Ron (2490) - Rochester, New York, USA - DEC 10, 2006
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
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.
johnykat (65) - Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 31, 2006
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
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 donít 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.
JLAudio (282) - Crestwood, Illinois, USA - MAY 21, 2007
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
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 wasnít 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.
obguthr (3750) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - SEP 23, 2007
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 11/20
Floral pineapple aroma with toffee undertones. Cloudy copper color with a medium yellow head. Sweet, somewhat viscous, flavorful. Tastes mainly of horehound, but smoke and grapefruit is there too to a much lesser degree. Becomes more balanced during warming. Delayed, but good hop finish. ABV is hardly noticeable.
Ratman197 (9652) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - JAN 25, 2006
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
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 itís alcohol very well!
tyler_mn (1475) - SLP, Minnesota, USA - JUN 1, 2007
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. 12/29/11 batch. Pours deep red amber. Rich creamy brown/white head. Beautiful lacing. Quite sweet and rich malt on the nose. Toffee, caramel. Hit of bread (yeast). Just a tad boozy. Fairly creamy on the palate. Sweet malt at first then turning to an earthy (yeasty?) dryness. Finishes dry and mildly alcohol-y. Revisit ina few years.
BeerGestapo (754) - Mt.Joy, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 4, 2008
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(USA) This beer from Victory has a nice amber color with a med- white head. I detect a spice / caramel aroma with a brown sugar taste. Easy to drink, very smooth, and the finish has a bitter edge to it. There is a good balance to this brew, I recommended this one.
wajacobs (26) - USA - DEC 27, 2009
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
a deep reddish brown beer with a strong malty aroma, a full mouth feel with a nice bitter character on a strong malt backbone.
excellent desert beer to serve with berry tarts, or chocolates.
mesperon (205) - Hillsdale, New Jersey, USA - FEB 28, 2010
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Slightly hazy amber, with moderate bubbly head. Sweet on the nose. Alcohol is very evident from the start, also sweet, with mellow flavored hops. Finish has a slightly unpleasant bitterness of bioled vegetables. I liked the beer, but I was not too excited about it. My experience definitely doesnít reflect the other reviews or ratings. I drank this beer fresh, I would like to try it again after it sat for a while and some of the edgier bitterness mellowed out. I think this beer has potential to be a lot better.
vtafro (3197) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - APR 26, 2010
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle and on Draft. Brown pour with a little bit of tan head. Overly sweet aroma with some fruity esters and alcohol notes. Would endorse putting this way for some age if bottled, flavors are loud and there is a bit of warming.