cfranz (261) - Acton, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 24, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Odor of olives hop and sweet roasted corn. Nice beer, a sipping beer. Tasted sweet and hoppy. Balanced mouthfeel.
SG111 (611) - New York, USA - AUG 4, 2015
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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 you’d expect from a Victory Barleywine with 2 years on it. Lots of good hop character, but it’s subdued so quite a good amount of malt presence w/o delving into the style of an English Barleywine.
kbudd19 (899) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - AUG 3, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, vintage 2011, thanks to Tim! Appearance is dark brown with light white head. Aroma is figs, brown sugar, and caramel. Taste is light bitterness, brown sugar, and butterscotch. Solid barley wine
ajnepple (3564) - Conifer, Colorado, USA - JUL 29, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Backlog. 22 oz bottle from Biggie Wine & Liquor. Deep amber appearance with a lingering head. Aroma of bitter hops, caramel, toffee, light fruity esters and touch of alcohol and resin. Heavy, almost harsh bitterness at first that smooths out as it warms. Full body. Much better after it warms up a bit.
BeerRenter76 (303) - 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 (5127) - 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 (898) - 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 (217) - 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 (1591) - 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 (341) - 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, it’s 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.