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Old Horizontal - Victory Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

1,729 Ratings
THE BROS
86
very good

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Ratings: 1,729
Reviews: 1,089
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 10.12%
Wants: 102
Gots: 138 | FT: 6
Brewed by:
Victory Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
American Barleywine |  11.00% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-23-2001

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Photo of bcm119
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep ruby amber in color with a small off white head. Smells of toffee, caramel and flowery esters. Malt forward nose but plenty of hop bite. Toffee and candied fruit, almost molasses-cookie-like flavor, but not cloying at all. Hops are strongly present but not as forward as the interesting candy malt flavors- they compliment them and give them staying power. Long fruity hoppy finish with a lingering sting and subtle caramel sweetness. Really drinkable for a barley wine and not too sweet or cloying. Alcohol is not readily apparent, especially for the 11% abv. Dangerous.

Photo of TongoRad
4.24/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled Feb 04 05

It pours a slightly hazy saturated chestnut amber with a two-finger-plus billowy tannish head. The head eventually settles down to 1/4" and stays there.

Aroma is strong and wonderful. Berries come out first but floral hops are not that far behind. I also pick up traces of sweet spices and dried citrus peel. Caramel, nuts and creamy malt come on later and become fairly substantial. Alcohol has a presence throughout but never becomes overbearing. Dried fruits come on very late but they have a lasting impression. It is nicely complex yet very grounded at the same time.

The alcohol is more pronounced on the palate. The spices, caramel, and creamy malt are also all there. Bitterness may be too high for the amount of residuals. The finish is long and nutty. After the impressive bouquet this beer falters a bit, though it is quite enjoyable.

Photo of wedge
4.22/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2007

The aroma is hoppier than the last time I had this. Still a big malty presence: dark bread, dark sugary fruits...obviously strong, but no unpleasant alcohol notes. Oily, orange scented hops balance the aroma out very well - this is a great American style barleywine aroma. The flavor is just as balanced. I'm not sure if this beer was different a few years back, but the hops are certainly here in full force. Delicious mouth coating hop oils without a tremendous amount of bitterness. Sweet, chewy malts, toffee and fruit. Great stuff! There's the inevitable warming in the throat, but really no untamed alcohol to speak of for such a powerful beer. I am obviously much more impressed with the Old Ho' this time around. Great for a chilly spring day by the fire.

Bottled on 12/03/04

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Clouded burnt reddish hue - thin off white head shrinks to a fine sheet. Aroma of rich malt, caramel, alcohol in the back - hops are present but surprisingly unimposing. You really need to leave this one in the mouth for a few moments to pick out all the flavors - deeply complex and robust. Dark malts, toasty, alcohol makes its presence known, faint fruitiness...definitely a sipping beer. Powerful even for a barleywine. Mouthfeel is thick and smooth - slightly bitter finish.

I want more hops! Super rich and flavorful but the hops need a boost for a bit more balance. Not really my kind of barleywine. Cellaring would do this ale a lot of good. This is one intense ass-kicking barleywine though. A few will put you to bed for sure.

Photo of RBorsato
3.66/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Murky orange-ish brown (copper) color with a nice tan head considering ABV; very light active carbonation remained fairly constant. Big carmelized malt aroma with alcohol noticeable. Tastes much like it smells with lots of malt and bitter hops balance. Alcohol abounds ! Full bodied and slick like oil with a burning alcohol finish that sticks.

Try fresh.

Per bottle: 11% ABV

Per VBC website:
Malts: Imported 2 row
Hops: American whole flowers
Alcohol by Volume: 10.5%
Availability: Thanksgiving into January.

'11/99 Bottle Conditioned' (lasered on neck)
Tasted: 09/07/05

Photo of Wasatch
4.8/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottled Dec 03,2004
Pours a very nice dark amber color with some carbonation and a small head, nice lacing afterwards. Scents of malts, sweet fruits, tarty fruits as well. Very nice taste, sweet, but with little bite at the end. The alcohol is hidden very very well. Medium body. So far this is the best barleywine I've had, because of the very well hidden alcohol content be careful, you will be looking up at the MOON in a horizontal position, LOL

Photo of tastybeer
4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours copper, auburn brown tones with some deep red tones. Light tan head that is about an inch high with nice texture and fades pretty fast like the lacing. Great crisp color though. Smell is of sweet plum sugars and black grapes. Smells tantalizing of dark fruit, some brown sugar and a hint of alcohol. There is still a subtantial yet subdued barley smell under the sweet blanket. This beer reminds me of Dogfish Raison d'etre gone barley wine style(regarding its sweetness). In other words, its very sweet but not overdone. Very full and thick in texture and a little syrupy. Nice alcohol warming sensation as well. The beer tastes like sweet dark fruits, definitely plum, black and red grapes, and slight rasberry. Holding the sweet fruity esters together is all the malt. Mouthfeel is nice and thick and smooth, carbonation is just right. A very drinkable beer, epecially for the barley wine style.

