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RATINGS: 1577   WEIGHTED AVG: 4   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.


3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TAR (2503) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - JAN 14, 2002
UPDATED: APR 28, 2007 Hot, lacks depth, prickly mouthfeel, overt fruitiness. This has undeniably suffered in quality over the past few years.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
MilkmanDan (1943) - Eagan, Minnesota, USA - JAN 22, 2002
UPDATED: OCT 31, 2009 Up until about 2003, this was IMO one of the best beers on the planet. It went from a beautiful mix of hops and caramel, a great bridge between American and British-style barleywines, to an unpleasant, harsh, oversweetened sticky glass of slop. Tragic. 2003 and older versions still are OK with the age, but they’re fading fast.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
VA Homebrewer (525) - Portsmouth, Virginia, USA - FEB 11, 2002
This is definitely a huge beer, but I find it lacking structurally. Most notably is the emmence alcohol flavor. It is not hidden at all. Hops are certainly adequate in the nose and flavor profiles, but the alcohol cuts them down. I found the malt content to be lacking as well. Brownish color with a rocky off-white head that dissipates quickly. Not at all impressive.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Holdwine (1077) - Beertimore, Maryland, USA - DEC 18, 2002
I marked this higher because of what they were trying to do. Maybe I got into an uneven keg, but the alcohol was overpowering. It was not masked as other barley wines have done, but right there burning all the way. Yes, it looked nice, and I could tell there were fruity undertones just rying to get out. But they were trapped.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
3fourths (8100) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - NOV 24, 2003
UPDATED: JUN 6, 2013 Beauty syrupy red appearance. Very viscous, thick as heck as it slowly slogs around the glass. The aroma is considerably sweet; roses, grapefruit. Sweet throughout the drink, very thick and viscous all over the mouth, sticky and smooth... very well balanced. The finish is not too bitter, and amazingly the alcohol is nowhere near what 11% should feel like. Bitter just enough at the end to compliment the sweet fruit flavor and mustiness. I could hardly ask for more from a barley wine. Thank you austinpowers!

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Ron (2566) - Rochester, New York, USA - DEC 10, 2006
One bottle from JB. Dark rich copper color cloudy with a full light tan well laced head. Rich toffee & carmel aromas some raisens. Rich velvety palate well coated. Flavor is very malty sweet carmels some rich molases. I have not liked Barley wine ales in the past, but this was good.

3.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
johnykat (65) - Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 31, 2006
I do not like Victory as much as others on this site, and the same can be said about this beer. The taste/smell has been summed up by others better than I (typical barley wine taste) and it is very good. The part where I get hung up is all the hops at the end of the beer. I know fellow raters enjoy hops, but I don’t enjoy them as much as most people. The ending of this beer (last swallow down your throat) is very hoppy. This takes away from the enjoyment for me, as I would rather have a BW more balanced, and an IPA hoppy.

3.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Thaichile (599) - 10aFly, New Jersey, USA - FEB 15, 2007
Bottle. Pours a brownish red with a limited head aboard. Nose is lovely, fruit-filled of dried plums. Flavor is strong and alcoholic. A very intense barleywine. I prefer them lighter with more sweetness. This one was prommising based on the nose, but fell flat, limited carbonation, upon tasting.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
rederic (2984) - montréal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 27, 2007
Cloudy amber hue, with a tan-colored head, leaving laces, sweet toasted malt nose, with a faint spicy, flowery hop citrusy accent, with some grassy, leafy accents, a mild candied fruity aroma follows through on a medium-bodied palate with a sweet toasted, caramelized malt character, with a floral hop accent, when the beer is getting warmer an evident herbal lavender note emerges, with a hint of leafiness and grassiness, a bit fruity, leading towards a malty, alcoholic, grassy hop bitterness finish. Maybe because drunk too young, the beer seems to hopped for the style.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JLAudio (282) - Crestwood, Illinois, USA - MAY 21, 2007
UPDATED: OCT 22, 2007 This barleywine poured a deep reddish/brown with little head...It dissipated quickly, sort of like a champaign. Hmmm...it actually wasn’t as good as I expected, from the reviews anyway. I feel as if this barleywine is a little too big, and the flavors had a hard time getting over the taste of alcohol. Not bad though, by any stretch of the immagination. It was still pleasant with the faint hints of plum, fig, and raisins. Honestly, not a bad value, if you like this style.


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