rosebud (47) - Portsmouth, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 2, 2001
What hit me 1st with this beer were the extreme hops! If you like a hoppy beer, which I do. Then how the taste still lingered on the palate long after you finished. I don’t think Victory is capable of putting out a bad product. This beer certainly lives up to its reputation, too many of these ..... Unfortunately I only got to try one, and that one only left me wanting more. Todd (20) - Palm Bay, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 12, 2001
Aaaaaahhhh ... now this is a wondeful beer. The kind where you savor it and just have one, lovingly sipping it. Nice to cozy up with a couple of these and a love one. Excellent barleywine! Wilecat (66) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - AUG 30, 2002
A great beer! A beer that if taken lightly will def leave u horizontal. YogiBeera (2569) - New Jersey, USA - DEC 6, 2002
Je, that beer rocks! Terrific grain, malt, alcohol, pepper and chocolate nose. Amber red color with a little layer of head leaving brussels lace. Peppery, rum and figs taste. Smooth, silky. Numbs only the sides of the tongue, but the alcohol is in the background. Unbelieveable how silky this brew is, I want more....more,...more! pivo (2685) - GERMANY - DEC 6, 2002
Strong nose of figs and alcohol, brandy-like. Beautiful ruby-brown color and a low, tight head. Powerful malty taste laced with fruity (dates, black cherries) and spicy (pepper) flavors. Clean, silky palette - man this is smooth. Like a port wine, but better because it is beer. Amazing stuff!
MAP (1133) - Lakewood, Ohio, USA - AUG 11, 2003
UPDATED: AUG 10, 2005 Origional Rating: 8/11/2003 :Smells very sweet and citrusy, much like many IPA’s. IT has a fine amber color and a little modest bit of head to it. It has a very smooth taste to the barley malt and only get more smooth when it warms up. The only down side to this in my eyes is that it makes me feel more tired than i should be after such a long day.
ReRating: 2.12.2004: Bottle of 11/18/2003. The aroma of this is wonderful, full of strong cherries, caramel, banana, and all sorts of malt sweeetness. The flavor of this is something that ir rarely comprimised. It has the perfect blend of sweetness, hearty malt, and sublt alcohol. (Granted this is an aged bottle, but I had one of my ’02 bottles and it was something out of this world.)
Another tasting of the 11.18.03: I really feel wrong for not giving this top honors in my ratings. So I am going to correct that. -9-4-10-4-20-
---Magical find of a sixer of 1.6.01for only $10. Cracked open to a small bit of foam in the bottle. No age signs so far. Yeah, Im expecting a true gem here. Just out of the bottle, aroma is intoxicatingly good. Barley malt is flowing out in a sugary sweet way. A touch of red apples and hay comes with it, as well as cold honey and fresh tilled earth. The pour of this thing is still amazing. It comes out a dark red with a soft layer of foam and trails of bubble feading it. Just holding this up to the side of a sheilded halogen light makes it glow red. Beautiful. So, after 4 and a half years there is no touch of alcohol really noticable. Soft taste, like a camprfire roasted marshmellow it just settles down on the tongue. Malty caramel flavor seeps in all around my mouth. Just fantastic. The hops are still present at the very end, but its just telling me, hey, this still has a shelf life of another 5 years or so. Christ. What a find. What a beer. It just keeps getting better. -10-4-10-5-20- Jeppe (2631) - Brooklyn, Alabama, USA - SEP 15, 2004
Pours a fine light tan head on an unclear deep amber/orange body. Sweet and full and very well balanced aroma of fruit, oranges, toffee, nut, prunes and a fine tone of alcohol - excellent! Flavor is just..... WOW!!! Starts with an excellent sweet fruityness, then an extremely well balanced hoppy bitterness kicks in and it all ends in a very fine dryness and a nice and warming bite of alcohol. Notes of prunes, raisins, chocolate, malt and lots of hops. Not as sweet as many other barley wines because of that fine hoppy bitterness. Very smooth and soft.
Nothing less than outstanding and definately one of the best beers I have ever had, if not the best........ closey22 (1946) - Mt. Laurel, New Jersey, USA - JAN 28, 2010
This is the best Barleywine style Ale I’ve tasted. I haven’t rated them all on RB but I had to give this its props! IF you haven’t, you have to!!!!!!!! UnDecaf (106) - Mountain View, California, USA - NOV 23, 2010
Deep amber with a very long head. The aroma has lots of dried fruit and toffee. The taste has absolutely no trace of the high alcohol content. It is a perfect balance of the bitter grapefruit from the hops and the creamy, toffee flavored malt. Billicus (291) - @RED BHUT JOIKIAS!, Paulsboro, New Jersey, USA - FEB 21, 2012
sweet hoppyness in the nose, old malt essences as well, somewhat cloudy medium amber hue lacing head, hops hits first in this battle, then the malty richness, which lends to carmel notes accumlating into a very well balance american barleywine! overall best barleywine Ive ever had, Iam gonna miss your loving late in the midwinter season baby!