Very solid and tasty sweet barley wine. Deceptively strong @ 11% and ultra drinkable. Yes....this probably will knock me horizontal fast.

Photo of chakadrum
4.35/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Upon pouring it into a glass I was immediately pleased with the beautiful golden-amber color. The smell was sweet. The first sip or two left me with a distinct feeling of a caramel candy in my mouth. The taste was very sweet with the malts and had a well balanced hop flavor but there was virtually no hops bite to it.

After one you can feel the higher alcohol content working but you don't notice it while drinking, the sweetness of it covers the alcohol. While this isn't something I would want to drink every weekend, it has the advantage of getting you buzzed quickly while maintaining a high level of quality taste and feel.

Photo of SupaCelt
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This bully of a brew poured out as a dirty crimson body of bliss. A beige head made an attempt to thrive, but was subsequently crushed down by the heavy hand of vaporous alcohol. The resultant patches of surface foam later gave way to swirling streamers like gasoline rainbows in a mud puddle. A few outcroppings of cobwebbing tacked themselves to the rim of my glass marking where myself and this beer had been together, gazing longingly into one another's beings.

The smell rose off the surface conjuring visions of caramel apples floating in alcohol. Molasses and brown sugar and all things darkly sweet and glorious follow.

Tastes emerged with an intensely sweet maltiness. Caramel and scorched sugars of all variety and vague hints of nuttiness as well as an alcoholic warmth were heaped together in bold fashion leaving my palate adrift in sensation. Some pronounced grapefruit bite and acidic tastes joined in the fray as only charismatic hops and brutish levels of alcohol can produce to such an extent. Wonderous complexity and strength. What more could one desire?

Old Ho was slick and thick. Malt body galore and slippery oiliness produced a sensational mouthfeel. The drinkability was hazardous. One could easily be taken advantage of by this smooth operator. This is the first time Victory has proven a real victory for my personal taste, and I will certainly be stocking my cooler with this in the near future.

Photo of hero27
4.75/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled: Dec. 14, 2004

Pours a dark, reddish-amber color & leaves a uniform sheet of lacing with every sip.. Cool poem about Barleywine on the label.
You can smell the alcohol right off the bat, but you sure as hell can't taste it. It's well-hidden behind the fortress of malty sweetness that makes up this brew. The malt is huge...and the sweetness is upfront and makes it's presence known. The hops are big as well, but somehow, there is virtually no bitter aftertaste.
Full, heavy, chewy mouthfeel..a meal in a bottle, if there ever was one.

An outstanding (and surprisingly drinkable) barleywine. At 11%, I know why they call this "Old Horizontal". After a few of these, you'll be looking like the crescent moon on the label.

My favorite offering from Victory to date & a must try for everyone who takes pride in a good beer.

Huge thanks to ski271 for the bottle.

Photo of Citadel82
4.32/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep amber with a one-finger white head that faded to a small ring that left of clingy lace.

Aroma is sweet toffee with caramel malt notes with a moderate alcohol smell on the back end.

Taste is sweet caramel with huge malty flavor. The alcohol makes an appearance early. Hoppy finish that lingers on the tongue for long after the liquid has vanished down your throat.

Mouthfeel, slick and persistent. This brew clings to your tongue and palate. Very sustaining brew for a cold winters night.

Photo of Beaver13
4.55/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle dated Jan 6, 2001. Pours a deep copper red with a creamy whitish tan head that retains well. There's lots of yeast at the bottom of the bottle.

The aroma is sweet and spicy caramel and molasses, and some figs with a touch of alcohol.

The flavor is similar to the nose - spicy and sweet caramel with some citric hops and dark fruits. Some hop bitterness comes out in the finish. Normally I don't care for noticable alcohol, but this has a strong but surprisingly pleasant alcohol warming. The mouthfeel is full bodied and very smooth and creamy.

Overall, an excellent barleywine - the best I've had to date. Very well made and superbly balanced. A real treat to drink! I'll have to try this fresh sometime as I'm sure it is much hoppier.

