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RATINGS: 1644   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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3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 10/20
AmericanHobo (70) - Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 6, 2014
Nice bold taste, lingers on palate. Despite high ABV there is no hotness to taste.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
dbeatdano (70) - - SEP 21, 2014
Aroma is pineapple, grapefruit, citrus hops, and sticky sweet malt. Taste is packed with citrus hops and fruits with a prevalent bitterness and a grainy malt taste. And it is boozy ladies and gentlemen. Palate is full bodied and mouthfeel is thick as a brick and sticky. Finish is medium and bitter. This is a heavy barleywine and very full bodied. Not your easy sipper by any means but a good representation of the style. There are other barleywines that suit my taste better but this is by no means a bad beer.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
wj94 (69) - Virginia, USA - DEC 5, 2007
My first ever barleywine, and still my favorite (unless I get my hands on an Angels Share perhaps). Local store has 2005 and 2004 vintages available for sale, though they are similar in taste as far as I can tell. Deep red in color with very light head, lacing throughout. Very sweet but incredibly well balanced. Smooth going down, no wonder Victory has a limit on how many draft Horizontals you can buy! Alcohol very well hidden

4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Wilecat (66) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - AUG 30, 2002
A great beer! A beer that if taken lightly will def leave u horizontal.

3.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
johnykat (65) - Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 31, 2006
I do not like Victory as much as others on this site, and the same can be said about this beer. The taste/smell has been summed up by others better than I (typical barley wine taste) and it is very good. The part where I get hung up is all the hops at the end of the beer. I know fellow raters enjoy hops, but I dont enjoy them as much as most people. The ending of this beer (last swallow down your throat) is very hoppy. This takes away from the enjoyment for me, as I would rather have a BW more balanced, and an IPA hoppy.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
zethca (62) - West Chester, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 25, 2007
Bottle. Ruby red color with a light head and solid lacing. Sweet fruity aroma with some hops. Heavy fruity/spicy flavors give way to citric hop finish. Very full-bodied mouthfeel and a biting finish.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mystiksc (62) - los angeles, California, USA - FEB 24, 2008
The pour is very dark brown. Taste of mixed fruits, molasses, oak, brown sugar, and hints of alcohol. The alcohol is masked very well. I was expecting the alcohol flavor right away. This is a very smooth sweet tasting brew.

4.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
lalubeer (57) - CANADA - JUN 29, 2006
Very rich in malt and fruity flavours also. A hop taste at the end. Very tasty, one of my favorite.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ucfknightscott (56) - Casselberry, Florida, USA - NOV 24, 2010
On draft at the Oldsmar Tap House. Pours a beautiful mahagony with a medium white head. Aroma is big with dark fruit, caramel malt, and maple syrup. Nice smooth mouthfeel with a warming alcohol finish. Notes of raisin, cranberry, maple syrup, and caramel. This one is very complex as it evolves with every sip. Im normally not a big barley wine fan but this one is very solid. Great job Victory.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
hoppyho (56) - Los Angeles, California, USA - FEB 28, 2012
Cloudy brownish-orange color with two fingers of light tan head. There is a decent amount of lacing for a barleywine. The smell is fairly balanced; some malt, some hops, and some alcohol. A nice aroma. The taste is malty at first, with some sugary sweetness and some honey. The finish is nice and hoppy with some alcohol warmth.


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