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Old Horizontal - Victory Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

1,617 Ratings
THE BROS
86
very good

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Ratings: 1,617
Reviews: 1,066
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 10.34%
Wants: 93
Gots: 117 | 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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virinow, Nov 17, 2011
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alamode, Dec 14, 2011
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5/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - A cascade effect builds up a gloriously chunky 4 finger orangish hued head over a dirty, murky, redish-orangish-brown brew. Looks viscous and thick. Lots of orangish lace is left on the glass.

S - Milk chocolate, chocolate cake, scones with caramel oozing over them. Also dates, prunes, toffee, and rum. This is wonderful!

T - Just about the richest brew ever. Full of hearty whole grain bread, german chocolate cake, fruitcake, scones, and everything that is thick chewy, moist, and drizzled in honey and caramel. Towards the end of the sip, big grassy hops come out to play and keep all of that cakey sweetness in check. Actually the sweetness never gets out of hand at any time due to the thick bready grainy malt characteristics that are more akin to biscuits with honey drizzled on top rather than pure candy sweetness.

M - Just about the thickest, most viscous beer I've ever put in my mouth! Chewy, thick, slick and creamy at first, but then moving toward a dry and sandy finish. Excellent!

D - Damn the alcohol content. I would session the hell out of this stuff. This is right up there with Okocim Porter for my favorite brew so far.

pmcadamis, Jan 24, 2007
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freewill35, Nov 26, 2011
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Travcofarms, Dec 07, 2012
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5/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a deep, clear amber with cherry highlights and a thin off-white head. Huge smells of lightly toasted malts - big time fruity. As it warms, smells of vanilla, maple syrup and buttery pancakes are revealed. Taste is amazingly balanced and never harsh like some barleywines, even fresh. A monstrous caramel malt flavor, candy-like fruit with a smooth, escalating bitter finish that lingers but never overpowers the palate. Like Hop Devil on steroids. Mouth is big, thick and full with plenty of prickly carbonation. The ABV is big but barely noticeable, until you're finished your glass (obviously). No heat here. Amazing. Probably one of the best, if not the best American barleywine available.

oxmasterscream, Jan 29, 2005
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5/5  rDev +23.2%

rudy611, Nov 30, 2011
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ububru, Dec 14, 2011
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tbizzle0, Dec 03, 2011
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Pluemer2, Nov 29, 2011
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5/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I can't say enough about this brew. In my opinion it was superb from start to finish. I am a huge fan of barley wines and I have not had a better one then this.
beautiful deep amber with a decent fizzed head.
smells very sweet, apples and pears with some sugarcane or brown sugar like smell.
taste was the same. hits you up front with that sweetness a nice alcohol warmth and finishes with slight bite of hop but no where near bigfoot's bite(i like that :)).
mouthfeel, sweet and sticky, smooth
very dinkable and it will catch up to you if your not careful.

kegerator, May 05, 2004
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5/5  rDev +23.2%

seanwhite, Nov 14, 2011
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5/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottled Dec. 17, 2002 so nearly 4 years old, served at cellar temp. Poured extremely carefully into a snifter.

Very fruity aroma. Like really ripe plums and dark cherries. On first sniff, there was a hint of hot alcohol, but that went away. I get chocolate malt and honey and a little hint of citrus. Hop aroma is very had to pick out (at this age, that's normal) but what's there is spicey. Very complex aroma between fementation esters, aged hops, and a ton of malt.

Deep red, almost brown colored. Clear with light rising carbonation. Started with a thin layer of head that fades to a ring of foam around the rim of the glass.

Big malt flavor, tons of it really. Lots of medium crystal type flavor with big doses of two-row base. Hop bitterness is still very high and lingers long in the aftertaste. There is very little hop flavor still remaining (probably an age effect.) but the little bit thats there is grapefuity citrus. Lots of deep ripe fruit esters and now I'm getting a little apple (not green apple like Acetaldehyde but a pleasant red apple sweetness.) I also get hints of chocolate and cofee. Big and complex with a lot of flavors.

Full bodied and creamy with a hint of warm alcohol. Very nice carbonation level for a beer of this age. It's still very lively.

Great sipping beer, drinkability is a little different scale for a big barleywine. Delicious with tons of complexity. I have two more and I highly recommend you buy a six pack of 2006 and sit on it. I'll try my next from this year at 5 years old and report again.

czechsaaz, Sep 26, 2006
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5/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Exceptional beer all the way around. Victory Brewing absolutely kicks ass. Beautiful dark ruby color with cascading reddish tan head that lasts. Strong hop with alcohol and a hint of orange/grapefruit zest in the aroma. Not just a beer, but a malty sweet, hopped up, flavor savoring experience.

John, Jan 28, 2002
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Old Horizontal from Victory Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 1,617 ratings.