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RATINGS: 1558   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.


3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ratman197 (9454) - 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!

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
wajacobs (26) - USA - DEC 27, 2009
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.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
mesperon (205) - Hillsdale, New Jersey, USA - FEB 28, 2010
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 doesn’t 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.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
vtafro (2810) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - APR 26, 2010
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.

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 16/20
Adamrandels (15) - - JAN 2, 2014
Poured from 22oz bottle. Beautiful syrupy amber with an aggressive head Which dissipates quickly. Fruit favors and booze dominate the palate. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
legion242 (2143) - Richardson, Texas, USA - MAR 9, 2002
Uh-oh; Ruby Red in color; No head at all nor any lace. Alcohol is VERY upfront in this one. Medicinal. Lots of cherry Robitusin. Molasses. Palate thins quite a bit at the 3/4 mark. Cloyingly sweet with no balance. No attempt to hide the alcohol. I have another bottle and will definitely give this beer another chance, but as it stands now, this is woefully over-rated. RERATE: 3-9-02 (let bottle warm to nearly 65*) Smooth, very little effervescence. Lots of candy suger sweetness- malted burnt flavors also playing a huge role. Not as vinuos and thick as some other B-W’s that I have had. Alcohol is present for sure. Warming at the 1/3 mark. There is a degree of medicine flavors that really bother me- the cherry robituson is gone, but not by much. I am liking this better this time around, but I still sense very little balance. Now, at the 2/3 mark, the maltiness is perfect (the beer is now fully at room temp-73*). Much more satisfying this time, but still not the world beater that everyone says.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
beerbukkake1956 (4) - New York, USA - JUN 17, 2002 does not count
How do they hide the 11% alcohol? They don’t. Victory is one of my very favorite breweries. Their Hop Devil and Storm King deserve the considerable praise that has been heaped upon them, and their Golden Monkey and Prima Pils are amongst my very favorite brews. However,I think they missed the boat here. There are undoubtedly some wonderful flavors in here, with admirable fruit, but they are overshadowed by the hot, heavy handed approach. Save for a late, cold night in front of the fire.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
microdyke (360) - Portland, Oregon, USA - APR 19, 2003
A copper color with an off-white diminished head. A nutty aroma with some caramel maltiness and hops. A hoppiness right up front and a few more hops then a few more hops and finally a little citrus. A touch astringent and bitter.

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
rpattinson (84) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - FEB 1, 2007
Dark amber colour with little head; grapefruit, lemon and caramel aromas; sweetish/bitter taste with caramel, dates, citrus and pine aromas; bitter finsih with caramel, toffee and pine aromas. A reasonable beer, but the malt and hop flavours clash in the mouth. Lacking complexity for a beer of its strength.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
BustedFlat (554) - Edina, Minnesota, USA - MAR 2, 2007
UPDATED: APR 30, 2007 Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a snifter, deep ruby red with no head at all. The aroma was sweet and fruity. The first few swallows were sticky sweet with notes of dark fruits and pine hops with some alcohol bite. The finish was a slight bitterness that lingered. As it warmed, it mellowed with a more malty flavor.


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