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RATINGS: 1613   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.01   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.

Nephilium's rating

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Nephilium (1515) - Ohio, USA - FEB 11, 2007
UPDATED: FEB 22, 2008 2007 bottle. This starts with the piney nose of northwestern hops. It pours a cloudy reddish-amber, with just a lacing of an off-white head. The flavor is surprisingly sweet, with just a finish of hops. The alcohol content in this is dangerously hidden. Several bottles of this have been cellered, and I will re-rate upon opening them. (One from the cellar) The hop nose has faded away, going with a bit more sweetness. Still pours with a large foamy tan head, and the same cloudy dark red. Hop flavor has almost completely disappeared, leaving a balanced sweetness, hints of brown sugar and dark fruits predominant. Very nice.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SG111 (611) - New York, USA - AUG 4, 2015
Bottled. 2013 vintage. Pours sort of murky bronze copper, off-white head. Really nice. Aroma is figs, raisins, definitely get some of that citrus hop character which has been subdued by that age. The booze and heat is there. Some slight oak, and some toffee and malt. Flavor is toffee, some fig (or maybe raisin), honey, little bit of orange and lemon peel, a delayed citrus hop finish. Really exactly what you’d expect from a Victory Barleywine with 2 years on it. Lots of good hop character, but it’s subdued so quite a good amount of malt presence w/o delving into the style of an English Barleywine.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
kbudd19 (899) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - AUG 3, 2015
Bottle, vintage 2011, thanks to Tim! Appearance is dark brown with light white head. Aroma is figs, brown sugar, and caramel. Taste is light bitterness, brown sugar, and butterscotch. Solid barley wine

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
ajnepple (3564) - Conifer, Colorado, USA - JUL 29, 2015
Backlog. 22 oz bottle from Biggie Wine & Liquor. Deep amber appearance with a lingering head. Aroma of bitter hops, caramel, toffee, light fruity esters and touch of alcohol and resin. Heavy, almost harsh bitterness at first that smooths out as it warms. Full body. Much better after it warms up a bit.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BeerRenter76 (303) - Texas, USA - JUL 13, 2015
Pours a very cloudy reddish brown color with a small yet dense light khaki head that reduces to a thin cap that leaves spotty lacing on the glass. Aromas of caramel, raisin, fig, prune, apple, molasses, brown sugar, toast, leather, floral, pine, and earth. Taste mirrors the aroma with a slight earthy pine bitterness on the finish. Light-medium carbonation and full bodied; with a creamy, fairly slick, and lightly sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with only a small warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a excellent barleywine. Great balance and complexity of malt flavors; and very smooth to sip on. A highly enjoyable offering.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
thebeertourist (5127) - Oslo, NORWAY - APR 30, 2015
Bottle from BrewDog shepherd Bush. Pours cloudy glowing amber with a fine, yellowish head. Dark fruits, raisins, nuts nose. More fruits in the mouth, good bitter balance, ending on a dry note. A great barley wine.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dr_Fellini (898) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - APR 30, 2015
Bottle to glass. Pours a clear amber light brownish-orange color with a light tan head. Aroma is boozy, malty, molasses, touch of hops. Flavor is sweet, malty, heavy. Boozy. Overall a very nice barley wine. Would love to see a BA version of this.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BroadestTom (217) - Pennsylvania, USA - APR 29, 2015
Aroma caramel, bread, alcohol, Appearance amber, clear, tan foam, Taste medium sweetness, lightly bitter, Palate medium body, lively, Overall I would suggest this beer to a friend

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
rdixon77 (1591) - Georgia, USA - APR 12, 2015
Old rating. Solid barley wine. Dark fruit, caramel, piney hops. Sweet and boozy but neither too much. Good stuff.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
coachd (341) - Missouri, USA - APR 5, 2015
Bottle aged 18 months. Scent is a wonderful blend of brown sugar, pine hops, plum and other dark fruits, some booze and a hint of honey, all with a noticeable amount of malt. Smells sweet with a little something lurking behind it. Appearance is an easy 5. Beautiful amber color with a bright white head of foam that recedes down to nothing instantly. Taste is boozier and hoppier than the aroma and appearance would suggest - this is a big boy, for sure. The aftertaste belies some of the brown sugar sweetness, but it also brings a pretty substantial alcohol burn. This could have used even more aging than the 18 months. Palate is a little light for such a strong beer. Overall, it’s a good strong barleywine; not for the faint of heart. Victory is taking some chances with this one.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Blueheron0123 (5) - - APR 5, 2015 does not count
Purchased at Ale Yeah - Kennesaw, GA. Beautiful amber pour with 1/4 inch foam head into a snifter. Rich peach and floral notes, with a very nice clean finish. Malt is present with a minor amount of hops.... Booze is very well camaflagued. Recommended very highly.

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