Old Horizontal - Victory Brewing Company
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Reviews by OldFrothingSlosh:
4.38/5 rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Winter 2003 edition:
My first barley wine-style offering and it's from Victory! This bodes well my friends.
Presentation: Dark brown bottle...and 11% alcohol. Yikes.
Appearance: Poured a dark amber with an initial micro-bubbled head that reduced to a tiny layer of creamy smoothness perched on top of the beer.
Aroma: Vanilla and caramel are apparent with a fruity alcohol-type smell thrown in for good measure.
Taste: Wow. For 11% alcohol, this baby sure hides it well. It was so very smooth and creamy. Ends with a mixture of bitterness as the alcohol starts to warm the stomach.
Mouthfeel: Even though this is my first sample of this style, I was amazed at how well hidden the alcohol was, letting the creamy character cover the mouth.
Drinkability: A perfect night to try this....about 10 degrees outside and windy. It was excellent.
4.25 / 5
Winter 2004, sampled 6/8/04:
Damn....this one has aged very nicely. Very smooth and balanced. Some more smoky/oaky flavors than I recall. If possible, the ABV is even more hidden. Flavor is softer, with a finely balanced sweetness offset by a leafy/earthen bitterness.
I can only imagine what the '98 and '99 I have must be like by now.
Serving type: bottle
06-09-2004 20:58:21 | More by OldFrothingSlosh
More User Reviews:
4.05/5 rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Deeply sweet, syrupy caramel malt, with dates, figs, raisins in aroma. Flavor reveals slightly cloying brown sugar sweetness, with boozy notes adding contrast, and a refreshing bitter finish that balances somewhat. Notes of prunes and raisins are welcome complexities. It's a bit hot and would probably age well. This one's only a year old. Becomes a bit buttery as it warms.
Serving type: bottle
06-15-2014 14:27:32 | More by barczar
Old Horizontal from Victory Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 1,561 ratings.