Old Horizontal - Victory Brewing Company

Not Rated.
Old HorizontalOld Horizontal

Educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
91
outstanding

1,091 Reviews
THE BROS
86
very good

(Read More)
Reviews: 1,091
Hads: 1,798
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 9.34%
Wants: 102
Gots: 161 | 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
Beer: Reviews & Ratings
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Old Horizontal Alström Bros
Reviews: 1,091 | Hads: 1,798
Photo of beergoot
3.79/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Dark, reddish-orange body color with a very thick, chunky head and a steady stream of slow-rising carbonation. Mild, warm malt and caramel aroma. Toasty grain and caramel malt flavor, some deeply sweet dried apricot hints, plus a strong kick of boozy warmth and hop bitterness at the finish. Medium-heavy body; smooth.

A pretty good, dark honey colored barleywine with a definite alcohol kick to it. Relatively easy drinking, enough depth and complexity to make the tasting quite enjoyable, and a nice way to end an evening with your wife, dog, a warm fire, and a snowy evening. (579 characters)

Photo of richj1970
4.06/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 22 oz bomber into snifter glass. Bottle date was 10/28/2013.

A: Pours a very clear ruby red with a tinge of brown. Frothy 2 finger off white head that left some nice sticky lacing.

S: Piney resin, sweet malts, caramel, and perhaps a bit of citrus.

T: Flavor is where this one really shines. Big hop resin up front mixed with a nice sweetness. Tastes of grapefruit, pear, apple, caramel, biscuit, and brown sugar. Very well balanced with a nice alcohol heat which I suspect would dissipate over time but this is a fairly young bottle.

M: Fairly thick with an almost syrup quality, but cut nicely with a healthy carbonation and hop bitterness.

O: I was pleasantly surprised with this brew. Definitely one of the top American barley wines that I have tried. At $8 a bomber, it might become a staple for me. (821 characters)

Photo of hardy008
3.79/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours clear copper with a one finger light beige head, which slowly faded to a small ring, with spotty lacing. The aroma has grapefruit, caramel malt, toasted malt, and candied citrus peel.

The first thing I taste is grapefruit, followed quickly by caramel and toasted malt. There is also some citrus zest and brown sugar. Pretty nicely balanced.

Medium to full bodied with soft carbonation, and a grapefruit and caramel aftertaste. The alcohol is well hidden for an 11 % abv beer. Well worth trying if you get the chance. Should age nicely. (544 characters)

Photo of brureview
4.16/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

"Oh, the weather outside is frightful..." time to pour an American Barleywine.

Poured in an imperial pint glass: a light tea color with an attractive 3F head.

The aroma- the beer's weak link- wasn't strong- light banana.

The MF is one of the best I have tasted in an American Barleywine- not over-the-top, well-carbonated and transitioning well to the taste.

The taste is different than my quintessential barleywine-Sierra Nevada BigFoot. There is a concentration of esters, and some odd tastes- bubblegum and other unidentifiable tastes.

Finish-well done. Not too alcoholic- just right for the style. Other AM's including the Bigfoot are over-the-top in alcoholic finish. The 11% abv isn't apparent.

Overall- an excellent American barleywine. The aroma could be more pronounced.
There seems to be less fruit and toffee in this beer. However, the transition from the MF to the taste is excellent- there is stylistic coherence in this beer. (946 characters)

Photo of StoutHunter
3.74/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I picked up a bottle of Victory's Old Horizontal last month for $8.49 at The Lager Mill. I got a bottle of this and the oak aged version and I thought I should start off with the regular version, so lets see how it goes. 2013 Vintage. Poured from a brown 22oz bottle into a snifter.

A- The label looks nice, it's got a simple yet nice look to it, but it isn't the most eye catching. It poured an orange/caramel color that took on more of ruby color when held to the light with half a fingers worth of light tan head that quickly died down to a thick ring that stayed till the end and it left some spotty lacing behind. This is a pretty good looking beer, it looks true to style and I have no complaints.

S- The aroma starts off with a higher amount of medium sweetness that bordered on being highly sweet with the hops being the first to show up and they impart a nice mixture of earthy, piney and citrus hops aromas with the citrus hops seeming to stick out the most. Up next comes the malts which impart a sweet malt, caramel, slightly bready, toasted, and light toffee like aromas. Towards the end comes a nice dark fruit aroma along with a slight alcohol aroma. This beer had a pretty nice aroma, even though it's pretty hoppy smelling the malts still do a nice job at giving the aroma some balance.

