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RATINGS: 1609   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.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
apoptosis (1317) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 17, 2002
This beer is incredible! The alcohol is masked very well by the sweetness, and it smells like candy. Very complex and extremely delightful.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
notalush (5328) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 17, 2002
UPDATED: AUG 11, 2006 [edit - this beerís quality has suffered a great deal in recent years - hold on to those older bottles as long as you can] A deep, ruby red color and slight lacing make this look like any old barleywine.....but it most certainly is not! The aroma is mildy alcoholic, but mostly dominated by what I can only describe as ícandied fruit,í if that makes sense. There is a subtle hop and alcohol presence in the flavor which is enjoyable on these long winter nights (but the alcohol is very well masked). The most dominant aspects of the flavor include a heavy malty sweetness, and a deluge of fruit flavors (black cherries, grapes, raisins, and possibly strawberries), which combine to make this my new favorite barleywine. The fruit and sweetness stick around in the finish for an astounding length of time after you swallow (if your donít brush your teeth, the flavor could probably stick with you for weeks). Storm King is my favorite Victory beer, but I think this brew will make me call that title into question.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
slimjim (106) - New Jersey, USA - DEC 17, 2002
This is my favorite of this style. Deep amber, sweet malty. Enough hops to satisfy. DELICIOUS! Victory does it again!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Dickinsonbeer (5075) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - DEC 16, 2002
UPDATED: MAR 19, 2005 Re rate: bottled nov 13 2002- Aroma is better this year I think- more hops in the aroma- and the head is larger and lasts longer. I also remember noticing the alcohol last year- but there is very little alcohol at the beginning- when it warms it becomes present but it is still slight. Since DFH WWS 23% any amount of alcohol in a beer is going to taste muted. Still the best barleywine Iíve had so far. Color is deep amber. Almost no head. Smell was sweet and citrusy. Taste was extremely complex and changed after warming up. I first noticed a very sweet almost molasses-like taste witha nice toasty maltiness with mild hop taste. As it warmed there was plum and other caramel-like malt flavors with increasing hoppiness. I went directly to bed and passed out after having one of these at the end of a night fillled with drinking good beers at the local pub.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jelifish (10) - Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 13, 2002
The nose greets you with a sweet, flowery and alcohol aroma. It is a beautiful glowing ruby color. It has a semi-creamy, sweet malt taste. Eventhough, this was one of my first Barley Wines, I just couldnít get past the OVERLY flowery taste that resides after drinking it. A bit sweet for me, but still very good.

   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.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
pivo (2631) - 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!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
YogiBeera (2544) - 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!

   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
hopscotch (10076) - 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!

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