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! aledrinkerLS (101) - New Brunswick, USA - MAR 1, 2001
Very potent, malty barleywine. Hoppy nose and flavor as well. mrbeakersalesman99 (17) - USA - MAR 3, 2001
I loved this beer a lot...I am a big fan of all the Victory beers...I thought the beer had fine hop content....but I was looking for just a little more in that category....
hennes (934) - Fountain, Michigan, USA - APR 21, 2002
Luminous red with gold infusions; an inhale of vanilla, whiskeymalt, cardamon (Carolyn made me go to the spice drawer to be sure). Inhale. Exhale. Hell, breathing this thing is ecstasy. Sipping it is better. Rich and fiery without caustic alcohol or hop burn bitters. No, this one is insanely smooth and luxurious, its malted steeps like fine mulled wine. Damn. I’m in love. austinpowers, I am in your debt, sir, for introducing me to this exotic creature. 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 goz (358) - Chelmsford, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 11, 2002
Wow! Pour is a deep ruby red, thin head and very low carbonation. Aroma is monsterous - hops, malts, fruit, and alcohol are all present in bunches. Flavor is just as big as the aroma, starts sweet and malty, middle is very citric and flowery, ends with a nice oily hop pine-ish and lingering flavor. Alcohol is definately noticeable, but I think it adds to the deepness of the flavor and mouthfeel. How they pack that much into a little 12 ounce bottle amazes me. Racegoer (354) - Indiana, Indiana, USA - JAN 10, 2003
UPDATED: JAN 11, 2003 Perfection in a Barley Wine, Nick gets extremely close with Behemoth ( You Rock Nick )Smooth clear concise Barley Wine, hoppy, sweet, refreshing, an Oscar performance,deep rich fruits, complex flavours abound. This is the future of many beers, mindblowing, crisp taste. Clean as a whistle. I would drive hundreds of miles for this.I waited months to try this, and it was even more than I expected. An absolute Winner, a Champ and Extremely Recommended,thanks notalush! lemasney (398) - Trenton, New Jersey, USA - MAY 28, 2008
Purchased at: Canal’s Discount Liquors, Burlington, NJ (first visit, thanks, Mike)
Size: 12 fl oz
ABV: 11 %
Estimated Calories: 210 C
RateBeer Rating: 99
Aroma 10 out of 10
Malt Flavor: Grain Bread Sweet Toast Raisin
Hops Flavor:Mud Floral Herbal Spice
Other: Cherries, raisins, grapes, prunes
Notes: inviting, enticing, and makes you want a taste.
Appearance 4 out of 5
Clarity: Mostly brilliant
Head Retention: Average
Notes: A beautiful, menacing colored body, with a nice off white head that dissipates quickly.
Flavor 10 out of 10
Balance: balanced Sweet and Bitter
Malt Flavor: Grain Bread Sweet Nut
Hops Flavor: Earth Floral Herbal Spice
Other: orange peel, raisin, sour cherry, oak, grape, alcohol
Notes: A wonderful taste, more savory than sweet malt flavor, and with some deep hoppiness. Bill and Ron have done it again.
Palate 5 out of 5
Sensation: Drying Warming
Carbonation: Lively, visible
Balance: balanced between Sweet and Bitter
Notes: Leaves you wanting more. A very nice mouthfeel and finish.
General Impression: 19 out of 20
Personal Taste: Loved
Notes: Maybe my favorite BWSA. I only had to travel to Burlington to find it as a single. I did see a case of it in Bristol Township, PA at Penn Thrift. Just $50 and it’s yours. I’m saving up.
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