ryecatcher (1304) - Bridgeport, Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 5, 2015
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bomber. Pours a deep amber, generous off-white head with phenomenal retention and lacing. Nose is malty, mildly herbal hops, peaches, candied orange rind, caramel and band aids. Mouth is super sticky, pronounced sweetness and a mildly bitter undertone, lots of orangey notes, some candy sugar, burnt caramel. A traditional barleywine and perfect for an exceptionally (and unseasonably) cold March night here in the City of Big Shoulders... and while I may hate the Steelers, Flyers, Penguins and Nittany Lions I do love me some Victory beers.
Franckg (1022) - Trois-Rivières, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 25, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bouteille datée de 2013. Bue après 1 an. Arômes de pamplemousse, caramel, canne à sucre et soupçon de poivre. En bouche, beaucoup de saveurs se croisent: Agrumes, canne à sucre et alcool. Bel équilibre entre le sucré et le houblonné. Le taux d’alcool est bien caché pour 11%. La finale est amère et fruitée.
ARH (1112) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 23, 2015
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz bottle poured into a snifter. Wood and peach aromas start off strong, but fade. The mellower wood remains and combines with sweet citrus and floral notes as well as spiced apple cider. Aromas of caramel come on strong and late. The beer is slightly hazy and effervescent. It gets hazier near the bottle’s end, but retains an oily appearance. The hue is a honey copper copper topped by a fuzzy, foamy, off-white thick ring with a heavy, dusty surface coating, and it leaves an above average, dense lace. The taste is a medium high sweet and medium high bitter; mostly balanced, but perhaps slightly more bitter than sweet. The foamy carbonation cuts through the viscous texture nicely. The medium full body holds citrus and caramel sweetness, with resin and burnt bitterness, and a subtle candy sugar note. The finish is butterscotch and roasty with a mellow alcohol warmth that leads to a spicy, mostly clean, bitter aftertaste that has a light burnt and wood lingering quality.
superspak (4468) - Michigan, USA - FEB 20, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 ounce bottle into snifter, bottled on 10/26/2013. Pours slightly hazy deep reddish copper color with a 2 finger dense and rocky light khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice dense soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of grapefruit, orange zest, raisin, plum, fig, caramel, toast, toffee, brown sugar, floral, grass, pine, and floral/toasted earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of citrus/pine hops, dark fruit, and dark/bready malt notes; with good strength. Taste of grapefruit, orange zest, raisin, plum, fig, caramel, toast, toffee, brown sugar, pine, floral, grass, and floral/toasted earthiness. Fair amount of pine/grassy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, orange zest, raisin, plum, fig, caramel, toffee, toast, brown sugar, pine, and floral/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Very nice complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/pine hops, dark fruit, and dark/bready malt flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a smooth, fairly creamy, and lightly slick/sticky mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a small warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent American barelywine style. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/pine hops, dark fruit, and dark/bready malt flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the big ABV. A very enjoyable offering.
RRistow12 (661) - Lewis Center, Ohio, USA - FEB 5, 2015
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tasted from bottle. Pours a cloudy dark reddish amber with off white head. Good lacing. Great aroma. Caramel, toffee, nutmeg, spices, dark fruits, bourbon. Taste is very complex. Spicey flavor with overall moderate to heavy sweetness and mild to moderate bitterness. Toffee, caramel, molasses, raisins, plums, earthy flavors, bourbon. Definitely hides the 11% well. Very well done and interesting tasting barleywine.
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mixmasterob (1044) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JAN 20, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber. Bright mahogany pour with a small off white wispy head. Aroma was rich dark fruits, brown sugar, caramel and toasted nuts. Flavors were right in line, lots of caramel and dark fruits. Bittersweet finish with a grassy and floral hoppiness that lingered. Moderate carbonation with a slick and slightly viscous mouthfeel. A classic barley wine.
hawthorne00 (3414) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - JAN 20, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2013 bottle, 650ml, 13C. Copper with a beige head that lasts as a coat. Aroma of toffee, some butterscotch, raisins, dried peach, orange peel. Rich and sweet with toffee, peach, hints of dried fruit, a brandy-like booziness that fits fine. Strong, lasting bitterness with bitter oranges. Still pretty hoppy. Like it a lot now, certainly has the structure to go a few years but maybe the malt side of things is not interesting enough to dominate the show. Nothing fancy, just very good.
FestDecBeet (412) - - JAN 19, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Look: pours deep bet. Slight haze. White head. Thick lacing.
Smell: blueberries. Sweet candy sugar. Cherries. Red Apple skin.
Taste: hops. Hot alcohol. Cherries. Blueberries. Sweet syrup.
Feel: hoppy dryness. Leaves a thick film on the mouth.
Overall: great beer. Love the hops. Super sweetness comes out and helps balance it out.
First drank; home 1/18/15
Stuedmaster (345) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 16, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This is one of the better barleywine ales that I have had. Aroma is of caramel, toffee, roasted grain, brown sugar, plum, booze. Drinks amazingly smooth for such a high abv, nice balance of sweet malt and hops, the hops are not too astringent or resinous but smooth and fruity. Has kind of a grassy and piney effect from the hops. I really like this one, would repeat.
Doofgoblin (478) - Chevy Chase, Washington DC, USA - JAN 13, 2015
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
This is pretty magical. Aroma is lots of roasted toffee, burnt sugar... and just toasty aromas.... taste is toffee, raisins, and lots of malts that finish smooth and lingering. It has a bit of that burnt sugar that seems aged or slightly rancid--in a good way. Finish is a great lingering body that is full with a soft and comfortable mouth feel as the 11% passes your gullet... haha! This is a good one!