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RATINGS: 1606   WEIGHTED AVG: 4   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.


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4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
radio_nowhere (1018) - Maryland, USA - DEC 27, 2013
Taken me awhile to find this one, bomber into snifter glass. Orangy-amber color with light tan head. Aroma of citrus/piney hops, big caramel malt and some fresh fruitiness. Taste makes a much larger appearance with some hop bitterness, toffee, sugar, berries, light cocoa and booze. Heavy body, moderate carbonation, slick, soft, oily with slight bitter finish. Very fruity, soft barleywine. Enjoyed!


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
rdixon77 (1387) - Georgia, USA - APR 12, 2015
Old rating. Solid barley wine. Dark fruit, caramel, piney hops. Sweet and boozy but neither too much. Good stuff.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
coachd (254) - Missouri, USA - APR 5, 2015
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, its a good strong barleywine; not for the faint of heart. Victory is taking some chances with this one.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Blueheron0123 (5) - - APR 5, 2015 does not count
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.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Cybercat (3782) - Georgia, USA - APR 3, 2015
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 youll be horizontal.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ryanfolty (2009) - Bourbon County, Minnesota, USA - MAR 18, 2015
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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
McNeillR (1594) - SCOTLAND - MAR 8, 2015
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

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BenH (2843) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 8, 2015
Bottle thanks to Mike. Amber with white head. Resinous aroma, caramel, toffee. Taste of caramel, toffee, dried fruit. Quite sweet and bitter.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Stuu666 (5595) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 8, 2015
Bottle at tads. Pours deep amber, nose is caramel, toffee, fruity, taste is similar, quite hot, dry.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
GlasgowTAD (331) - Glasgow/Aberdeen, SCOTLAND - MAR 8, 2015
Bottle shared by BenH! Aroma is caramel, toffee and earthy malts. Taste is caramel, toffee, raisins and moderate hints of vanilla and oak. Full bodied with a slight hint of warmth.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ryecatcher (931) - South Side of Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 5, 2015
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.


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