Photo of ViveLaChouffe
4.42/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy brownish-orange with a thin tan head. Lacy. Smells of citrusy hops and rich nutty malt.

Taste is malty first then very hoppy. Caramel, smoke, and big citrusy hops. Grapefruit. Rich malty finish. Big beer, very full bodied and very balanced. Yummy. One of my new favortie barleywines.

Photo of kwakwhore
4.48/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a lovely dark orange color into the glass. Billowing cushion of a long lasting head, thick lacing down the glass. Viscous syrupy velvet feel to the beer. Grapefruit-like hop flavors balanced by sweet malt. Probably the best balanced barley wine I've tasted. 11 % alcohol is very well masked in the flavors. Purchased a six pack of the 12/2004 bottling a few months ago. Meant to let some of them age, but they're all gone now. NC just approved a bill raising the alcohol cap to 15% for beer. Hopefully I won't have to go to VA to buy this beer anymore.

Photo of neonbrown82
4.07/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to GCBrewingCo for the opportunity to try this 2003 edition Old Ho. She laid dormant for the past two years, but she still has plenty of spunk. I am now curious to try a newer release to see how the hops have changed over the course of two years.

The appearance is a dark hazy amber color with a light carbonation. The head is very minimal, but wasn't even expected. It sticks around in the form of a dense film and leaves a nice delicate lacing along the glass.

The bouqet is a strong and spicy herbal hop sitting on top of a good dose of caramel, raisins, figs, and dark berries. The taste is very similar to the nose. All of the flavors are very well blended making this one of the smoothest barleywines I've had the pleasure of drinking.

The body is a bit thin, but packs a mean dry bitterness. Residual sugars and berry flavors coat the mouth in the finish. Drinkability could be higher, but this is not meant to be a session beer obviously. I will definitely have to re-evaluate if I can acquire some of this for the upcoming winter months.

Photo of dirtylou
3.93/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

appearance: deep amber/copper pour, thick creamy white head. very nice looking brew

smell: dark fruits, cinnamon, woody aromas, faint smells of alcohol underneath it all

taste: dark fruits, alcohol, piney hops...warms the body

mouthfeel: heavy and complex, like most barleywines

drinkability: only need about one of these at a time...not terribly difficult to put back but the alcohol will get you

overall, an above average barleywine, look forward to seeing the effects of aging

Photo of UnionMade
4.72/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Finally popped a bottle I'd been aging since 2002, and split with a friend.
The beer pours a fiery, burnt orange, nary a trace of head, except a dull fizzle upon pouring, which dies out immediately. Beautiful color, however. Very deep, with a suspension of sediment adding a bit of glow.
The aroma is completely packed with chewy caramel malt. Prunes and raisins steeped in molasses and syrup. A dulled undertone of sappy, piney hops. A bit of woodiness and yeast earthiness. Quite strong feeling, with a real elegance to it.
The flavor opens with a mortar thud of caramel chewiness. A nearly immediate hop potency, adding some pine needle punch that easily tames the sweetness. Tons of bass in this brew. Heaps of prune, fig and raisin stewed in molten caramel, with a dash of molasses. A whisk of licorice into the finish, wafting along on a breath of fusel alcohol. Strong hop bitterness remains, having acquired an earthy, wooden, old growth resonance. Pine sap just oozes out of the malt. A noticable alcoholic tang right in the end, fully countering the sweetness from the front row. The body seems to have thinned some, more along the fuller end of medium instead of huge. Elegant carbonation matches the subtle, complex feel of the flavor. Top notch.
Incredible after three years. Still retaining plenty of power and hop presence, with the added depth and wisdom of age. As good as this is fresh, both the malt and hops seem more substantial, even more vital than they were when this brew was young.

Photo of connecticutpoet
3.9/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served this one too cold, so I am not totally sure about how the head would normally pour. This one was a deep red-amber beer, however, with a slight haze, as one would expect from a bottle-conditioned ale.

Aroma was slightly sweet, and a little hoppy, with rich strong malts underneath. A hint of alcohol, but almost an afterthought.

Taste was rich with barley malt flavor, a touch of honey sweetness, and a wonderful hop bitterness that flowed to all corners of my mouth. The alcohol warmth that followed was, like in the aroma, almost an afterthought.

Mouthfeel was nice and thick and smooth. Excellent.

Drinkability... pretty good for a barleywine.

Photo of nickss
4.78/5  rDev +18%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

While I've had many a barleywine on draft, on relatively new to bottled barleywines, and was interested to see how they stood up.
So here we go:

Appearance: Beautiful deep amber hue with a small foamy cap.... if a beer could be sexy looking, this one certainly is.

