PorterPounder (7970) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - APR 29, 2003
Very complex - different flavors encountered upon each sip. Initial aroma - Cherry Bubble Yum -believe it or not. Pour - light amber - but what I notice as I drip the last drops in to the glass are the way the drops bead up when they hit the liquid - does the alcohol make it do that? As it settles, the flavor dissipates in my opinion - initally I enjoyed the way the hops crept their way into the raisiny, molaosses-like maltiness - but it loses its luster after a while. Ending - aroma - sweet molasses. Still, a very good barley wine - but a tad overrated. Aurelius (5335) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - APR 29, 2003
Took Austinpowers' advice and tried this head-to-head with Elizabethan Ale. Though this was more drinkable, it got its butt handed to it in terms of complexity. Tangy, smells like powdered orange drink mix -- like Tang with hops thrown in. Warming. A well-balanced strong amber ale, I guess. Alcohol is masked rather well, not too sweet, not super bitter. Nice, smooth palate -- almost like it had used finings. Medium bitter finish, which is citrus and woody. BeaverBrown (245) - Portland, Oregon, USA - APR 28, 2003
Brownish orange color with a desipating tan head. Smells like dog. Tangy bitter and astringent. winterlager (101) - Orchard Park, New York, USA - APR 27, 2003
This is the very best of the Victory beers. From the enchanting smell and color. It is hard to believe that there is 11% alcohol in this...it is so smooth and the flavors just make you want to keep drinking, you can't put this one down. Each sip gets better and better. Perfect blend of hops with the citrus taste at the end. This is a beer to fall in love with! microdyke (360) - Portland, Oregon, USA - APR 19, 2003
A copper color with an off-white diminished head. A nutty aroma with some caramel maltiness and hops. A hoppiness right up front and a few more hops then a few more hops and finally a little citrus. A touch astringent and bitter.
jstu9 (402) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 15, 2003
(bottle) This is a hard one to rate. I have enjoyed most of the other Victory beers and liked a bunch of them. And I was looking forward to try this one. I guess I rate this lower than others because it tasted of that 11% alcohol. I felt like I was drinking whiskey instead of beer. The beer did seem to mellow as it warmed and I got used to it. And it has a full range of flavors, so I rate it fairly high. aobecksy (700) - Middle of no where, Ohio, USA - APR 14, 2003
I may have to marry the Victory guy--(I hope it is a guy.) A nice, inviting brew from nose to finish...very pleasing. LilBill66 (9) - Glassboro, New Jersey, USA - APR 11, 2003 does not count
Every year this beer knocks me off my feet. I have yet to find a better Barleywine. Fruity, malty, hoppy, sweet...this beer has it all. I can't say enough about it. Uglyradio (791) - Greenville, South Carolina, USA - APR 8, 2003
This one has a clear, dark amber color with a thin, off-white head. The aroma is fruity, slightly hoppy, has a decent bit of malt sweetness and is very tantalizing. The flavor is very smooth and quite malty upfront with a lot of fruity notes. The finish is lingering and slightly bitter from the hops. Nicely balanced between the hops and malts, this is an exceptional brew. The alcohol is well hidden in the flavor but you do get a nice warming sensation. Very nice, smooth, and easy drinking for its strength. Thanks to ConiseurofBeer for the bottle. kalisto9 (73) - Crafton, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 7, 2003
Nice...on the strong side with the fruity flavor and bitterness (not a bad thing here), but it's a good, heavy sort of brew that should satisfy those looking for something more than fratboy garbage. Well worth the case price, too. A very fine brew, indeed.