AceOfHearts (1375) - Mountain View, California, USA - JUN 8, 2002
3.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Very clear amber and exceptionally weak head. Nice aroma, candylike with notes of caramel. The flavor was a bit too overpowering though, I didnít think that this was nearly as good as the other top 10ís.
JohnC (3000) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - JUN 6, 2002
4.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Reddish brown color w/ very little head, this is a strong one. Itís flavor is very rich w/ a slightly bitter finish. Loved it.
bigal9699 (152) - Orange County, California, USA - JUN 5, 2002
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Deep red/brown color - sheís a beauty! Light tan head quickly dissipates. Strong nose - caramel and malt. Medium chewy mouthfeel. Light carbonation - perfect. Good balance between malt and hops. Slight winey flavors. Strong finish - bittersweet - with a bit of heat. Excellent price/value for a barley wine!
tartz99 (10) - USA - MAY 23, 2002
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
A full course meal in a bottle!
estoppel (1028) - Buffalo, New York, USA - MAY 13, 2002
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: MAR 29, 2005 I just canít find a Victory brew that isnít outstanding. Seductively smooth and delicious. RERATE: The more I have it, the more I love it. This is my desert island beer. RERATE 3/05: Red body, tan head, sweet nose with some hops. I notice that this isnít as hoppy as it was a couple of years ago. In particular, it doesnít have that PNW hop bite. That isnít necessarily a bad thing, though. Nice malts, rich mouthfeel, minimal alcohol presence. A lot more subtle than it was in 2002.
Toiletduck (20) - Philadelphia, USA - MAY 9, 2002
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Great finishing beer. Very rich and fruity in flavor compared to Rogueís Old Crustacean. I live about 45 minutes from Victoryís brewpub, but oddly enough Iíve never been there. This beer makes me want to go and taste the draught version.
MaxPower (961) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - MAY 8, 2002
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: FEB 7, 2003 Deep clear dark amber-copper, small head with tight little bubbles, sweet smokey caremel fruity aroma. Sweet and malty, flavors of cotton candy and fruit , not much bitterness in the finish, very smooth and full bodied with a full and creamy mouthfeel, a warming sipping ale, very good for the style, not over hopped.
brewbandit (312) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - MAY 8, 2002
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Wonderfully balanced touch of malt and hop bitterness hidden behind the fruitiness. Will have to add more to my cellar!
Davhgbrew (940) - Coconut Creek, Florida, USA - MAY 7, 2002
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Malty honey aroma with a deep mahogony red appearance. Syrupy like mouthfeel, with very well balanced middle and a dry bitter finish. Canít taste the 11% abv at all, great sipper.
jbak (111) - Torrington, Connecticut, USA - MAY 5, 2002
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Love this beer, dark, smooth and ass kickingly strong. victory wins again!!