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RATINGS: 1615   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.01   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
gunnfryd (12634) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JAN 27, 2008
Bottle. Dark golden colour with a beige head. Aroma is alcohol, fruit, licorice. Flavour is hop, fruit, alcohol, licorice, malt. Lovely beer.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
bhensonb (12596) - Woodland, California, USA - MAY 13, 2008
12 oz bottle. Aroma of waxy green leaf and light fruits and caramel. Amber color with ruby in the depths. A beige head went up and down. Full bodied with coarse carbonation. Flavor is caramel/toffee sugar with strong, yet subtle, light stone fruit flavors. Heat goes down the throat. Finish is far from dry, and it’s even a little sticky, yet it does not come across as sticky sweet. Seems to be some hop bitter. Not enough to balance, but enough to render it drinkably pleasant. There’s a whole lot of flavor going on.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
argo0 (12359) - Washington DC, USA - JAN 9, 2003
Opaque burnt orange body with minimal tan head. Aroma is cascade hoppy, sweet/strong malty, with strong alcohol presence. Intense sweet/hoppy/alcohol surge at the first sip. Mellows slightly as it warms, giving you the opportunity to note the good malt backbone, but all the essential barleywine elements remain intact. Finishes with a pleasantly warming alcohol burn. A fine beer!

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bu11zeye (12314) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - MAR 24, 2004
(Bottle) Pours a hazy orangish-amber color with a medium-sized beige head. Has a rich hops aroma and a delicious hoppy and citrus flavor. Creamy mouthfeel.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Tmoney99 (12067) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAY 13, 2005
Bottle. Poured a hazy dark orange with a medium white head. Aroma and flavor was a complex hoppy and fruity moderate sweet with an average finish. Full body with a light alcohol finish.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
jcwattsrugger (11587) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - JUL 9, 2005
12 oz bottle-pours a tan, rich head. Color is a deep cloudy reddish-orange. A hoppy with citrus aroma. Taste is alcohol, then sweet-malty & hopscome through. Not to my taste.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ratman197 (11380) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - JAN 25, 2006
Bottle 2004 vintage poured a hazy orange copper with a small, diminishing amber head. Aromas of plum, apple and brown sugar. Palate was medium bodied. Flavors of bread with a little fruitiness and a warming bitter finish. Hides it’s alcohol very well!

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bierkoning (11227) - La Tropica, NETHERLANDS - JUN 28, 2008
Bottle from SoLan, thanks! 11% on the label. Orange dark brown color. Malt, plums, blackberries and a hint of oak in the aroma. Sweet, syrupy, malty flavor with plums, peppermint, oak and earthy hops. Blackcurrant, vanilla. Slightly alcoholic, but still well balanced.

3.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
jtclockwork (11061) - , New Jersey, USA - MAY 4, 2010
Very rich ale by Victory. Nose and taste are sprucy maple and molasses. Rated 3/16/03

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
UPDATED: DEC 31, 2012
Date: January 10, 2004
Mode: Bottle
Source: Tasting
Appearance: amber with suspended bits
Flavor: rich sweet malt aroma and flavor, touch of bitterness to keep it balanced, nice creamy character, fruity character comes out at the end

Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 5/10; Flavor: 6/10; Palate: 5/10; Overall: 13/20
Rating: 3.2/5.0
Score: **+ /4

Date: December 12, 1998
Mode: Bottle
Source: Norm’s, DC
Vintage: 1998
Appearance: clear amber
Aroma: slight sweet malt aroma
Flavor: rich warm sweet malt flavor, just a hint of bitterness

Date: January 30, 2003
Vintage: 1998
Appearance: dark amber, whispy tan head
Aroma: rich sweet malt aroma under big hops
Flavor: rich malt flavor, lots of balancing bitterness, slightly alcoholic, warming, just a hint of fruity character

Date: August 02, 2005
Vintage: 1998
rich fruity aroma and flavor, low balancing bitterness. earthy hop character, slightly smokey, very rich, rich fruit not quite developed,

Date: February 10, 2008
Mode: bottle
Source: tasting
Vintage: 1998
Aroma: big earthyness in the aroma with the caramel being pretty dry
Flavor: sweet caramel malt flavor, nice fruity character, balancing earthy bitterness

Aroma: 5/10; Appearance: 6/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 5/10; Overall: 16/20
Rating: 3.4/5.0
Score: *** /4

Date: December 03, 2003
Mode: Bottle
Source: Whole Foods Market, DC
Vintage: 2003
Appearance: clear dark amber, thin fine beige head
Aroma: big earthy hop aroma on top of a sweet malt base
Flavor: rich malt flavor, slightly sweet, lots of balancing hops

Date: August 02, 2005
Vintage: 2003
Aroma: nice sweet malty aroma
Flavor: big sweet fruit flavor, stays rich but begins to fade, a bit of alcohol fumes

Date: February 10, 2008
Mode: bottle
Source: tasting
Vintage: 2003
Aroma: sweet fruity aroma with still plenty of earthyness
Flavor: sweet and fruity flavor but still well balanced with the earthy hops

Aroma: 8/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 5/10; Palate: 5/10; Overall: 10/20
Rating: 3/5.0
Score: ** /4

Date: July 25, 2007
Mode: Draft
Source: Brewpub
Vintage: 2004
Appearance: clear dark red, wispy beige head
Aroma: sweet dark caramel malt aroma with light earthy hops
Flavor: rich and fruity malt flavor, lots of earthy balance, no alcohol, fruity sweetness grows and starts to get a bit sticky

Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 8/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 16/20
Rating: 3.8/5.0
Drinkability: 7/10
Score: *** /4

Date: January 09, 2008
Mode: Draft
Source: Brick Store Pub
Vintage: 2007
Appearance: clear dark ruby red, fine beige head, sheets of lace
Aroma: sweet caramel malt aroma with lots of earthy hops and a touch of alcohol
Flavor: big sweet dark caramel candy flavor, lots of fruity sweetness, stickysweetness is lightly balanced by an earthy hop character
Overall: is this really the current version, tastes much more aged

Date: February 09, 2008
Mode: bottle
Source: green’s
Vintage: 2007
Score: 3.7
Aroma: bottle aroma is much more earthy than draft with the fruityness taking the back seat
Flavor: earthy bitterness also rules the flavor, touch of caramel sweetness in the background
Overall: will take years to equal the draft version

Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 8/10; Palate: 7/10; Overall: 16/20
Rating: 3.9/5.0
Drinkability: 7/10
Score: *** /4

Date: October 26, 2012
Mode: Draft
Source: Brick Store Pub
Vintage: 2008
Appearance: muddy burnt amber, fine beige head, streaks of icy lace
Aroma: sweet fruity aroma, dark caramel, earthy, rich fruits
Flavor: rich and fruity flavor, rich dry caramel, earthy, long bitter finish

Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 8/10; Palate: 7/10; Overall: 15/20
Rating: 3.8/5.0
Drinkability: 8/10
Score: *** /4


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