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Old Horizontal - Victory Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

1,577 Ratings
THE BROS
86
very good

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Ratings: 1,577
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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czfreeman

California

4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From the bottle.."In cheerful moods we gratefully sup,robust Barleywine from the cup! Brewed of pure Barley, rich and sweet, one of nature's truest treats!" I thought I would wrap up Christmas Day with this one, 1,000 miles from family, I need a treat!
Pours a deep amber color, with an acitve head,sound like soda bubbling loundly! Settles quickly, looks like Hop Wallop's grandpappy to me. This bier is too big, too heavy to leave much lacing, looks good here's to "merrily sip"!
Aromas of dark figs, liquor soaked prunes, black trumpet mushrooms, maple-like malts, hops, prunes, congac, burbons. Not quite as hoppy as I had hoped, but complex nonetheless.
Taste is spicier, hoppier than the aroma. Rather than a overly sweet Barleywine(this is a 2008) hoppy bitterness,spiced rum,prunes, spicy on the palate, almost a spiced Blenheim ginger ale -like burn left on the tongue. Taste for me is quite fantastic! Not overly sweet in the least, spicy,hops, phenolic burn.
Mouthfeel is suprisingly light for the ABV, cuts to the point, and leaves the tounge tingling. I would ask for a touch more hoppy complexity than spicy bite, but really good nonetheless. If this is brewed as a spicy winter treat(think Glughwine) then it is a perfect product of the brewers vision. Highly drinkable if you enjoy a spicy brew

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2008 06:38:11 | More by czfreeman
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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.

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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 1,577 ratings.