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RATINGS: 1635   WEIGHTED AVG: 4/5   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.


4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
slimjim (106) - New Jersey, USA - DEC 17, 2002
This is my favorite of this style. Deep amber, sweet malty. Enough hops to satisfy. DELICIOUS! Victory does it again!

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
burcusabrews (106) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - SEP 20, 2004
bottled 06Jan01: Deep golden amber with brown/beige head. Deep fruity aroma of prunes adn apricots. Sweet malty flavor no hops. Definitely could use some more age as it still has some of its sharp edges. Very textbook example of a BW

4.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Snoop59 (105) - Penn Run, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 27, 2010
12 oz. bottle poured into a snifter. Pours a clear amber-copper with an average off-white head that dissipates quickly but holds a nice thin cover. Fair lacing. Great floral hop aroma with a malty sweetness, and faint alcohol. Flavor is a balance of sweet maltiness, caramel, dark fruits, and a piny hop bitterness. Very subtle warming alcohol. Hints of pepper. Full bodied. Really nice.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Ida7999 (105) - Milford, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 22, 2003
- clear, red/amber color, short white head, aroma is very hoppy, but laced with alcohol and a cherry/prune fruitiness, very clean and almost citrusy; flavor has a strong alcohol presence, but is also well hopped, fruity and tart, smooth, the taste of strong alcohol and hop flavor is definitely different, a sipping beer, nice rich texture

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Raytailgater (105) - Rockledge, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 12, 2002
One strong ass beer. Highly recommend it.

3.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
NeroFiddled (105) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 18, 2002
The Old Horizontal (1 year old) opens with a sharp hiss. It pours a clear, deep ruby/orange/copper. The aroma is equally malt and hop, alongside some sweet fruity esters. The flavor starts with a candyish malt, followed quickly by a brash hoppiness. There is a noticeable alcohol in the finish, followed by an agressive hop dryness. The hop flavor lingers. Although the body doesn’t indicate a ’syrupy’ quality, this beer is a bit cloying - very much a brandy snifter barleywine. More ’over the top’ than most barleywines, but that’s what Victory’s all about, isn’t it?

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Wheatsheaf (104) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 1, 2004
UPDATED: JUL 1, 2004 Nov 15 02 bottle. Pours orange-red with virtually no head. At 10 months: Beautiful aroma of fruit, maple syrup, and maybe a touch of vanilla. Silky, creamy flavours bring more of the same, with only a hint of hops and alcohol in the background. A sweet barley wine that might be cloying if it weren’t so utterly delicious. At 15 months: The extra time in the bottle has really muted the maple syrup sweetness and presents a much more balanced beer. The aroma still has sweet and fruity notes, but now has a more obvious orange zest hop character and alcohol presence. Slightly drier fruitiness to the flavour with a less syrupy mouthfeel. A grapefruity burst of hops at the finish, together with some alcohol sting. A phenomenal beer at 10 months old. With extra time in the bottle it is more balanced, but not necessarily better—although we’ll see how my third, and last, bottle matures.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
SourNotes (104) - Bloomington, Minnesota, USA - MAR 1, 2011
Copper/caramel a bit more redness than the standard. nice foamy head, sticks around a bit into clumps of suds with some bigger bubbles swirled in. I have a hard time smelling much of anything. A bit of cherry, some brown sugar, black/bruised/old banana, no hops to speak of, no alcohol really either, which could be a good thing I suppose. an almost funky stale smell as well. taste, very much like it smells, weak, really weak. I dont’ really get anything from this. some toffe and mushed old banana with dried cherries. ends with the pit, bitter. not a good pine bitter or citrus bitter. just straight bitter finish. soft smooth attach, not oily, not enough hops for that, rigid on the end from the bitterness. slightly thin, but not enough to be watery. slightly below style.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
PeterLikesBeer (104) - Berwyn Heights, Maryland, USA - DEC 17, 2005
Pours a dark brown color with a small head. Aroma is malty and chocolaty. The flavor follows suits. there is bitterness from some hops but most of the flavor is roasted malts. very tasty. Certainly a barely wine I’ll be drinking more often!

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Chef Chad (104) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - JUN 1, 2009
Truly loved this offering from Victory. Best before 5-2013 on the bottle I am aging 2 bottles.. I might have to buy more because this was a very nice beer. Smells of raisins and plums with a hearty malt and sugary love going on here. Pours a copper that has a nice shine to it with a good amount of white head. Medium to full syrup body with a very nice balanced carbonation and very smooth finish. Flavor was almost top notch. Sweet Old school cameral shop flavors going on. Brown sugar with a very nice balanced hop profile. The 11% is hidden on this one and it will creep up on you in a hurry.. Very Nice Brew


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