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 (943) - Seattle, Washington, 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!!
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. Iím in love. austinpowers, I am in your debt, sir, for introducing me to this exotic creature.
Dogbrick (8237) - 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! Itís pretty obvious how this one got its name. Alcohol taste is at the forefront. Very enjoyable when you take your time with it. You wonít 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 (826) - 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.