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RATINGS: 1637   WEIGHTED AVG: 4/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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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3.3
altkencru (143) - USA - OCT 31, 2005
Nothing to write home about. Generally, I don’t like these syrupy monsters...too sweet and too high in alcohol.

3.5
Dogfish120 (143) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - JAN 16, 2006
Bottle: Think maybe my bottle was old or had some oxidation. Not exactally a barleywine style to the books, but decent none the less. Big hop nose, which was a surprise, small creamy head dissipated quickly. Fruity, malty beginning with hoppy finish, not much complexity. Okay

4
lweiberg (142) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - MAR 15, 2009
Oh yes. I’ve only tried a few but this is the best barleywine I’ve had so far. Sweet almost the point of resembling Sweet Tarts, but not cloying or distracting. Bottle says 11% and best by 12-5-13. Bought it as a single, will hopefully find a sixer if it’s available. Nice!

4.4
IPAGargoyleGuy (140) - Troy, NY, New York, USA - MAR 5, 2008
One of my favorites. Sweet and malty, with a fruity hops finish. This beer has a long flavor run, is very thick and creamy, and hides its alcohol well.

4.4
BrianO (138) - Ambler, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 11, 2003
UPDATED: NOV 18, 2003 Nice clear reddish tint with malty aroma. Sweet flavor with a mild hop balance. Nice mouthfeel with a presence of fruity esters. Good dry finish. I felt nice and cozy after finishing this one.

4.5
stefanberggren (135) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 7, 2003
A really amazing barley wine that I have been waiting many years to try. It really surprised me at the balance of malt and hops in this ale. The alcohol is apparent, but not at all obtrusive. Sweet at first, but the hops pull through like a champ. Caramel notes that give way to raisins and plums. Really nice mouthfeel, which is important to me when it comes to barleywine. A must try..

4.1
mctous (131) - Herndon, Virginia, USA - MAR 12, 2005
Old Horizontal pours with light, ultrafine carbonation, deep amber color, and marked viscosity. Hops, alcohol, and yeast (diacetyl) artifacts dominate the aroma. The malt, hops, sugar, and yeast synergize almost perfectly, leaving only a slight dry hop aftertaste. I actually prefer more dry hop character, but this is a minor criticism. Well done, Victory!

3.8
princesslala (131) - DENMARK - MAR 30, 2008
The beer pours a cloudy amber with a foamy cream-colored head. It has a clean,citrusy smell with a hint of caramel malts. It has a full, citrusy flavor with just the right amount of malty sweetness to balance it out. It is deceptively smooth for a beer with such a high ABV. I would want to drink this beer with a beef stew or a nice steak dinner.

4.1
Dougal (130) - Escondido, California, USA - MAR 31, 2003
Not an overhopped Barleywine but still pretty high. Interesting fruit aromas ... apple or pear? I can't be sure. Rich reddish color that made my mouth water. A winner.

4.1
DrinkingbuddyD (129) - Warsaw, New York, USA - JUL 14, 2003
Excellent. Has a beautiful appearance, an appetizing aroma, and a delicious flavor. Everything you would expect from a solid brewery like victory.


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