mystiksc (60) - los angeles, California, USA - FEB 24, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
The pour is very dark brown. Taste of mixed fruits, molasses, oak, brown sugar, and hints of alcohol. The alcohol is masked very well. I was expecting the alcohol flavor right away. This is a very smooth sweet tasting brew.
PattyBat (60) - - JAN 3, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bomber poured into snifter. A deep mahogany color with a quickly dissipating cream head. Smells of bitter hops, plums, caramel, maybe even a little cherry. Tastes sweet in the beginning, with a sugarplum, toffee and syrupy taste that is matched by hops to balance it out. Booze is considerably hidden, given its content. The bitter half takes over the palate, almost dominating the initial sweetness. The opposite of a sour patch kid. Solid barleywine though, I see why they call it old vertical.
lalubeer (57) - CANADA - JUN 29, 2006
4.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Very rich in malt and fruity flavours also. A hop taste at the end. Very tasty, one of my favorite.
ucfknightscott (56) - Casselberry, Florida, USA - NOV 24, 2010
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On draft at the Oldsmar Tap House. Pours a beautiful mahagony with a medium white head. Aroma is big with dark fruit, caramel malt, and maple syrup. Nice smooth mouthfeel with a warming alcohol finish. Notes of raisin, cranberry, maple syrup, and caramel. This one is very complex as it evolves with every sip. I’m normally not a big barley wine fan but this one is very solid. Great job Victory.
hoppyho (56) - Los Angeles, California, USA - FEB 28, 2012
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Cloudy brownish-orange color with two fingers of light tan head. There is a decent amount of lacing for a barleywine. The smell is fairly balanced; some malt, some hops, and some alcohol. A nice aroma. The taste is malty at first, with some sugary sweetness and some honey. The finish is nice and hoppy with some alcohol warmth.
Spliffy (55) - Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, USA - MAR 11, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
I smell victory. They make good beer. Nice aroma, sweet and gooey. Good lacing in the glass and good alcohol covering. Don’t realize the strength until you stand up afetr a few. Nice touch of hops and I will have more some day for sure, if I can pull myself away from IPA’s
CapnJazz (52) - Binghamton, New York, USA - MAR 7, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
07 and 08 bottles after the Gratitude release. Both look chestnut brown in the glass but are red when held to the light. 07 really malty, boozy. Some bitter hops, just dominated by strong malt and fruits like dates and rasins. 08 was great, way better than 07. Malt a bit more subdued, with a perfect balance between malt sugars, dark fruit notes, and some bittering hops. 08 works perfectly at this age. Rating is a combination of the two bottles.
DTB (51) - South Philly, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 15, 2006
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This beer came in a tulip glass that looked like an orb of dark glowing cherries with a dark tan head that left some slight lace.
Smelled of dark fruits, brandy, caramel and a little touch of pineapple and cedar.
The taste floored me! I took a sip and just sat back for the ride. Tasted of thick burnt caramel and thick dark prunes and plumbs. There was also spicy yeast mixed with cloves and other spices. The flavors went by so fast, it was hard to pin them all down. Around the edge of my tongue, there were dry hop bubbles that swirled around that didn’t interfere with the flavor, but complemented it nicely. The finish was dynamic too! Faded from all of this, to chocolate, and then to cherries and left me with a nice warming. Fantastic!
Mouth feel was a few shades shy of chewy, so it was still very drinkable.
hoptimus (50) - Grand Island, New York, USA - MAR 27, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
growler. Beautiful cloudy reddish-brown appearance, very small white head. Smells of pine, fruit and alcohol. Fruity, but not as sweet as I expected, some alcohol present. Very warming finish that lingers. Nice hop character that is especially apparent in the aftertaste, but this brew is not overly hopped...nice malt balance. Excellent brew.
Dutch70 (48) - USA - MAY 6, 2006
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Prunes, raisins, malts, alcohol...not the best Barley Wine I have had but still very nice....nice color, nice flavor