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RATINGS: 1622   WEIGHTED AVG: 4/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TAR (2526) - 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.

   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.

   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Holdwine (1135) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
3fourths (8799) - 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!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
BeerAteHer (384) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - MAY 3, 2004
Nice perfumey aroma, literally barley & wine. No head but for a little "Horizontal" band - yet this is natural for a barleywine brew. Beautiful dark ruby-rust color. As expected, it’s sweet but certainly not in a sucrose way. There are also highly present hops in there, fighting a fun losing battle which the malts naturally win at this high percentage (that's why the alcohol is so hard to detect). One thing: speaking from experience as one who has literally drunk bottles of beer from the 1800’s, I’d really think the body of this would be bettered by trying a version without carbonation - this style is really approaching one of my experiences with the authentic classics. The bubbles don’t make it "bad" but still aren’t an original part of this style. In any case, there is an amazing finish - I could almost have had a few sips of Dow’s Ruby Port! Then 5 minutes later, I may as well have had a shot of dark Jamaican rum!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
badgerben (4681) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - SEP 18, 2004
Bottled January 6, 2004; Tasted September 17, 2004: Pours a lovely dark amber with a very thin head. Holy barley nose, Batman! Oh damn... it’s lookin good! Eh? Where’s the taste? There’s some barley, there’s some alcohol... where’s the rest of it? I wouldn’t mind laying one down for a few years, but I found this to be immensely disappointing and lacking in the flavor I expected it to deliver.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Ron (3172) - 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.

   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.

   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.

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