oldrtybastrd (4888) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - JUN 8, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a dark amber color, with a off white head that had some lacing power. Aromas of citrus, sweet malts, and some alcohol. Flavor isn’t as sweet as I was led to believe. You can taste the alcohol from the get go, what follows is a nice mellow brown sugar (I Guess) sweetness that finishes with a nice bitter hop.
jonas (6540) - Garching b. München, GERMANY - JUL 12, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sampled at LCRBM 05. Extreme wooden aroma. Cloudy red brown. Wooden cognac flavors, quite sweet. Wooden dusty aftertaste.
gnoff (9430) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - OCT 9, 2006
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
(Bottle 12 Fl oz) Shady red orange color, tan head. Citrus hoppy scent, some butter. Sweet and some alcohol as well. Thick mouthfeel. Alcohol taste, warming. Sweet and malty. Sweet aftertaste. A little bit grainy. Medium bitterness.
PattyBoy (302) - North Liberty, Iowa, USA - NOV 5, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours mahogany, minimal head. Flavor is overly sweet and spicy. Dark fruits, toffee, caramel with spicy hops. Alcohol is barely noticeable. This just isn’t a style I like, but this seems good.
redlem (1306) - Ohio, USA - FEB 15, 2003
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Amber in color with a medium head. By the smell you can tell this was brewed by Victory it has that orange/hops aroma. Taste reminds me of their Hopdevil as for the hops taste. Hides the 11% ABV very well.
jstu9 (402) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 15, 2003
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
(bottle) This is a hard one to rate. I have enjoyed most of the other Victory beers and liked a bunch of them. And I was looking forward to try this one. I guess I rate this lower than others because it tasted of that 11% alcohol. I felt like I was drinking whiskey instead of beer. The beer did seem to mellow as it warmed and I got used to it. And it has a full range of flavors, so I rate it fairly high.
eczematic (1325) - Adelaide, AUSTRALIA - JUN 14, 2003
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
hit a wall with this one after no dinner and a large array of great beers of accelerating ABV - had a few sips and then decided to call it a night and stumble off into the darkness. strangely enough my handwriting is pretty clear. lovely deep mushroom/earthy/malty aroma. flavour is thick beautiful vanilla-malt stuff ruined by nasty cascade attack - by the end of the night i guess i was pretty bored with the american hops. thanx dufffff
TimE (4773) - Tokyo, JAPAN - DEC 25, 2003
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
I sampled a one year old and just couldn't groove on it too much. I just love British Barley wine, but once again I find American BW too hoppy. The nose was beautiful I have to admit with peaches, raspberries and whiffs of chocolate. However, the body was not rounded at all and was a total hopfest while the malt only gave off cloying caramel attributes. Finishing nice and bitter. Not bad, but somewhat overrated in IMO.
Metalhead (643) - Lake Zurich, Illinois, USA - SEP 27, 2004
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled on Nov. 10-03. Poured a hazy light amber,slight carbonation.Nose was mild hops with a sweetness to it. Tasted of mild hops,slightly sweet fleshy fruits and hints of white grapes. Could stand to age another year but fairly good now tho not like I had hoped.
Dough77 (821) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - JAN 3, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A hoppy barleywine that might fit my "tasty barleywine" profile in a few years, but is too young at the moment (from the fresth batch). Grapefruity, with shades of malts and caramel, as well as an almost too noticable alcohol taste. I am excited for some time to pass though so I can try this one with a little age into it.