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Old Horizontal - Victory Brewing Company

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1,100 Reviews
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Reviews: 1,100
Hads: 1,837
Avg: 4.06
pDev: 12.81%
Wants: 110
Gots: 169 | 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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-23-2001

Massive amounts of barley malts, combined with fresh harvest American hops make it aromatic and spicy on the nose. Floral, fruity aromas slide into honeyed malt depth with lingering sensations of candied and citrus fruit. Late warming alcohol brings all of these flavors into wonderful harmony to finish.

Malt: Imported 2 row German malts
Hops: Whole flower American hops
Food Pairings: Meat pies and English cheese
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Reviews: 1,100 | Hads: 1,837
Photo of zac16125
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle into a snifter
recently purchased but 2013 vintage

A: Very hazy, dark apricot, just under 1 fingers width of light tan head which dissipates quickly and leaves essentially zero lacing. 3.75

S: Nice combination of sweetness, booze, and hops. Caramel/toffee, burnt sugar, citrus rind and piney hops. Hits all the notes of a good American Barleywine, but certainly lacks many of the sweet notes characteristic of an English Barleywine which I typically prefer. 4.25

T: Sweeter than the nose implied, which I think may be due to the faded hops from the year of age on it. Lots of caramel and toffee, candied sugar. A pretty big boozy presence, but I actually like that characteristic in the style. Bitterness on the finish, but otherwise no significant hop characters. 4.25

M/D: Full bodied, carbonation moderate, dry on the finish, ABV is certainly noticeable but its not hot, drinkability is good. 4

O: Really good barleywine here. Certainly something I could add to the yearly winter rotation. Victory is quietly a very very solid brewery. 4.25

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Photo of ONovoMexicano
3.98/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a snifter from a bomber.

2013 bottle. Creamy, frothy, and heavy pale white head. Amber body with good clarity and bubbly carbonation. Head holds well. 4.5

Smells of oxidized caramel, raisins, and molasses. 4

Taste is true to the nose. A bit oxidized, but dark fruit, caramel and faded earthy hops add a nice flavor. 4

Mostly sweet and smooth with a medium body, but there's a pretty harsh bitterness on the finish that's not so agreeable. 3.5

Not bad, by any means, but not my favorite either.

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Photo of dbrauneis
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Note: 2013 Vintage

A: Pours a lightly hazy dark amber in color with light to moderate amounts of gentle visible carbonation rising from the bottom of the glass and some moderate copper highlights. The beer has a finger tall dense foamy beige head that reduces to a thick film covering the entire surface of the beer and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of toffee and toasted malts with a light to moderate amount of sweetness. That is followed by moderate to strong aromas of spicy and citrus/grapefruit pith hops. Hints of alcohol and dark fruits (raisin) are present as well.

T: Moderate flavors of toasted and toffee malts with a light to moderate amount of dark fruit (raisin) and brown sugar sweetness. That is followed by moderate to strong flavors of spicy and citrus/grapefruit hops which impart a moderate amount of bitterness to the finish. Light flavors of alcohol/booziness are present in the finish as well.

M: Just shy of full bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth and slightly creamy with a moderate amount of alcohol warming in the finish.

O: Overall for a big barleywine, this beer is pretty easy to drink as the alcohol is not overwhelming or dominating in the flavor. I think it is a little better/mellower with a year of age on it than I remember it being fresh.

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.73/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a finger and half of head on clear dark amber body.
The aroma is mild pine and grapefruit with some wet grain in the background.
The taste is fruity mild sweetness, turning to pine bitterness and finishes with a flat sweetness.
The texture is thicker.

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Photo of CHickman
4.21/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2013 Bottle: pours very hazy dark copper/reddish color with a huge 2 finger thick foamy tan head that faded very slowly and left good foamy lacing coating the sides.

Smells of caramel, pineapple, citrus hops, piney hops, dark fruit like cherry and plum, red wine, toffee, brown sugar, gummy bears candy, graham cracker, earthy wheat or grains, and light booze. The 11% ABV comes through, but is not as aggressive as I expected so perhaps the aging mellowed it as it blended well with the malty sweetness and hoppy notes. Aroma was nicely basic for the style with rich candied malts mixing with a citrus bouquet of orange peel, lemon zest and fresh pineapple.

