harlequinn (2744) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - OCT 13, 2003
UPDATED: OCT 23, 2003 This is exactly how I like a barleywine to be. Not sweet enough to be cloying and not so much alchohol that you can blow fireballs after taking a sip. The pour in this one is is dark and hazy with a little bit of head. Very rich with a full mouthfeel that is sweet like candy, but balanced out by the fruit flavors making it just right. aracauna (3651) - Georgia, USA - OCT 13, 2003
This is a barleywine that isn't too sweet and isn't too hoppy, although it isn't quite hoppy enough. The fruitiness and surprising drinkability for a barleywine make this a pretty tasty beer though. Syd (921) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - OCT 11, 2003
12 oz bottle pours a hazy apple red color with an off white head that produces sheets of lace. The aroma is quite fruity and woody and a touch sour like that of berries. The flavor is very balanced, somewhat sherry and cask like, but also hoppy but missing some of the character I noticed with some other Barley Wines. Having said that, this one is much more drinkable! The palate is well balanced with the flavor, just right. The alcohol is nowhere to be found. Overall, this is dangerous, for it is so drinkable that you notice the 11% ABV when it is too late. This is my seventh rating today; I'm done. ElGaucho (2401) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - OCT 6, 2003
Victory continues to impress me with every beer of theirs that I sample. This one starts off with a rich, molasses nose that is more malty than hoppy. Rich, reddish amber color, murky, with an very small off-white head. Good lace. Initial mouthfeel is malty rich with molasses. Tastes like it smells. Finish is somewhat hoppy and very good. Hops come out increasingly as it warms. Surprisingly drinkable for an 11% BW. An excellent beer that makes for a premier winter warmer. aaronh (201) - McMurray, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 29, 2003
This is a reddish colored beer with amber highlights. It pours with a thin tan head that quickly dissipates. The remaining ring of foam leaves a very fine lace that gradually slides back down the glass to join the beer. The aroma is of cherries, alcohol, and a hint of apple. Very appetizing. The first sip presents a very thick feeling beer with sweet cheery flavors mingled with some hop bitterness and citrus flavors. The alcohol is very apparent in this young beer. After a few sips, some chocolate flavors become apparent, reminding me of chocolate covered cherries. The sweetness dominates this beer, and it is definitely a sipping beer.
ChazyRPh (583) - Chazy, New York, USA - AUG 31, 2003
UPDATED: JUL 30, 2004 Pours a cloudy orange-red with medium pale head. I like the smells I get, berries and fermented pit fruits. Very pleasant nose. Initial mouthfeel is smooth with berry tastes. It moves to some hoppiness with hints of the 11% ABV, but finishes nicely to a sweet berry/fruit flavor. I very nice beer, the best barleywine style ale that I have tasted.
Re-Rate - (7/28/04) 1998 vintage on draft at Monk's Cafe in Philadelphia. All I can say is unbelieveable. This barleywine ages so well, all the flavors meld together it is sweet and smooth. There is no wonder that they limit 2 glasses per patron.
Re-Rate - (7/28/04) 2001 vintage on draft at Victory Brewery. Well, I must have gone to Old Horizontal heaven, they had 2001, 2002 and 2003 vintages on tap here tonight, however I have only tried the 2001 to compare with the 1998 I had earlier today. There is a noticable difference, however it is by no means a step back. Wonderfully blended and smooth, I will cellar some of this to experience again in a few years. DYCSoccer17 (3706) - Woodland, California, USA - AUG 31, 2003
Pours a murky tan/orange/brownish with a moderate off-white head that has decent staying power. Aroma is fruity--maybe peaches/apricots? Berries too? Start is a sweet fruityness like the aroma, which then turns into a lillte hoppiness/alcohol burn very briefly, then turns into the pleasant sweet fruityness at the end. A very smooth and drinkable beer with a great palate. 11% is hidden very nicely. GreatStelle (363) - Chico, California, USA - AUG 29, 2003
nice medium dark color. ALOT of flavor in this beer. Very chewy, a bit sweet. Good barley wine. snoot (286) - Anaheim, California, USA - AUG 28, 2003
Pours a amber-red, I couldn't coax very much head out of it. Aroma is fruty, malty, with a small but noticeable alcohol nose. Sweet at first, then some hops followed up by an alcohol finish. Nice barley wine. baobubba (454) - Starkville, Mississippi, USA - AUG 24, 2003
Sexy red-orange-amber color with an apricot head. Amazing aroma that reminds me of fruit stands in Eastern Washington - sticky, dusty, cooked earth, hay/farm grain, with some dehydrated apricots and prunes. The brew is sweet and full bodied, but not syrupy. The earthy, hay, and caramel/toast aromas come out on the taste. Slight bitterness on the finish. Excellent barley wine.