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RATINGS: 1629   WEIGHTED AVG: 4/5   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.


Gunshy's rating

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Gunshy (479) - Ohio, USA - APR 24, 2004
This beer poured a reddish amber color and formed a foamy off white head that stuck around and coated the side of the glass with lace. A medium amount of carbonation was presnet. An aroma malt, caramel and raisins was present with a hint of hops. The flavor was of malt, caramel and butterscotch with touch of the alcohol present. A medium body with a slightly sweet finish offset by the alcohol present. Hopfully the newer Victory's will sell well enough here that they will ship this to our state next season.


4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
saxo (16048) - Højbjerg, Aarhus, DENMARK - APR 14, 2016
Bottle @ Fermentoren, Aarhus courtesy Klimaet! Nice head with good duration. Color is amber. Aroma and taste are rich hops, caramel, fruits, malt and has a long bitter and sweet finish. Full bodied.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Vestergaard (1385) - Aarhus C, DENMARK - APR 14, 2016
Bottle thanks to Bursprak! Pours a hazy, reddish amber with a medium sized, long lasting, off white head. Aroma has intense hops and sweet malts, that together gives an intense berry-fruity sweetness, intense malty, spicy, piny hops, some caramel. Taste is sweet, toasty, malty, pretty fruity, and finishes off with a big, but balanced bitterness. Average carbonation, full body without being sticky. Nice and balanced for the style!

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
furthur (734) - Eagle River, Alaska, USA - JAN 23, 2016
GABBF, dark amber, little head. Aroma raisin and fruit. Taste tropical fruit, spice, spruce, vanilla. Pale rich, carb moderate.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Frothmeister (693) - Ontario, CANADA - JAN 17, 2016
1PT 6FL OZ bottle. 2013 Vintage. Pours amber with a faint haze and an orange hued tan cap. On the nose, resinous hops, golden syrup, tropical fruit, and pecan pie filling. Sweet Jeebus this smells glorious. The taste is of course on the sweeter side with raisin, resinous hops, light molasses, and faint spice that leads into what I would describe as beefed up IPA territory. Lots of caramel malt, resinous hops, raisin, light citrus, and a good bitter finish. Barley wines when done correctly make me forget about every great beer I’ve had. Man, this is beautiful stuff. I’ve had nothing but top notch beers from this brewery. Thank you Victory.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Thisis12ptfont (1076) - Los Angeles, CA, California, USA - JAN 14, 2016
Aromas of deep malts, peanut butter, caramel, nougat, nuttiness, oak, sugared plum and some malted barley. Pours a cloudy amber with a crimson tint and a thick tan lacing and tons of lace. Taste is moderately bitter upfront followed by a creamy mouthfeel. Notes of butterscotch, caramel, sugar cubes, liquid malt extract, some golden malts, melted butter, toffee and sugary, toasted tangerine. Finishes sweet with notes of caramel latte, apricots, hop oils, resin and subtle vanilla. Overall, a very unique take on a barley wine. Flavors almost seem a bit of a mess but it somehow ties together well.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
rouhlas (2115) - GREECE - JAN 11, 2016
650 ml bottle at the Hoppy Pub, Thessaloniki, courtesy of Constantin. Dark amber color with off white head. Malty aroma, caramel, citrusy fruity, orange, alcohol. Sweet and light bitter taste. Medium oily body soft carbonation.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DocJitsu (1531) - Pensacola, Florida, USA - DEC 8, 2015
Pours a cloudy, dull, thick orange-amber with a well-retaining, orange-tan head. Toffee and a strange perfumy aroma. Thick mouthfeel. Barleywine-type sweet maltiness. Toffee flavor. A peculiar, sharp, somewhat harsh hop character.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
crossovert (10657) - Illinois, USA - NOV 8, 2015
650ml bottle. 2014 vintage that had been in a fridge since it got to the store. Lightly hazed pour. Aroma is captain crunch berry cereal. Flavor is similar, quite hoppy still, candylike, over the top.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Saeglopur (1563) - Vienna Woods, AUSTRIA - OCT 29, 2015
650 ml bottle 2013 vintage, from a trade with Sebilinz, thanks Erich!
Deep copper body, wih a medium, fluffy, light beige head.
Aroma of grapefruit, resin, orange, some pine, caramel, some candy.
Taste follows this, surprisingly hoppy, with some more booze.
Medium, slick mouthfeel, with a moderate carbonation
Finishes bitter-sweet, a bit alcoholic, hoppy, zesty, a bit piney, fruity, also sweet malty.

Very nice. Surprisingly hoppy after 2 years. Pretty strong hop bite in the taste and finish, even a bit harsh. Overall more a Double IPA than a Barley Wine in my opinion. Not my favourite beer from Victory, but really characterful and enjoyable.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
wiosna (568) - - OCT 29, 2015
0,65 l pullo @ Werkmeister’s place. Hiukan samea, meripihkan ruskea. Tuoksussa alkoholia, brandya, makeaa mallasta. Maussa humalaa jotenkin väärällä tavalla liikaa, makeaa mallasta, alkoholia. Karvaus muistuttaa mangoldia. Huh.


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