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RATINGS: 1622   WEIGHTED AVG: 4/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
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.

ThisWangsChung's rating

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ThisWangsChung (826) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - MAR 2, 2014
Iíve been looking forward to this for a while. 22 oz bottle into a pint glass. A: Pours a clear dark amber color. The head is a two finger off-white shade. Its texture is excellent, and it has good retention as well. Lacing left behind is rather plentiful. S: Itís actually not quite as sweet as I thought it would be. The hop notes here - as expected - are piny and resinous, balanced by its malt sweetness. In particular, it brings caramel, vanilla, and toffee. Itís definitely a quality aroma, if a bit more ístandardí than I was expecting. T: The taste works better, I think. Piny hops hit the palate first - there isnít much harshness, and the pine flavor is incredibly vivid. It becomes sweeter after the midtaste and especially on the finish, while its hop flavor becomes almost ísaltyí to my twisted palate. The harsher elements of the alcohol are hidden very well. If I have to complain about something, itís that the sweetness here isnít well defined - sure it brings plenty of caramel, toffee, and earth, but not much in the way of dark fruits or candy. Thereís just the subtlest suggestion of the latter, unfortunately it isnít quite enough. Every once in a while, thereís a gentle wisp of chocolate that hits the palate. M: This seems to be even softer than others in the style. Of course, being a barleywine, itís still sweet and heavy. The finish is, naturally, superbly long and mildly bitter. Itís more salty than anything. Nonetheless, Iím really impressed how well the booze is hidden. O: Give this a year or two in the cellar and this would kick ass. Right now, though, itís still drinking pretty damn well. If the sweetness was more defined, then it would be killer immediately. As it stands, Iím really enjoying the hop profile but wished the malt component worked a little better.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
crossovert (10045) - Illinois, USA - NOV 8, 2015
650ml bottle. 2014 vintage that had been in a fridge since it got to the store. Lightly hazed pour. Aroma is captain crunch berry cereal. Flavor is similar, quite hoppy still, candylike, over the top.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Saeglopur (1338) - Vienna Woods, AUSTRIA - OCT 29, 2015
650 ml bottle 2013 vintage, from a trade with Sebilinz, thanks Erich!
Deep copper body, wih a medium, fluffy, light beige head.
Aroma of grapefruit, resin, orange, some pine, caramel, some candy.
Taste follows this, surprisingly hoppy, with some more booze.
Medium, slick mouthfeel, with a moderate carbonation
Finishes bitter-sweet, a bit alcoholic, hoppy, zesty, a bit piney, fruity, also sweet malty.

Very nice. Surprisingly hoppy after 2 years. Pretty strong hop bite in the taste and finish, even a bit harsh. Overall more a Double IPA than a Barley Wine in my opinion. Not my favourite beer from Victory, but really characterful and enjoyable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
wiosna (521) - - OCT 29, 2015
0,65 l pullo @ Werkmeisterís place. Hiukan samea, meripihkan ruskea. Tuoksussa alkoholia, brandya, makeaa mallasta. Maussa humalaa jotenkin vššršllš tavalla liikaa, makeaa mallasta, alkoholia. Karvaus muistuttaa mangoldia. Huh.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Simay (73) - Vienna, AUSTRIA - OCT 29, 2015
Really nice hazy cooper/amber colour with very fast disappearing off white head. Aroma: strong alcoholic, honey, pines, herbs, spices, caramel. Tastes very alcoholic and hoppy, there is little sweetness but quite a lot bitter. The smell is really nice butthe taste is too harsh, not as sweet as it smells, a little bit disturbing. Still good beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Werckmeister (1303) - Vienna, AUSTRIA - OCT 29, 2015
0,66l bottle at home shared by Saeglopur, big thanks. Vintage 2013, no obvious BB date. copper hazy color, small off-white head. smells light veggies, spices, light wood, grass, tobacco, some pines. full body, soft carbonation, slick mouthfeel. tastes again light veggies, spices, grass, tobacco, oranges, pines, alcohol, herbs, marzipan, nuts, almonds, finishes with alcohol and oranges and some herbal bitter notes. decent, a bit underwhelming, has some veggie notes, not too distracting, but apparent. overall quite good beer but the other ratings would suggest better, a bit boozy.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Kavu (3307) - Helsinki, FINLAND - OCT 29, 2015
0,65l bottle (2013) shared by Saeglopur @ Werckmeister?s place. Pours cloudy copper with a low off-white head. Aroma is sweet malts, dark fruits and alcohol. Flavor is sweet malts, dark fruits, alcohol and loads of hops. Good, not quite great.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ZacM612 (372) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - SEP 5, 2015
2014 bottle. Deep copper color, slight haze. Light orangish head that dissipates fairly quickly. Dark fruit aroma, with a hint of booze. Smooth, sweet flavor. Warming feel. Well done.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
altonbrownd (4597) - Chevy Chase, Maryland, USA - SEP 3, 2015
Bottle in Brussels. Nice red amber body with slight head. Nose of caramel, malts, toasty, fruits. Taste fruits, toasty, pines and bitter. Quite a lot of hops. Really nice warming finish. Well done.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bulk_Carrier (3018) - Mt Reclusion, Vermont, USA - SEP 3, 2015
This was poured into a chalice. The appearance was a nice looking hazy dark amber to brown color with a one finger white foamy head that dissipated within less than about forty seconds. Lacing was gripping nicely to the glass. The smell started off with a sharp sweet citrus rolling over tobacco notes and a light sticky caramel and slight toffee. The flavor was semi-sweet with a strong sticky dry tobacco to caramel maltiness running into slight toffee tones. A dry caramel to toasty toffee aftertaste leads to a quick dry sweet finish. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body with a fairly decent sipping quality about it. Carbonation runs really low key allowing the "tobacco" to harsh toffee tones to be the bitter balance that runs the gamut on my tongue. Overall, this was a really nice American Barleywine that I would have again.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SG111 (672) - New York, USA - AUG 4, 2015
Bottled. 2013 vintage. Pours sort of murky bronze copper, off-white head. Really nice. Aroma is figs, raisins, definitely get some of that citrus hop character which has been subdued by that age. The booze and heat is there. Some slight oak, and some toffee and malt. Flavor is toffee, some fig (or maybe raisin), honey, little bit of orange and lemon peel, a delayed citrus hop finish. Really exactly what youíd expect from a Victory Barleywine with 2 years on it. Lots of good hop character, but itís subdued so quite a good amount of malt presence w/o delving into the style of an English Barleywine.

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