overall
100
99
style
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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Gunshy's rating

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Gunshy (479) - Ohio, USA - APR 24, 2004
This beer poured a reddish amber color and formed a foamy off white head that stuck around and coated the side of the glass with lace. A medium amount of carbonation was presnet. An aroma malt, caramel and raisins was present with a hint of hops. The flavor was of malt, caramel and butterscotch with touch of the alcohol present. A medium body with a slightly sweet finish offset by the alcohol present. Hopfully the newer Victory's will sell well enough here that they will ship this to our state next season.


4.1
MacNJ (116) - New Jersey, USA - DEC 24, 2017
I have not gotten this gem in years. I bought a .750ml vintage 2016 bottle recently. The nose was of wild honey; unfiltered "Arnold Palmer" appearance. Complex tastes: honey, fig Newton, morphing into hop bites. The second pour I paired with Lindt's chocolate, which intensified the hop bite. Incredibly balanced at 11% with no booze taste. Merry Christmas!

4
Tide (4564) - Helsinki, FINLAND - DEC 16, 2017
UPDATED: DEC 16, 2017 Bottle from Alko. Copper color, white head. Bitter taste with citrus, resin, pine, dried fruits, hops and toffee. Bitter finish with citrus, hops, resin, toffee, dried fruits, caramel and pine. Excellent barley wine.

3.1
Jultsu (1292) - TAMPERE, FINLAND - DEC 15, 2017
BBE ?? Kuulaan ruskea väri, supernopea pieni reunavaahto. Tuoksussa ensin alkuun lietettä / paskaa, heti seuraavaksi koristekynttilän vahaa, pistävää pallihikeä, muuntuu sinihomejuustoksi. Intensiivinen tuoksu. Suutuntuma mikrokuohuva, alkoholia vähän pistävästi ja kuivahkosti, lievästi kuiva ja vetinen jälkifiilis, ei ollenkaan makean alkoholisen vellova. Maku parempi kuin tuoksu, mutta ei maussakaan ihan kauheasti kehuttavaa.

3.3
Cakes (498) - New Bloomfield, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 8, 2017
Pint on tap. Dense, fruity, hoppy with a note of caramel. Medium bitterness.

3.7
BeerBaboon (2144) - FINLAND - NOV 22, 2017
Pours clear amber with off-white head. Aroma is fruity, caramel, hoppy and pine. Flavour is medium sweet and heavy bitter.

3.9
jookos (7155) - FINLAND - NOV 10, 2017
Bomber. Brown hazy. Malty nose. Pine foresty nose, rich malty. Med full bodied, good bitters, pretty essily drunk. Light cola finish. Really nice, not thick icky at all. 3.9

3
NJBarstool (41) - Rockaway, New Jersey, USA - NOV 10, 2017
I'm not sure if this is a fair score or review. I'm eating buffalo wings and this is probably a bad pairing. Maybe I have a sinus/nasal issue as well. Because on a 10 oz. draft pour, this has an off-putting aroma. Now I am a fan of Victory. They don't have a beer that's bad. And they make a lot of styles and bold beers. The aroma? Butt. Yep. I wrote that. The first taste? Hard to get that butt out of my mind. Maybe it's butt with raisins and toffee and chopped liver? The aftertaste? Excellent. It's sweet. It's warming .. it has me reaching out again... wiff of butt still. But it's darn good if you're feeling freaky

3.9
Vighals (4542) - Sørumsand, NORWAY - NOV 10, 2017
UPDATED: NOV 10, 2017 Gylden brun lett tåkete med fingerhøyt eggegult skum. Lukter brent karamell, noe røkt trevirke, svisker, ost, røde frukter, eik og vanilje. Fyldig. Søt, karamell, moden frukt, varm alkohol, lett bitter brent karamell . Middels lang.

3.7
Sebilinz (2714) - Linz, AUSTRIA - OCT 27, 2017
Bottle 2013 vintage. Dark amber body with light tan head. Aroma is dried ripe fruits raisins malts. Taste is fruity malty some cocoa raising hints of alcohol and umami. Aftertaste is nice balanced.

4.1
Bacchus66 (999) - South Carolina, USA - OCT 21, 2017
12oz bottle at home. Yum. Hazy reddish mahogany with a tan head and good lacing. This has a lot of everything, big hops, big malt, big fruit. Molasses, caramel, toffee. Full bodied with very sneaky alcohol, careful with this. Lingering complex finish, delicious.


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