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RATINGS: 1570   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.


3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Ron (2526) - 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 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.

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 (2923) - montrťal, 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 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.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
kp (10886) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
UPDATED: DEC 31, 2012
Date: January 10, 2004
Mode: Bottle
Source: Tasting
Appearance: amber with suspended bits
Flavor: rich sweet malt aroma and flavor, touch of bitterness to keep it balanced, nice creamy character, fruity character comes out at the end

Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 5/10; Flavor: 6/10; Palate: 5/10; Overall: 13/20
Rating: 3.2/5.0
Score: **+ /4

Date: December 12, 1998
Mode: Bottle
Source: Normís, DC
Vintage: 1998
Appearance: clear amber
Aroma: slight sweet malt aroma
Flavor: rich warm sweet malt flavor, just a hint of bitterness

Date: January 30, 2003
Vintage: 1998
Appearance: dark amber, whispy tan head
Aroma: rich sweet malt aroma under big hops
Flavor: rich malt flavor, lots of balancing bitterness, slightly alcoholic, warming, just a hint of fruity character

Date: August 02, 2005
Vintage: 1998
rich fruity aroma and flavor, low balancing bitterness. earthy hop character, slightly smokey, very rich, rich fruit not quite developed,

Date: February 10, 2008
Mode: bottle
Source: tasting
Vintage: 1998
Aroma: big earthyness in the aroma with the caramel being pretty dry
Flavor: sweet caramel malt flavor, nice fruity character, balancing earthy bitterness

Aroma: 5/10; Appearance: 6/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 5/10; Overall: 16/20
Rating: 3.4/5.0
Score: *** /4

Date: December 03, 2003
Mode: Bottle
Source: Whole Foods Market, DC
Vintage: 2003
Appearance: clear dark amber, thin fine beige head
Aroma: big earthy hop aroma on top of a sweet malt base
Flavor: rich malt flavor, slightly sweet, lots of balancing hops

Date: August 02, 2005
Vintage: 2003
Aroma: nice sweet malty aroma
Flavor: big sweet fruit flavor, stays rich but begins to fade, a bit of alcohol fumes

Date: February 10, 2008
Mode: bottle
Source: tasting
Vintage: 2003
Aroma: sweet fruity aroma with still plenty of earthyness
Flavor: sweet and fruity flavor but still well balanced with the earthy hops

Aroma: 8/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 5/10; Palate: 5/10; Overall: 10/20
Rating: 3/5.0
Score: ** /4

Date: July 25, 2007
Mode: Draft
Source: Brewpub
Vintage: 2004
Appearance: clear dark red, wispy beige head
Aroma: sweet dark caramel malt aroma with light earthy hops
Flavor: rich and fruity malt flavor, lots of earthy balance, no alcohol, fruity sweetness grows and starts to get a bit sticky

Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 8/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 16/20
Rating: 3.8/5.0
Drinkability: 7/10
Score: *** /4

Date: January 09, 2008
Mode: Draft
Source: Brick Store Pub
Vintage: 2007
Appearance: clear dark ruby red, fine beige head, sheets of lace
Aroma: sweet caramel malt aroma with lots of earthy hops and a touch of alcohol
Flavor: big sweet dark caramel candy flavor, lots of fruity sweetness, stickysweetness is lightly balanced by an earthy hop character
Overall: is this really the current version, tastes much more aged

Date: February 09, 2008
Mode: bottle
Source: greenís
Vintage: 2007
Score: 3.7
Aroma: bottle aroma is much more earthy than draft with the fruityness taking the back seat
Flavor: earthy bitterness also rules the flavor, touch of caramel sweetness in the background
Overall: will take years to equal the draft version

Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 8/10; Palate: 7/10; Overall: 16/20
Rating: 3.9/5.0
Drinkability: 7/10
Score: *** /4

Date: October 26, 2012
Mode: Draft
Source: Brick Store Pub
Vintage: 2008
Appearance: muddy burnt amber, fine beige head, streaks of icy lace
Aroma: sweet fruity aroma, dark caramel, earthy, rich fruits
Flavor: rich and fruity flavor, rich dry caramel, earthy, long bitter finish

Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 8/10; Palate: 7/10; Overall: 15/20
Rating: 3.8/5.0
Drinkability: 8/10
Score: *** /4

3.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 11/20
obguthr (3828) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - SEP 23, 2007
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.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
noncaloric (684) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - APR 21, 2009
Pours a clear amber to ruby, moderate tan head, good head retention, only temporary lace, effervescent, a few chunks of sediment. Aroma is caramel and a lot of ABV. The alcohol in the nose carries enough of a chemical solvent nature to be a bit offputting. Flavor is built around a mild caramel malt backbone, hops are generous and sprucy, but thereís not even a hope of hiding the alcohol here. Medium to full body, smooth palate, very penetrating warmth.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
dm9831 (1512) - Monee, Illinois, USA - MAY 10, 2009
pours a red-amber, medium off white head, nice lace. nose of dried fruit, sweet malt and floral hops. flavor is sweet malt. with floral hop and fruity notes. the alcohol is well hidden. medium body, bitter finish. a tasty beer sampled at a LoSBD tasting. i think cornfield provided the sample.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ratman197 (9797) - 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 itís alcohol very well!


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