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. Iím 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. Donít 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 IPAís
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 didnít 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.
gallaghermurph (49) - Washington DC, USA - APR 4, 2006
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a clear dark red mahogany with an enormous foamy tan head. The lacing sticks to the glass and clings for dear life. Tons of fruit flavor. Aroma is dark fruit, but not overpowering. As for taste: I immediately thought cherry vanilla backed by a variety of citrus. Maybe even hints of chocolate, and certainly maple syrup. The sweetness is by no means overpowering and is well balanced by hops, which lend to a pleasant bitterness. Finish is hops with a hint of those fruit candies that come in the round tins (your grandmother probably had them). Palate is certainly a bit syrupy, and itíll stick to your lips a little bit after itís done. A very smooth, small, soft, and gentle carbonation. Overall this is a very good, very well balanced barleywine.
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
rosebud (47) - Portsmouth, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 2, 2001
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
What hit me 1st with this beer were the extreme hops! If you like a hoppy beer, which I do. Then how the taste still lingered on the palate long after you finished. I donít think Victory is capable of putting out a bad product. This beer certainly lives up to its reputation, too many of these ..... Unfortunately I only got to try one, and that one only left me wanting more.
dwr1962 (47) - Wellsburg, West Virginia, USA - AUG 16, 2004
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Heavy malt aroma and taste, followed by a strong hop finish. It adds up to a good balance. Mellows with age- I have some from almost 2 yrs. ago, and itís interesting (age some if interested). A superb brew- one of the very best Iíve had. A great sipper.