Contra (30) - USA - APR 5, 2006
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
A very strong beer, in every sense of the word. Pours a cloudy amber-brown. Palate is wonderful; thick, creamy, and finishes comes on strong. Flavor is reminiscent of dates, as well as some fruit undertones. Fabulous, although not for the faint hearted.
csuders (30) - Shippensburg, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 27, 2006
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
looks great when poured. a bit creamy and very good beer. It doesn’t seem like its over 10% but it is. a couple bottle will sneak up on you. Perfect for the style. and great overall!
lockman (29) - Somers Point, New Jersey, USA - MAR 14, 2002
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
A strong, licorisy ale with a kick. It certainly lets you know it has 11%! But a great beer to be tasted every year or allowed to sit and ripen for a future tasting. Victory shows its mastery of the style with this one!
DannyP (29) - Connecticut, USA - DEC 28, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours dark amber with a small dark head.Heavy and well carbonated mouthfeel. Heavy enough for a winter brew, but very drinkable. you can taste theh 10.5% alcohol to a degree. Doesn’t taste overly strong, but the warming flavor is there. Some fruity overtones with just the right amount of malt.
Wynne (28) - , Pennsylvania, USA - APR 15, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Quite good. My favorite is the Sly Fox Panacea, but Victory knows how to make a good barleywine.
maximusud (27) - Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 20, 2005
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Wonderful aroma from the moment the bottle is opened. Smelled of nuts with hints of fruit, almost a tangy/spice smell. Taste was quite a pleasant surprise as it was not as sweet as I anticipated. The feel was balanced with a decisive punch of alcohol on the way down. An excellent beer that can be enjoyed more casually than many other specialty beers.
wajacobs (26) - USA - DEC 27, 2009
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
a deep reddish brown beer with a strong malty aroma, a full mouth feel with a nice bitter character on a strong malt backbone.
excellent desert beer to serve with berry tarts, or chocolates.
Firkinpoe (25) - Minot, North Dakota, USA - FEB 18, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz. bottle. Pours an amber-brown color with a fluffy off white head. Aroma of grass, sugar, dark fruit, citrus, caramel, toffee, bread, and spices. Taste is plum, grass, and other floral notes, along with some grapefruit. Pretty sweet up front but is followed nicely by a hop bitterness that carries it the rest of the way through. The alcohol is well hidden and kind of sneaks up on you as you finish it. Really good beer.
Skeets (25) - Sacramento, California, USA - FEB 18, 2009
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle of 07. Aroma was nice subdued hops and raisons. Flavor was very malty with some sweetness at first and then the hops showed up with a smooth finish. More raisons, molasses. Really enjoyed this one.
River (25) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - SEP 29, 2006
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This is a deep mahoghanny color with a white head. It has a sweet, fruity aroma and a sweet flavor with some clove spiciness.