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RATINGS: 1567   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.


4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Lothore (549) - California, USA - MAR 29, 2014
Ruddy brown, absolutely crystal clear with a thin, off white head that fades quickly. The smell draws you in with deep caramel notes, toffee and brown sugar. Taste follows the smell, lots of caramel, sweet butterscotch notes, lightly bitter on the back end. Fairly viscous with a medium to low amount of carbonation. This is an extremely drinkable barleywine. It doesnít taste like it could even be 8 percent alcohol let alone 11.

2.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
geologyguy (675) - Columbia, South Carolina, USA - MAR 29, 2014
citrus smell to it, taste is too hoppy for me, especially for a barleywine! I appreciate different takes on the styles but this is too much!

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
brewballs (190) - USA - MAR 28, 2014
Victory are prolific. They put out saisons or ipas that are usually good. And to see a barleywine in their stable is a breath if fresh air. Plum hue. Mild head. It is boozy but not prominent. The wash down is a bit dry. Plus I wish it had more body. Its good but not Rogue Old Crustacean Barleywine good.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
sturmthis (386) - Ohio, USA - MAR 28, 2014
On tap. Dark ruby red color. Caramel aroma. Boozy taste. You can really taste the alcohol in this one. Nice beer.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
CpyNPrnT (358) - Indiana, USA - MAR 28, 2014
Caramel, sweet aroma. Taste, exactly the same, caramel, sweet fruits. Alcohol present but also hidden well.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rxeight (1292) - Illinois, USA - MAR 27, 2014
12oz bottle thanks to Sean. Best by 11/15/14, so 4+ years old. Smells like a semi sweet caramelly barleywine. Taste is very balanced. Has a touch of the hard ribbon candy i expect from a barlywine but Im assuming it mellowed out nicely. Mouth feel is velvety smooth. Never had this fresh to compare, but this is one of the best non BA barleywines Iíve had.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ericular (603) - Minnesota, USA - MAR 19, 2014
Pours a really nice amber that looks like brandy in the glass once the head dies down. Aroma is rich with caramel and molasses. Taste is sweet and rich up front, into a hop balance and plenty of boozy burn. Aftertaste is syrupy sweet, mixed with bready malts and hops. Very nicely balanced. Rich and smooth overall.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
valpoaj (627) - Valparaiso, Indiana, USA - MAR 16, 2014
Bottle aged in cellar for quite a long time (5+ years). Was surprised I hadnít rated this in the past, as Iíve had this brew fresh in the past and thought it was very solid. Anyway, aged bottle review - bottle still has some life, which is a good thing - dank brown pour with no head to speak of - thin white ring clings to the edges. Aroma is inviting - loads of caramelized malt, some resinous hop notes, hint of chocolate, toasty, some booze, splash of dark fruit. Flavor is smooth and sweet - caramelized, toasted malts rule the show, but there is still a healthy amount of hop bitterness to make this an excellent barleywine after all the years. Dark fruit and some spices round things out. Palate is somewhat oily, moderately thick, and oxidization is minimal. This turned out very nicely after a long cellaring - I think Iím out, but wouldnít complain about enjoying another after a few years!

4.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Beachmaster (110) - Oklahoma, USA - MAR 16, 2014
Poured into a tulip glass from a bomber. Pours a clear light copper with a huge khaki head that lasts a long time and leaves good lacing. Aroma is hops. Taste is caramel, molasses, and malt, with a pleasant clean hop finish. Iím not a hops fan, but this is the best-balanced barleywine Iíve yet tasted. Outstanding.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
hman43 (324) - Pinehurst, North Carolina, USA - MAR 15, 2014
It has a rich aroma of caramel, plums, and other malts. It is a ruby red with a thick, frothy head that is off white. It has a rich malt flavor with flavors. Most barleywines are strong to the point of being overbeering, but this one has a well balanced finish. The flavoring and the combinations and well blended.


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