jcalbi (380) - Medford, New Jersey, USA - NOV 29, 2002
Bottled 11/13/2002: Crisp claret color with a sandy colored head that wasnít long for this world. Strong hop aromas bringing pine and a mixture of spices to the nose. A wisp of alcohol as well. Tooth tingling alcohol feel that eventually warms the body. Amazingly well balanced between the strong hop presence and the caramel malt flavor, especially for such a young beer.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
cb (810) - Roeland Park, Kansas, USA - NOV 27, 2002
UPDATED: JAN 13, 2003 Damn good stuff. The oh-so-seductive part is very true. Old Horizontal had me from first sip.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
grant (842) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - NOV 27, 2002
Wow! Much better than my first barley wine experience. Delicate lacing with a beautiful amber color. Not too sweet and exploding with flavor. Mostly berry flavors accented with a hefty hops presence.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 22, 2002
transparent marroon..living froth..creamed berries and buttery toffee...Holy Shizznit melting cherry twizzlers..creamy cherry soda pop fizznicity..warming alcohol shivvers..good stuff...I was too drunk when I

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
jbrus (4991) - Delft, NETHERLANDS - OCT 26, 2002
Wow! I didnít expect to get this much beer when I poured it in although Victory was already famous over here (to me). Flowers, raisin and caramel aroma. Red-brown colour, light brown head, very good lace thatís slow like oil. Very full, syrupy, sweet, light acidic, raisin, little port. Long lasting hopbitter finish.


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