winterlager (101) - Orchard Park, New York, USA - APR 27, 2003
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
This is the very best of the Victory beers. From the enchanting smell and color. It is hard to believe that there is 11% alcohol in this...it is so smooth and the flavors just make you want to keep drinking, you can't put this one down. Each sip gets better and better. Perfect blend of hops with the citrus taste at the end. This is a beer to fall in love with!
jables (101) - Champaign, Illinois, USA - MAR 25, 2004
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottled on 11/18/03
Poured a clear amber with a collar of off white head, but I had to force pour to get it.
Aroma is a scosch alcoholy and sweet with both rock candy sugar and fresh brown sugar, sliced carmelized apple slices with a hint of cinnamon, young doughy raisin bread as well, even some very light hints of black peppercorn, definitely some candy bar like caramel as well.
Obvious, sweet malt flavor with an almost wheaty undertow, quite tasty, alcoholy, cinnamon, raisins, dried apricots (mixed with dried cherries?). Even develops a minty finish as it warms.
Mouthfeel is full, syrupy, coating, and perfect per style.
Drinkabilty on this sipper is hampered by the sheer magnitude of the beer, complexity that needs to be savored slowly, also the alcohol slows you down, and the slightly unbalanced sweet-heavy tone of the brew.
This is one magnificent barleywine. It's big, It's bad, It's a treat. I've got one laid down and I'll re-review in a year or so.
murrayswine (101) - Whitefish Bay, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 18, 2007
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This beer is courtesy of oldirtysurfer.
Poured a ruddy brown/red into my Troublette tulip, with little to no head at all. (Havent found a head inspiring barleywine yet)
THe nose is lush with hops. This is a big beer! Layers of butter, rock candy, and toast give in to a boat load o hop character, and a touch os spearmint.
The taste is smooth at first, than directly hop ripped. The alcoholic bite is fairly prevelant and is tending to muddle the mouthfeel a bit. A little metallic, too, but I think that it need to sit a spell first and breath.
It finishes beautifully with butter pecan, brandy, and hop.
A very good Barleywine, I recommend it.
flyingshoes (100) - USA - MAY 29, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz bottle. Poured a gorgeous dark red with almost no head. Very sweet taste, and perhaps the beer that comes closest to tasting like a wine out of all I’ve had. Slightly bitter alcohol comes in at the end, but that’s expected with a beer with such a high ABV.
mrmekon (100) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUL 24, 2010
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours dark amber with full frothy off-white head and moderate lacing. Amazing, strong aroma of citrus hops, pineapple. Sweet, creamy, full-bodied barley wine. Sweetness isn’t over done, and is well balanced by huge citrusy hop bitterness. Toffee and a bit of chocolate, alcoholic warmth on the finish.
sisyphus12 (99) - Belmont, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 16, 2006
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
What an enjoyable beer. This strong barely wine style beer has a pleasant if almost sappy and stout like initial bouquet. Once injested, the barely wine qualities of this beer become readily apparent. It is made for cold winter nights
droopy49 (97) - Lancaster, California, USA - FEB 9, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I found a dusty 2004 bottle at my local liquor store. 12oz bottle poured into a snifter. Appearance was a hazy red/amber color w/ a fully diminishing head. Aroma of citrus hops, with roasted malt. Flavor of caramel, toffee, fruit and citrus hops. Warm lingering aftertaste. Pretty good barley wine, would like to try some again.
phikus (96) - syracuse, New York, USA - OCT 28, 2014
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
This barleywine has a malty pine brown sugar with a touch of booze aroma. Roasted barley and subtle chocolate nuances are swamped by brown sugar caramel malt and spruce hoppiness. Long bittersweet finish with a warm alcohol finish. Not overwhelming. Abv is woven into this nicely.
TopherDrinks (96) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - DEC 31, 2007
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours a very deep orange that borders brown with great red hues and great off white micro-bubble head. No lacing. Orange and grapefruit hops fill the room. Damn, this nose is huge, dominated by the fore-mentioned hops, cookie dough, booze, and caramel malt. Glennmastrange describes the nose best with ’perfume’. Flavor is a quick blast of citrus and booze. Thick mouthfeel with solid amount of micro-bubble carbonation. Warming starts immediately on the tongue with flavors of raisin, caramel cookie malt backbone, with a bitter and dry finish bordering upon astringent. Alcohol is very much present in taste and does a great job warming the stomach.
BtownBrewer (91) - Belchertown, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 12, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
My first BarleyWine. Wow. So many differewnt flavors here it was frankly impossible to sort them all out. The most dominant aroma I got was like a meaty dry dog food. Seriously. Frothy head. For me it would have to be one of those beers I'd enjoy for it's character and complexity, not as a refreshing beverage. I hope to re-rate this later on down the road when I've got more basis for comparison.