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Old Horizontal - Victory Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

1,579 Ratings
THE BROS
86
very good

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Ratings: 1,579
Reviews: 1,064
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 10.34%
Wants: 93
Gots: 110 | FT: 8
Brewed by:
Victory Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
American Barleywine |  11.00% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-23-2001)
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Jason

Massachusetts

3.8/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Presentation: 12 oz brown long neck bottle, with no freshness date … does that matter at 11.0% abv?

Appearance: Pours a reddish mildly hazy amber colour with a lacing work to be proud of..

Smell: Rustic toasted malt with hints of mellowed solvent and ester alcohol aromas with a rip candied fruit nose. Nearly a butterscotch and caramel aroma.

Taste: Alcoholic character is still high but mellowing out in most ways. Succulently smooth, with a creamy body. Maltiness ranges from light caramel to chocolaty tones to a toasted husk flavour. Hops are mild in comparison. Big chewy sweet palate with ample toasted husk in the finish.

Notes: Not a bad Barleywine, it has mellowed out a bit though let’s see how another year or two do for it.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2002 21:40:23 | More by Jason
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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.

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Old Horizontal from Victory Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 1,579 ratings.