Smell: Strong barley notes (per usual) with a moderate alcohol smell on the back.

Taste: I will just say this. I drank my first mouthful, and post-swallow actually exclaimed "Oh wow".... which drew a few odd looks from my housemates. Strong caramel tones with huge flavor. The alcohol doesnt slap you in the face like it does with some barleywines I can think of (DFH Immort Ale for instance). Large hoppy finish that lingers on the tongue for long after the liquid has vanished down your throat.

Mouthfeel: Once again, tremendous. Huge, rich, and powerful. This libation clings to your tongue.

Drinkability: Pretty damn drinkable. The fact that the alcohol doesnt come through as much helps that fact. The only reason I didn't score it a 5 is because I simply cannot drink barleywines for an extended period of time.... it gets a bit rough. I realize that is a personal problem, but this is my review.. so tough! =P

I had alot of trouble not giving this brew all 5's. I had to really search for anything that was wrong with it, and even after much thought, I couldnt find much. An amazing beer, and one I will certainly load up on before I head back to NC in August.

Photo of jamesclark
4.06/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It pours very thickly into my glass. The cream-colored head is slowly produced after I finish pouring, but it is thick and sticks around for a while. The liquid is a murky amber, but flecks of suspended sediment are clearly visible against the side of the glass.

The smell is excellent: rich barley malt, a bit fruity, honey sweetness, with noticeable alcohol underneath.

The taste is also rich with barley, though there is a strong hops presense, and some honey sweetness as well. There is a thick, creamy feel. I do not notice the large amount of alcohol at first. It finishes with a significant alcohol presence down the throat and a syrupy, lingering hops-and-malt flavor in the mouth.

Clearly a sipping beer, but the aftertaste is a bit too strong for me - it makes me want to move quickly to my next sip. On the other hand, each sip is better than the last, with more and more of the complex flavor coming through. A thought-provoking beer.

Photo of twelvinlucifer
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bottle date is Jan. 11, 05.
The head on this beer is quite nice. Settles to a very nice cover. Carbonation going very strong.
Smell is tantalizing! Strong hops smell! a touch of cinnamon and caramel.
Taste is a little bitter sweet. Definite hops! Very smooth and rich.
The finish is a little dry/tart. Leaves an impression on the taste buds that doesn't fade right away. You really don't forget this beer easily, but the alcohol is hidden extremely well. would have never guessed it to be 11%.
Mouthfeel is very happening. I like that when it hits your tongue it almost wakes you up.
The drinkability would be quite high if it wern't so damn potent but i warn you if you drink too many of these you will be taking things back you never stole.
Overall this is a great bear! One of my favorites. If I had the tolerence I would drink these by the dozen!

Photo of karst
3.8/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle born Dec '04 pours reddish mildly hazy amber colour with a lacing on the Stone's Old Guardian Barleywine glass. Ending a tasting session with a fellow homebrewer. Caramel aroma with a hint of butterscotch and lots of alcohol. Taste similar to aromatics. Body medium. Found the toasted husk spoiled the finish.

Hoping half a year in the cellar will smooth the taste. But with little going on in the hops I may be disapointed then as well

Photo of BuckSpin
4.18/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tried a few of these (not all at one time) to try to get past the obvious high ABV and give a fair review. This beer (aged 6 months) is intoxicating to the eyes first - a beauty. The warmest, deep amber hue with a slight murkiness to it. Head was outrageous - 2" of mixed almond hued foam that laced subtly.

Nose was complex. The alcohol is present, but so are strong fruit, malt, and sweet aromas, tempered with traces of caramel and some spice.

It is strong, rich, full of body and malts. The alcohol mixes with a spice tone to provide a crispness over the body. As the high ABV slowly warms the pallete, a strong, sudden bitter hop kick arrives, then all surrdender to a nice, bittersweet, mouthwarming finish. There is a slight aftertaste - hard to pinpoint - bittersweet? Eitherway its not unpleasant.

I can't imagine sessioning these, and I bet this would be a great Autumnal beer with crunching leaves and brisk evenings with the smell of a wood fire nearby. A nice change of pace, try this if you can.

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12/9/07:
Presentation: 12oz bottle (bottling date of 12/9/05), cellared in my possession for 6 months and 2 years overall, in a Duvel tulip

BAside: Not often that you get to enjoy a vintage beer on its "birthday"! This was bottled exactly 2 years ago to the day of this review. Many thanks to BA stefgriff for the op!

