ThisWangsChung (826) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - MAR 2, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
BeerRenter76 (291) - Texas, USA - JUL 13, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a very cloudy reddish brown color with a small yet dense light khaki head that reduces to a thin cap that leaves spotty lacing on the glass. Aromas of caramel, raisin, fig, prune, apple, molasses, brown sugar, toast, leather, floral, pine, and earth. Taste mirrors the aroma with a slight earthy pine bitterness on the finish. Light-medium carbonation and full bodied; with a creamy, fairly slick, and lightly sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with only a small warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a excellent barleywine. Great balance and complexity of malt flavors; and very smooth to sip on. A highly enjoyable offering.
thebeertourist (5094) - Oslo, NORWAY - APR 30, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from BrewDog shepherd Bush. Pours cloudy glowing amber with a fine, yellowish head. Dark fruits, raisins, nuts nose. More fruits in the mouth, good bitter balance, ending on a dry note. A great barley wine.
Dr_Fellini (828) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - APR 30, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle to glass. Pours a clear amber light brownish-orange color with a light tan head. Aroma is boozy, malty, molasses, touch of hops. Flavor is sweet, malty, heavy. Boozy. Overall a very nice barley wine. Would love to see a BA version of this.
BroadestTom (151) - Pennsylvania, USA - APR 29, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma caramel, bread, alcohol,
Appearance amber, clear, tan foam,
Taste medium sweetness, lightly bitter,
Palate medium body, lively,
Overall I would suggest this beer to a friend
rdixon77 (1577) - Georgia, USA - APR 12, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Old rating. Solid barley wine. Dark fruit, caramel, piney hops. Sweet and boozy but neither too much. Good stuff.
coachd (318) - Missouri, USA - APR 5, 2015
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle aged 18 months. Scent is a wonderful blend of brown sugar, pine hops, plum and other dark fruits, some booze and a hint of honey, all with a noticeable amount of malt. Smells sweet with a little something lurking behind it. Appearance is an easy 5. Beautiful amber color with a bright white head of foam that recedes down to nothing instantly. Taste is boozier and hoppier than the aroma and appearance would suggest - this is a big boy, for sure. The aftertaste belies some of the brown sugar sweetness, but it also brings a pretty substantial alcohol burn. This could have used even more aging than the 18 months. Palate is a little light for such a strong beer. Overall, itís a good strong barleywine; not for the faint of heart. Victory is taking some chances with this one.
Blueheron0123 (5) - - APR 5, 2015 does not count
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Purchased at Ale Yeah - Kennesaw, GA. Beautiful amber pour with 1/4 inch foam head into a snifter. Rich peach and floral notes, with a very nice clean finish. Malt is present with a minor amount of hops.... Booze is very well camaflagued. Recommended very highly.
Cybercat (4028) - Georgia, USA - APR 3, 2015
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours clear coppery brown with a fairly thick golden tan head. Strong, sweet aroma has notes of caramel, malt and apple. Flavor is fruity and not quite as sweet as the aroma, adding some hops to the caramel and malt notes. Alcohol bite is strong enough to warn that this is a high-grav, but not overpowering. Texture is a tad thin but fairly fizzy. Sip it slowly or youíll be horizontal.
ryanfolty (2066) - Bourbon County, Minnesota, USA - MAR 18, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
March 18, 2015 - 2013 bottle picked up at MGM today, which was a nice surprise. Brownish orange pour with limited head that faded quickly. Aroma was caramel, fruit and alcohol. Taste was consistent with aroma and had a mild bitter finish. Full bodied and smooth drinking.
McNeillR (1758) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 8, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Vibrant amber, light grease and eggshell ringed head. Minty white grapefruit and oaty hit booziness. Initial taste is brisk minty malt, unrisen sponge cake. Faded hoppy citrus and creamy mouthfeel. Finishes sweet burnt caramel and a lean cakey sweet linger. Not as hot as the nose suggested.
Bottle, Cheers BenH, TAD Tasting