Tastes sweet and hoppy up front, like fresh wet citrus hops that mellowed and had brown sugar added; like the nose the mix is a rich sweetness consisting of dark fruits (raisin, cherry, plum, and even some apple), toffee, caramel, brown sugar, syrup, citrus hops, lemon, orange peel, red wine, toasted grains, floral hops, graham cracker, honey, piney hops, light spices like pepper and tea leaf, fruity candy and rum or some other dark and sweet alcohol. For such a hefty beer with a very high ABV, this was smooth and the alcohol only peeks through the hops which also surprised me since they were still very strong and fresh tasting after at least a year of aging. The sweetness seems like a balanced mix of malt and hops, with grainy/earthy notes that blend with the caramel and candied sugar while also allowing the hops to usher in some bitterness and hop oil for added flavor. A very tasty barleywine that hits all the right notes and flows down with ease.

Mouthfeel is slick with very light carbonation, a thick chewy body that felt like a fresh squeezed juice at times and watery at others; moderate bitterness, average sweetness for the style, hoppy and fruity enough so the alcohol stays tolerable, this was very tasty and very complex, getting better as it warmed up and letting the 11% ABV knock me around enough to maximize the barleywine experience. I would definitely recommend this and will have it again.

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Photo of OrangeMen
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

1 Year of Age

Appearance- Deep amber, mahogony, glistening ruby when held to light, fairly transparent. Pours half finger thick off-white head, soapy/bubbly. Excellent lacing on sides of glass.
Aroma- Big fruitiness, dark winter fruits, dates, fig, plum, raisins. Also some brighter fruits as well, apricot, cherries, berries. Big molasses and caramel sweetness underneath.
Taste- Fruity sweetness, also a bitterness from the darker fruit flavors. Toasted malts, caramel, and a real sweet molasses. Moves from sweet to bitter on the end, slight hop remains, warming alcohol.
Feel- Sticky and slightly creamy, borders between medium to full. Lower carbonation.
Overall- Blend of fruit flavors are quite pleasant, darker fruits and brighter fruits strike a beautiful balance. Molasses and caramel sweetness from the malts make for a wonderful backbone and feel to the beer. A very forward bitterness punches in at the back end, toastier malts, ever so slight hop character remaining, and warming alcohol notes.

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Photo of Franck
4/5  rDev -1.5%

2013 vintage. Smell of grapefruit, caramel, sugar cane and hint of pepper.
In mouth it's tastefull. Great balance between sugar and hops. Citrus, sugar cane and alcohol. Alcohol is quite hidden for 11 abv.
Final is bitter and fruity

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Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

Big fruity nose with some sherry over malt. Pours dark amber with a very slight haze under a light brown, very thin head. The beer is lacy with some legs. Very big, chewy malt on the palate that starts sweet with molasses, brown sugar, a suspicion of bourbon joined by plum and fruit becoming bitter with big alcohol flavors on the finish. Full bodied with medium low carbonation.

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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.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
4.34/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

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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.

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Photo of GPHarris
4.26/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

2007 vintage

A - poured a one finger thick tan head into a snifter. The body poured a dark mahogany color.
S - candy sugar, dark fruits, boozy.
T - dark fruits, oak, booze.
M - slick and creamy.
O - held up really well after all these years. Complex and drinkable. The booziness was welcome.

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Photo of StoneTSR
4.35/5  rDev +7.1%
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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Photo of Huhzubendah
3.53/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

About to go for a walk (Dave is still peeing).

The beer is dark orange / copper with a half inch of tan head. Smells hoppy, boozy, malty. Big beer. ¿Que hora es? Citrus soaked in alcohol. Notes of pine with some alcohol sugars. Good flavor, but the alcohol is too forward. I have trouble appreciating beers of this ilk, where both the malt and hop profiles are so grand that they seem to compete for dominance, rather than dance in harmony. Hop bitterness and alcohol longer on the palate. Overall, good, though not my cup of tea (beer).

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Photo of barczar
4.06/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deeply sweet, syrupy caramel malt, with dates, figs, raisins in aroma. Flavor reveals slightly cloying brown sugar sweetness, with boozy notes adding contrast, and a refreshing bitter finish that balances somewhat. Notes of prunes and raisins are welcome complexities. It's a bit hot and would probably age well. This one's only a year old. Becomes a bit buttery as it warms.

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Photo of minterro
3.85/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle bought from Little's Wine and Liquor in Denver, CO. Store aged, bottled in October 2013. Poured into a snifter.

A&S: Upon opening the bottle it seems like this beer is going to be well carbonated. Pours a pretty big creamy head (a little over a finger) light yellow/tan coloration and retains very well. Beer is a lively and transparent and a deep ruby color. Aroma is primarily earthy hoppy bitterness, dark maltyness, some citrus, and cherry dark fruit tones.

