RATINGS: 1656   WEIGHTED AVG: 4/5   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.

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   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
RAUCHFEST (122) - PROSPECT PARK, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 2, 2002
these are great when somebody has some saved away and takes out their vintage now and then

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
BlueDevil0206 (122) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JUN 24, 2005
UPDATED: JUL 12, 2005 Bottled. Pours a deep reddish amber with a small quickly dropping head. Aroma is majorly malty: toffee and caramel and cereal. Hops are also very apparent in the nose: spicy and earthy. A moderate ester profile is also present. Flavor is also big and malty. Sweet with crystal malt and breadiness. Hops are spicy and citrussy in flavor with plenty enough bitterness to back up the syrupy sweetness and hop flavor. Some slight fruity esters comes through with flavors of citrus and a bit of apple and cherries. Body is very full and silky smooth and syrupy, coating my snifter with every sip. Excellent American barleywine.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Agaguk (122) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 17, 2009
2 355ml Bottles shared with Pyrozoid and French Tickler. Aroma: grape bubble gum, figs, orange zest. Flavor: alcohol, grapes, peppery, salty, figs, hops and cotton candy. Palate: medium to full body, soft carbonation, oily, silky with a grape pepery alcohol finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Louipa (121) - USA - JUN 16, 2006
Victorys beers are fantastic. This one starts out with a rich, molasses nose that is more malty than hoppy. Rich, reddish amber color with a small white-tan head. Tastes like it smells. Finish is somewhat hoppy and very good. Hops come out increasingly as it warms. Surprisingly drinkable for an 11%abv. An excellent beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
jeckenroth (121) - Reading, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 31, 2009
Pours a wonderful reddish amber. The head is a substantial and long lasting off white foam with nice lacing the whole way down. Smells of warm caramel sweetness with under tones of the floral hoppiness that makes all Victory beers distinct. The mouthfeel is nice and thick, reassuring. There is a sharp carbonation but fades quickly to an oily liquid that coats the tongue. As many have said, you dont get a wall of alcohol taste, even with the high abv. The first is malty and spicy (hints of cloves or cinnamon) but that fades to a nice sweet warming middle. The end is long and hoppy. There is this hint of what I can only describe as dried cherries that comes through every once in awhile. Another wonderful example by a very strong team in Downingtown.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
GoldenSpunky (120) - Rochester, New York, USA - AUG 9, 2004
Pours very think and smooth with copper tints and small head. This barely wine quite possibly has the best aroma Ive ever smelled on any beer. Upon the first taste, hints of chicory roasted barely and delicious hops. This is what a barley wine should taste like. I almost dont want to write anymore just so I can enjoy this beer while only focusing on how good it tastes.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dphoxie (120) - North Carolina, USA - DEC 6, 2013
Sweet barleywine goodness. Chewy and sticky. Lots of complexity. Really enjoyed this and looking forward to finding another bottle. Sooo tasty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
tekhna (118) - California, USA - APR 16, 2009
I wrote a review, and then ratebeers silly server ate it. Seriously. Not a bad beer, well see how it is in a year for a rerate.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
blueduk (118) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - MAY 19, 2006
Wow, this has some high ratings. What a surprise, it has over 10% alcohol by volume. This beer is good, and its good for its style. Maybe my bottle was too young, but I think we need a reality check. The beer poured clear amber with a thin tan fizzy head. The first whiff is an assult of fresh fruity citrus hops, orange and lemon. After recovering, malty notes are dectecable, mainly caramel, oak, and vanilla, which are also present in the flavor profile. The mouthfeel is soft and smooth, carrying fruit beneath bitterness of a magnitude I wasnt expecting. This bitterness lasted long into the finish, forgetting the nice malty underbelly. The alcohol was very noticeable by mid-bottle. This is a good barleywine, but not the best. I think its a step below the examples from Sierra Nevada, AleSmith, and Stone, which are not as rough around the edges.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
EdPaulsen (117) - Rochester, New York, USA - JUL 25, 2003
UPDATED: JUL 27, 2003 delicious. the first really convincing use of cascade (or cascade type) hops blending with others for a great complexity. alcohol notes of course but less than might be expected and fruitiness and vanilla(?). really easy to drink with the dangerous ABV. best barlywine i've tasted and a great one to start out on.

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