jb43 (1650) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - JAN 14, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
(bottle). Ruby color with light cloudiness. Large off white head. Sweet bread and floral hop aroma. Moderate sweet flavor with light pine hop and bitterness. Avg duration. Light bitter, light alcohol finish. Slick texture. Soft carbonation. Spare lacing.
crackedmachine (479) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 19, 2010
3.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2009. 11% ABV. Pours dark copper-red with a medium tan head, with a heavy aroma of sweet malt, toffee, and some mild, but crisp hops. Sweet caramel and brown sugar flavor with a slightly bitter finish and lingering alcohol warmth. For all of its sweetness and detectable alcohol, this is a bit light-bodied and effervescent - at least for a sweet barleywine. The touch of bitter bite is nice. Obviously young, and it would be well worth seeing how this tastes down the road.
b3shine (8054) - Indiana, USA - DEC 9, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft to taster. Looks solid; a transparent copperish orange with sticky off-white lacing. Smells sweet and malty with notes of juicy hops and caramel. Tastes like it smells with a nice mouthfeel thatís fairly smooth for the abv. Enjoyable.
keanex (1763) - Atco, New Jersey, USA - DEC 23, 2013
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
It appears that Iíve wiped the dating off, but this is from the fresh 2013 release.
Appearance: The body is beautifully clear with a red body with pink tones through it. The head is short and dense with good retention, slowly settling into an off-white dusting on top with a bubbly ring.
Aroma: The nose gives off juicy grapefruit hop aromas, but itís not pungent while hints of sweet caramel and bready malts back it up with a light booze presence. The aroma is a bit weak though.
Taste: The intro is very unassuming of the mildly aggressive bitterness that awaits. Bready malts and a mild caramel presence act as a base for a strong floral and grapefruit bitterness that peaks on the finish and lingers for a while. I get some raisin undertones by the finish, slight musky aromas as well. I didnít remember this being so hoppy.
Palate: Full-bodied and moderately carbonated, a bit snappy on the finish.
Overall: Iím not sure how I feel about this beer. On one hand I find it to be a step above most American barleywines, and on another hand I find that American barleywines teeter on being a imperial IPA. I tend to like my barleywines in the English style, sweet with a complex malt base. I donít get much here other than a huge hop presence, especially by the finish. Where is the deep and complex malt base here?
Dan269605 (235) - Rocky Hill, Connecticut, USA - JAN 16, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Hmm, this is an interesting one. Dark amber, somewhat clear, a finger of beige head. Fruity nose, fruit cake like. The taste has a fairly harsh bitterness followed by an almost cloying fruit cake sweetness, a little weird. This is definitely more of an American style Barleywine, which isnít my favorite style. Itís alright, but no the best Victory offering by any means.
GSH1976 (307) - Delaware, USA - FEB 28, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Growler. Pours a clear orange/amber with a thin head and excellent lacing. Aroma is a candied sweetness, caramel, a hint of hops and booze. Taste is predominantly a candied sweetness and strong malt with some hops in the background but they are overpowered. Medium to full bodied with a somewhat dry finish. A decent barleywine but too sweet for my taste. Ironically this used to be one of my favorite beers which just goes to show how tastes can change over the years.
ThisWangsChung (836) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - MAR 2, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Iíve been looking forward to this for a while. 22 oz bottle into a pint glass.
A: Pours a clear dark amber color. The head is a two finger off-white shade. Its texture is excellent, and it has good retention as well. Lacing left behind is rather plentiful.
S: Itís actually not quite as sweet as I thought it would be. The hop notes here - as expected - are piny and resinous, balanced by its malt sweetness. In particular, it brings caramel, vanilla, and toffee. Itís definitely a quality aroma, if a bit more ístandardí than I was expecting.
T: The taste works better, I think. Piny hops hit the palate first - there isnít much harshness, and the pine flavor is incredibly vivid. It becomes sweeter after the midtaste and especially on the finish, while its hop flavor becomes almost ísaltyí to my twisted palate. The harsher elements of the alcohol are hidden very well. If I have to complain about something, itís that the sweetness here isnít well defined - sure it brings plenty of caramel, toffee, and earth, but not much in the way of dark fruits or candy. Thereís just the subtlest suggestion of the latter, unfortunately it isnít quite enough. Every once in a while, thereís a gentle wisp of chocolate that hits the palate.
M: This seems to be even softer than others in the style. Of course, being a barleywine, itís still sweet and heavy. The finish is, naturally, superbly long and mildly bitter. Itís more salty than anything. Nonetheless, Iím really impressed how well the booze is hidden.
O: Give this a year or two in the cellar and this would kick ass. Right now, though, itís still drinking pretty damn well. If the sweetness was more defined, then it would be killer immediately. As it stands, Iím really enjoying the hop profile but wished the malt component worked a little better.
sturmthis (1099) - Bavaria, GERMANY - MAR 28, 2014
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap. Dark ruby red color. Caramel aroma. Boozy taste. You can really taste the alcohol in this one. Nice beer.
brewballs (215) - USA - MAR 28, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Victory are prolific. They put out saisons or ipas that are usually good. And to see a barleywine in their stable is a breath if fresh air. Plum hue. Mild head. It is boozy but not prominent. The wash down is a bit dry. Plus I wish it had more body. Its good but not Rogue Old Crustacean Barleywine good.
firemarshal (204) - North Carolina, USA - JUL 21, 2014
3.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Year 2013 22oz bottle. Dark copper with red hue. Aroma is licorice, nutty, citrus, dough, alcohol. Flavor is very malty up front, medium hop flavor, medicinal finish with a little alcohol bleeding through. Smooth, full bodied, sticky. Overall a nice beer for this cool rainy July day. Iíll put a few of these back for winter.