T&M: Flavors include tobacco, malts, and some earthy hops. Alcohol is a little too present. If I could redo, I would probably age it a little longer. The finish is even for an American Barleywine is still pretty bitter even with 6 months in the bottle. Body and carbonation is on the higher side of medium, a little too crisp.

Overall: I honestly expected a little more from Victory, not that this beer wasn't good, cause it was, just not anything special. Decent price (about 8 bucks) for a 11% beer bomber, but I still probably wouldn't buy it again.

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Photo of FFreak
4.33/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22 OZ bomber into glass. A clear deep dark amber with a decent head that slowly fades Lots of dried fruit and candi sugar on the nose. Again, raisin, date, caramel, plum come out in the taste, with very little alcohol or hop flavor at all. Mouthfeel is succulent, thick and sweet, but never cloying or syrupy. A very enjoyable barleywine, one of the best I've ever had.

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Photo of BoldRulerVT
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 22 oz bottle into a willi becher glass.
Pours a light hazy amber with one finger of foam.
Smells nice, malty, sweet and alcohol.
Tastes full and big with maltiness being right out front.
Mouthfeel is as expected for style.
Overall, I enjoyed this barleywine. Nice job, Victory.

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Photo of martyl1000
4.4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A bomber poured into a tulip creates a seriously handsome, ruddy copper glass of beer. A finger of fluffy off-white head that stays and stays, with sticky lacing.

Hoppy aroma, though quietly so. An indeterminate spiciness. Sweet grain. The alcohol is present.

Flavor in the mouth opens with sweet bread and red wine, plus a spicy alcohol. Becomes instantly bitter from the citrusy hops, which dominate through the middle palate onward through the finish. The sweetness rings as an echo on the finish, though sweetness here is refracted by the intense white-grapefruit bitterness.

Medium- to full-bodied, luxurious, with a lively carbonation.

Classic American barley wine, very much like Bigfoot, though bigger in every way (except the aroma). Intensely hoppy and spicy. The one drawback might be the near eclipse of malty sweetness by the tannic wine and citrus bitterness. Nothing a bit of cellaring won't cure.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.42/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-Sampled at EBF,; shocked I haven't tried this before. Pours a deep amber.

S-Almost all malt. Caramel and toffee. Strong estery fruitiness. I wanted more from the hops.

T-Akin to the nose. Malt stressed. Caramel, toffee, brown sugar. An inanimate fruitiness as well. Light bitterness and some head.

M-Fuller bodied. Softer carbonation. Some drying alcohol.

O/D-As plain as it gets in terms of the style. Something can be said for its longevity as a highly praised Barleywine. I prefer mine with a bit kore complexity.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.26/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11 oz pour at the Old Toad in Rochester, NY. Final beer of the night, and a big one to close it out- listed as 11% ABV.

Pours sort of a ruby red, almost brownish color. Not much head at all, very minimal lacing.

Smells pretty good, brown sugar, caramel. Can't really smell any hops, I wonder if this is an aged keg?

Tastes awesome, one of the best barleywines I've had. Very faded hop presence, lots of toffee, brown sugar, caramel, not very noticeable booziness. Slightly toasty in the malt department.

Mouthfeel is great, pretty full. Low carbonation, but it works. Drinks like a 6% beer, I could put a few of these back very easily.

Another winner from Victory.

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Photo of inlimbo77
3.48/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12oz, 2010-2011 (best by 11/15/15)
Riedel tulip

A: Deep amber color. Held up to light and you can see light through it. Some chill hazy and particles. Good finger of head initially. Forms layer of light egg shell white. Some lacing.

S: Sweet malts. Caramel. Slight cardboard. Old hops. Dryness. Some earthiness.

T: Herbal hop bitterness. Like IPA old bitterness. Sweet maltiness. Definite an American Barleywine.

M: Full bodied medium....I guess full.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.96/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a billowy, light beige five+ finger head that fades slowly leaving a ton of lace. Clear amber color. Strong carbonation and medium bodied. Light pine hop/malt nose, flavor is a balance of sweet caramel malts and hops, similar to an imperial IPA. High ABV is hidden. $8.50 for a 22oz bottle from Tully’s Beer & Wine Wells, Me.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.57/5  rDev -36.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

1 pint 6 fl oz 2013 vintage brown glass bottle with generally appealing label art and branded pry-off pressure cap acquired at a local Texas bottle shop a few months back and served into an Avery stem-tulip in me gaff in low altitude Austin, Texas. Reviewed live as a barleywine because the label clearly identifies it as such. 11% ABV confirmed per the label. "Bottle conditioned." Expectations are high given the brewery.