T- The taste seems to be very similar to the aroma and it starts off with a higher amount of medium sweetness followed by the hops still showing up first and imparting all those hoppy aspects that I got in the aroma with the citrus hops still seeming to stick out a little more than the other aspects and it impart a nice citrus rind like flavor. Up next comes the malts which impart all those malty aspects that I got in the aroma, but this time there's a pretty noticeable tobacco like flavor. Towards the end come some dark fruit flavors with a noticeable amount of alcohol that was little warming and there was a slightly higher amount of medium bitterness with a hoppy and sweet malt like aftertaste. This was a pretty nice tasting beer, it wasn't overly sweet and it was very similar to the aroma.

M- Not the smoothest, clean, fairly crisp, rich, on the lighter side of being full bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. The mouthfeel was nice, but I wish it was just a little smoother and less carbonated.

Overall I thought this was a nice beer and a pretty solid example of a hoppy Barleywine, the hop profile was pretty nice and it worked well with the malts and it for sure isn't one of the sweeter Barleywines which I didn't mind. This beer had ok drinkability, it wasn't the smoothest, rich, a little filing, but the taste did a decent job at holding my attention and I think half the bottle is a good amount for me, i could drink the whole bottle but I would rather split it since I really don't feel the need to have another glass. What I liked the most about this beer was the hop profile and the appearance, I thought they were both pretty good. What I liked the least about this beer was the mouthfeel, I thought it could be smoother and a little less carbonated. I don't think I would buy this beer again, it was nice to try, but I tend to prefer my Barleywines on the sweet and malty side and if I wanted a Barleywine that was on the hoppy side I would rather have a Bigfoot. I would recommend this to people who prefer their Barleywines on the hoppy side. All in all I thought this was a nice hoppy Barleywine, but it isn't my favorite of the style and I think it was just a little rough around the edges. Nice work guys, this was a solid hoppy Barleywine. (3,599 characters)

Photo of Jim_Benz
3.9/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

2013 bomber cellar temp, served in a snifter

a: clear, rich mahogany amber, 2 finger cream colored head that quickly settles down to a longlasting ring around the side of the glass and a patchy haze across the surface. lacing minimal. VERY beautiful.

s: pine resin, sweet malt, alcohol. I really don't smell anything else; grapefruit, maybe, but very faint.

t: the fruity sweetness hits me first--apple, pear, grape, raisin--but almost immediately it's suffused with a resiny pine flavor and a bit of grapefruit. the malt doesn't really shine for me, but that's okay; maybe a little bit of caramel and biscuit but that's about it. finishes with a sustained piney bitterness that I really like (alcohol adds to the bitterness pretty strongly--almost like rubbing alcohol--and could really stand to soften quite a bit). then the aftertaste settles into a syrupy sweetness that seems a bit much but is thankfully moderated by the pine/alcohol notes.

m: carbonation seems a little strong, but this is a young bottle (2013) and it helps cut the sweet stickiness on my tongue. body feels heavy--almost thick and syrupy--but not unpleasantly so.

o: I'm not a huge fan of barleywines--and I greatly prefer them with some age--but this was pretty good. the last bw I drank was an old foghorn, and this was MUCH better, at least to my taste. so I'm rating on style, not preference, but I'll remember Victory next year when I want to stock the cellar--I have one more bomber in there right now that I'll save, and might buy another while it's available (1,546 characters)

Photo of gr0g
4.01/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A reddish color, close to mahogany. A pretty decent head forms, perhaps not quite an inch tall, and there's some nice lacing for a high gravity beer. Aroma has butterscotch/toffee notes overshadowed by significant hop aromatics. No doubt this is well-hopped with American varietals. Aroma score gets dinged for a solvent-like alcohol note.

Flavor is bittersweet, perhaps a touch more sweet than bitter. Prodigious hopping does the job of keeping all the residual sugars in check without yielding a high apparent bitterness. Sweet toffee, fig, and candy-apple upfront yielding to citric hop flavor toward the finish. Soft, smooth mouthfeel. Carbonation is nicely mellow and laid-back.

Other than a not that compelling aroma (fairly common with beers featuring both big malt and big hops in my experience), this is a really good American BW. (841 characters)

Photo of MattyG85
4.4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a Surly Darkness chalice glass. 2013 Bottle.

Appearance: Pours a fairly clear copper amber orange with a moderate amount of bubbles. About one finger of off white head that fades into a thin creamy layer. Leaves a decent amount of lacing around the glass.

