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Old Horizontal - Victory Brewing Company

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Old HorizontalOld Horizontal

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1,730 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 1,730
Reviews: 1,089
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 10.12%
Wants: 103
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 dbrauneis
4/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

Photo of Fatehunter
3.73/5  rDev -7.9%
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.

Photo of 6thstreetbrewpub
4/5  rDev -1.2%

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4.04/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of CHickman
4.21/5  rDev +4%
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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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

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3/5  rDev -25.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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4.32/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of Manbear
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

knocked me out for sure!!!! :]

Photo of OrangeMen
4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

Photo of Franck
4/5  rDev -1.2%

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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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

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5/5  rDev +23.5%

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

Old Horizontal from Victory Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 1,730 ratings.