Served chilled and allowed to come to room temperature over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: No bubble show forms as it's poured.

Pours a one finger wide head of off-white colour. Nice supple creaminess and thickness for the style. Complexion is pretty smooth. Consistency could be more even. Very even, consistent lacing coats the sides of the glass as the head slowly recedes. Head retention is pretty good for the high ABV - about 4 minutes.

Body colour is a transparent translucent amber red of average vibrance. No floating yeast particles are visible; it's quite clean. Seems well-carbonated.

Overall, it's a pretty basic appearance for a barleywine; there's nothing unique or special about it. I don't notice any flaws.

Sm: Hoppier than anticipated, with a fair amount of herbal hop character, touches of evergreen, and even a hint of pine. Biscuit malt, bready malts, amber malts, toffee, brown sugar, and faint dark fruit. I do find some traces of medicinal notes. Ginger. Heavy candi character; it's definitely a sweet beer. Rum, sugarcane, caramel, raisin.

No yeast character is detectable. The alcohol is well disguised.

It's a fruity aroma of above average strength, and the unbecoming candi sweetness is worrisome. This isn't shaping up to be the kind of barleywine that really appeals to my tastes - I'm not finding toasty oak, toasted malts, marshmallow, refined malts, etc. It just seems a bit raw.

Mf: Hm. It's light, thin, and weak on the palate, lacking body and weight. It's too soft and giving. Undercarbonated, but still somehow somewhat biting. Lightly sticky.

Not creamy, oily, gushed, hot, boozy, astringent, or harsh.

Presence on the palate is subpar for the style. This texture doesn't support the flavour profile well at all.

T: Bread crust, indistinct hints of vague unevocative dark fruit, bland amber malts, bland biscuit malts, bland caramalt. Shallow caramel. Hints of faint rum/sugarcane. Light raisin. Unrefined sugars/brown sugar. Light generic floral hop character. Toffee (but nowhere near enough). Heavy candi sweetness dominates.

I'm not finding the elements of a great barleywine here. No toasted malt, toasty oak, refined rich malty presence, heavy full caramel, marshmallow, etc. Maybe this just doesn't appeal to my personal tastes.

In any case, depth of flavour is shockingly low; this is extremely shallow for a barleywine. Below average duration and intensity of flavour.

No yeast character comes through. The alcohol does come through a bit, but it's still well disguised for 11%.

Unfortunately, it does have a faint medicinal/herbal quality to it.

As simple a barleywine as I've had in the past year perhaps. I'm taken aback by the extent to which this beer lacks intricacy, complexity, nuance, and subtlety. It's just so damned shallow and empty. Where's the flavour? Sure, it's got a loose cohesion and an okay balance, but it never comes together in the tight gestalt way a great beer in this style needs to. I didn't expect this poor a showing from Victory - especially given how well-known this beer is in the barleywine style. Did I get a bad bottle? Am I just drinking it too raw/young?

Not liking this one, much to my shock.

Dr: It drinks easy enough for the ABV, but boy is this a disappointment. I cracked this open expecting to really like it, but Victory - one of the best "shelf beer" breweries out there - really missed the mark with this brew. Well below average. I certainly wouldn't get it again, and I'd caution friends from trying it unless there's some serious age on it or something. Even with 5-6 months on it, this bottle is drinking very raw. It seems like most of the characteristics I criticize in my reviews of other barleywines were all collected and then combined to form this brew. It's almost the opposite of what I look for in a good barleywine.

If you crave a heavy malty core, rich caramel, vibrant toffee, and a firm heavy feel in your barleywines - ideally with a well-integrated bourbon and/or oak character - this is absolutely not the barleywine for you.

Worth trying because of its relative importance to the development and shaping of the American barleywine style, but it's far from world-class. Maybe this was the creme de la creme 12-13 years ago, but it does not hold up. There are a myriad of superior barleywines available at or around this price point.

Low C-

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Photo of JamieDuncan
3.84/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This is my first Barley Wine so i am not sure what to expect. Decent looking beer that smells very tasty. Does not quite fulfill that, good but nothing great. Normally a fan of big beers so I was somewhat disappointed. Improved as it warmed and the alcohol contact kicked in which impressed me. Decent value also at $7.

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