Smell: An earthy, sweet, and juicy aroma with a big presence of bready malts and earthy hops. Toasted barley malts with big hints of biscuit, grains, sweet caramel, toffee, yeast, and cracker. Big scent of earthy and floral hops with hints of grass and spicy pine resin. Subtle citrus hop hints of grapefruit, orange peel, and lemon. Sweet scent of brown sugar. Dark fruit hints of fig, dates, and raisin. A very solid barley wine aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a big mix of earthy hops and sweet malts with fruity notes. Toasted barley malts with big notes of biscuit, grains, toast, sweet caramel, toffee, cracker, and yeast. Big hop presence as well with earthy and floral notes. Notes of wet grass and spicy pine resin. Citrus fruit notes of grapefruit, orange peel, and lemon zest. Candied sugar sweetness and some brown sugar. Dark fruit undertones with notes of raisin, fig, and dates. A very bold and good taste.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Creamy, chewy, and somewhat oily. Finishes dry. Alcohol heat is mild considering the ABV.

Overall: A very good take on the American Barley wine style. Great balance of sweet and bready malt with the bold hops. (1,486 characters)

Photo of Immortale25
4.3/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Funky Buddha Brewery snifter. Bottleneck says Enjoy By Oct 25 2018. It's been years since I've had this beer. One of my favorite barleywines.

A- Pours a dark amber color with a 1/2 inch light tan head that retains well before slowly popping away to a thin ring around the edge of the glass and a small bubbly patch of surface foam. Not-so-resilient lacing leaves a broken ring behind.

S- Sweet, seductive toasty malt and a considerable hop presence to balance. Notes of toffee, caramel and dark fruit.

T- The sweetness continues as the toastiness of the malt and slight bitterness of the hops all work in unison. So drinkable for the ABV. Hints of vanilla and oak make their way through after a while.

M- Slick and a bit oily with medium carbonation and a fullish body.

O- A classic barleywine that's been due for a comeback. So balanced, so tasty. (868 characters)

Photo of Etan
3.87/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

22oz.

A: Pours a pretty reddish mahogany with a nice off-white head.

S: Some oldish piney hops, grapefruit, caramel, mcintosh apple.

T: Taste brings tobacco leaf, spicy bitterness, cooked fruit, mild molasses.

M: Medium-bodied, very creamy.

O: This is pretty nice, but the old hop bitterness is a little rough around the edges. I liked the barrel-aged version because the barrel smoothed out the hops a bit. (412 characters)

Photo of Apellonious
4.02/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1 pt 6 fl oz bomber from FMcDs. 2013 version.

A - dark ruby red with orange and brown highlights. One finger head that dissipates quickly. The lace hangs on the side of the glass.

S - dark fruit, fig, bready grains and malts

T - hot and boozy. Definitely a sipper. Any more and it's overpowering. The taste is dark fruit, grains, with a semblance of hops.

M - carbonation is mild, things get sticky as it gets warm

O - decent barleywine, though it may have needed some cellaring. 2014 goal - learn to exhibit patience with purchased beverages that benefit from aging. No guarantees. (588 characters)

Photo of gatornation
3.71/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A-pours a clear bright copper color with a fast receding head
S- fruity smells with toffee and caramel
T-fruity hops with a boozy taste sweet bready malts
M- boozy sweet with lower carbonation
O- a sweet and boozy barleywine with victory house malts not one of my favorites in the style (288 characters)

Photo of dar482
3.14/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

(2009 Vintage)

This beer comes in a murky caramel brown with tons of floaties and a large tan head.

The aroma has oxidation notes of cardboard, a fruity ester of fruit, a candy sweet caramel, not too dark. A woody aroma has well. An apple fruity ester.

The flavor follows an aggressive bite of alcohol and a cardboard/wet leaf oxidation surrounded by a caramel sweetness, along with an apple peel and cooked apple. The finish is overloaded of pine and herbal notes. The mouthfeel is medium to full.

I guess the age hasn't done the beer well. It's boozy, oxidized, and too piney and herbal bitter. (601 characters)

Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.71/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I've been looking forward to this for a while. 22 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a clear dark amber color. The head is a two finger off-white shade. Its texture is excellent, and it has good retention as well. Lacing left behind is rather plentiful.

S: It's actually not quite as sweet as I thought it would be. The hop notes here - as expected - are piny and resinous, balanced by its malt sweetness. In particular, it brings caramel, vanilla, and toffee. It's definitely a quality aroma, if a bit more 'standard' than I was expecting.

T: The taste works better, I think. Piny hops hit the palate first - there isn't much harshness, and the pine flavor is incredibly vivid. It becomes sweeter after the midtaste and especially on the finish, while its hop flavor becomes almost 'salty' to my twisted palate. The harsher elements of the alcohol are hidden very well. If I have to complain about something, it's that the sweetness here isn't well defined - sure it brings plenty of caramel, toffee, and earth, but not much in the way of dark fruits or candy. There's just the subtlest suggestion of the latter, unfortunately it isn't quite enough. Every once in a while, there's a gentle wisp of chocolate that hits the palate.

