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Old Horizontal - Victory Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
89
very good

1,653 Ratings
THE BROS
84
good

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Ratings: 1,653
Reviews: 1,068
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 10.1%
Wants: 94
Gots: 115 | 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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Photo of unclekeith
4/5  rDev -1.5%

unclekeith, Oct 13, 2014
Photo of KYGunner
4/5  rDev -1.5%

The nose starts fruity, not what I expected from a barleywine-like malt beverage. Apricots and oranges touch the nose with a creamy Pina Colada tropical scent. Hints of bourbon and oak accompany barley and liquor.

The flavor is a bit boozy but it's easy to distinguish the fruitiness. Apricot prevails with a bit of orange. The coconut of the barrel comes across the palate as a Pina Colada. Light bourbon and oak mix with barley grain and wine like alcohols. Hints of caramel and toffee come near the finish.

Overall, this is a bit unorthodox but exceedingly interesting and decadently different.

KYGunner, Oct 13, 2014
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4.19/5  rDev +3.2%

Mongrel, Oct 11, 2014
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4.4/5  rDev +8.4%

debaun27, Oct 10, 2014
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4.04/5  rDev -0.5%

dagubna, Sep 29, 2014
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

robertjskelton, Sep 29, 2014
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3.9/5  rDev -3.9%

jrenihan, Sep 28, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

schmitter, Sep 27, 2014
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

Casterbridge, Sep 25, 2014
Photo of Ozzylizard
4.35/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2013 vintage bottle at 40 degrees into standard pint glass
Aroma of pine hops and malt
Head huge (7 cm), off white, frothy, slowly diminishing to 3 mm ring and layer
Lacing good – partial rings and stalactites
Body deep reddish amber, clear
Flavor malty, somewhat sweet, ending with a hint of hops; no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate full, creamy, soft carbonation

Appearance 4, Aroma 4.25, Flavor 4.5, Palate 4.25, Overall 4.25
One of the better barley wines, good flavor of malt with some hops bitterness, no alcohol up front.

Ozzylizard, Sep 25, 2014
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

Lucnifter, Sep 24, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

JeffTheJuice, Sep 22, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

PittBeerGirl, Sep 16, 2014
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4.1/5  rDev +1%

jaydoc, Sep 12, 2014
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3.9/5  rDev -3.9%

Hohnbaum, Sep 12, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

jklecko2, Sep 12, 2014
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3.85/5  rDev -5.2%

mnredsoxfan69, Sep 08, 2014
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

FCal79, Sep 05, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

RangnaR, Sep 03, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

RupertRonco, Sep 02, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

tastesogood, Sep 01, 2014
Photo of jaasen64
3.85/5  rDev -5.2%

Bottle from 2007, Enjoy by 11/15/12 date stamped on it.

A- Pours a slightly translucent dark brown with some yeast sediment floating around the bottom, decent head and still seems to be holding some carbonation (3.5)

S- Dark fruits, cherries, dark malts, definite oxidation of dry cardboard, paper bag, old barley. Overall pretty nice but definitely falling off a bit (3.75)

T- Barley, dark malts, cherries, slight bit of oxidation with hints of cardboard, hints of coffee, finishes with a bit of toffee, caramel, barley, and light dark fruits. Decently complex, holding up well, but definitely falling off a bit (4)

M- Very smooth, not too much carbonation, almost no alcohol present (4.25)

O- This beer is holding up decently well but for 7 years old it's definitely falling off a tiny bit. I'd say it probably reached it's peak a couple years ago as marked by the enjoy by date. It's still very enjoyable and extremely smooth for 11%. For picking this up off the shelf recently for $5 I'd say it was a steal.

jaasen64, Aug 30, 2014
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4.04/5  rDev -0.5%

SharkNado, Aug 30, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

Mantooth, Aug 25, 2014
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3/5  rDev -26.1%

Nichols33, Aug 24, 2014
Old Horizontal from Victory Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 1,653 ratings.