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!!
bluemeow76 (693) - Lewis Center, Ohio, USA - APR 22, 2002
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
A little too strong on the alcohol taste - definitely a sipping beer. It almost tastes like wine. Good, interesting stuff.
hennes (934) - Fountain, Michigan, USA - APR 21, 2002
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Luminous red with gold infusions; an inhale of vanilla, whiskeymalt, cardamon (Carolyn made me go to the spice drawer to be sure). Inhale. Exhale. Hell, breathing this thing is ecstasy. Sipping it is better. Rich and fiery without caustic alcohol or hop burn bitters. No, this one is insanely smooth and luxurious, its malted steeps like fine mulled wine. Damn. I’m in love. austinpowers, I am in your debt, sir, for introducing me to this exotic creature.
Dogbrick (7659) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - APR 20, 2002
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to austinpowers for this one! It’s pretty obvious how this one got its name. Alcohol taste is at the forefront. Very enjoyable when you take your time with it. You won’t be pounding these back, kind of the beer version of a Port wine. All in all a great Barley Wine which makes me want to try other ones.
fraternie (814) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 15, 2002
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAY 2, 2003 Wow. This is a great beer, probably my favorite from Victory, which is saying a lot. Coppery, golden body--vinous with and extremely soft nose. Citrusy, cidery aroma. Apple cider malt flavor, notes of oranges. Spicy body. Some sweetness, perhaps a touch of smoke. As perfectly balanced as you could ever ask for in such a big beer. Strong sweet sugary finish. Very drinkable. Only complaint is the seemingly burnt/ sugary aftertaste as it warms. Lost my battle of the barleywine taste-off vs. Third Coast Old Ale as I didn't find the malt to be as complex, but this beer is probably better balanced which made it a close call.
daboskabouter (1470) - Fergus, Ontario, CANADA - APR 14, 2002
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark amber color. Organic hoppy, sweet malty, brown sugar aroma. Syrupy mouthfeel, big hoppy bite, but not like other American barley wines that are overly hopped. Nicely meshed, great alcohol content. The image says it all: don’t drink this if it isn’t bed time. Knocked me and my buddy out.
belgianhomebrew (646) - Acworth, Georgia, USA - APR 14, 2002
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Great dark amber color, with a decent head. Big malty, caramel aroma. Great malt flavor balanced with a good bitterness.
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 13, 2002
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: NOV 28, 2009 12oz. Bottle and Draught at Brewery and elsewhere: Aroma of hops, pine, malts, light citrus, resin, and toasted caramel. Poured very deep amber/copper in color with a large, creamy, foamy, dense, tan head that lasted throughout. Cloudy. Sparkling. Full of tiny, small, medium, and large-sized particles throughout. Excellent lacing. Flavor is lightly sweet and heavily bitter. Tastes of hops, pine, malts, resin, and a hint of tobacco. Medium to full body. Tingly, then slightly dry texture. Average to lively carbonation. Lightly sweet, heavily bitter, hop, pine, and malt finish. 10.5%ABV is totally hidden throughout. Brest drunk fresh and hoppy!
lockman (29) - Somers Point, New Jersey, USA - MAR 14, 2002
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
A strong, licorisy ale with a kick. It certainly lets you know it has 11%! But a great beer to be tasted every year or allowed to sit and ripen for a future tasting. Victory shows its mastery of the style with this one!
Raytailgater (105) - Rockledge, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 12, 2002
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
One strong ass beer. Highly recommend it.