M: This seems to be even softer than others in the style. Of course, being a barleywine, it's still sweet and heavy. The finish is, naturally, superbly long and mildly bitter. It's more salty than anything. Nonetheless, I'm really impressed how well the booze is hidden.

O: Give this a year or two in the cellar and this would kick ass. Right now, though, it's still drinking pretty damn well. If the sweetness was more defined, then it would be killer immediately. As it stands, I'm really enjoying the hop profile but wished the malt component worked a little better. (1,808 characters)

Photo of walkinginplace
2.79/5  rDev -31.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.5

This was my first experience with barleywine but Old Horizontal came highly recommended by the staff at Bestway. I had absolutely no idea what to expect prior to opening this one.

A: Dark brown/amber. Almost a crimson color. The head is fairly substantial.

S: Interesting aroma. Hops and grapefruit immediately jump out to me. Maybe some malt.

T: The alcohol really stands out. Caramel sweetness is there for a moment before the INTENSELY hoppy aftertaste kicks in. Honestly, I don't find it very pleasant.

F: Medium bodied. More carbonated than I expected.

O: Not sure that I like this one. I wanted to try something new and definitely accomplished that but this is not really what I look for in a beer.

EDIT: I have since been told that I should have had this at a warmer temperature (I drank it at refridgerator temperature) so maybe I'll try it again sometime. (871 characters)

Photo of BEERMILER12
4.09/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2013 Vintage

A: Pours a mahogany color with 2 fingers of head that slowly fades down to a decent cap that leaves some nice lacing

S: Heavy on both malt and hops. Piney and earthy hops combine with caramel malts and some alcohol. Fairly complex

T: Follows the nose. Starts off with a mix of pine, earth, and spicy hops followed by the big malt presence which shows off some caramel sweetness and toffee. Alcohol comes in shortly after the maltiness, and adds a light spicy fruitiness. Finishes with a bit of maltiness

M: Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation

O: A nice American barleywine that is well put together and has a great balance between malt, hops, and alcohol. A perfect winter sipper, and a great candidate for aging. Definitely recommended (763 characters)

Photo of SawDog505
4.69/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a 13 oz bottle, vintage 2013. Pours a beautiful deep amber, with a one inch white head that leaves globs of lacing behind. Smell is biscuit, caramel, fresh cut grass, pine, and grapefruit. Taste is wow spectacular all of the nose balanced perfectly, caramel and grapefruit dominate in a awesome way. Body is medium, perfect carbonation, a touch dry, and for 11% easy sipping. This and Old Ruffian may be my two favorite of the style, excellent. (456 characters)

Photo of ksimons
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-a clear dark amber with a fingers worth of head that leaves a coat of lacing around the top

S-caramel malts, sticky toffee, raisins, and a hint of citrus hops in the finish

T-caramel malt backbone with more hops in the taste than in the smell but there is still a large amount of sweetness in toffee, brown sugar, and raisins. Alcohol is pretty well concealed for being 11%..

M-medium, somewhat syrupy body, good carbonation, slight bitter aftertaste with nice alcohol warming.

Overall a nice amount of bitterness to balance a malty beer. Pretty good. (557 characters)

Photo of Dope
4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Got a special one here. Bottled Dec 08, 2003. Almost 10 years old.

A: Pours a nice really dark brown. Tall, fluffy/fizzy light light brown head (almost tan). Head fades slowly, with surprisingly decent lacing and retention.

S: Sugary sweet. Caramel and raisin. Light cocoa and earth.

T: Super sweet and mellow caramel, toffee and candied raisin/fig. Brown sugar element. The finish is kinda like peanut brittle without the peanuts. Burnt sugar basically. A bit dusty, cardboardy in between sips - signs of oxidation. Candy-sweet - reminds me of drinking melted lollipops.

M: Pretty big but not overpoweringly heavy or syrupy. Nice balance.

O: I've been drinking this 6pk over the course of the years and it's been pretty good. This is the second to last and it's definitely showing signs of age now. Nice super sugary sweetness and well integrated flavors and mellowness. Super easy drinking. Oxidation is starting to show up in the aftertaste. I should have the last one pretty soon I guess. (999 characters)

Photo of JeffBrenner
4.65/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

2008 Batch in a growler filled at Victory for the Christmas in July event. They had 08-11 on tap. The 08 was from a fresh tapped keg.

