Wheatsheaf (104) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 1, 2004
UPDATED: JUL 1, 2004 Nov 15 02 bottle. Pours orange-red with virtually no head. At 10 months: Beautiful aroma of fruit, maple syrup, and maybe a touch of vanilla. Silky, creamy flavours bring more of the same, with only a hint of hops and alcohol in the background. A sweet barley wine that might be cloying if it weren’t so utterly delicious. At 15 months: The extra time in the bottle has really muted the maple syrup sweetness and presents a much more balanced beer. The aroma still has sweet and fruity notes, but now has a more obvious orange zest hop character and alcohol presence. Slightly drier fruitiness to the flavour with a less syrupy mouthfeel. A grapefruity burst of hops at the finish, together with some alcohol sting. A phenomenal beer at 10 months old. With extra time in the bottle it is more balanced, but not necessarily better—although we’ll see how my third, and last, bottle matures. PeterLikesBeer (104) - Berwyn Heights, Maryland, USA - DEC 17, 2005
Pours a dark brown color with a small head. Aroma is malty and chocolaty. The flavor follows suits. there is bitterness from some hops but most of the flavor is roasted malts. very tasty. Certainly a barely wine I’ll be drinking more often! mikejmadden99 (103) - Mountain Top, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 4, 2002
A sweet malty smell with hops too, along with another sweet sem I could not put a name to, it color dark amber, but clear not cloudy. The flavor is very malty with a warn honey alcohol taste. RCWCPACFP (102) - New Jersey, USA - JAN 4, 2006
Perfect! The hops and fruity flavor danced around the cup on a thin layer of satin silky lingerie as the alcohol slapped me lightly across my face for lingering too long. Forgiven, my tongue was fully and utterly satiated and left longing as the single bottle purchased was drained of life… left lonely until I I dare secure another seductive and flawless brew. murrayswine (101) - Whitefish Bay, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 18, 2007
This beer is courtesy of oldirtysurfer.
Poured a ruddy brown/red into my Troublette tulip, with little to no head at all. (Havent found a head inspiring barleywine yet)
THe nose is lush with hops. This is a big beer! Layers of butter, rock candy, and toast give in to a boat load o hop character, and a touch os spearmint.
The taste is smooth at first, than directly hop ripped. The alcoholic bite is fairly prevelant and is tending to muddle the mouthfeel a bit. A little metallic, too, but I think that it need to sit a spell first and breath.
It finishes beautifully with butter pecan, brandy, and hop.
A very good Barleywine, I recommend it.
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! jables (101) - Champaign, Illinois, USA - MAR 25, 2004
Bottled on 11/18/03
Poured a clear amber with a collar of off white head, but I had to force pour to get it.
Aroma is a scosch alcoholy and sweet with both rock candy sugar and fresh brown sugar, sliced carmelized apple slices with a hint of cinnamon, young doughy raisin bread as well, even some very light hints of black peppercorn, definitely some candy bar like caramel as well.
Obvious, sweet malt flavor with an almost wheaty undertow, quite tasty, alcoholy, cinnamon, raisins, dried apricots (mixed with dried cherries?). Even develops a minty finish as it warms.
Mouthfeel is full, syrupy, coating, and perfect per style.
Drinkabilty on this sipper is hampered by the sheer magnitude of the beer, complexity that needs to be savored slowly, also the alcohol slows you down, and the slightly unbalanced sweet-heavy tone of the brew.
This is one magnificent barleywine. It's big, It's bad, It's a treat. I've got one laid down and I'll re-review in a year or so.
xenthem0nk (101) - Oregon, USA - FEB 25, 2005
Pours dark amber with a 1/4 inch tan head that took a minute to diminish. Aroma is noticably sweet and plums. Initially it had a hoppy surprise yet kept the sweet fruit flavor underneath. Finishes with a lasting spicy thickness. The creamy mouthfeel wants me to stop typing and take another drink. ...Alchohol doesn’t seem like 10% at first but it’s catching up with me. aledrinkerLS (101) - New Brunswick, USA - MAR 1, 2001
Very potent, malty barleywine. Hoppy nose and flavor as well................ flyingshoes (100) - USA - MAY 29, 2009
12 oz bottle. Poured a gorgeous dark red with almost no head. Very sweet taste, and perhaps the beer that comes closest to tasting like a wine out of all I’ve had. Slightly bitter alcohol comes in at the end, but that’s expected with a beer with such a high ABV.