Poured slow, silent, a little syrupy. I've enjoyed this "new" and it has certainly mellowed in aroma, but the result of 24 months of age has produced a lovely, rich, lush nose, thick with caramels and honey, fruits like over-ripened pineapple, traces of apricot, pear, mild raisin, all against a backdrop of old oak. It has that character of age, like being in the kitchen of a well kept old house, echoes of years of cooking & baking thick in the woodwork. With some agitation mulling spices awake and the alcohol rises, both creating a warm glow. With more time to bloom traces of vanilla and more oak emerge

A pinky's worth of surprisingly snappin' latte stained foam dissipates rather quickly (to be expected given the ABV) to a transparent sheen with a climbing edge ring that laces in small splotches. Swirling revises it nicely to a thick, smooth, creamy consistency that also fades rather quickly. The body exudes a strong, full presence - a bourbon colored blood orange, thick, clouded with sediment noticeable, yet still exuding a soft, glowing radiance around the edges.

Damn, is it smooth! The raw energy & sharp angular qualities of a young Horizontal have been replaced by a soft, quiet initial tonguefeel. Subtly bitter, its so much rounder & fuller than it was new. Just 2 sips tell me that this is going to be a very slow brew to savor & enjoy.

Caramels are just barely burnt, shades of molasses, no, a really good sorghum with the sweetness also present. It offers a nice accent to the faded hop bitterness already mentioned. Vanilla & bourbon oak are present, perhaps a hint of some orange liqueur, trace elements of raisin in the background. It just rolls & rolls like a lazy current, over & over, the overall effect the same - almost hypnotic & very relaxing, soothing....just wonderful.

The alcohol rises slowly with the most delicate warmth, gentle, caressing, slowly filing my teeth & various cranial cavities with a dull warmth that is reminiscent of being warmed slowly by a winter's fireplace. It does get a little sharper on the palate, but still overall soft & warm. The finish is chewy, thick, coating, nicely bittersweet, slightly citric, just leaving one wanting more.

An incredible beer experience. This was immensely enjoyable and a fantastic way to chill out by warming up on a brisk December evening in New England. Nice & full, its just lush, sexy, fulfilling. While you could pair this with a really nice cheese I don't see why you would want to. Its marvelous on it own. I highly, highly recommend cellaring this....your patience will be rewarded. Easily one of the best barleywines I've ever enjoyed.

Photo of board45
4.28/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle

The Old Ho is a cloudy amber color with a huge light white head. The fragrance coming from this brew is of grapefruit, pine and nut. This a brew that could catch up w/ you quick. Taste of pine, citrus, grapefruit and honey with very little taste of the 11% abv. Now how doent that sound inviting. Initially you get a strong taste of honey that blends directly to grapefruit. In the middle of it all you get a hint of pine needles. Old Hoe finishes w/ a warming touch that brings you home. Loads of flavor in this beer. More intial flavor than finish. But over all a beautiful blends of hops, citrus, honey and a faint hint of malt. Victory does it again. Always being constistant in producing a great bevrage.

Photo of Sycodrummer
3.97/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Perchased a 6 pack of this back in December, drank 5 of them but decided to save 1, this is the review for that one so its been aged a little more than 6 months.

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a wine glass yeilding very little to no head atop a light brown (slightly amber) colored beer. No signs of carbonation.

Smell was very rich malt and alcohol. A slight toffee scent and a bit of a sweet smell as well.

Taste had a very big semi-chewy maltiness to it. Alcohol delivered a potent kick to every sip. Tasted a little stronger than it did a few months ago. Not sure if this was my imagination or if it actually increased ever so slightly in ABV. A little too cold for the style, but that was my own fault. A slight nutty taste. Very well balanced and no bitterness to the brew at all. Thought I tasted a little bit of fig or plum near the end of the sample as well.

Moderate on the palate, perhaps a little chewy. Decent amount of carbonation.

Highly drinkable as a single serving but no more. Very solid and potent all around. A good brew and perfect for the recent colder weather we've been having in Boston.

Photo of ITK4ever
4.57/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Victory knows what we like and gets it right everytime. Classic Barleywine color...rich and dark. Nose is fantastic...fruity, malty, complex. One taste, you can tell it's quality. Complex character, dates and prunes kick in, malt follows, small amount of hops, then back to a malty finish. This gets better as it warms and the complexity is quite astonishing. This beer is the only reason I can't wait for winter's return. Thank you again, Victory.

Old Horizontal from Victory Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 1,729 ratings.