Appearance: Dark, slight light penetration, not pitch black as a stout, but close. Poured into a mug with a slight dark head. Minimal carbonation.

Smell: Notes of fig, malt, possibly some banana. No boozy alcohol smell.

Taste: Amazing. One of the best barleywines I have had. The 5 years!!! of aging have really mellowed this guy out. Next to no taste of alcohol, which is shocking for it being 11%+ abv. Sweet candy flavor with a strong malt. A hint of fig or banana.

Mouth: Nice and smooth, thicker than a lager, but not quite a stout.

Overall: This is by far one of the best Barleywines I have had, and I love Barleywine. I can not underscore how much more amazing this is with 5 years of age on it. Better than the Oak Horizontal, and that was amazing. You really have to watch yourself drinking this. It is so smooth and absent in boozy taste (uncharacteristic for new years) that you really can end up pretty trashed in no time and not think much of it. I think this beer is a solid "A" on any given year, but with 5 years on it, a clear "A+". I can not wait till the new plant is open and they are back to making this as a regular seasonal (They did not make it in 2012). Plus, it's fun to say "I am going to grab an Old Ho." (1,371 characters)

Photo of matttttYCE
4.42/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This was a 2011 bottle, courtesy of azdback I believe. Thank you man! Light tan head, about 2 fingers, creamy, great retention, and good lacing. The beer's color is like a mix of ruby and a clear mahogany. Aroma is big, malty, sweet, loads of dark fruits like figs, prunes, brown sugar, a tad biting, a tad hoppy as well, ester-y, candy sugar/candied fruit, caramel/caramel apple, butterscotch, and some bread. Taste a lot of the same. Loads of dark fruits and heavy malts on the forefront, with caramel, candied sugar, butterscotch, toffee, brown sugar, hints of tart apple, old but still present resinous hops, esters, and bread. Mouthfeel is big, sweet, and enjoyable. Viscous, med-creamy carbonation, med-full body, and wet full finish.

Overall this is a fantastic barley wine. So super malty, fruity, and sweet but balanced out by other flavors especially lingering resinous and spicy hops. Classic barley wine characteristics but with extra oomph and pazaz that make this one really stand out. Fantastic. (1,011 characters)

Photo of taylor714914
3.95/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cracked a bottle from 2008 and poured it into a Samuel Smith Glass

A- Dark maroon with a thin cap of head which faded quickly

S- Smells of dark fruits, malt sweetness, a hint of molasses, and a touch of booze

T- Taste follows smell. For a 5 year old bottle, I was impressed with how it has held up, and definitely can keep going (though I have an entire case and don't know if I'll get through all of it). There is a host of dark fruits going on, plum, raisin, currants, brown sugar, a hint of molasses, Belgium candied sugar, and a big solid malt backbone. Surprisingly there is still some hop bitterness that plays with the sweetness.

M- Awesome mouthfeel. Good level of carbonation for the style, enough to make sure the beer doesn't feel slick and overly sweet.

O- Impressed with this bottle. It has held up well, and I'm curious to see how it holds up for subsequent years. (883 characters)

Photo of jucifer1818
4.4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served as a sample, on tap, in Fermentation lounge, Tallahassee

a: deep ruby red, minimal head.
4.5/5

s: It smells of burnt sugar syrup(a bit like cotton candy), with some light bittering hops in the background
4.5/5

t: It tastes of light burnt sugar, caramel, and a strong hoppy finish (fruity hops, but mostly neutral bittering). A bit or roasty maltyness in their, but its barley detectable.
4.25/5

M: slick syrup, with little abrasiveness for its ABV and hoppyness
4.5/5

Overall: 4.5/5

A great middle of the road Barleywine, that gives both hoppy and sweet characteristics.
A prime beer for ageing OR drinking fresh

Highly recommended (646 characters)

Photo of draheim
4.21/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle (bottled 11/15/2010) into a tulip. Pours a clear mahogany w/ a 1-finger head.

Aroma is fruity, sweet. Pure malty goodness.

Taste is sweet caramel malt, vanilla, residual sugars.

Mouthfeel is full-bodied, coating, w/ a lingering aftertaste.

Overall a balanced caramel+vanilla barleywine. Wondering when barrel-aged Old Horizontal will appear. (357 characters)

Photo of themind
4.16/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a quality barleywine! It does not have that some times bitter, boozy taste to it like others. It really hides the ABV and has a sweet twist to it. I must say I am surprised by this. Over all I would purchase this as this one was a gift.

Bottom Line: it's good and worth drinking. (288 characters)

Old Horizontal from Victory Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 1,091 ratings.