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RATINGS: 1584   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.01   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.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Theydon_Bois (9915) - The ’Sham, Surrey, ENGLAND - DEC 10, 2013
Tap at Victory, Downington, 27/11/13. Dark amber with a moderate light beige covering, good lacing ensues. Nose is dark toffee fudge, dates, raisens, dark brown sugar, light boozey vein. Taste comprises sweet cake mix, hoppy backnotes, light tropical fruit medley, dates, brown sugar, sticky stewed grapefruit, raisens, caramelised sugar, toffee fudge. Full bodied, soft carbonation, smooth on the palate with a touch of booze in the closure. Decent enough Barley wine, doesn’t carry as much depth as the oak version but the 11% is well masked.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Bov (9755) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - AUG 1, 2004
clear red-amber colour, the fine foam quickly disappears, tons of hops in the nose, grapefruit, some apricot and cheese, oily and full-bodied, explosive bitterness and a very long bitter finish with more apricot and floral notes - very strong character for a unique beer - thanks to Clarkvv for this one !

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
hopscotch (9517) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - DEC 2, 2002
2002 This beer rocks. The aroma is malty and sticky sweet. Notes of black pepper and basement musty. There is a definite hop presence but, c’mon. Although it’s brewed by Victory with their hoppy, Left Coast leanings, this barley wine has to be all about the malt, right? This is a very dark, crystal clear amber beer. The head is medium-sized and off-white. Frothy head that is mostly diminishing with excellent lacing. The flavor? I was right.. Malt!! Sweet, sticky, thick Malt!! Malt, Malt, Malt!!!... and guess what! That’s just the flavor on the frontside. Hops galore disguise the huge malt presence on the backside. Warm alcohol throughout. Clover honey in there too. Full-bodied with a syrupy mouthfeel. Softly carbonated. A long, dry woodsy, bitter finish with a burst of clover at the wee end of the finish. Excellent barleywine!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
daknole (9437) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - OCT 29, 2008
Delicious bottle of beer! Pours a cloudy reddish brown color with a nice frothy of white head that diminishes pretty quickly. Aroma of apple cider, caramel, malt and some nice juicy hop notes. Flavor is very well integrated with sweet malt, fruitiness, spicy hops and caramel. Very good beer. Bells third coast is better, but not by a whole lot.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hopdog (9133) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 24, 2004
On tap at Monk’s Cafe. 1998 Vintage. Poured a dark Mahogany color with a very small off white head. Malty aroma and tastes with dark fruits (plums). Very sweet (candi/brown sugar). Alcohol content very well hidden. Would make a nice after dinner sipping beer. I’m starting to enjoy Barley Wines (a style that is relatively new to me).

4.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Drake (8981) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - DEC 28, 2007
Bottle. Pours burnt and cloudy orange. Small head. Aroma of citrus and raisin. Almost smells like orange juice. Tastes like a little glassful of heaven. Citrus, toffee, hops at the end, Taste is tight, and very delicious. One of the best I’ve tried. Part 2 of 5 of my barleywine fest. This if a multi-night "fest." If not, I would definitely be living up to this beer’s name.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Benzai (8924) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - AUG 22, 2012
33cl bottle @ Monks Cafe Wallingatan, Stockholm. Unclear red color with floaties in it. Medium sized beige head that leaves a fair lacing. Aroma is moderate to heavy malty, raisin, plums and lightly alcohol. Taste malts, raisin, plums, alcohol and a bit sweet-bitter towards the end. Strangely enough I get some hints of chocolate as well. Medium to full body, medium carbonation.

2.9
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Sammy (8917) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 25, 2004
an easy drink. Nice moderate use of hops and head that disipitates. Brown/amber. Unique in It didn't seem like 11%. Malt and alcohol winter warmer. Hint of orange citrus in syrup. Somewhat dry and bitter aftertaste.

3.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
jtclockwork (8911) - , New Jersey, USA - MAY 4, 2010
Very rich ale by Victory. Nose and taste are sprucy maple and molasses. Rated 3/16/03

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
maeib (8750) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - FEB 1, 2005
Bottled at The London/Joet Gathering Chez Chris_O. A reddy brown coloured beer with no head. The aroma has blackberries butter and alcohol. The taste is extremely smooth with lots of warming tasty alcohol and rich fruity notes. Very very drinkable for such a strong beer. Good stuff indeed.


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