Old Horizontal - Victory Brewing Company
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Reviews by JeffBrenner:
4.66/5 rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
2008 Batch in a growler filled at Victory for the Christmas in July event. They had 08-11 on tap. The 08 was from a fresh tapped keg.
Appearance: Dark, slight light penetration, not pitch black as a stout, but close. Poured into a mug with a slight dark head. Minimal carbonation.
Smell: Notes of fig, malt, possibly some banana. No boozy alcohol smell.
Taste: Amazing. One of the best barleywines I have had. The 5 years!!! of aging have really mellowed this guy out. Next to no taste of alcohol, which is shocking for it being 11%+ abv. Sweet candy flavor with a strong malt. A hint of fig or banana.
Mouth: Nice and smooth, thicker than a lager, but not quite a stout.
Overall: This is by far one of the best Barleywines I have had, and I love Barleywine. I can not underscore how much more amazing this is with 5 years of age on it. Better than the Oak Horizontal, and that was amazing. You really have to watch yourself drinking this. It is so smooth and absent in boozy taste (uncharacteristic for new years) that you really can end up pretty trashed in no time and not think much of it. I think this beer is a solid "A" on any given year, but with 5 years on it, a clear "A+". I can not wait till the new plant is open and they are back to making this as a regular seasonal (They did not make it in 2012). Plus, it's fun to say "I am going to grab an Old Ho."
Serving type: growler
07-29-2013 20:42:55 | More by JeffBrenner
More User Reviews:
4.26/5 rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
A - poured a one finger thick tan head into a snifter. The body poured a dark mahogany color.
S - candy sugar, dark fruits, boozy.
T - dark fruits, oak, booze.
M - slick and creamy.
O - held up really well after all these years. Complex and drinkable. The booziness was welcome.
Serving type: bottle
07-31-2014 00:47:16 | More by GPHarris
4.4/5 rDev +8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
APPEARANCE: The head foamed up big time when I first poured it and I had to wait a few minutes before being able to even get a good, 8 oz. pour into the glass. The retention was pretty solid, retaining a big, off-white, rocky in texture head. Underneath all of that was a typical mahogany Barleywine that may have landed slightly more towards the dark end of the spectrum than others of the style. The lacing was pretty solid, but heavy enough to slowly slide down the glass, remaining a consistent finger-and-a-half above the surface of the beer.
SMELL: Most of the Barleywine’s I have reviewed have smelled pretty similar. This one is different, and very complex with cherries, raisins and assorted berries. With a little brown sugar and banana underneath the fruit to remind you it is, in fact, a Barleywine.
TASTE: This is not the oaked variation, but there is something about this beer that makes it seem a little woody. The wood is not the dominant flavor, just the most interesting. Of course, there is also a pretty strong hop presence (more than expected at seven months old) that provides an excellent contrast to the sugary malt flavors and the big, wonderful, floral and fruit flavors. Cherries are, again, all over this beer. Orange, banana and raisins all come through as well.
MOUTHFEEL: Old Horizontal seems sweet at first, but the bitter, dry hops on the finish bring it back to the other side by the end of the sip, which makes for an interesting mouthfeel. This beer is not balanced all the way through, rather it is balanced in the same sense that both sides, the sweet and the dry, get equal time. Either way, this beer is big in body…really big.
OVERALL: What an incredible beer. I love a lot of what victory does and I love a lot of different Barleywines, but this beer ranks right up there near the top of both categories. Prior to this beer the only time I ever had it was when I had a 2009 Oaked variation in 2013, which was incredible. I thought I would be let down a bit by this, relatively fresh bottle, but I was pleasantly surprised to find it exceeding my expectations. The hop character that was all but lost on the 2009 created a fantastic compliment to the complex malt bill. I have two more bottles, which were both going to go in the cellar. After tasting this now, however, it’s drinking too good not to pull at least one more out of the cellar real soon.
Serving type: bottle
07-16-2014 07:09:59 | More by StoneTSR
District of Columbia
3.53/5 rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
About to go for a walk (Dave is still peeing).
The beer is dark orange / copper with a half inch of tan head. Smells hoppy, boozy, malty. Big beer. ¿Que hora es? Citrus soaked in alcohol. Notes of pine with some alcohol sugars. Good flavor, but the alcohol is too forward. I have trouble appreciating beers of this ilk, where both the malt and hop profiles are so grand that they seem to compete for dominance, rather than dance in harmony. Hop bitterness and alcohol longer on the palate. Overall, good, though not my cup of tea (beer).
Serving type: bottle
07-14-2014 05:57:33 | More by Huhzubendah
Old Horizontal from Victory Brewing Company
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