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RATINGS: 1570   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 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
hennes (934) - Fountain, Michigan, USA - APR 21, 2002
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.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dogbrick (8141) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - APR 20, 2002
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.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
fraternie (820) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 15, 2002
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.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
daboskabouter (1470) - Fergus, Ontario, CANADA - APR 14, 2002
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: donít drink this if it isnít bed time. Knocked me and my buddy out.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
belgianhomebrew (646) - Acworth, Georgia, USA - APR 14, 2002
Great dark amber color, with a decent head. Big malty, caramel aroma. Great malt flavor balanced with a good bitterness.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 13, 2002
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!

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
lockman (29) - Somers Point, New Jersey, USA - MAR 14, 2002
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!

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Raytailgater (105) - Rockledge, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 12, 2002
One strong ass beer. Highly recommend it.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Ringo (963) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - MAR 11, 2002
Ahh yes, number one hundred! Gimme that crown. And a well deserving beer for the honor. This beer tastes very RED! It does not taste quite like any other barley wine that I have ever tried. It has the smallest amount of head and lace, just this side of none. Not too sweet, and does a great job with the eleven percent alcohol content. Definitely has a cherry medicine flavor and nose to it that Iím not sure if I like or not. All in all, the sheer uniquness of the flavor and the great handling of the ABV make this a winner. And as I just finished a big dinner with two beers, this after dinner one will surely have me horizontal soon.

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
legion242 (2190) - Richardson, Texas, USA - MAR 9, 2002
Uh-oh; Ruby Red in color; No head at all nor any lace. Alcohol is VERY upfront in this one. Medicinal. Lots of cherry Robitusin. Molasses. Palate thins quite a bit at the 3/4 mark. Cloyingly sweet with no balance. No attempt to hide the alcohol. I have another bottle and will definitely give this beer another chance, but as it stands now, this is woefully over-rated. RERATE: 3-9-02 (let bottle warm to nearly 65*) Smooth, very little effervescence. Lots of candy suger sweetness- malted burnt flavors also playing a huge role. Not as vinuos and thick as some other B-Wís that I have had. Alcohol is present for sure. Warming at the 1/3 mark. There is a degree of medicine flavors that really bother me- the cherry robituson is gone, but not by much. I am liking this better this time around, but I still sense very little balance. Now, at the 2/3 mark, the maltiness is perfect (the beer is now fully at room temp-73*). Much more satisfying this time, but still not the world beater that everyone says.


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