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RATINGS: 1565   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.


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.


4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
UncleKorm (775) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - AUG 15, 2014
Bottle poured a hazed orange hue w/ enormous long-lasting beige head and sticky lacing. Big Malty and spicy aromas. Initial flavor is moderate sweet w/ moderate bitter long lasting finish. Taste is malt forward w/ earthy spices. Full bodied and a hot finish.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Mark_Eck (656) - - AUG 11, 2014
Draft at Hopcat in Grand Rapids. Pours a clear reddish brown color. Aroma and taste are dark fruits and caramel.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
solidfunk (3854) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - AUG 3, 2014
Truly a superior barley wine. Pours amber with good head and lacing. Lots of hops, booze and caramelized malt. Citrus, candied plum and pine. Pours cloudy brown with good head and lacing. Finishes bittersweet. Soft carbonation. Tap at Smoke and Barrel.

3.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
firemarshal (150) - North Carolina, USA - JUL 21, 2014
Year 2013 22oz bottle. Dark copper with red hue. Aroma is licorice, nutty, citrus, dough, alcohol. Flavor is very malty up front, medium hop flavor, medicinal finish with a little alcohol bleeding through. Smooth, full bodied, sticky. Overall a nice beer for this cool rainy July day. Ill put a few of these back for winter.

4.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Mastelefish (83) - North Huntingdon, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 19, 2014
Pours an amber-brown with a thin white head. Floral notes are weak but still present. Bitterness is middle of the road for a barleywine. Body is heavy but mouth feel is appropriate. Booziness is nowhere to be found. So good.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
RussianDragon (424) - - JUL 13, 2014
22 oz bottle purchased at State Line. Pours a clear bright copper brown color with ruby hues apparent on the glass. Aroma is caramel malt, leather, dark fruit sweetness, slight citrus via hops, Flavor is same notes as aroma with medium to full bodied mouthfeel and complex sweet fruity finish. Solid.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Huhzubendah (2443) - Washington DC, USA - JUL 13, 2014
About to go for a walk (Dave is still peeing). The beer is dark orange / copper with a half inch of tan head. Smells hoppy, boozy, malty. Big beer. Que hora es? Citrus soaked in alcohol. Notes of pine with some alcohol sugars. Good flavor, but the alcohol is too forward. I have trouble appreciating beers of this ilk, where both the malt and hop profiles are so grand that they seem to compete for dominance, rather than dance in harmony. Hop bitterness and alcohol longer on the palate. Overall, good, though not my cup of tea (beer).

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
PigMine (28) - San Angelo, Texas, USA - JUN 30, 2014
Bomber with a very microscopic date printed on neck. Bottled sometime in 2013, smeared print, but bottle conditioned, and at 11% abv it will remain fresh for years. It pours dark amber, fairly clear, with a small creamy head as most large abv brews have. It leaves nice lacing by the time you finish the bottle. It smells great, some hops, some Belgium yeast, and plenty of bready malt.a massive taste, full bodied with huge malt and sweetness and the alcohol hits slightly later. An excellent barleywine and will be remembered as the real deal.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
RedSox2004 (1229) - Pacific Palisades, California, USA - JUN 13, 2014
Clear deep mahogany color with a one-finger tan head that leaves minimal lace. Aromas of dark and dried fruit, candy sugar and molasses. Raisin, date, caramel, plum and tobacco flavors highlight a complex flavor profile. Full bodied, thick creamy mouthfeel, minimal carbonation, and a pleasant dark fruit sweetness in the finish.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JHeath99 (898) - Warner Robins, Georgia, USA - JUN 10, 2014
Bottle from Winestyles. Pours a perfectly transparent amber with thin beige head. Aroma isnt as strong as I thought it would be, just faint hints of caramel and booze. Taste of dark fruits, a more pronounced caramel, and a lingering booze.


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